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Weekend Energy 3/26

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so erratically fortuitous, it’s like stumbling into a swamp wrestling match between a sharktopus and a piranaconda refereed by… a yeti.


Computers Want Me Dead – In Your Blood – I can’t get enough of this synth-heavy smooth New Zealand group. I stumbled across In Your Blood like six months ago and its kept me hooked. Their new self-titled EP just came out – and full of good stuff including this single, We Walk In Circles and Letters and Numbers. Check out their slick retrofuturistic video for In Your Blood.

Jupiter – Sake – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Dillon Francis & Diplo – Que Que (feat. Maluca)- American DJ Diplo has a huge following on Facebook. I’m most familiar with his work managing Mad Decent records and as part of Major Lazer. His favela funk, dancehall house style is largely what makes him a unique and powerful force in music. Mixed in with west cost Dillon Francis, the new EP, “Westside!” is a chill, funky wall of sound. Que Que is my favorite track off the EP, but Masta Blasta is also quite good.

Ze! – X Lover – Ze! sounds like someone you should already be familiar with… but you’re probably not. This Malaysian singer recently made a splash at SXSW – performing stuff of her new EP “I Am Glam.” Around the same time, her song X Lover pummeled my ears. It’s got a searing bassline, brash lyrics and a massive dose of energy. It’s awesome. “Ze” is heard to Google search for, but she’s on MySpace – where you can hear more of her music. Here’s a link to her web site.

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



Jupiter caught my attention from their beginning, with a remix of Salt Air by Chew Lips, followed by their own singles Starlighter and Vox Populi. This Parisian Electro/Disco/Funk group is on the Kitsune record label – which translates to “a place where good things come from.” Sake sounds like the drink: crisp, not too serious, a little sweet, a little cheap, and in large quantities will make your legs feel like squids. The video is full of ridiculous dancing and a prominently featured keytar – a deadly combination. It’s fun and vibrant and doesn’t stray from the indie-dance French sound that Kitsune has been nurturing over the past few years. Nothing offensive here – except maybe the dancing in this video! Check out Jupiter’s Facebook Page and their song Starlighter.

Almost Made It

Teenage Mutants

German duo Teenage Mutants are sort of new, but they are riding strongly on the Afro-beat, electro house wave paved by fellow German great Malente. The “almost made it” song is Chango – the title track of their new EP – remixed by Malente. The original has a transient quality to it, and Malente rips this thing into a glitchy poppy dancehall masterpiece. It almost sounds like a lessen in music making – take risks and sound different, but don’t alienate the beat. Chango came to my computer at the same time as the new EP by Dillon Francis and Diplo, and with too much similarity, I went with the stronger of the two. Check out Chango by Teenage Mutants remixed by Malente below.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  Dada Life, Uffie, Cloud Control, Libex & LRM, Disco Trash Music, Madeline Puckette, Etienne Futur 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 Saturday nights.

Hear the show streaming online.


Written by Matt Markgraf

March 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm