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CULTURE
Girl Talk
CULTURE
Girl Talk
by Ami Kealoha
on 12 October 2006
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Take a mash-up, multiply by 100, mix with booty-shaking bass, add a high energy live show and you have something like the recipe for Night Ripper, his third full-length, Girl Talk has been the latest hype-fest, performing to rooms stocked with celebrities and jetting abroad to open for the likes of Beck. Like Dangermouse and other genre blenders he's often compared to, Gillis’ work is a symptom of the high pop culture metabolism of a the MTV generation and the ADD-style attention span that comes with it. But more than a shallow nostalgia fest, simple beat matching or deftly sampled eclectic Top 40 hits—one lauded track, “Smash Your Head,” layers Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” over “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John— Girl Talk is also irresistibly danceable, drawing out crowds with dirty South breaks and grunge loops tied together by an relentless underlying beat. (Click image at right for detail.) For more photos and Cool Hunting's conversation with the polite young party-maker about pop music, making live music and the perfect snack, go here.

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