Blanketship and Qulfus are the respective duo of Jared Blum and Dominic Cramp, and for the last few years have put out assorted releases beloved to WFMU (in fact Liz Berg hosted a live set here with Blanketship) full of quirky 60s/70s samples, tasty breaks, jazzy detours and that general kitchen sink aesthetic we have all grown to love. Motown Meltdown is the newest project, in their words:
"A few months ago we were introduce to a special collection of discs called the Motown Master Recordings Karaoke by Singing Machine. Each of these extraordinary discs contains '8 classic hits by the original artists.' Why are they extraordinary? For one, these are original Motown recordings! But it gets better.. The first 8 tracks are separated stereo channels, left and right. The left side; the instrumental, the right, isolated vocals all from the original sessions! "
So basically B & Q decided to do remixes using only these karaoke tracks, nothing outside allowed (drums, basslines etc.). The disc's liners claim Motown Meltdown is free for the taking, though I didn't see anything up as of today offering it on the Gigante website. I assume it's forthcoming, but in the meantime, here's "That Girl's Alright" (MP3) from Qulfus, and Blanketship's "Blanketown" (MP3).