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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 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.