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Weekend Energy Preview 3/12

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so gluttonous, it’s like winning pancake eating contest. It’s the second of my two-part spring cleaning series. For this mix, 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 Good Natured – Your Body is a Machine (Zebra and Snake Remix) – The Good Natured is a new listening experience for me. I picked up this remix from the really great Kitsuné: Gildas & Masaya – Tokyo album. I had been pushing it around on the short lists for a while until it finally dropped from sight. I was drawn in to the churning, brooding atmosphere complimented by the intelligent and well-aligned lyrics. The Zebra and Snake Remix has a lighter, but more consistent tone than the original. Check out this spooky official video of the original mix.

Miami Horror – Moon Theory (Punks Jump Up Mix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Max Sedgley – Sound Boy feat. Tor Cesay (Kraak & Smaak Remix) – I played some new Max Sedgley a couple weeks ago (his new song “Superstrong”) and it reminded me of this funky masterpiece. I’m a sucker for British Ragga-infused rap. Tor Cesay spits it like no other. The funkiness has much to do with Kraak & Smaak, who have been pairing faux fur with patented leather for a long long time. I’ve also got “Walkin On The Beat” by Jason Rivas in this week’s mix. If you like Sedgley, you’ll love Rivas. Here’s the ventrilloquistic official (?) video.

Armin van Buuren – This Light Between Us (feat. Christian Burns) – Armin has been ranked the #1 DJ in the world by DJ Mag for 5 years in a row. It’s no coincidence, his production value is simply out of this world. This Light Between Us is the third single from his 2010 album Mirage. Christian Burns’ soaring, desperate, passionate vocals surround this song, making it truly a special experience. I wish I could say the same for the terrible music video. Here’s the link for the… tad overdone… official video.

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

Discovery

Miami Horror

You know how some artists have sign-up newsletters on their web sites for fans to follow the escapades of the band, like the name of the hotdog cart they visited in September in New York, or how much they regretted drinking Tequila the night before… You know, the good stuff… Miami Horror is probably the only band whose newsletter I ever signed-up for (I mean, nowadays you can just stalk and band on Facebook).  Another Australian group (See Midnight Juggernauts below), these down-under disco house synth poppers shrug off trendiness for a more lasting and universal appeal. They’re like a bowl of spicy potpourri. Since this week is stuff I’ve pulled out of the cupboards, I must admit Miami Horror is not a new discovery, but rather one I’ve made over the past year or so that has impressed time and time again. In addition to Moon Theory, I highly recommend checking out Make You Mine and Sometimes. Even the most cynical bastard will love their cheery and timeless single Holidays. All of these songs happen to be on their new album “Illumination”, which you’d buy right this minute if you loved yourself. Check them out on Facebook. Sign up for their news letter on their web site. Quit missing out on this group!


Almost Made It

Midnight Juggernauts

On Wikipedia they’re described as “prog dance meets cosmic film scores”, “slasher-flick disco” and “deadpan landscape.” All true.  I, for one, am an ardent collector of deadpan landscapes. The one with the sheep in it? Fabulous. Back when I started the show in 2007, Midnight Juggernauts were a featured free artist on the iTunes store. If I’m not mistaken, the free song was “Into the Galaxy”. Blew me away. Around this time, French/German indie electro was re-shaping into something trendy and somewhere off in the shadows was an unimposing artist named Danger who came out with an EP called “9/14 2007” that, in my opinion, transformed the way electronic music should be perceived. So, long story short, when I stumbled across Danger’s remix of Midnight Juggernauts’ Into the Galaxy, I was ecstatic. It sounds as good its promise. This thing revvs up and flies away – quite living up to its name. It’s a dangerous ride, so hang on tight when you listen.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  The Kills, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., Treasure Fingers, The Body Snatchers, MSTRKRFT 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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