TOTD: Hilary Duff – “The Whistle Mash Up”
Anyone here like a mash-up? Just me? Okay. I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed Hilary Duff‘s new LP, Breathe In. Breathe Out. At first, I considered it boring and reductive of where pop music lay, but after listening to other pop stars release generic music, I found myself loving it. While BIBO contained your necessary — and mainstream — EDM trends, one couldn’t help enjoy the actress’s efforts in producing a laid back album. Tracks like the Belinda Carlisle-sampled “Confetti” and “One In A Million” were explosive anthems, while others like “Night Like This” showed a tender side of Duff.
“Sparks” may have been a top five from 2015, but this remix addendum adds to my love of this hypnotic track. If you enjoy Top 40 hits like Maroon 5‘s “Moves Like Jagger” and Flo Rida‘s “Whistle,” this mash-up may be the song you’re looking for. One of my favorite things is the late Lauren Bacall‘s memorable line from To Have and Have Not introducing the song in an unusual and offbeat manner. But it’s why we’re here, it’s why you’re reading my words — the whistle! Man, I wish I knew how to whistle. All I can ever do is produce noisy air from these squirrel cheeks.
The mash-up itself is brilliant; sampling the aforementioned tracks along with Foster the People‘s iconic “Pumped Up Kicks” and a dubstep-infused moment from one of pop’s beloved icons, Britney Spears and her Femme Fatale track “I Wanna Go.” This unusual blend of music provides a euphoric moment in a grand soundscape. The whistle heard throughout the song itself is a staple of what helps make the song enjoyable and anthemic. All in all, “The Whistle Mash Up” is an ingenious part of pop music and I know I’ll be humming it all day.