The Hood Internet 

The Mixtape Volume 4

The latest mix from Chicago mashup duo The Hood Internet is the perfect soundtrack for a sweaty dance party. And that's exactly the problem. It's basically just a party record where recognizable indie and electronic tunes get spliced with a cappella versions of rap and pop songs. That's not to say it's not well mashed—it is. I just expected more from the duo.

Despite its shortcomings, Volume 4 provides some gems. "Billie 'Wildcat' Jean" deftly mixes Ratatat's 2006 hit "Wildcat" with Michael Jackson's vocals from "Billie Jean." Meanwhile, "Buddy Holly's Imagination" slaps vocal blips from Weezer's "Buddy Holly" over sped up instrumental bits from Glass Candy's bouncing disco track "Animal Imagination." They're both surprise marriages that match up well.

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It's a smooth effort, but sounds less innovative than output from similar artists like Girl Talk. If The Hood Internet added extra effects to the tracks they sample, and took a heavier-handed approach to their editing, I'd probably want to bump this more often than just as background music for my next soiree.

The Hood Internet plays KBGA's End-of-Thon Saturday, Feb. 13, at 9 PM with Visqueen, Black Velvet Elvis, Shahs and Capricorn Vertical Slum. $5.

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