Sunday, 18 February 2018

New Maschine Brennt Single "60 Seconds" Reviewed

Maschine Brennt are to release the track "60 Seconds" as a new 3 track single on February 22nd.


The track made it's debut on the recent "We Are Machine Pop 4" compilation released by the Plonk Music Label.

For the new release we get the full version of the track and it is fantastic, a driving rhythm and infectious bass synth are the key ingredients in the track, indeed it is the bass synth (not to be confused with the actual bass-line elements of the song) that grabs your attention with it's body jarring rhythmic sound, over the top we have delightful melodic parts and sequencers as well as the vocoded vocals.

"The Rhythm Of The Beat" is like a dub version of "60 Seconds" and has  more of a Kraftwerk feel to it, it took me back to those 80s 12 Inch Dub versions you used to hear, brilliant use of sequenced patterns that are very melodic too.

The final track is a remix of "60 Seconds" by Akamagoo, which is a real gem, superb use of the Roland 808 Drum Machine, it also has a bit of a Hip Hop influence running through it. New synth parts are also added and they are superb additions to what is a solid track.

Definitely Maschine Brennt's finest moment to date and an absolute joy to listen to.

10/10

The 3 track single will be available on Maschine Brennt's Bandcamp page:

https://maschinebrennt.bandcamp.com/

Also worth checking out is Plonk Music's Official Homepage, as they are putting together an impressive catalogue of releases:

http://plonk.nu/

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

White Lion Radio Valentine's Day Special

White Lion Radio wants to share some love with you this Valentine's Day with a special show.


"White Lion Radio Present.....The Power Of Love" is a special show on which we play 80's tracks that have the word "Love" in the title, don't expect a show packed with love songs, it's a show that has everything, pop, ballads, synthpop, dance & disco.

Listen to the show on Mixcloud

Listen to the show on Hearthis.at

FULL PLAYLIST

ABC - The Look Of Love (Part 1)
Erasure - Chains Of Love
Booker Newbury III - Love Town
The Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love)
Thompson Twins - Love On Your Side
Howard Jones - What Is Love?
Climie Fisher - Love Changes (Everything)
Evelyn 'Champagne' King - Love Come Down
Imagination - State Of Love
Blancmange - Thats Love That It Is
Soft Cell - Where Did Our Love Go
The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Film Star
Sharon Brown - I Specialize In Love
Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly
Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
Alison Moyet - Is This Love?
Luther Vandross - Stop To Love
Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love
Taylor Dayne - Prove Your Love
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Power Of Love

Enjoy the show ♥♥♥♥♥

Monday, 12 February 2018

Maximum 80s (Volume 56)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 56 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.


Listen On Mixcloud

Listen On Hearthis.at

Track List

Dead Or Alive - Brand New Lover (Up Ducky Mix)
Bronski Beat - Why (Extended Mix)
Chaka Khan - I Feel For You (Remix)
Madonna - Angel (Extended Dance Mix)
Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin (Phil Harding Latin Vocal Mix)
Lisa Stansfield - All Around The World (American Club Remix)
David Bowie - Blue Jean (Extended Dance Mix)
Living In A Box - Living In A Box (Dance Mix)
Blancmange - Lose Your Love (Extended Version)
Freddie Mercury - I Was Born To Love You (Extended Mix)

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

We Are Machine Pop 4 Reviewed

Independent Electronic Music label Plonk, have released their 4th Machine Pop Compilation. For those of you that aren't familiar with these collections, they feature bands and artists inspired by Kraftwerk. The compilations are also a focal point for our "Kraftwerk" themed radio shows.


The album kicks off with a very impressive track, "Robotic Love" by Kosmonaute, who are from Sweden and make their debut on this series of compilations, this is as close as you will get to a "Machine Pop Ballad", the lead synth melody is a thing of pure beauty, working perfectly in tandem with the vocoded vocals, the track dates back to 2013 and I am amazed I haven't come across it before, my favourite track on the album.

The more I hear of Unisonlab the more I like their music and again they deliver with "League Of Machines", a bass driven track with some nice melodic touches. Next we have Gary Wright who records under the name Neon, I have been familiar with Gary's music for many years and is probably the one artist that gets close to that "Kraftwerk" sound, "Future Technology" is brilliant, with excellent use of synths and vocoder, he is a master at creating melodic parts on his songs. He has many songs recorded in the Neon vault and should release a complete album of his own material.

Datapop contribute the track "Radioklang", taken from their stunning album "Pop", if you love Kraftwerk I highly recommend this album (you will find a full review on this blog here). "Radioklang" is pure electro pop and very infectious, it has a chorus you will be singing over and over in no time. The track is well constructed, with lots going on, plent of catchy sequencer riffs and melodies, pushes "Robotic Love" very close for being the best track on the album.

Kretz are a familiar name on these compilations and their track "Ich Bin Ein Klon" has a much harder sound than the tracks before it, I do like the synth pads on this as well as the rhythm track, another solid track. Another newcomer is French Electronic outfit Marboss, "P3-P6" is a fine track, some brilliant synthwork, especially the bottom end bass sounds and lead synth, excellent use of percussive sounds as well. I'm sure we will hear a lot more from this band.

I am a big fan of the work of Maschine Brennt, especially their debut album "The Hearing Aid" (again reviewed on this blog here). Featured here is the track "60 Seconds", which isn't on "The Hearing Aid", it is fast becomming my favourite Maschine Brennt track. A superbly produced track with elements of Kraftwerk's "Computer World" album evident in the sound. This is Machine Pop perfection. Silicon Machines make their first appearance since the very first "Machine Pop" compilation and what a return it is too, "Basic" has a fabulous bassline running through it which hits you like New Order's "Blue Monday" bassline. Fantastic use of vocal samples and vocoder, a very upbeat track, excellent again.

Sector One have appeared on every "Machine Pop" compilation so far and here they contribute the track "The Operation". The bass sequencer reminded me of the bassline on The Human League track "Open Your Heart". There is a touch of Acid thrown in and a strong sequenced melodic pattern. I wasn't keen on the industrial noises in the track, that said, the song structure is good and I especially like the use of pad sounds in the latter half of the song.

Making their debut on the album is Kevin Lux, like Marboss, he recently signed to the Plonk Music label. Kevin has been making electronic music for many years, his sound is probably more commercial than some of the tracks featured here, "Business" is a fantastic track with good use of sequencers and rhythm patterns and the sampled "Speak & Spell" voices are very "Computer World". He will be a great addition to the label, of that I have no doubt. Lobtec is a side project of Maschine Brennt, their offering is "Y03914" and is a much darker sounding track, touching both the dance and techno genre. The final track is by Deutsche Bank and it is called "Grand Unified Theory" and is everything you expect from them, strong bassline, melodic synth parts and vocoder, the main synth melody is stunning, Mats has a good ear for a catchy melody, a superb closing track.

Another brilliant compilation by Plonk and a word on the artwork, it is one of the best covers I have seen for a music release, all in all a very impressive addition to the "We Are Machine Pop" family. Well worth adding to your music collection if you like your Electronic Music and especially if you like Kraftwerk.

9/10

The album is available via Bandcamp: https://plonk.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-machine-pop-4

You will find all 4 compilations here: https://plonk.bandcamp.com/

Visit the Plonk Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/plonklabel/

Monday, 5 February 2018

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 56)

Edition #56 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

Alison Moyet - All Cried Out
George Michael - Faith
A-Ha - Hunting High And Low
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Japan - Quiet Life
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax
Debarge - Rhythm Of The Night
Living In A Box - Room In Your Heart
Lionel Richie - Running With The Night
Kraftwerk - The Model
ABC - When Smokey Sings
Bronski Beat - Why?
China Crisis - Wishful Thinking
Kim Wilde - You Came
Bee Gees - You Win Again

Monday, 29 January 2018

i-Select #31

White Lion Radio have today released Edition #31 of  i-Select.


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

Listen On Hearthis.at

Playlist

Infinitium - Light Candles And Incense
Jonteknik & Friends - Torch
Metroland -Man In A Frame
Empathy Test - Bare My Soul
Lola Dutronic - My Name Is Lola
Perpacity - Rule The Day
In Good Faith - Choose Your Way (L_igh_T RMX)
Vogon Poetry - Children Of Mine (Obsession Of Time Remix)
Kretz - Visual Transmissions (Gary Hunter's 7 Inch Radio Edit)
Exciting Valence - We Call It Love
Softwave - Awake But Still Asleep (Oren Amram Remix)
Sinestar - A Million Like Us
Sine City - Feeding The Fear (FH Remix)
Datapop - Komputer Music (Gary Hunter's 7 Inch Radio Edit)
Nature Of Wires - Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton Cover)
Psy'Aviah - Lost At Sea (Ft Mari Kattman) (Rool Remix)
Dead Man Recovering - Time
Ruined Conflict - Walk Of Shame
Metroland - F-8 (Gary Hunter's Maschine Brennt 7 Inch Remix)
Jonteknik & Friends - Suffer The Children
Analogue Electronic Whatever - Frozen Milk 77
Empathy Test - Here Is The Place

Saturday, 27 January 2018

New Maschine Brennt Album "The Hearing Aid" Reviewed

Maschine Brennt is the solo project of Joacim Thenander, who is from Stockholm in Sweden. His brand of electronic music draws heavily on the influence of Kraftwerk.

"The Hearing Aid" is the first album released under the Maschine Brennt name by Joacim.


"Electric Music" is the opening track that is a solid introduction to the album, some brilliant use of sequencer patterns and the odd bit of Glitch thrown in to give us a very dark electronic track, excellent use of vocoder and vocal samples on this song too. Track 2 "Ich Bin" has a very Kraftwerk sounding intro (think "Computer World" album), quite minimalistic in sections of this track which I think works very well, a solid rhythm with melodic sequencer parts, a track I really do like. "I Want To Be Human", was released as a single in February 2016 and is a worthy inclusion on this album, it is a fantastic track, quite a moving piece of music, beautiful pad sounds and the sequencer patterns are exquisite. Fantastic vocoded vocals make this sound such a sad song, you feel the the desperation of the robot wanting to be human, a well crafted song, my favourite track on the album.

"Backspace" is next and this is also a well structered song, a solid rhythm section and driving bass-line, again fabulous use of sequenced sounds, something Joacim excels at creating. A solid pallette of sounds that will certainly appeal to diehard Kraftwerk fans. "Sistema" certainly sounds as if it could have been produced by Kraftwerk, this is a superb track, with a backdrop of dreamy sequencer sounds and punchy bass, vocoded vocals are used well to create one of the finest tracks on the album, a definte highlight.

"Mensch Oder Maschine" is a track thats shows Joacim's more melodic side, simplistic melody lines and rhythm section, a solid track. "1992" has a wonderful melodic synth intro and builds up to quite an upbeat track. A fantastic rhythm and bass section provide a solid platform for the more melodic synth elements, quite a commercial sounding track and is another highlight on the album.

"Du Bist" is the most recent single to be released off the album, again it is quite upbeat and I like the way the synths and pads are kept quite low in the mix to shift the focus on to the rhythmic elements of the track. The mood of the song is quite dark and sinister, you could imagine this track being something that could be used in a film soundtrack. It is the one track on the album I think that is a bit too long, a shorter edit I could see working very well in the context of the album. "Speak And Spell" certainly ups the BPM on this album, electronic techno, which in parts sounds a bit like Metroland, especially their recent single "Cube". I love the techno/dance vibe to the track, superb use of synth sounds and vocoder and of course Speak & Spell sound samples. It adds another dimension to the impressive album.

The album closes with the track "Elektronisk Musik", which is pure "Kling Klang", I like the drum beat on the track, in addition the sequencer sounds are brilliant (Kraftwerk's "Numbers" springs to mind). A track that would definitely fit on "Computer World" or "Techno Pop". The end section is certainly unexpected, we are treated to a wonderful ambient piece that is quite beautiful, and is an excellent way to close what is a truly an outstanding album.

I have been listening to this album quite a lot since I got it and I must say it gets better with every
listen. The songs are well constructed and Joacim excels at creating solid rhythm sections and
sequencer patterns, everything a Kraftwerk fan wants!

What more can I say, other than, it is a very impressive album with a solid set of songs. You can tell that Joacim has put a lot of effort and hard work into making this album and we, as listeners, are suitably rewarded. 9/10

The CD edition of the album, which features 4 bonus tracks is available from Razgrom Music here

The album is available as a Digital Download from Bandcamp here

Visit the Maschine Brennt Facebook page here to find out more about Joacim's music.