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Weekend Energy Preview 12-17

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy.  This week’s show is so literary, it’s like Joseph Conrad’s description of an itinerant orchestra that doesn’t make music, but murders silence with vulgar and ferocious energy! …That’s so awesome, I wish I had thought of it!


The Knocks – Brightside (Original Mix) – Brooklyn-based group The Knocks is one of those groups destined to make it big with their masterful indie-dance stylings – like Foster the People (or something). Their new EP Magic lives up to its name, with Brightside being one of the standouts. It’s got a legendary, after-the-fact sort of vibe with an incredible hook that belongs in a car commercial. Of all the songs on their new EP, this one actually reminds me of the song that initially drew me to The Knocks – Blackout, which, unfortunately isn’t on this album. I highly recommend picking up the whole thing, partially for Brightside, but also for the low-key song Magic featuring Gary Go, and the hazy shoegazer hip-hop song All We Got featuring Kardinal Offshall. Here’s a crazy love/hate video for Brightside.

Dreadsquad – Beat That Chest feat. Natalie Storm (Original Mix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Kaskade – Eyes feat. Mindy Gledhill (Alvin Risk Remix) – Chicago artist Kaskade might hold the record for being the “most highlighted” artist on these Weekend Energy Previews. His music is stellar and diverse, but all share the same lush ambiance that makes them so alluring. See Turn It Down featuring Rebecca and Fiona and Fire In Your New Shoes featuring Dragonette. But more importantly, the song in tonight’s mix is absolutely beautiful. The original version of Eyes reminds me of is album Strobelight Seduction in its atmospheric, trance-like scope. All of this beauty gets ripped to shreds, of course, in the Alvin Risk remix. Beauty and the Beast literally combine into a demented, deformed creature that for all intents and purposes should be locked away in a bell tower. This version of the song will warp you in all the right ways. For a walk on the lighter side, check out the official video for the original version.

La Roux – Quicksand (AutoKratz Drags to Riches Remix) – If there’s one thing this girl’s got it’s lasting power. Quicksand was released in 2008 and its still a phenomenal in the swift, forgetful world of electronic dance. Quicksand is so good it was featured on my pals’ Chris and Georgena’s August 1st episode of Imported. This electro-thrash version by the AutoKratz minces up La Roux’s vocals like a happy Chef’s salad. I recommend listening to anything and everything by this talented artist (and the AutoKratz, too, for that matter), but her songs are quite remixable, in for example, the datA remix of I’m Not Your Toy. Check out the video for Quicksand.



I’ll admit, Dreadsquad isn’t entirely a discovery. The adept listener might remember “Sweet Thing” by Dreadsquad and Tenor Fly in the mix a few months ago. But this week was one of those transitory moments for me when an artist leaps from “just another artist” to “a musical wizard” (like this). Beat That Chest featuring Natalie Storm is fast and furious reggae over a slick tropical bass. The release is particularly worth noting for all of the excellent remixes. I don’t remember the last time I thought each one was unique and as good or better than the original version of the song, but such is the case here. I’m especially a fan of the J Bostron remix that adds a touch of frantic dnb, also the super dope Auer – The Lordz Team Remix. Uncertain of which version to put in the this week, I threw up my hands (eww) and went with the radio edit. Also, pretty much anything with Natalie Storm is going to be outstanding. Be sure to check out Look Pon Me by Sticky and a song I featured in my Moombahton mix a couple weeks ago: Gal Where Yuh Come From by Nadastorm. Here’s a great sampler from Soundcloud:

Almost Made It

Tonite Only

I promised to a few ‘Facebook Friendlies’ that this would be in the mix this week and I’m sorry to disappoint. Truth is, I couldn’t find a less expensive version of the Nicky Romero ‘Out of Space’ Remix…. which is stellar. The original version is good too, but equally difficult to obtain…. for now. Also this week’s mix is super killer anyway, no reason why anyone would hate it (unless they hate excellence, which is actually understandable in a profound sort of way). I haven’t heard from Tonite Only since Danger (The Bomb) dropped back in 2007, so I was stoked to hear their sound again. The video below is hilarious, watch it.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Some of the artists in this mix include Nero, Trent Cantrelle, Compadre, Death from Above 1979, Stanton Warriors, Quadrat Beat, and more! Speaking of ‘lasting power’ the SebatiAn remix of “Cheap and Cheerful” by The Kills is remains one of the most classic and best songs in my library. The original version is pure-grade refined hipster trash. If you don’t feel trendy absorbing the music video below, then you might as well just perm your hair, put on a Cosby sweater, and wear some platforms. SebastiAn tears up the song a bit, giving it a bit more grunge. It’s punchy and brash and it will continue to weasel its way into future mixes for years to come.

“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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