DJ Bahler and Frail Limb Purity have created a project that is beyond mashups, beyond simple transitions, beyond anything I’ve heard this year. Their collaborative project entitled XOXO [The Glitch Mob x The Weeknd] is aesthetically stunning, audibly refreshing, and above all, it’s musical art – and I’m talking about Beethoven-talented art. However, if you’ve taken the time to listen to DJ Bahler’s and Frail Limb Purities single releases then you know that XOXO is the definition of their mashup style.
Mainly utilizing the unique sounds of The Glitch Mob, or solo tracks from individual Glitch Mob members, and pairing them with the insatiable vocals of The Weeknd, Bahler and FLP have successfully infused two vastly different sounds and created unrivaled harmony. Perhaps the closest complete project that I can compare it to is Terry Urban’s Born Ready to Die from earlier this year. And while Terry’s project is more vocal (in the sense that there is more singing from Notorious B.IG. in the entire project), Bahler and FLP subtly use the power of The Weeknd masterfully. I’m not sure what other accolades and superlatives I can use to describe this project, but don’t sleep on this project.
Even though Bahler and FLP may not be as well known as other big-name mashers, their talent/skill is certainly on par and, at times, unrivaled. With a personal shout-out from The Glitch Mob themselves (see here), Kollecting XOXO [The Glitch Mob x The Weeknd] is certainly advised.