It’s that time of year when the tinsel goes up and the beat DROPS. That is, DJs are putting out their end-of-the-year megamixes, and Dan Deacon‘s issued his first ever contribution to the tradition called Wish Book Volume 1. It’s a mash-up spectacular, but it’s Dan Deacon’s mash-up spectacular. So he’s not trying to turn everything into a hip-hop club banger or lazily compiling every Top 40 track into a monochromic bucket of chum. It’s an experimental mix, so occasionally the acapellas might seem out of time, or the tune you just recognized might get drowned out by a rush of volatile hiss, but it’s Dan Deacon, so it’s still a load of rapturous, hyperactive fun. Just imagine you were listening to this kind of mash-up instead while wearing shutter shades and puking up vodka/Red Bull, and your second year of university becomes slightly cooler.
Here’s the tracklist from D.D.’s linear notes:
“Hope you enjoy. Wish Book Volume 1 was made with music made by (in order of appearance): grimes+psy+beach house+skrillex+diplo+nicky da b+dirty projectors+lil wayne+nicki minaj+oneohtrix point never+tune yards+animal collective+rod stewart+the strokes+wiz khalifa+beyoncé+lcd sound system+death grips+ludacris+rihanna+the beatles+roy orbison+silver apples+katy perry+69 boyz+gary glitter+james brown+lmafo+black dice+the ronettes+r. kelly+black eyed peas+lenny kravitz+the misfits+2 chains+daftpunk+led zeppelin+the notorious b.i.g.+devo+lightning bolt+unknown artist recorded in jaipur, india+marvin gaye+radiohead+rage against the machine+salt n peppa+brian eno+madonna”