Weekend Energy Preview 4-9
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is such a breathtaking anomaly, it’s like the radio-edit of Fermilab’s possible new subatomic particle.
Justice – Civilization – Any self-respecting French indie fan sees a new single by Justice and implodes with the gleeful blaze of a thousand excited suns. Civilization is a hammer of sound, with solid – omniscient-like vocals. Fresh sounds by Justice has been a long-time coming and it’s worth the wait. If you’ve never heard of them, buy their album Cross immediately.
Black Strobe – Me & Madonna (The Twelves Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
Scanners – We Never Close Our Eyes (LAZRtag Remix) – “Can you hear the buzzing in your ear? Can you hear? Because I… am… watching!” Creeptatic lyrics by London-based Scanners begins this song that puts those Android commercials to shame. This song rocks, plain and simple. It’s one of those that makes it in the Weekend Energy mix again and again. Check out their whole discography. Here’s a video to their single “Salvation”.
Benny Benassi – Cinema (Skrillex Remix) – In my humble opinion, Benny Benassi, while a talented artist, gets overshadowed time and time again by other artists who are better. This new remix of his single Cinema is a perfect example. The original Cinema mix is a bouncy, ‘safe’ house floor-filler. Dubstep artist Skrillex drops a warhead on the track, without sacrificing the delicate vocals and soft synths. I can’t recall any song with as much balance as this. It’s seriously a roller-coaster experience not to be missed. Mad props to Skrillex. Check out an interesting interview with him.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
I wasn’t hugely familiar with Black Strobe before this week. The featured song, Me & Madonna, came to my attention in the Kitsune Maison Compilation 10: Fireworks Issue. And it was a remixed version done by The Twelves. This French indie-electro group aims for greatness in their bio on Facebook and they’re certainly off on a great start. Me & Madonna is dark and twisty, reminiscent of Tiga, but with the innocent crispness of their fellow Kitsune label artists. The Twelves remix peps up the darkness a bit with a beginning beat that sounds like it’s been around forever. The whole song sounds like a party that you’ve sort of stumbled into uninvited yet no one seems to mind.
Almost Made It
I’m a fan of this easy-going London-based band. A remix of their catchy first single “The Look” has been on my short list for a few weeks, without making the final cut. Usually how this section goes is that I’ll become fond of the song and put it in next week’s mix. That may be the case here, but I might pull something from their new album, “The English Riviera” which is set to come out this week and sounds just as promising. If you go to their web site, you can download the first single She Wants, for free!
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include The High Dolls, Ira Atari, Gooseflesh, Gemini Club, Kito & Reija Lee, Bill Posters and more!
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.