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Weekend Energy Preview 2-26

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so explosive, it’s like sling-shooting revenge-craven birds into a neglected pile of dynamite stacked against a wooden fortress inhabited by a hapless pig king and his minions.


Highlights

Yelle – Safari Disco Club  – The latest single by French singer Yelle is quirky and disjointed yet strangely alluring. It’s not a instantly catchy as some of her earlier releases like A Cause Des Garcons, Ce Jeu or Je Veux Te Voir. Not at all. Yelle is taking indie French pop into entirely different territory. We can either keep up or miss out big time.

Chapeau Claque – Platte An – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (datA Remix) – Like pretty much everyone else, I’m a total sucker for La Roux. She’s one of those singers with a universal appeal. I’m Not Your Toy is no newcomer to Weekend Energy, but every time it makes its way on to a playlist, I’m reminded of her freshness. Similarly, datA does an excellent job revving up the energy in the song, giving it more of an electro vibe you’d hear on his original tracks.  Pool parties never looked so unique than in this official video.

Tritonal – Lifted feat. Cristina Soto (Mat Zo Remix) – I can’t remember the last time I’ve played Tritonal on the show. They’re one of those trance artists that gets easily lost in the mass of similarity. The particular addition of Mat Zo and Cristina Soto have created something special with Lifted. I first heard Zo upon the release of his stellar EP “The Lost / The Found” which stood out to me as vibrant and unique. His remix of this song is as crisp and smooth as it gets. This song is like audio butter melting in your ears. Much of this effect should be credited to the delicate, breathy vocals of Cristina Soto. This song is one of the best in the trance genre. I am particularly thrilled to be sharing it with you in the mix tonight.

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

Discovery

Chapeau Claque

Chapeau Claque is  an energetic band from Germany with a thoroughly diverse sound. Their new album, Hab & Hut, is a complex blend of pop, downtempo, poetry slam and acoustic singer-songwriting – helmed by the always charming Maria Antonia Schmidt. Platte An is the one in this week’s mix, and explodes as the vibrant second track. Some of my other favorites on the album are the groovy Silhouette, the tenderly lyrical Knallt Ein Spatz and the absolutely insane Schlosshund. This group is so far my favorite find of the year. I’m sure I’ll be making that claim a lot as the year progresses, but Chapeau Claque has set the bar high. Check out the romping video below for Platte An. If your German is so-so, visit their web site and like them on Facebook.


Almost Made It

Bobby C Sound TV

If you do a search on YouTube for Bobby C Sound TV, you’ll see all kinds of hilarious retro remix videos (like the one below). I picked up a couple tracks from his new album “Future Past” and they almost made the mix. The tracks I had on the shortlist were Night Vision and The Digitalist. Both are straight up feel-good party bangers. If you’re throwing a party soon, or just want a party in your ears, recommend getting full album. The audio experience blends into itself, making a consistent good time. Check out more Bobby C Sound TV on his Facebook page.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  Pony Pony Run Run, Jaguar Love, Peo De Pitte, Amanda Palmer & The Young Punx, Basement Jaxx and The Sneekers!


“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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Written by Matt Markgraf

February 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

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