Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Kevin Lux Album "Dark Machine" Reviewed

Kevin Lux is on a creative wave at the moment as he unleashes his new album "Dark Machine" and as the title suggests the album has a darker feel to it and a bit more minimalistic too.


The opening track "Obvious" has some excellent acid house elements with melodic synth parts
overlaying the composition, Vocoder vocals also play their part. I like the simplicity of this track.

"Clock Law" is more upbeat, nice sequencer elements and solid sequenced bass-line. Excellent
vocoder vocals on this song, reminded me in parts of the Pet Shop Boys more experimental B Sides (think "One Of A Crowd"), the track has an excellent and uplifting chorus, which really drives the track. One of my favourite tracks on the album.

Next we have the wonderfully titled "Cyborg In Shadows", a song that dates back to 1995. This is
a more dark experimental track with a fast rhythm section and glorious bass-line. I could imagine this track as a soundtrack piece in a science fiction film. the structure of the song stays the same throughout with intricate sequenced patterns. "Slipstream" is different again, it's upbeat and I love the synth stabs, they work a treat over the cacophony of sequencers, as with all of the tracks on this album there is space for every aspect of instrumentation, which I really like. Another track I really like, the simplistic melody grabs your attention.

"Face To Face" sees the return of that "Numan" synth lead sound Kevin has created to perfection,
which is very effective on this song, I like how he uses synth sound effects on this track, this will be a big favourite for fans of Kevin's work, fabulous use of sequencer patterns throughout this track.

Next we have the title track "Dark Machine", very science fiction, especially the opening section of the song, it unexpectedly moves into dance terrortory, with vocoded vocals over a quite atmospheric backdrop, another excellent track.

"Stealth" reminded me a little bit of Numan's "Replicas" album, it has dark overtones and is quite minimalistic, that said he does make excellent use of synth parts, as the song progressed I was also drawn to the John Foxx album "Metamatic".

"UFO" again treads Science Fiction terrortory and has some wonderful synth melody parts, unlike
several tracks on the album this has a lot going on, including interesting stereo movement, which sound excellent through headphones.

Another track that dates back to 1995 is "Battery", as with "Cyborg In Shadows", this has been
re-worked. A lot of this album benefits from well constructured sequencer parts, be it bass-lines or melody and this track is no exception, I like the pulsing bass-line and use of melodic parts here and there, I like the shift in structure of the second half of the song, good use of vocoded vocals too.

"Dead Radio" is definitely 4 to the floor, beautiful melody lines, rhythmically bordering on techno, vocoded vocals. Also included on the album is the original version of "Stealth", and a Redux version of "Stealth", that make interesting listening as you can appreciate  the work Kevin has put into the new version to fit with the concept of the album.

This is another side to Kevin's music direction, darker and I would say he has gone for a more
minimalstic approach which works well, Kevin uses the phrase "Intense Direction" in his description of the album and I would agree with him on that.

A very intriguing piece of work, which I really enjoyed and I don't think fans of Kevin's work will be disappointed as it shows a different side of his music creation. A very talented guy.

9/10

Monday, 5 November 2018

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 65)

Edition #65 of Rubik's 80s Mix is now out on White Lion Radio.


This a series of shows that includes the very best in 80s music all in one continuous mix.

The biggest hits from the greatest decade in music history!

A show guaranteed to bring back so many happy memories!

Listen to the show on Mixcloud here

Listen on Hearthis.at here

Full Playlist

New Order - Blue Monday
Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
The Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Lost Weekend
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
The Communards - You Are My World
Steve Arrington - Feel So Real
Jaki Graham - Round And Round
Mai Tai - Body And Soul
Fine Young Cannibals - Blue
Midge Ure - If I Was
Simple Minds - Alive And Kicking
Loose Ends - Magic Touch
Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart

Monday, 29 October 2018

This Is Machine Pop - Music Inspired By Kraftwerk

White Lion Radio are delighted to present to you "This Is Machine Pop - Music Inspired By Kraftwerk". A show dedicated to the godfathers of electronic music.


The show features music by true Kraftwerk fans, that have been inspired by the German legends, and includes tracks by Jonteknik, Unisonlab, Kretz, Maschine Brennt, Metroland, Kevin Lux, DJ Toren & Humachine, Niels Gordon, Dark Vektor Vs Pablo Leon, Neon, Sector One, Datapop, Deutsche Bank and Elektroklange.

If you are a fan of Kraftwerk this show is not to be missed!

Listen to the show on Mixcloud

Or on Hearthis.at

Playlist

Jonteknik - Radio Station
Unisonlab - Stereolab (Kretz Remix)
Kretz - Visual Transmissions (Dark Vektor Remix)
Maschine Brennt - Electric Music (Edit)
Metroland - Sunwriting (Metroland's Genesis)
Kevin Lux - Dark Machine
DJ Toren & Humachine - Elektrofied
Niels Gordon - Voyage Dans La Nuit (Maschine Brennt Remix)
Dark Vektor Vs Pablo Leon - Ace Of Sbass
Neon - Man Made Machine (Kevin Lux remix)
Sector One - The Operation (Gary Hunter's Dark Vektor Remix 7 Inch Mix)
Maschine Brennt - 60 Seconds (V2)
Datapop - Rhythmus (Jonteknik Remix)
Unisonlab - Apparatus
Elektroklange - Approach To Tokyo (Straight Connection Mix)
Kevin Lux - Face To Face
Metroland - Memorabilia (Souvenir Mix)
Maschine Brennt - Backspace (Gary Hunter's 7 Inch Radio Edit)
Unisonlab - Electro Life (Sector One Remix)
Dark Vektor Vs Pablo Leon - One (Kretz Remix)
Deutsche Bank - Cueber Mensch (Sector One Remix)
Jonteknik - On Air

Saturday, 27 October 2018

The New "Best Of 2012-2018" by Exciting Valence Reviewed

Exciting Valence is the music project of David Ehrke, who is from Germany, and his brand of Synthpop/Italo Music is both melodic and infectious.

He started the Exciting Valence project in 2011

I first came across David's music in about 2014, when I heard the tracks "Coming Home" and "It's
Never Too Late", that appeared on the brilliant album "Desire".


The Best of album starts with the track "Here I Am", which showcases his music perfectly, beautiful sequenced melodies intertwined with a great italo disco bassline and solid rhythm section overlayed with beautiful fragile vocals.

Italo Disco takes centre stage on "80 Summer", once again David shows his skills as a maker of
wonderful catchy melodies, the song definitely has a warm summer feel and is very upbeat, the warmth of the pad sounds, certainly play their part.

Next we have the excellent "Coming Home", which has been heavily re-worked for this release, the
remix loses non of the character of the original, it still instantly hits you, this is more of a synthpop track, superb sequencer melodies and driving bass-line and a good solid vocal, superb song I could listen to over and over again. Next we have "It's Never Too Late", for me, David's finest moment, so many layers to this track, I love the Korg M1 Choirs on the song, they make this track something special. So catchy and melodic, with excellent synth parts and probably his best vocal performance, listen to this track and you will instantly be drawn in as it builds up, awesome track.

"Electric Radio" is full on italo disco, a pulsing bass-line and superb rhythm section, excellent use of pads and synth brass stabs and of course melody lines, the rhythm section is what makes this track for me, superbly constructed. "A True Story" is next, very upbeat with it's fantastic bass-line and beautiful synth melody parts, also great use of sequencers, a bit heavy on reverb for the vocals. "Memory" has quite a haunting start to it, with etheral chords, then it's full on dance, a wealth of synths working to their maximum on this song, lots going on, with plenty of melodic sections, again a solid vocal, another big favourite of mine. "We Call It Love", from the moment this track starts you know you are listening to something really special, brilliantly constructed, with such good use of melody lines. For the melodies, think OMD. The hookline in this track is amazing, simple but very effective due to the synth sound David has used. Definitely a highlight on this collection. Synthpop brilliance!

The second half of the album kicks off with another infectious feast, the upbeat "Once Upon A Time", a track for the dancefloor and it packs a punch, as with all the tracks on the album,
superbly produced. The chorus is so unexpected but delightful, strong melody lines throughout,
something David really excels at. David's vocals against the atmospheric music palette and Sequencers, work perfectly. Next we have "Thank You", another track that reminded me of OMD in
parts, a beautiful soundscape, I especially like the melodic sequencer parts and melodies he has
created, another one of those catchy songs you are immediately drawn into. A good strong vocal as well, in short brilliant synth work!

"The Way To You", another track from the "Desire" album, sequencers are on overdrive here to very good effect, a full on dance ensemble, David certainly knows how to get just the right synth sounds for the synth parts in his songs, a blistering fast paced track, another highlight on this best of collection. "Land Of Tomorrow" is again upbeat, with fantastic pads and a memorable chorus line, has an atmospheric feel about it and is a track that wouldn't have been out of place on "Desire". This is one of my favourite tracks on the album, it is faultless, the use of pad chords is exceptional, great rhythm section, sequencers and melodic hooks. A very strong vocal by David make this track a real joy to listen too, another big standout track.

"Found And Lost" sees us back in italo Disco mode, a throbing bass-line and powerful drums, strings and choir sounds, once again, used to great effect, I also like the bell melodies, they work really well over the dominant pads/strings and choir sections. A more stripped down song that works perfectly, David is having such a good time he even starts whistling the melody on the song.......you will to!

"Exciting Dreams", I haven't heard before, but I love the minimal drum start, that is maintained throughout the track and soaring pads which provide the backdrop for the powerful vocals, of course we have the simplistic catchy melody part, this is a heavily stripped down track, however, the rhythm and synths make this a very interesting song to listen too.

The standout "Human Company", one of David's recent tracks and showcases how good he is at constructing a song that has an impact on you when you listen to it. A beautiful melodic track that has influences of both Italo Disco and synthpop, it is a track that really packs a punch. The album closes with "The Sky Is Never Blue", this has also been re-worked and is a much better song because of that. David throws the kitchen at this song, a wealth of sequenced melody lines, melodic hooks, layered synths, pads, all working together to great effect, David's new vocals on the track definitely make this a very impressive track, he couldn't have ended this collection any better.

What an outstanding album, an album he should be very proud of. His music production is outstanding and the way he constructs his songs is truly incredible.

Such a warm sounding album with infectious melodies on every track, it is a collection that is worthy of the title "Best Of".

An album I highly recommend 9.5/10

The album is available here:

https://excitingvalence.bandcamp.com/album/the-best-of-exciting-valence

The album "Desire" is available here:

https://excitingvalence.bandcamp.com/album/desire

Visit the Exciting Valence Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/excitingsynthpop/

Monday, 22 October 2018

i-Select #40

This is a series of shows dedicated to electronic/synthpop bands that are unsigned, signed to a small independent label or self release their material.


White Lion Radio prides itself on bringing you music which you don't always get access to and to showcase bands and artists that are really very talented and deserve to be heard.

These shows will feature bands from across the globe!

Listen On Mixcloud

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Full Playlist:

Niels Gordon - Voyage Dans La Nuit (G+Âteborgselektronikerna Remix)
Exciting valence - It's Never To Late
Exposed Brick - Pain (Reflections)
Uncreated - Evolve
VNV Nation - Armour
Sister Electra Ft Helm - When Romance Dies
The Grey Disorder - Rain
Dark Vektor Vs Pablo Leon - Ace Of SBass
Fused (feat Stephen Newton) - Love In Itself (7 Inch Mix)
Turning Keys - Soul To Your Heart
GJART - Superstar
Kevin Lux - Clock Law
ATK.VCTRS - We Are Neon
Exciting Valence - Land Of Tomorrow
Analogue Electronic Whatever - Mickey's On Drugs
Datapop - Heliograph (Remake Of Metroland Sunwriting)
Graveyard Club - Witchcraft
Darwinmcd Ft Eric C Powell & Andrea Powell - Click (Purple Rose Organic Mix)
!Distain - Letter To Myself
Frozen Plasma - Safe. Dead. Harm.
Projekt Ich - Es Ist Wahr ft. Michael Draw (Tragic Impulse Remix)
Uncreated - In This world (Evolving Remix)
The Grey Disorder - Feel Like I Feel
VNV Nation - When Is The Future
Vogon Poetry - Spacewalk (Nature Of Wires Remix)
ATK.VCTRS - Our Night Drive
Eric C. Powell - True
Sister Electra Ft Louise Marchione - In Dreams
Exciting Valence - Found And Lost
Kevin Lux - Obvious

Monday, 15 October 2018

The Electronic Music Hour #40

Welcome to edition #40 of our series "The Electronic Music Hour", which features some of the best electronic and synthpop music from the last 40 years.


These shows not only include well known artists from the last 4 decades but new and emerging bands on the electronic music scene from around the world, a lot of which are either unsigned, or on a small independent label, or self release their material.

So the shows will feature old and new tracks that fit in the electronic/synthpop genre.

Listen On Mixcloud

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Playlist:

Depeche Mode - Soothe My Soul (Radio Edit)
Komputer - Looking Down On London
Parralox - Electric Nights
Andy Bell - Crazy
Ultranoire - Playing Dead
Dalek I - Destiny (Dalek I Love You)
Pet Shop Boys - Was That What It Was
Eurythmics - Jennifer
VNV Nation - If I Was
Mirrors - Toe The Line
OMD - One More Time
Dancing With Ruby - Animals
Marc And The Mamba's - Black Heart
Second Version - Nova

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Maximum 80s (Volume 64)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 63 of Maximum 80s.

This is a series of shows that feature nothing but the very best in 1980s 12 Inch Singles.

The biggest hits on the biggest format from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

Erasure - You Surround Me (Remix)
Deneice Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy (Extended)
Spandau Ballet - Round And Round (12 Inch Mix)
Depeche Mode - Behind The Wheel (Shep Pettibone Mix)
Marc Almond - Bitter Sweet (The Big Beat Mix)
Gonzalez - Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet (Original 12 Inch Version)
The Communards - Disenchanted (12 Inch Remix)
Imagination - In And Out Of Love (12 Inch Version)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (12 Inch Version)
Alison Moyet - Love Resurrection (Love Injected Mix)