Weekend Energy Preview 3/19
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so unpredictable, it’s like bringing a frightened kangaroo into an office environment.
Dada Life – Let’s Get Bleeped Tonight (Monsters of the Graveyard’s Disco Remix) – True to their name, this Swedish group makes a total mockery of the electronic art form. And, oh, it is glorious. I’m partial to their remixes – probably ever since their mix of Super Viral Brothers’ Hot Chocolate. The list of their remixes I’ve played on Weekend Energy are endless, from Tonite Only, Mvsevm, Alex Gopher, Malente, Martin Solveig, Designer Drugs… But… tonight! A new remix of their awesome single Let’s Get Bleeped Tonight. An instant classic! The Monsters of the Graveyard’s Disco Mix turns up a notch all the brooding, dark and ominous elements of this song. Which fits well with the freaky Chucky Doll music video.
Cloud Control – There’s Nothing in the Water We Can’t Fight (Chemical Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
Etienne Futur – Return – New-ish American-based artist Etienne Futur is a name to remember. His EP “Return” is an instant classic, featuring heavily-sampled groovy French House bombs. I played “Ou-est Le Disco” a couple months ago when the EP first came out, and Etienne Futur “returns” this week with the title track “Return.” I remember thinking when I got the EP, “this is too good to play all at once, why not save some of the songs and spread them out over the next few months.” Yeah, no, I’ve changed my mind. Get the whole EP, listen to it and then do it again.
Jennifer Delano – Amsterdam (Looking for a Spot) (RipTide Remix) – Amsterdam has been around in various remixes and re-rubs and incarnations over the past couple of years. I’ve pushed them around on playlists, but I don’t recall ever actually playing it. If that’s the case, it’s long overdue. Riptide’s remix is as freaky as remixes get. Heavily distorted vocals, a super thick bassline, a pleasing build-up… It’s among the tightest remixes I’ve heard. The cherry on top is that the music video is nothing short of perfection: a bride wakes up in Amsterdam, rides around on a bicycle and encounters the grim reaper among a crowd of unsuspecting people.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
Watch the music video below and you’ll probably come to the same conclusion as I did: Cloud Control is another indie dance pop band from Australia in the same vein as Miami Horror and Monarchy (both heard last week). Indeed, there must be something unfightable in the Australian waters generating these syrupy saturated musical organizations. You’ll feel nothing short of moderately empowered by their single “There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight.” Get an early start on summer with their album “Bliss Release” – The hazy lazy feel-good vibe permeates through the rest of the album, check out This is What I Said and Gold Canary. In the mix tonight is the Chemical remix of “Water…Fight” which ramps up the beat to proper indie dance speed, without sacrificing the feel-good vibes. About halfway through the remix, the song takes an entirely new shape and form, with a mind-blowing drumline. If you’re working on your spring-time mix. Add Cloud Control and then tear it up at the end with the Chemical remix.
Almost Made It
Yeah! Woho! is, I suppose, another discovery for me this week, though not in this week’s mix. His new Warfare EP, which you can listen to below, is grungy bouncy awesomeness. It’s like peanut butter on Ritz crackers. The particular song I almost included in the mix was “I Wanna Love You.” It is impossible not to move to this two-step popper. Warfare remixed by Cobra Krames is a total trip, too. Yeah! Woho! turns the conventions of the genre on its head, crossing between sub-genres with grace, but doesn’t alienate the listener with any kind of overdone novelty. In my opinion, one of the most original artists emerging in 2011. Check out those and listen for them in the coming weeks.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Two Door Cinema Club, Miami Horror, Jason Rivas, Monarchy, Armin Van Buuren, The Good Natured and more!
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.
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