REVIEW: Girl Talk – All Day
Fuck. He’s done it again. Seriously. I’m massively enamored with Gregg Gillis’ (a.k.a. Girl Talk) work already, but to follow on from 2008′s brilliant Feed The Animals, he’s released this album for free. He tweeted, “Anyone want to hear my album right now?” and then “My new album is called All Day. I’ve been working on it for more than 2.5 years. I’m releasing it within the hour for free” I was flipping out. I did not think this day would in anyway be remarkable. Then Girl Talk springs this! In a recent Pitchfork interview it gave the impression that the album wouldn’t be out for a while. But today of all days. Dropped it because he can. I can imagine the finished body of work being a pent up frustration for him and wanting to get it out there, this was the quickest way to do it.
The samples come thick and fast as ever. Opening with a Black Sabbath mix that he’s been playing live, as shown in the Chicago New Year’s Eve film, although to list them would prove a hard, lengthy exercise, I can guarantee you will undoubtedly recognize around 80% of what is going on at anytime. There is so much going on. It seems just as busy as his previous albums, Feed The Animals and Night Ripper, but there is breathing space between mixes and samples, letting you enjoy them, a wise move from Gillis. This hectic and eclectic mix is by far one of the best things released this year. The same old arguments that he’s just taking other people’s musical talent are bound to crop up, yet Girl Talk makes something almost completely new from other music. Plus, he has already created for himself an incredibly unique legacy in his disparate, sample-filled discography.
There’s mixes like M.O.P.’s “Ante Up” and Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” that are fucking impressive. Totally mental and unorthodox, but what else would you expect from the master of the mash-up? Truly an artist of this generation’s perpetual attention deficit disorder. Lady GaGa, Iggy Pop and the Beastie Boys in one segment? Check. Biggie rapping over Cream’s eternal hit “Sunshine of your Love”? Check. Mixes like this just seems to totally make sense when heard. The artificial construction definitely breeds some kind of natural quality and I, like I imagine many others, probably struggle to realise that he’s actually completely changed song or segment until you hear a ridiculously good part that you recognize. There is a real subtlety of transition, with the amount of layers there must be, making the mix fluid and not choppy or littered with blanks, basically, it flows. Beautifully.
Like what has come before it, you cannot deny the excellence of Girl Talk. Brilliant mix after mix that, despite any resistance will get you dancing. Also, against what Greg Gillis said himself, in the fact that his albums and live set are separate entities, you cannot help but feel that this is the kind of set he would play live. It’s a party mix, undoubtedly. Brilliance from song to song, that will get people going. There’s too much that is already in the sphere of pop juxtaposed against the kind of music that generally isn’t to make an anomaly of an album, that despite the possibilities of commercial misgivings will always connect with a certain audience. I’ve been waiting for the chance to see Girl Talk for the last two years. If such chance happens to crop up, you know that I will be there.
I cannot recommend it enough. Download right now, via the Illegal Art website. You need this record in your life. Get a couple of choice cuts below, but make sure you listen to it as a whole.