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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.

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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

Weekend Energy Preview 2-4

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Here’s what’s in the mix this week. It’s so fearsome yet vulnerable… like a tyrannosaurus rex trying to steal Pirate’s Booty from a vending machine.

http://io9.com/5882222/try-as-he-might-there-are-some-things-t+rex-just-cant-do


Highlights

Kicks n Licks – Monsters (Original Mix) –  I sampled this track and thought it’d be great for the next Halloween episode (yeah… thinking way ahead). But this low-key, “old-school” dubstep track ensnared me. It’s not as filthy or boisterous as the Skrillex-inspired beats that have taken over. Instead, this true monster is creeping and slow, rife with heavy drops and a sickeningly sweet voice spewing out gibberish (probably decipherable) lyrics. Think of it not as the the latest violent bloodbath, but like Hitchcock’s Psycho. It just gets under your skin and eats… slowly.

Check out the comments on this… So, so many.

 

Boys Get Hurt – Can’t Wait (Original Mix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Shindu – All In My Fridge (Kreap’s Cluster Funk Deathwish) – This would be a re-discovery for me. Their single Happy House was in the mix a long while back and then this best came out a couple weeks ago and I’ve been blasting it while cooking up some spicy foods in the kitchen (Thursdays are adventure cooking nights… made some awesome Chicken Tikka Masala). All in My Fridge is all about rocking out with great food The lyrics are brash and boisterous: “I grab my chopsticks for my favorite dish, Chinese, Japanese, it’s all in my fridge.” Kreap’s Cluster Funk Deathwish remix is louder and more abrasive than the original mix, like eating a glob of wasabi slightly larger than you intended. I’m hungry now. Guess what, the official video came out today!

Solis & Sean Truby – Timeless feat. Anthya (Protoculture Remix) – I was on the market for some good trance. When I look for trance music, I need it to be very very good, because to me it all tends to sound the same. Armin Van Buuren is incredibly good at separating the good from the bad (so are Above & Beyond in their Anjunabeats series), so I found this track on A State of Trance Radio Top 20 – November 2011. I’d never heard of Solis & Sean Truby, but this song (the remix at least) is top notch. The beast are dark and rich, the fade in the middle is spooky and the synths that work the beat back in are unique and engaging. Anthya’s vocals are standard fare for trance music, but they’re used sparingly and effectively here. Getting trance music right is a science, and this song is like something on Einstein’s chalkboard.


Discovery

Boys Get Hurt

Can’t Wait is probably my favorite new nu-disco track this year. It’s a bass-driven stomper, no doubt, with with enough funky flavor to set the drapes on fire. Even a soulless automaton couldn’t resist nodding along to this. This Japanese duo has barely any likes on Facebook, so follow them now before they get too famous. They listed their influences as Disco Texas, Russ Chimes, Justin Faust, and Gloves. This is excellent company, and it absolutely shows in their work… Very reminiscent of Love in Me by Moullinex and Russ Chimes’ epic Midnight Club EP. Man… this is making me want to turn those up right now… Maybe in next week’s mix. See more of Boys Get Hurt’s music on Soundcloud. I love, LOVE Catch Your Heart. This is uplifting music at its best, folks.

Almost Made It

Metronomy

I had an awesome drum n bass remix of The Look by British band Metronomy by Camo & Krooked. I thought the mix was heavy enough with breaks by Simon Apex, Figure’s remix of Gobstopper by XV and Wiz Khalifa, and the Kicks n Licks song. The original version of The Look might fare better on Beyond the Edge, but Camo & Krooked speed it up, with a super sweet dnb rhythm based on the keyboard riffs. Fred Falke’s remix is more indie-dance, but equally awesome. I’ll drop this a mix sooner or later.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear Major Lazer, Le Castle Vania, Mord Fustang, dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Gato Preto, Yelle, Strange Talk, The High Dolls, Popmuschi, Swiss Lips, and more! One of my favorite songs in the mix last week was the new release by Le Castle Vania called The Light. It just goes to prove this young producer from Atlanta can play with the very best. The Light is a pure dance track, with chopped up samples of something old sounding, mixed with a crisp and powerful blend of freshness. Check out his other songs Awake and Nobody Gets Out Alive, also his killer remix of Zero Machine by Smashing Pumpkins, Go Back by Grum, and In For the Kill by La Roux. Good stuff, all.

Cool interview:


“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 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Weekend Energy Preview 1-28

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Here’s what’s in the mix this week. It’s so destructive; it’s like steering a boat full of expensive rocket cargo into an old foggy bridge, rendering tons of metal and concrete into a ridiculous pile of spaghetti!


Highlights

Major Lazer – Original Don feat. The Partysquad (Flosstradamus Remix) –  Here we are again. Another song by Major Lazer in the highlights section. You probably think I’ll just highlight anything they do? Well, you’re probably right. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original mix of Original Don. It was less dancehall than their flawless album Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, and instead had a very standard hardstyle drumbeat. But that’s what Diplo and Switch sought to do in the first place. Take an underground musical style, one perhaps even reviled, and spin it into an infectious web that eats your face (in a good way). For closed-minded individuals like myself, check out the Flosstradamus remix, because it blows out the track into an incredible moombahton rhythm, complete with sounds all too familiar to those who follow Diplo’s work. While you’re at it, check out the swinging music video for this song.

Gato Preto – Tschukudu (Flore Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Cauliflower feat Kid A (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix) – I was almost done with the mix, but missing like four minutes. I thought, you know what this needs? Some Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip. They will absolutely enhance any mix for any get-together, whether it’s a soiree, business meeting, or block party. The lyrical throwdown between Dan and Kid A is what obviously makes this song, but what makes the remix is the dissonant guitar riffs from Does It Offend You, Yeah? reminiscent of their song “We Are Rockstars.” The remix is as complex and sophisticated as anything Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip have put out. Do yourself a favor and pick up their albums Angles and The Logic of Chance, if you haven’t already. Here’s the official video for the original mix.

St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong – It’s the song I didn’t want to like, but couldn’t resist. I guess that’s a highlight, eh? Anyway, this song closes out the first hour tonight. It’s totally mellow, with a low rumbling thunderstorm of drums and otherworldly singing. It’s not really dance-y, but just resonates in your head. Like their name, it feels warm and tropical, though a bit agitated. If I were on the beach listening to this, I’d probably be wondering if it’s time to pack it up and go inside (but in a good way). St. Lucia may be just out of range for Weekend Energy, but their music is splendorous. Doing a quick iTunes search, here I see four tracks (three and a remix). All of them are nothing short of excellent. So I suppose that gives them a perfect track record. How many artists have that? Just a link to the song, but enjoy it.


Discovery

Gato Preto

WOWOWOW. This Portuguese/Mozambique duo blew me away this week with their single “Tschukudu.” It’s got a sick Brazilian tribal beat by DJ Lee and intense Portuguese rapping by Gato. Everything about this song is cooler than the other things in the mix this week. 2012 started out a bit ho-hum until earlier this week when I stumbled upon a bundle of remixes of this song. Though I love the raw intensity of the original mix, I was floored by the Flore remix (unintentional alliteration). It tones down some of the halting beats and makes it more of a deep house rumbler. It’s perfect for the mid-hour, like throwing a curveball into your ears. Gato Preto looks stylish, they sound unique, they are certain to stand out from the crowd as they certainly stand out in the mix tonight. Can’t wait to hear more!

Check out an interview and some live performing:

Almost Made It

Rusko

On his Wikipedia page, Rusko is defined as an English dubstep producer, though his dubstep is different than the harder Skrillex sound that’s really taken off. Rusko has a much gentler approach, with more of a dnb influence. Just check out his stellar single Everyday, or his remix of Sunday Girl’s Stop Hey, or his remix of Dutch Flowers by Skream. It just sounds more sophisticated. So I almost had Sigma’s remix of Somebody To Love in the mix, but took it out in favor of the dnb song Reach by Tantrum Desire. Rusko always gets in the mix, though. I’ll probably put this in next week.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear Scarlett & The Pixels, Thecocknbullkid, Gooseflesh, Gemini Club, Afrojack, and Neelix. Thecocknbullkid is one of those artists that makes a big splash and then recedes away into the ocean. Unless you have a British iTunes account or something, you’ll have a tricky time finding her songs – including some of her best “One Eye Closed” and “Yellow.” I loved her 2009 album Querelle, in particular the single “I’m Not Sorry.” It had a brash, hard beat that just melted into the vocals, leading up to a super catchy chorus, but that’s all I got. I’d complain to Cocknbullkid, but she’s not sorry.

 

“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.

The Weekend Energy Preview 1-21

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Here’s what’s in the mix this week. It’s so mental, it defeated Watson the super computer in the final round of Jeopardy – the answer: What is the loudest show on public radio?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFR3lOm_xhE

Highlights

RackNRuin- Dazed & Confused feat. Janai & Illaman (SKism’s Baroque Out Remix) –  I mean look at the title, it’s got to be good, right? Baroque Out? Awesome. This song lives up to its genre counterpart, beginning with a build into a carnival-like beat with vocals by Janai, then winding up into a tight dubstep beat with layers of Illaman rapping, then it loosens up with a quick tribal drum rhythm. Dare I say this song has it all? I made  a bold decision, too, and made it the show’s opener. Yikes!

Scarlett & The Pixels – Sea of LCD, Sparks – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Skream – Anticipate (Netsky Remix) – This’ll warm your heart on a chilly winter weekend… Apparently Skream produced this song in anticipation of his son, on the way. It’s an uplifting track: “I can’t wait to meet you, And I know, I’ll have to learn how to teach you, I need to let the fool in me go, I’m gonna work like crazy, Give you everything you need, Build the world that you will see.” Even though the video has a robot dancing around, you have to admit, the lyrics are really, really sweet. Have I gone soft? No way 🙂 The Netsky Remix speeds up the song a bit and gives it a nice drum and bass wash. The lyrics are in-tact, though, and I think the remix just makes it all much stronger. But the original version is great, too. I think congrats are in order for the new father. Oh, and here’s the official video, truly a great gift his son will grow to appreciate.

David Heartbreak – Elmo (Valentino Khan Remix) – I’m a Fresh Air fan, and as a young kid I loved Sesame Street (still do, whatevs), So when I heard Kevin Clash interviewed on Fresh Air, I’ll admit I did not get much accomplished in those 20 minutes. When I came across Elmo by David Heartbreak, I thought, okay this will be interesting. Yeah, it is. The original mix has a surreal moombahton drum-machine vibe with some vocal sampling from Elmo and friends. A couple weeks ago, I played a dope track by Valentino Khan called Kingstone, and saw he did a remix of this song, too. So that’s the one I put in the mix. It’s just insanely well produced moombahton, with more kick than the original and a couple solid drops, with the cute “Elmo!” popping in here and there.


Discovery

Scarlett & The Pixels

Almost exactly one year ago, I stumbled upon a remix of Sequin Burn by Scarlett Etienne and was blown by her lovely, syrupy voice. Her latest grouping, Scarlett & The Pixels is irresistible neo-techno-pop at its finest. Slowed down, pulsing rhythms with hooks that’ll ensnare your head all week. Sea of LCD is a mesmerizing glam anthem and Sparks is an absolute electric rockabilly swagger shoegazing theme song for a wintry week. I think Scarlett is one of the most exciting artists this year and her music just keeps getting better. Her Sea of LCD / Sparks EP is most definitely worth picking up – the remixes are great, too. Be sure to check out her music as Scarlett Etienne – especially the dark chugging bass of Figurine, The Flex, and Sequin Burn.  Also check out her Facebook page.

Almost Made It

Mord Fustang

We Are Now Connected is his huge hit right now, one of the biggest tracks in the genre at the moment, but for some reason I can’t seem to find a place for in the last few mixes. Right now it’s sitting in my shortlist pile and I hope to play it soon. This Estonian DJ came out of like nowhere last year with huge bombs like Magic Trooper, A New World, Lick the Rainbow, Super Meat Freeze, Milky Way… He’s certainly made a hame for nimself. Maybe next week he’ll be on Eeekend Wnergy. Check out his interesting Tumblr page.

Playing We Are Now Connected live:


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear Afrojack, Panda Da Panda, Skrillex, Jupiter, Mustard Pimp, The Weeknd, Fischerspooner, Sidney Samson, and more! I’ve had a love affair with Fischerspooner’s music ever since their single Emerge released with their album #1 back in 2001. I saw the pairing of Infidels of the World Unite and Gooseflesh Remix and thought instant gold. Fischerspooner is one of those groups that’s already excellent without any revision, but Casey Spooner’s great vocals are so workable that some artists proved that The Best Revenge could be even better with some revision, see Alex Gopher, autoKratz, and Designer Drugs. Also, the DIM remix of Supply & Demand. Another one of Gooseflesh’s songs is in the mix tonight, in the first hour, hear Drift.

A Little Extra

This guy does some really great moombah live mixing:


“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.

The Weekend Energy Preview 1/14

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Here’s what’s in the mix this week. It’s so indomitable, it’s like a catastrophic global event, obviously caused by climate change, that renders all the worlds lizards as super-intelligent creatures who will then engage in massive eugenic experiments leading to genetic discrimination in which the ‘valids’ enjoy professional employment, while the ‘in-valids’ are relegated to menial labor.

Don’t blame me, blame science.

Also, this was a great movie.

Highlights

Mustard Pimp – City Kids (feat. Dirtyphonics) – With a name like Mustard Pimp,  you know it’s going to be delicious and spicy. Weekend Energy listeners have been enjoying this team’s calorie free grunge for years. City Kids is a dirty city street full of uplifting cheer, complete with a whirring helicopter beat, and a touch of swag. I’ve been pushing it around my shortlist for a while, but this week’s mix is crazy enough to include it. It’s five songs into the mix, right when a song really needs to stand out. And it does, even if you can’t see it below all the smog. Also, check out their singles Catch Me, Money Shot, Oh La La Satan, and… most urgently… Cherry. Check out the video for City Kids from Dim Mak Records.

Panda Da Panda – Vem E Du (Boyfriend & Ophex Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Jupiter – Sake – I had a sore throat recently and ordered a small jug of hot sake at a local restaurant. I was cured in a snap. Anyway, I’ve written about this song before, so let’s review: “Jupiter caught my attention from their beginning, with a remix of Salt Air by Chew Lips, followed by their own singles Starlighter and Vox Populi… Sake sounds like the drink: crisp, not too serious, a little sweet, a little cheap, and in large quantities will make your legs feel like squids… It’s fun and vibrant…  Nothing offensive here – except maybe the dancing in this video!” …And here’s the endlessly fun music video for Sake.

Avicii – Levels 2 (Scully & Wiseman Remix) – I swore I wasn’t going to play any dubstep when I made this mix this week. Then I heard this and a giant hawk pried open the roof of my apartment like an aluminum can and plucked me out of my desk chair. This is more than dubstep, this is more than Skrillex-inspired dubstep, this is a complete audio experience, chock full of nutritious builds, synths, bass, drums, and drops so sick it should be quarantined and then experimented on for chemical warfare. Don’t tell Iran about this song.


Discovery

Panda Da Panda

Okay, this song really annoyed me at first. I mean, the guy’s way too loud, with a screeching voice and he looks like a ridiculous skeleton stomping around in a closet. But after listening to it a few times, I found myself putting on skeleton face paint and singing along as loud as possible – even though I have no idea what he’s saying. Anyone speak Swedish? I am converted. I have become a skeleton panda and I can’t get enough of this song. I couldn’t be more excited to put a song into the mix as I am with this one. If you watch the video below, just wait until around 37 seconds and you’ll be totally hooked. The version in the show tonight takes that catchy beat and draws it out a bit, but blends it more with the vocals, giving in an all-around more moombahton vibe. I’m not sure which one I like better now. Also, check out Speciell, and if you’re feeling brave, check out Titta Nar Han Dansar.

Almost Made It

Hatiras, Will Bailey, Nom De Strip

I saw the title: “Swagnum P.I.” and was intrigued. I thought, “please be awesome.” And it is. This instrumental definitely pushes the envelope, taking you out of your head entirely with a sweet echo effect, then punting it back in its place with a swift, swag-infused kick. It’ll get in the mix soon enough. Check out a tiny sample.


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. In this mix, hear Martin Solveig, Dragonette, Daft Punk, We Kiss You, Skrillex, Knife Party, Trippple Nippples and more! While checking out some blogs, I came across some awesome Daft Punk remixes. In genre terms, Daft Punk is like ancient grandpa music. The beats are still good, but they’re a bit dusty (see Gramophonedzie). Anyway, in the mix is HLM’s remix of Harder Better Faster Stronger, and my favorite Schoolboy’s remix of Da Funk. I’ve always been a fan of Da Funk, it was like my personal anthem 15 years ago. Schoolboy transforms it into dubstep without destroying the basic beat. That’s the trick with Daft Punk remixes. The original songs are so impeccably mixed, with such killer beats, a good remix will complement it, not kill it. I’m often a fan of destroying the tracks, but I”ll make a concession for Daft Punk – this is the extent of my reverence.

A Little Extra

I just found this full of giggles:


“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.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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Crank up your stereo, bust out the stroblight and kick up the bass for the two hours of the best techno dance and electronica from around the world. This is Weekend Energy, I’m Matt McG. This week’s show is so out of control, it’s like a group of robot helicopters, creating skyscrapers using a suction cup mechanism to carry the bricks. What’ll they do next? Destroy humanity as we know it?

Oh, it’s real.

Highlights

Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette and Idoling! – Big In Japan (Denzal Park Remix) – I’m a sucker for great music videos. So that’s my reason for playing this, really. Also, this remix is a killer opener. I’ve always said (to my bathroom mirror) all you need to do is make it in Japan. Forget Stateside, mega-corporo-conglomerates control that. Japanese pop-culture is outrageous. Actually, one of my favorite non-eletronic music (gasp!) is Zebrahead, which, for some reason is HUGE in Japan. Also, remember that Canadian rock group Anvil with the movie any everything? I won’t spoil the ending. Check out the the music video for Big in Japan. Sore sugoi!

Trippple Nippples – LSD – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

We Kiss You – Dancing and Everybody Lies – I really wanted this band to be the “discovery” this week, but… well see what happened below. Their EP titled Viva Le Rock is stellar from start to finish. I’m thrilled to have two songs from it in the mix this week The other song I was going to play from this is I Know You Want Me. This energetic duo blends hip French dance with ridiculously catchy choruses that will get your head rolling around like it’s a crazy metronome or something, I don’t know. I find Lunalyss’ whip-sharp vocals to be entrancing, and 6-phoniq’s rhythms to be as cool as his name. Eventually, I’ll get around to playing every track on this EP – from the hyper Dancing, to the sexyfun Everybody Lies.  Here’s a great “walking around having more fun than you” video for Everybody Lies.

Katy Perry – The One That Got Away (R3hab Remix) –  Yes. Katy Perry. I know, I know. If anyone’s gonna get me to play her music on Weekend Energy it’s gonna be R3hab. There’s no question the total quality of this remix. It’s some of his finest work – from a probably flawless portfolio. Don’t get me wrong, Katy Perry’s music is hilarious and fun, but them Top 40 folks play it to death. Ew, repetition. Why wait? Listen to it now.

Discovery

Trippple Nippples

Yes, I’ve wedged this one into the mix this week. LDS by Trippple Nippples is the greatest and most horrifying thing I’ve ever stumbled across (the second most was a perfectly good – I mean pristine – turkey sandwich in the middle of  a sidewalk in downtown Chattanooga). I feel like this wicked Japanese trio “gets it,” you know? Like they have captured the moment – not for too long – but for just enough time. Like a single, life sustaining breath. The sound created by Trippple Nippples is lively, spunky, absurd, irritating, and perfect. In an art form where anything is possible, I’m thrilled to hear true innovators. Who says neo-pop trash can’t hang on the wall next to Monet? Landscapes are boring, anyway.

Wait! There’s more! Check it out below::::

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