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PETE NAMLOOK & TETSU INOUE - Shades of Orion (cd)

 
PETE NAMLOOK & WOLFRAM SPYRA - Virtual Vices (cd)

 
PETE NAMLOOK - Air (CD)

 
LUIS ALBERTO NARANJO - Total Eclipse (cd)

 
NARCOSIS - Narcosis (cd/Digital Download)

 
NATTEFROST - Dying Sun/Scarlet Moon (cd)

 
NATTEFROST - Live in Germany (cd)

 
NATTEFROST - Transformation (cd)

 
NATTEFROST & MATZUMI - From Distant Times (CD)

 
NATURAL FREQUENCIES - Tranquillity in Motion (cd)

 
NAUTIC DEPTHS - North Passage (cd-r)

 
NAUTILUS - In Search of Castaways (cd)

 
NEAR THE PARENTHESIS - L’Eixample (cd)

 
THE NEBULA PROJECT - In Search of Converging Sounds (cd)

 
NEBULOUS - Synthetica III (cd)

 
NEBULæ - The Path of White Clouds (cd)

 
MICHAEL NEIL & GRAHAM GETTY - Retrochet (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL & GRAHAM GETTY - Retrochet II (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL NEIL & GRAHAM GETTY - Retrochet III (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Between Sleeping and Waking (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Dies Irae (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - For the Record (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Ikons (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - In Extremis (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Maisema (cd)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Moments of Heaven (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Silent Light (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - Tapestries (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - The Constellations (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL NEIL - The Tempest and other tales (cd-r)

 
JAN NEMEčEK - Through the Planetary Void (cd-r)

 
NEMESIS - 1:4:9 (cd-r)

 
NEMESIS - Gigaherz (cd)

 
NEMESIS - Living Statues (cd)

 
NEMESIS - Trajectory of Sound (Live Archive Vol. 3) (cd-r)

 
NEMESIS - Xenopus (cd)

 
LOREN NERELL & MARK SEELIG - Tree of Life (cd/Digital Download)

 
LOREN NERELL - Slow Dream (CD/Digital Download)

 
LOREN NERELL - Taksu (cd)

 
NEURONIUM - Chromium Echoes (cd)

 
THE NEXION PROJECT - Land of Dreams (cd)

 
HARALD NIES - Dual Systems (cd-r)

 
HARALD NIES - Earthcreator (cd-r)

 
HARALD NIES - Space is Everywhere (cd-r)

 
THE NIGHTCRAWLERS - Travelling Backwards (cd)

 
NIRMANANKAYA - Nirmanakaya (cd)

 
NISUS - Electronic Medication (cd/Digital Download)

 
NODE - Node 2 (cd/Digital Download)

 
NONO ORCHESTRA - Angels Breakin' (cd)

 
PIETER NOOTEN & MICHAEL BROOK - Sleeps with the Fishes (cd)

 
NORD - Berlin (Digital Download)

 
NORTH ATLANTIC DRIFT / NORTHUMBRIA - Split (Digital Download)

 
NORTHCORE - Desatero (CD/Digital Download)

 
NORYANI - Northeast 117 (cd)

 
NORYANI - Southeast 225 (cd)

 
NOSTALGIA - Arcana Publicata Vilescunt (cd)

 
NOSTALGIA - The House on the Borderland (cd)

 
NOTHING BUT NOISE - Not Bleeding Red (CD/Digital Download)

 
NUMINA - Dawn of Obscurity (cd)

 
NUMINA - Evolving Visions (cd-r)

 
NUMINA - Live at the Inner Sanctum (cd-r)

 
NUMINA - Sanctuary of Dreams (cd)

 
NUMINA - Shift to the Ghost (cd)

 
NUMINA - Sound Symbols (cd)

 
NUMINA - Subterranean Landscapes (cd)

 
NUMINA - Symbiotic Spaces (cd)

 
NUMINA - The Deception of Reality (cd)

 
NUMINA & CAUL - Inside the Hollow Realm (cd)

 
NUMINA & IXOHOXI - Starfarer's Tales Vol. 1 (cd-r)

 
NUMINA & IXOHOXI - Starfarer's Tales Vol. 2 (cd-r)

 
NUMINA & STEPHEN PHILIPS - Descent of the Falcon (cd)

 
NUNC STANS - The Cerulean Suite (cd-r)


NORTHCORE
Desatero
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Spotted Peccary Music/OE3, 2012
Northcore is the UK-duo Carl Gibbons and Jana Tillotson, who compose impressionistic, alternative electronics with an organic and chill-out edge. "Desatero" contains ten intriguing tracks (half of them have vocals) offering an unusual but exciting blend of contemporary electronica.

Its 41-minute peculiar sonic canvas blends ethno-ambient with down-tempo, experimental electronics and many multi-coloured flavours from world music. All pieces, a few are based on traditional songs or rhymes, tell a sensuous narrative of their own, and form an imaginative, alternate world of mystery with neo-gothic undercurrents.

The project also excels in extensively implementing found sounds and environmental recordings in their psychedelic, unpredictable compositions, all leading to a highly spacious, detailed and excellently mastered sound design. Personal favourites are the joyful opening piece "Looking Glass" that’s followed by the down-tempo oriented, TD-ish "Jupiter". In addition, there’s the fascinating and powerful "Nocturne", the smooth "Ladybird" and the energetic "Green Fridge", while "Metronome" (found towards the end) stands out due to the awesome blend of female and male vocals.


To imagine the inspired and rather dreamy wonderland found on "Desatero", think Biosphere mixed with a dash of Dead Can Dance and a good portion of Pete Namlook, rounded out with a flair of Celtic music.

Just give this peculiar, excellently produced release several spins (heard with a good pair of headphones makes it even more impressive) and one can only conclude it contains some remarkable, high-quality music hard to classify.
Nice going, Carl and Jana.

Website: www.northcore.net

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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