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Weekend Energy Preview 2-11

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Here’s what in the Weekend Energy mix this week! It’s such a love-filled escapade, it’s like traveling to the moon on a quest to destory a killer cyborg, only to discover an ancient human civilization in which a stranger is held captive in suspended animation. Then rescuing said stranger from the hands of angry cyborgs, blowing up their machinery and using a gun as a rocket to escape back to earth in the nick of time and to get married, only to reveal in the final moments that a cyborg came back too, determined to rebuild their body in a nearby junkyard.  You guessed it… it’s the Valentine’s Mix!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=270j3YK2YMU


Highlights

Tensnake – Need Your Lovin’ (Original Mix) –  I don’t know how many artists I’d  label “cool,” but that’s exactly how I’d describe Tensnake. Need Your Lovin’ is as slick as it gets. This indie post-house tune wraps you up and tends to your musical needs. Pick up this one for your own Valentines mix, along with his songs Something About You, Coma Cat, and Holding Back My Love.

Nero- Crush On You (Knife Party Remix) – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Fedde Le Grand – So Much Love (Original Club Mix) – Here’s one for longevity, Fedde Le Grand is one of the very first artists I played on Weekend Energy, when it began nearly five years ago, with solid tunes like The Creeps, Put Your Hand Up 4 Detroit, and Let Me Think About It. For this Valentine’s Mix, I’ve got an extended cut of one of his newer singles, So Much Love.” This is a pure progressive house banger that will put a big ol’ smile on your face. There’s not much to say about the song because it’s so simple, and a touch repetitive, but you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy hearing it, which is great because it’s so chilly outside today! Make some hot cocoa, find a loved one, watch the official video.

Human Life – In It Together (Polygon Palace Remix) – Last time I wrote about Human Life, it was for his song Wherever We Are, which i called “transcendent.” It had smooth, smart vocals and a vivacious chorus. That song was not a unique experience because it was always a factor in their song In It Together as well. In It Together is a solid nu-disco, indie dance track with great falsetto male vocals, and a captivating synth halfway through. The Polygon Palace remix is a little more nuanced, giving it a more spectacular, special quality, but without messing with the original too much. It’s another song by Human Life that will make the hair stand on the back of your neck. On his Facebook page, it says Human Life “ombines the best of the underground and the overground without contriteness or awkwardness.” So true, this music just melts. Check out the official video.


Featured

Nero

Yeahhhhh so I just featured this like a month ago on this here bloggy, but It’s too perfect for Valentine’s Day to pass up… And the video is just ridiculously awesome. I feel the need to quantify this for some reason, so here goes -> According to science, the feelings of love are located in the same area of the brain as drug addiction. This is a truly phenomenal thing to ponder. Also, the cards and chocolate and stuff is pure madness. I’m no stinky grinch though, I think it’s fantastic! That’s why this video, and all of its complexity, so perfectly captures the mood 🙂

Almost Made It

Camaro Kids

How I Feel About You isn’t a new song, but it’s one of my most favorite house tracks. It’s bold and brash with big horns, a wild beat, a smattering of vintage disco vocal samples. If it were art, it’d be expressionism, pure and simple. And isn’t that how we should express ourselves on Valentine’s Day?


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear heel-clicking tunes by Tonite Only, Kicks n Licks, Justice, Shindu, Boys Get Hurt, Dragonette, We Have Band, and more! We Have Band may be on the fringe of the kind of music you might on the show. Expect the unexpected my friends (me furndz). I’ve been a fan of this British trio since Oh! was featured on this here show a couple years ago. A good tune for Valentines Day is Love, What You Doing? You know what, if you like the video below, just pick up their album Ternion, it’s an indie-aural experience not to be missed. Where Are Your People is on it, but you’ll be hooked by the opener. Not every song is as catchy or hook-y, but sometimes the best music has none of that. Visionary is awesome, and Steel in the Groove is one of those great reminders that we are alive.

 

A Valentine’s Day Extra

Khan

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to play this song in every Valentine’s Day mix. This’ll be the third year now. But to really get what makes this song special is the music video. You’ll see!

 

“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

February 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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  1. The song you played around 12:10-12:14 was awesome! It was dybsteppy and I really liked it! What was the name of it, if you please?

    Kellie Klessig

    February 12, 2012 at 12:41 am


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