Weekend Energy Preview 2/5
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is breathtaking it’s like taking your helmet off on Mars to eat a sandwich and enjoy the view.
Golden Bug & Rodion – The Washing Machine (feat. Lavinia Claws) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
Cinnamon Chasers – Rocker – New album, “Science,” by the Cinnamon Chasers, aka Russ Davies, is a moderately chill indie masterpiece. Last week I played Smooth Station, this week it’s the slightly more up-beat Rocker. If you like both of these, you’ll love the rest. Combine delicate, fresh vocals and an alluring bass and you’ve got Rocker. I also recommend an older song from Cinnamon Chasers, “The Bomb.” Check out this glowing fan-made video.
La Musique d’Orinateur – The Hoover – Crunchy is probably the best way to describe this relatively new electro team. Though they’ve done a done of metal-esque remixes, The Hoover is their first EP and it’s a good one. Heavy, brash, intense, it’s like surfing on a wave of lava. Visually, they take after other masked groups like The Bloody Beetroots, The Toxic Avenger and Pelussje (who does a great remix of this song). It’s easy to mask talent.
Kooqla – Myself – They describe themselves as down-tempo, but I would say that’s only somewhat the case with Russian group Kooqla. I’ve been playing great song after great song from this group for years. Some of my favorites: Silence, Mute, Forecast, Voicetoy. Always rich and compelling, their songs are like a large canvas painted on with a heavy brush. They’ve switched singers over the years, but if you loved Nata Smirina’s voice in Mute, you’ll enjoy it on their new album, “Fruit.” Myself is the first track on the album. Watch Kooqla perform this song live in Moscow.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
I’ve played a few remixes from Golden Bug on Weekend Energy, but never an original from this French indie-house nu-disco producer. Previous songs like his remix of In Flagranti’s Ex Ex Ex and the remix of PYX by the G.L.O.V.E.S. stood out as creative alternative feats of musical ingenuity. This original track, “Do The Washing Machine” reflects the same sentiment. It’s got an old-school rhythmic beat and crisp vocals by Lavinia Claws. With saturated, saccharine bassline it actually feels like you’re in a washing machine getting spun around. The ultimate charm, however, is probably in this hilarious music video, complete with gooey neon aliens and a chase through dark neighborhoods. Follow Golden Bug on his blog.
Almost Made It
Within five seconds of listening to the album sampler below, you’ll agree the new release by Basement Freaks, titled “Something Freaky,” is 100% 21st century funk. I had two songs from this album on the short list, “Get Ready” and “Here We Go Again.” Both songs are irresistibly catchy, fresh and fun. I simply didn’t have the right moment in this week’s mix to include them. Fat basslines, soulful singing, old-school sound loops, generous brass and twangy guitars, this album has it all. Something Freaky demands to be played very very loud anytime, anywhere.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include The Toxic Avenger, The Bloody Beetroots, Bag Raiders, Jeannie and more!
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.