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Weekend Energy Preview 10-29

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so terrifying, it’s like all of the world’s pumpkins enacting their revenge and embarking on a horrible carving frenzy. It’s the harrowing Halloween edition of Weekend Energy and this year… it’s truly scary. If you’ve got a weak heart, suffer from motion sickness or are under 42 inches tall, you may want sit out this wild ride. Happy Halloween!

Sure, kind of like this…. I guess….: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-78I4ue7NZs

Highlights

The Death Set – They Come To Get Us (Designer Drugs Remix) – This Australian art-punk group The Death Set is completely awesome. I was drawn to a collection of Designer Drugs remixes and this one sounded interesting. I was right. The original version is brash punk-pop mayhem, with screaming flying vocals, an anthem chorus and an absolutely chugging beat. If you’re a fan of Kap Bambino, you’ll love The Death Set. Check out more music on their website – I love, love Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap – manic perfection. They wisely teamed up with Designer Drugs for a remix of this song, who gave the song more structure, without losing the energy, thus resulting in a more solid listening experience. Structure, though, can barely contain this group, whose live show, I could only imagine, would be unforgettable. I couldn’t find a video for They Come To Get Us, so check out this awesome video for Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap instead.

Figure – Boogie Man & Mr. Hyde – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Meller – Robot Monsters (Neelix Remix) – What’s a Halloween show without some wicket psy-trance? I can think of few things scarier than robot monsters. Zombies – slow and dumb, Vampires – turn on some lights, Werewolves – lame, Aliens – don’t be ridiculous. Robot monsters, however, are the result of mankind’s overzealous ambitions. Robots are only getting more and more complex and lifelike. The internet is pretty much their brain, okay, so every time we enter into Wikipedia is like feeding their memory banks and making them stronger. It’s only a matter of time before they rebel. The other day my printer rebelled and jammed up all of the remaining paper I had, thus making me late and unprepared. This is only the beginning.

Flux Pavilion – Haunt You – My feelings about Flux Pavilion’s music are uncomfortably stable. Haunt You is an ambitious, atmospheric, and complex dubstep track, with absolutely haunting female vocals. It’s very stylistically similar to Flux’s other tracks like Bass Cannon, his remix of Cracks by Freestylers, and the remix of MIA’s Internet Connection, in that they have an introspective, delicate quality unlike the hardcore abrasive dubstep sound that seems to be becoming more and more popular. Flux Pavilion is dubstep for the intellectual. Haunt You is an awesome example of this from his EP Lines in Wax.


Featured

Figure

If you’re looking for a great Halloween mix, look no further than Monsters of Drumstep Vol. 2. I’ve got two cuts from this album on the mix this week and I’d honestly play the whole album if I could. Boogie Man remixed by Oblivion opens up the show with the awesome sample “you’ve found him.” Later on I’ve got Mr. Hyde, which you can check out in the YouTube ‘video’ below. I also had on my shortlist the absolutely insane track Monster’s Revenge and the remix of the Nightmare Before Christmas song This is Halloween. Figure is without a doubt the highlight of this week’s mix and therefore wins Halloween. Check out Vol. 1 too, especially the tracks Vampires and Aliens.


Almost Made It

Anglo Satellite & Les Petits Pilous

Big Black Spider remixed by Les Petits Pilous almost made the cut. Actually, it was a grand oversight that it didn’t make the cut. It’s such an awesome, rambunctious song, with one of the strongest and most memorable beats I’ve ever encountered. It’s not a new song by any means, I’ve had it in my iTunes forever, partly why I simply forgot about it. I think the picture on the YouTube ‘video’ below pretty much sums up all thoughts about the song. The song actually sounds like a big black hairy spider terrorizing a small Wisconsin town.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Ill Saint M, Golden Bug & Rodion, Sneaky Sound System, Penguin Prison, AutoKratz and more! Do The Washing Machine by Golden Bug & Rodion is one of those songs that you might wish you could forget, but find such a desire hopelessly unfulfilled. Despite its awkward intro, once it gets going, it doesn’t stop. Lavinia Claws’ infectious lyrics over a bouncy, freaky chorus will have you nodding along all week. I’m still not sure how to “do the washing machine” if this is some kind of dance move or bizarre euphemism (I’m thinking the latter). Regardless, the music video is top notch, easily in my top 25 favorites ever, though it does little to explain anything and only further complicates the matter.

“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.

Weekend Energy Preview – 7-9

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so refreshing, it’s like bobsledding through a car wash.

Highlights

Kap Bambino – Obsess – There are a few artists I will admit to having a predisposed bias towards, selecting their song for a mix before even listening to it… Diplo, Wolfgang Gartner, Penguin Prison, Grum… to name a few. I would add Kap Bambino to this list. This electro-punk metal duo from France never fails to impress – due largely to  Caroline Martial’s crazed vocals and Orion Bouvier’ ultra thick, manic beats. From Batcaves to Dead Lazers, their subject matter is great too! They just dropped this new single Obsess, which lives up to their reputation. The synths are rich and dark with a swift flighty riff that cuts in like sharp sparkles, Caroline’s vocals are far away but still loud (could they be any other way?) Obsess is short, punchy and powerful. And the official music video is disturbingly insane.

Emalkay – The World (Teebee Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Minnesota Remix) – Back in January, I said the Penguin Prison remix of this song  was easily one of my all-time favorites. That was true until this remix came along. I’ve been a huge fan of Ellie Goulding since her Neon Gold debut in ’09 and I was thrilled when she recently performed at Saturday Night Live a couple weeks ago. This song has aged like a fine wine for three years: tasting better, smelling muskier and garnering respect. The original mix is lively, breathy and pop-tastic. Minnesota dices up the vocals, often playing them in reverse, overlayed over a dashing, chiming synth, which builds up to a grinding, but not too halting dubstep beat. The song blooms in its complexity. As with other truly excellent remixes, I think you have to have a certain degree of familiarity with the song to fully appreciate the masterpiece at work here. Ellie’s organic peppermint voice is perfectly juxtaposed with the synthetic crush of the drums. This is truly genre-defining music, a must-listen and a must-have. Here’s the official video to the original version.

The Death Set – They Come To Get Us (Designer Drugs Remix) This Australian art-punk group The Death Set is completely new to me. I was drawn to a collection of Designer Drugs remixes and this one sounded interesting. I was right. The original version is brash punk-pop mayhem, with screaming flying vocals, an anthem chorus and an absolutely chugging beat. If you’re a fan of Kap Bambino, you’ll love The Death Set. Check out more music on their website – I love, love Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap – manic perfection. They wisely teamed up with Designer Drugs for a remix of this song, who gave the song more structure, without losing the energy, thus resulting in a more solid listening experience. Structure, though, can barely contain this group, whose live show, I could only imagine, would be unforgettable.

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

Discovery

Emalkay

Emalkay has been upsetting dubstep traditionalists for years with his softer, more atmospheric approach. The World featuring the wonderful vocals of Lena Cullen is no exception other than (I think you’ll agree) it is an exceptional listening experience. Emalkay isn’t really a discovery this week… I first heard of his music with the 2009 release When I Look At You, a sheer masterpiece. I’m also a fan of Fabrication and Metropolis, and his new treatment of Caspa’s single Fultham 2 Waterloo. What is new, is his new album, Eclipse, on which many of these are featured, including The World, which is understated elegance, finely choreographed. TeeBee’s remix is in the mix tonight because it has a touch of drum n bass, which perks up the song just a little more. Both versions are pure genius though. Emalkay delivers consistently. His new album is on YouTube and it comes with my highest recommendation.


Almost Made It

TV OFF

TV OFF is a emerging indie house/electro duo from Finland with a diverse catalog of music to their name. The song that almost made the cut was Car is on Fire! the Taku Takahashi remix. When I first heard the song, I was thrown by the bizarre vocal delivery, with a rich feminine voice to the likes of Amanda Palmer and a syrupy thick beat. Then I realized what was throwing me was the remix. The original version is much simpler, more standard electro-pop with a quirky premise… She lit your car on fire! Ooops! Haha. The remix really grew on me, though. I’ve been a fan of Taku Takahashi for years as the DJ for the awesome Japanese hip-hop group M-Flo. Their albums Astromantic and Beat Space Nine defined my teen years, seriously – they are of legendary quality. Here’s a sampling of M-Flo. Taku delivers the same kind of overstressed, forward-thinking beat stylings to this song. He’s lightyears ahead of current trends, so you may be thrown by his remix. But it’s good. Very good. I’ll put it in next week’s mix.

Here’s a rough quality live version of his remix (it’s all I could find):


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Passion Pit, Jack Beats, The Whip, Fear of Tigers, Russ Chimes, Bestrack 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

July 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

Weekend Energy Preview 6-18

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so audacious, it’s like out racing an avalanche while steering a dog sled on a steep, forested terrain and Tweeting thought provoking cereal slogans …like “How do they cram in all that graham?” and “Apple or cinnamon. Who will be the winna – mon?”

Highlights

Designer Drugs – Zombies! (Kiddy Smile Parisian Rap Edit) – So this song almost made it into last week’s mix, and as punishment, it’s been in my head all week. Kiddy Smile’s zombie rap is infectious. The spooky theremin-y music with the fast French verbals and the cheeky background screaming make this song totally lush. Consider it Facebook-official, I’m a fan of Kiddy Smile. I’ll be playing more of his stuff on Weekend Energy and you can be rest assured this song will be in the Halloween mix this year. Also, the video is absolutely wild. Check it out here, if you haven’t seen it yet.

Reset! – Love and Revolution (Original Mix) – See this week’s “Featured” below.

The Young Punx – Young and Beautiful (Laurent Konrad Mix) – Back from the dead! The Young Punx haven’t been on Weekend Energy in like two years, but they’re in the mix this week thanks to Laurent Konrad’s excellent renovation of this 2006 relic. The vocals are smashed into a crisp, driving electro house beat, like the original song on tasteful hyperspeed (which I believe is the current socio-pop state in which we exist). This song bursts and blooms once again, like it probably did back in ’06, if music even existed then. Check out their song Juice and Gin remixed by Riva Starr, and Ready for the Fight remixed b y Gramophonedzie – great stuff.

Teenage Bad Girl – X Girl (feat. Rye Rye)Teenage Bad Girl came to my plate hot and fresh in 2008 with the Boys Noize clone song Cocotte. They’re back in the mix with new sounds, off their EP Backwash, which sounds more unique and, frankly, far superior to Mr. Noize. To compare, The Wave is a straight up electro power drill. If you want the inside of your head swirled around a bit and left in the sun to reform, give that one a listen. But X Girl featuring the sassy yet delicious Rye Rye is playlist highlight. Any chance I get to play Rye Rye I’ll take it. Her edgy wordsmithery and quick-spit rapping pairs with a hard-edged beat like a fine cheese. If you like this one, check out her song Sunshine with M.I.A. remixed by Smalltown DJ’s. And if you want a profanity-laced masterpiece, listen to her song Bang, the WTF I Asked for a Kuduro Remix by Buraka Som Sistema. Highlight = Week.

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

Featured

Reset!

Reset! is no newcomer to the Weekend Energy playlists, so I changed the name of this category to “Featured” for this week. I hope this is okay with you. This is, however, the first Reset! original I’ve played on Weekend Energy. Thus far, this large group (5) of Italian-based DJs has only appeared in remix form on Weekend Energy – and has made all of the following songs way way better than their original forms: 99 by Cassius, Stop and Stare by Fenech Soler, Superman by Lee Mortimer & Foamo… to name a few. Needless to say, I saw their name and an original mix with the EP Love & Revolution/Calypsoul and was sold. Love & Revolution is in the mix this week, and grabs a hold of the show like 20 mintues in, and has it’s merry way with it. Love & Revolution is a simple song at its core with an intense, shape-shifting organic rhythm, grinding/whirring harmonix vocoder vocals that draw out the lyrics “they’re gonna make love before they’re gonna make revolution.”  Let’s hope the song isn’t about robots. Calypsoul has the same sounds as the first song, but rubs up the intro into some flashy horns and a steamy toe-tapping house beat. I may put this one in next week’s mix. The EP is highly, highly recommended over here.


Almost Made It

SomethingALaMode

Show Me, the new single by French duo SomethingALaMode almost made the cut this week. It’s a brash, vocal-driven banger at a blazing 2:41. It came down between this and the Kiddy Smile remix. I’m a huge fan of Something ALaMode’s earlier hit 5 AM, which is quite possibly one of the most perfect songs I heard all year in 2010. Show Me has plenty of room to expand, and I’ll throw it in the mix before the summer’s out. Here’s the video for 5 AM, watch it!


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Richard Vission & Static Revenger, Polosid, Avicii & Sebastien Drums, Woflgang Gartner 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 18, 2011 at 2:11 am

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.