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Weekend Energy Preview 12-3

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy.  This week’s show is so rip-roaring, it’s like an African lion wearing tight jeans.

Highlights

Cosaquitos En Globo – Out of Presence – I’ve been enamored by this underrated Argentinean band for months and I don’t know why, other than their song “Out of Presence” is dark eletro-pop perfection. Maru Pardo Saguier has a deep, rich voice that just soars over the gothic, driving synths. It comes from their album “Moving Under,” on which I also recommend “My Own Steps” and “Rejected.” They also look as cool as they sound, which is half the battle.  Here’s a great live video of the song.

FS – Superman Punch (UFC Part 1)  – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

See-I – Soul Hit Man (The Funk Hunters Remix) – I don’t need much convincing to throw some dope reggae into the mix, especially when it comes out on Fort Knox Recordings. I had never heard of See-I before this week. They’re a 9-piece band from Washington DC with awesome uplifting lyrics and wicked delivery. The remix speeds up the song and samples the lyrics a bit, giving the song more overall balance than the original mix. Check out the stylish video.

Shotgun Radio  – A Bad Place (feat. Mimi Page) (Carrier’s Moombahcore Remix) – Shotgun Radio has been around for a while, but they were new to me a couple weeks ago when I was putting together the Thanksgiving Moombahton Mix. One of the songs that almost made the cut is now in this week’s mix. This remix begins soft and warm, with a rumbling bass, some twinkly synths, and Mimi Page’s light airy vocals, but  after about 1:30 into the song, it will spin you on your head! I also highly recommend Come What May by Mimi Page remixed by Shotgun Radio and St. Maximus… It’s some awesome chill electronica.


Discovery

FS

I was hovering over FS’ awesome new single Get Up Ninja (which if I’m not mistaken samples the insane South African group Die Antwoord) as an opener for this week’s mix, but it had just so much ridiculous cussing that I couldn’t possibly edit the song for the radio without losing all of its crunchiness. That’s when I discovered another track this Brooklyn-based DJ recently dropped onto Soundcloud called Superman Punch (UFC Part 1) which absolutely blew me away. Check out the comments below… this song lives up to all of them. It absolutely pumps you up. I set my wake-up alarm to play this song every morning this past week and I’ve been like 3.5% more productive every day. Best part… It’s a free download on Soundcloud. Listen to this, then go listen to Get Up Ninja and its dizzying b-side Money All Day featuring Northern League.


Almost Made It

Leonard de Leonard

Leonard de Leonard made huge crushing waves when he released Screaming Dance a few years ago. I’ve been a huge fan of his absurdist French electro ever since, especially AC/DD, Robots Will Save Us, and Leonizer Fever. I almost brought Beat Beat Beat Beat (Stereoheroes Remix) back into the mix, but ran out of time. This song is like a swarm of angry bumblebees in  your face. It’s like a stampede of frightened elephants running towards your car. It’s like a barrage of ping-pong balls… well you get the idea.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Some of the artists in this mix include Figure, Captain Capa, Nate Metro, Reset!, Yuksek, CSS, Quadrat Beat, J Paul Getto, The Naked and Famous, and more! Listening to this mix again, the song that stuck with me most was Hits Me Like A Rock by CSS remixed by Depressed Buttons. It’s super danceable indie electro-pop with a bit of 80’s flair. The remix strips away most of the 80s sound (for better or worse) and adds a smattering drum beat that just rises to a new level from the rest of the mix.

“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

December 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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  1. Surfing the internet we just came across your great review about our album. Thanx a lot for it!!
    Cheers from Argentina

    Maru

    April 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm


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