Weekend Energy Preview 9-3
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so unnerving, it’s like being cornered by a large green tentacle on a staircase who demands wax fruit and longs to be in a rock band.
Varvez & Tosses – Turntable On (Rory Hoy Remix) – Last year I stumbled upon their song Collect Rare 7inch, which just blew me away with its funky fresh scratching, saucy female vocals and an intoxicating mixing. I’m pleased to have “re-discovered” this unique duo with their new song, Turntable On. This time the amazing beat and retro-fresh sampling features slurry male vocals ready to get things going. A perfect opener! There’s like a thousand remixes of this song, too.
Gachette of the Mastiff – Running All In Vain – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
Diplo – Horsey (Original Mix) – Diplo is a revolutionary. His work with Major Lazer has fire-branded itself into the electronic genre. He slowed it down, cleared some space and shocked everyone into a favela funk, dancehall house Frenzy. Such is the case, anyway, with his newest single Horsey, a galloping obelisk of sound that could fill the CFSB Center ten times over. It’s the first track off Mad Decent Vol 1, which is out of this world. I especially like Wild One by Reset! & Bosco Delrey, Run For Cover by Kito & Reija Lee, and Gangsta Revival by South Rakkas Crew & Gangsta Kid F & D-Rakkas. Watch a manatee swim around to this song (you know you want to).
David Jones – Evelyn (Original Mix) – I’ve played a couple David Jones-touched tracks recently: His remxies of If Only Alarms Didn’t Ring by Biboulakis and Swing Time by Will Gold, but I hadn’t heard what he could do on his own until this week, with Evelyn. He follows in the same vintage-house refurbish style, but Evelyn is remarkable for its complete mastery over manipulating the instruments and vocals, which sound clipped and irreverent. I didn’t want to like this song at first – I was offended at such a flagrant disrespect for the sound produced by these tried-and-true instruments. The horns sound inhuman and impossible, trying to keep up with the merciless beat. Sounds like this should exist. That’s what makes it so good. Watch David Jones drive around to the song.
Gachette of the Mastiff
Running All In Vain by Gachette of the Mastiff was the song I had no idea I was looking for. It’s got manic vocals that sound like they were recorded at a bus station and a wicked filtered beat that just mashes up pops, bells, clicks, razor synths, whirs and horns. I can barely understand the lyrics, but they don’t even matter, the point of the song is a carefree, self-serving attitude. They’re signed on to Leonizer Records with similar, and awesome company like The Escapists, Straaatch, Tepr, StereoHeroes, Leonard De Leonard and some others. Looking at this list though, Gachette of the Mastiff blows away their peers with their new EP. Check out Broke Down Animal and Scandale Vandale, too. This is what the future sounds like and it could care less whether or not you’re on board.
No video for this song (yet). Here’s a video I found of them on YouTube. Some things going on here. Peruse if you like.
Almost Made It
Morgan Page, Sulton, Ned Shepard and BT
It took an army of great DJs to put together the song In The Air featuring Angela McCluskey and it sounds… breathtaking. The production is top notch prog house, among BT’s best and as good as Morgan Page’s best repertoire (I might be biased). What really makes the song soar though is Angela’s voice. Unlike 98% of the female vocals in this genre, it actually sounds like she cares about what she’s singing. Her voice sounds weathered and, to that effect, grateful for the subject matter of the song. The lyrics may be superficial standard, but Angela makes the words, and feelings, seem important. For some more BT, check out Suddenly. I’ve got a Sultan and Ned Shepard track called Past Dreaming that sounds awesome. For Morgan Page, anything from the album Elevate (seriously, just listen to all of it).
Here’s a cool video that lets you read along for better understanding of plot progression and character development:
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Useless Wooden Toys, Rye Rye, Justice, Two Door Cinema Club, Beastie Boys, Wolfgang Gartner, Calvin Harris and Sneaky Sound System. It’s a super diverse mix, and my first mix featuring new music in nearly a month. Looking back at this mix, the song that stands out most to me is Rainstick by Herve & Jack Beats, Herve’s Monsoon Remix. It’s wild.
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.