Rolling Stone - p.105Ranked #22
in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[A] virtuoso mash-up record....Coherent and sublime..."
Spin - p.58Ranked #27
in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "Greg Gillis turns our band-of-the-day age on its head, splicing hundreds of Top 40 gems into samples..."
Uncut - p.874 stars out of 5
-- "[L]ike Kid606 rewiring Jive Bunny, via Fleetwood Mac, MIA, Pixies, Nirvana and Wings: the perfect party mixtape."
Q (Magazine) - p.1073 stars out of 5
-- "Pennsylvania laptop whizzkid Gregg Gillis takes DJ mash-ups to a new level."
Q (Magazine) - p.1043 stars out of 5
-- "His debut album is a blizzard of samples that collides rock, techno and hip hop to brilliant effect..."
Clash (magazine) (p.112) - "[S]eamlessly grabbing beats, lyrics and hooks for a variety of sources and doing something very new and exciting with them."
The high-minded conceptual tropes of the original plunderphonic artists, John Oswald and Negativland, were not exactly anyone's idea of party music--pointed and often humorous cultural critique, but generally not something one could dance to. The post-Napster Internet-era of accelerated consumption has ushered in a new generation of pop-culture recyclers. These young laptop jockeys are as hell-bent on filling dance floors as they are on smashing commonplace genre banalities. Gregg Gillis (Girl Talk) is the sampledelic wunderkind behind NIGHT RIPPER, a rollicking 40-minute ride through hundreds of musical fragments, from (seemingly) as many different music styles.
NIGHT RIPPER could easily have come across as a novelty record, but Gillis is no ordinary bedroom DJ-cum-producer. Abolishing the classic mash-up formula of vocal a capella over instrumental tracks, Gillis freely mixes snippets from a dizzying array of '80s pop, classic rock, grunge, Dirty South rap, and even Bollywood banghra beats. On the track "Bounce That," Gillis lays down a Ludacris rap over Elastica's "Connection" (itself an appropriation of Wire's "Three Girl Rhumba") in one of the album's stranger moments. Seamlessly mixed--as if by a highly skilled, attention-deficit-addled DJ--NIGHT RIPPER is a joyous, schizophrenic, and highly entertaining mess.