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Weekend Energy Preview 4-30

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so fat and gassy, it’s like a fist bump with Jupiter.


Human Life – Wherever We Are (Grum Remix) – The best way I can describe Human Life’s sound is ‘transcendent.’ This is great music for enlightened people. Wherever We Are has smooth, smart vocals and a vivacious chorus. The original version is subdued and cautious, but Grum’s remix ratchets up the energy and especially the chorus to pure perfections. This is a masterpiece of music. I also highly recommend Human Life’s single “In It Together” and their remix of Show Me The Night by Jump Jump Dance Dance. Also in this week’s mix, Through the Night by Grum remixed by Dimsaw. Check out the delightful video for Wherever We Are.

Dirty Vegas – Little White Doves and Never Enough – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Sampology – Piggy Bank (Willy Joy Remix) – The original mix has a punchy jungle house, dancehall vibe, with a primary focus on the rap. The Willy Joy remix is like an atomic bomb in your ears. While keeping all the best parts of the original mix, the focus changes to a thick, dark drumbeat. The vocals reverb and echo like some sort of out-of-body experience. Piggy Bank becomes a giant pillar of sound, hardly containable by the speakers. Put on some headphones and the audio attacks you from all angles. It’s one of those songs where you stop everything to listen. It’s a rare driveway moment in music.

Rusko – Everyday (Netsky Remix) – So, Rusko is no newcomer to Weekend Energy playlists. Last year, I played Hold On all the time. This year it’s Everyday. Here’s how dynamic this song is… I played a different remix last week (Boyfriend Remix) and stumbled upon the Netsky version while putting together this week’s mix, totally forgetting I had just played the other one. Everyday is uplifting to the max. I mean, check out the lyrics “the sun is shining every day.” Not only does it make you feel great, it’s also factually accurate. Netsky’s drum n bass remix captures everything I like about the genre. The slow, rollicking build-up to the crashing, endorphine-releasing beat. Everyone in this video seems to agree.

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


Dirty Vegas

After seven years, Dirty Vegas returns with the solid, radio-friendly indie-dance-pop album, Electric Love. I’ve put the album opener, Little White Doves, and the equally charming Never Enough in this week’s mix. Little White Doves is feel-good at its finest, just in time for a summer cruise through LBL. Never Enough is a bit faster, with a produced-perfect chorus. I’m also particularly fond of the title-track Electric Love, see the video below. This album has a polished dance-rock sound. Every song is tight and refined, low on risks, perfect for feeling good while doing other things. Sometimes all you want in good music is something that sounds like good, clean fun without trying too hard – just as we’ve come to expect with Dirty Vegas. I’ve never played them on Weekend Energy before, hence the discovery, but I’ll play them again, when I’m looking for something light, fresh and carefree.

The video is for Electric Love, the title track, which will probably make it into a mix sometime soon.

Almost Made It

Casual Encounters

No Limits by Casual Encounters almost made the list. Similar in it’s carefree tone to Dirty Vegas, but with less pop and more funk. This music struts, with smooth retro vocals and a beguiling nightlife bassline. If you’re working on your summer mix, add this along with Dirty Vegas (and Polarsets and Is Tropical from last week). This deserves to be played. I’ll probably put it in next week’s mix.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Polarsets, Is Tropical, Captain Capa, Tremourz & J.Rabbit, Terravita 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

April 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm