Girl Talk – All Day
by Sapphire Reels (Music Industry), published November 18th 2010
Girl Talk is back, folks. Greg Gillis, under the popular stage name Girl Talk, has released his fifth full length on the sampling-based label, Illegal Art. All Day was given a surprise release on November 15th. In a recent Pitchfork interview, Gillis stated that he wanted to ‘release his album by the end of the year,’ but I had no idea that it meant this week.
Following in the footsteps of his 2008 release, Feed the Animals, the mash-up album is available for free off of Illegal Art’s website. With this release, as MTV has so eloquently stated, Gillis ‘broke the internet.’ The demand for the album was so high that many mash-up enthusiasts were unable to download the LP from the website.
All Day is the result of two and a half years of work. Featuring 373 samples total, the LP pulls from artists like Radiohead, Wale, NWA, Arcade Fire, and throws them over the likes of The Ramones, Snoop Dogg, and Wiz Khalifa. Mainstream monsters, such as Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, and Rhianna, also appear throughout. According to the download page, the album is ‘intended to be listened to as a whole. It is broken up into individual tracks only for easier navigation [sic].’ Anyway you listen to it, this mash-up masterpiece does not disappoint.
Gillis hasn’t moved far from sampling 80′s, 90′s, and 00′s hits from indie, hip hop, and rock gods, yet he always seems to put a unique spin on all of his work. This album seems more eclectic and busy than his other releases but this only provides more entertainment as each segment transitions and you have that ‘OH MY GOD!’ outburst as each portion just gets better.
The album opens with ‘Oh No,’ a track that begins with Black Sabbath’s War Pig blaring through your laptop speakers. Just as you wonder where he’s going with this album, he throws in samples from 2pac, Jay-Z, and Ludacris in the first 20 seconds. The album only progresses upwards from there, making it impossible for me to review all 373 samples, but I promise there is something for everyone on this unconventional album.
Missy Elliot rhyming over the Ramones ‘Blitzkrieg Bop?’ Check. How about Radiohead’s Thom Yorke crooning along to Ol’ Dirty Bastard? Gillis has got you covered. Still not convinced? Then track number seven, entitled ‘Get It Get It,’ should be the icing on the cake with the use of Soulja Boy over Aphex Twin, indie sensation Rye Rye, Depeche Mode, and the hip-hop hilarity of 2 Live Crew. Foxy Brown rapping over Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes’ seems almost poetic and beautiful in track number three, ‘That’s Right.’ This album will leave you breathless until the end, when John Lennon’s imagine accompanies UGK’s ‘One Day’ as an outro.
No matter your initial impressions on mash-up artists, and the common argument that Gillis is just mooching off of others musical successes, I dare you to give this album a listen. The unorthodox use of songs and his creative impulse leaves you wondering just how exactly he does it. All Day is a pop culture explosion with an appropriate title; it will have you dancing all day long.
Recommended Tracks: ‘Oh No,’ ‘Let It Out,’ ‘This is the Remix’ and ‘Triple Double.’