Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Promo Video For Metroland's "Pictures To Listen To"

Gary Hunter has made a promo video for the Metroland track "Pictures To Listen To", whilst this isn't an official release it has been approved by the band.



The concept for the video is inspired by Metroland's special "Exposition" they held in Belguim. Their new album "Men In A Frame", uses the concept of photography, the band were presented with 10 photographs by 5 Belgian professional photographers, known as "F-8" and they had to create a song for each photograph. They invited guests to bring their mobile phones and install a special APP, this was then used to scan a special QR code underneath each picture that would then play the track associated with the image you were looking at. So in the promo film you will see a customizable phone that has been created that takes photo's (Complete with flash!), also you will see QR codes being scanned by a phone and plenty of other very interesting things going on.

Gary is especially proud of the idea he came up with for the final screen......we will say no more about that, you will have to watch the video.

The new Metroland album "Man In A frame" is available on CD here: http://alfa-matrix-store.com/Metrolan...

The Digital Download version is available here: https://alfamatrix.bandcamp.com/album... The

"Pictures To Listen To" CD is available here: http://alfa-matrix-store.com/Metrolan...

White Lion Radio would like to thank Metroland for allowing this video to be made available on YouTube.

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Electronic Music Hour #35

Welcome to edition #35 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:

Zynic - Thanks For Nothing
Exciting Valence - Coming Home
Heaven 17 - Key To The World
Parralox - Being Boiled
The Human League - Rock 'N' Roll
Andrew Franey - In The Night
Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right
Erasure - Dreamlike State (7 Inch Alternative Mix)
Cinemascape - Cruelty
China Crisis - Red Sails
Cosmicity - Patience
Pet Shop Boys - Vulnerable
Vogon Poetry - Never Too Late (Glenn Main Remix)
Mirrors - Hourglass
OMD - Stanlow

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Maschine Brennt Promo Video For The Track "60 Seconds"

Gary Hunter has created a new promo video, this time it is for a "Radio Edit" he has created of the Maschine Brennt track "60 Seconds", the original version and remixes can be found on the "60 Seconds" EP (More information about that can be found below.



The video uses the concept of Time & Travel and tells the story of flying to another country on a business trip or holiday, getting a passport, checking in at the airport, checking in your luggage, using transport in the country you are in to get about, flying back and returning to your home, all of course elements which are dictated by time.

The original version of "60 Seconds" and remixes can be found on the Maschine Brennt "60 Seconds EP", which is available from Bandcamp here:

https://maschinebrennt.bandcamp.com/album/60-seconds

The debut album by Maschine Brennt "The Hearing Aid" is available on CD & Digital Download via the links below:

CD: http://www.razgrom.com/releases/group/1213/36/

Digital Download: https://maschinebrennt.bandcamp.com/album/the-hearing-aid

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Maximum 80s (Volume 59)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 59 of Maximum 80s.

This is a series of shows that feature nothing but the very best in 1980s 12 Inch Singles.

The biggest hits on the biggest format from a classic decade......the 1980s.


Listen On Mixcloud

Listen On Hearthis.at

Track List

Howard Jones - All I Want (Extended Version)
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Extended Version)
Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance (Extended Club Mix)
David Bowie - When The Wind Blows (Extended Mix)
Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore (Long Version)
Wham! - Bad Boys (Extended Club Mix)
Limahl - The Neverending Story (Club Mix)
Depeche Mode - But Not Tonight (Extended Mix)
Fun Boy Three & Bananarama - It Ain't What You Do (Extended Version)
Boy George - Everything I Own (Extended P.W Botha Mix)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Rubik's 80s Mix Edition #59

Edition #59 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

Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home
Marc Almond - Only The Moment
The Human League - Boys And Girls
The Jam - Eton Rifles
David Bowie - Scary Monsters And Super Creeps
Ultravox - Quiet Men
New Order - Shellshock
The Style Council - Long Hot Summer
Paul Young - Come Back And Stay
Erasure - Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)
Wham! - Freedom
Adam & The Ants - Prince Charming
Soft Cell - Where Did Our Love Go?
Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)
Gary Numan - We Are Glass

Sunday, 6 May 2018

New Unisonlab Album "Electrometric" Reviewed

Unisonlab is the name Jorgen Erixon, who is from Sweden, works under and he has an interesting background, he is a classical pianist and has played keyboards in many bands before concentrating on his Unisonlab project.


Since 2014 Unisonlab have released various EP's and last month their debut album "Electrometric" was released on CD via the Razgrom Music label, under licence from independent Machine-Pop label Plonk.

The album opens with the track "Elements", which uses a Bass-Line as its focal point, with quite an interesting rhythm section that works really well with the Bass-Line, lots of well constructed sequencer segments and heavily processed vocals help fill the track out. I also like the way the song develops. "League Of Machines" packs a punch, an erie opening makes way for synthpop melodies, the vocoded vocals are dark and sinister but work well in the context of the track. Some excellent deep electronic sounds balanced out with bright synth melody parts, a standout track on the album.

"Funkfrequenz" is bordering on industrial but with a hint of pop thrown in. Once again the bass sounds are constructed to great effect, reminded me of Kraftwerk in parts, the vocoded and heavily processed vocals work well again and are well produced and given space to shine, some excellent melody parts give this track an excellent blend of sounds.

"Television" is without doubt heavily influenced by Kraftwerk, I just love those sequenced melodies which showcase a softer side to the music of Unisonlab. Brilliant rhythm and bass elements, great use of pad sounds, the vocals are superbly mixed in the song, definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album.

"Apparatus", is excellent, minimalistic drums and a driving bass sequencer make for a fine backdrop to the synth melodies, fantastic use of voice samples too. Very upbeat and I like the structure of the song, another standout track. Next we come to "Stereolab", what can I say about this track?? I was so impressed I created a video for the song (Link to the video is at the end of this review), the best way to describe this song is "Chilled Out Machine Pop", a stunning piece of work, a track I rate as one of the best tracks I have heard in the last 12 months. Very minimal with the vocals taking centre stage, wait until you hear the melody line, it is pure synth heaven, what a song, best track on the album, the album is worth owning for this track alone!

"Eletro Life" is a track I have come across before, infact it was probably the first Unisonlab track I discovered. Very Kraftwerk sounding, especially the delivery of the vocoded vocals. Voice samples are also a feature of the track. Good use of synth sounds and I like the bass-Line and rhythm in the song, an area Jorgen excels. "Interaktion" has a wonderful start with beautiful pad sounds and sequenced melody, this is another song that is quite laid back and chilled, strong vocoded vocals, at times a little overpowering in the mix, but that is a minor observation. The minimal approach musically works very well.

"The One You Seek", is heavily sequenced driven and a powerful sounding track, lots of interesting things going on, quite dark sounding, great drums and another well structured track. The dark elements are punctuated with bright pad sounds, this is one of those tracks that grow on you the more you hear it. "Silent Control" is brilliant, beautiful synth sounds and good use of voice samples, with vocoded vocals that are a perfect fit for the song. The chorus sections are excellent and benefit greatly from the synth sounds Jorgen has used. A melodic masterpiece and a definite highlight of the album.

Next we have a series of bonus tracks, the first, is Unisonlab's own remix of the track "Automatic Pop Composer", the original track appeared on the debut Unisonlab's debut EP "Electro Life (Partition One)". The remix is fantastic, a gentle melody driven remix, bordering on synthpop, a bright and welcome addition to the album, I love it! Next we have Maschine Brennt's remix of "Electro Life", which is outstanding and gives the track a much fuller sound, superbly produced, very upbeat and catchy and is another track on the album that really packs a punch, a top class remix.

Following that we have another Unisonlab remix, this time of the albums opening track "Elements", fantastic choral pads give this an ambient feeling to begin with but it soon develops into a solid Machine-Pop delight, good use of a sequenced Bass-Line, rhythm and synth noises with the choral sounds used again as the song develops, a good mixture of sound on this track.

Kevin Lux provides a remix of "League Of Machines" and does a sterling job, lots of Kevin's trademark sounds and sequencers are employed for this makeover, I especially like the array of sequencer parts on the remix, which I think take the track into a totally different direction, a big favourite of mine, this remix, job well done Kevin.

The album closes with another remix by Maschine Brennt, of the track "The One You Seek". Strong sequencer parts and rhythm on this mix, great use of synthetic sounds and melodic parts, the vocals work very well with the music.

This has been another enjoyable listen, Razgrom and Plonk deserve praise, for taking the music by artists on the Plonk label to another level with releasing full albums on CD, long may it continue! So far we have had CD albums by Datapop, Maschine Brennt and of course Unisonlab, all of which are outstanding releases.

"Electrometric" is a fantastic introduction to the music of Unisonlab, the album is superbly produced, mixed and mastered, you certainly get value for your money as this is a strong set of songs and remixes, the more you listen to it, the more you appreciate what time and effort has gone into the making of this album. If you love your electronic music and of course Kraftwerk you cannot go wrong with this album, it is excellent 9/10

Both the CD and Digital Download of "Electrometric" is available from Bandcamp here:

https://unisonlab.bandcamp.com/album/electrometric

Watch the Promo Video for a "Radio Edit" of "Stereolab" here:

https://youtu.be/e5hkt-hRs9k

Find out more about Unisonlab by visiting their Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/unisonlabsounds/

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Kinetic Theory - Music Inspired By Kraftwerk

White Lion Radio have released another show in our series that features bands that are, inspired and influenced.


"Kinetic Theory - Music Inspired By Kraftwerk" features music by true Kraftwerk fans. The show features music by, Sector One, Maschine Brennt, Metroland, Unisonlab, Jonteknik, Elektroklange, Datapop, Deutsche Bank, Kevin Lux, Kretz and Neon.

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

Listen to the show on Mixcloud here 

Or listen to the show on Hearthis.at here 

Playlist for the show

Sector One - Telecommunication
Maschine Brennt - I Want To Be Human
Metroland - Creative Rose (Gary Hunter's 7 Inch Radio Edit)
Unisonlab - Interaktion
Jonteknik - 27KM In One Ten-Thousandth Of A Second
Elektroklange - Mechanical Dance (Gary Hunter's 7 Inch Radio Edit Remix)
Datapop - Waveforms
Kevin Lux - Aurora
Deutsche Bank - Neurotransmitter (Gary Hunter's 7 Inch Radio Edit)
Kretz - Mechanical Men (Datapop Remix)
Neon - Le TGV Eurostar (Gary Hunter's Maschine Brennt 7 Inch Radio Edit)
Sector One - Samuel F.B. Morse
Maschine Brennt -  The Language Computer (Dark Vektor FUCK 155 Remix)
Metroland - Pictures To Listen To
Unisonlab -  Stereolab
Jonteknik - Higgs Boson
Datapop - Komputer Music
Kevin Lux - Portal
Kretz - Generated Alterated Patterns (Gary Hunter's 7 Inch Remix)
Sector One - I Hear Voices (Album Version)
Maschine Brennt - Elektronisk Musik
Metroland - F-8
Unisonlab - Automatic Pop Composer (Unisonlab's DS-10 Mix)

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

New Promo Video For Sector One

Gary Hunter has made another Promo Video for Swedish Machine-Pop band Sector One.


The video has been made for a special Radio Edit Gary has created of the track "A Little Melody", which is a track that is featured on the outstanding new Sector One album "Telecommunication".

The album is available as a Digital Download from Bandcamp:

https://sector-one.bandcamp.com/

Find out more about Sector One by visiting their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Oldschoolsynth/