Sigur Rós vs. Mobb Deep

This track made its rounds on the blogs last April, but I didn’t listen to it until last week, when an old friend brought it to my attention.  I normally don’t go for mash-ups, or for Sigur Rós, so this track immediately had two strikes against it before I even pressed play.  With that said, the track is eminently likable, mixing effortlessly the ethereal nature of Sigur Rós’ “Vaka (untitled #1)” from ( ), with the streetwise lyrics of Mobb Deep’s classic “Shook Ones (Part II).”  A good portion of mash-ups feel forced, only providing a clever or humorous title, but this works on every level.

The creator of the track is Portland, OR’s Emancipator, who just released a new album – Safe in the Steep Cliffs – last month.  He’s on a lengthy US tour as well; dates can be found on his MySpace.

Sigur Rós vs. Mobb Deep – Shook (Emancipator Mash Up) (mp3)