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Bronnt Industries Kapital
Turksib

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 19th December 2014

How many times can you listen to a record before you get put off it forever? I’ve just listened to a track off the new Viet Cong album 6 times in a row. Better stop. This Bronnt Industries Kapital album was played by Kim in the office everyday for 2 weeks. At first we all loved the record but by the …view full details.

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Mucky Sailor
Early Lad

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

8/10 according to our Ian on 30th May 2013

Leeds lads Mucky Sailor release their debut long player 'Early Lad', it's a crazy mix of prog synths and math rhythms, rumour has it that they're pretty bonkers live and it really shows on record too, 'Tranzpennine Express' is like Jethro Tull being stage invaded by …view full details.

Kate Tempest
Hot Night Cold Spaceship

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7" on Speedy Wunderground inc. Dan Carey Remix
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Loyle Carner + Kate Tempest
Guts

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

7/10 according to our Clinton on 10th December 2014

Rapper, poet and Guardian writer’s wet dream Kate Tempest is one of those artists who straddles genre’s and who seemingly has no enemies. She oozes respect. Those who got on pretty well with this years Mercury nominated ‘Everybody Down’  album should be interested in this very very limited 7”. In a rags to rich…view full details.

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London Grammar
If You Wait

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One of the most highly anticipated debuts this year. London Grammar have paved the way for the release of this début album with extensive festival appearances, radio & TV sessions (including at Glastonbury), two limited release EPs and a 7” single release a week before the album.  Already respected by influential radio figures like Jo Whiley and Zane Lowe, the quality of the band’s reco

Don Cherry
Organic Music Society

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2LP on Caprice Records. Expansive sounds from later-period Don Cherry on this double LP reissue on Caprice Records. Organic Music Society features compositional input from Pharoah Sanders and Terry Riley, as well as Don Cherry himself: wow! In addition to Cherry’s trumpet, vocals harmonium and piano, the large ensemble also features a number of …view full details.

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Survive
S/T

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8/10 according to our Mike on 28th February 2014

Austin's synth upstarts Survive are back this week, much to my delight, with this new EP on Monofonus Press featuring three quite lengthy tracks. On the first side they take a departure from the melodic and beat-driven material of their previous records in favour of a passage of ominous deep space drone ambience in 'Turing Test'. Lots of slowly …view full details.

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Colleen Green
I Want To Grow Up

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 27th February 2015

If stuck then think of our office as a kind of gruff northern version of the Sugarape offices from Nathan Barley. Lots of men-children playing and messing about. Who can blame them? Growing up involves things like dealing with broken taps and gradually getting more and more depressed until you eventually get worn down by it and die. Coll…view full details.

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Sleaford Mods
Mr. Jolly Fucker / Tweet Tweet Tweet

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9/10 according to our Ian on 16th January 2014

As you may know,  Nottingham’s finest Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn aka Sleaford Mods have been creating a bit of a stir here at Norman HQ recently, it’s safe to say that these lads are definitely Marmite. This is a double A-side of two tracks that don’t feature on their ‘Austerity Dogs’ album so if…view full details.

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Marina and The Diamonds
Better Than That / Can't Pin Me Down

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Coloured vinyl 7" on Atlantic. Happy, upbeat pop formation Marina and the Diamonds are swarming Norman Records HQ with 7”. That’s great news, of course, and Can’t Pin Me Down will definitely circle around your head for at least two days after listening. Better Than That is even, well… You can judge for yourself whether the title covers the contents.…view full details.

Marina and The Diamonds
Blue / Solitare

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Coloured vinyl 7" on Atlantic. As promised indie-pop charters Marina and The Diamonds are back with a banquet of tasty pop morsels. Blue/Solitaire is a juicy double-header from the colourful album FROOT. Part of the drip-fed series of seven inches, it’s a fine little collectible. Out on coloured vinyl 7” from Atlantic.…view full details.

Marina and The Diamonds
Gold / Forget

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Coloured vinyl 7" on Atlantic. Back with a delicious collection of tasty treats, chart-botherers Marina and The Diamonds present Gold/Forget. A delightful duo of tangy pop songs from the colourful album FROOT. As part of a series of seven inches, it’s a tantalising little collectors piece. Out on coloured vinyl 7” from Atlantic.…view full details.

Marina and The Diamonds
Savages / Weeds

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Coloured vinyl 7" on Atlantic. Marina and her chart-hardened diamonds return with a series of seven inches from the new album FROOT. Savages/Weeds is a cool and crunchy collection of sweet-tasting pop tunes that forms a pleasingly colourful collectors item amongst the set. Feast your ears. Out on coloured vinyl 7” from Atlantic.…view full details.

Peter Zinovieff
Electric Calendar / The EMS Tapes

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2CD on Space Age Recordings. 'The Electronic Calendar/The EMS Tapes' is the first complete retrospective of the experimental electronic work of pioneering composer, instrument designer, and all out game changer in the world of electronic music Peter Zinovieff, documenting his work from his earliest experiments in 1965 through to the liquidation of his EMS synthesiser company in 1979.…view full details.

Air
Talkie Walkie

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Remastered 180g vinyl LP on Rhino. Rhino Records are in the midst of a campaign of reissuing the discography of Air, the smooth, loungey French synth-charmers. Talkie Walkie first came out in 2004, and is suitably Airy - and I don’t just say that because of the pun, this album feels like an early summer evening in the park with a light breeze. Pressed to proper 180g vinyl and freshly remastered.…view full details.

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Xiu Xiu
Fabulous Muscles

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Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks

30 people love me. Be the 31st...

9/10 according to our Phil on 13th November 2008

*** FINALLY IN ON 180 GRAM DMM VINYL!!*** The other album I'm most fond of is the Max Richter lp on Fat Cat subsidiary 130701 Records. He's some composer chappie who's had stuff out on BBC Recordings before so I'm told and this is just lush. Mainly consisting of pianos and strin…view full details.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Boatman's Call

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180g vinyl reissue LP on Mute. Originally released in 1997, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ album The Boatman’s Call was a move toward the more gracefully melancholic from the gloomy Antipodean from the previous Murder Ballads, with his most personal album to date. A classic for anyone who doesn't own it yet, and Nick Cave’s most critically acclaimed work. CD and DVD on Mute.…view full details.

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Nick Drake
Pink Moon

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180g vinyl reissue LP on UMC. Pretty much one of the most beautiful albums ever made. Just Nick, his ever fluid guitar playing, husky voice and on one track, a slither of piano. Listen to it late at night, on the headphones and admire the wonderful natural way the album was recorded. The songs are exquisite, odd at times, soothing at others. To me, the best Nick Drake album more because what isn't on it than what is. …view full details.

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Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells
Everything's Getting Older

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9/10 according to our Mike on 5th May 2011

A fascinating collaboration here between ex-Arab Strap mumbler Aidan Moffat and Glaswegian experimental jazz composer and pianist Bill Wells. This really works. It's beautifully recorded and as would be expected the vocals and piano are to the fore, but it never slips into a rut. The album's centrepiece seems to be the shimmering, achingly beaut…view full details.

The Staves
Dead & Born & Grown

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Sisters Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor will release their debut album, ‘Dead & Born & Grown’ through Atlantic Records on October 22nd 2012.  Following a UK and European arena tour in support of Grammy Award-winning Alt-Folk band Bon Iver, The Staves will head back out across the UK and Ireland for their own headline ten-date tour. TRACKLISTING: &nb
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William Onyeabor
World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

30 people love me. Be the 31st...

9/10 according to our Mike on 5th November 2013

Here’s the long-awaited collection on Luaka Bop from the mysterious William Onyeabor, a Nigerian who studied film in Russia, returned to set up a film and music studio in the ‘70s, produced a series of hits and has since retired from music to become a successful businessman and run his own flour mill…view full details.

Connan Mockasin
Caramel

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9/10 according to our Mike on 29th October 2013

New Zealand psych-pop maverick Connan Mockasin delivers the follow-up to 2011’s brilliant ‘Forever Dolphin Love’ this week, his distinctive ambient/psych/lounge aesthetic pushed into floatier territory than ever with watery reverbed guitar, boomy chorus-heavy bass and breathy, almost whispe…view full details.

Tycho
Awake

38 people love me. Be the 39th...

10/10 according to our Ian on 13th March 2014

With a number of great releases under his belt so far, electronic producer Tycho or just plain old Scott Hansen to his friends brings us his fourth album and second on Ghostly International. After being thoroughly impressed with his previous effort ‘Dive’ I was very keen to hear this album and it really doesn’t disappoi…view full details.

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Mica Levi
Under The Skin OST

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180g vinyl LP on Warners aka Micachu
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Fabio Frizzi
City Of The Living Dead

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9/10 according to our Mike on 10th July 2014

Fabio Frizzi's 'Zombie Flesh Eaters' was Death Waltz's inaugural release (shortly to get a fancy gatefold reissue by the look of things), and they've got more Frizzi for us this week by way of this reissue of the legendary Italo-horror composer's score to the late Lucio Fulci's gore-ridden chiller 'City Of The Living Dead'. Not only that but w…view full details.

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Ennio Morricone
Lizard In A Woman's Skin

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Ltd transparent green / blue coloured vinyl 2LP + poster on Death Waltz. Death Waltz proudly releases the Ennio Morricone score to the Lucio Fulci cult classic 'Lizard In A Woman's Skin'. It's one of Morricone's most experimental scores, incorporating jazz and 60s funk, which gives the score a disorienting feel that reflects the film very well. Includes Morricone collaborator Edda dell’Orso whose ethereal vocals gives it a cont…view full details.

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Ibeyi
Ibeyi

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

9/10 according to our Robin on 12th February 2015

We have Ibeyi to thank for the most interesting pop record of the year so far. This self-titled debut comes immaculately pressed and presented via XL, and offers a mirage of culminatively gorgeous sounds -- ingrained in this record are perfectly pitched melodies that recall Laura Mvula, strikingly interspersed…view full details.

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BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah
Sour Soul

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

7/10 according to our Robin on 24th February 2015

Here’s an idea: bring together the best of Wu-Tang’s alums with a jazz collective famed for their overpowering live prowess. BADBADNOTGOOD are not exactly working within the trends of hip-hop right now, which is favouring a free-for-all sampling approach that has resulted in some of the most creative wor…view full details.

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Para One
Girlhood (The Original Soundtrack of Bande De Filles)

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12" + CD on Because. Soundtrack to the film Girlhood or Bande De Filles by Céline Sciamma by the long-time composer for all her movies, Jean Baptiste de Laubier, also known as Para One.  Avoiding sentimentality and exploring themes of love, friendship and the struggles of a Parisian underclass. Nine instrumental tracks and "Slow Down" featuring Frida Sundemo. Vinyl 12” on Because.…view full details.

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Leftfield
Alternative Light Source

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

7/10 according to our Laurie on 3rd June 2015

Leftfield isn’t really an act that has impressed me in the past. After being recommended a certain album and digging into their back catalogue, their sound came across as a bit dated after being exposed to modern dance styles. Not quite committing to house, techno, trance or dub, the group became a legendary crossing point for the disparat…view full details.

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Kathryn Williams
Hypoxia

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7/10 according to our Robin on 11th June 2015

Kathryn Williams is back with another record of brooding indie rock in the vein of Sharon Van Etten, the National and whoever just moved a piano into their fifth floor apartment. ‘Hypoxia’ isn’t much different from previous releases, but more than ever it…view full details.

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Hauschka
2.11.14

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Limited LP on City Slang. Hauschka has been preparing his piano and processing it into neat compositions for many albums now, but what this release gives us is a look at unvarnished Hauschka. 2.11.14 contains two side-long improvisations recorded in Japan last year, so we can hear the man thinking in real time. Highly limited vinyl on City Slang.…view full details.

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Bon Iver
Bon Iver

24 people love me. Be the 25th...

8/10 according to our Clinton on 17th June 2011

Had the marketing team not gone with the whole 'recorded in an isolated cabin' schtick I wonder if 'For Emma, Forever Ago' would have quite had the same impact? That record's quiet desolation seemed to strike a chord with folks everywhere, even with the Tesco brigade (sole UK distribu…view full details.

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Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

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10/10 according to our Nathon on 16th November 2013

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.

Sleaford Mods
Fizzy

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9/10 according to our Phil on 22nd October 2014

In case you've been hiding away in the middle of nowhere these fellas have been blasting through people's ears over the last year or so, keeping both the sprit of punk and poetry alive. Oh, and they're angry too! Very angry in fact: "Fizzy" is a bouncy tune which throbs along incessantly -- I defy you not to tap your feet or even nod your h…view full details.

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SWANS
Filth

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Brian on 24th October 2014

"I like the idea of standing in a room full of sledge hammers" indeed. There are simply no rock bands that sound anything quite like Swans, either in their refined post-Millennial incarnation or their original grinding bowel-evacuating manifestation. I realise they've touched on many other genres in their time but b…view full details.

Zarelli
Soft Rains

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 19th February 2015

You know that you’re in for something bursting with epic bombast when Leonard Nimoy’s kosmik utterances are the centrepiece of a record, making the whole thing sound like an obscure 70s radio play. Carwyn Ellis, the force behind the Zarelli moniker, is clearly a massive trekkie. You can hear the echoes of costumed spacewandering all …view full details.

Holly Herndon
Platform

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9/10 according to our Jim on 13th May 2015

Holly Herndon has generated a considerable buzz since she released ‘Movement’ on RVNG intl. in 2012. Her music seems to straddle progressive electronica, contemporary pop and avant garde composition; all bundled together with a hefty conceptual dose of technological evangelism. Describing ‘Platform’ is her ‘paradisi…view full details.

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SWANS
SWANS

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Limited reissue 12" EP on Mute.. The SWANS EP is the first ever release from those lovely SWANS guys, released back in 1982. Interesting to hear this now with the great weight of their work in the following 30+ years: less brutal and more no-wavey, but still dominated by that heavy grinding mono-rhythm and the shouts of Gira. Reissued 12” on Mute Records.…view full details.

Les Big Byrd
Stockholm Death Star

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

7/10 according to our Robin on 30th April 2015

I recently watched Christopher Nolan’s space-epic blockbuster ‘Interstellar’, and I have to say: I was very confused that the soundtrack wasn’t Moon Duo. Similarly, I’ve heard rumours that ‘2001’ doesn’t feature the music of Follakzoid…view full details.

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Ela Orleans
Upper Hell

24 people love me. Be the 25th...

10/10 according to our Brian on 3rd April 2015

Musician, artist, dreamer, nomad and proud insomniac Ela Orleans is no stranger to Norman Records. One of the absolute finest things about having worked in this madhouse of a shop for aeons is discovering the odd song, EP or real grown up long playing album out-of-the-blue; one that leaves you in awe at its clas…view full details.

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Communions
Communions EP

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 3rd June 2015

Ooph! He’s hasn’t half got a high voice. I wonder why some people have high voices and some low. Take my mate Toby - really high voice. He’s 6 years old  - does that make a difference? If so I put the singer at around 9 years old. He’s doing very well to keep up with the racket the band are making which is kind of li…view full details.

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
I Declare Nothing

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 24th June 2015

Anton Newcombe has been busy of late. He’s here (literally  - he’s been in this very office), he’s there, he’s everywhere. If that’s what getting off drugs for you then please...give me some fresh air. Even sober he manages to make music that sounds like it was recorded at the tail end of a 16 weeks bender in a…view full details.

Mogwai
Rock Action

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

9/10 according to our Phil on 30th December 2006

And on to the Mogwai LP we go. Had no idea what to expect and have Only heard it once so far but from the 1st hearing it sounds marvellous. Not as samey as I'd anticipated and the songs with vocals help to make it sound more interesting. Still quite bits, still noisey bits but it sounds like they've gr…view full details.

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Public Service Broadcasting
The War Room

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

6/10 according to our Clinton on 10th August 2012

The War Room mini album was initially released on 28th May 2012 on Test Card Recordings as a limited edition run of 500 vinyl which sold out within two weeks via the band’s website. The first single from this album, Spit…view full details.

Radar Men From The Moon
Strange Wave Galore

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9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 14th March 2014

Those lovely people at the Fuzz Club have sent us this platter of crunchy psychedelic spacekraut by Eindhoven's Radar Men From The Moon and it's on very snazzy looking black and white splatter vinyl. Once you stop staring at it and put it on your record player you get to hear the trio cutting loose with some cosmic rock which moves from patient …view full details.

Wand
Ganglion Reef

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

9/10 according to our Mike on 22nd August 2014

LA psych-poppers Wand drop their debut LP this week on Ty Segall’s God? imprint ahead of a US tour with the floppy-haired psych king himself and it’s quite a treat. This lot have a great summery psych-pop sound that’s drenched with fuzz and often a dense cloud o…view full details.

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Viet Cong
Viet Cong

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10/10 according to our Robin on 14th January 2015

If both of Women’s records feel like masterful accidents -- either because the band were having too much fun to give a shit about time constraints and song structures, or because they’d been preparing the downfall of their band in advance -- then Viet Cong flips the coin, offering a complete version of i…view full details.

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Mamuthones / Evil Blizzard
Collisions Vol.4

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

7/10 according to our Robin on 14th January 2015

Psych rock officially needs more cowbell. The opening track on this split between Italian front-siders Mamuthones and flipside naysayers Evil Blizzard starts in a jubilant frame of mind, with Mamuthones’ percussionist shaking up proceedings quite literally: his drums respond gleefully to the bass groove being repositioned, and everything k…view full details.


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