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Weekend Energy Preview 10-22

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so alarming, it’s like stumbling upon an identical version of yourself emerging from a giant disgusting pod, emotionless and devoid of personality. Only to realize that you’re amidst a sophisticated extraterrestrial invasion, but no one believes you as you run into oncoming traffic, warning everyone of their inevitable demise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-jzblCbsuA

Highlights

Sneaky Sound System – Big – Sneaky Sound System is one of my guiltiest musical pleasures. This Australian electropop band is vastly… vastly… underrated. They’ve just released their third album and for some reason have hardly any exposure. Their music isn’t complicated, it isn’t underground or even particularly indie. On the contrary, their music is the most mainstream thing I’ve ever heard – way way way way way off the mainstream track. It’s extremely catchy, trendy, sing-a-longable, top-of-the-line vocals by Connie Mitchell, great lyrics, cool music videos, and a gazillion music awards. Their debut album from 2006 still ranks among my all-time-favorites in terms of every song (or nearly every song) being a total success. Their new album From Here to Anywhere already has two singles. I played We Love a couple weeks ago and this week I feature their second single, Big, which has a really great 90’s retro vibe, and lyrics that sound 70% uplifting and 30% desperate. Check out the 100% awesome music video.

Ill Saint M – Carnation – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Penguin Prison – A Funny Thing – He’s finally done it. He’s finally put out a full-length album. I’ve been following Penguin Prison for years on blogs, catching various single releases and remixes along the way. Scrolling through the tracklist to his self-titled LP debut, I recognize A Funny Thing, Golden Train, Something I’m Not, The Worse It Gets, and Fair Warning – all great songs. Also the best song I’ll never be able to play on the radio: Don’t F.ck With My Money. I recommend checking out his remix of Ellie Goulding’s Starry Eyed, Jamiroquai’s White Knuckle Ride, and Marina & The Diamonds’ I Am Not A Robot. Here’s a great acoustic version of Penguin Prison performing A Funny Thing.

Kidda – Wanna Be Loved- Here’s a song from 2009 that just crept back in the list and we will all be much better people as a result. I thought it’d be fun to end the show on a positive note. Look no further than the work by Kidda, whose songs remain some of the most sickeningly uplifting tunes I can think of. Special stand-outs include Feel Too Good, Strong Together, and Under The Sun. This song will get stuck in your head and you’ll be singing along to it all week freaking out everyone around you. Unless you have no soul this will make you feel happy.


Discovery

Ill Saint M

I was looking for a great opener for this week, after using up many of the ones I had for next week’s Halloween mix (which will be extremely sick btw). I came across the EP “Carnation” by Ill Saint M and… was… floored. The title track opens up this week’s show like a bouquet of flowers containing live active grenades. It’s got a nice slow rising build that bursts into a total rage with a super catchy beat. Despite its title, it’s not very flowery – pretty basic. But that’s what makes it so great. No-frills, no-holds-barred, massive tune that will have you pressing repeat over and over. His other original release on the EP is titled “I’m Another,” which is a whole different monster entirely. Lots of diverse sounds happening at once, with a similar rhythmic backbone to Carnation. It’s an aural onslaught that is just dissonant enough to be melodic – my favorite place to be musically. The rest of the tracks are remixes by some great artists like Hostage, F.O.O.L. and Gooseflesh. I’m a fan of the Hostage remix, but I’m much more excited by the work of Ill Saint M and hope to hear much more in the months and years ahead.

Do yourself a favor and listen to this right now:


Almost Made It

Fatboy Slim & Moguai

It’s been a long long time since Fatboy Slim had a total monopoly over awesome backbreaking beats. There’s no question The Rockafeller Skank drew an unquantifiable interest in electronic music. It was most certainly one of my first exposures to the genre – along with Daft Punk, Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, and Basement Jaxx – just mainstream enough to draw interest, but still unabashedly cool. I think the “most recent” song of Fatboy Slim’s I’ve played is “That Old Pair of Jeans” from 2006 – and that was maybe back in 2008. His new single “Machines Can Do The Work” with Herve is okay but not great, not very memorable. Moguai’s remix of the 2001 track Ya Mama, however, will blow you away. I’ve picked up the six minute version and it’s absolute madness. It puts the original mix on big house hyper-speed while capturing the repetitive charm that Fatboy Slim so incredibly succeeded in crafting.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include 33Hz, The Gossip, F.ck Art Let’s Dance, Porter Robinson, Passion Pit, Miike Snow and more! It occurs to me that I play Passion Pit quite frequently on Weekend Energy – not too long ago featured To Kingdom Come and Little Secrets. And in this week’s second hour rewind, I’ve got  a really great remix of The Reeling (by Miike Snow). Something about this song is endlessly captivating to me. Maybe it’s the deeply melancoly lyrics, maybe it’s the incredible falsetto vocals, maybe it’s the rousing background chorus, heck just listen to it and you’ll be hooked. It’s one of those rare – dare I say – ‘perfect’ songs. Their album Manners features all of these songs and it’s a superb listening experience destined for continuous repeat play.

“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 wkms.org Saturday nights.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

October 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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