The PEMF Post – Part Four

Published On July 1, 2011 | By Kymbo Slice | Music

It’s almost time for the Pittsburgh Electronic Music Festival, and we’ve yet to cover MSTRKRFT. These fellas really need no introduction, but if you aren’t familiar, we’re here to school you. It also seems appropriate that today is Canada Day since the duo is from the lovely city of Toronto. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a few tidbits on these remix kings.

First off, let’s just get this out of the way – “We tried to make ‘festival weapons,’ so when we play them, it’s like throwing a million hatchets into the audience.” – Jesse F. Keeler, MSTRKRFT. Yup, I don’t really get it either. And why would you want to injure your audience? I’m staying far, far away from anyone whose trying to injure my ass while at a concert. At least Insane Clown Posse drowns me in soda pop. That’s not as threatening. And come on – MSTRKRFT’s music is barely grimey or grating. There’s nothing dark about it. This isn’t death metal or harsh electronic. It’s not even heavy dubstep. So what the hell is that all about, guys?

Anyway, they’re still pretty legit. Listening to any one of their tunes makes me want to get up out of my chair and break it down. I’ve been tempted to do so multiple times today while searching for tracks to share, but I’m saving all my energy for Sunday. Keeler is best known from his other project, Death From Above 1979, a Canadian noise punk duo. All I gotta say about that is, you should know better than to piss off James Murphy. These guys really must enjoy pissing people off! Weapons, using other people’s names – who do they think they are!? OH, but they do have a pretty impressive repertoire. They’ve remixed some of the hottest artists around, including Kylie Minogue, Bloc Party, Metric, Justice, Wolfmother, The Kills and many more. Here are some of my faves:

I think that’s enough. Their original stuff is good too. Their first album was more positively received than the second, but hey – sophomore albums rarely live up to their predecessors. I would love to go on and on about these guys, but it’s Friday, I’m ready to party, and they’re really not that complicated. If you like to dance to electronic music, have an open mind and $30 extra dollars to spare, we’ll see you Sunday!

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