At last: The world’s most epically awful mix now has a sequel [Stream]
In January, Australian artist Willco slid into dance music’s public eye with little to no foreplay when he created “Literally Fuck Genres.” The perverse producer’s prodigiously tasteless magnum opus went veritably viral, because, as it turns out, dance music fans are so starved for a unique release in an often-stagnant scene that they will listen to a mashup of Desiigner’s “Panda” with the Seinfeld theme song…over 300,000 times.
Recognizing the public’s frenzied desire to consume as much auditory AIDS as possible, Willco has returned to his twisted playbook. In his followup, “Literally Fuck Genres Harder,” the producer purveys another thoroughly – but thoughtfully – disjointed mix of music that was never meant to be put together outside of, perhaps, the context of a death knell.
This new offering begins on a momentously stupid note, shifting from a recorder cover of the 20th Century Fox theme song into a mashup of “Bad & Boujee” with the Spongebob theme – providing just desserts for all of the misguided souls who apparently requested a second “Literally Fuck Genres.”
The sharply-conceived stupidity continues throughout the mix, as Willco melds “What Does The Fox Say” with Bag Raiders’ “Shooting Stars” and Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” with “The Chicken Dance. Wisely, the “artist” corrects a crucial misstep from his first mix by ensuring that he includes the Internet’s most meme-able song, Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”
While the immediate success of “Literally Fuck Genres Harder” once again proves society’s thirst for absolutely anything that deviates from the status quo in music, it also points to Willco’s uncanny ability to make songs legitimately work together that shouldn’t. His fusion of Flume’s “Hyperparadise” remix with Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” for example, actually sounds surprisingly good. So, too, does his preposterous triple-layering of Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.”
That we have reached the point as a society in which a mix which blends The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” with NWA’s “Fuck tha Police” warrants a legitimate review may be somewhat troubling, but it was inevitable. In light of its clear demand, it seems apparent that Willco is not the musical hero we need right now, but he is definitely the one we deserve.
Listen to serious music from Willco here.