By Matthew Duelka
In a generation of mash-ups and sampling, Girl Talk (a.k.a. Greg Gillis) oversteps the cliché sound with his third release, Night Ripper. Now I know you’re all saying: “Please, no more with the Jay-Z and Linkin Park combo,” but please, give me a chance.
Sampling close to 200 songs on the album, Gillis creates his own melting pot of music, combining songs like Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,“ Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” and Nirvana’s “Scentless Apprentice” all in the same breath. Because of Girl Talk’s constant desire to switch genres and songs, you’ll still be picking out samples you haven’t noticed after the 11th listen. This schizophrenic style of mixing and mashing gives a brilliant update to today’s club scene, or just for the everyday dance party in your local parking lot. But even if you’re not one for the moving and grooving hoopla, Girl Talk’s technical genius, fitting on average eight or nine samples into one track, should inspire you to hear him out. And if that doesn’t intrigue you, you’re probably better off with Linkin Park and Jay-Z anyway.
Even though Gillis does separate his album into 13 individual tracks, the whole Night Ripper album can stand as a single entity on its own. Which is more than I can say about Greg Gillis himself, who very rarely ends a performance standing, or conscious for that matter. If all this does intrigue, then check out his live show where you’re basically promised that you’ll have a good time