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Weekend Energy Preview 4/2

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so loud, it’s like the cataclysmic roar of an alpha lion fish.


Highlights

Kito & Reija Lee – Broken Hearts – The song beings with a heavy slam bam bass by Kito and then kicks up with Reija Lee’s razor shap vocals. This song is short, but fills the room. Kito may best be known for producing dubstep tracks, so the indie-pop mash-up is really interesting. This works best, in my opinion, on the track This City. Check out the whole “Sweet Talk” EP from Diplo’s Mad Decent label. Here’s a minimix on Soundcloud.

Ira Atari – No Deal (and) Back to Zero – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

The High Dolls – Disco – Hands down one of the best emerging musical groups of 2011. They have reinvigorated the electro/rock genre. Their EP “C’est De La Merde” is frantic and diverse. Disco is a great example, I’m also fond of Legendary and the epic Light of Life. For a heavy dose of snarky lyrics, whirring electro synths, guitar solos and frenetic basslines – The High Dolls.

Bill Posters – Hold On (Aquasky Remix) – I’ve become a fan of the triple crossover between breaks, dubstep and drum and bass. Throw in some airy vocals and you’ve got an amazing crock pot of delectable audio. Hold On is sludgy and drippy, but contained – like some kind of lava lamp. Wobble away!

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

Discovery

Ira Atari

German singer/producer/pianist Ira Atari has a new album out called “Shift”. I discovered this album (and her) earlier this week and have had it on repeat in between pitching our on-air fundraiser. German disco-pop meets the rest of the world in this excellently frantic  melodic full-throttle release. No Deal is guaranteed to have you nodding along – with sugary vocals and a brash beat. Back to Zero, also in this week’s mix, is a bit more catchy. I also recommend checking out the smooth Miss Progression and the bouncy Hang On.  If you know a bit of German (or not), check out her web site.

Here’s a video for an older song of hers… From way back in 2010.


Almost Made It

Parallel Dance Ensemble

March was a very good month for the indie dance genre. New album by Parallel Dance Ensemble “Possessions and Obsessions” can be easily added to the list of great sounds in 2011. Though they might be parallel, the production quality on this album is unmatched. The ensemble of musicians have crafted a crisp and refreshing drink just for your ears. It’s like an audio lime. The catchy video below is for their single Shopping Cart. I also highly recommend Conditions. Both songs were on my shortlist. I’ll probably put them in the mix next week. On their Facebook page, they describe themselves as pumping out jams that are funny, slightly sinister and sassy as hell. Gotta love ’em.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  Computers Want Me Dead, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Jupiter, Ze! 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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