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Weekend Energy Preview 2/12

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so heartfelt, it’s like a little naked Cupid deep-fried an arrow, smothered it in cheese and bacon mayonnaise and shot it through your chest. It’s the Valentine’s edition of Weekend Energy so grab a loved one… or yourself… and get ready to throwdown.


Highlights

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix) – If you listen to the show fairly regularly, you’d know I play these guys  a lot. This young group of musicians from Bangor/Donaghadee is among the best in indie-dance, with a deft ear for rhythm and a brilliance in spirit. Something Good Can Work is their third single from their debut album, “Tourist History,” which I highly recommend. The Twelves amp up the pacing of the song a bit, but the original is pure, unadulterated summer freshness. Check out their official video.

Flight Facilities – Crave You (Cassian Remix) – One of my favorite songs in the mix this week. The super chill and catchy single by the “anonymous and enigmatic” group Flight Facilities is one of those that you will look forward to waking up in the morning just to play this song as you get ready. Cassian’s remix is extremely well done because he lays down a nice indie beat without sacrificing the awesome vocals or the feel-good vibe. You’ll love the music video for the original mix.

Shinichi Osawa – Love Will Guide You (feat. Tommie Sunshine) – One of my first posts on The Front Blog was a review for Shinichi Osawa’s album “SO2.” Here’s what I wrote for this song: “From the first few notes of the first song, the album shines with unusual, retro, pop-electro happiness. Though this is supposed to be a single, it’s already pulling the listener down a steel tube-slide surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colors. DJ Tommie Sunshine lends his vocals, making this song feel fuller halfway though. This is feel-good, sugary, Diabetes inducing summer goodness. If you don’t like it the first time, you will the second time, and third time, and possibly the fourth time.” …Like two or three dozen times later, I stand by my words. Here’s the wonderfully trippy music video.

Khan – Candygirl (Original Mix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)

Discovery

Khan

I didn’t mention this on the show, but I love all of the songs in this year’s Valentine’s mix. All of them (with the exception of Etienne De Crecy’s mix of Alex Gopher’s “In Love”) have been played before and with much adoration. One of my favorite “discoveries” involving a love-themed song on Weekend Energy is “Candygirl” by Khan. The song is deliciously low-key and alluring. Now listen to it within the context of the freaky music video below… You might resist it at first, but before you know it the song will creep into your thoughts and take hold of your imagination – much like love, eh? Finnish/German artist Khan, also known as Can Oral Khan and variants, has been crooning around for a long time. See what he’s been up to on his web site. And check out his new album “Who Never Rests.” The first single, Excommunication, is equally clever, but with a darker more rumbling tone. If you have mind like a London alley – mischievous but welcoming – Khan is your man.


Almost Made It

Tiga

I had several songs on the short list – more songs from Tesla Boy, some Chromeo, Tomato Jaws, etc… But as long as we’re talking about freaky love songs, I had the king of them on the shortlist, but decided to go with Khan for his quirkiness. Tiga’s “What You Need” is brooding, highly suggestive and a even little dangerous. The music video below simply amplifies these qualities. Steve Aoki’s remix is really what was on the shortlist his version is darker and more pulsing. I’ve played it on the show before, I’ll probably play it in the near future. Tiga has made a reputation for himself has being unique and excessive in a genre of music where mundane is mainstream.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Golden Bug,  Cinnamon Chasers, La Musique d’Ordinateur, Kooqla and more!


“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.

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