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The Weekend Energy Preview 2-18

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Here’s what in the Weekend Energy mix this week! It’s such a spectacle, it’s like octopus wrestling in the Puget Sound.

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Highlights

Basement Freaks – Get Ready (Delimentary Remix) –  No one does funky breakbeats like Basement Freaks. These guys are are the absolute best. The album Something Freaky is one subversive retro-tasty production. I say subversive because it’s got lyrics and song titles like Let’s Get It Started, Don’t You Wanna Party, Get Down Boogie, Get Ready, Here We Go Again… All of this sound extremely cliche in today’s sophisticated musical world. Hey, 1979 called… But see that’s exactly the point. These songs are anything but cliche. Yeah, it’s different. It’s maybe even unnerving how “out of step” this music is with almost everything else dropping out of speakers today. All you need to do is turn it really loud and you’ll hear exactly what George Fortadis is trying to do. This week I picked up the remix album, featuring re-rubs of most of the songs I just listed. The remixes highlight the fact that Basement Freaks continue to stand out and stand above.

Bad Politics – Graph (Radio Edit) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Make the Girl Dance – Broken Toy Boy feat. Lisa Li-Hung (Original Mix) – It’s about time they made an album! Everything Is Gonna Be OK In the End is the name of their Ultra Records release. It’s got all the great singles released over the past couple years: Baby Baby Baby, Wall of Death, Kill Me… Also, a new single Broken Toy Boy, which is probably the best “new” track on the album. I found the rest of it surprisingly low-key, and not like their single Kill Me at all, which was quite loud and abrasive. That Kill Me is smack in the middle of the album is a little unnerving. The whole album’s got a rather gloomy hazy vibe, with a few cracks of thunder sprinkled in. That may be fine, it may even be great, but I’ll stick with the singles. Check out the super creepy video for Broken Toy Boy.

Datsik – Fully Blown feat. Snake the Ripper – Datsik is dark. Some of the darkest dubstep I’ve got. King Kong remains one of my all-time genre favorites. I had Knife Party’s Fire Hive in the mix this week until I heard Fully Blown in all it’s nasty sludgy glory. Snak the Ripper’s deranged rapping is the obvious highlight in this song. The song’s all about having a good time, but it sounds so psychotic with Snak’s grizzly voice and Datsik’s grinding. I guess what makes this one stand out from all the other filthy dubstep tunes, is that despite it’s darkness, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. In fact, it’s reveling in its mess and you should to.


Discovery

Bad Politics

So… Earlier this week a single called Revolution!!! dropped with three song on them: Graph Radio Edit, Graph Original, and Revolution. It’s all over the place, Beatport, iTunes, Amazon… but finding anything about this group is nearly impossible. Maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places, but I was looking. Anyway, According to their record label, it’s a three piece French group aimed at creating “a reflection on a suffering planet, a paradoxical need to leave the mass to better meet with each other. A world in motion and on the sidelines of a democracy in disguise.” Their music is indeed as ambitious as their mission statement. I’ve got Graph (Radio Edit) in the mix this week, and wanted to put Revolution in, but didn’t feel like editing lyrics to be “radio friendly” so… maybe next week or something. Nevertheless, Bad Politics puts together complex arrangements of groovy beats, soulful female vocals, and undaunted quick rapping. It’s a combination that could go so wrong, but Bad Politics pulls it off so… so right. I’ve had this music spinning all week.

Here’s the best I could do.

Almost Made It

Knife Party

Knife Party is an Australian electro/dubstep duo really blowing up right now. Their EP 100% No Modern Talking is a manufactured masterpiece. Destroy Them With Lazers is a head-swirling, crushing tune. The song that almost made it this week, though, was Fire Hive, which sounds like a whirring power drill splattering a waterfall. These guys are all business in their tunes and it sounds great. Check out their remixes of Nero’s Crush On You (in last week’s mix), Unison by Porter Robinson, and Save The World by Swedish House Mafia.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. This hour’s mix was last week’s Valentine mix, so hear lovely tunes by Rusko, Tensnake, Fedde Le Grand, Sneaky Sound System, Tram Dolls, Human Life, Khan, and more! Sneaky Sound System is one of my favorite Aussie groups. They’ve got big beats, vocals full of bravado, and ridiculously catchy songs. We Love is one of my favorite songs off their new album From Here To Anywhere.

I won’t embed it here, but their very suggestive video is hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7KUP2oI9V8


“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

February 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

Weekend Energy Preview 2-11

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Here’s what in the Weekend Energy mix this week! It’s such a love-filled escapade, it’s like traveling to the moon on a quest to destory a killer cyborg, only to discover an ancient human civilization in which a stranger is held captive in suspended animation. Then rescuing said stranger from the hands of angry cyborgs, blowing up their machinery and using a gun as a rocket to escape back to earth in the nick of time and to get married, only to reveal in the final moments that a cyborg came back too, determined to rebuild their body in a nearby junkyard.  You guessed it… it’s the Valentine’s Mix!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=270j3YK2YMU


Highlights

Tensnake – Need Your Lovin’ (Original Mix) –  I don’t know how many artists I’d  label “cool,” but that’s exactly how I’d describe Tensnake. Need Your Lovin’ is as slick as it gets. This indie post-house tune wraps you up and tends to your musical needs. Pick up this one for your own Valentines mix, along with his songs Something About You, Coma Cat, and Holding Back My Love.

Nero- Crush On You (Knife Party Remix) – See this week’s “Featured” below.

Fedde Le Grand – So Much Love (Original Club Mix) – Here’s one for longevity, Fedde Le Grand is one of the very first artists I played on Weekend Energy, when it began nearly five years ago, with solid tunes like The Creeps, Put Your Hand Up 4 Detroit, and Let Me Think About It. For this Valentine’s Mix, I’ve got an extended cut of one of his newer singles, So Much Love.” This is a pure progressive house banger that will put a big ol’ smile on your face. There’s not much to say about the song because it’s so simple, and a touch repetitive, but you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy hearing it, which is great because it’s so chilly outside today! Make some hot cocoa, find a loved one, watch the official video.

Human Life – In It Together (Polygon Palace Remix) – Last time I wrote about Human Life, it was for his song Wherever We Are, which i called “transcendent.” It had smooth, smart vocals and a vivacious chorus. That song was not a unique experience because it was always a factor in their song In It Together as well. In It Together is a solid nu-disco, indie dance track with great falsetto male vocals, and a captivating synth halfway through. The Polygon Palace remix is a little more nuanced, giving it a more spectacular, special quality, but without messing with the original too much. It’s another song by Human Life that will make the hair stand on the back of your neck. On his Facebook page, it says Human Life “ombines the best of the underground and the overground without contriteness or awkwardness.” So true, this music just melts. Check out the official video.


Featured

Nero

Yeahhhhh so I just featured this like a month ago on this here bloggy, but It’s too perfect for Valentine’s Day to pass up… And the video is just ridiculously awesome. I feel the need to quantify this for some reason, so here goes -> According to science, the feelings of love are located in the same area of the brain as drug addiction. This is a truly phenomenal thing to ponder. Also, the cards and chocolate and stuff is pure madness. I’m no stinky grinch though, I think it’s fantastic! That’s why this video, and all of its complexity, so perfectly captures the mood 🙂

Almost Made It

Camaro Kids

How I Feel About You isn’t a new song, but it’s one of my most favorite house tracks. It’s bold and brash with big horns, a wild beat, a smattering of vintage disco vocal samples. If it were art, it’d be expressionism, pure and simple. And isn’t that how we should express ourselves on Valentine’s Day?


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear heel-clicking tunes by Tonite Only, Kicks n Licks, Justice, Shindu, Boys Get Hurt, Dragonette, We Have Band, and more! We Have Band may be on the fringe of the kind of music you might on the show. Expect the unexpected my friends (me furndz). I’ve been a fan of this British trio since Oh! was featured on this here show a couple years ago. A good tune for Valentines Day is Love, What You Doing? You know what, if you like the video below, just pick up their album Ternion, it’s an indie-aural experience not to be missed. Where Are Your People is on it, but you’ll be hooked by the opener. Not every song is as catchy or hook-y, but sometimes the best music has none of that. Visionary is awesome, and Steel in the Groove is one of those great reminders that we are alive.

 

A Valentine’s Day Extra

Khan

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to play this song in every Valentine’s Day mix. This’ll be the third year now. But to really get what makes this song special is the music video. You’ll see!

 

“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

February 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The Weekend Energy Preview 12-10

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy.  This week’s show is so insanely over-the-top, it’s like trading human activities like eating and sleeping, in order to better transition into a cyborg. Then falling in love with a kleptomaniac dressed as a rabbit and using a makeshift lightning rod to bring about the world’s destruction.

Yeah… like this!

Highlights

Nero – Crush On You (Knife Party Remix) – So each week you can bet the Weekend Energy mix will have lots of great songs. It’ll be an evening of laughs and tears and horrific possessed writhing on the floor. Well, that describes this week’s mix because of Nero’s Crush On You. I’ve literally played this remix every chance I could this week (like 57 times). I love the manic vocals, though I’m not a huge fan of the original version, but the Knife Party remix takes care of overloading the dubstep part (which were rather weak in the original). As for the writhing on the floor… I shall now turn you to one of the best music videos ever.

Trent Cantrelle – I Want A Freak (Original Mix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Stanton Warriors – New York (Original Mix) – This song was an “almost made it” last February (hey, I said I’d get to it eventually!). New York has a transcendental Daft-Punkian funkiness to it. In the almost made it, I said it was difficult to find a song that was of equal scope in terms of caliber, and that the context would be off, or whatever. This week’s mix is so good, though, that none of that matters. This song kicks ass… literally… because the  music video samples clips from The Warriors. Check it out.

The Body Snatchers – Call Me (Lee Mortimer’s ‘troll Under the Bridge Mix) – This is one of the oldest songs downloaded to my music library (which blew up in a computer fire in 2008). It is also one of the best. This song has so much obscene grungy swagger it should be quarantined by my antivirus software. I think it destroyed my old computer. In both the original and troll versions Sporty-O’s lyrical wizardry shines. Lee Mortimer turns up the crunk a bit in this one, which is why I am partial, but the original’s got the sweet animated music video.


Discovery

Trent Cantrelle

Instead of the typical indie-dance crossover discovery, one of my favorite discoveries this week was Trent Cantrelle’s single I Want A Freak. I had never heard of this incredible L.A.-based house purist, though apparently he had something to do with a remix of Steven Lee and Sam Obernik’s song Fever – which is totally transcendent. I Want A Freak is his alone, though. It’s best feature is the strong bassline that, while very much a classic, sounds surprisingly fresh amidst the many layers in this song and paired with the lovely vocals about wanting “a freak in the morning, a freak in the evening.” Trent’s doing well for himself, was featured on Beatport and iTunes top 100 lists, and this song recently hit number four on Beatport’s top ten overall songs. All of that can be topped, however, by the legendary music video:


Almost Made It

Lisa Mitchell

I was going to close out this week’s mix with Coin Laundry by Lisa Mitchell, the No Device remix. It’s a zazzly, dreamy song with a great beat. The No Device remix picks up the energy, but cradles the sleepy song in a poppy beat, rather than sacrificing the haziness that makes it so good. Here’s my solution: after the show tonight, click over and play this song, that way you’ll hear what I wanted to do.  You’re the best.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Some of the artists in this mix include FS, Shotgun Radio, Cosaquitos en Globo, Tensnake, Tritonal, and Yolanda Be Cool. The latter blew up last year with their bouncy Balkansy smashtacular single No Speak Americano. They’ve returned with what will be huge (if its not already), Le Bump, a luscious spry house romp on par with their best work. Listening to it again, I see a career as an automobile commercial soundbite – we shall see. Also, check out their classic Afro Nuts. You’re sure to go nuts… Kind of like the hilarious lady in their music video for Le Bump:

“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.