Metermaids VS. Sufjan Stevens: Nightlife In Illinoise Metermaids Mashup Sufjan Stevens for EP and Announce Remix Contest

Metermaids VS. Sufjan Stevens: Nightlife In Illinoise Metermaids Mashup Sufjan Stevens for EP and Announce Remix Contest

The Metermaids are a duo that teeters on the edge of multiple genres. Mixing elements of hip-hop, expansive songwriting, slick pop instrumentals and exceptional lyrics, the duo creates imaginative songs that push and warp boundaries. On their latest effort, Nightlife in Illinoise EP, Metermaids take a bold step into the realm of mashups. Following in the footsteps of Girl Talk and Dangermouse, Sentence and Swell decided to mix two radically different pieces of music. In Nightlife in Illinoise, the duo remix songs from Sufjan’s Stevens’s critically acclaimed album Illinoise with beats and a cappellas from the Metermaid’s debut album Nightlife. The result is a lush album that highlights the strange folky eccentricities of Stevens and the earnest lyrics and creative production of the Metermaids. The EP is available for free at the Official Metermaids website. Swell from Metermaids was excited to re-invent the music of Stevens, stating, “Sufjan Stevens’s album Illinoise is one of a handful of albums that changed the way I think about music… The wonderful part about this project, at least to me, was that it gave new life to not only our material, but also gave me a renewed appreciation for Illinoise as well; hopefully the same will be true for anyone who hears it.”

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In addition to the EP, the Metermaids are also hosting a remix contest that gives fans a chance to flex their mashup skills using the Metermaids song “Nightlife.” Drawing on the vocals, bass and drums from the original track, fans will be able to use the free Remix Wizard widget to re-create the track. The winner will receive a copy of Reason 4 by Propellerhead Software, the track offered as a free download on iTunes and a track feature on the Metermaids MySpace page. To get started on your remix contest entry, please go to and search for Metermaids or check out the Metermaids MySpace page for more details.

The Background:

The Metermaids are two New York emcees, Swell and Sentence, who met through NYC’s underground hip-hop scene in 2006. Embodying the convergence of indie rock and hip-hop, the Metermaids represent a new sound in crossover music that bends and melds genres, unveiling new possibilities both lyrically and musically. After hooking up with the producer Matt Stine of 27 Sound they released their debut EP in 2006. The duo then hit the road touring with the likes of Brand Nubian, Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Fabulous, Lady Bug Mecca (Digable Planets), The Lox, and Camp Lo. In 2008, with an arsenal of touring under their belt, the Metermaids launched their first full-length Nightlife, a raucous mash up of gritty break beats, heartfelt lyrics, and a touch of rock n’ roll. Nightlife is currently available on 27 Sound Entertainment.

Streams: Nightlife In Illinoise