Archive for November 26th, 2011
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is such a guilty pleasure; it’s like eating left-over Thanksgiving green bean casserole two weeks from now! It’s my Thanksgiving Leftovers Mix… That’s right, this week I’ve cleared out my not-so-short shortlist of roughly 450 songs and picked a dozen or so of the best!
Figure – Monster’s Revenge – This song is drop dead awesome. It’s dark, heavy drumstep with killer samplings from the classic movie Frankenstein. I forgot it was on my shortlist, I suppose a holdover from the Halloween Mix, in which I heavily featured Figure with his other songs: Boogie Man and Mr. Hyde. Monsters of Drumstep Vol. 2 is an incredible mix, perfect for every holiday! Check out the comments on Soundcloud:
Captain Capa – Rivals (feat. Deniz Jaspersen) -I’ve featured Captain Capa on here before, highlighting the single Faraday and their song Berlin Fainting. Their song Rivals was an “Almost Made It” back in June, and now it’s finally on the show! This power ballad switches off between English and German in an emotional tour-de-force. Their album “Saved My Life” is still as captivating as it was back in April. It’s one of the best albums I’ve heard all year. There’s an official video for this, but the live version is way better.
Nate Metro – Gato Means Cat (Original Mix) – How often does great music entertain AND educate?! It’s great to learn new languages and when songs help foster such a great learning experience. This is big dirty electro house music. It’s like getting slapped in the face by a large slab of steak. It’s so bold, I’ve never been able to justify putting it into a mix… One of those songs that simply takes over in a matter of seconds and drops you off a cliff at the end. For truly maddening sounds, check out the Steve Konkel remix!
Yuksek is one of those remix masters that has an incredible knack of turning everything to gold. This French producer has appeared on my playlists for years, but I honestly forgot about his masterful music until just this week, as I was clearing out my shortlist and came across his original mix On A Train off his newest EP of the same name. On A Train’s got a quirky intro sound that fades out to driving, strong vocals with awesome inconsequential lyrics: “And now, I’m crying, Cause I don’t wanna be here, I don’t wanna be seen, Enough, I would run and live on a train.” I love it. It’s so simple and contrived, it’s genius. The guy wants to live on a train going nowhere to escape the lies he has to tell you. The “you” in the song seems to be his face. Mind = Blown. It all makes sense in the video… Check out his remixes of Papillon by The Subs, Sunglasses at Night by Tiga, Always More by Autokratz, Bonafied Lovin by Chromeo, Stylo by Gorillaz, Heavy Cross by Gossip, Hold Me Down by Primary 1, and… the list of incredible remixes just goes on and on… It’s all fantastic.
Almost Made It
Ron May’s Limpopo is a wild beach party contained in a six-minute sound byte. It’s tropical, breezy, and rambunctious house music. The best part of the song are the vocal “whoops” and “ahs” that add an intricate deep layer to an airy flutey melody. It’s one of the few songs left in my shortlist, but won’t be for much longer.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. It’s the Moombahton Madness Mix featuring Nadastrom, Diplo, Major Lazer, Shachthofbronx, Dillon Francis and more! Also in the mix is Dillon Francis’ remix of Broken Hearts by Kito & Reija Lee. I’d previously only heard their original mix of the song, which was bass booming wickedness. Then I found this trippy video for On The Jam:
“Crank up your stereo, bust out the strobe light and kick up the bass.”
Weekend Energy has been blowing out car stereo systems, upsetting the neighbors and enhancing the night life of western Kentucky every weekend since July 2007 on WKMS. Host Matt “McG” Markgraf pours through hundreds of songs each week to create “the loudest show on public radio” featuring the best techno, dance and electronica from around the world. Weekend Energy airs Saturdays on 91.3 WKMS from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stream it live on wkms.org Saturday nights.