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Weekend Energy Preview 7-2

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so celebratory, it’s like leaping out of a helicopter to catch a firework in mid-air, don’t try this at home, it’s Weekend Energy! We’re celebrating four years on the air this week! For four years, I’ve been disrupting peaceful evenings with family and friends, the primary cause for your hearing loss, flying in the face of public radio stereotypes and an inspiration for discovering unique dance-moves to the concern and confusion of your pets.

Highlights

Passion Pit – Little Secrets (Remixed by Jack Beats) – Earlier this week, I came across several remixes of Passion Pit’s work. Now, I was already a huge fan of falsetto-finesse Cambridge group Passion Pit. You’ve no doubt heard The Reeling in various forms on Weekend Energy, and also their fantastic remix of Undercover Martyn Flexin’ It by Two Door Cinema Club. But the remixes breathed new life into these songs, my favorite is the Jack Beats remix of Little Secrets, which energizes the song and intercuts it with a thick, slappy beat – the kind Jack Beats is famous for, just do a YouTube search on UFO. Another one of my favorite remixes closes out tonight’s show, Moth Wings remixed by Eric Solomon. It’s airy, funky and rich, like the end of great things. Check out the official video for Little Secrets.

The Whip -Movement – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Fear of Tigers – I Can Make The Pain Disappear – A couple of years ago Fear of Tigers released their album Cossus Snufsigalonica as a free download, arguably among the best free downloads in indie-dance. The debut album is pure joy from start to finish. The joy begins with their opening track I Can Make the Pain Disappear. I’ve played this on WE before, reserved for special moments when the rest of the show is adequate enough to accommodate such a powerful, vibrant and overwhelming song. “I can make the pain disappear. I can erase the past. I can make the future shine so bright. I can make right now alright.” The lyrics are simple, and in any other song they might be inconsequential, but paired with the explosive drums, the multiplex of piano riffs, the futuretro synths, the pummeling beat, the song transcends the conventional barriers of sound and creates a full-fledged experience. It does this all in a very-quick four minutes. All I’ll say about the rest of the album is that this song is only the beginning.

Russ Chimes – Targa (Bestrack Remix) Russ Chimes embarked on a journey not too long ago, to create a short film with the three songs on his EP, Midnight Club. The whole thing clocks in at around 17 minutes, I highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in a good example of modern indie-electro pairing well with video that tells a story. Targa is the grand finale. The lyrics are powerful and the beat is at it’s finest given the nature of the project. Before this EP, Russ Chimes impressed me with his resume of stellar remixes, namely of Revenge by Justin Faust, Confusion Girl by Frankmusik, Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding and Bang Bang Bang by Mark Ronson and Business Intl. In the case of Targa, I was impressed by the work of Bestrack, who made the song stand out as a single rather than 1/3 of something greater. The song explodes in an uplifting melody, like a dozen fireworks going off at once. The Midnight Club EP is an excellent audio/visual experience. Bestrack’s remix is complementary musical perfection.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)

Discovery

The Whip

I discovered The Whip a couple of years ago, with the release of their album X Marks Destination, which is one of those few albums where every song is fantastic, especially their singles Trash, Fire and Blackout. What draws me to The Whip is their simplicity. The lyrics and beat don’t get any simpler than in Trash, but the driving beat, the determined vocal strain, the subtle builds into creshendos of sound, make these songs easy and deleriously infectious. Their new album Wired Together is due out soon and they’re offering half of it as an on-demand download on their website for anyone who pre-orders it. I leaped at the chance and will probably be finding any kind of excuse to play these songs on Weekend Energy. Their first single from this album, “Secret Weapon,” came out on YouTube a couple of months ago as a demo and I was impressed by the lyrical and rhythmic upgrade. Secret weapon “you’re my secret weapon” is charming and flavorful, but I wanted something else in the mix this week and went with Movement instead. Movement retains the driving, pulsing style of their earlier work, but the lyrics are more interesting, “Your movement is the move that I like, wheels are turning as you remain in light, and the moment we have to prove, I feed on what I see you do.” Check out The Whip, check out everything they do.


Almost Made It

Major Lazer

It’s sort of ironic that the Major Lazer song that almost made it was called Never Good Enough (The Killabits Remix). I almost ended the show with this dubstep remix, but chose to end on a more encompassing note with a callback to Passion Pit. Major Lazer has always been an innovative group, manipulating sound in inspiring, unconventional ways that makes even those who aren’t the biggest fans of the electronic genre (see host of Beyond the Edge) ardent enthusiasts (he loves Major Lazer!). Dubstep seems to be gaining in popularity, and I’ve always compared it to a foreign wine or an expensive cheese. But one of elements that seems to be lacking in dubstep is variance. So much of the offerings are so hard, ferocious, that it can become daunting on the ears. Balance is essential, and that’s exactly what the Killabits remix offers. It’s light, tangy and fresh. Never Good Enough comes across as resigned, a long-awaited shrug of being ineffective. It no longer bothers nor hinders, it’s just the way it is. Sometimes it’s good to end on that note.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Nightbox, Capital Cities, Tensnake and Savoir Adore!


“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.

Hear the show streaming online.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

July 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

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