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Weekend Energy Preview 12-24

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy.  Following the literally smashing success of last year’s holiday mix, the Weekend Energy Dubstep Christmas Extravaganza returns. I hope you’ve been good boys and girls this year because tonight’s mix is so filthy it’s like Santa wheeling up a dump truck of coal and pouring it straight into your ears. It’s irreverent, it’s fun, and it’s unlike anything you’ll ever hear on the radio anywhere. I’m thrilled to present this hand-picked and carefully wrapped mix of audio mistletoe to you. Merry Christmas. Also, watch this video, it’s hilarious:

Highlights

Nero – Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix) – I’m in Chicago over the holidays and actually just heard a decent version of this song on a radio mix by local House artist Too Kool Chris. It’s not surprising this song is everywhere. This is Nero’s quintessential single. It’s better than Crush On You (which I played a remix of a couple weeks ago). This particular remix was in the mix a couple months ago, too and then I said Nero was a name to watch, ” Promises is… absolutely massive, less pummeling than traditional dubstep, and much more delicately produced with a keen creative eye for uniqueness.” Line up and drink this awesome music video without asking questions.

The Crystal Method – Play For Real feat. The Heavy (Team Awesome’s Dubstep Mix) – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend (Feed Me Remix) – If you’re hungry for awesome dubstep, eat this song. The original mix is tender and remorseful – which tends to be a theme in much of Robyn’s work. The Feed Me remix throws the song in a blender full of chunky tomatoes, diced shrimps, and some squeezed limes. It’s a summer song for a winter night. This won’t be the hardest or most crushing remix in the mix tonight, but it doesn’t need to be – this is stellar and doesn’t completely throw out Robyn’s vocals, just warps them enough to be a whopper. Like a lot of talented European singers, she celebrates great success in her home region, but is largely ignored here. Pick up her epic album Body Talk, with great tracks like this one, Indestructible, Hang With Me, and Don’t F***ing Tell Me What Do Do. I also love Never Will Be Mine by Rye Rye featuring Robyn on the chorus.  The video for the original mix was done in one camera shot.

Calvin Harris – Flashback (Millions Like Us Remix) – Calvin Harris soared in 2009 with his stellar album Ready for the Weekend – a great party album. Flashback is from that album and it’s dance-y, light, retrospective (literally!). The Millions Like Us remix actually takes all of those concepts and enhances it with a sweet dubstep rubbing. It’s got all the elements of a great dubstep track too: sweet delicate female vocals paired with a thick crunchy bass, significant drops, Calvin’s singing and great musical synths. It’s my second favorite track in the mix tonight (see Featured). I used it as a closer, so enjoy because this will be officially the song that rings in Christmas Day. Follow Calvin’s crazy night out in this official video.


Featured

The Crystal Method , with The Heavy

This is easily one of the best songs of the year. Almost everyone is a fan of The Crystal Method and everyone should be a fan of The Heavy. I opened a show with this song back in September and said, “Play For Real is like the monolith in 2001 Space Odyssey. Team Awesome captures this even more so with a syrupy dubstep touch.” Bust out a stack of pancakes and just drop your radio on them because that’s what this sounds like. If you took this song outside, your neighbors would think it was the rise of the Sentinels or something. If you’re listening to this mix while your grandmother is home for the holidays, turn it up – she will love this song. The Heavy’s been everywhere lately: car commercials, movie soundtracks, late night talk shows… Yep, that’s everywhere. Check out The Heavy’s album Great Vengeance and Furious Fire, especially for the tracks How Do You Like Me Now and Sixteen.

Here’s a nifty promo video for the Team Awesome remix:


Almost Made It

more Skrillex

First of all, what dubstep special wouldn’t feature Skrillex – arguably the most influential artist in the genre. I’ve already got Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites in the mix, one of his most famous singles from his groundbreaking album of the same name. Also, I’ve got his stellar remix of Nero’s song – what more do we need?! The dubstep mix was pretty solid – I actually had no “almost made its” – nothing got cut from what I wanted to play. Last night, however, I saw that his new EP titled ‘Bangarang’ was released and thought: again I have been defeated by time. If I had to pick one song from this BRAND new EP, it’d be the title track, featuring Sirah from his BRAND new EP. It’s got a sweet guitar/rap intro that kicks it up into a nasty grimey little ditty that carries the song, blending in the awesome rapping by Sirah. The whole mini-album is magnificent, though – and lives up to Skrillex’s notability: particularly the other track with Sirah, called Kyoto and Breakin’ A Sweat featuring members from The Doors. Ah, there’s always next year! ;)


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Some of the artists in this mix include David Guetta, The Knocks, Kaskade, Dreadsquad, La Roux, and more! The opener of the hour is a remix of Guetta’s track Titanium, which dropped some time in August as a promotional for his album Nothing but the Beat. The song went huge all over Europe and Australia and it’s easy to see why. Guetta’s got his finger firmly on the pulse of trendy dance scenes and isn’t afraid to eat up the deserved popularity. The song’s got uplifting lyrics paired with the rich soaring vocals of Sia Furler. The original version actually sounds a bit ballad-like, not exactly my flavor, but the Cazzette Ant Seeking Hamster Mix is a whole other story. The song begins ballad like but drops into a ridiculous series of bloops that just tears up that head space. The uplifting lyrics are – for the most part – replaced by an uplifting beat that just builds and builds for a stunning six minutes. Some call Guetta too popular, a sell out. Maybe, but every time I approach a conclusion like that, he drops another incredible song, for example: I remember being wowed by his track Lunar not too long ago, which is also on his new album. Love him or not, whatever, it doesn’t matter. As Guetta himself says, “F*** Me I’m Famous.”

“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.

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