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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

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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 a sharp coat." Fully expecting it to contain the latest forgettable rehash of crappy Mod nostalgia,…view full details.

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2.

Pearl Mystic
Hookworms

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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 full-length LP ‘Pearl Mystic’ out on the ever-reliable Gr…view full details.

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3.

The Inheritors
Holden

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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 finely detailed analogue synths, stumbling beats and occasionally surprising instrumentation (check…view full details.

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4.

Light Up Gold
Parquet Courts

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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 that we’ve got their debut LP right here in our office to sell to you, and it’s really good…view full details.

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5.

Field of Reeds
These New Puritans

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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 music is the lack of risk taking, the consensus seeming to be find your signature sound, spend the r…view full details.

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6.

Floating Coffin
Thee Oh Sees

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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 garage rock overlords Thee Oh Sees? The notoriously prolific …view full details.

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7.

Excavation
The Haxan Cloak

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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. An album high in many of 2012’s end of year lists. Imagine the slow motion dread of …view full details.

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8.

Engravings
Forest Swords

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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 that I have this absolute corker of a new album by Forest Swords…view full details.

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9.

Restless Idylls
Tropic of Cancer

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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 ingredients. Shame all her lyrics are about death, loss, depression and such cheery romance-slaying issue…view full details.

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10.

Still Smiling
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld

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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 Blixa Bargeld teaming up with Italian composer …view full details.

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11.

Fuzz
Fuzz

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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 Fuzz finally drop their debut LP on In The Red this…view full details.

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12.

Tomorrow's Harvest
Boards Of Canada

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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 letdown (after liking pretty much every single track they did beforehand) so I’m hoping ‘Tomor…view full details.

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13.

Weird Sister
Joanna Gruesome

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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 Munch. I'd feel suicidal if I accused them merely of aping early …view full details.

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14.

Slow Focus
Fuck Buttons

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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 they’re producing themselves on album number three, ‘Slow Focus’, further refining t…view full details.

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15.

Factory Floor
Factory Floor

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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 and done a full-length album. My knowledge about the dance musics is limited, and countless column inc…view full details.

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16.

m b v
My Bloody Valentine

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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 coming out. At no point in the last 20 years did such a thing seem remotely possible. A quote from a fri…view full details.

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17.

UHF
Hacker Farm

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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 haste to listen to all the other records I actually missed out on last year’s debut, but their ne…view full details.

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18.

Chance Of Rain
Laurel Halo

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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 vocals for a start and the whole shebang initially stumbles into the arena of our minds with a woo…view full details.

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19.

The Man Who Died In His Boat
Grouper

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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-scapes to bits. As these tunes are from the 'Dragging a Dead Deer...' sessions they fall largely in t…view full details.

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20.

Push The Sky Away
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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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 is largely comprised of introspective, moody and often heartfelt numbers which showcase Cave’s …view full details.

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21.

Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile

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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 week and he wants me to tell you about it. It’s called ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze&rsq…view full details.

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22.

R Plus Seven
Oneohtrix Point Never

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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 position of trying to describe this record in mere minutes. The friendly TNT delivery guy just helped me ou…view full details.

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23.

Shaking The Habitual
The Knife

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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 feel old) after their previous effort ‘Silent Shout’. Now I like The Knife as much as t…view full details.

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24.

Berberian Sound Studio
Broadcast

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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 seen it yet so I’m having to review this soundtrack out of context. Thankfully it’s a won…view full details.

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25.

Anthroprophh
Anthroprophh

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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 Anthroprophh is the alter-ego of their visionary songwriter and axe-mangler Paul Allen, who here dish…view full details.


26.

Exai
Autechre

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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 have churned out some interesting works, some good and some not so good but this is real winner from s…view full details.

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27.

II
Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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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, Unknown Mortal Orchestra seem to be the more lo-fi, interesting proposition. That could start a war, eh…view full details.

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28.

Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach
Lantern

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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 bringing out, be it the anarchic noise punk of Tropical Trash …view full details.

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29.

Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune
Vision Fortune

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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 a while, with eight tracks each named with a Roman numeral. As a record it sucks you in with hypnot…view full details.

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30.

Vapor City
Machinedrum

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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 special plaudits. It wasn’t until 2011’s ‘Room(s)’ however that Machinedrum real…view full details.

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31.

Seasons of Your Day
Mazzy Star

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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 the fact they gave the awful new MGMT record a good write-up shows that …view full details.

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32.

With Love
Zomby

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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 and I have...what? 30 minutes to dissect it and tell you all about it. Luckily, my job has been made…view full details.

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33.

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

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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 available for your consumption, hot on the heels of his excellent collaboration with modern sax legend …view full details.

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34.

Nepenthe
Julianna Barwick

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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 loveliness. On this one she’s gone to Iceland to record with Alex Somers (…view full details.

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35.

Music For Smalls Lighthouse
Plinth

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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 gorgeous (she did the cover portrait on last week’s Music a…view full details.

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36.

Drifters / Love Is The Devil
Dirty Beaches

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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 now, reappropriating minimal analogue and rock’n’roll traditions into weird passages of…view full details.

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37.

Fugitive
Sommet

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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 French until instructed otherwise. They’ve pieced together seven tracks of pulsating soundtra…view full details.

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38.

Life Cycle Of A Massive Star
Roly Porter

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9/10 according to our Ant on

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

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39.

Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I
Rashad Becker

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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 performances I think I've ever heard live, unlike anything I think I've experienced before. Rashad B…view full details.

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40.

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Mount Kimbie

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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 elements of soulful hip hop and post-rock, whose deep late night atmospheres ingrained deeper into yo…view full details.

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41.

Slow Summits
The Pastels

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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 Wilderness’ soundtrack, it’s great to see Glasgow’s finest back on true form. ‘…view full details.

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42.

Remember Your Black Day
Vatican Shadow

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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 of a fragile state of mind, ie. most Autumn mornings. As it happens I'm erring on the perky '…view full details.

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43.

From Tomorrow
The Oscillation

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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 the UK, now they're the coolest. Too cool to play a country that once shunned them and laughed like sc…view full details.

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44.

Phases & Repetition
LA Machine

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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 Can groove possessing with it the promise of a classic from the outset. LA Machine don’t e…view full details.

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45.

Incubation
Function

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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 York label in 1998 with the release of  'The Dielectric Coefficient' which really blew me away a…view full details.

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46.

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

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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 LA Vampires, …view full details.


47.

Shadows
Maston

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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 intelligible song structures with some cheeky instrumentation - nice little brass touches and crazy …view full details.

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48.

Films & Windows
Lawrence

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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. Shaking off the old emo-house tag he and his own highly regarded Dial imprint…view full details.

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49.

The House at Sea
Amor De Dias

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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, before we go any further this is a collaboration between Alasdair MacLean (…view full details.

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50.

Popular People Do Popular People
The Prophet Hens

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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 sooooo exciting to see a brand new band emerge out of the isle who, from the very first seconds, have ev…view full details.

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1. Single Of The Year!

The Red Wing
Fuck Buttons

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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. The trancelike grooves have been replaced with something more choppy and schizoid. A peculiarly s…view full details.


2.

EP
Moin

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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 album at all though so I’m not sure what to expect with this one. ‘Murphy’ …view full details.

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3.

Changes (James Blake Harmonimix)
Mala

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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 Blake mixes Mala’s ‘Changes’ - a mix which appare…view full details.


4.

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

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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 time Warp Records artists Plone or …view full details.

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5.

Barbarian Kings / Black Tuna Gang
Morgan Delt

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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 kind of like Portishead and Candy Claw…view full details.

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6.

Stonegoat / Dreambuilding
Goat

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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 with killer LP ‘World Music’ last year. After a select handful of ritualistic shows whi…view full details.

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7.

Dimensions
Ghostwriter

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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 chap (Mark Brend) who’s an author and musician made a blinding CD on …view full details.

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8.

Tally All the Things That You Broke
Parquet Courts

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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-hewn new wave slacker sound that's as familiar to me as it is engaging. This five track fol…view full details.

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9.

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

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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 label it used to be so I’m looking on at this 7” (which ft. …view full details.

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10.

From Above
Death And Vanilla

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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 “From Above” has steadily been tearing up the blog sites with it’s ghostly video clip and killer reverb drenched, dreamy gentle psych hooks, since it’s airing at the start of the year…view full details.


11.

Pink Gorilla
White Fence

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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 ‘Pink Gorilla’, which is classic White Fence - a tinny vocal line that sounds like it’…view full details.

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12.

Sleigh Ride/ You Won't See Me
Fuzz

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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 think Ty’s on drums this time round but I’m pretty sure he’s still singing. ‘…view full details.


13.

Fragment#5
The Declining Winter

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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 on French imprint Monopsone released in batches of three and th…view full details.

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14.

Radio Tokyo
Hookworms

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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 ‘Pearl Mystic’ LP, which is a great album but lacking in obvious singles due to the drawn-out natur…view full details.


15.

Venoyn
Dalglish

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9/10 according to our Ant on

Chris Douglas makes a welcome return to his Dalglish handle with the first new material under the alias since 2011’s ‘Benacah Drann Deachd’ also on the …view full details.

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16.

Sunderberry Dream / 21st Century Schizoid Man
Fuzz

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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 too sure about the title, it seems a little like a Mighty Boosh-esque parody of flowery ‘60s p…view full details.

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17.

El Portal EP
Anthony Naples

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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 restrained cuts that he made all by himself. The opening title track has womby synth drones and quite a l…view full details.


18.

Colours To Life
Temples

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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 to Tame Impala, which is no bad thing really i guess. &ls…view full details.


19.

Airglow Fires
Lone

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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 down on ‘GG’ and deconstructs the shit out of it introducing elements of hip-hop (there&r…view full details.

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20.

The Sound Of Salvation
Klaus Johann Grobe

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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 pretty basic - simple, live drumbeats, warm and fruity bass loops, simple synth lines and detached Germa…view full details.


21.

The Conversation
The Jellies

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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-released on Trunk a while back) and it’s an undeniable slice of bonged out funky post-punk goodnes…view full details.

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22.

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

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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’t have their names on their coats? Anyway I’m going to review it not knowing who it is, the…view full details.


23.

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

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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 just listened to the first side and I got so tranced out that I forgot to write anything, and now I d…view full details.

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24.

Empty Avenues
John Foxx & The Belbury Circle

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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” Jupp and Jon “Advisory Circle” Brooks joining forces …view full details.

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25.

WWPRD
Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain

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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 not to snuggle up with “the man”. Back in the day, I remember being horrified that one of …view full details.


26.

EP1
SQURL

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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 very nice, the price isn’t stupid, and what’s more it actually sounds good too! SQÜRL …view full details.

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27.

Fizz
Powell

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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 industrial clanks and fizzes running through. Its a pulsy, intoxicating brew which will appeal to fan…view full details.

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28.

Split
Meddicine / Vision Fortune

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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 cassette debut so impressed us a few months ago. Apparently the Meddicine side showcases a warmer and mor…view full details.


29.

False Jesii Pt 2 / Oh Joel
Sauna Youth

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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 so imagine my surprise and delight when I started playing this 7” and it twigged that it&rsquo…view full details.


30.

Silencer
Helm

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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 ‘Silencer’ white vinyl 12” in screen-printed PVC sleeve. Kicking off with with the…view full details.


31.

Madwoman
Cut Hands

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9/10 according to our Ant on

Former Whitehouse speaker shredder William Bennett returns as Cut Hands following last years 12" for Blackest Ever Black and album for Very Friendly with the scorching Madwoman EP for none other tha…view full details.


32.

The Instinct
Mark McGuire

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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 ‘New Adaptations (of the Human Spirit)’. I’m starting with side A, as any sensible perso…view full details.

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33.

Topshop EP
Teardrop Factory

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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 melodic resemblance to Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen in Lo…view full details.

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34.

Interpretations
Perc & Einstürzende Neubauten

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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 Einstürzende Neubauten on the same page you pretty much know what you’re getti…view full details.


35.

Sugarcrush
Joanna Gruesome

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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 this 7” which features two live favourites from the indie popsters. ‘Sugarcrush’ i…view full details.


36.

Surface Noise
L. Pierre

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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 mumbler. On this 10” EP he celebrates surface noise in a six-movement suite of meticulously a…view full details.


37.

Poison Apple
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

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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. ‘Poison Apple’ is led by a heavy stomping glam riff and some sweet vocal harmonies. The things whic…view full details.

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38.

Ocean Penis / Can't Wait
Bikes

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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 Thoughts and this one by Bikes. The Bikes album was one of my favourites of…view full details.


39.

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

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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, “maybe start another series.” Then again he did say that this single was by …view full details.

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40.

Voyages
CN

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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, to drop four crisp, upbeat modern house cuts which you’ll never tire of. Sadly the track titl…view full details.


41.

Dark Acid II
Various

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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 loads of familiar faces doing as advertised and making some dark acid house madness all over the pl…view full details.

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42.

Steam EP
Boddika

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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>

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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 Machine' was originally recorded for a MOJO magazine covermount CD tribute to Pink Floyd - has never been released on Vinyl before. BEAK> are Geoff Barrow (portishead) / Billy Fuller (Robert Plant band…view full details.

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44.

EP1
Necro Deathmort

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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 pitch-black doom techno where thudding danceable beats share a room with shivery horror synths and opp…view full details.

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45.

Scheming Things
The 15 Dead Minutes

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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, nu-tech-industrial sound aesthetic” (says the press release) had up until now only been experie…view full details.


46.

Repulsion
Burma Camp

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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; Shifted as …view full details.

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47.

Set You Free / Disappearing Ink
Triptides / Laser Background

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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 Background side first because I’m pretty sure I’ll like the Triptides one so I’m saving t…view full details.

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48.

n-Dimensional Analysis
Mark Fell

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9/10 according to our Ant on

Mute's Liberation Technologies imprint is shaping up to be quite a label with releases from King Felix (Laurel Halo), …view full details.


49.

Metrics
Yves De Mey

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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 Sandwell District label with the brilliant 'Counting Triggers' 2x12" and earlier on…view full details.

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50.

Featherman
The See See

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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 radiogramme my ears prick up and this neat little disc is boss. On Side A we have two numbers, the fir…view full details.

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1. Reissue Of The Year!

Flowers Of Evil
Ruth White

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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 label for sharing this one back in 2006. I've never seen an original copy of this for sale and were…view full details.

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2.

Blade Runner
Vangelis

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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. Interspersed with dialogue from the film itself which gives it an even more atmospheric quality, Greek compo…view full details.

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3.

Vinyl Box Set
Can

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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 page 12” booklet featuring unseen photographs from the Can archive, and sleevenotes by the acclaimed author Alan Warner (‘Morven Caller’).  This …view full details.


4.

Betrayed in the Octagon
Oneohtrix Point Never

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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 up with a long, droney hum that sounds as if it might be emanating from some far-flung radioactive …view full details.

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5.

Solaris - Original Soundtrack
Edward Artemiev

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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 classic ‘Solaris’. Both film and score were way ahead of their time, with a mixtures of dys…view full details.

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6.

Music Has The Right To Children
Boards Of Canada

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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 ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ proves, no-one else really has come close to completely emul…view full details.

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7.

The Fog
John Carpenter

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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 vinyl before. The Fog was John Carpenter’s first film after the low-budget success of Halloween, and tells the story of a small North California fishing town terrorized by a glow…view full details.

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8.

The Conet Project: Recordings Of Shortwave Numbers Stations
Various

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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 hour or so. Numbers stations are an shadowy collection of shortwave broadcasts which transmit regul…view full details.

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9.

Another Thought
Arthur Russell

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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 immediately surprising is how coherent it sounds as an album. The performances often hushed, sparse and sou…view full details.

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10.

Hosianna Mantra
Popol Vuh

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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 Pilz catalogue - yet managing to sound as something completely unique. It was originally released in 1972 and featured a host of musicians that included Conny Veit on guitars, Robert Eliscu on oboe, Dj…view full details.

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11.

Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong
Woo

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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 Nite Jewel early this year and now we have a lovely re-issue of their d…view full details.

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12.

The Last House on The Left
David Alexander Hess

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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 and the man performing a large portion of the on-screen violence, the late David Alexander Hess. …view full details.

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13.

The Complete LHI Recordings
Honey Ltd

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* Another GEM from the LHI catalogue.  * First time ever reissued * Comprehensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley interviewing all four band members * Unseen photos * Remastered from the original tapes  * 180 gram LP housed in gatefold tip-on jacket  * LP includes fold-out poster * Lee Ha…view full details.

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14.

Riddles Of The Sphinx
Mike Ratledge

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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 Soft Machine’s Mike Ratledge on synthesizers developed …view full details.


15.

LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition)
The Breeders

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4AD announce The Breeders’ ‘Last Splash’ 20th anniversary CD and vinyl sets.  ‘LSXX’ will be available as a deluxe three CD package and seven disc vinyl box set. Many of the recordings included in the set have never been released before, or are rare / fanclub only gems.  Cover and individual sleeve artwo…view full details.

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16.

In Utero - 20th Anniversary - Deluxe
Nirvana

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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 coil but this album, and their other two for that matter, were a staple to me throughout my awkward te…view full details.

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17.

Cyborgs Revisited
Simply Saucer

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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 Pere Ubu, but that also harkened across the sea to the likes of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd (in fact, the band’s name was a reference to PF’s “A Saucerful of Secrets”) and Ca…view full details.

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18.

BBC Radiophonic Music
BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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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 their original format/ running order for donkeys years (Rephlex&nb…view full details.

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19.

The Radiophonic Workshop
BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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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 their original format/ running order for donkeys years (Rephlex reissue…view full details.

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20.

Docteur Faust
Igor Wakhevitch

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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 defies categorisation and the one that started to define his trademark sonic collage of styles and moods. Like the previous record, this was the music for a Norbert Schmucki ballet "Ergonia", premiered at…view full details.

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21.

Day Of The Dead (Original Score)
John Harrison

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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 the Romero and composer John Harrison as well. This label Waxwork did a…view full details.


22.

Drakelow EP
epic45

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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 with. I'd say if you like drone, glitch, minimal composition and ambient electronic styles this will…view full details.

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23.

Sex Power
Vangelis

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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 released in such limited quantities that originals fetch a fortune on the collectors’ market. Anywa…view full details.

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24.

The Garden
Silver Apples

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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 5-6 years ago I think) but now it's on vinyl with oodles of extra tracks. Loads of new and unrele…view full details.

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25.

Nommos
Craig Leon

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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 John Fahey’s Takoma label back in 1981. I though…view full details.

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26.

Vehicle
The Clean

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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 listen to music. Listening again, I feel the exact same about this record that despite it not reaching t…view full details.

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27.

Batsumi
Batsumi

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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, warm repetitive bass cycles, energetic ivory-tinkling and breathy sax and flute over five tracks whi…view full details.

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28.

Visions Of The Country
Robbie Basho

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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 welcome return to vinyl. For those who don’t know, Basho was a master of the folk/raga guitar pick…view full details.

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29.

The Piano: Music From The Motion Picture
Michael Nyman

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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

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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 four-track recordings from Akron, Ohio’s finest documenting their pre-punk de-evolved blues b…view full details.

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31.

Hardcore Vol: 2
Devo

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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 four-track recordings from Akron, Ohio’s finest documenting their pre-punk de-evolved blues b…view full details.

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32.

Cleaners From Venus Vol.2
Cleaners From Venus

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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 pop music, punk rock and musical comedy. He never cared much for any kind of musical rule book and broke new ground with music that garnered a cult following and a highly-influential sound that continue…view full details.

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33.

Acropolis Now
Thee Mighty Caesars

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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 resurgence of garage rock. * Four Classic Albums By Thee Mighty Caesars Re-Issued As Four Stand-Alone Vinyl Releases And Two 2-On-1 Cd's *…view full details.

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34.

Missing Foundation
Missing Foundation

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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 gentrification of downtown New York, sterilizing any sense of culture and fumigating all residents deemed financially worthless. This kind of invasion brought the perfect storm in the form of Missing Fo…view full details.

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35.

Cease To Exist
Sacher-Pelz (Maurizio Bianchi)

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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. It was August 1979 in Milan, Italy and his sound was strengthening when he felt the time had come to prove his desire for something new. So he started his first solo project, under the name Sacher-Pelz…view full details.

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36.

Golem
Sand

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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 by the British Forces in the mountainous countryside along the winding river were the culture medium for extended sound aesthetics. Sand was born and created the GOLEM. At first San…view full details.

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37.

They Live
John Carpenter

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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 Rowdy Roddy Piper up against an Icke-ian legion of body-snatching aliens bent on world domination.…view full details.

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38.

Rounds
Four Tet (Fourtet)

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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 tune and puts in enough interesting/odd sounds to avoid the aural wallpaper of some of his c…view full details.

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39.

Soak The Saddle
Arab On Radar

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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 that these Rhode Island boys have occasionally wielded. Their first album, Queen Hygiene II (and the first two 7"s) had the steady framework of a bassline. But, for their 2nd album (and recent split 7" …view full details.

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40.

Primitive Calculators
Primitive Calculators

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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 album.  Originally out in 1982 in a very limited edition vinyl including a postcard, the eponymous album was recorded live in 1979 at Hearts, North Carlton, supporting the Boys …view full details.

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41.

Volume, Contrast, Brilliance
The Monochrome Set

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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 their Rough Trade released singles plus extracts from sessions for Radio 1, Capital Radio and EMI Records, this LP contains unique versions of such classic tracks as The Jet Set Junta and He's Frank …view full details.

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42.

Natty Locks Dub
Winston Edwards

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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 1974 release this limited edition vinyl re-press will not be around long! TRACKLISTING: Side A) 1 Natty Dub, 2 B…view full details.

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43.

Zaireeka
The Flaming Lips

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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. Remastered by the band especially for this release in celebration of this record and Record Store Day 2013 - with unique art and packaging exclusive to this release. Each disc is also pressed on di…view full details.

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44.

Home Aged & The 18 Month Hope
COUM Transmissions

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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 pre- Throbbing Gristle outfit. We have a live performance opening for Haw…view full details.


45.

Earth Horns with Electronic Drones
Yoshi Wada

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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 drone thing as a lot of it was what our Brett once succinctly referred to as "cookie cutter drone".…view full details.

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46.

Rembrandt Pussyhorse
Butthole Surfers

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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 from punk, rock, psychedelic and experimental influences for a truly inspired and unmistakably unique sound. Comes with coupons for free digital downloads.…view full details.

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47.

The Bride Of Frankenstein OST
Franz Waxman

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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 Bride Of Frankenstein. Here’s a few bits of info... …view full details.

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48.

Eleven : Eleven
Come

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"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 uninitiated. New York, 1990. Guitarists Thalia Zedek (Live Skull) and Chris Brokaw (Codeine) both relocate (separately) to Boston from New York, where a year earlier, bassist Sean O'Brien (Kilkenny…view full details.

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49.

Bitter Suites
U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble

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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 originally issued in 1979, containing music performed on Robert Rutman’s Bow Chime and Single St…view full details.

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50.

Rip It Up
Orange Juice

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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.  All four albums are remastered and include the original lyric sheets and printed inner sleeves (except ‘Texas Fever’, which had none).  …view full details.

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1. Top Selling Record Of The Year!

Pearl Mystic
Hookworms

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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 full-length LP ‘Pearl Mystic’ out on the ever-reliable Gr…view full details.

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2.

Tomorrow's Harvest
Boards Of Canada

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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 letdown (after liking pretty much every single track they did beforehand) so I’m hoping ‘Tomor…view full details.

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3.

The Man Who Died In His Boat
Grouper

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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-scapes to bits. As these tunes are from the 'Dragging a Dead Deer...' sessions they fall largely in t…view full details.

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4.

m b v
My Bloody Valentine

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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 coming out. At no point in the last 20 years did such a thing seem remotely possible. A quote from a fri…view full details.

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5.

Blade Runner
Vangelis

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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. Interspersed with dialogue from the film itself which gives it an even more atmospheric quality, Greek compo…view full details.

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6.

Kveikur
Sigur Ros

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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/guitarist Kjartan Sveinsson, ‘Kveikur’ sees these Icelandic fellows entering into more da…view full details.

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7.

Light Up Gold
Parquet Courts

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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 that we’ve got their debut LP right here in our office to sell to you, and it’s really good…view full details.

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8.

From Above
Death And Vanilla

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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 “From Above” has steadily been tearing up the blog sites with it’s ghostly video clip and killer reverb drenched, dreamy gentle psych hooks, since it’s airing at the start of the year…view full details.


9.

Slow Focus
Fuck Buttons

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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 they’re producing themselves on album number three, ‘Slow Focus’, further refining t…view full details.

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10.

Stonegoat / Dreambuilding
Goat

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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 with killer LP ‘World Music’ last year. After a select handful of ritualistic shows whi…view full details.

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11.

Beautiful Rewind
Four Tet (Fourtet)

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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 of being a confident one although I’m sure he is as drenched in doubt as everyone else. This …view full details.

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12.

Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile

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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 week and he wants me to tell you about it. It’s called ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze&rsq…view full details.

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13.

The Invisible Way
Low

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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 experimentation of the very good ‘Drums and Guns’ they have retreated into a safe Low-shaped ho…view full details.

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14.

Excavation
The Haxan Cloak

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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. An album high in many of 2012’s end of year lists. Imagine the slow motion dread of …view full details.

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15.

Engravings
Forest Swords

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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 that I have this absolute corker of a new album by Forest Swords…view full details.

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16.

EOD Volume 1
EOD

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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 time. Why? Because he's the latest in a long line of true braindance masters and his tracks are uni…view full details.

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17.

Austerity Dogs
Sleaford Mods

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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 a sharp coat." Fully expecting it to contain the latest forgettable rehash of crappy Mod nostalgia,…view full details.

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18.

Weird Sister
Joanna Gruesome

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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 Munch. I'd feel suicidal if I accused them merely of aping early …view full details.

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19.

Solaris - Original Soundtrack
Edward Artemiev

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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 classic ‘Solaris’. Both film and score were way ahead of their time, with a mixtures of dys…view full details.

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20.

Floating Coffin
Thee Oh Sees

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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 garage rock overlords Thee Oh Sees? The notoriously prolific …view full details.

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21.

Mind Control
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

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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 guess that’s a clear sign that ‘70s revivalism is alive and well, as this lot churn out a …view full details.

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22.

Inform Educate Entertain
Public Service Broadcasting

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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 and public information films. The tracks remind me of a more concise, less intense …view full details.

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23.

Axis (Boys Noize Remix)
Pet Shop Boys

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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 reflective ‘Elysium’ the PSBs have deliberately decided to make a dancefloor-oriented re…view full details.


24.

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

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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’s Can, Popol Vuh, …view full details.

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25.

Shaking The Habitual
The Knife

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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 feel old) after their previous effort ‘Silent Shout’. Now I like The Knife as much as t…view full details.

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26.

The Cosmic Dead
The Cosmic Dead

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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 (and a live Goat album on the cards!), and it’s becoming i…view full details.


27.

Les Revenants Soundtrack
Mogwai

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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 zombie fest ‘Les Revenants’!All the usual ‘Gwai trademarks are here but …view full details.

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28.

Radio Tokyo
Hookworms

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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 ‘Pearl Mystic’ LP, which is a great album but lacking in obvious singles due to the drawn-out natur…view full details.


29.

Flowers Of Evil
Ruth White

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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 label for sharing this one back in 2006. I've never seen an original copy of this for sale and were…view full details.

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30.

The Inheritors
Holden

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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 finely detailed analogue synths, stumbling beats and occasionally surprising instrumentation (check…view full details.

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31.

Seasons of Your Day
Mazzy Star

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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 the fact they gave the awful new MGMT record a good write-up shows that …view full details.

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32.

Colours To Life
Temples

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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 to Tame Impala, which is no bad thing really i guess. &ls…view full details.


33.

Tennis Court EP
Lorde

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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 sound, writing music filled with inventive lyricism.  Currently recording her album for September release. iTunes #1’s on both Single and Album charts in native NZ and Austr…view full details.


34.

Fuzz
Fuzz

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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 Fuzz finally drop their debut LP on In The Red this…view full details.

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35.

Anthroprophh
Anthroprophh

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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 Anthroprophh is the alter-ego of their visionary songwriter and axe-mangler Paul Allen, who here dish…view full details.


36.

Hookworms
Hookworms

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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've played in other bands as is the Leeds 6 way. Out in an edition of 150 so you'd better make sure …view full details.


37.

Factory Floor
Factory Floor

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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 and done a full-length album. My knowledge about the dance musics is limited, and countless column inc…view full details.

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38.

Poison Apple
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

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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. ‘Poison Apple’ is led by a heavy stomping glam riff and some sweet vocal harmonies. The things whic…view full details.

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EOD Volume 2
EOD

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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 start to a series of ‘Dark Acid’ 12”s and this Norwegian guy Stian Gjevik has turn…view full details.


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Modern Vampires Of The City
Vampire Weekend

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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’...have I even put the correct CD in the tray? It’s a really dull plodder so I’m o…view full details.

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Silence Yourself
Savages

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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 Joy Division-meets-The Kills darkpop…view full details.

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The Fog
John Carpenter

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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 vinyl before. The Fog was John Carpenter’s first film after the low-budget success of Halloween, and tells the story of a small North California fishing town terrorized by a glow…view full details.

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The Terror
The Flaming Lips

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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 With The Mystics’. Here Wayne Coyne speaks of a life without love and the “terror” o…view full details.

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Monomania
Deerhunter

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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 LPs to review, and now the new Deerhunter has turned up! Thi…view full details.

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Restless Idylls
Tropic of Cancer

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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 ingredients. Shame all her lyrics are about death, loss, depression and such cheery romance-slaying issue…view full details.

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Field of Reeds
These New Puritans

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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 music is the lack of risk taking, the consensus seeming to be find your signature sound, spend the r…view full details.

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Shapwick
Jon Brooks

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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 Somerset. Brooks tells of an unplanned car journey one autumn evening through the village and the imag…view full details.


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Dream River
Bill Callahan

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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, he has a rich, chocolate-brown voice and sings sad, slow laments which could eventually see him be…view full details.

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The Other World Of…
The Soundcarriers

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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 and airbrushed. So anyway this is a very limited vinyl edition of tracks taken from …view full details.


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Fig. 04
Photodementia

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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 the sounds of their contemporaries  Dopplereffekt, …view full details.