Review: Jamble Music Mashups: Grandmaster Flash or Jive Bunny?
Jamble Music Mashups is a music app with a difference in rather than just allowing you a different way to play your own tracks it provides with a series of loops that allow you to create your own mobile music mix but is this a Grandmaster Flash of the app world or more of a Jive Bunny?
Jamble’s point-and-mix interface comes loaded with some of the greatest, most mashable music… from old skool to the latest hits, including:
★ The Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up
★ Gwen Stefani – What Are You Waiting For
★ Kardinal Offishall – Dangerous (feat Akon)
★ Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
★ Dirty Vegas – Days go By
★ David Bowie – Fashion
★ Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy
★ Georgio Moroder – The Chase
★ A Skillz and Krafty Cuts – Come Alive Now
The Jamble screen is laid out nicely with 24 icons displaying the track that when pressed starts the loop, and there is an impressive list of titles to choose from including Blur, Gorrilaz, The Cure, David Bowie and many more and each loop that they’ve added from these artists is as infectious as swine flu.
Click on your selected track starts it spinning and a beat meter at the top of the screen helps you keep pace. All you need to do next is to hit the next track you want to play and on the appropriate beat stop this initial track. And that’s all there is to it. I was pretty skeptical at first that I would be able to produce anything resembling a decent mix of tracks but it was surprisingly easy to do and before long I did indeed feel like I would be able to spin with the best of them.
In addition to the initial 16 tracks there are 8 tracks that you can substitute into your playlist at anytime, including while you are playing other tracks. This app will come into it’s own though when plugged into some speakers so that the base can be loaded up and then the party can really be started. The only limiting thing about this app is the fact that you can’t incorporate your own tracks from your iTunes library, now that would really bring a party to life meaning that your options would only be limited by your imagination rather than the 24 tracks that are included in the pack.
While Jamble is solitary experience to play those listening to you will certainly enjoy hearing the impressive mashups and according to No Robots Interactive there will be further tracks made available soon to purchase and add to your party. Unfortunately there is currently no save functionality, something that No Robots also say they are working on, so all mixes will need to be played live.
This app definitely has potential, but just misses the target slightly with its limited options. Jamble is good but even with 24 tracks because you only get the loop of the track you can soon get bored of them and at $5.99 I think I’d rather just buy myself 6 whole tracks from the iTunes store and play them back to back. For me, this is definitely about as cool as Jive Bunny rather than Grandmaster Flash.
- Easy to mix tracks
- Good range of modern and classic tracks
The Not So Good
- No iTunes library access
- Tracks become repetitive
- No ability to save mixes
Reviewed By: Craig Willis
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