Weekend Energy Preview – 7-9
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so refreshing, it’s like bobsledding through a car wash.
Kap Bambino – Obsess – There are a few artists I will admit to having a predisposed bias towards, selecting their song for a mix before even listening to it… Diplo, Wolfgang Gartner, Penguin Prison, Grum… to name a few. I would add Kap Bambino to this list. This electro-punk metal duo from France never fails to impress – due largely to Caroline Martial’s crazed vocals and Orion Bouvier’ ultra thick, manic beats. From Batcaves to Dead Lazers, their subject matter is great too! They just dropped this new single Obsess, which lives up to their reputation. The synths are rich and dark with a swift flighty riff that cuts in like sharp sparkles, Caroline’s vocals are far away but still loud (could they be any other way?) Obsess is short, punchy and powerful. And the official music video is disturbingly insane.
Emalkay – The World (Teebee Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Minnesota Remix) – Back in January, I said the Penguin Prison remix of this song was easily one of my all-time favorites. That was true until this remix came along. I’ve been a huge fan of Ellie Goulding since her Neon Gold debut in ’09 and I was thrilled when she recently performed at Saturday Night Live a couple weeks ago. This song has aged like a fine wine for three years: tasting better, smelling muskier and garnering respect. The original mix is lively, breathy and pop-tastic. Minnesota dices up the vocals, often playing them in reverse, overlayed over a dashing, chiming synth, which builds up to a grinding, but not too halting dubstep beat. The song blooms in its complexity. As with other truly excellent remixes, I think you have to have a certain degree of familiarity with the song to fully appreciate the masterpiece at work here. Ellie’s organic peppermint voice is perfectly juxtaposed with the synthetic crush of the drums. This is truly genre-defining music, a must-listen and a must-have. Here’s the official video to the original version.
The Death Set – They Come To Get Us (Designer Drugs Remix) – This Australian art-punk group The Death Set is completely new to me. I was drawn to a collection of Designer Drugs remixes and this one sounded interesting. I was right. The original version is brash punk-pop mayhem, with screaming flying vocals, an anthem chorus and an absolutely chugging beat. If you’re a fan of Kap Bambino, you’ll love The Death Set. Check out more music on their website – I love, love Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap – manic perfection. They wisely teamed up with Designer Drugs for a remix of this song, who gave the song more structure, without losing the energy, thus resulting in a more solid listening experience. Structure, though, can barely contain this group, whose live show, I could only imagine, would be unforgettable.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
Emalkay has been upsetting dubstep traditionalists for years with his softer, more atmospheric approach. The World featuring the wonderful vocals of Lena Cullen is no exception other than (I think you’ll agree) it is an exceptional listening experience. Emalkay isn’t really a discovery this week… I first heard of his music with the 2009 release When I Look At You, a sheer masterpiece. I’m also a fan of Fabrication and Metropolis, and his new treatment of Caspa’s single Fultham 2 Waterloo. What is new, is his new album, Eclipse, on which many of these are featured, including The World, which is understated elegance, finely choreographed. TeeBee’s remix is in the mix tonight because it has a touch of drum n bass, which perks up the song just a little more. Both versions are pure genius though. Emalkay delivers consistently. His new album is on YouTube and it comes with my highest recommendation.
Almost Made It
TV OFF is a emerging indie house/electro duo from Finland with a diverse catalog of music to their name. The song that almost made the cut was Car is on Fire! the Taku Takahashi remix. When I first heard the song, I was thrown by the bizarre vocal delivery, with a rich feminine voice to the likes of Amanda Palmer and a syrupy thick beat. Then I realized what was throwing me was the remix. The original version is much simpler, more standard electro-pop with a quirky premise… She lit your car on fire! Ooops! Haha. The remix really grew on me, though. I’ve been a fan of Taku Takahashi for years as the DJ for the awesome Japanese hip-hop group M-Flo. Their albums Astromantic and Beat Space Nine defined my teen years, seriously – they are of legendary quality. Here’s a sampling of M-Flo. Taku delivers the same kind of overstressed, forward-thinking beat stylings to this song. He’s lightyears ahead of current trends, so you may be thrown by his remix. But it’s good. Very good. I’ll put it in next week’s mix.
Here’s a rough quality live version of his remix (it’s all I could find):
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Passion Pit, Jack Beats, The Whip, Fear of Tigers, Russ Chimes, Bestrack 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.