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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so cheap and cheerful, it’s like finding an uneaten sandwich under a tree in a public park. It’s the first of my two-part spring cleaning series. I went through my extensive short-list, over 800 songs – songs that almost made it in the past, alternate remixes, or stuff I may have totally forgotten about.


Highlights

The Kills – Cheap and Cheerful (SebastiAn Remix)  – This song is like hauling a giant sniper rifle across an alien stronghold on Mars. SebastiAn takes the bouncy, trash-pop sound of the original mix and just ramps up the grunge 100%. It’s a banger of an opener, and I’m excited to brush the dust off this to open tonight’s show It’s from an album by SebatiAn simply called “Remixes.” Nearly every song on this album is as massively awesome as this one. Check out the ridiculously awesome video of the original mix.

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. – Bang Bang Bang (Russ Chimes Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

The Body Snatchers – Call Me (Lee Mortimer’s ‘troll Under the Bridge Mix) – I’ve played this song several times since picking it up in the summer of ’09. This and the original mix are actually the only two Body Snatchers I have in my archive. The song is funky and diverse, Sporty-O’s salty slapdash rap and Yolanda’s groovy voice trade-off between the bouncy beats making this a song not to be missed. Around 1:50 in the remix this song just sizzles. The original video is sick intergalactic.

Headman & Dieter Meier – Gimme (In Flagranti Remix) – I’ve had this song on the shortlists for a while, but I always thought it was just a tad too weird to drop in the mix. Well i was in a weird mood, so here it is. Dieter Meier’s gravelly voice is the centerpiece in the original mix. In Flagranti mixes in a Ghostbuster’s-esque bassroll to it. My favorite version of this song is probably The Surreal Stroll Remix, which is just bizarre for the sake of it. Here’s the freaky yet mesmerizing original video.

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

Discovery

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

Bang Bang Bang featuring Q-Tip and MNDR. I stumbled across this amazing music video on a blog over the summer and was totally blown away. There was a lot of great music over the summer, so I think this one wound up getting lost in the shortlists, so I’m delighted to throw it in this week’s mix. Remembering the songs of last summer, this one instantly stood out in my mind – which is why it’s this week’s “Discovery.” The video below is the original mix, but the Russ Chimes Remix is the one you’ll hear in tonight’s show. Russ Chimes introduces a continuous snappy beat throughout the song that turns the song into a rich soundscape.  Bang Bang Bang was Ronson’s first single with his new band (The Business Intl.) and did quite well on the UK charts. I’ve since become a fan of Mark Ronson and The Business Intl’s song Somebody to Love Me, and of course the popular single The Bike Song. Check out his web site for clips and cuts.


Almost Made It

Groove Armada

I’ll admit, during the week I like – almost prefer – some good chillout music. It’s good for my balance. One of those groups that bridges the gap between revved-up indie dance pop and a carefree transience is Groove Armada. About a year ago, they released their album featuring Paper Romance, just exploding onto airwaves. Turn back time about another year and you’ve got their awesome song “Drop The Tough.” I’ve played it in the past and was quite close to playing it again. I’m particularly fond of The Twelves remix, but it’s not a revolutionary remix. It maintains the light-hearted, breezy funkiness of the original version. After a particularly brisk weekend I’ll put it some Groove Armada. Not this weekend though, but maybe soon – very soon.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  Yelle, La Roux, Chapeau Claque, Tritonal, Mat Zo 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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