Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Maximum 80s (Volume 67)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 67 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.



Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough (12 Inch Version)
Odyssey - Inside Out (12 Inch Version)
Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix)
Holly Johnson - Heaven's Here (Mount Olympus Mix)
Brothers Johnson - Stomp (12 Inch Version)
Shannon - Let The Music Play (Original 12 Inch Version)
Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (Extended Version)
Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame (Extended Version)
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Extended Version)
A-Ha - Train Of Thought (US Mix)

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The Best Of Times - The Story Of Eurotix


The Best Of Times, The Story Of Eurotix

 
Eurotix are a Synthpop duo from Sweden, Dennis Alexis Hellstrom and Larry Forsberg formed Eurotix in 2012, Dennis was already recording songs under the name Bimbo Boy and Larry was an accomplished songwriter, co-writing several songs for Sweden’s equivalent of the pre-selection for the Eurovision song contest.

Their main aim when they formed Eurotix was to put the pop into Synthpop, and they certainly do that, with their extensive catalogue of melody driven songs.


Their first release was a 4 track digital Download only EP, released in November 2013, which featured the tracks, “Supernatural (12 Inch Version)”, Replay, A Blue Ocean Dream remix of “I Plead Insanity” as well as the lead track, the original version of “I Plead Insanity”.


In March 2014, Eurotix released their second EP, again a 4 track Digital Download, which featured four very strong  tracks, “Clubland”, “When You Go”, “We Could Have Been” and “Life As It Slips Away”.


The band released their debut album “The Secret” in May 2014, the album featured 12 tracks and was warmly received by fans and gained excellent reviews, and rightly so. The album featured both “I Plead Insanity” and “Life As It Slips Away”, as well as fan favourites like, “European Man”, “The Secret”, “Superstar” and the brilliant ballad “After Before, Before After”.


A 3rd track from the album “The Secret” was featured on the bands next EP release, “Lets Die Young”, the EP also featured a cover version of the Alphaville track “Lies”, “Come And Hold Me”, “Kill Another Day” in addition to the lead track “Lets Die Young”.


At the end of November 2014, they released the stunning ballad “Are You Strong Enough”, backed with 3 new tracks, “Into The Future”, “Eastern Bloc” and one of their best B Sides to date, “When You Are In My Dreams”. The track “Are You Strong Enough” didn’t feature on the album “Deux” but would feature on a future B Sides collection


The band were hard at work recording tracks for their next album “Deux” and in May 2015 they released their first single from the album, “Kiss Them For Me”, the single was backed by a brilliant video parody of Charles And Diana. The 4 track EP also featured the tracks, “Computer Dating”, “Un Chanson Pour L’Eurovision, as well as another outstanding B Side “I Don’t Hate You Anymore”, heavily influenced by the Visage track “Fade To grey”. A companion 5 track remixes EP was also released that features remixes of “Kiss Them For Me” and “Are You Strong Enough”.


Their second album “Deux” was released at the beginning of November 2015 and was packed full of strong melodic Synthpop songs, such as, “The Best Of Times”, “Only For Love”, “”Will You Remember Me”, “Kiss Them For Me”, “The Innocent Years” and "Tonight", strongly influenced by Ultravox.


In March 2016 they released a further track from “Deux” and that was the track “The Best Of Times”, other tracks featured included, “Face Down”, “You Won’t See Me Dancing” and  “Hi-NRG Superman”. Larry was challenged to make a radio edit of the track “The Best Of Times”, as the album version was nearly 6 minutes long.


In July they decided to release a compilation called “Besides”, which featured a collection of their B Sides, certainly an excellent move as their B Sides are very strong, my personal favourite off this album is an early B side, “When You Go” a track off their second EP.


It wasn’t long before the band headed into the studio to work on their third studio album “Pop” and in March 2017 fans were rewarded with a new 4 track EP, the EP featured the songs “If You Were A War”, “I’ll Be Your Satellite”, “When Did Your Heart Grow Cold” and “Conquer The Universe”. Interestingly none of these tracks would feature on their new album.


The band released a further 4 track EP in February 2018, along with a 6 track remixes EP. The standard EP showcased another track, called “Naughty Boys”, from their album “Pop”, the other tracks on the EP were “Flicks”, “If Heaven Is Waiting” and “Trail Of Broken Hearts”, another fabulous B Side.


Three months later the band did release an EP that would showcase a track off the new album, a song called “My Eyes”, the EP was backed with the tracks, “Broken Hearts” a remix, “Bang Bang (Heart On Fire)” and a remix of the track “The Secret”.


Their 3rd studio album “Pop” was released at the end of November 2018 and certainly packed a punch as it featured 15 songs. As you would expect from Eurotix as their is a host of superbly crafted Synthpop tracks, including, “Hypnotized”, “Call Me Up”, “Run, Run, Run”, “Blip Disco”, “To Mars” and the beautiful “Cold”.


The track “Hypnotized” off the album was chosen as the lead track for their latest EP, and as is customary with Eurotix, the EP featured 4 tracks, with the bonus tracks being “Just Another Night”, “Call It Summer” and a new version of their Christmas song “He’ll Be Home For Christmas”. The track “Hypnotized” is a tribute to late Hollywood film star Donna Reed.

This is a band that puts strong melodies first when writing and producing their songs and the fact they have just released their third studio album speaks volumes about their songwriting skills, the vocals of Dennis are perfect for the studio work of Larry and their strong back catalogue backs that up. In my eyes, this band deserves a much wider audience and I am so pleased I discovered them right at the start of their journey.

Find out more about the band and their releases by visiting their official Facebook page:

Friday, 15 February 2019

Vanguard - A Different Story

Welcome to "Vanguard - A Different Story", an audio documentary about Swedish electronic duo Vanguard.


Jonas Olofsson and Patrik Hansson formed Vanguard in 2008, to date they have released several singles and 3 albums, in March they release their 4th album "Manifest".

This documentary looks at the bands career to date and also touches on Patrik's solo project, Uncreated.

Listen to the documentary on Mixcloud

Listen to the documentary on Hearthis.at 

Playlist

A Different Story
Better Man
Goodbye
Shine
On My Own
Let Us Fall
Firefly
A Brighter Day
I Want To Live
Move On
A Different Story (Solitary Experiments Remix)
I’m Not Your Soldier (Uncreated)
A Better Place

Vanguard Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vanguardofficial

Uncreated Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/uncreatedofficial/

Molecules And Carbon - The Story Of Machinista


Welcome to “Molecules And Carbon”, the story of Machinista.


Machinista are a dark electronic pop band based in Malmo, Sweden. They formed in December 2012 and are a duo, consisting of John Lindqwister and Richard Flow. Vocalist John had been in bands such as Cat Rapes Dog and Basswood Dollies, before forming Machinista, whilst Richard had been in bands such as Haze For Sale and Vision Talk, Vision Talk were an italodisco duo that had success on the independent electronic music scene and released several excellent albums and singles. Vision Talk’s best tracks included, “Wave My Last Goodbye”, “Unlike”, “Promises” and the brilliant “By My Side”.


John and Richard decided to form Machinista, as an alternative, to the music they were making, in the other bands, they were involved with and decided to record a cover version of one of David Bowie’s best known songs “Heroes”, not an easy track, to do an electronic interpretation of, but they certainly pulled it off.


They received excellent feedback for their Bowie cover version and they soon started attracting a fan  base. Buoyed by this, they decided to start recording songs of their own, one of the first was the track “Molecules And Carbon”. Further tracks were recorded for their debut album, and in early March 2014 they released their first EP “Arizona Lights”, the EP featured 10 tracks, including, “Salvation”, “Pushing The Angels Astray”, “Wasted” and of course the lead track “Arizona Lights”.

The Arizona Lights EP also featured remixes of the tracks “Salvation” and “Pushing The Angels Astray”.

The EP was well received by fans in the electronic music community.


In May 2104 the band released their debut album “Zenoglossy”, the album featured 11 tracks, including “Salvation”, the single “Arizona Lights”, their cover version of “Heroes”, “Molecules And Carbon” and the excellent “Summersault”


In June 2015 the band unleashed their second album “Garmonbozia”, a superb follow up to their debut album, with a stunning collection of 10 outstanding tracks, including, “We Are Rockets”, “Picture Frame Eternity”, “Surprised By Death”, “Inbetween And Above It All” and the brilliant “Dark Heart Of Me”.


2015 proved to be a busy year for the band, as in November of that year they released a special Edition of their debut album, which was a 2CD set, the first CD featured the original album, whilst the second CD featured various remixes of tracks off the album by the likes of Spacebuoy, Erotic Elk, Judas and Vogon Poetry, who provided a remix of the track “Salvation”.


At this point the band were recording tracks for their third album and released a new single called “Pain Of Every Day” in December 2016, their last on the Analogue Trash Record Label. The single featured 7 tracks, including 6 remixes of “Pain Of Every Day” by the likes of Assemblage 23,  Cyborgdrive, Antibody and Oren Amram, as well as the original single version.


As well as releasing a final single for the Analogue Trash Label in December 2016, the band also released a further 2 track single called “Seconds Minutes Hours” for their new label, Infacted Recordings. A further taster for their next album, the single was a 2 track digital download release, that included the BRD Evolution Mix of “Seconds Minutes Hours”, as well as the original version of the track.


In September 2017 the band released the single “Let Darkness In”, a 2 track digital download single that also featured the track “Universe Is Here”.


As Machinista put the finishing touches to their third album they released a four track single called “Black Tide” in late 2018. The single featured a demo of “Black Tide”, 2 remixes of “Dark Heart Of Me” as well as the lead track “Black Tide”.

All being well the band will be releasing their third album in the early part of 2019, which is something to really look forward to and as the band enjoy playing live and I am sure their will play dates to promote the new album.

Don’t forget you can find out more about the band and there music by visiting their official homepage: www.machinistamusic.com

You can also visit their official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/machinistamusic

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Metroland's Remix Album "Framed" Reviewed

Metroland's latest concept album "Men In A Frame" has evolved into something quite big, 2 Expositions showcasing music from the album and the photography that inspired the music, with their latest Expo currently being held in their home city, Mechelen in Belguim.


To coincide with their latest exhibition they have also released a double yellow vinyl remix album, a remix CD, and 2 special USB Key releases, the first, which is yellow, contains all the tracks from the remixes project and bonus tracks, the second key, which is black, is a true Metroland collector's item, as it contains a feature length documentary about the band, 3 special 3 track EP's, Mega-Mixes and artwork.

A treasure trove of material!

This review concentrates on the double yellow vinyl remix album "Framed", across the 2 vinyl albums are remixes of every track from "men In A Frame" and the 2 singles "Man In A Frame" and "Memorabilia".

Side A kicks off with the OT-Vorsprung Remix of "Proiezione 41-828", which has a superb driving bass-line dominating the track, key elements of the original version have been left intact, the melody line and the vocals, combined the remix works really well, very impressive start.

Next we have the Real Sounds From A Matrix Edit of "La Macchia D'Aqua", I love the drums, very Depeche Mode as are other elements of the mix including the stabbed bass-line and synths, It took quite a few listens to get into this track, quite a departure from the original version, sounds a lot darker.

The final track on Side A of the vinyl is the Aavikko Remix of "B-Old", the original mix is one of my favourite tracks on "Men In A Frame". The remix has more of a "Pop" feel to it, as with the opening track key elements of the original remain intact, with the new remixed parts blending in really well, this also has a Depeche Mode influence running through it, excellent job done on this remix.

.....and so we flip the vinyl over to enjoy side B

The first track "The Speed Of Life III" is remixed by Elektroklange, a band we have featured on our Kraftwerk themed shows, and it is no surprise that this remix has the biggest Kraftwerk influence of all the tracks on "Framed", it is an outstanding remix, upbeat and minimal with great use of the "Speak & Spell" voice machine and subtle sequencers. My favourite remix on the album, pure perfection.

Psy'Aviah, another band I am very familiar with have remixed the next track "Hope" and as you would expect of them, they have given the track an atmospheric makeover, with great use of pad sounds over a clean rhythm section, without doubt this was the perfect track for Psy'Aviah to remix. Another remix I rate highly.

Next we have Kurt Baggaley's Destination Remix of "Next Choice" and Kurt delivers a fabulous mix, great percussive parts and rhythm section, again he hasn't tried to re-invent the track and kept quite faithful to the original version, his minimal approach works perfectly, definitely one of the best remixes on the album, the Satnav voice work really well in this mix and it is one of my favourite remixes on the album.

The opening track on Side C is the Passenger S Perennial Mix of "Creative Rose" and what a fantastic job he his has done, the track feels more rounded and full and he has decided to go down the route of an 80s style extended version. The sequencers are locked and loaded, with the bottom end sequencers taking centre stage, fantastic!

Next we have the Never Trust An Implant Remix of "Trust", this leans towards the industrial genre, with it's thumping bass-line, bleeps and synth noises, this has been heavily re-worked and is the one track on the album that I think doesn't work, it's to varied.

"Concrete Witness", the Analogue Audio Association Remix 3, is an interesting remix, I felt the original version was very difficult to get into but this remix has gained my attention, it is almost trance like and focuses on the sequencer elements of the song, which is punctuated by a minimalistic bass-line and a basic rhythm pattern. I really like this remix.

On to side D.....

The Der Dritte Raum Remix of "memorabilia" has a four to the floor dance beat with Kraftwerk sounding synth parts, indeed, It wouldn't be out of place on the German bands' "The Mix" album. This mix has grown on me a lot, it is hypnotic and has been re-worked a fair bit from the original version and is another standout remix and clocks in at over 8 minutes.

"Shades Of Pale" has been given a major overhaul in the Die Robo Sapiens Remix keeping some of the original melody in place and the vocal samples, the rhythm section and bass-line is new, at times it seems a bit cluttered this mix, so I am a little undecided about it, what I will say is Metroland's own remix of the track is definitely superior.

The Vinyl remix album concludes with the Frohm remix of "Man In A Frame", this is pure pop/dance, a fantastic new bass-line, also a very atmospheric synth line has been introduced, all working together really well, the vocals are much more minimal but that works so well in the context of the remix.

Included with the vinyl is a remix CD called "Framed Anew", which features 9 of the remixes taken from the Vinyl remix album and three exclusive remixes, including yje Zusammenklang Mix of "Memorabilia, originally included on the "Memorabilia" Remixes EP release, a new remix of "Man In A Frame" by Metroland titled "Decibel Sintetico", as well as, the Re-Framed by Metroland remix of "Shades Of Pale".

It is always a gamble when you put your faith in other people remixing your songs, however, Metroland needn't be concerned as "Framed" is an excellent collection of remixes, what is impressive is that they decided to have every track on the album remixed as well as the associated singles. The yellow vinyl looks superb and is housed in a beautifully designed double sleeve, the perfect way to draw a line under the whole photography concept, especially when you consider that they also released the 2 USB Keys at the same time, what started out as a relatively simple and straight forward concept developed into a much more complex affair.

Metroland have worked very hard on everything associated with the "Men In A Frame" project and "Framed" is the icing on the cake, "Framed" is an absolute pleasure to listen to and if you don't have this in your collection yet, don't hesitate to get it, you won't be disappointed.

9/10 

Key tracks: The Speed Of Life III (Elektrokl√§nge 1-2-3 Remix), Next Choice (Kurt Baggaley‘s Destination Remix), Creative Rose (Passenger S Perennial Mix),     B-Old (Aavikko Remix)

You can buy a special package direct from Metroland that includes the double yellow vinyl album "Framed", the remix CD "Framed Anew" and the yellow USB Key Drive, via this link:

http://www.metrolandmusic.com/

The double yellow vinyl album "Framed" and remix CD "Framed Anew" is available direct from the bands record label Alfa Matrix via the link below:

https://alfa-matrix-store.com/Metroland-Framed-2LP-Yellow-CD

White Lion Radio have also released a special Audio Documentary called "Metroland: In Focus", which gives an indpepth overview of all the releases associated with the "Men In A Frame" concept, you can listen to that on Mixcloud here:

https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio/metroland-in-focus/

Monday, 11 February 2019

The Electronic Music Hour #43

Welcome to edition #43 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:

Kraftwerk - Aerodynamik (Kling Klang Radio Mix)
Depeche Mode - Ice Machine
David Bowie - Loving The Alien (Single Remix)
Rusty Egan Ft Peter Hook - The Otherside
Cult With No Name - All I Have Is Yours (Including You)
Talk Talk - It's So Serious
Louis Gordon - Occupants
When In Rome - Wide Wide Sea
Ultravox - Lie
Erasure - I Bet You're Mad At Me
Eurotix - Into The Future
Howard Jones - Just Look At You Now
Vaylon - Underneath The Weeping Willows
Eden - A heart keeps Beating

Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Best Of Times - The Story Of Eurotix (Audio Documentary)

Welcome to "The Best Of Times - The Story Of Eurotix".


Eurotix are a synthpop duo based in Sweden and formed in 2012 and in this documentary we take you through their journey so far, from their debut single "I Plead Insanity", right up to their new album "Pop".

Their music is both infectious and melodic and on this documentary we feature tracks that have been singles, as well as, tracks from all their album releases.

White Lion Radio would like to thank, both Dennis and Larry for giving their approval for this documentary to be aired.

Listen to the documentary on Mixcloud here

Listen to the documentary on Hearthis.at here 

Find out more about Eurotix by visiting their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/eurotix

Here you will find all the links to buy their releases:

http://dennisalexis.com/music.html

Playlist

The Best Of Times (Single Version)
I Plead Insanity
Life As It Slips Away
After Before, Before After
Let’s Die Young
Are You Strong Enough?
I Don’t Hate You Any More
Tonight
When You Go
Conquer The Universe
My Eyes
Trail Of Broken Hearts
Cold
Hypnotized
To Mars