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Weekend Energy Preview 11-19

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so fresh it’s like running through a field of wheat grass wearing nothing but gym shoes!

This is also fresh… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ1XwGDcA4&ob=av2e

This week’s mix is Matt McG’s first annual Weekend Energy Thanksgiving Moombahton Madness mix. It’s an hour of slowed-down, filthy, honey barbecue spare ribs with a gallon-sized margarita. Moombahton was crafted in 2009 by Dave Nada, of Nadastrom, at a party where he took Afrojack’s song Moombah and cranked it down to 108 bpm. Moombahton is part Reggaeton, part Dutch House, part Spanish flair, and three heaping doses of awesome-sauce. I actually had some difficulty putting together this mix because the genre is so new and the sound so unique that finding good (and legitimate) songs was challenging. Also, only a handful of artists are doing it well. I suppose any purist would say I took some liberties with the mix – I would probably agree. Taking liberties is what I do, but in a fun way – not in a crazy dictator sort of way.

Here’s a link to a really great article about Moombahton on NPR’s The Record blog.

Highlights

Nadastrom – Gal Where Yuh Come From (feat. Natalie Storm) – Nadastrom is Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom, some of the heavy-hitters in the new field of moombahton. Gal Where Yuh Come From came from their album “Blow Your Head Vol. 2 Dave Nada Presents Moombahton,” which is actually where I got some of the songs for this week’s mix. If you’re into moombahton, this is the album to get. Gal Where Yuh Come From mixes moombah and reggae and makes one immense opener. Some other great tracks on the album and in this week’s mix are Que Que by Dillon Francis and Diplo feat. Maluca and Broken Hearts by Kito & Reija Lee remixed by Dillon Francis. I’d also especially push Dem Bow by Shabba Ranks, Renegade Rasta by South Rakkas Crew, and Releaserpm by Nadastrom and Win Win feat. Lizzie Bougatsos remixed by Nadastrom.

Diplo & Major Lazer – Horsey, Que Que, Mad Decent Record Label – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Schlachthofbronx – The Bassdrum (feat. Timberlee) – Even though I have a hard time correctly typing and pronouncing this German duo’s name, their music is stand-out and stellar. Check out Aboya with Spoek Mathambo and Gnucci Banana, Sai Safarda with MC Leka, and pretty much everything on their self-titled album on the disko B label. It’s abrasive, filthy, funky, unusual, and some of the best German electronic music I’ve ever heard. Here’s an awesome video for “Too High” by Schlachthofbronx.

Kito & Reija Lee – Broken Hearts (Dillon Francis Remix) – The song beings with a heavy slam bam bass by Kito and then kicks up with Reija Lee’s razor shap vocals. This song is short, but fills the room. Kito may best be known for producing dubstep tracks, so the indie-pop mash-up is really interesting. Dillon Francis’ rerub of this song actually seems to speed it up a bit and mixes in cranium scraping sounds just out of this world. It’s one of my favorite tracks in the mix this week.


Featured

Diplo, Major Lazer, Mad Decent Label

A couple months ago I wrote: “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.” There’s a lot from the Mad Decent label in this week’s mix, incredible revolutionary music that falls somewhere in the Moombahton Reggaeton Dutch House field like an atom bomb.

Here’s the insane video for Que Que by Dillon Francis and Diplo. Don’t even bother taking this video too seriously… it’ll make you cross-eyed.


Almost Made It

Dave Nada

I had Dave Nada’s original remix of Afrojack’s Moombah on the shortlist, but it’s a bit too simple for my taste. Of course ,the simplicity of the change from 128 to 108 is all that was needed to create a new and incredibly filthy sub-genre. I’m a huge fan of the slowed down vibe. Check out this great clip below that shows the transition from the original to the moombahton version:


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Jazz.K.Lipa, Monarchy, Fear of Tigers, Baymont Bross, Gooseflesh, and more. Fear of Tigers is music best reserved for special moments that need powerful, vibrant and overwhelming sound. 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. I had never heard of the artist Tram Dolls, and they only have a handful of likes on Facebook, but the Fear of Tigers remix of Kiss Me is stellar.

“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 or else.

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