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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 4-16

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so cataclysmic, it’s like a clumsy rocket scientist slipping on a hilariously misplaced banana peel into a ridiculously oversized red launch button.


Highlights

Woflgang Gartner – Forever (feat. Will.I.Am) – Wolfgang Gartner caught my attention a while back as an artist in the shadows of Deadmau5. Though, honestly with singles like Hookshot, Push & Rise and Undertaker, he’s become in my opinion a far greater and more dynamic artist. Forever might be his first great commercial success. Grabbing excellent vocals from Will.I.Am, and throwing in a thick house beat, Forever is brash and strong. Sometimes commercial sounds really, really good. This would be an example.

Kaskade – Fire In Your New Shoes (feat. Martina from Dragonette) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Make the Girl Dance – Kill Me – When I heard their first single Baby Baby Baby, I thought these French DJs were sipping gin and tonics while mocking their listeners with a schmaltzy flippancy. Kill Me confirms it. This song clearly indicates that Make the Girl Dance does not care about how you feel about their songs. They produce it, you listen to it, your grandmother hates it, you love it. I have a separate file of this song in the studio, in which I spent like 45 minutes making the song radio friendly. It was worth it. Check out the awesome, uncensored music video in which they blow a ton of money on a whirlwind trip to the US.

Ampeer – Bringing Problemkids The Music – This German DJ has been producing some straight up electro for several years, but he’s relatively new to me. I stumbled across his music on Soundcloud and instantly became a fan of his deep-bass crushing sound. Bringing Problemkids the Music was a catchy enough title to open Weekend Energy with, and has a great build in the beginning. I highly, highly recommend checking out Ragged and also Johnny. If you have a good enough subwoofer, you will float standing next to it.

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

Discovery

Kaskade, with Martina of Dragonette

Okay, this is more like a rediscovery. Neither Kaskade nor Dragonette are new to me. In fact, whenever I see new stuff by either of them, I think instant quality. Kaskade is extremely adept at making music people want to hear. For anyone new to the overall genre, I would point them to the direction of Kaskade – a little bit of trance, a little electro house, a little nu disco… Not to mention his impeccable talent at choosing and or handling a vocalist. Check out Empty Streats featuring Becky Jean Williams, Don’t Stop Dancing (and also Dynasty) featuring Haley, 4 AM, Step One Two, I Remember, and last but not least Fire In Your New Shoes featuring Martina Sorbara from Dragonette. That’s the featured song this week because it’s snappy, dancy, sexy, uplifting, and Martina’s vocals are simply irresistible.  Other great Dragonette songs niclude Animale, Hello, Pick Up The Phone, Fixin To Thrill, and Boys & Girls. NPR recently featured her as a leader among today’s female musicians. Check out the video below, she’s leading.


Almost Made It

We Love Machines

I picked up the new album by We Love Machines this week, which is basically 14 massive bangers. Somehow none of the tracks wound up in the mix. It’s an atrocity, really. Some of my favorites from the album are Machine Love, Higher, Carpentizer and Drop It. Not an album for the week of ear, this thing is a beast. Machine Loves kicks it up, Carpentizer follows with an oddball dancehall beat that would make Diplo jealous, Scissors just flat out rocks and Higher is nuts. I simply cannot endorse this album enough. Here’s a link to hear the whole thing online.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include  Justice, Black Strobe, The Twelves, Scanners, Benny Benassi, Skrillex 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 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm