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The Weekend Energy Preview 11-26

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy.  This week’s show is such a guilty pleasure; it’s like eating left-over Thanksgiving green bean casserole two weeks from now! It’s my Thanksgiving Leftovers Mix… That’s right, this week I’ve cleared out my not-so-short shortlist of roughly 450 songs and picked a dozen or so of the best!

Highlights

Figure – Monster’s Revenge – This song is drop dead awesome. It’s dark, heavy drumstep with killer samplings from the classic movie Frankenstein. I forgot it was on my shortlist, I suppose a holdover from the Halloween Mix, in which I heavily featured Figure with his other songs: Boogie Man and Mr. Hyde. Monsters of Drumstep Vol. 2 is an incredible mix, perfect for every holiday! Check out the comments on Soundcloud:

Yuksek- On A Train – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Captain Capa – Rivals (feat. Deniz Jaspersen) -I’ve featured Captain Capa on here before, highlighting the single Faraday and their song Berlin Fainting. Their song Rivals was an “Almost Made It” back in June, and now it’s finally on the show! This power ballad switches off between English and German in an emotional tour-de-force. Their album “Saved My Life” is still as captivating as it was back in April. It’s one of the best albums I’ve heard all year. There’s an official video for this, but the live version is way better.

Nate Metro – Gato Means Cat (Original Mix) – How often does great music entertain AND educate?! It’s great to learn new languages and when songs help foster such a great learning experience. This is big dirty electro house music. It’s like getting slapped in the face by a large slab of steak. It’s so bold, I’ve never been able to justify putting it into a mix… One of those songs that simply takes over in a matter of seconds and drops you off a cliff at the end. For truly maddening sounds, check out the Steve Konkel remix!


Featured

Yuksek

Yuksek is one of those remix masters that has an incredible knack of turning everything to gold. This French producer has appeared on my playlists for years, but I honestly forgot about his masterful music until just this week, as I was clearing out my shortlist and came across his original mix On A Train off his newest EP of the same name. On A Train’s got a quirky intro sound that fades out to driving, strong vocals with awesome inconsequential lyrics: “And now, I’m crying, Cause I don’t wanna be here, I don’t wanna be seen, Enough, I would run and live on a train.”  I love it. It’s so simple and contrived, it’s genius. The guy wants to live on a train going nowhere to escape the lies he has to tell you. The “you” in the song seems to be his face. Mind = Blown. It all makes sense in the video… Check out his remixes of Papillon by The Subs, Sunglasses at Night by Tiga, Always More by Autokratz, Bonafied Lovin by Chromeo, Stylo by Gorillaz, Heavy Cross by Gossip, Hold Me Down by Primary 1, and… the list of incredible remixes just goes on and on… It’s all fantastic.


Almost Made It

Ron May

Ron May’s Limpopo is a wild beach party contained in a six-minute sound byte. It’s tropical, breezy, and rambunctious house music. The best part of the song are the vocal “whoops” and “ahs” that add an intricate deep layer to an airy flutey melody. It’s one of the few songs left in my shortlist, but won’t be for much longer.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. It’s the Moombahton Madness Mix featuring Nadastrom, Diplo, Major Lazer, Shachthofbronx, Dillon Francis and more! Also in the mix is Dillon Francis’ remix of Broken Hearts by Kito & Reija Lee. I’d previously only heard their original mix of the song, which was bass booming wickedness. Then I found this trippy video for On The Jam:

“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

November 26, 2011 at 1:07 am

Weekend Energy Preview 6-4

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so enjoyable, it’s like sauntering into a beehive covered in daffodils!


Highlights

Alex Clare – Too Close (Distance Remix) – British singer-songwriter Alex Clare isn’ someone who would usually make it onto Weekend Energy, even though Too Close is pure awesomeness. Pained, folksy singing with a touch of dubstep. What could be better than that? Here’s what’s better: the Distance remix. Toning down the vocals and revving up fresh, original dubstep, Distance rubs this mix like a salted ham. It’s so good, if you hate dubstep you’ll change your mind after hearing this. This is some of the best there is.  Some awesome kendo in the official video.

Strange Talk – Climbing Walls – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Treasure Fingers – Lift Me (Original Mix) – Treasure Fingers have been more or less a staple of Weekend Energy, ever since their single Cross the Dancefloor. Always funky, always breezy, Lift Me is no exception. The bongo-like drums roll in over ocean waves and some sandy, crushed up vocals – then build into a rollicking, feel-good beat. This is diet Sprite on a hot day, lightly sweet, no calories, and exceptionally suitable.

Delta Heavy – Space Time – I only have one Delta Heavy song in my pile ‘o tunes, and it’s Space Time (but Take the Stairs is also quite good). Space Time is drum n bass perfection. Much like the surprisingly accurate music video, the pushes and pulls in this song actually make you feel as if gravity is getting fresh with you, tossing you through wormholes, taunting you from distant stars and booting you into black holes. It’s a roller-coaster of a song in every sense of the word. Can’t picture it? Check out the awesome (albeit short) video.

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

Discovery

Strange Talk

Strange Talk is another Australian indie-dance group making a splash this year, similar to Monarchy and Cloud Control. Climbing Walls is bold, smart and produced to perfection. It’s entirely safe, by this I mean you can predict the whole song as you’re listening to it, no surprises. Fortunately, everything sounds great – from the incredibly rich drums to the falsetto humming to the guitar break around 2 minutes in, thus making the song very satisfying – I predict this song will appear in a television commercial in the next year. Strange Talk sounds a bit like Yeasayer, too, particularly in the way they layer their songs. Eskimo Boy is another great song, much more abstract and riskier. Come to think of it, their whole debut EP is fantastic. It’ll be the best three dollars you spend this week. Check it out on iTunes.


Almost Made It

Captain Capa

A couple weeks ago, I highlighted the single Faraday by the young German group Captain Capa. I said the catchy emo-power ballad blew me away by its overall quality catchiness. I commended its well-done blending of styles – emo, rock, electro, punk, power-pop, new wave, indie dance, etc. Well… Captain Capa has since released an album called “Saved My Life.” In a rare feat, the album is as dynamic as the original single. By all means, this album should wedge right in with the slush of Hot Topic one-hit wonders, but yet, strangely, I can’t get enough. Berlin Fainting is poppy and dark, but just off-kilter enough to sound unlike anything I’ve heard. Same can be said for Rivals, which switches off between English and German vocals. Both songs were on my short list this week and I’ll probably have one of them in the mix next week. Captain Capa has impressed me again.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Quadrat Beat, Hey Champ, Mischa Daniels, The Killers 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.

Written by Matt Markgraf

June 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Weekend Energy Preview 4-23

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so jazzed up, it’s like an Ornette Coleman horn solo smothered in ketchup and served with fries..


Highlights

Polarsets – Sunshine Eyes (SKIES Remix)- Summer came early this year. Sunshine Eyes by Polarsets could very well be – should be – the song of this summer. It’s poppy, crisp and fresh, like squirting a lime into your eye. The SKIES remix is a bit bolder, more body, heavier bass – perfect for the refreshing yet more frustrating spring season. Check out the delightful video.

Is Tropical – The Greeks – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Captain Capa – Faraday (Timo Katze’s Awesome 80’s Action Mix) – German duo Captain Capa is sort of a second discovery for me this week. I came across the catchy emo-power ballad Faraday, blown away by its overall quality catchiness. It’s one of those songs that needs to try hard for its listening appeal. What I mean by this is that there is a lot of blending of styles (emo, rock, electro, punk, power-pop, new wave, indie dance…) here and Captain Capa is doing it flawlessly. Now, I loved the original cut, but when I saw the title of this remix, I have to say I was interested. The Awesome 80’s Action Mix, beginning with thoroughly old school drum beat and synth lives up to its name. While not as stylistically dynamic as the original, the 80’s mix is soaring and powerful. It’s feel-good music in its purest form and it totally soars.

Tremourz & J.Rabbit – Sexy Party (Terravita Remix) – I was a bit hesitant, by the title, that this would be another cheesy big electro house song… Couldn’t be further from the truth. This fat monster sat the top of the Beatport Dubstep chart so ridiculously better than everything below it. It lends its name from the ‘sexy parties’ infamously held by Stewie Griffin, and samples him a little bit… Truth be told the only thing sexy about this song is the absolutely filthy trashed-out grunge bass balanced with a whip-cracking twangy guitar. While not entirely dubstep, this song far outweighs anything I’ve ever heard in that and the drum’n’bass genres.

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

Discovery

Is Tropical

From the first five seconds of The Greeks by yet another brilliant sign by Kitsuné Records – Is Tropical, I knew there was something special. The classic Oriental-esque chimes build up to an inescapably rollicking guitar riff, complete with the esoteric and suggestive line “You only get what you give away, you’ll only get it if you give it away.” This London-based band follows the gigantic footsteps of other Kitsune success stories, but unlike some of the one-shot French-styled groups have emerged over the past year, Is Tropical refuses to play it safe. Their lyrics are meaningful, they’re experimenting with exotic sounds and their other major release, South Pacific just rocks on the distorted synths. I really hope Is Tropical finds their own more and makes an effort to stand out. There’s tons of potential here beyond the indie-dance trappings. Also, I love the static image in the “video” below.


Almost Made It

Blazerflame

The Freshest Kid by Blazerflame almost made the cut, and will probably be my opener very soon. The original mix begins with a solid electro-breaks buildup into some nice and dirty grinding beats and with well laid retro soundbytes. It compares a bit to some of the best by Quadrat Beat (among the best breaks artists in my opinion), but at roughly 2 minutes in, the song powers down and cycles back into a totally fresh sound. Blazerflame lives up to the name of this incredible mix. I actually had the Atom West song on the short list, but couldn’t find a cut of it on Soundcloud. The Atom West remix, perhaps named after one of my favorite actors 😉 …Substitutes some of the punchiness for a medley of 8-bit clips like a spicy summer cocktail. Atom West also ramps up the builds a bit more lending to a stronger drop. Both versions are excellent and present a solid freshness into a genre that honestly… needed it.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Wolfgang Gartner, Kaskade, Make the Girl Dance, Ampeer 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.

Written by Matt Markgraf

April 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm