Monday, 23 December 2019

WLR's All Time Top 50 Synthpop Songs By Independent Artists Based In Sweden Chart

Here is the full Top 50 chart for our 2 part countdown show "WLR's All Time Top 50 Synthpop Songs By Artists Based In Sweden".


01. Eurotix - To Mars
02. Johan Baeckstrom - Synth Is Not Dead
03. Kite - Dance Again
04. Electric City Cowboys - Miss You
05. Obsession Of Time - Radio Girl
06. Machinista - Dark Heart Of Me
07. Eurotix - After Before, Before After
08. Machinista - Across The Universe
09. Sister Electra - Down By The Park
10. Johan Baeckstrom - One Last Time
11. Ashbury Heights - Smaller
12. Daybehavior - Change
13. Vision Talk - Wave My Last Goodbye
14. Eurotix - Conquer The Universe
15. Vogon Poetry - Exposed Thoughts (Electric City Cowboys Remix)
16. RetroTeque Ft Knight$ - Sayonara
17. Electric City Cowboys - Tell Me
18. Moonlight Cove - New Sad Ones
19. Endless Shame - Erase The Beautiful (Original Mix)
20. Johan Baeckstrom - Come With Me
21. Ashbury Heights - Eternity At An End
22. Daily Planet - Set Me Free
23. Vision Talk - By My Side
24. Erotic Elk - Rest In Pieces
25. Stockholm Nightlife Ft Eliza K - Where The Wind Blows (Stormby 7 Inch Mix)
26. Daybehavior - Superstar (Electropop Mix)
27. Train To Spain - Believe In Love
28. Machinista - Molecules And Carbon
29. Cinemascape - Frozen Ground (Split Mirrors Remix)
30. Eurotix - When You Go (Remix)
31. Obsession Of Time - The Seeker
32. Cliff Wedge Ft James Knight - 10 O'Clock Postman
33. Daily Planet - Nobody's Friend
34. Daybehavior - Driving In My Car
35. Vanguard - A Better Place
36. Avanteguarde - Radioactive Feeling
37. Vogon Poetry - Moments (Johan Baeckstrom Remix)
38. Unroyal - We Remain In Light
39. Red Sleeping Beauty - Someone Somewhere
40. Ashbury Heights - Derrick Is A Strange Machine
41. Dead Man Recovering - Time
42. Kaos! - Transmission
43. Sine City - Absolutely Right
44. Mr Jones Machine - A Place In The Sun
45. Daybehavior - There's Nothing Else
46. Electric City Cowboys - Superstar
47. Sonic Reunion - Don't Understand
48. Kite - I Give You The Morning
49. Sine City - Left Behind
50. Uncreated - Not Your Soldier

Part 1 of the countdown show (Number's 50 to 26) is available on Mixcloud here:


and also on Hearthis.at here:


Part 2 of the countdown show (Number's 25 to 1) is available on Mixcloud here:


and also on Hearthis.at here:

Thursday, 19 December 2019

WLR's Top 50 All Time Synthpop Songs By Independent Artists Based In Sweden

White Lion Radio have released part 2 of a 2 part Top 50 chart countdown of their all time favourite Synthpop tracks by bands/artists based in Sweden, that are unsigned, signed to a small independent label or that self release their material.


The chart has been compiled from well in excess of 300 tracks in the White Lion Radio vault, confirming Sweden is the best place to be for new and exciting electronic music.

The chart features tracks that have been played on White Lion Radio over the last 6 years or so.

As this is a chart show, no list will be published until both shows have been released, that way people can truly enjoy the full experience of a chart rundown show.


Listen to Part 2 of the countdown on Mixcloud here:

https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio/wlrs-top-50-all-time-top-50-synthpop-songs-by-independent-artists-based-in-sweden-part-2/

It is also available to listen to on Hearthis.at here:

https://hearthis.at/white-lion-radio-f7/wlrs-top-50-all-time-top-50-synthpop-songs-by-unsigned-independent-artists-based-in-sweden-part-2/

Part 1 of the chart rundown is available on Mixcloud here:

https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio/wlrs-all-time-top-50-synthpop-songs-by-independent-artists-based-in-sweden-part-1/ 

Part 1 of the chart rundown is available on Hearthis.at here:

https://hearthis.at/white-lion-radio-f7/wlrs-top-50-all-time-top-50-synthpop-songs-by-unsigned-independent-artists-based-in-sweden-part-1/ 

Enjoy the show :)

Thursday, 12 December 2019

WLR's All Time Top 50 Chart Rundown Of Synthpop Songs By Independent Artists Based In Sweden (Part 1)

White Lion Radio have released part 1 of a 2 part Top 50 chart countdown of their all time favourite Synthpop tracks by bands/artists based in Sweden, that are unsigned, signed to a small independent label or that self release their material.
 

The chart has been compiled from well in excess of 300 tracks in the White Lion Radio vault, confirming Sweden is the best place to be for new and exciting electronic music.

The chart features tracks that have been played on White Lion Radio over the last 6 years or so.

As this is a chart show, no list will be published until both shows have been released, that way people can truly enjoy the full experience of a chart rundown show.

Part 2 of the countdown will be released next Thursday (19th December).

Listen to Part 1 of the countdown on Mixcloud here:

https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio/wlrs-all-time-top-50-synthpop-songs-by-independent-artists-based-in-sweden-part-1/

It is also available to listen to on Hearthis.at here:

https://hearthis.at/white-lion-radio-f7/wlrs-top-50-all-time-top-50-synthpop-songs-by-unsigned-independent-artists-based-in-sweden-part-1/

Enjoy the show :)

Friday, 6 December 2019

Introducing.....808 DOT POP

808 Dot Pop is a new project by Passenger S, who many will know is part of the Belgian electronic music concept band Metroland, this project has a lighter sound, however, it is driven by a concept, the concept is "The Colour Temperature", what is Colour Temperature? Well, The color temperature of a light source is the temperature of an ideal black-body radiator that radiates light of a color comparable to that of the light source, all very scientific but as the releases are rolled out things will become a bit clearer.

One key aspect is the "Incandescent Bulb" and what makes a bulb and also looks at the effect of different bulb colours and the heat they radiate.


It is with great pleasure we announce details of the first 808 Dot Pop release, which is now available.


The debut single is called "Blackbodies (Pulsation)", the single features the lead track and the track "Cie1960 (color space)".


In addition there is also a second Digital Download release, which is called "Blackbodies (Variation)", this features the main track in an extended format, just like those classic 80s 12 inch singles, as well as, the tracks " Cie1960 (expanded color space)", again an 80s style 12 inch and "Kelvin (3500)".

All of these tracks/versions are exclusive to this release, however, a further remix of "Blackbodies" will feature on the forthcoming album "The Colour Temperature".

You can buy the "Blackbodies (Variation) EP via Bandcamp here 

You can buy the "Blackbodies (Pulsation) EP here 

Visit the Facebook page for 808 Dot Pop here

You can watch the official promo video for the single, made by Gary Hunter on YouTube here

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

White Lion Radio Present...The Very Best Of Machine-Pop

Welcome to The "Very Best Of Machine-Pop", on White Lion Radio.


We have featured many tracks by bands that produce Kraftwerk inspired music on our shows over the last few years, and on this show we bring you 21 of the very best Machine-Pop tracks by 21 different artists, the Plonk Music Label, based in Sweden, has been the one label to promote this type of music and we bring you a big selection of tracks, by bands signed to them, on this show, as well as, a few other artists, also inspired by Kraftwerk.

Enjoy nearly 2 hours of music inspired by the German legends, Kraftwerk.

Listen to the show on Mixcloud here or on Hearthis.at here


Playlist for the show

Niels Gordon - Pio
Komonaute - Robotic Love
Unisonlab - Stereolab
Kevin Lux - The Number Is (Maschine Brennt Remix)
Novo - The Shortwaves (Commuter Remix)
Datapop - Unterwegs
Jonteknik - The Large Hadron Collider
Conny Olivetti - Dusesseldorf Forst
Metroland - The Passenger (12 Inch Backside Version)
Maschine Brennt - 60 seconds
Dark Vektor Vs Pablo Leon - Ace Of Sbass
Kretz - Generated Alterated Patterns
Neon - Le TGV Eurostar (Maschine Brennt Remix)
Lobtec - Waiting For The World
Elektroklange - Les Mannequin Inconnus
Deutsche Bank - (Don't Stop) Autopop
MY.COSMO - Cosmonaut (Version Jonteknik)
Mononot - Synthesizer
Sector One - Telecommunication
Tobitron - Die Elektronische Menschen
Silicon Machines - Basic

You can find out a wealth of information about all the artists on the Plonk label by visiting their official homepage.

Visit the Plonk Label website: http://plonk.nu/

Visit Plonk on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plonklabel/

White Lion Radio on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/White-Lion-Radio-411016518989771/

Thursday, 28 November 2019

White Lion Radio Present...Projekt Ich - By Train Through Countries (Remix Selection)

Projekt Ich is the name German musician Ulf Muller works under and over the last couple of years he has set out on a very interesting journey, which has resulted in the release of the album "By Train Through Countries".


What makes this so interesting is the fact that virtually all the tracks were released as singles before the release of the album. Each single has featured different lead vocalists from the independent electronic music scene, in addition each single release was backed by a number of remixes, and on this show we have selected our favourite remix of each of the singles released, that has English vocals.

Ulf is making available all of the singles and remixes as FREE DOWNLOADS if you purchase the CD version of the album, that equates to over 16 hours of music and over a 180 tracks, the album is available on CD for just 12 Euros, now that is an absolute bargain and trust me when I say, the remixes are superb too.

The show is available to listen to on Mixcloud:

https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio/wlr-presentprojekt-ich-by-train-through-countries-the-remix-selection/

It is also available on Hearthis.at:

https://hearthis.at/white-lion-radio-f7/wlr-present-projekt-ich-by-train-through-countries-the-remix-selection256/

Playlist for the show:

By Train Through Countries
This Time I'm Over You feat. Erik Stein (Imunar Remix)
Little Star (DMT Berzerk Remix) feat. Catrine Christensen (SoftWave)
Where Are The Angels (DMT Berzerk Remix)
Forgotten Dreams feat. René & Susie Mußbach (Restriction 9 Remix)
Lullaby For Alisa feat. Asia Wolf (END OF NEW) (Patrik Kambo Remix)
New Dreams For Old feat. Marcus Mokuso (Steve's Dream RMX)
Running feat. Erik Stein (Cult With No Name) (Synthetic Content Remix)
Thanks feat. !distain (Oren Amram & the Beautiful Angel Mix)
The Lightman feat. Oleg Degtiarev (Lilith My Mother) (Ideophobia Remix)
The Sleepy Time feat. Caroline McLavy (L_iGH_T Remix)
Time for Memories feat. PLEXIPHONES (Thomas Dark Project Piano Mix)
Running feat. Erik Stein (Cult With No Name) (Synthetic Content Instrumental Remix)

So to get your hands on a wealth of music for 12 Euros just head on over to the Echozone Music Label Bandcamp page via the link below:

https://echozone.bandcamp.com/album/by-train-through-countries

The album is available via the Projekt Ich Bandcamp page here:

https://projektich.bandcamp.com/album/by-train-through-countries-2

Follow Projekt Ich on Facebook via the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjektIchMusik/

Visit the official homepage of Projekt Ich via the link below:

Monday, 25 November 2019

i-Select #52

White Lion Radio have released edition #51 of i-Select.


This is a series of shows dedicated to electronic/synthpop bands that are unsigned, signed to a small independent label or self release their material. White Lion Radio prides itself on bringing you music which you don't always get access to and to showcase bands and artists that are really very talented and deserve to be heard.

These shows will feature bands from across the globe!

Listen to the show on Mixcloud

Listen to the show on Hearthis.at

Full Playlist

CosmoMoose - Lost In The Abyss
Daybehavior - Tears That Dry
Tin Gun - We Are Not Your Enemy (Fused Radio Edit)
Magnus Krieg - Time Traveler (Radio Version)
Cultivated Bimbo - Walking On Acid (Original Version 1989)
Petition For Mercy - Laura
Soft Riot - The Lost Weekend
Alex Braun - Somebody
Fused - Body Moves
Capital X - Stingray
Projekt Ich Ft !Distain - Thanks
Perfection Doll - Shadow Exchange
Metatron - Death By Stereo
Analogue Electronic Whatever - E4 Tomorrow
Obsession Of Time - Heartbeat
Pink Lemon Music - Falling Apart
Humachine - Farm Hill
Daybehavior - The Whispering Garden
Stereo In Solo - Electric City Of Light (Mystic Experience Radio Edit)
Ajay Mathur - Time For Deliverance (Radio Version)
Fused - The Emperor's New Clothes
Maschine Brennt - Trick (The 83 Mix) (Akamagoo Remix)
Eric C. Powell - Sunshine
Into The Blood - Need Stuff (Radio Edit)
Ultimated - Set Me Free
Debris Discs - Animals
Perfection Doll - Garden Of Delight
Eric C. Powell - O Come Emmanuel
Petition For Mercy - Someone Like You
Soft Riot - Fate's Got A Bone To Pick With You
Projekt Ich Ft René & Susan Mußbach  - Forgotten Dreams
Capital X - Wilderness
Analogue Electronic Whatever - Crazy Heads
Scarlet Fantastic - To Hell (Allan McIntyre Remix)
Pink Lemon Music - Nowhere To Hide
Daybehavior - Driving In My Car
Obsession Of Time - Higher Hope (DNTR Remix)
Eric C. Powell - O Come Emmanuel

Thursday, 21 November 2019

The Echozone Music Label Showcase (Edition #3)

Welcome to "The Echozone Music Label Showcase (Edition #3)", a show dedicated to the music, released on the German Electronic Music Label, Echozone.


Echozone share our passion for independent electronic bands and artists and we are delighted to feature music from the labels releases.

Our thanks to Andrea at Echozone for the music featured in this show.

Listen to the show on Mixcloud

Listen to the show on Hearthis.at

You will find the tracks on the show and music by many more artists on the Echozone Bandcamp page:

https://echozone.bandcamp.com/

Echozone On Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/EchozoneMusic/

Playlist For The Show:

Bysmarque & Snowwhyte - Standing Alone
Lost Area - Dream On
Arctic Sunrise - Emptiness
Elektrostaub Ft Henrik Iversen - Unforgotten
Minerve - Don't Ask Me Why
Alex Braun - Cambodia
Broken Ego - Get Away (POS2 Remix)
Hidden Souls - Separate Ways
Plexiphones - Hideaway (Shelter From The Sun Mix)
Andrea Gross - Holding Up The Halo
POS2 - My Sweet Girl
Beat Noir Deluxe - Morphine (Cyborgdrive Remix)
In Good Faith - Choose Your Way
Nature Of Wires - Human Nature (Fusion Elysium Remix)
5TimesZero - Don't Push Me (Oren Amram SynthesizeMe Club Remix)
Loewenhertz - Truth In Me
Analogue X - Сall Your Name
Projekt Ich Ft Marcus Mokuso - New Dreams For Old
Avoid-A-Void - Many Souls
!distain - Wake Me Up

Monday, 18 November 2019

Projekt Ich Album "By Train Through Countries" Reviewed

Projekt Ich is the name German musician Ulf Muller works under and over the last couple of years he has set out on a very interesting journey, which has resulted in the release of the album "By Train Through Countries".


what makes this so interesting is the fact that virtually all the tracks were released as singles before the release of the album. Each single has featured different lead vocalists from the independent electronic music scene, in addition each single release was backed by a number of remixes, which is important, that will become evident at the end of this review, so pay attention :)

The album opens with "Time For memories", which features label mates Plexiphones and it is a good solid opening track, which has a bit of a 60's vibe about it, synths sound superb and add to the depth of the track, all rounded off with an excellent vocal, has quite a joyous chorus.

Now I am a big fan of the work of Marcus Mokuso of Rename (Their best of compilation is a must for synthpop fans), he has a unique vocal style, clearly influenced by Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, the track "New Dreams For Old" is bright and optimistic and definitely is the most "Synthpop" track on the album, great synth sounds throughout and Marcus is on top form. My favourite track on this album. Superbly produced.

"Where Are The Angels" features Mick L Angelo of 5TimesZero, I like the intro on this track, nice use of rhythm sounds and the synths are fabulous, Ulf knows how to get the best out of a synthesizer, lots of pad layers, another fine example of synthpop, the vocals add a haunting flavour to the track.

I am very familiar with the work of Erik Stein, vocalist in the band Cult With No Name, as well as providing vocals on 2 of the tracks on this album, the first being "Running", he also provided vocals to tracks on Rusty Egans' album "Welcome To The Dancefloor". I really enjoy Erik's vocal style, he has a voice that draws you in and you feel compelled to listen to what he has to say, he certainly adds dimension to this track, a synth laden track with an atmospheric sound.

"Little Star" is a wonderful synthpop tune that features Catrine Christensen of Softwave on vocals, I love the erie synth sounds and the upbeat nature of the song, some nice sequencer touches and the rhythm section is excellent. A big favourite of mine :)

Like Projekt Ich, !Distain are signed to the German independent label Echozone and they have worked together brilliantly on "Thanks", i'm a big fan of !Distain and I have to say this track is a highlight on this album, quite minimalistic but everything about it is perfect, it has emotion and lovely melodic synth hooks, a beautiful ballad, pushes "New Dreams For Old" very close for best track on the album.

Next we have the first German vocal track on the album, "Es Ist Wahr" which features Michael Draw of Otto Dix, it has a dark sound and is a track I struggled to get into, probably partly because it is in German, has a bit of a harder edge overall and strays from the synthpop sound of many of the other tracks on the album.

Caroline McLavy is on vocal duty on "The Sleepy Time", this too has a much harder edge to the sound and I wasn't keen on the vocal effects used, probably my least favourite track on the album.

"The Lightman", featuring Oleg Degtiarev sees Ulf back into Synthpop territory and it is a fantastic track, reminded me a little of early Depeche Mode, certainly sound wise, Oleg delivers a haunting vocal' I think the synth work on this song is exceptional and again is superbly produced.

The music on "Doch Das Was Blieb" is excellent, superb rhythm parts too, I would love to hear an english language version of the song, it has something that captures your attention.

"Forgotten Dreams" features another band signed to Echozone, Analogue-X, and together they have produced a wonderful warm sounding track, the vocals are excellent, the boy/girl vocals work really well. Beautiful pad sounds that give the track almost a cinematic sound, a fabulous track and a big favourite of mine.

Erik Stein features again on "This Time I'm Over You", yet again his vocal performance is mesmerizing, underpinned by a quality music backdrop, the synths on this track are really impressive, wonderful choice of sounds and some nice melodic touches. Another track I am a big fan of.

"Lullaby For Alisa" is a very haunting track and would be perfect as a soundtrack song for a horror movie, dark electronics used to very good effect, the vocal by Asia Wolf is as equally haunting, I like this track because it is very different to the rest of the album.

The third and final German vocal based track is "Das Meer", despite being in German I quite enjoyed this track, musically it is quite minimalistic but the synths are allowed to shine when required.

The album closes with the title track, which is an instrumental, which I think has filmic qualities, the use of guitar alongside the electronics work well, I could see this track being used as part of a soundtrack to a thriller.

I like what Ulf has done with this album and it was a very good move to get various vocalists on board, as it gives the album a uniqueness, I hope he decides to go down that route in the future, because it works so well.

I have been fortunate to have been given the opportunity of hearing this album evolve as the various singles have been released and it has been quite a journey, factor into that the wealth of remixes available for the majority of the album tracks, you can create any number of different versions of the album, another smart move by Ulf.

A mention too for the artwork, it is simply stunning.

8.5/10

I hope you paid attention to what I said at the start of this review, if you have then your patience will be rewarded....

Ulf is making available all of the singles and remixes as FREE DOWNLOADS if you purchase the CD version of the album, that equates to over 16 hours of music and over a 180 tracks, the album is available on CD for just 12 Euros, now that is an absolute bargain and trust me when I say, the remixes are superb too.

So to get your hands on a wealth of music for 12 Euros just head on over to the Echozone Music Label Bandcamp page via the link below:

https://echozone.bandcamp.com/album/by-train-through-countries

The album is available via the Projekt Ich Bandcamp page here:

https://projektich.bandcamp.com/album/by-train-through-countries-2

Follow Projekt Ich on Facebook via the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjektIchMusik/

Visit the official homepage of Projekt Ich via the link below:

http://projektich-musik.de/?fbclid=IwAR1VJw1qGpWzqq_QSH4joRKohgK5_XyDYMaMjKGkMGnQJpdyPvMWSIlsuKM

The Electronic Music Hour #52

Welcome to edition #51 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:

Yazoo - Nobody's Diary
Eurotix - Conquer The Universe
Soft Cell - Loving You Hating Me
Rename - Reciprocal
Ultravox - The Thin Wall
Ultranoire - Drowning Man
Black Nail Cabaret - Therapy
Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right
Erotic Elk - Consequence Of Leaving (Oren Amram SynthesizeMe Remix)
Gary Numan - I Die You Die
Simple Minds - Speed Your Love
Eloquent - Lay All Your Love On Me
The Frixion - Heartbroke Disco
Erasure - Cry So Easy

Monday, 11 November 2019

Maximum 80s (Volume 75)

White Lion Radio have released edition # 75 of Maximum 80s.

A show that celebrates the 1980s 12 Inch Single!

The biggest hits in the 12 Inch format from the greatest decade in music history!


Listen to the show on Mixcloud here

Listen to the show on Hearthis.at here

Playlist For The Show

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (New York Mix)
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel & The Furious Five - The Message (12 Inch)
Princess - Say I’m Your Number 1 (Remix Number 2)
The Thompson Twins - Rap Boy Rap (Love On Your Side) (12 Inch Extended Version)
Erasure - Heavenly Action (Extended Version)
M - Pop Muzik (89 Long Remix)
Candido - Jingo (Original 12 Inch Mix)
The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix '76-'86)
The Stranglers - Always The Sun (Long Hot Sunny Side Up Mix  12 Inch Version)
Shalamar - I Can Make You Feel Good (12 Version)

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Daybehavior's New Album "Based On A True Story" Reviewed

Daybehavior are back with a brand new album called "Based On A True Story", the follow up to "Follow That Car!", released in 2012. Carl Hammer, Paulinda Crescentini and Tommy Arell have been together as Daybehavior since 1993 and have a refreshing sound, filmic and cinematic without losing their synthpop roots.


We had an indication of the sound of the new album with the release of the stunning "Change" in 2015, one of the most outstanding synthpop songs produced on the independent electronic music scene. It is an album they have taken great care with, to ensure they would be putting out an album of the highest quality.


The album opens with "Burning Slowly" and what an epic start to the album, superb electronic overtones and dreamy vocals from Paulinda, what a breathtaking voice she has, sounds perfect against the synthetic backdrop, which mixes electronic synth sounds and orchestral parts, something Daybehavior manage to mix effortlessly, the track has a superb chorus too, a very strong track on the album and wonderfully produced.

"Tears That Dry" is pure synthpop heaven, superbly crafted melodic parts and excellent sequenced sections, it is catchy and again Paulinda delivers a superb vocal, a word of praise for the music production too, top class, lots going on, with everything having its place. The twist in the last third of the song is outstanding. A potential single.

Next we have the recent single "There's Nothing Else", a track that showcases their filmic/cinematic sound qualities, storm and rain effects open the track, quite dark sounding and atmospheric in parts, great use of synth sounds and of course the vocal is exquisite. This is their trademark sound, it has everything, its dramatic, haunting and beautiful, it was the perfect choice to be chosen as a single to showcase the album, pure perfection.

Following that we have the upbeat "Driving In My Car", which has an excellent rhythm and bass section and the most delightful chorus, love the melodic synth that runs alongside the vocal, the layers to each of their songs is truly staggering, fabulous melodic synth parts continue throughout the song, this is pure european synthpop bliss, surely another candidate for a single. Reminded me of Marsheaux :)

"A Boy A Girl" has an excellent piano section as the backdrop to the vocal, orchestral strings/violins are very effective on this incredible track, the music is stunning, as the track develops the synths kick in and the orchestration returns to great effect, best described as a soundtrack ballad. Superb again, production stunning!

"Serges Kiss" is straight from the Daybehavior synthpop blueprint, it has a wonderful warm sound, great use of melody and a dreamy vocal, the track also has a great electro bass-line, love the way it builds into the chorus sections, which once again are top class.

"Solitude" again makes fantastic use of orchestral sounds to give their sound that dramatic tone, a brilliant ballad that is haunting in delivery with outstanding music, I hear a Pet Shop Boys influence in this track, a well constructed electronic ballad, they have certainly developed their sound.

Interestingly the start of the next track "It All Started With A Train" has a touch of Pet Shop Boys about it, the whispered vocals add a sinister vibe to the song, nice synth parts again, definitely a track that adds a little something different on the album, I could very easily see this fitting in nicely as part of a soundtrack to a film drama or thriller.

"A Perfect Day" showcases Paulinda's vocal, superbly delivered over a more minimal sound palette, that is erie and haunting, exactly what was required on this song, sometimes less is more. The synth section for the middle 8 is excellent. A dark ballad that delivers on every level, truly outstanding.

Next we have something of a surprise, the single "Change" in extended form and if you like those classic 1980s 12 inch single mixes, then you will love this, a track that was always going to benefit from being extended. As for the track itself, as I said at the start of this review, a brilliant synthpop track, what more can I say about it?

"The Whispering Garden" is another well executed ballad with some nice synth touches, again it is a track that gives space for the vocal to shine, that said the music is perfect, a dark and engaging backdrop that seems to build the tension in the track, excellent again.

The closing track is called "Washed Away" and is a fitting way to close the album, it is moving and develops really well, it is a ballad with sentiment and I must say, that yet again, they usual orchestral strings to such good effect.

This is a band at the top of their game, superb production throughout on this album and Paulinda is on fine form vocally, 12 wonderfully crafted songs, with depth and feeling, this album is as good as you can get, it is flawless and I hope it gets the recognition it deserves, it is clear how much hard work has gone into this album, Daybehavior are back and back in style. Well done Carl, Paulinda and Tommy on bringing us one of the best releases of the year

10/10

The album is available from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Based-True-Story-Daybehavior/dp/B07ZS85SLL/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Daybehavior&qid=1572946701&s=dmusic&sr=1-3

The album is available from iTunes:

https://music.apple.com/us/album/based-on-a-true-story/1486203305

The album is available on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/7EtxnHrqAcDcLIEPbYH1nI

The album is available on Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Daybehavior_Based_on_a_True_Story?id=Bddo43mgerlj4yukymqqsdysjnq

Monday, 4 November 2019

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 75)

Edition #75 of Rubik's 80s Mix is now out on White Lion Radio.


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

The biggest hits from the greatest decade in music history!

A show guaranteed to bring back so many happy memories!

Listen to the show on Mixcloud here

Listen on Hearthis.at here

Full Playlist

Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
The Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You
Dennis Edwards Ft Siedah Garrett - Don't Look Any Further
Adam & The Ants - Prince Charming
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Donna Summer - State Of Independence
Sinitta - GTO
Bros - I Owe You nothing
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Tight Fit - Fantasy Island
ELO - Hold On Tight
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
Japan - Quiet Life
Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
ABC - S.O.S
The Stranglers - Skin Deep
The Korgis - Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime

Friday, 1 November 2019

Eric C. Powell Album "True" Reviewed

Eric C. Powell is an electronic music artist based in the states and has been making music or been involved in music for a number of years, initially in the band Turning Keys. His new album "True", is the follow-up to his debut solo album "Back to Life", that was released in 2016.


The album opens with the title track, plenty of synth hooks and melodies drive this track, it has a very full sound with everything having its place in the mix, it instantly reminded me of the music Erasure were producing in the 1990s. A very strong opening track. "Waiting for the Time" has a darker sound palette, some neat bass sounds and good use of vocoded vocals, following that we have "How I Feel", which is very much in Vince Clarke territory, excellent use of synth sounds, I like the addition of choir sounds, very effective, a mid paced track that works really well, I love how the tracks builds and develops.

Next up we have a collaboration with his wife Andrea (who he met in his Turning Keys days), upbeat and again the use of synth sounds is used in a very effective way, Andrea has a very endearing voice which works brilliantly with Eric's music, especially on this track, definitely influenced by 1990s Erasure. A well constructed song and a highlight on this album. "Sunshine" again veers towards a dance track, great bassline and I like the sparseness during the verses, which showcase a fabulous vocal by Eric, as you would expect the chorus sections are fuller and it works a treat.

Eric is a big Depeche Mode fan and he has done a wonderful version of "The Sun and the Rainfall" and he has delivered again with another Depeche Mode cover on this album, he has worked his magic on "But Not Tonight", he keeps faithful to the original and it pays off big style, he certainly knows how best to use his synthesizers and get just the right sounds out of them, a top class rendition, an obvious highlight on the album.

In 2017 Eric wrote a special instrumental track called "Noise Zombie", for the KV331, Audio Synthmaster Track Contest, the track was awarded 3rd place. As well as the expected array of synthesizer sounds, he has used Piano on the song, which cuts through the obliqueness of the track, It would certainly be perfect for a film soundtrack.

"Be With You" is a more mellow track and has a Depeche Mode influence, both in the sound and the way the track is constructed, Eric delivers on the vocal front again, lots going on in the synth department, a solid track.

Now in 2018 one of THE best electronic tracks produced, was the brilliant "Click", which was a collaboration between Eric and Darwin McD, and I am so pleased the track is on this album, Included is the ECP Emerald Vocal Remix, Andrea provides another brilliant vocal, which works in perfect harmony with Eric's vocals, it has everything you need in a perfect synthpop track, it's catchy, melodic and has a rousing chorus, he couldn't have closed the album with a better track, and Eric, Andrea and DarwinMcD deserve a lot of credit for making such a fantastic synthpop song, well done to all concerned.

Eric is a real talent, his songwriting is exceptional and he knows how to get the best out of a synth, an album that is a joy to listen to from start to finish, one every synthpop fan should have in their collection.

9/10

The album is available on CD and as a Digital Download via Bandcamp:

https://ericcpowellmusic.bandcamp.com/album/true

Visit the Official Eric C. Powell website:

http://ecpmusic.cc/

Monday, 28 October 2019

i-Select #51

White Lion Radio have released edition #51 of i-Select.


This is a series of shows dedicated to electronic/synthpop bands that are unsigned, signed to a small independent label or self release their material. White Lion Radio prides itself on bringing you music which you don't always get access to and to showcase bands and artists that are really very talented and deserve to be heard.

These shows will feature bands from across the globe!

Listen to the show on Mixcloud

Listen to the show on Hearthis.at

Full Playlist

MisterMyr - C Sharp Minor Prelude
Mika Ella - Free Like Amsterdam (Original Version)
Obsession Of Time - Aspects Of Time
Ultimated - Black Rose
Solitary Experiments - Now Or Never
Petition For Mercy - Sea Of Flowers
Moderno - Waves Of Light (Radio Edit)
Boytronic - Under The Red (Leaether Strip Remix)
Analogue Electronic Whatever - The Owl Service
Red Sleeping Beauty - Always On Your Side
Jeff McCall - New Romantics
Mind Machine - The Pain You Feel (Uncreated Remix)
Tactile Frequency - What Each Heart Hides
Eric C. Powell - The Sun And The Rainfall
Tin Gun - We Are Not Your Enemy (Radio Edit)
Into The Blood - Every Time (Radio Edit)
Mika Ella - Take It Or Leave It (Radio Version)
Didier Marouani's Space - Magic Fly (HP Hoeger & Rusty Egan Remix)
Black Nail Cabaret - Rent
Ultimated - I Miss You
1984 - Synthpop Och Filmen G
Eurotix - When You Go (Remix)
Vague Notion - Invisible Man
IIOIOIOII - Digital Moon
Model Depose - Stranger
Positronic - Fly Away
Shiny Darkness - The Great White
Obsession Of Time - Higher Hope (Uncreated Remix)
Analalogue Electronic Whatever - How To Fly
Psy'Aviah Ft Mark Bebb - Hold On
Sonic Reunion - Alive
Mika Ella - The Girl With Golden Hair (Euro Disco Version)
Cultivated Bimbo Herr Captain - Impulzus (Remix 2019)
Tactile Frequency - Puppets
Midnight Midnight - Concrete Cracks
Man Without Country - Forever Endeavour (The New Division Remix)
Alex Braun - Hello
Andrik Arkane - Haunted
Lemonade Kid - Criminals (Darwinmcd Remix)
Petition For Mercy - Brand New
Jeff McCall - I Wonder
Ultimated - Let Me Down
Sea Of Sin - You (Periodic Table Of Synthpop Remix)

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Sweden - The European Capital Of Electronic Music (Edition #4)

Following the fantastic response to our first few editions of "Sweden - The European Capital Of Electronic Music", we are delighted to bring you a fourth edition, which features a staggering 40 tracks by 40 different artists/bands based in Sweden, that are unsigned or signed to small independent labels.


As with our previous show the music featured is electronic based, so we have synthpop, electro pop and italodisco.

Sweden has been at the forefront of the independent electronic music scene for some time now and this show highlights just how many excellent bands in that genre are based in that country.

Sit back and enjoy a wealth of the finest electronic music from Sweden!

Listen to the show on Mixcloud here

Or listen on Hearthis.at here

Here is the gigantic playlist for the show!

Daily Planet - Trust
Octolab - Hidden Camera
Dead Man Recovering - Time
Italove - I Trust You (Like I Trust Myself)
Sine City - Left Behind
Unisonlab - Automatic Pop Composer (Unisonlab's DS-10 Mix)
Daybehavior - Theres Nothing Else
Machinista - Angel
Vanguard - On My Own
Ashbury Heights - Derrick Is A Srange Machine
Datapop - Radioklang
Moonlight Cove - Last Of The Heartbroken
Sister Electra Ft Louise Marchione - In Dreams
Endless Shame - Saviour
Obsession Of Time - Higher Hope
Deutsche Bank - Cities
Etage Neun - Better Man
Petition For Mercy - True Love
Eurotix - After Before Before After
International - No1 In Sweden
1984 - 1984 (In Stylish Hair We Were Sharp Dressed Men) (Club 80s UK Radio Edit)
Mr Jones Machine - A Place In The Sun
2nd Happiest - Little Stars
Unroyal - A Goodbye For The Ages
Maschine Brennt - Trick (The 83 Mix) (Akamagoo Remix)
Cinemascape - Scene Of The Crime
Johan Baeckstrom - Starlights
Kite - I Give You The Morning
Tactile Frequency - What Each Heart Hides
Electric City Cowboys - Superstar
Red Sleeping Beauty - Someone Somewhere
Kaos - Downfall
Polaroid Kiss - Pay Your Dues (Assemblage 23 Remix)
Sector One - The Communications Satellite
Train To Spain - Just Like Heaven
Avantgarde - Deceived
Vogon Poetry - Mourn (Apop We Love You Edit)
Leaderboard - Dancing In Madness
Sonic Reunion - Ahead Of Us
Vision Talk - Promises

Monday, 21 October 2019

The Electronic Music Hour #51

Welcome to edition #51 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:

B-Movie - Letter From Afar
Blume - Plutonian Shores
Kraftwerk - Tour De France
Am Tierpark - Song For Us
Visage - In The Year 2525
Zynic - Fear My Love (Johan Baeckstrom Remix)
Moby - Dream About Me
Mirko Hirsch - Feel You Near Me
Cosmicity - The Moment
Silicon Teens - Oh Boy
Vaylon - Four Walls
Pet Shop Boys - The Dictator Decides
Vandal Moon - The Light
Client Liason - A Foreign Affair
Marc Almond - Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart (Solo Version)

Monday, 14 October 2019

Maximum 80s (Volume 74)

White Lion Radio have released edition # 74 of Maximum 80s.

A show that celebrates the 1980s 12 Inch Single!

The biggest hits in the 12 Inch format from the greatest decade in music history!


Listen to the show on Mixcloud here

Listen to the show on Hearthis.at here

Playlist For The Show

Bananarama - Robert De Niro's Waiting (Extended Version)
Erasure - Ship Of Fools (Shiver Me Timbers Mix)
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)
Divine - I'm So Beautiful (12'' Mix)
Kylie Minogue - Never Too Late (Extended Version)
Flash & the Pan - Waiting For A Train (Disco Version)
Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody (Lonely Hearts Mix)
Thompson Twins - Doctor! Doctor! (Extended Version)
Associates - Party Fears Two (Remix)
Bronski Beat - Why (12 Inch Version)

Monday, 7 October 2019

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 74)

Edition #74 of Rubik's 80s Mix is now out on White Lion Radio.


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

The biggest hits from the greatest decade in music history!

A show guaranteed to bring back so many happy memories!

Listen to the show on Mixcloud here

Listen on Hearthis.at here

Full Playlist

Five Star - Rain Or Shine
Rick Astley - Together Forever
Loose Ends - Hangin' On A String
Imagination - Body Talk
Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Thompson Twins - Doctor Doctor
Nena - 99 red Balloons
The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On
Kim Wilde - Water On Glass
Prefab Sprout - The King Of Rock 'N' roll
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Japan - I Second That Emotion
ABBA - Voulez-Vous
Gary Numan - We Take Mystery (To Bed)

Monday, 30 September 2019

True - The Story Of Eric C. Powell


Welcome, to “True – The Story Of Eric C Powell”


Eric C Powell, is an electronic music artist, based in Texas, in the states, his love for electronic music goes back to his youth, and he started writing his own songs, at the age of 16, after he got his first synthesizer, a Roland Juno 106.

Eric was encouraged to form his own band, during his university years, and formed the band Turning Keys, Eric was the vocalist and songwriter. The band also included female vocalist Andrea Matthews, who would eventually get married to Eric. The band went on to release 2 EP’s “Opening Doors” in 1990, and “Stay” in 1993, in addition they released 2 albums, their debut album “Waiting”, was released on Cassette in 1992, and they followed that up, with the album “Age Of Wonder”, in 1995.

Turning Keys also performed live, and supported the likes of Missing Persons, Depeche Mode and A Flock Of Seagulls who were massive stateside, in the 80s.


Eric moved on from Turning Keys, and continued as a Music Director, working with various artists and musicians. After moving to Texas, he was keen to make electronic music once again, and re-built his home studio, and set about recording material for a solo album, and In November 2016, he released the album “Back To Life”, which included tracks, such as, “Understand”, “Gone”, and a cover of the Depeche Mode track “The Sun And The Rainfall”.

 

Earlier in the same year, Eric released a remastered collection of material by his former band, Turning Keys, this would feature tracks from the album “Waiting”, as well as, tracks from their “Opening Doors EP”.


In December 2017, Eric released a new single called “Noise Zombie”, the track was entered into, the  KV331, Audio Synthmaster Track Contest, and managed to achieve 3rd place, with the track, quite an achievement.


In May 2018 Eric collaborated, with Darwin MCD on a new track, called “Click”, a stunning piece of synthpop music, a 4 track EP was released , as well as, an 8 track remix EP, with remixes by Andrik Arkane, Nature Of Wires and 4 remixes by UK musician Fused.

Without doubt, one of the best synthpop tracks released in 2018. The track even got played on BBC Music Introducing, such was its popularity.

DarwinMCD & Eric Powell, were also runners up, for Best Electro Act, in Online Radio Awards, fully deserved too.


The following month, Eric released the single “True”, a further taster for his new album.


Before the year was out, Eric teamed up with Andrea, on a Christmas single called “O Come Emmanuel”, which was given a stunning electronic makeover.


In January 2019 a further single was released, called “Need A Place”, which again featured Andrea Powell, on vocals.


“Need A Place”, is a track off Eric’s brand new album “True”, that has just been released, the album is influenced by the likes of OMD, Pet Shop Boys and Erasure, and as well as including “Need A Place”, it also included the singles “Noise Zombie”, “Click”, and “True”.

You can listen to White Lion Radio's Audio Documentary "True - The Story Of Eric C. Powell" on Mixcloud: 

https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio/white-lion-radio-present-true-the-story-of-eric-c-powell/

It is also available to listen to on Hearthis.at:

https://hearthis.at/white-lion-radio-f7/white-lion-radio-present-true-the-story-of-eric-c-powell/ 

The album “True” and many other releases are available on Eric’s Bandcamp page:


His music is also available on the popular digital download stores

You can find out more about Eric, and his music by visiting his official homepage:


In addition, Eric also has a Facebook page where you can follow him, and keep up to date with his releases and any live dates:

White Lion Radio Present - True (The Story Of Eric C. Powell)

"True - The Story Of Eric C. Powell", is an audio documentary about American Electronic Music artist Erc C. Powell.


Eric, is an electronic music artist, based in Texas, in the states, his love for electronic music goes back to his youth, and he started writing his own songs, at the age of 16, after he got his first synthesizer, a Roland Juno 106.

Eric was encouraged to form his own band, during his university years, and formed the band Turning Keys, Eric was the vocalist and songwriter. Since then he has released 2 solo albums "Back To Life" in 2016 and has just released a brand new solo album called "True".

This documentary looks at his music career to date.

Listen to the Documentary on Mixcloud:

https://www.mixcloud.com/whitelionradio/white-lion-radio-present-true-the-story-of-eric-c-powell/

Listen to the Documentary on Hearthis.at:

https://hearthis.at/white-lion-radio-f7/white-lion-radio-present-true-the-story-of-eric-c-powell/


Playlist

True
Calling Your Name
I Ran
In You
Sweet Perfume
Noise Zombie
Click (Ruby Red Fused Remix)
Need A Place
Waiting For The Time
But Not Tonight
A Little Respect

Eric C. Powell Bandcamp Page: https://ericcpowellmusic.bandcamp.com/album/true

Eric C. Powell Official Homepage: http://ecpmusic.cc/

Monday, 23 September 2019

i-Select #50

White Lion Radio have released edition #50 of i-Select.


This is a series of shows dedicated to electronic/synthpop bands that are unsigned, signed to a small independent label or self release their material. White Lion Radio prides itself on bringing you music which you don't always get access to and to showcase bands and artists that are really very talented and deserve to be heard.

These shows will feature bands from across the globe!

Listen to the show on Mixcloud

Listen to the show on Hearthis.at

Full Playlist

Synesthete - Pools
Daybehavior - Theres Nothing Else (Single Version)
Psy'Aviah Ft Mari Kattman - Searching
Boytronic - No Sad Songs
Projekt Ich Ft Catrine Christensen - Little Star
Mind Machine - Here And There (Gary Hunter's Parralox 7 Inch Radio Edit)
Softwave - Reflected Memories
Into The Blood - Closer To Me (Radio Edit)
Man Without Country - Forever Endeavour
Tyton Project - Outsiders
Jigsaw Sequence Ft Kay Burden - Never
Watch Clark - Class Actress
Fused Ft Kay Burden - Tear Me To Pieces (Gary Hunter's Technopop Mix Radio Edit)
Electric Youth - On My Own
Nature Of Wires - Negative Resolutions
Eric C Powell - Waiting For The Time
Shedizer - Sometimes
Parralox - Change of Heart (Italoconnection Remix)
Digital Observations - Before I Fail
Daybehavior - Change
Softwave - Galaxy Of Stars
Alphabot - The Program
Boytronic - Wayward Sister
Tyton Project - In A Moment
Buzzing Sound Candy Ft Tom Wilson - Electrified Pedestrians
Psy'Aviah Ft Mari Kattman - Searching (11 Grams Radio Edit Remix)
Into The Blood - Stay Forever
Mind Machine - We Keep Walking (The New Division Remix)
Nature Of Wires - Every Single Sun
Jeff Mccall - Metal-Man
Model Depose - Red Alert
Red Sleeping Beauty - Emma's House
Electric Youth - Now Now
Projekt Ich Ft Erik Stein - This Time I'm Over You
Softwave - Something Is Missing
Tyton Project - In Vertigo