Monday, 26 November 2018

i-Select #41

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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Full Playlist:

Empathy Test - Incubation Song
Metroland - Vers La Cote D'Azur (Extended)
GJART - Lies
Darwinmcd Ft Huguenot - Run
Factory Acts - Leave The World To Us (Remix)
Milan - I don't know Why I can't Decide (LorD And Master Remix)
Exciting Valence - Coming Home
State Of The Nation - Hamburg
Maschine Brennt - Systematyka
Form - Lies
Sad January - Twilight Zone
Electro Spectre - Your Love Is A Criminal (Radio Version)
Espen Kraft - Fire And Ice
Uncreated - Evolve (Extended Remix)
Embrace The Crisis - One Good Reason (Nature of Wires Remix)
Darwinmcd Ft Eric C Powell - Click (XTended Version)
Stocksnskins - 15 Sliders
Pulse State - Christabelle
State Of The Nation - Insane Mix Of Insanity (By Red Planet)
Form - Everlasting
Milan - For What It's Worth
Shiny Darkness - Stars And Scars
Metroland - Theme For Metroland (Moscow)
Empathy Test - Holy Rivers

Monday, 19 November 2018

The Electronic Music Hour #41

Welcome to edition #41 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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Vile Electrodes - New Shoots In The Snow
Liza Minnelli - Don't Drop Bombs (7'' Version)
The Human League - Only After Dark
William Control - Scars
China Crisis - Tragedy And Mystery
Italove - Strangers In The Night
Mr Jones Machine - Shadow Of A Doubt
Gary Numan - This Wreckage
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (Lockout Radio Edit)
Erasure - Here I Go Impossible Again
New Order - Mr Disco
Our Daughters Wedding - Lawnchairs
Kretz - Generated Alterated Patterns
Marsheaux -   Butterflies
Dyrct - Wonderful Land

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Kevin Lux Album "Dark Machine" Reviewed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, 5 November 2018

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 65)

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

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

The biggest hits from the greatest decade in music history!

A show guaranteed to bring back so many happy memories!

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Full Playlist

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