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Blaze & Fade Out/ Special OPS

 
CD
CORE 060
10/2008
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SEBA
RETURN TO FOREVER

 
CD
CORE 060
09/2008
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DILLON
Ludwig EP

 
7"
CORE 055
05/2008
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DOUGLAS GREED
Remix EP

 
12"
CORE 057
04/2008
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JAKE THE RAPPER
Les Stalking

 
12"
CORE 056
02/2008
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MATT FLORES
Secret Garden

 
12"
CORE 053
01/2008
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ROCKFORD KABINE
italian music

 
CD/LP
CORE 054
11/2007
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DOUGLAS GREED
AENIMA

 
12"
CORE 055
09/2007
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CHRISTOPHER JUST
CHARLESTON

 
12"
CORE 052
07/2007
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V.A. - TRAFFIC III 4/4
w/ Bee Low, Antonelli, Norken & Deer

 
10"
CORE 050
07/2007
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THE VULVA STRING QUARTETT

 
12" VINYL
CORE 051
04/2007
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
a compilation called Underducks

 
CD
CORE EDITION 001
04/2007
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V.A. - TRAFFIC III 3/4
w/ Lowtec and Dazko

 
10"
CORE 049
02/2007
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KABUKI

 
12" VINYL
CORE 046
12/2006
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DOUGLAS GREED

 
12" VINYL
CORE 045
12/2006
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SWIMMINGPOOL
surrounded by disco

 
12" VINYL
CORE 043
10/2006
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SEBA
DON`T WANNA LOSE YOU/ MORNING GLORY

 
12" VINYL
CORE 044
09/2006
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V.A. - TRAFFIC III 2/4
w/ Douglas Greed / The Vulva String Quartett/ The Possibles

 
10"
CORE 048
08/2006
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SWIMMINGPOOL
GOOD OLD MUSIC

 
CD/2x12" VINYL
CORE 042
05/2006
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VULVA STRING QUARTETT
OUT OF SIGHT

 
12" VINYL
CORE 040
03/2006
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MATT FLORES
WOOKIE DISCO

 
12" VINYL
CORE 041
04/2006
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V.A. - TRAFFIC III 1/4
w/ MATT FLORES / ADA / GLAGLA

 
10"
CORE 047
03/2006
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DOUGLAS GREED
GLUE EP

 
12" VINYL
CORE 039
02/2006
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THE CONSIDERATE BUILDERS SCHEME
Exit to riverside

 
CD/2xLP
CORE 038
01/2006
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JAKE
THE REMIXED

 
12"
CORE 037
12/2005
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SWIMMINGPOOL
Black Barry

 
12" VINYL
CORE 036
11/2005
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NORKEN
Future Blue EP

 
12"
CORE 034
10/2005
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NORKEN
Our Memories of Winter

 
CD/2xLP
CORE 035
09/2005
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CHRISTOPHER + RAPHAEL JUST
Disco 128

 
12" VINYL
CORE 033
08/2005
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CHRISTOPHER JUST
Roland Flick Fairmont Princess #1527

 
CD/2xLP
CORE 032
06/2005
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DOUGLAS GREED
LOPEZ

 
12" VINYL
CORE 029
05/2005
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JAKE
THE RAPPER

 
CD/2xLP
CORE 030
04/2005
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CHRISTOPHER + RAPHAEL JUST
POPPER

 
12" VINYL
CORE 031
03/2005
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THE VULVA STRING QUARTETT
DEATH CAB FOR BOOTSY

 
12" VINYL
CORE 027
02/2005
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TELESCOPE
ZOOM

 
CD/LP
CORE 028
01/2005
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SEBA
BS/ES

 
12" VINYL
CORE 026
11/2004
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MATT FLORES
LISSI / METAJACK

 
12" VINYL
CORE 025
10/2004
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CHRISTOPHER JUST
JEANS & ELECTRONIC

 
CD
CORE 024
07/2004
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KABUKI / CHRISTOPHER JUST
ALWAYS WUZI

 
7" VINYL
CORE 023
02/2004
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KABUKI
SIGNAL TO NOISE

 
CD/2x12"
CORE 022
03/2004
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MATT FLORES
Metaworld

 
CD/2xLP
CORE 021
10/2003
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MATT FLORES
SHORTCUT METAWORLD

 
12" VINYL
CORE 020
06/2003
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DDPNP
LOST AND FOUND

 
CD/2x12" VINYL
CORE 019
06/2003
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TGM - THE GREEN MAN
FEB 21TH

 
12" VINYL
CORE 018
09/2003
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BETRIEB -> MAPSTATION
BETRIEB -> MAPSTATION

 
12" VINYL
CORE 017
06/2003
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TELESCOPE
SO BAD

 
12" VINYL
CORE 016
05/2003
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MATT FLORES
DIGITAL SELF

 
12" VINYL
CORE 015
02/2003
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DDPNP
CASHMERE SPRAGS

 
12" VINYL
CORE 014
12/2002
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SWIMMINGPOOL
ANYTHING THAT DOESN'T MOVE

 
CD/2x12" VINYL
CORE 013
01/2003
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V.A.
TRAFFIC 2

 
CD/2x12" VINYL
CORE 012
09/2002
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TELESCOPE
DEEPER

 
12" VINYL
CORE 011
05/2002
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DDPNP
TAKE OFF DA HOT SWEATER

 
CD/2x12" VINYL
CORE 010
04/2002
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SWIMMINGPOOL
DIVER EP

 
12" VINYL
CORE 009
04/2002
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DDPNP
COMPLEX DINNER WADROBE

 
12" VINYL
CORE 008
03/2002
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TGM - THE GREEN MAN
YOU DECIDE

 
CD/4x12" VINYL
CORE 006
09/2001
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TGM - THE GREEN MAN
INFINITY 2.0

 
12" VINYL
CORE 005
09/2001
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V.A.
TRAFFIC

 
CD/2x12" VINYL
CORE 004
05/2001
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Fellmann & Louise
The more you cry

 
12" VINYL
CORE 003
05/2001
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Swimmingpool
EP

 
12" VINYL
CORE 002
03/2001
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Fellmann & Louise
Lie

 
12" VINYL
CORE 001
01/2001
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NORKEN

OUR MEMORIES OF WINTER

 

CD/2xLP

CORE 035

09/2005

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A few years ago, a well-known German music journalist described the powerlessness of the written word when subjectivity in the judgement of music is the point. "You can`t justify what you love!" I can`t remember the context in which it was written but I perfectly remember how perplexed I was about the conclusive explanation of this difficult situation in which you can`t help but give a subjective description of music even though you actually want to report in an objective way.

 

Of course, announcing our new releases we fortunately can put it this way: to hell with objectivity! And that`s - especially in the case of Norken and his new album Our Memories of winter - more than necessary because Norris` music is emotional in such a way that a sober judgement, predominantly focused on technical details, is strictly forbidden.

The question, if his wonderful house- and techno tracks maybe minimal or under the obligation to any kind of school can be dismissed as small-minded - more than ever after this album. His tracks are stories, every single one of them a microcosm, a small world of its own. These stories are neither complicated nor top-heavy and they are not counting on any effects in order to get somewhere. Lee Norris composes in a different way, his music rests in itself, talks for itself, sings for itself and seems to be more directed to the inside than to the outside. Yes, you can almost get the feeling Norken has said goodbye to the characteristics of western ideology like competition, function or unconditional progress. He was once called "the man who makes machines cry", a neat expression that is only half the truth - because he makes our mind laugh.

Of course, Norken hasn`t - with Our Memories... reinvented machine-soul all by himself but he raised it to a new level. He took his time to do that and that`s what he asks from us, but he doesn`t make it easy for us. If you are not ready to listen, to invest patience and dedication, you will never really enter his world - you will just pass by and pick up some nice impressions but you won`t lose your heart.

This sound has nothing to do with hipsterism and Norris passes on using the latest plug-in in his productions - and why should he? The possibilities of the existing ones are by far not utilized. Norken-music is very English but nobody would doubt it, if you would credit him with Detroit-roots. Our Memories of Winter is packed with this relaxed and inviting soft-kicking grooves which made him so popular, but from time to time the album becomes rougher than its predecessor what - hard to believe - even boosts the deepness of his songs.

Listen to Ty Canol! A poem full of depth and melancholy, produced along the frontiers of pain, carried by its typical dripping melodies and that mountain of groove. No dancefloor could stand that sound - anyway that`s not where you want to go with this track. Because this is private - but don`t be afraid! Its wonderful arcs of melody and slightly frisky beats are once again a highlight for every dj who has got more to offer than using the sledgehammer all night long.

Imagine there would exist a bridge between Springthemes and the new album, then you could find Folio und especially Eastern Soul, two members of the fleet-footed house-section, taking their place in the gallery of Norken-classics. Arriving on the other shore, Norken doesn`t look back anymore, settles the rest of the album on new land and finally comes up to the quality of his Metamatics-masterpiece From Deathword To Passwords.

It starts with the sunrise-drive-super-track Memories, followed by the unbelievable It might have been rain, a piece of Detroit-house which step by step becomes more thrilling. The almost Celtic Here advances towards straightness and is being replaced by the pre-maxi-track Flirt, which enchants once more with a floating version of Detroit-techno. And when Nights mixture2 evokes memories of Madchester times, then everybody knows that - in spite of new shores - we are still in England. The overflowing Audic strable and its playful sound are the last part of a trip which keeps promises - it never made. The voices of Marie-Louise Munck (Antenne) and Celine Lambert are worked up and alienated on some tracks. Norken uses the singing as instrument and the voice as the most feminine of instruments has found its perfect place, just like every synthesizer-part. He seems to make sure that his equipment won`t get jealous. An amazing act of equal treatment.

 

Perfection represents no option for Norken 2005. Although many of his tracks sound filigree and are fascinatingly detailed, they are still fragile and vulnerable. Tim Kottmann`s cover-art, based on an photograph made by Robin Merkisch for the pre-maxi and the album, illustrates the music in an appropriate way: it`s organic and down-to-earth, it`s wide and fragile, but it also describes - by leaving white openings between the boulders - the clarity and the ambivalence of the artificial. Is it snow? We suppose it is, but we can`t be sure. One thing is for sure - it`s an surface and surfaces are defining the sound of Our Memories.... , just like the blankets you need during wintertime outside the big cities - even in South West England`s predominantly mild climate. Norken describes the winter as what it is: dark and melancholic, but sometimes at the same time sunny, warm and friendly - while snowflakes are falling down on the other side of the window.

 

Frank D`Arpino



TRACKLISTING:

CD:

1: Fern2

2: Memories

3: It Might Have Been Rain

4: Eastern Soul

5: Ty Canol

6: Df23

7: Here

8: Folio

9: Flirt

10: Nights Mixture 2

11: Audic Strable

12: Jude Says Goodbye

 

2LP:

A1: Fern 2

A2: Memories

A3: Eastern Soul

B1: It might have been rain

B2: Ty canol

C1: Here

C2: Folio

D1: Nights mixture 2

D2: Audic strable

D3: Jude says goodbye