Weekend Energy Preview 4-16
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so cataclysmic, it’s like a clumsy rocket scientist slipping on a hilariously misplaced banana peel into a ridiculously oversized red launch button.
Woflgang Gartner – Forever (feat. Will.I.Am) – Wolfgang Gartner caught my attention a while back as an artist in the shadows of Deadmau5. Though, honestly with singles like Hookshot, Push & Rise and Undertaker, he’s become in my opinion a far greater and more dynamic artist. Forever might be his first great commercial success. Grabbing excellent vocals from Will.I.Am, and throwing in a thick house beat, Forever is brash and strong. Sometimes commercial sounds really, really good. This would be an example.
Kaskade – Fire In Your New Shoes (feat. Martina from Dragonette) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.
Make the Girl Dance – Kill Me – When I heard their first single Baby Baby Baby, I thought these French DJs were sipping gin and tonics while mocking their listeners with a schmaltzy flippancy. Kill Me confirms it. This song clearly indicates that Make the Girl Dance does not care about how you feel about their songs. They produce it, you listen to it, your grandmother hates it, you love it. I have a separate file of this song in the studio, in which I spent like 45 minutes making the song radio friendly. It was worth it. Check out the awesome, uncensored music video in which they blow a ton of money on a whirlwind trip to the US.
Ampeer – Bringing Problemkids The Music – This German DJ has been producing some straight up electro for several years, but he’s relatively new to me. I stumbled across his music on Soundcloud and instantly became a fan of his deep-bass crushing sound. Bringing Problemkids the Music was a catchy enough title to open Weekend Energy with, and has a great build in the beginning. I highly, highly recommend checking out Ragged and also Johnny. If you have a good enough subwoofer, you will float standing next to it.
(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)
Kaskade, with Martina of Dragonette
Okay, this is more like a rediscovery. Neither Kaskade nor Dragonette are new to me. In fact, whenever I see new stuff by either of them, I think instant quality. Kaskade is extremely adept at making music people want to hear. For anyone new to the overall genre, I would point them to the direction of Kaskade – a little bit of trance, a little electro house, a little nu disco… Not to mention his impeccable talent at choosing and or handling a vocalist. Check out Empty Streats featuring Becky Jean Williams, Don’t Stop Dancing (and also Dynasty) featuring Haley, 4 AM, Step One Two, I Remember, and last but not least Fire In Your New Shoes featuring Martina Sorbara from Dragonette. That’s the featured song this week because it’s snappy, dancy, sexy, uplifting, and Martina’s vocals are simply irresistible. Other great Dragonette songs niclude Animale, Hello, Pick Up The Phone, Fixin To Thrill, and Boys & Girls. NPR recently featured her as a leader among today’s female musicians. Check out the video below, she’s leading.
Almost Made It
We Love Machines
I picked up the new album by We Love Machines this week, which is basically 14 massive bangers. Somehow none of the tracks wound up in the mix. It’s an atrocity, really. Some of my favorites from the album are Machine Love, Higher, Carpentizer and Drop It. Not an album for the week of ear, this thing is a beast. Machine Loves kicks it up, Carpentizer follows with an oddball dancehall beat that would make Diplo jealous, Scissors just flat out rocks and Higher is nuts. I simply cannot endorse this album enough. Here’s a link to hear the whole thing online.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Justice, Black Strobe, The Twelves, Scanners, Benny Benassi, Skrillex 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.