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 Namlook - PK 08/78
  Release Date: 7 July 1993
  Limitation: 500

   Astrogator      1.09.09

  music composed by Pete Namlook

I waited a long time to get hold of this one. Having heard two reports, one favourable (read Namlook innovates) and one otherwise (read Namlook sends you to sleep) I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Major disappointment I'm afraid. Even if it was innovative in 93, which I doubt, it certainly doesn't sound it today.

On first hearing I convinced myself it would be a grower, as we all do with the more "experimental" releases but, further visits failed to ignite any enthusiasm. Like several of the other Namlooks, I'm sure this one was okay if you were there on the night but, it probably doesn't belong on disc for posterity. Very repetitive, no melody to speak of, some occasional beats, some general knob twiddling and you're left with a strong suspicion that he just wasn't fired up. Tried to think of something a bit more positive to say ... it's better than Namlook 3, how's that?

Don't shelve out serious lucre for this one. You're better off checking out the fabulous mood on N4, the cool sub-harmonics on N7, the multi-faceted N11 or, of course N12 - the last great one!

(review by Paul Milligan)

If all you ever hear from this disc is the track on the Cookbook, you would not be doing yourself a disservice. What I like about this disc is it's very airy space.

Part 1: The disc starts off with lots of nice airy droning space sounds (hereon referred to as "air") which leads into some rhythmic brushy sounds (Part 2) and what sounds like it could be a TB303 bassline but it's real deep and low, more air accompanies the rhythm. Part 3, the bass and rhythm cuts out and there's more air and maybe some bugs. Then the rhythm and bass parts return toward the end of the part. Then the air returns. Part 4, we start getting something that sounds like a synth tune for about 6 minutes, similar to the DSOTM type stuff but it's way too short. Then back to the bass & rhythm and air. Part 5, just air with some whooshing sounds and lots of space and isolated sounds. Part 6, back to the bassline thing with the typical namlook synth tweaking, then more air. Part 7 is really indistinguishable from part 6. The disc closes out with the air that started it.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Once again, not bad. This is one I get into every now and again but not something on regular rotation, not nearly as bad as Namlook 3.

(review by Steve Luckabaugh)


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