Bootlegs, mashups, bastard pop, A+B, whatever you call ’em, I love ’em. Granted, there are plenty of shit bootlegs going around (generally the ones flooding your earspace with even more Shakira or Fergie than you were already being subjected to thanks to the tediousness of commercial radio), but the ones that work really please the subcockles of my gizzard. Today, I present to you the first in a series of mashup collections that have been quite hard to come by for one reason or another.

Bootwerk – A Bastard Pop Tribute to Kraftwerk

As if Kraftwerk weren’t the bomb-droppinest of old-school gizmo-rock wizards this side of the Volga, try smashing them up with, well, everything and anything. Kraftwerk are especially well suited to mashups because their songs tend to be minimalist in one way or another. Even if the track as a whole is busy, it’s likely to be heavy on the mad science bleeps and light on the percussion, leaving a lot of wiggle room for an enterprising producer to get funky with it. I had a spin of this compilation again recently, and a great swathe of the tracks went into my DJ playlist instantaneously. There’s plenty to enjoy here, and plenty of ‘OMG!’ moments that you expect from a good mash.

Access it from the fleet’s audio archives in data drawer 54/alpha-niner:

Bootwerk – A Bastard Pop Tribute to Kraftwerk