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The Norman Records Top 50s of 2013

OK, so the year isn't yet done and in theory the best record of 2013 could well be released after this list of ours has been published. Blame Father Christmas and his lazy elves for making it commercially unviable for the music industry to release stuff in December.

Anyway, here's the best and most important music that we've heard this year so far. We've even prepared a Songdrop mix of the whole lot for you. Have a listen »

A quick word about our Album Of The Year. If the polarisation of opinion within Norman Records about this one is reflected outside Norman Records, you will either hate it or you will love it. This is not a record we all agree on. It's not even one where we've all 'agreed to disagree'. Several members of staff think it's genius. Several members of staff think that Phil has lost his marbles in choosing this as the official Norman Records AOTY and want nothing to do with it. We leave it to you, gentle listener, to decide.

Oh, and after you've done with this list of our why not go and check out The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2013, many of which you can buy from this page?

1. Album Of The Year!

Austerity Dogs
Sleaford Mods

10/10 according to our Nathon on

Months ago, back when I first started seeing this album on this site, I had it judged by its cover, title and band name. "Brilliant," I thought, "more wannabe 'Mod' twats selling that line about how important it is in working class culture to wear…view full details.

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2.

Pearl Mystic
Hookworms

10/10 according to our Mike on

Finally, it’s here! The record you’ve all been waiting for ever since that first EP/mini-album dropped on Sun Ark, Leeds’s very own Hookworms have their debut …view full details.

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3.

The Inheritors
Holden

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Ever since our office promo of the new Holden album turned up it’s never been too far from the office stereo, since it’s one of the rare records that everyone here can agree on - a lengthy voyage of…view full details.

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4.

Light Up Gold
Parquet Courts

10/10 according to our Mike on

I’m convinced this lot have impressed me before somewhere but this seems to be the first of their records we’ve stocked so who knows where I previously encountered them. That’s not important, though. What’s important is tha…view full details.

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5.

Field of Reeds
These New Puritans

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Okay, stop right there. Take everything you think you know about These New Puritans, throw it in the waste paper basket and let’s start again. One of my bigger gripes about modern day popular …view full details.

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6.

Floating Coffin
Thee Oh Sees

10/10 according to our Mike on

We have a dilemma here at Norman Towers this week - do we award our coveted Album of the Week trophy to The Knife’s ambitious and sprawling new 3LP masterpiece or this latest offering from Californian gara…view full details.

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7.

Excavation
The Haxan Cloak

9/10 according to our Ant on

The cover on this looks uncannily like a Prurient sleeve, an indicator to the darkness that lurks within. This is the follow up to the well received self titled debut from Bobby Krilc on Aurora Borealis. …view full details.

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8.

Engravings
Forest Swords

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

I just listened to the execrable new album from Money, or at least as much of it as the office could bear before Phil insisted I switch it off some way into track four. My despair has been eased somewhat by the fact t…view full details.

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9.

Restless Idylls
Tropic of Cancer

10/10 according to our Brian on

I don't really know whether Henry Miller was an influence insofar as their elegantly alluring moniker goes but this increasingly renowned LA-based artist Camella Lobo somehow produces incredibly erotic and sensual music from the most spartan ingre…view full details.

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10.

Still Smiling
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

The promo for this album turned up a few years ago and has been on fairly regular rotation here at Norman Towers ever since, with former Einsturzende Neubauten/Bad Seeds character…view full details.

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11.

Fuzz
Fuzz

10/10 according to our Mike on

Those of you who were a little put off by Ty Segall’s recent slow-down on the dreamy ‘Sleeper’ can put away your tissues and put on your air guitar shoes because Segall’s new trio …view full details.

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12.

Tomorrow's Harvest
Boards Of Canada

9/10 according to our Phil on

I’ve been waiting far too long for this moment being a massive fanboy but finally I get to hear the long awaited Boards of Canada album! I found ‘Campfire Headphase’ a bit of a letdow…view full details.

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13.

Weird Sister
Joanna Gruesome

9/10 according to our Brian on

"Heard it all before blah blah blah". I'd like to be all "whatevers" about this album but it's so damn lovable and exuberant that I'd feel like some schoolyard shithead that's just knocked the specs off some poor shy kid and stolen his Monster Mun…view full details.

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14.

Slow Focus
Fuck Buttons

10/10 according to our Mike on

Four years ago Fuck Buttons proved their phenomenal debut album was no fluke with a similarly amazing Weatherall-produced effort, and now for the first time th…view full details.

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15.

Factory Floor
Factory Floor

10/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Oh! Here’s the record that many of us have been waiting for for literally years. Yes, after what seems like an age of just putting out limited singles and EPs Factory Floor have finally taken the plunge an…view full details.

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16.

m b v
My Bloody Valentine

9/10 according to our Clinton on

It was the “where were you moment” for the ‘Loveless’ generation when My Bloody Valentine finally, halfway through Match Of The Day, decided enough is enough, it’s comi…view full details.

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17.

UHF
Hacker Farm

10/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Hacker Farm are a Somerset collective of experimental electronic mavericks who have been raising all the right eyebrows lately with their spooky glitchtronic pastoral weirdness. In my has…view full details.

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18.

Chance Of Rain
Laurel Halo

10/10 according to our Brian on

Quite a stylistic departure from her last celebrated long player is 'Chance of Rain', the new freaky stylus-eater to burst forth from the excitable neurons of Ms. Halo, NY’s gorgeous queen of warped techno. There's not any voc…view full details.

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19.

The Man Who Died In His Boat
Grouper

9/10 according to our Brian on

Well it's always nice when an artist you love casually unearths an entire album of unreleased material. Liz Harris is a favourite of many of us here, we love her somnolent ethereal ghost-folk and grainy drone-s…view full details.

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20.

Push The Sky Away
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

9/10 according to our Mike on

The evergreen Aussie troubadour Nick Cave is back this week with the latest offering from his all-star Bad Seeds. This one is based on a notebook of observations he made from the window of his Brighton home, and i…view full details.

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21.

Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile

8/10 according to our Mike on

I learned something today. I learned that Kurt Vile is not a pseudonym but in fact the actual name of popular singer and songwriter Kurt Vile. I know! Me neither! Anyway, Mr Vile’s got a new album out this w…view full details.

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22.

R Plus Seven
Oneohtrix Point Never

10/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

The prolific Daniel Lopatin is back this week with another Oneohtrix album, and this time he’s on Warp and I find myself in the difficult positio…view full details.

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23.

Shaking The Habitual
The Knife

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Oh gawd, look what I’ve landed on the review carousel today. None other than the welcome return of mysterious Swedish avant-techno-synth-poppers The Knife, a whopping seven years (is it really that long? I…view full details.

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24.

Berberian Sound Studio
Broadcast

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Peter Strickland’s new film Berberian Sound Studio - a thriller centring around a foley artist working on a ‘70s giallo film - looks completely fascinating but sadly I’ve not s…view full details.

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25.

Anthroprophh
Anthroprophh

9/10 according to our Mike on

I know from our sales figures that a lot of you are already pretty into cult UK psych titans The Heads, so you probably don’t need me to tell you that A…view full details.

26.

Exai
Autechre

9/10 according to our Ian on

Electronica legends Rob Brown and Sean Booth are back with their 11th long player and an extremely “long player” it is; clocking in at over two and a half hours it’s a pretty heavy listen! Over the last twenty years or so they ha…view full details.

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27.

II
Unknown Mortal Orchestra

8/10 according to our Brian on

I'm the only person in this office who doesn't seem to like Tame Impala all that much, these fellow antipodeans are more my bag. Although they appear to plough a similar furrow of hazy psychedelic pop, Unk…view full details.

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28.

Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach
Lantern

10/10 according to our Mike on

Sophomore Lounge are an interesting label - they’re so dizzyingly diverse that every time we get something new from them I have to re-evaluate them, but more often than not I love what they’re b…view full details.

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29.

Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune
Vision Fortune

9/10 according to our Mike on

Ah, what a treat! We were all well into Vision Fortune’s debut cassette a year or so back and now the hypno-punkers have got a full-length LP out, housed in one of the coolest sleeves I’ve seen in…view full details.

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30.

Vapor City
Machinedrum

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Machinedrum has a long and varied history, initially pricking our then soft Norman ears years back with a kind of Prefuse 73 like avant-hop style that won him some of our very spec…view full details.

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31.

Seasons of Your Day
Mazzy Star

8/10 according to our Clinton on

Flicking to the reviews pages of The Guardian this morning, I was curious to see what their take was of Mazzy Star’s long awaited return. Instead their feature album is by Jessie J. What hope is there? Anyway…view full details.

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32.

With Love
Zomby

9/10 according to our Clinton on

At last. When embarking on a reviewing marathon, it’s a challenge enough to try find a record you actually like. Phil has just wandered over with the new Zomby record. It’s a double album, 33 tracks …view full details.

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33.

New History Warfare Vol. 3 : To See More Light
Colin Stetson

9/10 according to our Mike on

Sax machine Colin Stetson has been turning ever more heads of late with his innovative and unique playing style, and finally this week we have the third in his ‘New History Warfare’ trilogy availab…view full details.

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34.

Nepenthe
Julianna Barwick

8/10 according to our Mike on

The wonderful Julianna Barwick has a new album out this week, allowing me to start my day of reviews in uncontroversial territory as the sun streams through the windows and she bathes us in her ethereal lovel…view full details.

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35.

Music For Smalls Lighthouse
Plinth

9/10 according to our Clinton on

I utterly love the packaging on these Claypipe Records releases. This one comes in a lovely full colour sleeve with booklet complete with stories, illustrations, etc. Frances Castle’s illustrations are just gor…view full details.

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36.

Drifters / Love Is The Devil
Dirty Beaches

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Dirty Beaches, aka Alex Zhung Hungtai, has been peddling his own peculiarly murky brand of outsider analogue driftpop and reverb-drenched Suicidey paranoia for a few years…view full details.

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37.

Fugitive
Sommet

9/10 according to our Mike on

Ooh, I’m liking this a lot. I don’t know a lot about Sommet and the press release isn’t giving a lot away but the sleeve to this LP indicates that this is the work of Clement Bonnet and Sebastien Rosat, who I’m assuming are…view full details.

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38.

Life Cycle Of A Massive Star
Roly Porter

9/10 according to our Ant on

The space concept album is as old as time, from Holst, Louis & Bebe Barron, Jeff Mills, …view full details.

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39.

Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I
Rashad Becker

9/10 according to our Ant on

I've been wildly curious about hearing this album after hearing Rashad Becker perform live at Islington Mill in Salford a few months ago. It was one of the strangest sounding performa…view full details.

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40.

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Mount Kimbie

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Despite its red herring sleeve featuring a big fat arse, Mount Kimbie’s ‘Crooks and Lovers’ was one of those slow burning classics, an unclassifiable post dubstep record which included e…view full details.

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41.

Slow Summits
The Pastels

9/10 according to our Ian on

It’s been 16 long years since the last proper Pastels studio album, after an interesting collaboration with Japanese popsters Tenniscoats and ‘The Last Great Wil…view full details.

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42.

Remember Your Black Day
Vatican Shadow

9/10 according to our Brian on

Don't know why I grabbed the latest transmission from uber-dark noise puppy Dominick Fearn Cotton? NO! His general "furious hamster" demeanour and perpetual exploration of the darker side of life often leaves me feeling fairly bleaked out if I'm o…view full details.

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43.

From Tomorrow
The Oscillation

9/10 according to our Brian on

There's so much psychedelia and spacerock around these days I constantly feel like I'm on drugs man. Now Loop have reformed there's no escape, The Heads were once the un-coolest band in th…view full details.

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44.

Phases & Repetition
LA Machine

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on

I don’t hear phaser on drums as often as I’d like. I don’t know why it’s not common practice ‘cause it sounds sick. ‘Phases & Repetition’ starts with phased drums and a dub heavy …view full details.

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45.

Incubation
Function

9/10 according to our Ant on

David Sumner has been recording and releasing records as Function  since 1996 when he first emerged on fellow NYC techno don Damon Wild's Synewave label and later went on to spawn his Infrastructure New Y…view full details.

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46.

Collected Works Vol. 1, The Moog Years
M. Geddes Gengras

9/10 according to our Ant on

Finally our copies of this absolute heart melting LP have arrived. M. Geddes Gengras has serious underground credentials, playing in …view full details.

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47.

Shadows
Maston

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

...And here’s another psych-pop record, this time from Maston, Frank Maston, who approaches the ‘60s sound from a hazy, haunted angle which is reminding me a little of the cottony-sounding muffled airiness of Candy Claws squeezed into …view full details.

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48.

Films & Windows
Lawrence

10/10 according to our Brian on

Been quite enamoured of this guy for a while, although his albums seem to be a little on the scarce side so I sadly don't own anything by him. However, this one is shaping up to be one of my favourite minimal albums of the modern age. Shak…view full details.

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49.

The House at Sea
Amor De Dias

9/10 according to our Clinton on

I’ve pulled back the blinds, the sun is streaming through and there is just the faintest glimpse that winter may be fading into a glorious spring. If that event does happen then I know exactly which album I will be sharing it with. First up,…view full details.

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50.

Popular People Do Popular People
The Prophet Hens

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Ah, this is what I’ve been after. The last few weeks have seen a slew of re-issues from bands of varying vintage emanating from New Zealand and they are all very good and we are always very nice and it’s good to see but it’s sooo…view full details.

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1. Single Of The Year!

The Red Wing
Fuck Buttons

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Following on from the universally acclaimed ‘Tarot Sport’, Fuck Buttons are pushing their sound in new and challenging directions with this sonic spaghetti of a new single. …view full details.

2.

EP
Moin

9/10 according to our Phil on

Moin AKA Raime have a new EP out following their split single with Pete Swanson. I don’t remember hearing that one so this is new music to my ears. I didn’t get the Raime a…view full details.

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3.

Changes (James Blake Harmonimix)
Mala

9/10 according to our Mike on

Here’s an exciting record which we probably won’t have on our shelves for very long - it’s a one-sided white label where two very different modern bass music icons meet head-to-head as James …view full details.

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4.

Study Series 09 'Projections'
Listening Center / Pye Corner Audio

9/10 according to our Ian on

Ghost Box crack out another great Study Series seven incher, this time with New York's Listening Center. ‘Titoli’ is a super analogue synth pop tune in the same vein as one tim…view full details.

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5.

Barbarian Kings / Black Tuna Gang
Morgan Delt

10/10 according to our Mike on

This is deeply psychedelic. I’ve not come across Morgan Delt before today but I just put the needle down on this record and there’s all sorts of weirdness going on, backwards guitar melodies, crazy processed vocals and woozy rhythms ki…view full details.

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6.

Stonegoat / Dreambuilding
Goat

9/10 according to our Mike on

Oh, hello! I’m sure Goat need no introduction by now since the blogs and broadsheets alike are in thrall to their unique blend of classic psych rock and African rhythms, bursting onto the scene fully-formed…view full details.

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7.

Dimensions
Ghostwriter

9/10 according to our Phil on

Yo Yo Yo! I was most looking forward to this 7”. We got emailed about it, I got all excited, I got distracted by something shiny and then forgot about it, today it turns up and I’m excited again. It really happened just like that. This…view full details.

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8.

Tally All the Things That You Broke
Parquet Courts

9/10 according to our Brian on

Our Mike was one of countless indie yank-rock aficionados who couldn't get enough of their smash hit second album 'Light Up Gold', the first to ignite hefty interest beyond their NY homebase. I was fairly impressed too as they mine a certain rough…view full details.

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9.

Hang On to Life / No Real Friend
Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on

Can’t say I was over the moon with the last Ariel Pink record or the lacklustre gig I witnessed at the Brudenell last summer plus Mexican Summer ain’t the la…view full details.

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10.

From Above
Death And Vanilla

Fresh from an appearance in many critics / stores’ 2012 “Albums of the Year” with their incredible self-titled debut, Sweden’s ‘Death and Vanilla’ release their first 45 with The GPS late Jan. The mighty “…view full details.

11.

Pink Gorilla
White Fence

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Prolific garage psych dude Tim “White Fence” Presley is back with another 7” to get us all warmed up for his forthcoming album ‘Cyclops Reap’. On the A side there’s &lsq…view full details.

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12.

Sleigh Ride/ You Won't See Me
Fuzz

9/10 according to our Mike on

Not satisfied with bestriding the garage rock world like a colossus with his solo work, Ty Segall has formed another band. This one’s called Fuzz and as you would expect they’re loud and distorted. I t…view full details.

13.

Fragment#5
The Declining Winter

9/10 according to our Ian on

Here’s a new 10” by The Declining Winter who’ve been been away from the scene for couple of years at least. Lazy boys and girls!! Well now they are back and here’s a limited release which is part of a series of 12 records o…view full details.

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14.

Radio Tokyo
Hookworms

9/10 according to our Mike on

Currently riding high on a wave of critical and public acclaim, Leeds’ psychedelic heroes Hookworms return this week with a 7” on Too Pure featuring two brand new cuts not included on their ‘Pear…view full details.

15.

Venoyn
Dalglish

9/10 according to our Ant on

Chris Douglas makes a welcome return to his Dalglish handle with the first new material under the alia…view full details.

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16.

Sunderberry Dream / 21st Century Schizoid Man
Fuzz

9/10 according to our Mike on

Ty Segall’s other band, Fuzz, drop 7” number three this week on In The Red. On the A side we’ve got ‘Sunderberry Dream’. Not …view full details.

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17.

El Portal EP
Anthony Naples

8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

We’ve got some very tasteful techno in this week from the mysterious Anthony Naples, last seen remixing Fourtet and this time showing off his minimal skills in a quartet of crisp, warm and restr…view full details.

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18.

Colours To Life
Temples

8/10 according to our Li'l Biz on

Might as well not even bother reviewing this as it’s shitting out... If you managed to grab the coloured vinyl version you no doubt have a collector's item on your hands. Heavenly have managed to snag themselves the UK’s answer…view full details.

19.

Airglow Fires
Lone

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on

The new Lone (a.k.a Matt Cutler) single is banging! If you thought last year’s ‘Galaxy Garden’ was killer then you’re totally gonna dig this. It takes the fundamental sonic template laid d…view full details.

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20.

The Sound Of Salvation
Klaus Johann Grobe

9/10 according to our Mike on

Here’s a very limited 10” of very good krautrock from the young and mysterious Swiss duo Klaus Johann Grobe, who have come from nowhere with this homemade collection of repeato-pop gems which instantly ooze quality. The formula is pret…view full details.

21.

The Conversation
The Jellies

9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on

I’ve heard this track being talked up before and a rare treat it is too. Originally self released back in ‘81 this track is one of only two known recording by the group (the first ‘Jive Baby On A Saturday Night’ was re-rele…view full details.

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22.

Don't Look Back, That's Not Where You're Going
Inga Copeland

8/10 according to our Clinton on

Nothing...Not. A. Sausage. No band name, no title. Just a picture of a girl. Please put your names on your records. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Any teaching assistants out there - do you despair when the children don&rsq…view full details.

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23.

The Sun Behind The Sun
The Dead Sea Apes & Black Tempest

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

At first I thought this record was a split between soundtracky doom-mongers Dead Sea Apes and cosmic tinkerer Black Tempest, but actually it’s a collaborative LP where everyone plays on all the songs. We j…view full details.

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24.

Empty Avenues
John Foxx & The Belbury Circle

8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Influential electronic pop veteran John Foxx teams up with Ghost Box’s finest on this latest EP, which sees Jim “Belbury Poly” Jup…view full details.

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25.

WWPRD
Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Standing for “What Would Pussy Riot Do?” This is a call to arms from Jeffrey Lewis and pals for bands to think first before involving themselves in the likes of corporate sponsorship and basically no…view full details.

26.

EP1
SQURL

9/10 according to our Mike on

This is a picture disc which comes in a picture sleeve (and a very cool postcard as well) - you’ve got to admire the effort but an opaque sleeve does render the picture disc a little bit pointless. Still, who’s to quibble? It looks ver…view full details.

27.

Fizz
Powell

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Here we have the latest EP from Oscar Powell who has caused a bit of commotion with his previous releases and this new one on Mute will live up to the excitement caused. He produces a kind of throbbing, technoid dark wave with pulsating bass and i…view full details.

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28.

Split
Meddicine / Vision Fortune

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Here’s a split EP from the reliable Italian Beach Babes which pairs up analogue babe Meddicine with hypno-fuzzers Vision Fortune whose casse…view full details.

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29.

False Jesii Pt 2 / Oh Joel
Sauna Youth

9/10 according to our Mike on

Sauna Youth are one of the most interesting UK indie rock bands doing the rounds at the moment and I’m never really sure what to expect from them …view full details.

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30.

Silencer
Helm

9/10 according to our Ant on

Luke Younger follows up his excellent PAN debut album ‘Impossible Symmetry’ with his second release for the label. Here we have four trips further into darkened zones with the …view full details.

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31.

Madwoman
Cut Hands

9/10 according to our Ant on

Former Whitehouse speaker shredder William Bennett returns as Cut Hands following last years 12" for B…view full details.

32.

The Instinct
Mark McGuire

10/10 according to our Mike on

Mark McGuire of Emeralds/Inner Tube/Mark McGuire fame is back this week with this LP on New Images which consists of two side-long meditations, ‘The Instinct’ and &lsquo…view full details.

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33.

Topshop EP
Teardrop Factory

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Limited to just 300 copies, this is the debut effort from a Brighton group who are in thrall to all our sloppy indie rock heroes yet bring their own slant to the proceedings. Opener ‘Better Company’ is a tuneful little thing with a mel…view full details.

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34.

Interpretations
Perc & Einstürzende Neubauten

9/10 according to our Ant on

Ginger scouser Cilla black sung “Life is full of surprises”. Well there are no surprise surprises here - when you read the names Perc and …view full details.

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35.

Sugarcrush
Joanna Gruesome

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Joanna Gruesome’s ace debut LP ‘Weird Sister’ has been selling by the bucketload (and deservedly so), and they’re riding that wave of attention with another solid effort in the form of …view full details.

36.

Surface Noise
L. Pierre

9/10 according to our Mike on

Aidan Moffat’s most recent L Pierre album impressed me a lot, displaying a genuine knack for understated sampledelica in the former Arab Strap…view full details.

37.

Poison Apple
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

8/10 according to our Mike on

Here’s the new single from the elusive and heavily hyped Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats (are they just calling themselves Uncle Acid now?), ahead of next month’s new album. ‘Pois…view full details.

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38.

Ocean Penis / Can't Wait
Bikes

10/10 according to our Mike on

Oh lordy, look what just arrived. It’s the latest haul from Goodbye Boozy! There’s three singles from them this week by Drags, Sick Thought…view full details.

39.

The Study Series 10: Message and Method
Belbury Poly and Spacedog

9/10 according to our Mike on

Phil just told me this is the last of the Ghost Box ‘Study Series’ 7”s. What will they do now? They’ll be at a loose end. “They’ll just have to bring some other records out I guess,” proffers Phil, “…view full details.

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40.

Voyages
CN

9/10 according to our Mike on

Norway’s Stian Gjevik has been wowing everyone of late with his ecstatic neo-acid house alias EOD, and on this new 12” he’s back to another of his alter-egos, CN,…view full details.

41.

Dark Acid II
Various

9/10 according to our Mike on

The first of these Dark Acid collections on Clan Destine sold out really fast and had to be repressed (and rightly so ‘cause it’s ace) and now here’s another with…view full details.

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42.

Steam EP
Boddika

180 gram vinyl only release. Tracks: a Boddika - Steam b Boddika - Heat c Boddika - Black d Boddika - Crack…view full details.

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43.

0898 / Welcome To The Machine
Beak>

ltd to 1000 copies exclusively released for Record Store Day 2013. side a) '0898' was recorded in the sessions for their 2nd (>>) album - is a live favourite and has never been released on Vinyl before side b) 'Welcome to the Mach…view full details.

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44.

EP1
Necro Deathmort

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

London bleaktronica duo Necro Deathmort have been turning heads with a succession of CD releases in recent years but now they’ve finally taken the step to vinyl with this EP1, six tracks of their pi…view full details.

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45.

Scheming Things
The 15 Dead Minutes

9/10 according to our Mike on

The reliable Trensmat this week follow their recent techno-bangin’ Gnod 12” with this lengthy debut EP from The 15 Dead Minutes, a trio whose “post-electro, n…view full details.

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46.

Repulsion
Burma Camp

9/10 according to our Ant on

Avian sub-label Mira is really coming into its own, with artists seemingly preferring to operate under new aliases for their contributions to the label; …view full details.

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47.

Set You Free / Disappearing Ink
Triptides / Laser Background

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

We’ve got this split 7” this week from office favourites Triptides and Laser Background, who I’ve never heard of. I’m listening to the Laser Backgro…view full details.

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48.

n-Dimensional Analysis
Mark Fell

9/10 according to our Ant on

Mute's Liberation Technologies imprint is shaping up to be quite a label with releases from …view full details.

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49.

Metrics
Yves De Mey

9/10 according to our Ant on

It's a crime that this is only the third solo release from Yves De Mey as this guy is an excellent producer. Last heard on the now defunct …view full details.

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50.

Featherman
The See See

8/10 according to our Clinton on

Sometimes I think I’d have been better off living in the ‘60s. I’d have been one groovy guy, until of course I grew the moustache but we’ll not talk about that. It seems the minute a ‘60s sounding disc comes of the ra…view full details.

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1. Reissue Of The Year!

Flowers Of Evil
Ruth White

9/10 according to our Ant on

I honestly can't think of a finer record than this that has passed through the walls in all the years I've been working at Norman Records. For me to score this holy grail on vinyl is an absolute joy. I gotta give props to the Creel Pone…view full details.

2.

Blade Runner
Vangelis

9/10 according to our Ian on

This is truly the greatest soundtrack ever created, the now legendary Vangelis-produced ‘Blade Runner’ OST has made a long awaited comeback to the world of vinyl and it is worth the wait. Interspe…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £26.39
3.

Vinyl Box Set
Can

17 piece vinyl set on 180g vinyl, housed in a linen wrapped box.  The artwork for the individual albums is all in its original form, the box includes five posters and a 20 p…view full details.

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4.

Betrayed in the Octagon
Oneohtrix Point Never

10/10 according to our Brett on

Oneohtrix Point Never took us by surprise the other day. I stuck it on thinking it sounded pretty intriguing from the label's description (often a dangerous thing to trust as I'm sure you all know) and it blew us all right away, sugars. Opening…view full details.

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5.

Solaris - Original Soundtrack
Edward Artemiev

8/10 according to our Mike on

It’s fair to say we love our old film soundtracks here at Norman, so I’m delighted to get my teeth into this new vinyl pressing (for the first time ever) of Edward Artemiev’s score to Tarkovsky’s influential 1972 sci-fi cla…view full details.

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6.

Music Has The Right To Children
Boards Of Canada

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Here we have a vinyl re-press of one of the most lauded electronic albums of all time and certainly one that could be considered a ‘game changer’. Their particular brand of bleached out, saturated music is much copied but as this years…view full details.

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7.

The Fog
John Carpenter

Death Waltz is set to release a double vinyl album of THE FOG which includes the original movie score as released in 1984, along with a bonus vinyl including all of the original movie cues which have never been made available on vin…view full details.

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    Double vinyl LP £26.99
8.

The Conet Project: Recordings Of Shortwave Numbers Stations
Various

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Here’s a head-scrambling 5CD collection (the original 4CD set plus a book and a newly added fifth CD) of recordings of shortwave numbers stations called The Conet Project, which has had me thinking increasingly paranoid thoughts for the last…view full details.

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    CD box set £48.99
9.

Another Thought
Arthur Russell

9/10 according to our Mike on

Here’s the first ever vinyl pressing of Arthur Russell’s ‘Another Thought’, a posthumous collection compiled from 800 tape reels recorded between 1982 and ‘90. What’s immedia…view full details.

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    Double vinyl LP £17.99
10.

Hosianna Mantra
Popol Vuh

With its religious theme it shouldn't be heretic to consider Hosianna Mantra as a small miracle. Suddenly the dark, unmelodic Popol Vuh offer us an incredibly beautiful work of amazing gothic folk that, this time, fit perfectly in the P…view full details.

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11.

Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong
Woo

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Woo are one of those bands who, from the sound that they make, and their longevity, I should know about. But I didn’t...until very recently. They came to my attention via their excellent split 7” with …view full details.

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12.

The Last House on The Left
David Alexander Hess

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Here’s the latest product of the current horror soundtrack reissue boom; a deluxe reissue of the score to Wes Craven’s grisly classic ‘The Last House On The Left’, unusually written and performed by the film’s star an…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £15.99
13.

The Complete LHI Recordings
Honey Ltd

* Another GEM from the LHI catalogue.  * First time ever reissued * Comprehensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley interviewing all four band members * Unseen photos …view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £18.09
14.

Riddles Of The Sphinx
Mike Ratledge

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Here’s a fascinating discovery from Mordant Music, a synthesizer score from 1977 to Laura Mulvey’s experimental film ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’, performed by S…view full details.

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15.

LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition)
The Breeders

4AD announce The Breeders’ ‘Last Splash’ 20th anniversary CD and vinyl sets.  ‘LSXX’ will be available as a deluxe three CD package and seven d…view full details.

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    CD box set £19.79, Deluxe vinyl LP box set £82.49
16.

In Utero - 20th Anniversary - Deluxe
Nirvana

10/10 according to our Mike on

Once a grunge kid, always a grunge kid. Nirvana’s painfully prescient swansong ‘In Utero’ came out 20 years ago, which is making me feel old. I was only 11 when poor Kurt shuffled off the mortal co…view full details.

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    CD £14.69, CD box set £86.99
17.

Cyborgs Revisited
Simply Saucer

Original 1974-75 recordings by Canadian PROTO-PUNK LEGENDS, Simply Saucer!! Formed in Hamilton Ontario in 1973, Simply Saucer played a “Rust Belt” style of proto-punk shared by bands like The Stooges, the Electric Eels and P…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £16.49
18.

BBC Radiophonic Music
BBC Radiophonic Workshop

10/10 according to our Ant on

Necessary vinyl reissues of this pair of classic LP’s from the legendary British institute that is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. These LP’s have been unavailable individually on vinyl…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £17.79
19.

The Radiophonic Workshop
BBC Radiophonic Workshop

10/10 according to our Ant on

Necessary vinyl reissues of this pair of classic LP’s from the legendary British institute that is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. These LP’s have been unavailable individually on vinyl in t…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £17.79
20.

Docteur Faust
Igor Wakhevitch

Housed in a fantastic and menacing sci-fi cover courtesy of Druillet and bearing the famous dedication: "A mes grands amis Robert Wyatt et Mick Rattledge", Wakhevitch's second album was a step beyond it's predecessor into a music alchemy that defi…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £22.99
21.

Day Of The Dead (Original Score)
John Harrison

9/10 according to our Mike on

What a treat! The 2LP soundtracks to George Romero’s ‘Day Of The Dead’ just hit our office, with one LP on lurid yellow and the other on a spooky green marble. It’s in a chunky thick gatefold with lengthy liner notes from t…view full details.

22.

Drakelow EP
epic45

9/10 according to our Brian on

This was a bit of a milestone in the E45 back catalogue as it centred greatly on their instrumental electronica constructing capabilities and much less on the chiming pastoral post-rock they won their fan-base …view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £9.99
23.

Sex Power
Vangelis

9/10 according to our Mike on

Here’s an intriguing reissue, well timed to coincide with the deluxe new ‘Blade Runner’ pressing is a very limited repress of Vangelis’s debut ‘Sex Power’, originally relea…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £27.99
24.

The Garden
Silver Apples

9/10 according to our Phil on

I'm enjoying this SILVER APPLES reissue jobber on Bully Records of Canada. Only got the vinyl here but to be honest vinyl is the only format you'd want for this beast. This is the missing 3rd album issued for the 2nd time (it came out about…view full details.

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25.

Nommos
Craig Leon

9/10 according to our Phil on

I checked a bit of this online a few weeks ago and it sounded so awesome that I decided to get a few in to see if you, the general public agree. One thing I didn’t realise about this release is that it originally came out on …view full details.

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26.

Vehicle
The Clean

8/10 according to our Clinton on

Christ on a sausage, I remember this album from my penny pinched youth when I would veer into Newcastle Our Price and raid the cheap cassette section. Everything for a pound was quite a bargain back then when we all had to pay if we wanted to list…view full details.

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27.

Batsumi
Batsumi

8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Here’s a reissue of some classic African jazz from 1974, the latest in Matsuli’s series of rare Afro-jazz reissues. This Sowetan eight-piece put together an urgent, throbbing sound with pulsating rhythms on traditional and trap drums, …view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £13.99
28.

Visions Of The Country
Robbie Basho

8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Out of print for 35 years until Gnome Life decided to resurrect it, here’s the late, great Robbie Basho’s 1978 album ‘Visions of the Country’ making a welc…view full details.

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29.

The Piano: Music From The Motion Picture
Michael Nyman

Continuing with celebrating 40 years of disruption of the Virgin Records label, we’re pressing a very limited number of the some of the labels land mark albums as single and double vinyl LPs.…view full details.

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30.

Hardcore Vol: 1
Devo

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

This is a bit special. Superior Viaduct have only gone and done a first ever vinyl pressing of DEVO’s Hardcore Vol I and Hardcore Vol II, with three LPs worth of…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £19.59
31.

Hardcore Vol: 2
Devo

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

This is a bit special. Superior Viaduct have only gone and done a first ever vinyl pressing of DEVO’s Hardcore Vol I and Hardcore Vol II, with three LPs worth of…view full details.

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    Double vinyl LP £23.89
32.

Cleaners From Venus Vol.2
Cleaners From Venus

The legendary lo-fi band Cleaners from Venus formed in the small town of Wivenhoe, southeast England at the turn of 1980s by Martin Newell. The man, the myth, but to rock singer and part-time kitchen porter with a love of sunny 1960s po…view full details.

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    CD box set £28.19
33.

Acropolis Now
Thee Mighty Caesars

Thee Mighty Caesars were  formed by Billy Childish in 1985 after the demise of The Milkshakes. They influenced many American bands, especially The Mummies, and Sub Pop groups. They were arguably the group that brought about the res…view full details.

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34.

Missing Foundation
Missing Foundation

In the 1980′s, New York City was a dismal wasteland filled with urban decay and creative miracles. It was only a matter of time before the suits saw an investment opportunity, with cash in hand they bought off NYC and started the criminal ge…view full details.

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35.

Cease To Exist
Sacher-Pelz (Maurizio Bianchi)

Before starting the complex and compelling production of many records and tapes in the early eighties under the M.B. trademark, Maurizio Bianchi was documenting the new music scene writing essays and reviews for independent magazines. I…view full details.

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36.

Golem
Sand

The present album is a reissue of Golem, the legendary album from the cosmic and psychedelic genius that is Sand. Factory-noise, riveting hammers from the dockyards,agricultural machines, Starfighters low level flights, land manoeuvres …view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £25.09, Vinyl LP £26.59
37.

They Live
John Carpenter

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Well this is exciting. Death Waltz’s Carpenterpallooza continues with the soundtrack to his bleakly satirical dystopian sci-fi romp ‘They Live’, which you might remember saw wrestling icon …view full details.

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38.

Rounds
Four Tet (Fourtet)

9/10 according to our Phil on

Hi Folks, Clinton here. First up in our mega review fest this week we have the new album by Fourtet. Well its not up to the standard of 'Pause'. Its pretty good, mind. The boy Hebden sure knows his way around a tu…view full details.

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39.

Soak The Saddle
Arab On Radar

New repress of Arab On Radar's breakthrough album. Powerful and cathartic, ARAB ON RADAR is a unique and unprecedented brand of psycho-neurological terrorism. This is Arab on Radar's third full length. Few rock bands carry the intensity th…view full details.

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40.

Primitive Calculators
Primitive Calculators

The holy grail of the 70’s Punk/Synth-Punk Australian scène is now reissued in its original form for the first time on vinyl !  Desire is proud to release the very first Primitive Calculators debut a…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £18.09
41.

Volume, Contrast, Brilliance
The Monochrome Set

Recorded between 1979 & 1981 and originally released in 1983 this hugely rewarding record acted as a round up of the group's career to date and was of immeasurable value to fans. It?s aged well, too. Comprising of A and B sides from…view full details.

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42.

Natty Locks Dub
Winston Edwards

Recorded at Lee Perry’s Black Ark and Joe Gibbs’ state of the art recording complex on Retirement Crescent ‘Natty Locks Dub’ is one of the holy grails of dub. Unavailable since its original 197…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £7.99
43.

Zaireeka
The Flaming Lips

Fans and critics agree that this is one of the most important and invigorating experimental albums in contemporary pop music. Four discs, designed to be played on cue and simultaneously, producing nothing short of a live performance effect. Remast…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP box set £62.99
44.

Home Aged & The 18 Month Hope
COUM Transmissions

7/10 according to our Clinton on

Opening (unbelievably) with an interview between a stuffy of-the-era BBC type and a very, very camp Genesis P- Orridge on Humberside radio in 1973,  this is a collection of unheard recordings from the …view full details.

45.

Earth Horns with Electronic Drones
Yoshi Wada

9/10 according to our Ant on

Over the last few years drone music seems to have been slowly gaining momentum and popularity. At one point the market become so over saturated it seemed like every other release turning up was a drone record and I really got fed up with the whole…view full details.

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    Triple vinyl LP £46.49, CD £15.79
46.

Rembrandt Pussyhorse
Butthole Surfers

Latino Bugger Veil presents the long-awaited vinyl reissues of Butthole Surfers’ first four full-length albums.Originally released between 1984 and 1988, these classic and influential LPs capture the band at their peak, drawing fr…view full details.

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47.

The Bride Of Frankenstein OST
Franz Waxman

8/10 according to our Phil on

Horror film soundtrack time! Seeing as though everyone is shitting themselves left right and center to either release or buy horror soundtracks you can now sorta hear where it all started with this spanky new reissue of The …view full details.

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48.

Eleven : Eleven
Come

"Enthralling, like watching someone howl into a rainstorm." - David Browne, Entertainment Weekly COME. A cornerstone of the Glitterhouse and Beggar's stable 20 years ago. A band that requires no introduction, but here's one for the uniniti…view full details.

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    CD £16.49, Vinyl LP box set £37.09
49.

Bitter Suites
U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Those marvellous people at Holidays have sent us a couple more records this week which I’m pleased about because their output is at worst interesting. This one here is a deluxe reissue of an LP or…view full details.

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50.

Rip It Up
Orange Juice

Domino reissue four classic albums from Orange Juice, Glasgow’s finest purveyors of the Sound Of Young Scotland who, led by Edwyn Collins, blazed a trail of self-reliance and literate pop writing. …view full details.

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1. Top Selling Record Of The Year!

Pearl Mystic
Hookworms

10/10 according to our Mike on

Finally, it’s here! The record you’ve all been waiting for ever since that first EP/mini-album dropped on Sun Ark, Leeds’s very own Hookworms have their debut …view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £12.49, CD £8.79
2.

Tomorrow's Harvest
Boards Of Canada

9/10 according to our Phil on

I’ve been waiting far too long for this moment being a massive fanboy but finally I get to hear the long awaited Boards of Canada album! I found ‘Campfire Headphase’ a bit of a letdow…view full details.

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    Double vinyl LP £18.49, CD £9.69
3.

The Man Who Died In His Boat
Grouper

9/10 according to our Brian on

Well it's always nice when an artist you love casually unearths an entire album of unreleased material. Liz Harris is a favourite of many of us here, we love her somnolent ethereal ghost-folk and grainy drone-s…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £12.59, CD £11.89
4.

m b v
My Bloody Valentine

9/10 according to our Clinton on

It was the “where were you moment” for the ‘Loveless’ generation when My Bloody Valentine finally, halfway through Match Of The Day, decided enough is enough, it’s comi…view full details.

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5.

Blade Runner
Vangelis

9/10 according to our Ian on

This is truly the greatest soundtrack ever created, the now legendary Vangelis-produced ‘Blade Runner’ OST has made a long awaited comeback to the world of vinyl and it is worth the wait. Interspe…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £26.39
6.

Kveikur
Sigur Ros

9/10 according to our Ian on

Norman Records have given me the absolute honour of saying a few words about the new Sigur Ros album ‘Kveikur’, perks of the job indeed. Now down to a three piece after the departure of keyboard/g…view full details.

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    CD £9.49, Double vinyl LP £16.79, Triple vinyl LP £20.99
7.

Light Up Gold
Parquet Courts

10/10 according to our Mike on

I’m convinced this lot have impressed me before somewhere but this seems to be the first of their records we’ve stocked so who knows where I previously encountered them. That’s not important, though. What’s important is tha…view full details.

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8.

From Above
Death And Vanilla

Fresh from an appearance in many critics / stores’ 2012 “Albums of the Year” with their incredible self-titled debut, Sweden’s ‘Death and Vanilla’ release their first 45 with The GPS late Jan. The mighty “…view full details.

9.

Slow Focus
Fuck Buttons

10/10 according to our Mike on

Four years ago Fuck Buttons proved their phenomenal debut album was no fluke with a similarly amazing Weatherall-produced effort, and now for the first time th…view full details.

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    CD £9.99
10.

Stonegoat / Dreambuilding
Goat

9/10 according to our Mike on

Oh, hello! I’m sure Goat need no introduction by now since the blogs and broadsheets alike are in thrall to their unique blend of classic psych rock and African rhythms, bursting onto the scene fully-formed…view full details.

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    7" vinyl £5.19
11.

Beautiful Rewind
Four Tet (Fourtet)

8/10 according to our Clinton on

The new way to release records seems to be with as little fanfare as possible. Just ‘drop’ it when no-ones looking and let the fans clamour themselves silly. Fourtet is a busy man, and gives the impression…view full details.

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12.

Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile

8/10 according to our Mike on

I learned something today. I learned that Kurt Vile is not a pseudonym but in fact the actual name of popular singer and songwriter Kurt Vile. I know! Me neither! Anyway, Mr Vile’s got a new album out this w…view full details.

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13.

The Invisible Way
Low

8/10 according to our Clinton on

There is no such thing as a bad Low album, just good, very good and mediocre. Their last effort ‘C’mon‘ had a few killer songs but also a fair few forgettable ones. It seems since the wild experim…view full details.

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14.

Excavation
The Haxan Cloak

9/10 according to our Ant on

The cover on this looks uncannily like a Prurient sleeve, an indicator to the darkness that lurks within. This is the follow up to the well received self titled debut from Bobby Krilc on Aurora Borealis. …view full details.

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15.

Engravings
Forest Swords

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

I just listened to the execrable new album from Money, or at least as much of it as the office could bear before Phil insisted I switch it off some way into track four. My despair has been eased somewhat by the fact t…view full details.

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16.

EOD Volume 1
EOD

10/10 according to our Brian on

This Norwegian electronica super-kind has already amazed us with recent EPs 'Utrecht' and 'Questionmarks', the latter possibly still available from the label in America, the former sold out its two pressings on the amazing 030303 imprint in record…view full details.

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Austerity Dogs
Sleaford Mods

10/10 according to our Nathon on

Months ago, back when I first started seeing this album on this site, I had it judged by its cover, title and band name. "Brilliant," I thought, "more wannabe 'Mod' twats selling that line about how important it is in working class culture to wear…view full details.

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18.

Weird Sister
Joanna Gruesome

9/10 according to our Brian on

"Heard it all before blah blah blah". I'd like to be all "whatevers" about this album but it's so damn lovable and exuberant that I'd feel like some schoolyard shithead that's just knocked the specs off some poor shy kid and stolen his Monster Mun…view full details.

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19.

Solaris - Original Soundtrack
Edward Artemiev

8/10 according to our Mike on

It’s fair to say we love our old film soundtracks here at Norman, so I’m delighted to get my teeth into this new vinyl pressing (for the first time ever) of Edward Artemiev’s score to Tarkovsky’s influential 1972 sci-fi cla…view full details.

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20.

Floating Coffin
Thee Oh Sees

10/10 according to our Mike on

We have a dilemma here at Norman Towers this week - do we award our coveted Album of the Week trophy to The Knife’s ambitious and sprawling new 3LP masterpiece or this latest offering from Californian gara…view full details.

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21.

Mind Control
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

9/10 according to our Mike on

Uncle Acid's previous album ‘Blood Lust’ triggered a flipper frenzy, with some copies of the first pressing going for frankly insulting prices on Discogs and eBay as collectors scrambled over one another to get a piece of the pie. I gu…view full details.

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    CD £11.49, Double vinyl LP £19.79
22.

Inform Educate Entertain
Public Service Broadcasting

8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Here, finally, is the debut full-length from the acclaimed duo Public Service Broadcasting, who build accessible post-rocky pop instrumentals around archival samples from wartime broadcasts…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £15.69, CD £10.59, DVD £11.39
23.

Axis (Boys Noize Remix)
Pet Shop Boys

Oh, excitement! There’s a box here from the Pet Shop Boys’ new label x2 containing this indies only 12” single and their brand new album ‘Electric’. After last year’s …view full details.

24.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2; Experimental German Rock and Electronic Musik 1971
Various

9/10 according to our Mike on

Sadly I missed the boat on the first of these awesome kraut comps on Soul Jazz, which is now long gone, but it only takes the most cursory glance at the tracklist to tell I’m in for a fun time here. There…view full details.

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    CD £11.09, Double vinyl LP £13.49
25.

Shaking The Habitual
The Knife

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Oh gawd, look what I’ve landed on the review carousel today. None other than the welcome return of mysterious Swedish avant-techno-synth-poppers The Knife, a whopping seven years (is it really that long? I…view full details.

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26.

The Cosmic Dead
The Cosmic Dead

8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Leeds psych label Cardinal Fuzz seem to be making quite a name for themselves over the past few months with mega-limited releases from the likes of The Heads and Hookworms…view full details.

27.

Les Revenants Soundtrack
Mogwai

8/10 according to our Ian on

Mogwai have been hard working boys recently, with the sounds of ‘Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will’ still ringing in our ears they’ve come back with this original soundtrack for French TV zo…view full details.

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28.

Radio Tokyo
Hookworms

9/10 according to our Mike on

Currently riding high on a wave of critical and public acclaim, Leeds’ psychedelic heroes Hookworms return this week with a 7” on Too Pure featuring two brand new cuts not included on their ‘Pear…view full details.

29.

Flowers Of Evil
Ruth White

9/10 according to our Ant on

I honestly can't think of a finer record than this that has passed through the walls in all the years I've been working at Norman Records. For me to score this holy grail on vinyl is an absolute joy. I gotta give props to the Creel Pone…view full details.

30.

The Inheritors
Holden

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Ever since our office promo of the new Holden album turned up it’s never been too far from the office stereo, since it’s one of the rare records that everyone here can agree on - a lengthy voyage of…view full details.

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31.

Seasons of Your Day
Mazzy Star

8/10 according to our Clinton on

Flicking to the reviews pages of The Guardian this morning, I was curious to see what their take was of Mazzy Star’s long awaited return. Instead their feature album is by Jessie J. What hope is there? Anyway…view full details.

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32.

Colours To Life
Temples

8/10 according to our Li'l Biz on

Might as well not even bother reviewing this as it’s shitting out... If you managed to grab the coloured vinyl version you no doubt have a collector's item on your hands. Heavenly have managed to snag themselves the UK’s answer…view full details.

33.

Tennis Court EP
Lorde

Enigmatic 16-year old star in the making ‘Lorde’ is Ella Yelich O’Connor from New Zealand. Inspired by the likes of Burial, James Blake and David Lynch films – she’s inventing her own sou…view full details.

34.

Fuzz
Fuzz

10/10 according to our Mike on

Those of you who were a little put off by Ty Segall’s recent slow-down on the dreamy ‘Sleeper’ can put away your tissues and put on your air guitar shoes because Segall’s new trio …view full details.

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35.

Anthroprophh
Anthroprophh

9/10 according to our Mike on

I know from our sales figures that a lot of you are already pretty into cult UK psych titans The Heads, so you probably don’t need me to tell you that A…view full details.

36.

Hookworms
Hookworms

9/10 according to our Mike on

Here's what our Mike had to say when the tape first came out on Sun Ark in 2011:   Yeeeeah!! Here we have the long-anticipated audio cassette from Leeds's finest psychedelic upstarts, Hookworms, who are full of nice people who…view full details.

37.

Factory Floor
Factory Floor

10/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

Oh! Here’s the record that many of us have been waiting for for literally years. Yes, after what seems like an age of just putting out limited singles and EPs Factory Floor have finally taken the plunge an…view full details.

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38.

Poison Apple
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

8/10 according to our Mike on

Here’s the new single from the elusive and heavily hyped Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats (are they just calling themselves Uncle Acid now?), ahead of next month’s new album. ‘Pois…view full details.

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39.

EOD Volume 2
EOD

9/10 according to our Mike on

Is it just me or is acid back with a vengeance lately? There’s been all sorts of ace comps, the new Ceephax is devastatingly good, Clan Destine have made a very strong …view full details.

40.

Modern Vampires Of The City
Vampire Weekend

6/10 according to our Clinton on

I’ve heard so many good reports of Vampire Weekend’s new record that I was literally chomping at the bit to hear it. All of which evaporated in a tick at limp opener ‘Obvious Bicycle&…view full details.

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41.

Silence Yourself
Savages

8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

These four wiry and po-faced London ladies have been experiencing some serious hype of late for their gritty post-punk pop posturings, looking to be the darlings of this summer’s festival circuit with their theatrical brand of …view full details.

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42.

The Fog
John Carpenter

Death Waltz is set to release a double vinyl album of THE FOG which includes the original movie score as released in 1984, along with a bonus vinyl including all of the original movie cues which have never been made available on vin…view full details.

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    Double vinyl LP £26.99
43.

The Terror
The Flaming Lips

8/10 according to our Ian on

Thirteenth studio album from the mighty Flaming Lips and we’re subjected to a much more darker theme than other recent efforts like ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ and ‘At War Wi…view full details.

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44.

Monomania
Deerhunter

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on

It’s been a strong morning today. First I had the delights of the new Still Corners and Georgiana Starlington …view full details.

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45.

Restless Idylls
Tropic of Cancer

10/10 according to our Brian on

I don't really know whether Henry Miller was an influence insofar as their elegantly alluring moniker goes but this increasingly renowned LA-based artist Camella Lobo somehow produces incredibly erotic and sensual music from the most spartan ingre…view full details.

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46.

Field of Reeds
These New Puritans

9/10 according to our Clinton on

Okay, stop right there. Take everything you think you know about These New Puritans, throw it in the waste paper basket and let’s start again. One of my bigger gripes about modern day popular …view full details.

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47.

Shapwick
Jon Brooks

9/10 according to our Ian on

‘Shapwick’ is an album created by The Advisory Circle/Ghost Box Records composer Jon Brooks based on an imaginary impression of a quaint little village in So…view full details.

48.

Dream River
Bill Callahan

7/10 according to our Clinton on

I was thinking this morning: "Why don’t I own more Bill Callahan records?"   I tend to always like what I hear of him (certainly post-Smog, who didn’t always do it for me). For the uninitiated…view full details.

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49.

The Other World Of…
The Soundcarriers

8/10 according to our Clinton on

They’ve made the sleeve look like those ‘Music For Pleasure’ records from the ‘60s. You know, Mrs Mills, that lot. No-one could get away with looking like she did these days, she’d be dieted and scrubbed and plucked a…view full details.

50.

Fig. 04
Photodementia

8/10 according to our Clinton on

The next installment in the series that has got Brian hot under the collar of late. A 15 year old recording that was strangely left unreleased at the time. Initially a collaboration between three mysterious boffin-like producers aiming to marry th…view full details.