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Weekend Energy Preview 10-1

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so epic, it’s like destroying a nearby simulated planet in a defiant effort to blow up an army of space ants only to discover later that the planet was actually real and every living thing on it had been wiped out.


Tony Anthem, Axl Ender – Time feat. Skibadee & Lady Chann  (Dustin Hulton Remix) – I’ve been listening to this song all week long. I still can’t get enough of it. Time is a frenetic dancehall breaks wallop. In the original mix, the vocals by Skibadee and especially Lady Chann carry the tune. In this remix, Dustin Hulton shifts the attention to his perfect blend of whirring, reverb-heavy bass. Around two and a half minutes in, the song transcends into godly breakbeat. It makes a great opener for tonight’s mix. I’ll be looking for more Lady Chann this week.

Kidstreet – X – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Kaskade – Turn It Down feat. Fiona & Rebecca (Radio Edit) – A few months ago I wrote “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.” In this new single, he picked two great ones. Fiona and Rebecca harmonize perfectly, creating the lush, slightly creepy sound only a giant pair of drippy lips (like the image on the right) can create. Turn It Down is a worthy new entry in Kaskade’s repertoire of music, and it’s so captivating you’ll want to listen to it over and over again – at least until the neighbors ask you to turn it down. See a pretty good quality live version.

Nero – Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix) – Nero is a name to watch – with a diverse arsenal of music ranging from electro to dubstep to drum’n’bass. Promises is one of the lead tracks off his new album Welcome Reality and it’s absolutely massive, less pummeling than traditional dubstep, and much more delicately produced with a keen creative eye for uniqueness. The Skrillex remix brings it back to the genre roots, but not entirely. This version magically combines the best of both and to that end has a more transcendent feel. Everyone knows Skrillex, but if you’re looking for more great songs by Nero, I highly recommend the high-octane dnb song New Life,  his rock’n’roll single Me and You, and his fantastic remix of Plan B’s The Recluse. Check out incredible official video.



X came out back in March, but it totally flew under my radar. It came to my attention this week on their album release “Fuh Yeah.” Kidstreet is a family synth-pop band (two brothers and a sister) hailing from Waterloo, Ontario. My favorite thing about the group is their poppy staccato atmosphere that carries through each song, whether it’s a heavy-hitter like X or Birthday Cake or a shoegazer like Nineteen Ninety Three or Song. That they transcend all genres and just create their own feel-good sound is all I really needed to be sold on Kidstreet. Also, their album is like 6 dollars on iTunes – totally worth it if you’re in to trendy indie-pop, not unlike something you might hear at an Urban Outfitters. If you love X for its driving, heavy, plastic-y synth-pop sound, I should caution that all of the other songs on the album sound different with maybe the exception for Penny Candy. Fuh Yeah is so diverse and original, though, you’ll love it anyway. Sample it, download it. Kidstreet captures the moment, and it’ll be a moment worth having and worth re-discovering years later as you shuffle through your music mix.

 Almost Made It

Parov Stelar

Pretty much anything by Parov Stelar. It’s been way too long since his music has been in the Weekend Energy mix. I picked up Coco, Pt. 2 a couple years ago and was blown away by the vintage house vibe. It’s totally clean, you could eat off of these beats. It captures the big band vibe without sounding gimmicky or grainy, it sounds like Parov Stelar is some kind of time-travelling madman, perfecting the beats as they may have been heard 70  years ago, crafting them to be aesthetically pleasing to the modern ear. Just listen to the sampling of music in the video below. The first track, Monster, is really what I had on the short list. But I’d also highly recommend checking out Hotel Axos, The Flame and The Phantom.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Head We Dance, Wolfgang Gartner, Lee Mortimer and Atari Teenage Riot. The Crystal Method, The Heavy, Toxic Avenger, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. and Teenage Bad Girl. Also in this hour is Dance The Way I Feel by Ou Est Le Swimming Pool remixed by Armand Van Helden. The original mix (see the video below) is thunderous and laid-back with a strong 80s dystopian vibe. Now Armand Van Helden version ramps up the speed, twists out the vocals and creates a wild cacophonous romp. I think I’ve only ever played one song by this band and it’s this remix. It’s just so, so good.

“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.

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