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Cavern of Anti-Matter
void beats/invocation trex

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Cavern of Anti-Matter is a new group led by Tim Gane of Stereolab! void beats / invocation trex has the classic gorgeous motorik vibe that Stereolab alumni do so well, sucking you into its world. Guest appearances from Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3: quite a line-up eh? CD or triple LP on Duophonic.…view full details.

Ian William Craig
Cradle for the Wanting

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

9/10 according to our Robin

You might think that Ian William Craig’s work sounds sacred. An erudite opera singer in love with a rich lineage of drone music that stretches back to his twin-obsession with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Stars of the Lid, his work suggests formal training and critical thinking, “experimenta…view full details.


20 people love me. Be the 21st...

9/10 according to our Laurie

Arca is the man of the hour/year it seems. Having successfully helped Bjork make some captivating electronic weirdpop for her release earlier in the year and a lil stint with a certain Kanye West, he has now come through with another solo release, a year after the first. Prolific as well as lauded. Such praise can often overshadow the…view full details.

The Velvet Underground
The Complete Matrix Tapes

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

9/10 according to Phil Wilson (customer) on

Long, long awaited, and its true that many of the tracks have been released before on the live 1969 albums, and last years Velvet Underground (third album) box set, but this has got to be an essential VU purchase due the sound quality and the rarity of some of the tracks. To have all these tracks in one place, in a boxed format (similar size to the quine Tapes box set) is great. 38 minutes of Sister Ray can be testing, but a great, long, slow version of I'm Waiting for The Man opens the set. …view full details.


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

Adele returns! I see she’s sticking to the age-themed album titles, so here we have 25. You can expect to hear about 5 of these tracks in heavy circulation over the next year, so get in early and hear them in the context of the record! More grandiose pop-soul, showcasing that impressive voice (and those pained emotions). On XL Recordings.…view full details.

Anna von Hausswolff
The Miraculous

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

9/10 according to our Robin

Well, one thing’s for sure: Anna Von Hausswolff should have been in Interstellar. I think we can all agree Matthew McConaughey is not the dude you want to travel through fifth-dimensional space with, making Hausswolff his ideal replacement: she makes rock opera sound like a matter for the galaxy, she’s all about transcendence, and she loves the organ, making her and …view full details.

Drakelow EP

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9/10 according to our Brian

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 probably be the E45 record for you. It is certain…view full details.


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

9/10 according to our Christopher

Does anyone realise just how wired & strange this record actually is? Any album that starts of with such an escalatingly animalistic slice of driving new wave experimental pop as 'Thriller' just HAS to be heard. By absolutely everyone! Intoxicatingly, restlessly inventive and inviting, this is what happens if you tip Tuxedomoon, early B-52's, Jane Birkin & Teardrop Explodes' horn sectio…view full details.

Jessica Curry
Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture (Original Soundtrack)

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

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is a PS4 game of advanced non-linear design. Given that the game’s story has the heavy and emotionally resonant setting of post-apocalyptic world, it is appropriate that Jessica Curry’s original soundtrack is a somberly beautiful set pieces for orchestra, choir and soprano. Double transparent vinyl LP.…view full details.

Kamasi Washington
The Epic

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9/10 according to George (customer) on

Following in the traditions established by the likes of Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and John Coltrane, 34-year-old Jazz tenor saxophonist, composer and band leader Kamasi Washington releases his debut LP, entitled 'The Epic'. Clocking in at nearly three hours in length, the title of this triple CD is as apt as it is ambitious. Born in Los Angeles to musical parents, Washington was ra…view full details.

Ciao! Best Of Lush

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

9/10 according to mentalcats (customer) on

Probably the best introduction to Lush for those who may have missed them first time around, but also a great set of tracks for the completist. Taking tracks from all 3 studio albums (with the tracks from Split being my favourites) plus earlier EPs it includes the excellent B-Side "Love at First Sight". A fantastic compilation now that its available on vinyl for the first time. Although I already owned everything from Scar to Lovelife, Ciao! has a really good flow to it from the more indie-po…view full details.

Mac DeMarco

40 people love me. Be the 41st...

9/10 according to our Clinton

Despite the sleeve depicting him as some kind of buffoonishly made up grandson of one of the New York Dolls, I fell very quickly in love with Mac DeMarco’s debut 12” (though long enough to be an album) ‘Rock and Roll Nightclub’, I must have played it about a th…view full details.

Jack White

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6/10 according to our Clinton

Bow your heads and curtsy, here is Sir Jack White III with his second solo opus. Its not, as you might think on first glance, the Crow soundtrack, look closer and there he is on the sleeve sprawled in a throne he’s made out of some stone remnants he found as his local garden centre. I’ve always adhered to the less is more theory with Jack White in that his music had more imp…view full details.

Beat Happening
Look Around

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

We all know that Crabstick was the best shamble band of the 90’s but when it was pointed out to me how much they sounded like Beat Happening it was like they took santa away.   Beat Happening were the original (if not best) shamble band. They blueprinted that strum and sing sound that was utilised from everyone from …view full details.

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Sunn O)))

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

As any fool know, there’s none more heavy than Sunn O))). They’ve been collaborating a lot recently, both apart with various other projects and together with Scott Walker and Ulver, but at last we now have a pure new Sunn record! Kannon leans extra hard on the metal appar…view full details.


Nobody loves me. Be the 1st...

Purple is the fourth album by Baroness. The album is more direct and succinct than its predecessor - the sprawling double album Yellow & Green. It is being released on the band’s own label, Abraxian Hymns. The album was recorded by Dave Fridmann, known for his work with Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and MGMT. Available as an indies only limited edition vinyl (300 copies only), standard…view full details.

An Awesome Wave

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

It could be my age but I despair of the constant use of the word 'awesome'. They all use it here at Norman Towers - the young lads. Anyway let's see if there is anything awesome about this much heralded debut. I've read tonnes about this band in every publication from 'Metro' to 'Horse and Hound Monthly', and all pretty much in the last…view full details.

Jason Williamson
Grammar Wanker: Sleaford Mods 2007–2014

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

Jason Williamson’s remarkable lyrics for Sleaford Mods, printed on the page rather than spat into your ears. Grammar Wanker collects together all the pieces from recent albums and singles, as well as highlights of early material dating back to 2007. Have fun counting all the mentions of the word ‘piss’!…view full details.

FKA Twigs

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

Following on from the critical success of her debut album, LP 1, FKA Twigs goes all Aphex Twin with the title of her new EP, M3LL155X. Lyrically she deals with feminist and political issues. FKA Twigs has directed videos for four of the songs on the EP which are to be viewed as one continuous piece of work. The whole thing makes for a strong statement of her intent as an artist.…view full details.

Bersarin Quartett

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

8/10 according to our Robin

It’s been time and a half since I’ve heard from Bersarin Quartett, but I understand: the flow of time is an unfortunate accident for these folks, who move at their own, ever-slowing speed. BQ’s brand of neo-classical sounds like it was planted a long time ago and only has only just now finished growing, with patient melodic developments rising through a forest of ambient mush;…view full details.

Nuno Cananvarro
Plux Quba

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Plux Quba was first issued in 1988, to little attention. But over the years (following a reissue courtesy of Jim O’Rourke in 1998), people have recognised the value of Portugal’s Nuno Cananvarro and this, his masterpiece of sampletastic abstracted electronics. Reissued in a replica of the original enticing sleeve on Drag City.…view full details.

Ty Segall
Ty Rex

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

Ty Rex is the name under which garage-rock wunderkind Ty Segall covers the material of Marc Bolan’s T-Rex, as you do. This record compiles an EP and a 7”, both long out of print, and adds an exclusive new version of ‘20th Century Boy’. The project is clearly borne of love, and sounds pretty wild. Out on Goner Records.…view full details.

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
The Day 1982 Contaminated 1971

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project are pals with Newcastle’s ambient top trumps :zoviet*france:, and they’re after a similar scratching of the surface: field recordings crackle and pop, ambience sounds like it’s been dug up from a library archive now staffed by academic ghosts, and a looping, preternatural ambience brings about dusk. Can you imagine if …view full details.

New Order
Tutti Frutti

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

Even if you are literally New Order, having a Hot Chip remix adorn your single must still be very exciting. Can they do any wrong? It seems not: their version of New Order’s Tutti Frutti has the glorious pop sensibility and the deep dancefloor authority that you’d expect from the Chip guys. The CD version comes with remixes from 3 other artists too. On Mute.…view full details.

Black Bombaim
Live at Casazul

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

8/10 according to our Robin

Instead of hiring someone from behind the decks to capture this psychedelic conversation between friends, the crew behind ‘Live at Casazul’ nabbed recordings taken by an audience member, essentially coming out the other end with a crowdsourced live album. The team in question are Black Bombaim, Isaiah Mitchell, Ridrigo Amada and Shela, and while you might worry they’ve just de…view full details.

Antoni Maiovvi
Seasons In Hell

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Antoni Maiovvi makes really good neo-disco that makes you feel like you ought to be dancing hard in an unknown European city. Seasons In Hell is a very beautiful set: 2 7”s, on split-coloured vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve. Each copy comes with a postcard, and a number indicating which of the limited edition of 300 you are holding. On Castles In Space.…view full details.

Saturdays = Youth

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

2008-vintage epic synth-pop with a shoegaze aesthetic, reissued on the Naive label. It was with this album that M83 really embraced his more pop-friendly side, whilst still swirling everything together with synths upon synths. Saturdays = Youth, which features tunes like ‘Graveyard Girl’ and ‘Kim & Jessie’, is re-pressed to 180g double vinyl.…view full details.


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Shedding Skin

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

9/10 according to our Clinton

Ghostpoet certainly starts like an express train on his third album. Opener ‘Off Peak Dreams’ is a skittering, soulful effort driven by pounding drums, sparse piano notes and a funk ladled synth. It’s like he’s woken up and realised that he’s spent two albums making underground hip hop with esoteric appeal but has now decided to really go for it. Thing is - nothing…view full details.

Jamie xx
In Colour

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

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.

My Autumn Empire
Dreams of Death and Other Favourites

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

Ben Holton has somehow managed to make our Ian’s favourite record. This is a world that combines folky dream-pop with (and especially on the first few tracks) the slow strums of early ’70’s Pink Floyd. Opener ’The Following’ has that hazy post Syd Barrett English whimsy combined with some rather 70&…view full details.

Tropic of Cancer
Stop Suffering

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

7/10 according to our Clinton

Forgive me for a minute for discussing the inner bag to this long awaited 12” from the band who I’m sure still rejoice in being named at number 9 in our Albums of the Year 2013. The bag is a gorgeous natural brown hessian style. Probably the best inner bag I’ve seen all year. When listening to the music within it’s initially hard to see why this gets so many tech…view full details.

Art Angels

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Grimes is back, not that’s she’s been away really, but she certainly split some opinions when she released Go in 2014. With Art Angels she has turned away from the populist pop-trap fad and delivered 14 tracks of addictive leftfield pop. Featuring even more instrumentation played by herself as well as collaborations with Janelle Monáe and Aristophanes. …view full details.

Off E.P

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8/10 according to our Ant

This is purely speculation and by no means official confirmation, but I’m willing to bet my wife and three children that this here Phlekz tape on Mordant Music is the work of Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz (erm... he did upload the promo video to YouTube). …view full details.

Rabbit Eclipse

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

After a gap of a mere 19 years since their acclaimed debut album, Kseizyc are back in business. Hooray! With instrumentation that spans clarinet, hurdy-gurdy, synths, tapes, objects, accordions and more, Rabbit Eclipse is a very welcome next chapter in the Polish experimental folk travellers’ journey. CD on Penultimate Press.…view full details.

HKE / t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者
Gateway アセンション

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HKE and t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 are “two of the most in-demand architects within the world of vaporwave” according to the press release. As well as implying the remarkable notion of vaporwave public infrastructure, this description also signposts the original and creative approach the two take to this most nebulous of genres. Gateway アセンション is released as a cassette tape on BARO, in an edition of 200.…view full details.

Swept EP

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

8/10 according to our Robin

I bet Olafur Arnalds has a really fucking good winter-wear collection. Temporarily abandoning his role as the man who makes neo-classical music next to a fireplace that also brews hot chocolate or something, he revitalises the Kiasmos project in conjunction with electronic dude Janus Rasmussen. What happens when they get together is that it sounds like two o…view full details.

David Bowie
★ (Blackstar)

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David Bowie has another new album out! The mysteriously titled ★, which is less mysteriously known as Blackstar is his first new material since the weird single Sue (or in a Season of Crime) in 2014 and first album since the brilliant The Next Day in 2013. ★ is available on CD and on vinyl with some lovely die-cut packaging, and sounds like Bowie trying to perpetuate the avant-garde vibes of Scott Walker.…view full details.

Not Waving
Get Serious

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Diagonal champion the talents of Not Waving aka Alessio Natalizia with his new EP Get Serious. The 12” is cut at 45rpm for maximum club impact. It’s in your face and ready to go. A mix of Powell’s craziness, Belgian EBM of the late ‘80s and a sprinkling of Italian dancefloor flair. A full album, Animals, is due in 2016.…view full details.

Yellow Magic Orchestra
Public Pressure

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Public Pressure was electronic innovators, Yellow Magic Orchestra’s first live album. The music is taken from several concerts and see the band jamming in a loose and relaxed style. Akiko Yano joined the band at this stage adding her sublime vocal talents. Yellow Magic Orchestra are at their best when they have an audience to play to. Reissue LP pressed on 180g transparent vinyl, limited to 1000 copies.…view full details.


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8/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on

As February nears its end, it's obviously a good time to review this. I often get asked what my favourite Christmas song is. I don't really know why. However, when other people tell me they usually pick "Fairy Tale Of New York" by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl or "Wrapping Paper" by The Waitresses. I don't tend to like many of them these days as the ones by Slade and Wizzard have been around for about a year longer than I have and have gradually worn me down. I have a soft spot for "I Believe…view full details.

Various Artists
Fun Bag

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Life can be so predictable. We listen, we click, we order, we get home and we listen to the same thing. We go to gigs where a band plays its classic album in it's entirety. We know what is coming next. But who would go to a football match where you already knew the outcome? So why not take a risk and get a fun bag. You could end up with a load of old shit or some lost classics. These are mystery bags containing randomly selected items from our shelves. They co…view full details.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Their Satanic Majesties Second Request

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

10/10 according to kg (customer) on

the greatest 'neo-psychedelic' record of our time. combines the beautiful 'beatlesque' pop with the drug fueled drone feel that reminds me of the Spaceman3 . BUY IT! …view full details.

Kindred EP

32 people love me. Be the 33rd...

10/10 according to our Ant

The internet almost collapsed when Hyperdub announced this new Burial 12". The arrival of a new release from this guy is always anticipated with excitement akin to a 4 year old on Christmas eve. Yet again he's delivered the goods. Opening with The title track 'Kindred' beginning with trademark crackle and those clanking metallic beats he does so well. All the ghostly sweet female soulful vocal …view full details.

Introducing Scientist (The Best Dub Album In The World)

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

9/10 according to our Ant

It seems like ages and ages since I added Scientist's 'In The Kingdom Of Dub' and 'The Best Dub Album In The World' to the site. Now finally they have arrived and it was a most welcome sight to behold as I clocked them in my review pile. For seasoned dub freaks this man needs no introduction. Remastered for vinyl for the first time by the man himself they…view full details.

Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

93 people love me. Be the 94th...

10/10 according to our Nathon

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, with some lazy political observations thrown in, …view full details.

Julia Holter
Loud City Song

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

8/10 according to our Clinton

The best experimental record of the year was for me undoubtedly by These New Puritans. I urge anyone with a passing interest in late period Talk Talk, Scott Walker or David Sylvian to take a listen to their ‘Field of Reeds’ album. Its prove…view full details.

William Onyeabor
World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

32 people love me. Be the 33rd...

9/10 according to our Mike

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, maintaining a silence on his past life as perfor…view full details.

Sleaford Mods
Divide And Exit

93 people love me. Be the 94th...

9/10 according to our Nathon

Regular customers of Norman Records will know all about Sleaford Mods already. Due in no small part to a tireless work ethic (kudos to band and label!) large swathes of the UK and beyond now seem to be catching on, to the point where 'Divide And Exit' feels really quite zeitgeist-y. …view full details.

Sleaford Mods

19 people love me. Be the 20th...

8/10 according to our Robin

I can’t believe someone made a reference to 'It’s All Gone Pete Tong' in 2014 but I’m glad it was the Sleaford Mods. If there’s anyone who should be saying it, it’s them -- Jason Williamson is kind of a cynical poet parrot, after all, so everything that’s ever been said slips out after a while. The reference comes half way through the leering “Tiswas&rd…view full details.

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