Weekend Energy Preview 1/15
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so loud, it’s like the rallying cries of feuding space alien armies seeking conquest over Earth.
Phonat – Ghetto Burnin’ (Johnatron Remix) – Phonat has been tagged as one of the most innovative electronic artists of this generation. One listen to his self-titled debut album, you’ll know why. I found Ghetto Burnin’ to be one of the more radio-friendly tunes, namely due to the wicked vocal sampling. In this new remix, Johnatron fattens the beat and winds up the sampling to a dizzying effect. Stylish original video.
Heads We Dance – Take My Picture (Amplid Remix) -Few songs are as dangerously catchy as this. While the original mix is slower and more haunting, the Amplid remix is solid indie-house, with a strong beat, layered vocals, and an incredible climactic build. While I put together Weekend Energy, I usually listen to the show two or three times before it airs. This song, I’ve listened to on continuous repeat. Cool, creepy original video.
Chromeo – Hot Mess (Duck Sauce Remix) – What more can I say about Chromeo that I didn’t say last week? Watch the original video for Hot Mess and if you’re not thrilled like a tiny chihuahua at a kibble fiesta, then you don’t deserve the internet. “Duck Sauce” is Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, so whenever you see this name attached to a remix, consider it a seal of quality. Also La Roux is in there doing vocals. Hilarious original video.
Vindata – Night Sky (Memo Rx Vocal Edit) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
Vindata is the name of San Diego duo Branden Ratcliff and Jared Poythress. A few months back, I was amazed by their fresh touch to Wynter Gordon’s “Renegade,” a rather commercial song that they brilliantly remixed in a stand-out way. When I saw their name emerge again with an original song, “Night Sky,” I was very curious to see what kind of sound they’d come up with. The first thought that came to mind was Russ Chimes – excellent company – in that they captured a crisp 21st century new-wave vibe, complete with timeless synth and a strong beat. Elegant and energetic could summarize this song, and probably my overall impression of this group. Check out their Facebook Page to hear a good sampling. I’m particularly fond of “Fata Morgana.” In this week’s mix, I’ve got the Memo Rx Vocal Edit of “Night Sky.” While perhaps not as timeless as the original mix, the vocal edit captures the moment, the now, for as long as it may last.
Almost Made It
Milk & Sugar
I got really into the Balkan-flavored house style first with Riva Starr, then Malente and then Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup. Milk & Sugar’s “Hey Nah Neh Nah vs Vaya Con Dios” follows in the same vein, currently with huge success on the UK charts. This should come as no surprise, since German duo Mike Milk and Steven Sugar have been producing major singles for over a decade. The original song has charmingly barely intelligible lyrics, too, but it’s not as lively or rich as this new remix. It also doesn’t have a fantastically remixed retro video:
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Ellie Goulding, Vito & Escobar, French Horn Rebellion, The Twelves and Creep.
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.