Weekend Energy Preview – 1/28
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so wild, it’s like riding through the African Savannah on a jet-powered hoover-craft into a water hole full of rabid elephants.
2000fastwomen – Letters from Vienna (NAPT Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
The Toxic Avenger – Escape (The Bloody Beetroots Remix) – This is one of those collaborations that blew me away before even listening to the song. Two consistently great artists on one rocking electro instrumental. The featured artist here is The Bloody Beetroots, who recently dropped an extensive remix album, on which this was one of the tracks. Another song from that album I had on this week’s shortlist is a remix of Second Lives by Vitalic. Watch a good quality live performance.
Bag Raiders – Sunlight – Australian house duo Bag Raiders have been on the Weekend Energy playlists since Fun Punch came out in 2007. I’m thrilled they finally put out a full-scale album, self-titled. Sunlight is the second single and it’s feel-good vibe is enough to make it feel like summer in your ears. I also recommend their song Shooting Stars. Go bananas with their music video.
Jeannie – Orange – There’s always room in the mix for some great j-pop, especially when it’s got a breaks vibe and a fresh sound. The Japanese music culture maintains a level of trendiness above and beyond Europe and the US. Jeannie’s album, “NY to London” is a great example of this. In addition to Orange, I recommend their chill-out title track and the indie track Blue Jack Corvin.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
2000fastwomen is an example of why the UK maintains its status as a world power in cultural achievement. When I stumbled upon this indie/hip-hop group’s new single Letters from Vienna, I was entranced. The cynicism accumulated from listening to hundreds of songs each week melted away. The original mix is funky and fresh the hip-hop is intelligent and artful and the explosive, grungy chorus will make you jump out of your seat. Brace yourself in the video below. I also recommend the more standard rock Let Go and the poppy Astray. Now, in this week’s mix I’m playing the NAPT remix. The remix takes Letters from Vienna to soaring heights. It’s got a tremendous build-up so it’s the opener. NAPT chopped up the lyrics and added a legendary drumbeat, knocking this thing out of this world. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Almost Made It
I had trance-producer Schodt’s single Fly Into the Night on the shortlist this week. The Soundcloud below is the Antillas and Dankann Radio Cut. Though I prefer the extended original mix, this one had better feedback and is also pretty good. The consistent and uplifting tone captured my attention, and the incredible sweetness and sincerity of Aida Fenhel’s voice make this a truly stand-out track. I also had on my shortlist another Schodt & Aida single, Here with Me, which also features Sundriver. Personally, the trance genre needs to try a bit harder to stand out to me, but this is an example of one of the more unique and genuine songs the musical style has to offer.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Disco Trash Music, Madeline Puckette, I’m Not A Band, Foster the People, and Two Door Cinema Club.
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.