Weekend Energy Preview 6-4
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so enjoyable, it’s like sauntering into a beehive covered in daffodils!
Alex Clare – Too Close (Distance Remix) – British singer-songwriter Alex Clare isn’ someone who would usually make it onto Weekend Energy, even though Too Close is pure awesomeness. Pained, folksy singing with a touch of dubstep. What could be better than that? Here’s what’s better: the Distance remix. Toning down the vocals and revving up fresh, original dubstep, Distance rubs this mix like a salted ham. It’s so good, if you hate dubstep you’ll change your mind after hearing this. This is some of the best there is. Some awesome kendo in the official video.
Strange Talk – Climbing Walls – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
Treasure Fingers – Lift Me (Original Mix) – Treasure Fingers have been more or less a staple of Weekend Energy, ever since their single Cross the Dancefloor. Always funky, always breezy, Lift Me is no exception. The bongo-like drums roll in over ocean waves and some sandy, crushed up vocals – then build into a rollicking, feel-good beat. This is diet Sprite on a hot day, lightly sweet, no calories, and exceptionally suitable.
Delta Heavy – Space Time – I only have one Delta Heavy song in my pile ‘o tunes, and it’s Space Time (but Take the Stairs is also quite good). Space Time is drum n bass perfection. Much like the surprisingly accurate music video, the pushes and pulls in this song actually make you feel as if gravity is getting fresh with you, tossing you through wormholes, taunting you from distant stars and booting you into black holes. It’s a roller-coaster of a song in every sense of the word. Can’t picture it? Check out the awesome (albeit short) video.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
Strange Talk is another Australian indie-dance group making a splash this year, similar to Monarchy and Cloud Control. Climbing Walls is bold, smart and produced to perfection. It’s entirely safe, by this I mean you can predict the whole song as you’re listening to it, no surprises. Fortunately, everything sounds great – from the incredibly rich drums to the falsetto humming to the guitar break around 2 minutes in, thus making the song very satisfying – I predict this song will appear in a television commercial in the next year. Strange Talk sounds a bit like Yeasayer, too, particularly in the way they layer their songs. Eskimo Boy is another great song, much more abstract and riskier. Come to think of it, their whole debut EP is fantastic. It’ll be the best three dollars you spend this week. Check it out on iTunes.
Almost Made It
A couple weeks ago, I highlighted the single Faraday by the young German group Captain Capa. I said the catchy emo-power ballad blew me away by its overall quality catchiness. I commended its well-done blending of styles – emo, rock, electro, punk, power-pop, new wave, indie dance, etc. Well… Captain Capa has since released an album called “Saved My Life.” In a rare feat, the album is as dynamic as the original single. By all means, this album should wedge right in with the slush of Hot Topic one-hit wonders, but yet, strangely, I can’t get enough. Berlin Fainting is poppy and dark, but just off-kilter enough to sound unlike anything I’ve heard. Same can be said for Rivals, which switches off between English and German vocals. Both songs were on my short list this week and I’ll probably have one of them in the mix next week. Captain Capa has impressed me again.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Quadrat Beat, Hey Champ, Mischa Daniels, The Killers 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.
Weekend Energy airs Saturdays on 91.3 WKMS from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stream it live on wkms.org Saturday nights.