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The Weekend Energy Preview 1/14

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Here’s what’s in the mix this week. It’s so indomitable, it’s like a catastrophic global event, obviously caused by climate change, that renders all the worlds lizards as super-intelligent creatures who will then engage in massive eugenic experiments leading to genetic discrimination in which the ‘valids’ enjoy professional employment, while the ‘in-valids’ are relegated to menial labor.

Don’t blame me, blame science.

Also, this was a great movie.

Highlights

Mustard Pimp – City Kids (feat. Dirtyphonics) – With a name like Mustard Pimp,  you know it’s going to be delicious and spicy. Weekend Energy listeners have been enjoying this team’s calorie free grunge for years. City Kids is a dirty city street full of uplifting cheer, complete with a whirring helicopter beat, and a touch of swag. I’ve been pushing it around my shortlist for a while, but this week’s mix is crazy enough to include it. It’s five songs into the mix, right when a song really needs to stand out. And it does, even if you can’t see it below all the smog. Also, check out their singles Catch Me, Money Shot, Oh La La Satan, and… most urgently… Cherry. Check out the video for City Kids from Dim Mak Records.

Panda Da Panda – Vem E Du (Boyfriend & Ophex Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Jupiter – Sake – I had a sore throat recently and ordered a small jug of hot sake at a local restaurant. I was cured in a snap. Anyway, I’ve written about this song before, so let’s review: “Jupiter caught my attention from their beginning, with a remix of Salt Air by Chew Lips, followed by their own singles Starlighter and Vox Populi… Sake sounds like the drink: crisp, not too serious, a little sweet, a little cheap, and in large quantities will make your legs feel like squids… It’s fun and vibrant…  Nothing offensive here – except maybe the dancing in this video!” …And here’s the endlessly fun music video for Sake.

Avicii – Levels 2 (Scully & Wiseman Remix) – I swore I wasn’t going to play any dubstep when I made this mix this week. Then I heard this and a giant hawk pried open the roof of my apartment like an aluminum can and plucked me out of my desk chair. This is more than dubstep, this is more than Skrillex-inspired dubstep, this is a complete audio experience, chock full of nutritious builds, synths, bass, drums, and drops so sick it should be quarantined and then experimented on for chemical warfare. Don’t tell Iran about this song.


Discovery

Panda Da Panda

Okay, this song really annoyed me at first. I mean, the guy’s way too loud, with a screeching voice and he looks like a ridiculous skeleton stomping around in a closet. But after listening to it a few times, I found myself putting on skeleton face paint and singing along as loud as possible – even though I have no idea what he’s saying. Anyone speak Swedish? I am converted. I have become a skeleton panda and I can’t get enough of this song. I couldn’t be more excited to put a song into the mix as I am with this one. If you watch the video below, just wait until around 37 seconds and you’ll be totally hooked. The version in the show tonight takes that catchy beat and draws it out a bit, but blends it more with the vocals, giving in an all-around more moombahton vibe. I’m not sure which one I like better now. Also, check out Speciell, and if you’re feeling brave, check out Titta Nar Han Dansar.

Almost Made It

Hatiras, Will Bailey, Nom De Strip

I saw the title: “Swagnum P.I.” and was intrigued. I thought, “please be awesome.” And it is. This instrumental definitely pushes the envelope, taking you out of your head entirely with a sweet echo effect, then punting it back in its place with a swift, swag-infused kick. It’ll get in the mix soon enough. Check out a tiny sample.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear Martin Solveig, Dragonette, Daft Punk, We Kiss You, Skrillex, Knife Party, Trippple Nippples and more! While checking out some blogs, I came across some awesome Daft Punk remixes. In genre terms, Daft Punk is like ancient grandpa music. The beats are still good, but they’re a bit dusty (see Gramophonedzie). Anyway, in the mix is HLM’s remix of Harder Better Faster Stronger, and my favorite Schoolboy’s remix of Da Funk. I’ve always been a fan of Da Funk, it was like my personal anthem 15 years ago. Schoolboy transforms it into dubstep without destroying the basic beat. That’s the trick with Daft Punk remixes. The original songs are so impeccably mixed, with such killer beats, a good remix will complement it, not kill it. I’m often a fan of destroying the tracks, but I”ll make a concession for Daft Punk – this is the extent of my reverence.

A Little Extra

I just found this full of giggles:


“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.

Hear the show streaming online or else.

Written by Matt Markgraf

January 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Weekend Energy Preview 6-11

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so ridiculously loud, it’s like dropping a fork in a quiet restaurant that clatters on the floor as if you dropped two dozen forks!


Highlights

Richard Vission & Static Revenger – I Like That (Adam F Dubstep Remix) – I Like That first aired on Weekend Energy in October, 2009. I was instantly drawn to its electro stomping spunk, the wild lyrics and the stellar, trashed out music video. In  this dubstep remix, the electro charms are over-indulged into a swampy, filthy mess… And I love every second! It’s the opener for tonight’s show. Check out the music video for the original version.

Polosid – Tilt (Original Mix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Avicii and Sebastien Drums – My Feelings For You (The Prototypes Remix) – Avicii and Sebastien Drums have made this song a house classic. I’m also partial to the jungley Angger Dimas remix. The Prototypes have made something special though. The cut the time in two and mixed a hair-raising drum and bass version. Now the feelings are not only real, they’re intensified. The energy in this remix somehow makes the lyrics sound more genuine. The builds in this song are some of the most satisfying I’ve heard in dnb. Here’s the super trendy, crisp music video.

Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica – This isn’t the first time Wolfgang Gartner has been a highlight on Weekend Energy. He lays down one instrumental masterpiece after another, Animal Rights, Hook Shot,  Latin Fever, Undertaker… Illmerica stands as another one for the ranks.. It’s got a uniquely fresh, driving beat with absolutely epic synths that creep in and take over just after two minutes in. The extended cut is over seven minutes, but the song is so well produced, it goes by quick and leaves you wanting more! If you want to watch a mind-blowingly well done video depicting a rather unique perspective of American history, check out the absolutely immense music video.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)

Discovery

Polosid

I’d never heard of Polosid until I came across an unassuming titled song called Tilt. This italodisco lollipop is a sweet and sour blend of retro kitsch and modern funk. On their MySpace page, they say the most important aspect of their performance is “an exciting show that joins a deep research in sound-design, live sampling impovisation, stunning vj sets, sexy handmade arcade-style sound machines and glam-futurist computer controlled cloathes.” Yeah… I agree! …couldn’t say it better! The StereoCool remix is also pretty good, reducing the vocals and creating more of an indie-dance tap-a-long. Among their songs on MySpace, I recommend the frantic and fresh groove of College, the more standard Think Acid and the totally dropped out Quando Passi. Theses mixes are rich and complex, and if you allow more than one listen, they’ll totally grow on you.


Almost Made It

Designer Drugs

Designer Drugs have been rubbing their dark bass all over songs for  years. Some of my favorite remixes are Baby Baby Baby by Make the Girl Dance, The Best Revenge by Fischerspooner and Freaking Me Out by True Pseudo. Zombies! Is an original and it lives up to their reputation, however the remixes to this song are like a taste of their own medicine. The stomping and angry Richie Panic & UFO Remix, also the stuttering and shuffling Kiddy Smile Parisian Rap Edit were on the shortlist for this week’s show. Both are awesome, but the Kiddy Smile version has more life in it – albeit quite undead. Check out the lovely music video below!


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Strange Talk, MAY68, Alex Clare, Treasure Fingers, Delta Heavy and more!


“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.

Hear the show streaming online.

Weekend Energy Preview 1-22

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so revitalizing, it’s like bringing back an extinct woolly mammoth and then teaching it to do ‘people stuff’ like pouring coffee, riding the bus and eating spaghetti all for our amusement.


Highlights

Disco Trash Music & Madeline Puckette – Everything Is Alright – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Breakbot – Baby I’m Yours (Aeroplane Remix) – The rollicking build-up in the beginning is enough to know this song will deliver. A great song doesn’t need much to be remixed, but the Aeroplane version is a bit more upbeat while keeping the original feel-good flair. It’s one of the peppy-indie dance songs that defined the burgeoning genre in 2010. Check out the artistic video for the original.

I’m Not A Band – I’m Not A Band – One of my favorite tunes from I’m Not A Band’s album “Electrolin.” I’m Not A Band almost made as this week’s Discovery. I appreciate the experimental sounds coming from this group (not band). Check out “Crazy” and “Trainthoughts.” I must admit, what put this song in the mix was its awesome music video of some fancy footwork in Japan. You’ll be glad you watched this.

Foster the People  – Helena Beat – Here’s a group destined for greatness. Helena Beat is the catchiest song released this year. Its a winter anthem – warm and heartfelt to the core. It’s more indie than electro, but I don’t think you’ll mind. Check out another song of theirs, “Pumped Up Kicks.” You may be able to find it on YouTube, but many of the ‘videos’ have been removed by Sony, who apparently don’t want anyone to discover and share great new music.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)

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