Nike7Up – Thief in the Night

This came out of nowhere for me. I’m not big on mash-ups, but this is a total 180 from something like Girl Talk. Nike7up is a weird name, right? But it gives you an idea right off the bat where this is coming from – the sounds of a brain that’s been melted by corporate culture and is slowly trying to piece itself together again.

The video mirrors this exactly, too, the slowed-down close-ups on Britney giving you the feeling that you’re supposed to look hard for something human, something real inside this manufactured star, and it’s odd, sad and touching. Other mashups are meant to start a party. Whatever this is, it’s more like a dull ache inside your head the morning after; the audio equivalent of your growing sense of unease.

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