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Weekend Energy Preview 9/10

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so breathtaking, it’s like “weird old Indiana Jones footage shows off Barbra Streisand in a dominatrix costume”.

Highlights

Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Dzy The Owl Remix) – Everyone loves Daft Punk. They’ve made countless masterpieces and rightly deserve to rest on their laurels. While they’re relaxing, DJs I’ve never heard of come around and remix their songs to match the current trends in electronic music. Dzy The Owl‘s remix is a complex, headspinning homage to everything that made the original version great. The intro is especially wicked and I’m thrilled to open my show with this song.  For old times sake, here’s the original video.

Delphic – Doubt (Riton Re-Rub) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Morgan Page, Sulton, Ned Shepard, BT – In The Air (feat. Angela McCluskey) – This was the “Almost Made It” last week. And I couldn’t resist. It took an army of great DJs to put together the song In The Air featuring Angela McCluskey and it sounds… breathtaking. The production is top notch prog house, among BT’s best and as good as Morgan Page’s best repertoire (I might be biased). What really makes the song soar though is Angela’s voice. Unlike 98% of the female vocals in this genre, it actually sounds like she cares about what she’s singing. Her voice sounds weathered and, to that effect, grateful for the subject matter of the song. The lyrics may be superficial standard, but Angela makes the words, and feelings, seem important.  For some more BT, check out Suddenly. I’ve got a Sultan and Ned Shepard track called Past Dreaming that sounds awesome. For Morgan Page, anything from the album Elevate (seriously, just listen to all of it).

Ananda Shake – Not For Lounge – Ananda Shake has been a psy-trance mainstay on Weekend Energy since I began the show in 2007. Every release by this southern Israeli duo is frenetic, fast, consistent and transporting. Their new mini album Rolling Sounds is no exception. The opener, Rolling Sounds, is blistering, Hear Beats is nothing less than pummeling, Not For Lounge is a perfect blend. Ananda Shake’s music is like making out with sheet metal. It’s like music for a 16-bit shooter. It’s as cold-pressed and non-human as it gets and that’s what makes it so great. In addition to this new EP, one of my favorites is still Round Trip, the Electro Vision Remix.

Discovery

Delphic

I’ve had Delphic on my short lists for a while – their songs Halcyon and This Momentary have been kicked around on my playlists for a couple years. Then I came across a remix of Doubt by Riton and loved its unique sound. Eerie minced up vocals make the foundation of the track, complete with a tumbling beat and overshadowing vocals by Delphic’s singer. The four-piece band from Manchester has done pretty well for themselves – signed to great lables like Kitsune and Polydor, some critical acclaim and shortlisted on BBC’s Sound of 2010. Their sound complex, rich and dark  – just above mainstream. For Riton, check out both Radiates and Who’s There? with Primary 1.

Here’s the original video:


Almost Made It

Crookers & Roisin Murphy

Two of my favorite artists: insane Italian house duo Crookers and diva extraordinaire Roisin Murphy. Their collaboration Royal T has deep, thick bass and saucy, swift vocals. That’s about it. Crookers build the atmosphere and Roisin does the rest. It’s the perfect blend. This thing will wipe out your speakers in a flash. The version I almost had in the mix was Foamo’s remix – which peppers in a stronger, dirtier beat and makes the song a bit dancier. Both versions are great though. Check out the Crookers’ collaborations with Savage Skulls and The Chemical Brothers. For Roisin Murphy, Momma’s Place is a must, and Junior Sanchez’s remix of Movie Star.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Varvez & Tosses, Gachette of the Mastiff, Diplo, David Jones and more! Grum’s remix of Wherever We Are by Human Life ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s a perfect blend of synth, vocals, peaks and lows, all in front of a solid, driving beat. It thrills me every time to put it in a mix and it’s in the second hour rewind this week. Even the more subdued original is awesome. Check out the video:


“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 4-30

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so fat and gassy, it’s like a fist bump with Jupiter.


Highlights

Human Life – Wherever We Are (Grum Remix) – The best way I can describe Human Life’s sound is ‘transcendent.’ This is great music for enlightened people. Wherever We Are has smooth, smart vocals and a vivacious chorus. The original version is subdued and cautious, but Grum’s remix ratchets up the energy and especially the chorus to pure perfections. This is a masterpiece of music. I also highly recommend Human Life’s single “In It Together” and their remix of Show Me The Night by Jump Jump Dance Dance. Also in this week’s mix, Through the Night by Grum remixed by Dimsaw. Check out the delightful video for Wherever We Are.

Dirty Vegas – Little White Doves and Never Enough – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Sampology – Piggy Bank (Willy Joy Remix) – The original mix has a punchy jungle house, dancehall vibe, with a primary focus on the rap. The Willy Joy remix is like an atomic bomb in your ears. While keeping all the best parts of the original mix, the focus changes to a thick, dark drumbeat. The vocals reverb and echo like some sort of out-of-body experience. Piggy Bank becomes a giant pillar of sound, hardly containable by the speakers. Put on some headphones and the audio attacks you from all angles. It’s one of those songs where you stop everything to listen. It’s a rare driveway moment in music.

Rusko – Everyday (Netsky Remix) – So, Rusko is no newcomer to Weekend Energy playlists. Last year, I played Hold On all the time. This year it’s Everyday. Here’s how dynamic this song is… I played a different remix last week (Boyfriend Remix) and stumbled upon the Netsky version while putting together this week’s mix, totally forgetting I had just played the other one. Everyday is uplifting to the max. I mean, check out the lyrics “the sun is shining every day.” Not only does it make you feel great, it’s also factually accurate. Netsky’s drum n bass remix captures everything I like about the genre. The slow, rollicking build-up to the crashing, endorphine-releasing beat. Everyone in this video seems to agree.

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

Discovery

Dirty Vegas

After seven years, Dirty Vegas returns with the solid, radio-friendly indie-dance-pop album, Electric Love. I’ve put the album opener, Little White Doves, and the equally charming Never Enough in this week’s mix. Little White Doves is feel-good at its finest, just in time for a summer cruise through LBL. Never Enough is a bit faster, with a produced-perfect chorus. I’m also particularly fond of the title-track Electric Love, see the video below. This album has a polished dance-rock sound. Every song is tight and refined, low on risks, perfect for feeling good while doing other things. Sometimes all you want in good music is something that sounds like good, clean fun without trying too hard – just as we’ve come to expect with Dirty Vegas. I’ve never played them on Weekend Energy before, hence the discovery, but I’ll play them again, when I’m looking for something light, fresh and carefree.

The video is for Electric Love, the title track, which will probably make it into a mix sometime soon.


Almost Made It

Casual Encounters

No Limits by Casual Encounters almost made the list. Similar in it’s carefree tone to Dirty Vegas, but with less pop and more funk. This music struts, with smooth retro vocals and a beguiling nightlife bassline. If you’re working on your summer mix, add this along with Dirty Vegas (and Polarsets and Is Tropical from last week). This deserves to be played. I’ll probably put it in next week’s mix.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Polarsets, Is Tropical, Captain Capa, Tremourz & J.Rabbit, Terravita 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 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm