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Here’s what’s in the mix this week. It’s so destructive; it’s like steering a boat full of expensive rocket cargo into an old foggy bridge, rendering tons of metal and concrete into a ridiculous pile of spaghetti!


Highlights

Major Lazer – Original Don feat. The Partysquad (Flosstradamus Remix) –  Here we are again. Another song by Major Lazer in the highlights section. You probably think I’ll just highlight anything they do? Well, you’re probably right. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original mix of Original Don. It was less dancehall than their flawless album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, and instead had a very standard hardstyle drumbeat. But that’s what Diplo and Switch sought to do in the first place. Take an underground musical style, one perhaps even reviled, and spin it into an infectious web that eats your face (in a good way). For closed-minded individuals like myself, check out the Flosstradamus remix, because it blows out the track into an incredible moombahton rhythm, complete with sounds all too familiar to those who follow Diplo’s work. While you’re at it, check out the swinging music video for this song.

Gato Preto – Tschukudu (Flore Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Cauliflower feat Kid A (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix) – I was almost done with the mix, but missing like four minutes. I thought, you know what this needs? Some Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip. They will absolutely enhance any mix for any get-together, whether it’s a soiree, business meeting, or block party. The lyrical throwdown between Dan and Kid A is what obviously makes this song, but what makes the remix is the dissonant guitar riffs from Does It Offend You, Yeah? reminiscent of their song “We Are Rockstars.” The remix is as complex and sophisticated as anything Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip have put out. Do yourself a favor and pick up their albums Angles and The Logic of Chance, if you haven’t already. Here’s the official video for the original mix.

St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong – It’s the song I didn’t want to like, but couldn’t resist. I guess that’s a highlight, eh? Anyway, this song closes out the first hour tonight. It’s totally mellow, with a low rumbling thunderstorm of drums and otherworldly singing. It’s not really dance-y, but just resonates in your head. Like their name, it feels warm and tropical, though a bit agitated. If I were on the beach listening to this, I’d probably be wondering if it’s time to pack it up and go inside (but in a good way). St. Lucia may be just out of range for Weekend Energy, but their music is splendorous. Doing a quick iTunes search, here I see four tracks (three and a remix). All of them are nothing short of excellent. So I suppose that gives them a perfect track record. How many artists have that? Just a link to the song, but enjoy it.


Discovery

Gato Preto

WOWOWOW. This Portuguese/Mozambique duo blew me away this week with their single “Tschukudu.” It’s got a sick Brazilian tribal beat by DJ Lee and intense Portuguese rapping by Gato. Everything about this song is cooler than the other things in the mix this week. 2012 started out a bit ho-hum until earlier this week when I stumbled upon a bundle of remixes of this song. Though I love the raw intensity of the original mix, I was floored by the Flore remix (unintentional alliteration). It tones down some of the halting beats and makes it more of a deep house rumbler. It’s perfect for the mid-hour, like throwing a curveball into your ears. Gato Preto looks stylish, they sound unique, they are certain to stand out from the crowd as they certainly stand out in the mix tonight. Can’t wait to hear more!

Check out an interview and some live performing:

Almost Made It

Rusko

On his Wikipedia page, Rusko is defined as an English dubstep producer, though his dubstep is different than the harder Skrillex sound that’s really taken off. Rusko has a much gentler approach, with more of a dnb influence. Just check out his stellar single Everyday, or his remix of Sunday Girl’s Stop Hey, or his remix of Dutch Flowers by Skream. It just sounds more sophisticated. So I almost had Sigma’s remix of Somebody To Love in the mix, but took it out in favor of the dnb song Reach by Tantrum Desire. Rusko always gets in the mix, though. I’ll probably put this in next week.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear Scarlett & The Pixels, Thecocknbullkid, Gooseflesh, Gemini Club, Afrojack, and Neelix. Thecocknbullkid is one of those artists that makes a big splash and then recedes away into the ocean. Unless you have a British iTunes account or something, you’ll have a tricky time finding her songs – including some of her best “One Eye Closed” and “Yellow.” I loved her 2009 album Querelle, in particular the single “I’m Not Sorry.” It had a brash, hard beat that just melted into the vocals, leading up to a super catchy chorus, but that’s all I got. I’d complain to Cocknbullkid, but she’s not sorry.

 

“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.

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