Narkopop

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Narkopop
Gas - Narkopop.jpg
Studio album by Gas
Released 21 April 2017
Genre
Length 94:56 (vinyl)
78:39 (CD)
Label Kompakt
Producer Wolfgang Voigt
Gas chronology
Box
(2016)Box2016
Narkopop
(2017)
Rausch
(2018)Rausch2018

Narkopop is the fifth studio album by Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project, the first album under the moniker in 17 years[2] and his first on Kompakt. The album was released on 21 April 2017.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic86/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubB+[6]
Exclaim!9/10[1]
Mojo4/5 stars[7]
The Observer4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork8.8/10[9]
PopMatters8/10[10]
Record Collector4/5 stars[11]
Resident Advisor4/5[12]
Uncut8/10[13]

On the review aggregate site Metacritic, Narkopop has a score of 86 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim", based on 14 reviews.[4] Paul Simpson at AllMusic calls it an "evolution and refinement" of the Gas sound.[5] Mark Richardson from Pitchfork complimented its "deeper, richer, and more luxurious sound" compared to prior Gas releases.[9]

Andrew Ryce at Resident Advisor gave a mostly positive review, but was ambivalent about its more "direct" style, noting "in this sharper relief, you can see the stitches in Voigt's usually seamless work."[12] Daniel Bromfield at Spectrum Culture called it "immovable, monolithic, not to be trifled with" but observed "there's little of the bewitching sound design of the original Gas records – nothing as evocative as the bell that glints at the edge of "Konigsforst 1", or the pneumatic sound effects that made Pop sound as if it had its own set of lungs."[14]

Exclaim! ranked Narkopop at number six on their Top 10 Dance and Electronic Albums of 2017 list.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl pressing[edit]

All tracks written by Wolfgang Voigt.

CD pressing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Untitled"4:52
2."Untitled"11:22
3."Untitled"4:24
4."Untitled"4:10
5."Untitled"6:47
6."Untitled"5:12
7."Untitled"9:17
8."Untitled"7:28
9."Untitled"7:58
10."Untitled"17:09
Total length:78:39

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 128
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 178

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sylvester, Daniel (April 17, 2017). "Gas: Narkopop". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Wolfgang Voigt Announces First New GAS Album in 17 Years". Pitchfork. March 15, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Hart, Otis (15 March 2017). "GAS, Wolfgang Voigt's Ambient Alias, Returns After 17 Years". NPR Music. National Public Radio. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Narkopop by Gas". Metacritic. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Simpson, Paul. "Narkopop – Gas". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  6. ^ O'Neal, Sean (April 21, 2017). "Wolfgang Voigt makes a forceful return to serenely ambient techno with his first Gas album in 17 years". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Male, Andrew (June 2017). "Gas: Narkopop". Mojo (283): 89.
  8. ^ Empire, Kitty (April 23, 2017). "Gas: Narkopop review – austere and immersive". The Observer. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Richardson, Mark (April 21, 2017). "Gas: Narkopop". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Dorsett, Andrew (April 19, 2017). "Gas: Narkopop". PopMatters. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  11. ^ Smith, Phil (June 2017). "Gas – Narkopop". Record Collector (467). Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Ryce, Andrew (April 27, 2017). "Gas – Narkopop". Resident Advisor. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "Gas: Narkopop". Uncut (241): 30. June 2017.
  14. ^ Bromfield, Daniel (April 24, 2017). "Gas: Narkopop". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  15. ^ "Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance and Electronic Albums". Exclaim!. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gas – Narkopop" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gas – Narkopop" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 April 2017.