Monday, 18 September 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #28

Welcome to edition #28 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.

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Playlist

Pet Shop Boys - The Dictator Decides
Metroland - Close To Me
Avantgarde - December
Duran Duran - Sound Of Thunder
Vile Electrodes - The Vanished Past
Some Girl - The Hall Of Mirrors
Gary Numan - Stories
Howard Jones - Natural
Yazoo - Walk Away From Love
Austerity Complex - Mystery Girl
Marsheaux - Now You Are Mine
Soft Cell - The Night
Datapop - Unterwegs

Monday, 11 September 2017

Maximum 80s (Volume 52)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 52 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

Phil Collins - One More Night (Extended Mix)
New Order - True Faith (Remix)
Talk Talk - Why Is It So Hard (12 Inch US Remix)
OMD - Dreaming (Club Mix)
Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now (Extended Version)
Animotion - Obsession (Dance Mix)
Visage - Night Train (Dance Mix)
Erasure - Heavenly Action (Yellow Brick Mix)
Alison Moyet - Invisible (The Transparent Mix)
Dead Or Alive - My Heart Goes Bang Get Me To The Doctor (Wipe Out Mix)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Edition #52)

Welcome to Volume 52 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.



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Track List

Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You
Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True
The Pointer Sisters - Automatic
F R David - Words
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Japan - I Second That Emotion
Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Jimmy Somerville - Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)
Spandau Ballet - Instinction
Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
Pat Metheny Group & David Bowie - This Is Not America
Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting
Liza Minnelli - Losing My Mind
Boney M - Daddy Cool
Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The A.D. Music Chillout Mix VI

White Lion Radio have released a special show today, it is Edition VI of our mini series "The A.D. Music Chillout Mix".

This show is a mix of chillout music by artists on the independant music record label A.D. Music, as well as a few bonus tracks from other artists.


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Full Playlist for the show:

Ballademaker - A Message From The Waves
David Wright & Carys - Dream Flight
Andy Pickford - Could You Cry
Steve Orchard - Blended
Sylvain Carel - It Happened At Nightfall
Lord Of The Ants - Vision At The Abandoned Temple
Dollhouse - Portia
Broekhuis, Keller & Schoenwaelder - Rythme De Croisiere
Ballademaker - Soul Travelling
Argh - Wonderful Life
Andy Pickford - Ascendance
Lord Of The Ants - Troia Nova
Sylvain Carel - Sand Kingdom
Steve Orchard - In Orbit

Monday, 28 August 2017

i-Select #27

White Lion Radio have today released Edition #27 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!

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Playlist

Dyrct - Popcorn
The Frixion - Heartbroke Disco
Vaylon - Four Walls
Rusty Egan Ft Peter Hook - The Other Side
Model1 - Stripped
Marsheaux - Now This Is Fun (The Eagle Has Landed Version)
Cult With No Name - All I Have Is Yours (Including You)
Leanne P - Noise
The Frixion - Do U Ever Wonder (Promenade Cinema Remix)
Vaylon - Underneath The Weeping Willows
Future Lied To Us - Blue Light
A Million Machines - Come Tonight
Tiny Magnetic Pets Ft Wolfgang Flur - Never Alone
Cult With No Name - Winsome Lose Some
Paul Humphries - How Long Must We Wait (Nature Of Wires Remix)
The Frixion - From Dusk 'til Dawn (In The Dark Remix)
Metroland - Struktur

Monday, 21 August 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #27

Welcome to edition #27 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.

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Playlist

Depeche Mode - Policy Of Truth
Zoon Politicon - Special Kind Of Love (Single Version)
Erasure - Hideaway
Cinemascape - Sinister
Angels & Agony - Omen
Kraftwerk - Home Computer
Heaven 17 - Bigger Than America
Andrew Franey - Stars Sun Moon All Align
Mirrors - Secrets (Andy McCluskey Remix)
China Crisis - Without The Love
Austerity Complex - New Horizon
Exciting Valence - Memory
Yazoo - The Other Side Of Love

Monday, 14 August 2017

Maximum 80s (Volume 51)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 51 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

Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue (Extended Version)
Madonna - Gambler (Extended Dance Mix)
New Order - Shellshock (Extended Version)
Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart (Extended Version)
The Eurythmics - Who's That Girl (Remix)
Red Box - Lean On Me (Dogmatix)
Pet Shop Boys - Heart (Remix)
The Associates - Those First Impressions (Extended Version)
Tears For Fears - Change (Extended Version)
Wham! - I'm Your Man (Extended Stimulation)

Monday, 7 August 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Edition #51)

Welcome to Volume 51 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

Ottawan - D.I.S.C.O
Sandra - Everlasting Love
Imagination - Body Talk
Lipps Inc - Funky Town
Erasure - Love To Hate You
David Grant - Watching You Watching Me
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy - Kiss Me
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome
London Beat - I've Been Thinking About You
The Stranglers - Skin Deep
Hazell Dean - Who's Leaving Who
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Could You Be Loved
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
New Musik - Living By Numbers
Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Depeche Mode - See You

Monday, 31 July 2017

i-Select #26

Released today on White Lion Radio is Edition #26 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!

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Track List

Neonsol - Another day
Foretaste - What About Me (TourDeForce Remix)
Machine Boy - Swinz
Exciting Valence - Summertime (80s Version)
TourDeForce - Life On The Line
nTTx - MoveDark
Rudi Simon - Zero Gravity
The Frixion - If U Ever Wonder
Dyrct - Wonderful Land
Preconfig - EMMR
Shatoo - Movies (Angst Pop & Technomancer Remix)
William Control - Scars
Foretaste - My Greatest Deception (Magnified Remix)
Marsheaux - Get The Balance Right
Machine Boy - Blogg
Maschine Brennt - Du Bist (V2 Remix)
Perpacity - The Things You Said
Neonsol - The Garden

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #26

Welcome to edition #26 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.

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Playlist

The Human League - The World Before Last
Jonteknik - The Large Hadron Collider
When In Rome - Heaven Knows
Rational Youth - This Side Of The Border
Talk Talk - It's You
Black Nail Cabaret - We Like To Suffer
Visage - Look What They've Done
Thompson Twins - Judy Do
Eurotix - Tonight
The Listening Pool - Photograph Of You
Vanguard - A brighter Day (Single Edit)
Parralox - Universe I Love You
Japan - Ghosts
Obsession Of Time - Obsession
David Bowie - This Is Not America 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Man Made Music - A Tribute To Kraftwerk

White Lion Radio are proud to present another in our series of Kraftwerk related shows.

"Man Made Music" features music by true Kraftwerk fans and includes tracks by Metroland, Niels Gordon, Jonteknik, Datapop, Neon, Gary Hunter, Aktivity 512, Komputer, Deutsche Bank, Unisonlab, Kretz and Maschine Brennt!

Our thanks to the Plonk Electronic Music label, who have provided several of the tracks on this show.

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


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Full Playlist For The Show:

Aktivity 512 - I Love Kraftwerk (DJ Spanky Bam Mix)
Jonteknik - Belgrade
Unisonlab - Elements (Neon Remix)
Metroland - Vers La Cote D'Azur (Extended)
Komputer - Looking Down On London (Metroland)
Maschine Brennt - System
Niels Gordon - Ausma
Deutsche Bank - Shinjuku Station
Neon - Man Made Machine (Kretz Remix)
Aktivity 512 - Friends From Outer Space
Jonteknik - King Of The Mountains (Neon Remix)
Datapop - Human Music (Elektroklange Remix)
Kretz - Electronic Warriors (AE35 Remix)
Unisonlab - Electro Life (Maschine Brennt Remix)
Metroland - Led Me Think (Pondering)
Gary Hunter - Music Non Stop (Extended Version)

Monday, 10 July 2017

The 50th Edition Of Maximum 80s!

White Lion Radio are proud to present our 50th Edition 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

Nik Kershaw - Dancing Girls (Special Extended Version)
Book Of Love - I Touch Roses (Long Stemmed Version)
Visage - Visage (Dance Mix)
Falco - Rock Me Amadeus (Salieri Mix)
Wham! - Young Guns Go For It (Club Mix)
A Flock Of Seagulls - the More You Live The More You Love (Full Moon Mix)
Alison Moyet - Weak In The Presence Of Beauty (Extended Remix)
Erasure - Knocking On Your Door (Mark Saunders Remix)
Freddie Mercury - Love Kills (Extended Dance Remix)
Thompson Twins - In The Name Of Love '88 (Extended Remix)

Monday, 3 July 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 50) Released Today

Welcome to Volume 50 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

OMD - Souvenir
Adam And The Ants - Antmusic
Kim Wilde - Water On Glass
Alphaville - Big In Japan
Men At Work - Down Under
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
The Art Of Noise - Close (To The Edit)
The Human League - Open Your Heart
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
Roxy Music - Angel Eyes
Living In A Box - Living In A Box
Freeze - I.O.U
Go West - We Close Our Eyes
Tears For Fears - Mad World
UB40 - Many Rivers To Cross
Madonna - Borderline

Monday, 26 June 2017

i-Select #25

Released today on White Lion Radio is Edition #25 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!

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Track List

Tactile Frequency - I Know
Exciting Valence - Summertime
Louis Gordon - Occupants
T.O.Y - Three Words
Obsession Of Time - The Seeker (Club Mix)
Pattern Language - By Time We Get There
Andrew Franey - Maybe Life Goes On
Glenn Main Ft Iselin Main - Rise To The Occasion
Tactile Frequency - With You
Lunar Twin - Waves
Defeat - Live Your Life (Nature Of Wires Remix)
DNTR - Glass Under Water
Vogon Poetry - The Heart Of Gold
Rare Facture - Perception (Roger Erickson Remix)
T.O.Y - For Gold
After The Rain - Cosmic Mission (Technique Remix)
Metroland - Led Me Think (Pondering)
Tactile Frequency - Were We Broken

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

New Tactile Frequency Album Reviewed

Tactile Frequency are from Sweden and have just released their new album "Lost And Found". After several listens here's what we think of the album.


"Crisis Plan" is very much edm with a powerful bassline that dominates the track, a dark introduction to the album. "With You" definitely has a more "Synthpop" feel to it, upbeat with some wonderful synth lines which provide the perfect backdrop to a well delivered vocal, an early entry for best track on the album. "I Know" has a brilliant loud snare intro with piano and synth sawstrings providing the backdrop to an impressive track. I have to say the use of piano on this song adds atmosphere to the track. "Watch Them Drown" is a moody mid tempo track with a very "Visage-Damned Don't Cry" like Sequencer driving the track following that we have "Waiting For You" which is more uplifting, quite similar in sound to the work of Elegant Machinery, I love the synths in this track and the vocals are strong and confident, a sprinkling of piano can also be heard on this track, which again works well, one of my favourite tracks on the album. Keeping things upbeat "Shameless" has a four to the floor dance beat and has excellent bass and synth sounds. A very melodic track with some neat synth parts.

"We Were Broken" is a wonderful synth ballad, with power and energy as well as, brilliant use of piano, over the synth parts, the heartfelt vocals are excellent, a superb track and another candidate for best track on the album. The melodic and upbeat "The World Was Ours" is another fantastic track, a mixture of mood and energy, it builds up really well and develops into a well executed song.

Another Elegant Machinery inspired track is "In To The Darkness", I like the haunting feel of this track, following that we have "Play Me" which is a sequencer laden synthpop track, nice melodies against a dance beat, think Yazoo'Vince Clarke! superb vocals again on this track too, another track I really do like. The piano led "Who Are You" grabs your attention from start to finish, a very moving dark synth ballad with passionate vocals, one word.....superb!!

The album closes with the track "Lost Summer", which encapsulates all before it.

This really is an impressive album, with plenty of highlights and well worth your attention.

9/10

The album is available to listen to and buy via Bandcamp:

https://tactilefrequency.bandcamp.com/album/lost-and-found

Visit the bands Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/tactilefrequency/

We will be playing tracks from the album on this months i-Select Show, out on the 26th June.

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #25

Welcome to edition #25 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.

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Playlist

Machinista - Seconds Minutes Hours
Pet Shop Boys - Miserablism
Depeche Mode - What's Your Name
Marsheaux - Sorrow
Daily Planet - Heaven
Alphaville - Summer Rain
China Crisis - Bigger The Punch I'm Feeling
Cosmicity - Reparations
John Foxx - A Kind Of Wave
Fragile Tom - Together In Here
The Silicon Teens - Doo-Wah-Diddy-Diddy
Blancmange - Cruel
Starcluster & Marc Almond - To Have And Have Not
Sound Tessellated- House Of Cards
OMD - The Beginning And The End

Monday, 12 June 2017

Maximum 80s (Volume 49)

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

David Bowie - Fashion (Full Length Version)
Kim Wilde - You Came (The Shep Pettibone Mix)
Taylor Dayne - Prove Your Love (House Mix)
ABC - Be Near Me (Ecstasy Mix)
Dead Or Alive - Lover Come Back To Me (Extended Remix)
Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy (Extended Dance Remix)
Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia (Club Vocal Mix)
OMD - Genetic Engineering (Extended Version)
When In Rome - The Promise (O.N. Mix)
Billy Ocean - When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (Club Mix)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 49)

Welcome to Volume 49 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

Ultravox - We Came To Dance
Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
A Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You)
Wham! - Wham Rap!
Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
Spandau Ballet - Lifeline
Kim Wilde - View From A Bridge
China Crisis - Black Man Ray
Howard Jones - Pearl In The Shell
UB40 - Cherry Oh Baby
Landscape - Einstein A Go-Go
Dead Or Alive - That's The Way (I like It)
Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon
Dollar - Mirror Mirror
Dusty Springfield - In Private
Paul Hardcastle - The Wizzard
Imagination - State Of Love

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Metroland 12 X 12 Box Set Reviewed

I came across Metroland 5 years ago when I heard the track "The Passenger" and was blown away by it, so much so, without hearing anything else by the band, I bought the album "Mind The Gap" which contained that particular track, since then I have been an avid fan.

Here we are 5 years later and Metroland have released a 4CD Anthology, the main focus being on their 12 Inch Singles output. In addition they also present their 12 "B Sides" and 12 "7 Inch Singles". The key factor being the number 12. They haven't stopped there though, as they also include, a 4th Disc which features their rarities, unreleased tracks and demo's.

What makes the Box Set so appealing is the fact that a large percentage of the tracks in this box set haven't been released on CD before, as ever with Metroland, attention to detail is paramount. Whilst enjoying the audio content in the box set you can also have a good read through the 14 additional cards that have been included, which gives you a history about the tracks, what inspired the concepts and ideas, it is a treasure trove of information.


So onto the CD's themselves, disc 1 houses 12 x 12 Inch singles, with plenty to interest the fan and the casual listener, get lost in the wonderment of "Enjoying The View" or ride the rails listening to "The Passenger", "Harry Beck" (Previously unreleased version) or "Theme For Metroland" (again not previously released). Then we have an unreleased Metroland 12 inch version of "Thalys" sitting alongside the brilliant extended version of "Zeppelin". "The Manifesto" 12 inch version is sublime and for the final single off "Triadic Ballet", we get another unreleased extended version of "Re-Design". The extended versions of all 3 singles released off the "Things Will Never Sound The Same Again" album are included, "Under The Roof", "Synthetic Sound" and "Brother", which show  a darker and more thoughtful side of Metrolands music as they pay tribute to their sound engineer, Louis Zachert, who passed away suddenly, nearly 2 years ago.

The final track on disc 1 is the "Large" version of their new single "Cube", a track that has really grown on me, mainly down to the superb video the band have put out for the track, if you haven't seen it, you must check it out (Link at the bottom of this review).

So to sum up CD1, it's packed with quality from start to finish, with the bonus of unreleased versions as well!


Disc 2 features the bands B Sides, and their are some gems on offer here too. Their policy is, the B Sides have to be as good as the A side, otherwise it gets discarded, and when you listen to this disc in its entirety they deliver on their promise. "Inner City Transport" and "1863" are the B Sides for the "Mind The Gap" single releases that are included, along with the track "2013", which was a stand alone track that was released at the end of December 2012, as a thank you to fans, originally this was going to be the B Side to a planned single release of "Theme For Metroland" that was scrapped. We are also treated to the rare "Paris Edit" of "Thalys", which was planned as the B Side to a seven inch vinyl version of "Thalys", again this was never released (they did however release the "Thalys" track on 12 inch vinyl). From the outstanding "Thalys" release we have the track "From Station To Station", which continues the journey of the original "Thalys" track, think of Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" and you will know what I mean, electronic perfection. One of my favourite B Side is "(We Need Machines) Without Romance with a lead synth sound which reminded us of Gary Numan's 80s period (when he was good!). The next two tracks offer a bit of a history lesson, "The Hindenberg Landing" deals with the Hindenberg Tragedy in 1937, complete with Herbert Morrison's audio report of the event mixed in with the music to great effect, whilst "A Man Walked On The Moon" deals with the historic moon walk of Neil Armstrong, evidence again, that Metroland research facts and information even for their B Sides, something that really makes them unique. "Vers La Cote D'Azur" is simply beautiful and could be seen, as a companion to "Enjoying The View", as it deals with a journey, this time by road.

"Good Moaning (Werk Mix) and "See You" are the B Sides to the singles off "Things Will Never Sound The Same Again", "See You" is interesting as it features a vocal sample by Marsheaux, whom the band are massive fans of, it is a small section of their cover of the Depeche Mode track "See You" they have covered. If you haven't come across Marsheaux, check them out as they are fantastic. Disc 2 features another new track to close, "Led Me Think", this is another track that really grows on you the more you hear it and is the B side to the new single "Cube".

It has to be said, quite a few of these B Sides are more than good enough to have been considered for album tracks and some even as an "A Side", this disc is quite a journey, it's varied and very enjoyable to listen to.


So to disc 3 which features the bands 7 inch singles, a greatest hits I suppose you could say, however, the band had decided to give the 12 inch singles the limelight and rightly so. That said, what we have here is another truly excellent set of recordings in the shorter format. "The Passenger" and "Enjoying The View" need no introduction, however, their is the interesting inclusion of "Harry Beck (The laurent boudic under növö remix edit), which was only previously been avaiable on a promo video on Youtube, so appears in this collection for the first time, as does the impressive 7 inch remix of "Theme For Metroland". The next 2 singles "Thalys (London Edit)" and "Zeppelin" sound better than ever, tracks I absolutely love!

Next we have several singles that are on CD for the first time, "The Manifesto", "Re-Design", Under The Roof", "Synthetic Sound" and "Brother" before closing with the new single "Cube", a track that was initially worked on  during recordings for the album "Triadic Ballet".


Disc 4 is a real gem in this Box Set, especially if you are a big fan of the band as we are treated to no less than 9 tyracks in demo form, including the original demo of "Inner City Transport", which was originally called "Free Ride", "Theme For Metroland", originally called "Metro Pop" and the demo of "It's More Fun To Commute", which was called "Fun To Commute", these are from the "Mind The Gap" Sessions, so it is very interesting to see how these songs developed from their early demo phase to finished article. In addition, from the "Mind The Gap" archives we also have 2 unreleased tracks "Smoking Not Permitted" and "Underground Love", both very interesting tracks to listen too and an unreleased version of "Theme For Metroland (Berlin Mix)". Rounding off the "Mind The Gap" period we have the "Elektrozavodskaya Mix" of "Moscow Main".

A fascinating track is "Elephant" which is about one of the first passenger trains that was used in Belgium in 1835, even discarded tracks have a history with Metroland!

There are 2 demo's from the "Triadic Ballet" period, "berlin-unterwelten" (Demo of "Machines Gone Mad") and "Space Age" (Demo of "The Manifesto"), again very interesting to hear the development of these tracks with the recordings in this set. I am delighted that an extended version of "Vers La Cote D'Azur" is included on this disc, as it is one of my favourite B Sides and has only previously been available on a very limited edition Promo CD. There is also a previously unreleased version of "Les Trois Coulers" (the Sherwood Modus Mix), which is a track off "Triadic Ballet". The "YouTube" version of "Design"also finds it's way on to CD for the first time, as does the "Version Musicocoon Mix" of  Music/Machine.

Now to two of my favourite tracks on this CD, the delightful and beautiful Orchestral Version of
"Zeppelin", a bit more of a stripped down version of the track but with a completely different vocal sample, the vocals are by a young female child and it is truly magnificent, the second track is the demo of "Quo Vadis", the original version is my favourite track off the "Things Will Never Sound The Same Again" album, this demo is in 2 parts, a more electronic version first, in which you can hear the ideas pushing through for the finished track, then you are transported back to 1996 for a version that is totally different, it has a female vocal and the mood and feel of the track is light years away from the completed version. It shows over time how much a track can change from it's early demo version to the released version.

This is how a Box Set should be presented, a wealth of information and 4 discs showing the different sides of Metroland and their music. their attention to detail is quite remarkable and unique and they have delivered a product that is well worth adding to your CD collection.

Gentlemen, it has been an absolute pleasure to review this Box Set, here's to the next five years!

Total perfection 10/10

The "12 X 12" Box Set is available from Metroland's homepage here

It is also available via their record label Alfa Matrix here

Their are two Digital Editions available, the 12 X 12 Inch Singles is available on Bandcamp here

The second Digital release "12 & 12" features previously unavailable remixes, including 3 exclusive remixes, noyt available anywhere else, that is also available on Bandcamp here

Watch the video for "Cube" here

Visit the Marsheaux homepage here

White Lion Radio have 3 Radio Shows dedicated to this Metroland release:

An exclusive indepth interview with Metroland is available to listen to on Mixcloud here

Passenger A & Passenger S select their favourite 12 tracks of all time on our "2 X 12" show on Mixcloud, which is available here

"Metroland Reconfigured" is White Lion Radio's 12 favourite remixes by other artists of tracks recorded by Metroland, the show is available on Mixcloud here

Friday, 26 May 2017

Metroland Reconfigured

White Lion Radio are delighted to bring you a special show to celebrate the release today of the Metroland "12 X 12" Box set.


"Metroland Reconfigured" features twelve of our favourite Metroland Remixes by other artists and covers their 5 year career so far.....

A show to complement the new Box Set!

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Listen to the show on Mix-Sets

We would like to thank both Passenger A & Passenger S for their help in not just this show but also the other special Metroland themed shows we have put out recently, behind the scenes they have been extremely helpful and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Find out more about Metroland and their new Box Set on their Official Homepage

Here is the Full Playlist for the show:

Theme For Metroland - Laurent Boudic Under Novo Remix
Inner City Transport - 1 To Many Remix
M-E-T-R-O - Keen K Remix
T.F.L - Cosmic Impressions
Led Me Think - Kretz Remix
Thalys - Version Jonteknik
Zeppelin - Diskodiktator Remix
Struktur - Paul Alty Remix
Ikone Der Moderne - Deutsche Bank Remix
Art + Technology - Sound Of Science Remix
The Manifesto - Franck Kartell Remix
Design - Remix Polynomiq

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Passenger S - My 12 Favourite Tracks

Our latest show is "Metroland 2 X 12" and it features the 12 favourite tracks of both Passenger A and Passenger S of the band Metroland, who are from Belguim.


Passenger S discusses the reasons why he has selected these particular tracks.........

OMD - Telegraph (Extended Version)

There is this lingering bell loop bursting so much energy on top of Andy McCluskey’s vocals, spread all over the song and I consider this another top work of aural art! From the very first second I heard this song until the present day, it is still one of my favourite pieces of music. The (once deleted) extended version rips every part of the song open, building it together again and towards the end it’s like cracking fireworks. Back in ‘83 when I played the record, and it was finished, I just put the needle back on at the beginning of the song, over and over again…this way the 12inch version for me lasted for over 30minutes.

Thank you both Andy and Paul for giving me these fabulous 5’35 minutes, and I have no clue how many times this 12 inch has been played since 1983, but I am sure counting it all up, it would be ‘hours’…

Marsheaux - Secret Place (Extended Version)

No other synth pop band, have made such a lasting soothing impression as the Greek goddesses Marianthi and Sophie. Ever since they started I have loved every possible album that they have dropped down from heaven! On every album there are highs and lows, as on many other albums by other artists, but when "Inhale" came out and I Played “Secret Place”, this caused a serious meltdown. I cannot describe the beauty of this song, it leaves any other synth pop song, sounding dull, because this track brightens up every bad day.

I reckon not many know, that they invited Andy Bell to sing on this track. For once I am happy he didn’t as this song deserves the divine touch of Marsheaux. It sends Shivers down my spine because the extended version, brings out elements that are not so clear in the regular version.

Komputer - Looking Down On London (Metroland)

A moving composition, a musical meltdown second after second, an ear-gasm…. I cannot begin to describe what this version of the song does to me. The original version is already a massive piece of electronics and this remix takes the listener even further as it is a complete new arrangement. Everything in this remix is perfect, simply perfect, from sound to structure, back and forth. If I ever die, please play this at my funeral, may I take this divine track with me to heaven or hell and may everyone who likes, remember me when they hear this song.

Soft Cell – Memorabilia (Extended Version)

To me, the nicest male voice of a singer is the one from Marc Almond. What always struck me in Soft Cell was the fact how a band with an attitude of “us against the fucking world” did have so much success. The upper gay behavior of Almond and the childish-simple electronics of early Dave Ball resulted in filthy 3 minute songs often telling a complete story about sex, perverts and tons of misery.

This extended version (produced by someone whom I really look up to, Daniel Miller, I often believe Daniel is God that decided to come to earth to bring us ‘electronic music’) has to this day a mystic bass-sequence (and I love bass-sequences). It has this portamento, sliding sound from which I still don’t know if it is a note or an effect, or a programmed pitch (which I doubt, seeing the time and the evolution of synthesizers). Still, the monotone bass sequence, the early rhythm, the sexy voices and the lovely long version is a perfect companion in the car, up goes the volume…

Indochine - l’avonturier

If there is one song that drives me nuts after a good set of beers and get me going on a dance floor, it has got to be this one. Their album Le Peril Jaune is amongst my 10 favourite albums but this track is from their debut EP. Lightweight and frail, but punchy and not a chance you can survive and sit still. This is a song I liken to "Electricity" by OMD, "Just Can’t Get Enough" by Depeche Mode, "Der Mussolini" by DAF or "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division, If this track comes on the volume goes up up up and up, so no one can hear me singing along (like a dead cat!)

Yazoo - Too Pieces

The most beautiful blend of man and machine (although we need to say woman). This song brings me to tears nearly every time I play it. Listen how Vince carefully starts the song with a light weight sequence, and a kick, next Alison comes in with rather soft vocals but they tend to go louder and louder, higher and higher, stronger and stronger...to finally come to the part where she sings ‘…shuts her eyes and takes the picture from the wall’. And that is the moment were Vince Clarke opens up the gates of electronic heaven.

Vince has crafted many extremely wonderful tunes, but for me, he has never topped this one

kraftwerk - Europa Endloss

Trans Europe Express was the first Kraftwerk album I ever owned. I bought it from a local library for less than 1 Euro in the early 80’s. I was aware of the likes of Yazoo, Depeche Mode and OMD and so the next obvious step was to discover Kraftwerk. When I put on this record it started with "Europe Endless". I cannot describe what happened then. For over 9 minutes I was taken into an entirely different universe, the monotone sound of the intro played by just a few notes passed through a delay effect, so that it sounded like a sequence, the voice sound, unheard before and then the mechanical drums....I couldn't believe my ears!

For years "Trans Europe Express" was the love of my life, the all-time number one album, but as years go by, others come and others go, however, I have kept that feeling, the same warmth, for "Europe Endless", that I had when I first played it.

I always play Krafwerk in German, like it more, therefore “Europa Endloss”.

Nitzer Ebb - Warsaw Ghetto

Known for brutality, this is an early rare track where Douglas McCarthy shows another side of the band, a whirlpool of angst, crying out loud, over 7 minutes of a constant bashing bass line, that sends shivers down my spine, every time I hear it. I Have played this song thousands of time, it's fucking addictive, I know every drum pattern that Bon programmed and every ‘auw’ Douglas spits out.

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Few songs breathe such a strange atmosphere that they leave you with goose bumps. This is just one of them. It is in every way a perfect pop song, a perfect melancholic song, a perfect new wave song, perfect melody, perfect… But when you are aware of Ian’s life (check the movie “Control”, masterpiece) nothing seemed perfect about it at all.

This track sucks in just one way, and that is when it comes down to covers. It has been fucked up millions of times, all for the worst, the same can be said of Yazoo’s "Only You". There is no way you can improve songs like this, myths should remain untouched, and this song is a myth.

Elegant Machinery - Is This The Way

We had Depeche Mode ruling the 80s, Marsheaux over the last decade and Elegant Machinery during the 90’s. No other era left me such a gap in musical history as the 90’s, nothing stood out. Luckily there was Robert Enforsen and his chaps and for many years, they were one of the only bands I was aching to hear something new, although there was SPOCK and early Covenant sending hot synth sounds from the North.

Elegant Machinery made an enormous amount of beautiful songs and up to this date, they are still regularly played in my car stereo. I can't get enough of their massive pop songs!

This track was never released as a single although it deserved it to be. It was on their comeback album "A Soft Exchange", released in 2008 and it made a lasting impression (as did the 12inch version of the song "Feel The Silence" and "A Soft Exchange"). Seldom was a come-back album this strong. They have earned their spot in the gallery of great synth-pop bands, and a place in my top-ten!

Afrikaa Bambaataa - Agharta (The City Of Shamballah)

This is to me the father of all techno tracks, I cannot describe how deep this song just goes, how it builds up the force to unleash it a little later and it bites you like a pitbull. I was never much into true dance music or any deviation but this one is fucking great. It was in the period where music was really something to throw away, the more stupid sounding a song was the more success it had. This was fortunately one of the songs that didn’t follow that trend.

Depeche Mode - Just Can’t Get Enough

The title says it all for me, I can’t get enough of this track. It may sound cheesy and when looking at the video clip, you can laugh your ass off, but the song itself is another example of how good Vince Clarke is at writing pop songs. I just love the simplicity and the way the sequences get layered, the sound choices (even when having limited equipment).

The Schizo mix for me, is not amongst my favorites (I am after all a sucker for 12 Inche singles), that said I would not call it bad remix, and for that time for sure, a daring piece, but I wish it was a good and long extended version, with all the elements of the song spread out. 

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Metroland have a new box set called "12 X 12" on May 26th, find out more about it on their Official Homepage: http://www.metrolandmusic.com/

Passenger A - My 12 Favourite Tracks

Our latest show is "Metroland 2 X 12" and it features the 12 favourite tracks of both Passenger A and Passenger S of the band Metroland, who are from Belguim.


Passenger A discusses the reasons why he has selected these particular tracks.........

New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (Extended Dance Mix)
This is just an amazing track which compels me to sing along and turn up the volume no matter where I am. It is beautiful, powerful, sweet melody, great synthesizers, and so much more. Even though Blue Monday is more danceable, this track means more to me. The so called “dub” of this track is really good too.

Mirrors - Fear Of Drowning

I only saw them live once, as support act to OMD, but I was blown away instantly by their tunes. I already loved the first version of this song on an EP they sold at the time, but when I heard the new re-recorded version on their album I almost cried because of the beauty of the intro. Their album "Lights & Offerings" is a brilliant album too, also Marsheaux did a remix for another Mirrors track, "Into The Heart”, which, for me personally, is even better than the original.

Maceo Plex - The Replicant

I have always been a sucker for dance music, more so, than for actual bands, or pop tunes. Maceo Plex changed attitudes and genres within Techno and House Music a lot, and not only does he get away with it, he also inspires many others. In a way I am jealous of the minimal approach of those bands and artists. “The replicant” is one of those songs that was played in “repeat mode” for weeks in my car.

Orbital - Where Is It Going?

Orbital is one of my favorite bands ever. What they do with techno and electronics is second to none. Also seeing them perform live is a must-see for anyone into electronics or just want to move to good beats and amazing sequences.‘This track is taken from their album “Wonky” and yes, they created a new #1 favourite track for me in "Where Is It Going". The live version on YouTube is the best of all, but then again, they made the album specifically to play live.

Depeche Mode - But Not Tonight (Extended Mix)

To be clear, this is the Robert Margouleff dance mix, but just a smidge longer, and is in fact the 12” version that was released in the USA. Admittedly, it was a tough choice here, as the 12” from “Everything Counts” was my first contact with the Basildon boys and it’s continuously jumping seats with "But not tonight" regularly as a favourite track, but today this won. In fact, I loved this track from the moment I heard it on the 12” of “Stripped".

The Grid - Floatation

After Soft Cell broke up (the 1st time), both men went their own way. Dave Ball started up “The Grid”, a kind of non-mainstream technological project with experiments and released some amazing singles, one of which was “Floatation”. I remember seeing the video clip on MTV for the first time and I was overwhelmed by the simplicity and beauty of the melody. It took me some years to find the single and during a visit to Kent in the UK, I found the vinyl 7” in mint condition. It took me even longer to finally get hold of the 12”!

i Start Counting - Still Smiling (Extended Version)

Passenger S and I spent years (and a lot of money) strolling from record store to record store. It was whilst we were in Ghent, we found this 12 inch and we've been fans of “I Start Counting” ever since. The single version is more beautiful, but the 12 inch has more meaning to me, personally.

Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring
I have always had a strange relationship with Pet Shop Boys, meaning that if I liked a tune, I thoroughly loved it, but if I did not like it, I simply ignored it. “Being Boring”, marked for me, their change from the disco-ish tunes to a grown-up style which, in retrospect, gave them more number 1 hits than any band ever before. Clearly the 90’s was their era! This again is a tune, that I could play at any given time, and enjoy it, like I was hearing it for the first time. I have never been fond of any album completely, and most tracks are for me at their best if released as a single. Most album tracks are not good enough, to my personal taste.

Acts Of Madmen - The Dream

Ah, yes, New Beat. Needless to say, that when I was growing up in the 80's in Belgium, that this style had a huge impact at the time. “The Dream” has never left my record-collection and is always among my MP3-tunes in the car or on my i-Pod. Again, the melody is ever lasting. Pure bliss!

Nitzer Ebb - Control I’m Here

In a former life and in a former band we were once support-act to Nitzer Ebb, who were our biggest inspiration at the time. "Control I’m here" is my favorite track. The aggression in Douglas' voice, without shouting, is compelling. Next to being support-act, we also got a chance to interview them, a moment I will remember forever.

kraftwerk - Tour De France (Francois Kevorkian Mix)

The first time that I heard this, the melody immediately struck me and it has been my favourite melody of all time ever since. The intoxicating percussion and delicious samples of bicycle chains are brilliant, the breathing, the chains even,…the whole ride… And of course, hearing the deep ‘ah!’ sample from the live-version fills me with joy every time I hear it, because I know what's coming.

Every version I have is too short for me, so luckily there is something called “repeat”! If not mistaken, Passenger S and I once made a version of this track that lasted well over 12 minutes. Bliss! The live version they play nowadays is not the same anymore, and it bugs me, that half way through they start playing the newer version, which is so boring. My number 2 track would be “Europe Endless”, and yes, in English, the lyrics are more fluent, simple as that.

Soulwax - Masterplanned

Soulwax, also known as TooManyDJs is one of Belgium’s most famous names in Indie Music, who incorporate many electronics in their tunes and live performances. If you look at the artists and bands that they remixed, you will understand what I mean (Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Kylie Minoque….to name a few).

It has taken them 12 years to make a new album with new material, and it has been spinning for weeks, continuously in my car, I am glad that they went for quality instead of quantity.

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Metroland have a new box set called "12 X 12" on May 26th, find out more about it on their Official Homepage: http://www.metrolandmusic.com/

Metroland 2 X 12

White Lion Radio are delighted to bring you a special show called "Metroland 2 X 12"


Metroland are an Electronic duo based in Belguim and are heavily influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk, OMD, Komputer and Orbital.

The band have, so far, released 3 albums, all receiving excellent reviews and have a growing fan base across Europe and beyond. They are to release a special box set called "12X12" to celebrate 5 years of Metroland on May 26th and on this show we find a lot more about this duo as they have each selected their favourite 12 tracks of all time.

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If you want to find out more about Metroland, a good place to start is our special indepth interview with the band, which features tracks from their box set.

You will find the interview here:

Metroland 12 X 12 = Interview

Find out more about the band and their 12 X 12 Box Set by visiting their official homepage:

http://www.metrolandmusic.com/

White Lion Radio would like to thank Passenger S & Passenger A for their music selections.

Here is the Full Playlist for the show:

Passenger A

New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Mirrors - Fear Of Drowning
Maceo Plex - The Replicant
Orbital - Where Is It Going
Depeche Mode - But Not Tonight (Margouleff Dance Mix)
The Grid - Floatation (7 Inch Version)
i Start Counting - Still Smiling (12 Inch Version)
Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring
Acts Of Madmen - The Dream
Nitzer Ebb - Control I'm Here (Zero Option Mix)
Kraftwerk - Tour De France (Francois Kevorkian Remix)
Soulwax - Masterplanned

Passenger S

OMD - Telegraph (Extended Version)
Marsheaux - Secret Place (Extended Version)
Komputer - Looking Down On London (Metroland)
Soft Cell - Memorabilia (Extended)
Indochine - L'Aventurier
Yazoo - Too Pieces
Kraftwerk - Europa Endlos
Nitzer Ebb - Warsaw Ghetto
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (Permanent Mix)
Elegant Machinery - Is This The Way
Afrika Bambaataa - Agharta (The City Of Shamballa) (Dr Rhythm's Higher State Of Trommelwirbel Mix)
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough

Monday, 15 May 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #24

Welcome to edition #24 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.

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Playlist

Camouflage - Shine (Single Version)
Vogon Poetry - In Darkness Lost Again
Depeche Mode - A Question Of Lust
Zynic - Any Second Now
Pet Shop Boys - After The Event
VNV Nation - The Farthest Star
OMD - Helen Of Troy
China Crisis - Some People I Know To Lead Fantastic Lives
Haberdashery - Stars
Vanguard - On My Own
Electronic - How Long
Royal Visionaries - Back To Yazoo
New Concept - Why Don't You Believe Me
Daily Planet - Stay With Me

Monday, 8 May 2017

Maximum 80s (Volume 48)

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

Re-Flex - The Politics Of Dancing (Extended Version)
Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots (Original 12 Inch Version)
The Stranglers - Skin Deep (Extended Version)
Visage - We Move (Dance Mix)
Ultravox - Serenade (Special Re-Mix)
Alison Moyet - Invisible (The Transparent Mix)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Escape Act Video Mix)
Hazell Dean - No Fool For Love (Dance Version)
The Cure - A Forest (Extended Mix)
Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat That's My Home (Extended Club Mix)

Monday, 1 May 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 48)

Welcome to Volume 48 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

New Order - Age Of Consent
Shannon - Sweet Somebody
OMD - Waiting For The Man
Adam & The Ants - Antmusic
Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds
U2 - Bad
A Flock Of Seagulls - Modern Love Is Automatic
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
ELO - Confusion
Ultravox - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Japan - Nightporter
Imagination - All Night Lovin'
Shalamar - I Owe You One
Madonna - Cherish

Monday, 24 April 2017

i-Select #23

Released today on White Lion Radio is Edition #23 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!

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Track List

Johan Baeckstrom - Synth Is Not Dead
Second Version - Losing My religion
Metroland - Vers La Cote D'Azure
Parralox - A Question Of Love
Monovibes- Heavenly Bliss
Komputer - Looking Down On London
Peter Wilson - Together Alone
Andrew Marston & Jon Sidwell Ft Lucia Nicole - Pray For Me (Nature Of Wires Remix)
Zoon Politicon - Dreamer
Knight$ - Heart
La Vogue - A World Outside Your Door
Vanguard - Move On (Bunker Dresden Remix)
Parralox - Jupiter
Second Version - Nova
Monovibes - Dejected
Aiboforcen Ft Mari Kattman - Tears (Radio Edit)
Metroland - Theme For Metroland (7 Inch Remix)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #23

Welcome to edition #23 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.

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Playlist

Gary Numan - This Wreckage
Rename - Heaven Forever
Electronic - Until The End Of Time
Machinista - Salvation
The Twins - Then We Start Again
Blancmange - Useless
Neuropa - Belief
Destination - Say
Yazoo - Walk Away From Love
De/Vision - I'm Not Dreaming Of You
Parralox - I Sing The Body Electric
Mirrors - Between Four Walls
Cosmicity - Keep Me In Mind
Ultravox - Lament

Monday, 10 April 2017

Maximum 80s (Volume 47)

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

Queen - Radio Ga Ga (Extended Version)
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart (Club Mix)
Lipps Inc - Funky Town (Original 12 Inch Version)
Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring (Remix)
Liza Minnelli - Don't Drop Bombs (Extended Remix)
Amazulu - Too Good To Be Forgotten (12 Inch Version)
Luther Vandross - Never Too Much (12 Inch Mix)
Madonna - Like A Virgin (Extended Dance Remix)
Odyssey - Going Back To My Roots (12 Inch Version)
The Style Council - Have You Ever Had It Blue (Extended Version)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Parralox "Subculture" Album Reviewed

Parralox return with a new album "Subculture", an album we are hoping is a return to form, do they succeed, well let's see.....


The opening track "Paradise" features Marcella Detroit on vocal duty (The album features various different singers) and has a summer feel to it, laid back and interesting, next is "Electric Nights" with Johanna Gervin on vocals, this is like a throwback to the early Parralox days, an uptempo dance number, although it does tend to grate after a few listens. Louise Love is featured on vocals on 6 tracks on the album (Certainly for me deserves to maybe be the full time replacement for Amii), the first is the track "Key To The Door Of Heaven", again a track that long standing Parralox fans will appreciate, with it's house stabs and dance feel, a good track. "Gimme Back My Lovin'" features Lillia on vocals and she delivers a fine vocal over another "House" arrangement. This is a song I have liked the more I hear it. The albums first true Parralox classic arrives in the shape of "Change Of Heart", John's vocals really suit this song, it is infectious, melodic, everything a good Parralox track should be, I think this should be released as single, one of the best Parralox tracks for a while.

"A Question Of Love" also delivers, fantastic synth ballad arrangement and dual vocals by John & Louise. "Jupiter" is a minimal synth ballad again featuring Louise and John on vocals, I love this track, beautiful in it's delivery. Louise again features on "Pressure Point", a fine vocal performance and John on sterling form on synths, this is another track that has grown on me the more I have heard it. "Overdrive" features Ian Burden on bass, he was a former member of The Human League and this track has all the influences of The Human League, driving beat and bassline with a melodic chorus. The track is spoilt by the horrible vocal effects at the end of the track.

"Last Year At Marienbad" is a bubbly synthpop track with vocal duty shared between John & Louise, another highlight on the album. Then we come to a real gem of a track "Last Man Standing" which features Peter Wilson, this strikes you from the off a pulsating synthpop dance track that rates as one of the best ever from Parralox, a chorus you will be singing, syhth work is outstanding and the vocals are perfect.

"Voyager II" is a fine track as well with it's Moroder like Bass-line, the track previously appeared in Instrumental form on the "Wildlife Remixes" release last year. "Rocket Science II" is also a remake of the instrumental version that also appeared on the "Wildlife Remixes" album. The closing track on the album "86G" seems totally out of place on the album and is best desribed as an "Experimental" track.

"Subculture" is an album that shows a return to form, minus one or two below par tracks, which is certainly good news if you are a Parralox fan. It's an album worth your investment, it's varied but all the important Parralox ingredients are there for you to enjoy, the melodies, the beats and good song structures.

The album is available on CD from Conzoom Records

The album is also available as a Digital Download from Bandcamp

Best tracks: Change Of Heart, A Question Of Love, Jupiter, Last Man Standing

7/10

Friday, 7 April 2017

Discover Conzoom Records

White Lion Radio have released a special show called "Discover Conzoom Records".


Conzoom Records a record label based in Hamburg, Germany and have been established since 2008.

They are home for many independent synthpop bands, including the likes of Parralox, Future Perfect, Sinestar & Zoon Politicon, whilst other great bands such as Vanguard, Zynic, Carved Souls and many others have released material through them.

This show is a collection, that is a Synthpop fans dream and features bands/artists signed to the label both past and present!

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Full Playlist For The Show:

Vanguard - A Brighter Day
WANTed & !Distain - Talking Dead (DJ Oren Amram Remix)
Cinemascape - Frozen Ground (Split Mirrors Mix)
Neuropa - Fashion War
Zoon Politicon - Dreamer (Atlantis Mix By Zoon Politicon)
Ultranoire - Leaving Sensoria
Sinestar - Fortunes Faded (Rename's Summer Mix)
Daybehavior - Change
Carved Souls - Dependent
Zynic - Who's To Blame
Future Perfect - Fall
Vaylon - Empty Streets
Parralox - Change Of Heart
Technique - So Cold (Arp Mix)
Vision Talk - Unlike
Ostrich - Turn The Tide

Conzoom Records Homepage: http://www.conzoomrecords.com/index.p...

Conzoom Records Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/conzoomrecords/

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Metroland 12 X 12 Box Set Pre-Order & Details About The Release

Lot's of information for you regards the "Metroland 12 X 12" Box Set!


Metroland have announced the full details about their forthcoming Box Set "Metroland 12 X 12" as well as details about pre-ordering. The Box Set features 4CD's, with 250 minutes of Music, the collection features 12 Inch Singles, 7 Inch Singles, B-Sides & Rarities, with a lot of the material never been released on CD before and unreleased material.

Their are various different packages available for this release.......

A Metroland luggage tag for free and the first 50 receive a unique postcard, in addition they have 3 audio related packages available

The Packages

1. 'AURAL' pack holds the cd box and the luggage tag
2. 'FASHION' pack holds the Aural pack + a unique 12x12 shirt
3. 'TRAVEL' pack holds the Fashion pack + a unique tote bag


All the above packages are available to pre-order available via the Metroland web shop:

www.metrolandmusic.com

or via the shop button on their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/metrolandmusic

Act fast, as this is a limited offer  

Here are the full track list details for each CD, just click on the images below:


Monday, 3 April 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 47)

Welcome to Volume 47 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

Gary Numan - Exhibition
Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home
Adam & The Hits - Stand And Deliver
Holly Johnson - Love Will Come
A Flock Of Seagulls - The More You Live The More You Love
Phil Fearon & Galaxy - Dancing Tight
Yazoo - Too Pieces
OMD - Dreaming
Average White Band - Let's Go Round Again
Erasure - The Circus
Dusty Springfield - Nothing Has Been Proved
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Bananarama - Really Saying Something
Simple Minds - Speed Your Love To Me
ELO - Calling America

Monday, 27 March 2017

i-Select #22

Released today on White Lion Radio is Edition #22 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!

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Track List

Kaos - Never Ever Me
Rusty Egan Ft Midge Ure - Glorious
Peter Wilson - Brokenhearted (Italoconnection Remix)
Exciting Valence - Human Company
Chrom - Memories
Milan - Miracle (Take My Heart)
Ultranoire - Playing Dead
Machinista - In Between And Above It All
Sound Tessellated- Every Truth Is A Lie
Metroland - Cube (Small)
Marsheaux - Let's Take A Car
A Million Machines - Absence Without Leave
Chinese Theatre - History Forecast (Hajas Remix)
Neon - Man Made Machine (Kretz Remix)
Peter Wilson - Never In A Million Years
Zynic - Would
T.O.Y - The Darkness And The Light
5TimesZero - Frozen

Friday, 24 March 2017

Metroland Release New EP "Cube"

Metroland the conceptual band from Belguim have released their new 5 track EP today on Bandcamp.


The lead track "Cube" is taken from their forthcoming Anthology Box Set "Metroland 12 X 12.

The single is available on Bandcamp here, where you can also listen to all 5 tracks:

https://alfamatrix.bandcamp.com/album/cube-ep

Here is the full track list for the Cube EP:

Cube (Small)
Led Me Think
Cube (3x3x3 Remix)
Led Me Think (Kretz Remix)
Cube (Millimetric Remix)

White Lion Radio have also released a special show in which we have interviewed the band, which also features several tracks from the forthcoming Box Set. It really is an excellent and indepth interview where the band also discuss their Metroland career so far.

You can listen to the special show here:

Metroland 12 X 12 on Mixcloud

or here:

Metroland 12 X 12 on Hearthis.at

Metroland Facebook page is here: Metroland Facebook Page

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #22

Welcome to edition #22 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

Listen On Hearthis.at

Playlist

OMD - Gravity Never Failed
Future Perfect - Discover Me
Halovox - We Are Alone
Talk Talk - Another Word
John Foxx - Sidewalking
Moonlight Cove - Shadow Of Your Embrace
Electric Youth - Without You
The Human League - Blind Youth
N-Frequency - Elaine
Erotic Elk - What You Give Is What You Get
Pet Shop Boys - Kings Cross
And One - Love You To The End
Duran Duran - New Moon On Monday
Vile Electrodes - Deep Red

Friday, 17 March 2017

White Lion Radio Interview Metroland

We are delighted and proud to bring you our first full length interview with the electronic conceptual band Metroland who are from Belguim.


White Lion Radio have released their special show "Metroland 12 X 12".

The show features an indepth Skype interview with the band Metroland, who of course, supported OMD in Belguim on their "English Electric Tour", so some of you may have come across this conceptual band.

A little background about the show, they discuss their forthcoming Box Set release "12 X 12" and we chat through 5 years of Metroland history, so if you wanted to know more about Metroland, this interview is the best place to start. The show also features tracks from the forthcoming box set.

The show is available on various platforms......

Listen on Mixcloud here: https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio ... interview/

Listen on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/white-lion-radio ... -interview

Listen on Hearthis.at here: https://hearthis.at/white-lion-radio-f7 ... -17032017/

Listen on Podomatic here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/whit ... 1_47-07_00

Hope you enjoy the show :D

Metroland Homepage: http://www.metrolandmusic.com/

Metroland Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metrolandmusic