The Weekend Energy Preview 11-5
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so unpredictable it put Nostradamus into early retirement. The end of the world isn’t in 1212. It’s tonight! …Maybe.
Rebecca and Fiona – Jane Doe (Original Mix) – Swedish duo Rebecca and Fiona have reigned Stockholm’s club scene ever since their single Luminary Ones – and their follow-up Bullets. They first came to my attention with their vocals on Kaskade’s single Turn It Down. I loved their haunting, whispery, slightly imperfect vocals. Last week, I came across their new single Jane Doe. This song far from anonymous. Their vocals are signature in the track, so you’ll either love them or hate them. I’ve been letting the noise run through my head all week, so you can probably guess which camp I’m baking my beans in. According to their Facebook page, they “spend more time trying to nail loops in the basement of their recording studio than splashing champagne at trendy nightclubs.”
Justice – On’n’On & New Lands – See this week’s “Featured” below.
Crookers – Hummus (Original Mix) – Crookers is one of those artists I’ve been following more than playing. This insane Italian house duo has been wrecking since I opened an episode in 2008 with Big Money Comin. In proper Italian fashion, these guys have always been a bit off-kilter, which is exactly what makes them so unique. Check out The Salmon Dance, Knobbers, Hip Hop Changed, Cooler Couleur, Bust ‘Em Up, Business Man, and this week’s track Hummus. They’re all about building atmosphere and this really stands out in Hummus. It’s a slowed-down high speed chase through a wind tunnel, with a parrot playing a zampona (of course!). Check out the music video.
Moullinex – Sunflare – I’m suprrised I’ve never written about Moullinex, a German/Portuguese artist producing fantastically relaxed, yet upbeat tunes like Superman, Lover In Me, Tear Club, and Sunflare. I first heard his music on The Discotexas Forbidden Cuts Vol 1 album, which is an absolute must-get. Sunflare is a rhythmic, sensual groove. It’s like sleeping in on a bright autumn morning. Go on a fun fun adventure in their music video!
French group Justice is the Daft Punk of the 21st century. Their debut album Cross was a legendary soundscape. They’ve just put out their follow-up album Audio, Video, Disco, and dare I say it’s flawless? After this weekend I’ll have played five stand-out songs from it… How many albums can you list with that many or more stand-outs? Justice isn’t even crafting their songs for some commercial radio output. This is musical art. The songs flow together, breathe together, live side-by-side together. So me even playing them is taking them out of context. This album is more retrospective than Cross, it’s more saturated. Cross sounded like a new group trying to gain attention – it was brash and boisterous. Audio, Video, Disco is more comfortable in its skin. In the mix his week is On’n’On and New Lands. The former is a stomper and the latter is a rocker. Both are great. The other songs I’ve played from this album are the title track Audio, Video, Disco; Helix; and Civilization. I highly recommend picking this up on iTunes if you’re into an audio experience rather than party songs or one-shots.
Almost Made It
The Toxic Avenger
A remix of Angst One almost made it in, but whether or not the song makes the mix, it’s worth noting the music video for the original version. Toxic Avenger is no stranger to cinematic endeavors – check out the video for Toxic Is Dead. The video for Angst One is a brutal metaphor for good (red jacket) vs evil (black jacket). As someone on YouTube well explained: “The evil in the world will taunt you, dance in your face, grab you by the collar, jerk you around, and pummel you, The worst evil will cradle you in your weakest hour and let you think that it cares, and even as it does all this a good person is expected to turn the other cheek. In the end, how much can a good man take, though? How long does it take for evil to poison a man’s mind and turn him into a monster too.” Whether or not that’s what they were getting at in the video, it’s an awesome thought.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Figure, The Death Set, Designer Drugs, Meller & Neelix, Gemini Club, and more! Another notable artist in the mix is noisy New Zealand band, Computers Want Me Dead. I was totally playing titles when I put them in the mix, playing their grimly titled song “In Your Blood.” This soothing stomper is extremely well produced and features only mildly haunting vocals. The music video is vintage 80s deluxe.
“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.