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Weekend Energy Preview 10-8

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so ridiculous, it’s like auditioning for a Battle of the Bands contest, only to be captured by robots, thrown off a cliff, and face to face with Death, who challenges you into a horrible game of Twister.


Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road (Russ Chimes Remix) – I was certain I’ve talked about the sheer awesomeness of Marina& The Diamonds on these previews before, but I can’t find it. Amazing. Marina & The Diamonds is one of my all-time favorite groups. You’ve heard Hollywood, I Am Not A Robot, Radioactive, Shampain, Obsessions, and Mowgli’s Road on Weekend Energy before. Mowgli’s Road is a great show-closer, because it breathes differently, speaks with an after-the-fact wisdom, and it just fades out nicely. Anything Russ Chimes touches turns to gold and it was no different in this remix. He stripped away some of the wisdom and brought the song back to the center stylistically. The song sounds fuller, richer and more like an opener. The best part of these songs are Marina’s vocals, which thankfully haven’t been touched in this remix. Go “cuckoo” for the official music video.

Coeur De Pirate – Comme Des Enfants (Le Matos Andy Carmichael Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand – Duck Sauce is Armand Van Helden and A Trak, two awesome DJs that have been played ad nauseum on this show. I remember seeing their video for Anyway on a blog somewhere, a couple years ago and being blown away  – the video is hilarious too. I had a difficult time finding a copy of the song and wound up going through some European site to get it. A year later, they dropped Barbra Streisand and made it HUGE. The song is legendary, but you knew that. I’ve always felt it doesn’t need promotion from me, since it’s got more hits on YouTube than people living in South Africa, but I love Duck Sauce and this song came at the request of Bec Feldhaus, a good friend over at Paducah Sun. Here’s the official video, with more hits than people living in Italy.

Strip Steve – Breakin (Orginal Mix) – This song is like slammin salmon, it’s like basting a steak with a paintball gun. It’s like hurtling cabbage at parade floats, it’s like backflipping into an airplane jet turbine. It’s heavy, ballsy, and completely unforgettable. I picked this up from Strip Steve’s 2009 Delta Disco EP, along with AM/FM, which I’ve also played several times on Weekend Energy. I also recommend the song  You & I. These are some of the most muscular beats I’ve ever heard. Almost three years later, they’re as good as ever.  Check out the slammin salmon music video.


Coeur De Pirate

It amazes me when really great music and great musicians fly completely under the radar. The song “Comme Des Enfants” by Couer De Pirate is not a new song. It was popular in Quebec like two years ago, and yet I had never heard of neither song nor artist until this week. The reason she became known to me was the remix of this song by Le Matos Andy Carmichael. If you watch the video below (and maybe skip past Jian Ghomeshi’s really long introduction), you’d probably think how on earth did this delicate, light, fragrant song get on Weekend Energy.  The remix doesn’t sacrifice these things, but adds a solid rumbling bass beat and some epic retro crash symbols. The song is still light, but it’s dance-able. And regardless, it’s a great song. Do I really need to quantify? I’ve got it paired up with Passion Pit, so it fits well in the mix. I’m totally drawn in to the trance-like vocals. I hope you are too.

 Almost Made It

Sticky K

I’ve been really into the new sampler by Dim Mak Records, New Noise Vol. 1, featuring a lot of great artists I’ve never heard before. Sticky K is one of them, with an awesome grungy electro pop sound that sounds equal parts clean and dirty, like a beautiful sandy beach with a few dead fish on it. Separate Your Mind is a perfect title because I am literally torn about how I feel about the song. All I can say, is that it’s mesmerizing. A rich, deep drum beat carries the song with the delicate sounds of a marimba and some female humming lightening the mood. It’s a total stomper. You may or may not need to take a shower after listening. Instead just roll around on the beach and don’t be frightened by what you may find in the sand.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Tony Anthem & Axl Ender, Kidstreet, Kaskade, Nero & Skrillex. Also in the mix is “Letters From Vienna” by 2000fastwomen, an example of why the UK maintains its status as a world power in cultural achievement. When I stumbled upon this indie/hip-hop group’s new single Letters from Vienna, I was entranced. The original mix is funky and fresh the hip-hop is intelligent and artful and the explosive, grungy chorus will make you jump out of your seat. The NAPT remix takes Letters from Vienna to soaring heights. NAPT chopped up the lyrics and added a legendary drumbeat, knocking this thing out of this world.

And Another Thing!

The Glitch Mob

This is ridiculously awesome…

“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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