NinthWave Records Free Fall Sampler

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NinthWave Records, one of the bedrocks of the North American SynthPop scene for well over a decade, has unleashed their Fall Sampler for free, right now, on Amazon.

If you head on over to the link below you’ll find 18 tracks of the pick of Modern SynthPop and the cream of NinthWave Records for the grand total of $0.00. Featuring tracks from The Modern (Matinée Club), Alan Replica, Kyle Brylin, The Garland Cult, The Peoples and electronic rumors alumni Empire State Human and Van Go Lion the sampler is a no-brainer for fans of classic ElectroPop, and if you’re not, it doesn’t cost anything to check some of these act out. Win/Win!

♫ Empire State Human – Search For Love

♫ Van Go Lion – Body Moves (QUBIQ Mix)

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Van Go Lion’s ‘Colors’

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Here’s the ElectroPop epic from Portland’s finest export Van Go Lion.

‘Colors’ is a nice slice of glitterball Pop that sees Josh slide a little Disco into his flawless ElectroPop production, this new track has a definite Kylie sheen to it in both the music and the production of Amy’s vocals, which are typically perfect power Pop. We would expect no less. More dreamlike that previous Van Go Lion tracks, ‘Colors’ isn;t as instantly catchy but washes over you in waves of electronic Pop goodness that seems to be ultimately more satisfying.

Van Go Lion – Colors

Van Go Lion’s singles ‘Body Moves’ and ‘We Don’t Miss A Beat’ are out now.

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Alfa Vs. Van Go Lion

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Here is where I make a joke about Alfa tracks being like busses, you wait and wait and wait then three come along at one.

This time he’s turned his attention to Portland’s finest, Van Go Lion’s ‘Glow’  and he’s getting even more funky. The Moog Funk lead line running throughout the track forms a solid bedrock which grounds the emotionally resonate song. A complex track, meticulously produced, Alfa has matched the tone of the track, just moved it to a different music location. Whereas the original was sweet SynthPop, Alfa gives it a groove and some street cred.

Van Go Lion – Glow (Alfa’s Snow White reMix)

Van Go Lion’s singles ‘Body Moves’ and ‘We Don’t Miss A Beat’ are out now.

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Van Go Lion’s Johnny Hates Jazz cover

Portland ElectroPop duo Van Go Lion have only gone and done a cover of 80’s smooth Pop boy’s Johnny Hates Jazz’s smash hit ‘Shattered Dreams’ ain’t they!

It’s actually really weird to hear a song you know inside out sung by someone else, but Van Go Lion tune in a brilliant updating of the tune. It seems the Jazzers (or the Johnnies?) themselves like the track too, making this statement “25 years since Shattered Dreams was originally a worldwide hit, and after nearly three and a half million airplays in the US alone, its great that the song is reaching a new generation of music fans. We celebrate Van Go Lion’s innovative new recording, and have no doubt that it will add to this continuing success.”. Good job!

♫ Van Go Lion: Shattered Dreams (Johnny Hates Jazz cover)

Van GO Lion’s singles ‘Body Moves’ and ‘We Don’t Miss A Beat’ are out now.

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Van Go Lion’s new single

Van Go Lion are back with a brand new single, so soon after the release of ‘Body Moves’.

‘We Don’t Miss A Beat’ comes out on London label Aztec Records today and continues in VGL’s quest for ElectroPop dominance. Swapping ‘Body Moves’’ dancefloor sexuality for a feel-good party vibe this time around ‘We Don’t Miss A Beat’ shimmers and glides through, a perfect, three and a half minutes of electronic Pop at it’s finest.

♫ Van Go Lion – We Don’t Miss A Beat

‘We Don’t Miss A Beat’ is released today.

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Ren Riz and Van Go Lion team up

One of the unsung heroes of the Melbourne Nu-Disco scene Ren Riz’s latest track came as a total surprise. but a very welcome one.

Teaming up with awesome electronic Pop duo Van Go Lion, Ren drops ‘Faces’, an total high energy Disco influenced ElectroPop track. The big vocals of Van Go Lion’s Amy in combination with Ren’s digital slap bass and big 80’s chords make a whole that is greater than the sum of it’s parts. A total Nu-Electro-Disco-Pop workout that should have you heading straight for the dancefloor.

Ren Riz (Feat. Van Go Lion) – Faces

While you’re here check out Ren’s other new track, the analog chipmunk Disco of ‘Secret Garden’:

Ren Riz – Secret Garden

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Van Go Lion reMixed by QUBIQ

Van Go Lion’s ‘Body Moves’ get’s played a lot round these parts, as début singles go it’s in impressive way to kick-off their career and sure to gain them some attention.

This reMix we have here comes courtesy of QUBIQ, who provides a deep, quite proggy, House mix with a big room flavour. Thankfully keeping most of the song structure intact the reMix transforms Van Go Lion’s huge ElectroPop into a late night floor-filler.

Van Go Lion – Body Moves (QUBIQ Extended)

Van Go Lion’s ‘Body Moves’ single is out now.

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Van Go Lion: New single and some words!

Portland’s purveyors of perfect Pop Van Go Lion (that’s my clever writing quota for the year done!) release their brand new single ‘Body Moves’ today on Ninthwave Records.

Unashamedly ambassadors for electronic Pop music, the duo of Josh Loerzel and Amy Paige have been quietly and constantly putting out the kinda’ of tunes that make you smile and make you dance for the last year or so but the release of ‘Body Moves’ should give them a bit more exposure and propel them into the ElectroPop limelight. The track features everything we’ve come to expect from VGL in the last twelve months. Josh’s kicking dancefloor production with a synthetic twist and Amy’s powerful vocal delivery and lyrics shot through with a streak of humour.

It’s actually interesting that Ninthwave is putting out the single as in retrospect Van Go Lion are, in many ways, the spiritual successors to the 90’s Modern SynthPop scene. A lot of the elements of Modern SynthPop are present in VGL’s music but with added savy when it comes to contemporary music and dancefloor production (something Modern SynthPop always failed miserably at). Maybe that’s what Van Go Lion represent, Modern SynthPop all grown up and ready for the big time.

With the huge, anthemic, ElectroPop of ‘Body Moves’ Van Go Lion will defiantly be seeing a lot more attention. Listen for the “show me moves made of sweat and a bassline” drop…awesome!

Amy and Josh were kind enough to share their thoughts on this, that and the other. Here’s the ‘words’ bit:

ER: How did you guys get together? Was is always to make electronic music? Were you in bands before you got together?

Amy: I moved to Portland from NYC in ’09 and Josh answered by ad on Craigslist for a band. We’d both been in some bands over the years, but nothing serious. Band sluts! Originally Van Go Lion was a four-piece alternative-pop band, but we decided to do our own thing in early 2010 and it immediately went toward pop. It was totally natural! All it took was the two of us sitting down and listening to a little Tears for Fears, a little Madonna, and that was that, we were synth-pop.

ER: Van Go Lion? What does that mean anyway?

Amy: Haha, we get that a lot. So back in the 80’s there was this goofy show on PBS called ‘Zoobilee Zoo’ where the characters were humans dressed up as singing and dancing animals. Watch it now and you’d probably be horrified, but as a kid it was the most amazing thing. Van Go Lion was one of them. Plus we thought it’d look cool on t-shirts.

ER: Who are your heroes and influences, both musical and otherwise?

Josh: Queen, Billy Ocean.

Amy: PRINCE!

ER:The 3m30s pop song is one of the most important things on the planet and can change your life. Discuss.

Amy: Totally, that quintessential pop song can change your life, so true! A few years ago I would have completely agreed with 3m30s, but now that I’m doing it I’d have to bump that up to 4:30. Lots of the classics are there, Vogue, Billy Jean, they all go up to about 4:30. I think I’m taking this too seriously…but this is serious business.

ER: What movie would you have liked your music to be on the soundtrack of? And what song in what scene?

Josh: Top Gun, the volley ball scene.

Amy: Sex and the City, one of those scenes when the four of them are walking down the street all dressed up and you’re all like, “Watch out, THOSE ladies are OUT ON THE TOWN”

ER: What’s in Van Go Lion’s’ studio? What are your favourite bits of kit?

Josh: 2 Macs, a condenser mic, a couple keyboards and speakers. I like my cool plug-ins galore.

ER: And how does that translate live, both with gear and performance?

Josh: Lots and lots of sampling and live singing.

Amy: The gear is minimal but the sound that comes out is big. Our goal is to make our live show as close to the recordings as possible and I think we do that well.

ER: If money was no object what synth would be your dream purchase?

Josh: A Roland AX-1, red. KEYTAR!

ER: Who would your dream support slot be supporting?

Josh: Madonna or Lady Gaga.

Amy: Robyn, Pink, Sam Sparro or Lady Gaga.

ER: What does the future hold for Van Go Lion?

Amy: Releasing more music! There’s a whole debut album no one has heard yet, plus we’re constantly working on new tracks and on becoming stronger writers and musicians. ‘Body Moves’ is our official single so it’s just the beginning. We really want to get our live set out there. Also, the future will hopefully involve keytars.

ER: Are Van Go Lion more cereal or pile of pancakes for breakfast kinda’ band? Would that change the morning after a show?

Josh: Cereal!

Amy: Cereal, but I’d prefer a big disgusting pile of pancakes any day. Oh yes, especially after a show.

Cheers guys.

Check out title track from the single:

Van Go Lion – Body Moves

‘Body Moves is released today:

Van Go Lion @ Beatport

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Van Go Lion

Van Go Lion are pretty awesome, it’s actually quite hard for me to concentrate on writing something about them ‘cos I’m just kinda’ sat here digging the music.

This duo from Portland make some epic sounding ElectroPop with the ‘Electro’ and the ‘Pop’ in just the right places. Catchy vocals with a sense of humour, powerful electronics with soaring lead lines and a backline aimed squarely at the dancefloor…what more could you ask for? I think one of the things that impress about Van Go Loin immediately is the huge production, which coupled with the power of Amy Paige lungs makes an in-your-face electronic Pop experience that you can’t help but like!

Van Go Lion – Glow

Van Go Lion – Sugarblush

Van Go Lion are currently putting the finishing touches to their new release, their self titled EP is still available:

Van Go Lion @ Amazon

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