Narcosis - Narcosis

Artist.................: Narcosis
Album................: Narcosis
Genre.................: Electronic
Style..................: Berlin School
Year...................: 2007
Codec................: Monkey's Audio (APE)
Quality...............: Lossless
Channels............: Stereo
Total Time..........: 79 mins

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Narcosis - Narcosis

This band is really no other than Steve Jenkins and one of the most talented (and unfortunately highly unprolific) Electronic Musicians from the UK, Stephan Whitlan (aka Stevo). Here they are in an out and out Berlin School mode, so hang on for a powerful trip! They certainly waste very little time on the opener 'Blue Light' before introducing the first of many exquisite rhythm and sequence combinations. Stephan's real forte however has been melody and as the pulsations gradually build up a wonderful head of steam a softening flutey synth lead is deployed. Symphonic pads make an entrance and you would have thought this would mean that things were mellowing but not a bit of it as those sequences seem to become increasingly ball breaking. The leads now become more searing, the sound chosen being very reminiscent of the 'Map Reference' album. It's sequences straight up again for 'Surf', the initial one being of a tinkling, almost warning beacon type but this is soon joined by its bass laden floor shaking brother which shifts this way and that like a river of lava finding the path of least resistance down a volcano. Even though it posses awesome power though there is still a melodic quality. It's if, sure, it might be wreaking havoc but it is happy in its work! A lead line isn't deployed until nearer the end and this time the sound chosen is more like that from John Dyson's 'Evolution' (Stephan used to play in John's band). The sequence responds to the lead in becoming even more devastating as if it is hurling great chunks of molten rock into the air. Another absolutely brilliant track- if anything even better than the stunning opener. 'Lost / Found' cranks those sequences up to even greater speed and power, again with a melodic quality amongst the mayhem that gives proceedings that extra class. A slow moody lead line, again carrying that distinct Stevo signature, skips amongst the mayhem as the main sequence builds to almost Redshift proportions, twisting this way and that, mellotron completing the classic picture. This is yet another slice of pure retro magic but with a quality to it that puts it head and shoulders above similar bands. Hands stay glued to those sequencer knobs for 'Sept 05 02'. A deep bass lead rumbles forth over more wonderful note runs. This track is a little different to the others as it is tinged with a certain melancholia.

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