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Bengalfuel
Rapalyea

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7/10 according to our Robin

Onwards we march on our long mission to establish how exactly a mood can shimmer. One of this week’s releases on the canny ambient label comes from Bengalfuel, maker of especially loud and glorious noise. ‘Rapalyea’, their newest record, gets synth involved with distortion to create the feeling of a natural landscape dissolving in front of your very eyes, which by the end of t…view full details.

Gigi Masin, Alessandro Monti, Alessandro Pizzin
The Wind Collector / As Witness Our Hands

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

The Wind Collector / As Witness Our Hands is a collection of experimental electroacoustic musics recorded by the inventive trio of Gigi Masin, Alessandro Monti and Alessandro Pizzin operating in various solo, duo and trio configurations. After 35 years, this release on Diplodisc presents a full 28 tracks-worth of the sessions: the ‘definitive’ edition.…view full details.

Caribou
Up In Flames

26 people love me. Be the 27th...

8/10 according to our Phil

On a similiar tip is the new Manitoba album which sounds much more Fourtet-ee than the last one. If you want an indication of what yr getting it's something like Fourtet having eaten Sun Ra and then being eaten by a bloody great big My Bloody Valentine monster. That make sense? Big crashing beats, shoegazey washes and some …view full details.

Tindersticks
The Something Rain / San Sebastian 2012

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

9/10 according to Charles (customer) on

I am a big fan of the Tindersticks, and perhaps a biased reviewer, but I think this is an amazing album. The fact that the Tindersticks can re-create their very dense studio sound onto a live recording is something to admire, and to do so with great musicianship and emotional feeling is rare among most modern popular music. Buy this!!…view full details.

Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat

44 people love me. Be the 45th...

9/10 according to our Brian

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 the former category and hence often sound a little …view full details.

Four Tet (Fourtet)
Beautiful Rewind

31 people love me. Be the 32nd...

8/10 according to our Clinton

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 new album pretty much appeared out of nowhere this…view full details.

Mark Lanegan
Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011

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

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Deerhoof
La Isla Bonita

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

9/10 according to our Robin

My favourite Deerhoof tune to date is Offend Maggie’s “Fresh Born”, but I only ever listen to the first twenty seconds. The guitar melody is to die for, an aspirational, constantly uprising riff that feels like it could fit snugly in any genre or style of music. Deerhoof, though? They hate that kind of comfort and complacency; the song spirals downwards, becoming a deranged cl…view full details.

Special Request
Modern Warfare

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

Modern Warfare is the new EP by Special Request on XL. The lead track, Amnesia has featured as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on her Radio 1 show. Modern Warfare is a euphoric step in the right direction by Special Request, building on the revamped jungle and pumped-up techno of his 2013 debut Soul Music.…view full details.

Pictureplane
Technomancer

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

New York multimedia artist Pictureplane is taking his sound to the dancefloors with Technomancer (I can’t figure out if that name is great or awful). 11 tracks of electro-thud by which Pictureplane means to consider the nature of man’s relationship to machines. CD or coloured vinyl LP on Anticon.…view full details.

Jimi Bazzouka
Edits Vol. 3

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Jimi Bazzouka drops in on Crowdspacer for the third volume of his Edits series, following on from the acclaimed Vol. 2 on Pandamaki Records. He grabs bits and pieces of African music, techno and synth-pop and makes them his own with his highly individual production style. This 12” is strictly limited, so only one copy each guys!…view full details.

Working For A Nuclear Free City
What Do People Do All Day?

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

When you work in an office which is just one bit of DNA away from being that of Nathan Barley it’s a question I often ask myself. Playing and shouting seems to be the answer. In slightly related news I’m devastated to learn that there are 14 songs here. That’s more work for me then. At least Celer had the decency to make a one track album this wee…view full details.

Dip In The Pool
On Retinae

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

On Retinae is a bright and pleasing slice of Japanese pop music recorded in the heart of the 1980’s. The track, the work of Dip In The Pool, glides forwards on a stately melody line for plucked synth lines, delicate vocals and unexpected (but thoroughly welcome) clarinet completing the picture. The entrancing tune is present here in two different versions. On Music From Memory.…view full details.

Red Kite
Songs For Crow

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

7/10 according to our Clinton

Named after the bird of prey that was recently re-introduced to the countryside around Harewood House and inspired by the poetry of Ted Hughes, Red Kite sound like the kind of band that are thinking a little deeper than the usual prattlers. They are led by ex Cooper Temple Clause man Daniel Fisher and ‘The Gathering Storm’ is a nicely slow …view full details.

The Beta Band
The Patty Patty Sound

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

The Patty Patty Sound was the second EP released by The Beta Band. The record is over 40 minutes long but is still considered to be an EP. The 12” single was one of the first three releases by The Beta Band that made up their 3 Eps album. The much sought after EPs have been long out of print and were last available as limited releases for Record Store Day 2013.…view full details.

Mogwai
Young Team - Deluxe Edition

29 people love me. Be the 30th...

9/10 according to our Phil

There's probably not too much to say about Mogwai's Young Team that hasn't been said before so I'm not gonna review it.. I'm just gonna tell you of it's renewed existence as a 4LP boxset and 2 CD set with loads of extra gubbins (live tracks and unreleased nubbins). The vinyl has been out of print for ages and it's going for about 30 quid so you can get the boxset for less than the original. Only 2…view full details.

Connan Mockasin
Forever Dolphin Love

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

8/10 according to zuma (customer) on

Instant classic! If you manage to hear during that time when one is half awake half asleep, you'll see how far that takes you.…view full details.

David Bowie
The Next Day

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

6/10 according to our Clinton

Aiming for comeback of the year before he was usurped by My Bloody Valentine, David Bowie delivers his first album in what...like...a million years and you have to hand it to him, the silence has paid dividends. Had he been releasing albums and touring over the past 10 years no-one would really care about …view full details.

The Beta Band
Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos

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

Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos is the third EP to be released by The Beta Band. The 12” single was one of the first three releases by The Beta Band that made up their 3 Eps album. The much sought after EPs have been long out of print and were last available as limited releases for Record Store Day 2013.…view full details.

Sleaford Mods
Mr. Jolly Fucker / Tweet Tweet Tweet

48 people love me. Be the 49th...

9/10 according to our Ian

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 you’re a fan this is definitely worth picki…view full details.

Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures

15 people love me. Be the 16th...

10/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Of all the stellar records released during the post-Punk revolution of 1979, "Unknown Pleasures" remains the best remembered. Maybe it's that album art, stark but wavering, or the way Ian Curtis pleads and begs and croons and roars through song after song in the unaffected voice of one truly damaged. Most likely it's the apparent (albeit hard-to-explain) expertise of each and every one of the record's contributors, despite their overwhelming lack of experience. The influences are prominent, b…view full details.

David Bowie
Sue (or In A Season of Crime)

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

7/10 according to our Clinton

People seem to get pretty excited about David Bowie these days and its kinda funny that the A side of this new single is a discordant jazz- inflected-Sinatra-in-a-blender mess that could only please the most ardent of fans. Cue 6 Music presenters awkwardly pretending to like it as they’ve bloody hyped it up so much. ‘Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) is kind of like his drum and…view full details.

Amber Run
5AM

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

6/10 according to our Robin

Fun fact: Embrace and Snow Patrol released their debut albums the same year. They should’ve saved time and just absorbed one another into a post-post-Britpop band of supergroup proportions. Imagine if “Ashes” was the same song as “Chasing Cars” -- you’d have the loudest, most vaguely emotive song…view full details.

Sheer Mag
II

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

It’s like the last thirty years didn’t happen - in the best possible way. Sheer Mag channel the likes of The Cars, retaining an uncompromising commitment to power pop in all its ‘fist in the air’ glory. Dust off your leather jacket, it’s that time again. Out on vinyl 7” from Static Shock Records.…view full details.

The Underground Youth
Haunted

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

6/10 according to our Clinton

Prepare your extra long raincoat. Ensure that there is a puddle nearby for the bottom ends to trail through. We have the darkest of early '80's goth rock all on one album so you never have to leave your bedsit and strain against the cold Northern wind ever again. This is comically bleak, guitars terrify, vocals make Peter Murphy sound like Sonia and there's a metronomic never changing drum thum…view full details.

VANT
Parking Lot / The Answer

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

‘90s influenced melodic, indie-rock band Vant have been touted as a band to keep an eye on. The London four-piece’s mix of attitude, aptitude and pop-grunge sound has certainly created a buzz with Parking Lot making the Radio 1 playlist. Parking Lot / The Answer is available on 7” single on Parlophone.…view full details.

FEWS
The Zoo

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

9/10 according to S.Westwood (customer) on

Fews are back with a new 7 inch this time featuring their new track "The Zoo" which once again showcases how great they are as a band. The A side of the single is the track "The Zoo" which is an exiting blast of music which is exciting and very fun. This is a great performance by the band and showcases how great they are at their instruments and how well all their instruments fit together to produce their large wall of sound. The B side is a great remix by the great Al Lover. Overall a great …view full details.

Earl Sweatshirt
Doris

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Earl Sweatshirt, real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, is an American rapper and member of hip-hop crew Odd Future who also include the notable artists Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean among their ranks. Doris was Earl Sweatshirt’s debut solo album and was originally released in 2013. Fans will be delighted that Doris is finally getting a vinyl release.…view full details.

Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
S/T

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

6/10 according to our Robin

I woke up this morning at eight forty five am to an alarm ringing off pretty loudly and I thought wow I haven’t got time for this and the note that came with it read “have some coffee before you get up” and I thought about how I never make the time to do that and as I flushed the toilet next to my bedroom I was struck by sadness about the daily routine and the way it comes abo…view full details.

IAM
L’école du micro d’argent

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IAM’s 1997 album. L’ecole du micro d’argent is widely considered to be the pinnacle of French hip-hop (it is also the best selling French hip-hop record worldwide). Stretching across a whole 90 minutes, the group vigorously critique French society over simmering, swaggering beats. Triple LP reissue on Warner Brothers.…view full details.

David Bowie
★ (Blackstar)

46 people love me. Be the 47th...

7/10 according to our Clinton

I’ve been scribbling notes as the record has been playing in the office and at various points I’ve written the words “very good ....though the saxophone is a bit much”. 'Tis true. Much has been made of this being David Bowie’s most experimental work but on initial listen tracks such as ‘Lazarus' are simply decent B…view full details.

John Williams
Star Wars - The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection

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

Can you feel the promotional pressure of the Star Wars franchise boiling up to exploding point? Well this will help it build further: the Ultimate Soundtrack Collection contains all of John Williams’ epic orchestration recorded for the franchise to date, available as a 10 CD + 1 DVD boxset or an 11 LP boxset, all lavishly packaged, needless to say.…view full details.


Nirvana
Nevermind

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

10/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

What can be said about "Nevermind" that hasn't already been said? It's the album that changed music for the better by creating a route to peoples ears for all sorts of different sounds and it also changed it for the worse too - allowing a route to peoples ears for Alice In Chains, etc. "Nevermind" is a brilliant album from start to finish. The music came at a time when it was so badly needed. It was high on energy and apathy. Noisy pop music, basically. I…view full details.

The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main Street

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10/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

Between 1968 and 1972 the Rolling Stones made their best four albums: "Beggar's Banquet", "Let It Bleed", "Sticky Fingers" and what is widely regarded as their greatest work "Exile On Main Street". It is an album that sets the benchmark for classic albums. Recorded in house in France where the band lived for the duration, they argued, smoked (everything, probably) and drank to excess. This is where the rock 'n' roll myth was cast. Then there's the music. r…view full details.

The Beatles
Rubber Soul

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

9/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

Love ‘em or hate ‘em (and I love ‘em) you can’t deny The Beatles impact on modern music. At least half of their output is utterly essential. “Rubber Soul” is definitely one of their best and fired up Brian Wilson enough to make “Pet Sounds”. As well as the really famous songs “You Won’t See Me” and “I’m Looking Through You” add to the brillia…view full details.

The Beatles
Revolver

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

10/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

How do you review Revolver? I think it’s easy to dismiss the Beatles these days after 50 years plus of having them around and being compared to everything, but we shouldn't. In certain circles, this is regarded as the Beatles best and it’s hard to argue with. It’s a mixture of the brilliant, “And Your Bird Can Sing”, “She Said, She Said”, “I’m Only Seeping”, the beautiful “Here, There And E…view full details.

The Beatles
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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

7/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

It is easy to argue that “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is overrated, and it probably is. If you think that it was released in the same year as The Velvet Underground & Nico and “Forever Changes” by Love, they weren’t the only band breaking new ground by this time. It is however, for me an album that I’ve always known, it was in my parent’s house before I was born and that very copy someho…view full details.

Public Enemy
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

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

9/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

The first three Public Enemy albums are pretty essential. “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” was their second. To these ears it is more of a sonic assault than their brilliant debut, “Yo! Bum Rush The Show”, the lyrics are delivered with more urgency too. It would be a fool’s errand to try and list every sample used on here, but Terminator X builds a lot of Public Enemy songs on a sample of James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” and this loo…view full details.

N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton

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

Reissue Heavyweight 180 gram Double LP with download card on UMC. This is a reissue of the 20th anniversary edition, and if I need to tell you any more about this then get bloody clicking. This is vital hip hop. Type it into youtube, and start your life already. With the biography film coming up later this year, you better get your homework done, otherwise you ain’t cool.…view full details.

Oasis
(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (Remastered)

15 people love me. Be the 16th...

9/10 according to Jack (customer) on

It's hard to compare Oasis with any other band from their era - at least, any other good one. Blur was more cerebral and affected, Suede was more sensual, and Morrissey's solo career was in transition. Whether or not Oasis was better than any of those acts is a matter of opinion, but their broad appeal certainly doesn't make them any worse, either. Personally I think they had something many of those other acts lacked: a kind of sincerity. There's something about that old-fashioned brand of ro…view full details.

Catfish & The Bottlemen
The Balcony

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

Named after a chance encounter between lead vocalist Van McCann and an Australian busker called Catfish the Bottleman, this gaggle of Llandudno-based indie rockers have already been featured on the Radio 1 playlist, and this their debut album was overseen by über producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys / Adele). Add to that a slot at pretty much every UK festival going, it's hard to imagine how they can possibly not acheive mega fame. They can't not. That's how not. …view full details.

Jamie xx
In Colour

15 people love me. Be the 16th...

5/10 according to our Laurie

Jamie Smith is a popular man. Through releasing a few 12 inchers and DJing anywhere post-XX success, he has the music media large and small in the palm of his smug little hands. This is presumably licence to do whatever he wants, including the appropriation of truly great pieces of music as the foundation for entire tracks, pirate radio nostalgia that appeals to his chums’ wannabe working…view full details.

Everything Everything
Get To Heaven

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

10/10 according to AGJones (customer) on

I managed to see Everything Everything yesterday in the Manchester HMV, it's the 4th time I've been graced by their live sets. Ex-Fall warrior Marc Riley was even there!.. anyway, there's really not many bands I'd want to see over and over again, perhaps only Radiohead and The Fall are the only other contenders. The all important third album is usually the work that cements the overall sound of a…view full details.

Billie Marten
As Long As

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

Billie Marten is apparently tipped for greatness: someone noticed that she is quite good, despite only being 16 years of age. The As Long As EP is her longest release to date, and features her impressive voice over a bed of heart-string-tugging ornate folk music. 10” vinyl, released by the Chess Club label.…view full details.

Porches
Pool

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

Songs about settling down always worry me. It's can't be easy to find inspiration about a trip to IKEA to get a new bedside cabinet. However, settling is apparently what this album is about. On initial listen it's soothing and melancholy electronic pop with very pretty vocal harmonies. Sounds pretty lovely actually. Limited coke bottle colour spot gloss sleeve for Indies only.    …view full details.

GoGo Penguin
Man Made Object

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GoGo Penguin are part of a small, elite pantheon of British artists signed to the legendary Blue Note label, putting them in the same room as jazz royalty. As Man Made Object shows, they’ve got there by melding traditional jazz approaches with sounds from glitchy electronica: all produced acoustically, of course.…view full details.

Monster Magnet
Dopes To Infinity

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Dopes to Infinity is part of Spinefarm Records’ Monster Magnet reissue series and it’s a pleasure to have this low-slung, grotty stoner rock back on double CD and vinyl LP. This was the third of the band’s proper studio albums, and by this point they had completely perfected their noisy and droning Black Sabbath homage.…view full details.

Alice Coltrane
World Galaxy

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

Impulse! and Back To Black reissue this sweeping 1972 album by Alice Coltrane. World Galaxy pairs Alice’s harp-led ensemble with a large string orchestra, meaning that her already cosmically free-flowing compositions spiral even further out. A deeply lush listen. Including versions of two John Coltrane favourites.…view full details.

John Coltrane
A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

What to say about John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme? It has become one of the most famed albums in all of jazz for a reason: the sheer spiritual power of Coltrane and his quartet just can’t be beat. This Complete Masters release delivers the entire recording session, outtakes, chatter, the lot. It fills 3 LPs, and is complemented with a 20 page booklet.…view full details.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven

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

10/10 according to Jack (customer) on

There aren't many post-rock bands that can make music with themes of the apocalypse and new world order not sound contrived or 'over the top'. The Canadian geniuses of Godspeed You! Black Emperor are back after the dark, lucid eruption of 'F# A# Infinity' with the somewhat more optimistic soundscapes on their sophomore release 'Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven'. Track 1 "Storm" sounds almost like an Angels & Airwaves song as it builds with an intensity unseen in previous out…view full details.


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