Bestselling vinyl, CDs and tapes this week

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Jess Williamson
Sorceress

Like a lot of other artists, Texan singer-songwriter Jess Williamson is looking for meaning in her life and in her art. On her fourth album she addresses such issues by way of country music and West Coast psychedelia with nods to Dolly Parton and '70s film soundtracks. She tried to predict what the future will look like in these uncertain times and Mexican Summer have got in on the act by pressing the limited edition vinyl on 'crystal ball' coloured wax. 

Sonic Youth
Sister

Goofin’ records repress Sonic Youth’s art-rock masterwork Sister, and they’ve even included a download with the vinyl LP. On their fifth album the band’s dissonant no-wave drones are as heavy as ever, but they’re tied to sharper songwriting and thoughtful band dynamics.

David Bowie
Hunky Dory

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Hunky Dory is Bowie’s 1971 triumph, containing several of his most immortal songs, including ‘Changes’ and ‘Life on Mars?’. Remastered in 2015.

Waxahatchee
Saint Cloud

It seems that there’s loads of potentially great releases coming in 2020, and here we have another. Katie Crutchfield returns with her Waxahatchee project for album number 5, Saint Cloud. It’s an album about holding on to and having to let go of things she has loved and how to move forward. She went back to her roots for inspiration and was inspired by the places and people that mean so much to her.

A.C. Temple / The Wedding Present
Miss Sky / Undercurrent

Finally out on vinyl again, this 7” is practically free with any order. Originally released with Ablaze! magazine, the A.C. Temple / The Wedding Present split single, featuring the songs Miss Sky and Undercurrent, makes the excellent addition to your order, not to mention its role in expanding your record collection’s late 80s rock credibility.

The Libertines
The Libertines

Whether you could cope with their tabloid-friendly jack the lad personas or not, there's no arguing that this bunch of London wasters created a raggle taggle sound that refreshed British guitar music. At a time when most popular 'indie bands' were as benign and manufactured as any Simon Cowell protege, the Libertines lived their music and embodied a rock and roll lifestyle that is generally frowned upon by tut tutters. The fact that security were brought in to stop the two creative leaders fighting during the recording of this second record should be enough to convince you that they meant it, maaaan.    

Madvillain
Madvillainy

Madlib and MF DOOM present an experimental hiphop tour de force that was beset by internet leaks before completion, and initially abandoned midway by its creators before seeing the light of day in 2004 and becoming a crossover hit. Brimming with unlikely samples (Mothers of Invention, Gentle Giant, Bill Evans, Steve Reich, Egg) and DOOM’s characteristically dazzling and dense rhymes.

Grouper
Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill

Liz Harris’ 2008 album proved irresistible to many and is generally considered her defining release. A woozy fog of guitar and vocal, it’s simultaneously intoxicatingly beautiful, yet dark and unsettling. It’s been in and out of print over the years and often frustratingly unavailable, so here it is again on CD.

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground

To celebrate the enduring longevity and indelible influence of The Velvet Underground Polydore/UME are releasing 'The Velvet Underground-45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition', which features 64 tracks in a six-CD package. Originally released in 1969, The Velvet Underground’s self-titled third album famously departed from the band’s first two LP’s. John Cale was replaced with Doug Yule, and the record was a stylistic shift, demonstrating a warmer, more optimistic side to VU.

Sleaford Mods
English Tapas

Returning with their first full length record for Rough Trade, it will be fascinating to find out what Sleaford Mods made of 2016. The title here refers to cuisine in a pub the pair visited that consisted of "half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie" - a menu that sums up the useless state of England, as viewed through the lens of lead ranter Jason Williamson. Featuring all new songs recorded with Steve Mackey (Pulp), this is sure to be one of 2017's most-anticipated releases.     

The Strokes
Is This It

The Strokes’ dynamic 2001 debut Is This It, with hard-to-resist faves like Last Nite and Someday which helped the growly Julian Casablancas and co. wedge themselves firmly into the indie rock canon. The New Yorkers’ kickstarter for the 2000s indie scene, available on regular LP from Rough Trade or a limited audiophile version on Music On Vinyl.

The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Anniversary Edition

A big old grand reissue of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, put together especially for the fifty year anniversary of the seminal Beatles record. Various editions of this psychedelic classic are available, with treats like early takes, stereo mixes and unreleased making-of documentary scattered around the editions. Choose between CD, 2CD, 2LP and six-disc super box-set versions!

Bicep
Bicep

This is Bicep's debut album, following up a bunch of 12" records, selling thousands of vinyl, generating millions of streams and being played by just about everyone. One of their 12' releases: "Just" earned this electrifying duo the title of Track of the Year and has been dropped by the likes of Jamie XX.  

Boards of Canada
In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country

As you know, In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country first materialised ‘twixt Boards of Canada’s two bumper-length Warp classics Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi, and is, rightly, just as acclaimed. For my money, ol’ IaBPOitC is better produced than either album, the first three of its four tracks an impeccable trio of gentle haunters. BoC really nailed their shtick with this one.

American Football
American Football (LP3)

20 years ago American Football, formed by Mike Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, made their eponymously titled post rock-meets-emo debut and split up. The album is highly regarded in many quarters, including here at Norman Records. A follow-up surprised us in 2016, with Mike’s brother Nate expanding the line-up, and now we have the third installment. Features guest performances from Hayley Williams of Paramore and Elizabeth Powell of Land Of Talk.

Cate Le Bon
Reward

You know what? Everything Cate Le Bon involves herself in is of interest. Le Bon’s previous work has encompassed all manner of sounds and quirks; think pop music with a difference. The far-afield sounds of psychedelia, art pop, indie rock and pop meet with wistful guitar lines, fanciful vocals, intriguing lyrics and melodies which skip and wander. Quirky and beautiful songs, delivered with Le Bon's distinct Welsh Valleys lilt.

Oh Sees
Face Stabber

Some things are always true.  You're always less than 6 months away from a John Dwyer release. That release will be by a band using a variant on Oh Sees as its name. Dwyer will have recorded some of that album wearing jean shorts that stop below the knee. And the songs that fill that release will be high intensity fuzzy garage rock. 

Radiohead
Kid A

Kid A is still Radiohead's most challenging album and the furthest they've headed into electronic textures but it's all the better for it. The band channelled the sounds they were hearing on records by the likes of Autechre and applied them to their own sound. Such a different beast from OK Computer but a very innovative and important record.  

The Orielles
Disco Volador

Written and recorded in double-quick time to strike while the iron’s still hot following the success of last year’s debut Silver Dollar Moment, The Orielles return with their sophomore album. Inspired by their time on the road, Disco Volador benefits from the addition of a fourth member on keyboards and the drones and delays brought to the mix by producer Marta Salogni. It should be another triumph for a band who’ve marked themselves out as one of the country’s finest newcomers. 

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Viscerals

Viscerals by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, or Pigs x 7 if you prefer, is the band’s third album, following 2018’s King Of Cowards and their 2017 debut Feed The Rats. The album sees the heavy psych-rockers really hitting their stride. A leaner, more direct sound with catchy songs built on rocking riffs. Viscerals is an apt title.

Cocteau Twins
Heaven Or Las Vegas

‘Heaven Or Las Vegas’ was originally released in 1990 and was to become the bands most commercially successful release, reaching Number 7 in the UK Album Charts. Numerous publications have since declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, with Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.”

Arcade Fire
Funeral

They used to actually be a phenomenal band and Funeral is all the proof you need. Full of gang chants and guitar twitches, big band fever and Springsteen suburbia, the Arcade Fire made a hopeful and triumphant rock record that fully deserved to be loud. With a handful of indie rock's best tunes on it, it traversed a whole lot of death and even a bit of romance -- "Crown of Love" is still their best, most heartfelt moment.

Silver Jews
The Natural Bridge

Ah the late, lamented Silver Jews. The Natural Bridge is one of their best albums. Its careful strumming and hints of country are a perfect bedrock for the beautiful and droll poetry of David Berman. It's this lightness of touch delivery without the presence of regular members Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich that actually elevates the Natural Bridge and ensures it is one of Berman's most enduring works.  

dodie
Human

dodie has a new record out on doddleoddle but all further titles are much more straight down the line standard. Indeed dodie has found this pop business a doddle enjoying over 350 million streams across various platforms. She's put the 5 and a half pence she has earned from all that into making this EP which follows previous EPs which hit the actual UK album charts,       

Fugazi
Fugazi

Fugazi was the debut EP from soon-to-be-pretty-legendary post-hardcore lot Fugazi. It contained seven songs (and was sometimes known as '7 Songs') including Waiting Room which became one of their most well known songs after it was covered by Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They went on to make perhaps more well rounded records but Fugazi marked the beginning of their distinctive and uncompromising music. 

Coriky
Coriky

Formed in 2015 but taking three years to perform live together for the first time, and a further two to release this self-titled debut album, Washington D.C. outfit Coriky is formed of iconic underground figure Ian MacKaye on guitar, his old Fugazi bandmate Joe Lally on bass and Amy Farina on drums, with all sharing vocals. 

Ron Geesin
Pot-Boilers (Ron Geesin Soundtracks To Stephen Dwoskin Films 1966 - 1970)

An insight into an important time in British cinema, Pot-Boilers is a collection of soundtracks recorded by Scottish electronic and jazz pioneer Ron Geesin for films directed by Stephen Dwoskin between 1966 and 1970. Minimalistic, fearless and genuinely unnerving at times, the music is a reflection of Dwoskin’s experimental tendencies behind the camera. 
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Mike Polizze
Long Lost Solace Find

Mike Polizze is probably best known as the guitarist and frontman with Purling Hiss. With his band he usually drenches his fine songs in various types of guitar squall. On his debut solo album, Long Lost Solace Find, sees him putting the pedals away, picking up an acoustic guitar and letting the sunshine in. Kurt Vile guests on vocals and guitar. 
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Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am

Debut album from Los Angeles' neé Sheffield's finest from back when they were four scrappy kids with big fringes, before the smart shirts and slicked back hair. Even now the young Alex Turner's lyrics are genuinely impressive in how vivid a vision of the People's Republic of South Yorkshire they can create. 

Moby
All Visible Objects

A new Moby album - All Visible Objects -- you know what to expect. The big thing here, as with all Moby’s work for the past decade, is that he is donating every single penny of profit from album sales to various animal rights, environmental and humanitarian charities. A full list of the charities benefitting are available to read in the press release. 

BC Camplight
Shortly After Takeoff

Philadelphia-born Brian Christinzio, the man behind the BC Camplight moniker rounds off his ‘Manchester Trilogy’ with Shortly After Take Off, an album he believes to be his best to date. The trilogy has told of his move to Manchester, his deportation, leaving loved ones behind, mental health struggles and now, although settled back in Manchester, the sudden death of his father and alcohol abuse. He writes about everything with heart-breaking honesty and with a certain amount of gallows humour.

Disclosure
Energy

On their previous two albums dance phenomenon Disclosure have written only  the material they ended up using. on their third album though they've recorded over 200 pieces and whittled them down to just 11. They keyword being the title as they chose only the most energetic, most immediate tracks. It is still a very varied collection with Brazilian, R&B and hip-hop influences and two mega guests in Kelis and Common. 
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The Rifles
Great Escape

Who knew that 15 years after their inception that people would still be wanting the Rifles albums? Great Escape was the second album from Chingford's finest originally unleashed in 2009. It had a difficult inception being recorded in three different studios whilst the band found their sound. All came good though as they got one of its songs used in a water commercial as well as on Gavin & Stacey. Ten years later you can now re-buy it on double LP with 8 bonus tracks. 

Wild Beasts
Two Dancers

The Wild Beasts stunning, mellow and beautiful second album Two Dancers. No-one who heard their screechy and lop-sided debut Limbo, Panto could have been ready for such excellence but Two Dancers delivered it in spades. Hayden Thorpe's voice had calmed down a bit, they stopped being quite as madcap and delivered a glacial and spectral album full of guitar-led beauty and romantic lyrical observations. 

New Order
Power, Corruption & Lies

New Order’s second full-length achieves a fine balance between electronic and guitar-based music. While the preceding Movement LP was the work of a band who couldn’t quite shake off the weight of their past as Joy Division, Power, Corruption and Lies and the contemporary Blue Monday 12” saw them define a singular identity. We All Stand and Leave Me Alone still have the guitar-driven angst of old, but the Blue Monday variation 5 8 6 and Ecstasy were ground-breaking forays into a Hi-NRG-influenced sequencer-driven style, enhanced by the unmistakable lead basslines of Peter Hook. Also Barney got over his reticence and became a proper lead singer. Housed in a high-concept, die-cut Peter Saville sleeve, it’s still an utter joy today. 

Razorcuts
Storyteller

A deluxe re-issue of Storyteller, the debut album from short-lived London-based indie band Razorcuts. Originally released in 1988 on Creation, it’s a lean and taut 35-minute collection that put them streets ahead of their competitors at the time. Now, it gets a 2xLP re-issue on white / transparent pink vinyl, with a bonus eight-track album and in-depth sleeve notes. 
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Nirvana
Nevermind

Of Nirvana’s three studio albums, the middle one, Nevermind, is probably the most well known, but it is after all, the one that got them noticed. It kicked down the doors and allowed everybody through. Their mix of classic rock and punk was sprinkled with magic dust by the then unknown producer Butch Vig. It was also the first album to feature the now Foo Fighter, Dave Grohl on drums. It is great.

Talk Talk
Spirit Of Eden

Fashioned from innumerable improv sessions, 1988’s Spirit of Eden is where Talk Talk took an experimental turn and, in so doing, secured the legacy that lives on in bands such as Zelienople. Sprawled-out and unhurried song structures, a smattering of strange sound design, a wide instrumental palette, plenty of dynamics and space, Mark Hollis’ soulful and plaintive moans… come on, it’s a masterpiece.
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Foals
Holy Fire

Holy Fire was the third album from always pretentious Oxford rock mainstays Foals. Coming after their breakthrough Total Life Forever, it was a spectacular bust of creativity aided and abetted by producers Alan Moulder and Flood who drew unrestrained playing out of the quartet on an ambitious work that yielded more hits than misses. 

Nick Drake
Bryter Layter

Bryter Layter should obviously be in your record collection, and luckily you don’t have to spend £1,000,000 on a crackly old dog of a copy anymore. Island have faithfully remastered and reissued this beautiful thing from the (almost) original master tapes, and packaged it so it’s just like how your Dad would have bought it back in the day.
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Four Tet
Beautiful Rewind

Beautiful Rewind was the seventh album released by Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden). It was (ahem) 'dropped' without any fanfare or trailers which led to an excitable reception particularly with lead track Kool FM which eventually found its way onto Grand Theft Auto. Elsewhere it's more reliable electronics from Hebden which expands on his previous There Is Love In You by moving his fluttering sample-based electronica into darker territories.  

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

Following on from 'Definitely Maybe', Big Brother are reissuing Oasis' second record and Britpop standard, 'What's The Story (Morning Glory)'. It will be available as CD, double LP or deluxe CD - the latter of which includes a 56 page hardback book, demos of "Hello" and "She's Electric", a replica 12", a replica cassette and a bunch of live tracks.  Just what the world needs, eh?

David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars needs no introduction, being one of the best-known albums of an enormous cultural icon. This release uses the 2012 remastered versions of the tracks.

IDLES
Brutalism

Brutalism is the latest thirteen-track release from Idles. A powerfully written and politically driven collection of music that packs a punch aimed at the current political climate in the UK. It is hardcore and punk, so what do you expect? Described as ‘ a deadly serious indictment on popular culture’ that is available Vinyl LP and CD.

black midi
Talking Heads / Crows Perch

Soon-to-be-massive Londoners black midi are trying very hard to adopt an enigmatic persona with a series of low key releases such as the bmbmbm (we told you they were enigmatic) 7" on Speedy Wunderground. Finally they release their first big thing and it's of no surprise that Rough Trade have snapped them up. Their sound is energetic, danceable, accessible but also somewhat original. We haven't got many of these so you'll need to be quick to get on board.     

The Courettes
Want You! Like a Cigarette / Night Time (The Boy of Mine)

The Courettes are a duo who come from Brazil and Denmark. They play ‘60s garage rock and it has been suggested that they do it in an authentic fashion akin to Billy Childish’s Thee Milkshakes. Want You! Like a Cigarette / Night Time (The Boy of Mine) is their new single and the two tracks have been lifted from the sessions that will eventually form their third album.
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FKA twigs
Magdalene

One of the most anticipated sophomore album releases of the decade is finally upon us! Released over half a decade ago, Tahliah Debrett Barnett’s debut FKA twigs album LP1 was one of the most thrillingly original and forward-thinking pop releases in years, its shifting rhythms and immersive soundscapes informing a great deal of subsequent music. The intervening years have seen Barnett suffer physical and emotional upheaval, something that’s informed the sound and themes of Magdalene. Features production from Nicolas Jaar.

Jme
Grime MC

Not content with being a top Grime MC, Jme also runs the label Boy Better Know, which his new album, also called Grime MC, is released on. It’s the long awaited follow-up to 2015’s brilliant Integrity> album. The album features guest spots from Skepta, Giggs and more and production from a whole host of people including Preditah and Tre Mission. Jme himself gets involved there too, of course.
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Blazer Sound System / CS + Kreme
Tanka Riddim / Crushed Cream

Fresh from a killer 10" on Manchester's Youth imprint, NYC's Blazer Sound System land on Efficient Space on the top side of this limited white label plate. 'Tanka Riddim' is stoned to the bone, menacing serpentine dub nourishment like a K-holing Keith Hudson. Underneath Melbourne's CS + Kreme (The Trilogy Tapes, Total Stasis) serve up some of their tantalizing, dreamy hypnosis with 'Crushed Cream'.
  • Vinyl 10" (ES014)
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Baxter Dury
The Night Chancers

Will Baxter Dury ever escape from being described as Ian Dury’s son? Not here. He has, however, made a significant contribution to music. His new album, The Night Chancers, is his sixth. The album tackles subjects such as social media stalking, bloggers, insecurity, those that lack awareness and self-deluded types.

Hannah Diamond
Reflections

Not to be confused in any way, shape or form with former TVam presenter Anne Diamond, Hannah Diamond was part of PC Music but has now unleashed her first solo beast. It is a batch of scrubbed and shiny pop with a skewed-dance production which could be seen to rival SOPHIE in the weird modern pop compartment. It's dead personal too, with songs all about relationships, fractured or otherwise. 

Hazel English
Wake UP!

Produced under the aegis of big names such as Ben H. Allen III and Justin Raisen, Wake UP! is the debut album from Californian newcomer Hazel English. Judging by the quality of lead-off single ‘Shaking’, the record ought to be a dazzling mixture of Sixties-influenced psychedelic rock and etheral dream-pop. 

Eve Owen
Don't Let The Ink Dry

Don’t Let The Ink Dry is the debut studio album from British singer/songwriter Eve Owen, written and recorded during three summer breaks in New York state at Long Pond Studio with The National’s Aaron Dessner from when she was 16. The songs are rooted in traditions of folk, but use electronics to take flight. 

King Crimson
Starless & Bible Black (remix)

Remixes of the King Crimson back catalogue by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson were released as part of a vinyl box set in 2018. Here we have Starless and Bible Black as a stand alone released. It was their 6th album originally released in 1974. The album is a dynamic masterpiece of jazz rock and prog and the second part of a trilogy along with Larks' Tongues In Aspic and Red.
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Flat Worms
Antarctica

Flat Worms return with their third album in around four years, and on Antarctica, the group’s already punishing sound continues to get harsher and more brutal. Recorded in just six days with the help of Ty Segall and Steve Albini, it seeks to provide bleak yet darkly humorous commentary upon the state of the world today. 

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
What Kinda Music

Tom Misch is a singer, guitarist and violinist. Yussef Dayes is a drummer. They come together on What Kinda Music mixing electronica, avant-garde jazz and hip hop. They first met at the launch for Misch’s Geography album, but Misch had been an admirer of Dayes before that. They hit it off, realising they could push each other to become better. This is the result of all that pushing.

The Sonics
Boom

Here we have some classic speaker-ripping garage rock in the shape of Boom, the second album by legends of the genre, The Sonics. It was originally released in 1966. The album is a replica of the original and, like the original, is presented in mono. It contains a rather violent version of garage classic, Louie Louie.  

Modern Studies
The Weight of the Sun

The Weight of The Sun is the new studio album from folk-based kosmiche explorers Modern Studies. As their previous efforts (2016’s Swell To Great and 2018’s Welcome Strangers) would suggest, it showcases Emily Scott, Rob St John, Pete Harvey and Joe Smillie’s natural abilities at combining melody with texture. 

Everything But The Girl
Temperamental

The series of half-speed re-mastered Everything But The Girl albums on vinyl arrives at the duo’s 1999 swansong, Temperamental. A left-turn into deep house ambience and trip-hop grooves punctuated by vulnerable lyrics and vocal performances from Tracey Thorn, it was misunderstood and largely ignored at the time, particularly as it followed the accessible and commercially successful Walking Wounded, but critical opinion has warmed to Temperamental in recent years. 

dgoHn
Undesignated Proximate

dgoHn is the project of John Cunnane who once recorded for Rephlex and has celebrity fans which include Thom Yorke and Aphex Twin. He makes highly creative beat-based music which takes in drum 'n' bass, jungle and jazz but with some more ambient soundscapes. It's all here, soundsystem-ready for some truly futuristic listening party. 

Westerman
Your Hero Is Not Dead

After some promising singles and lots of hot tipping it's time for London songwriter Westerman to drop the big one. His well crafted electronic pop and soulful rock moves have been compared to the likes of Arthur Russell and Peter Gabriel  - so that place where the slightly experimental meets the mainstream. All bodes well...hopes are high for this one. 
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Coil
Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics Vol. 2

Late October 1998, spooky season, experimental legends Coil got together at Sun Dial studios in London. The sessions ultimately produced the album Astral Disaster. Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics Vol. 2 contains remixes, alternative versions and track that weren’t ultimately selected for the final album. Contains the first version of The Mothership.
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Bicep
Atlas

Following up on the brilliant reception afforded to their 2017 debut album Glue, Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar return with a new Bicep track on 12”. A six-minute exploration of undulating synth lines that traverse broken-beat landscapes interspersed with cut-up vocals, ‘Atlas’ is an unmistakable banger. 

Kooba Tercu
Proto Tekno

Presenting a face of resolve when looking at the frightening realities of the future, Proto Tekno is less an album and more of a manifesto. Kooba Tercu have taken the long-established ‘repetition, repetition, repetition’ formula of countercultural music of years gone by and turned it into an all-out assault on the senses. 

Other Lives
For Their Love

Five years on from their beloved Rituals album, Oklahoman indie-rockers Other Lives give us their fourth studio effort, For Their Love. Consisting of ten tracks put down at their own Cooper Mountain Studios, it’s rooted in the blissful moments that made Rituals such a success yet still takes their sound in a new, darker direction. 

Old Man Gloom
Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning

Following the tragic death of bass player and singer Caleb Scofield, the future alt. metal supergroup Old Man Gloom was less than certain. Aaron Turner, also of Sumac and Isis, Nate Newton also of Converge, along with drummer Santos Montano decided to recruit Stephen Brodsky, who had played with Scofield in Cave In, to carry his torch and continue the work of the band. Their new album, Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning, follows two albums titled Ape Of God, a move which was thought of as hilarious by the band and confusing by fans. It was produced by Matt Bayles, Kurt Ballou and Randall Dunn, known for making heavy rock even heavier.

Old Man Gloom
Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being

Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being is one of two albums being released together by experimental metal group Old Man Gloom. They comprise members of Isis, Sumac, Converge and Cave In. Caleb Scofield, who was a founding member of the band, died in tragic circumstances, was replaced by his former Cave In bandmate Stephen Brodsky. 

Hayvanlar Alemi
Psychedelia In Times Of Turbulence

Formed two decades ago in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Hayvanlar Alemi continue to plough their lonely furrow of truly out-there experimental rock. Influenced by drone, desert blues and space rock, the seven-track Psychedelia In Times of Turbulence incorporates rhythms and scales from every continent. 

bdrmm
Bedroom

Taking inspiration from alternative music both modern and classic, Bedroom is the hotly anticipated full-length debut from Hull/Leeds band bdrmm (pronounced the same as the album title). Loosely conceived around a plotline of a disintegrating long-term relationship set against a backdrop of the highs and lows of your early twenties, it’s set to be one of the best British guitar debuts of 2020. 
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Sei Still
Sei Still

Sei Still come from Mexico City but play music that’s more in keeping with 1970s Germany. There’s clear influence from the likes of Can and Neu! but they also take pointers from minimalism and films such as Easy Rider and Andrei Tarkovksy’s 1979 classic, Stalker. Motorik beats recorded in Mexican woodland.
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The Blue Nile
High

The Blue Nile have a famously sparse back catalogue, releasing just four albums in their 36 year career. They definitely believe the quality, not quantity trope. It turns out that there was some unreleased stuff knocking around, though. The reissue of their fourth and final album to date, 2004’s High, comes with an extra 32 minutes of music on the 2CD version. It is also being released on vinyl for the first time in its original 9 track form.

Tidiane Thiam
Siftorde

On Siftorde, self-taught Senegalese guitarist, Tidiane Thiam adopts the intricate fingerpicked syncopation used to play the ancient hoddu (four stringed West African banjo type instrument) for the acoustic guitar. The result is a bunch of hazy, reflective folk instrumentals. The album was recorded at night time using one microphone and allowing the atmosphere to inform the music. The title translates into English as Remember,

Longpigs
The Sun Is Often Out

The Sun is Often Out is the debut album by Sheffield band Longpigs and was originally released in 1996. The band were fronted by Crispin Hunt and featured Richard Hawley on guitar. The Sun is Often Out contains the singles She Said and On and On. If you love your Britpop-era stuff and are too young to remember this you’d be advised to get involved. If you just want to relive those hedonistic ‘90s, then you’re welcome, too.
  • Vinyl LP (DEMREC707)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Gretchen Peters
The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury

Gretchen Peters is a Nashville-based singer songwriter who has written songs for many of the New Country singers. She has also had her songs recorded by Neil Diamond and Etta James. On her new album, she is singing someone else’s songs for a change. The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury sees Peters running through some of her Newbury favourites, recorded in the same studio Newbury used in the late ‘60s - early ‘70s. Mickey Newbury has written many songs including Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) which was recorded by Kenny Rogers and American Trilogy which was made famous by Elvis Presley.
  • Vinyl LP (SCARLLP12)
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Roly Porter
Kistvaen

Named after a peculiar kind of ancient tomb found largely in south-western England, Kistvaen marks the return of Roly Porter to the Subtext label. Recorded in Bristol at a variety of performances and rehearsals, it’s Porter’s fourth full-length, consisting of field recordings and wordless vocals. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (SUB035)
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SOHN
SOHN Live with the Metropole Orkest

Recorded on the opening night of the 2019 Amsterdam Music Event, SOHN Live with the Metropole Orkest sees Christopher Michael Taylor performing with the Grammy-winning, 54-piece Dutch jazz/pop orchestra and conductor Hans Ek. It’s a double-LP with unique reinventions of SOHN’s finest moments. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (4AD0234LPE)
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  • 4AD

Everything Everything
Re-Animator

For their fifth studio album, the eclectic Everything Everything determined to pare down and economise their creative process. Teaming up with indie veteran John Congleton on production, Re-Animator sees the band mark the beginning of their second decade of existence with their most focussed record yet. 
  • Vinyl LP (EVEV001LP)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Stephen Mallinder
Pow Wow

A deluxe, expanded re-issue on vinyl for Pow Wow, the debut solo album from Cabaret Voltaire member Stephen Mallinder. Originally released in 1982, it’s an essential look at one of the people behind one of Britain’s most icon(oclast)ic bands - particularly as Mallinder wouldn’t release any more solo material until 2019! Vinyl edition includes 12”x24” folded poster/insert, featuring unused elements from sleeve designer Neville Brody’s artwork. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (iMACH004)
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Grand Veymont
Persistance & Changement

Persistance & Changement is the third album by French electronic duo Grand Veymont. It is a single song split into several movements. The title, which is taken from an Appelachian field recording, refers to the process of making the album as well as the duo’s attitude whilst making it. Their music is generally improvised and shaped as they go, the only constraints being the number of hands they have between them.
  • Vinyl LP (LPOULS002)
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The Vacant Lots
Interzone

New York duo The Vacant Lots make a blend of dance and psych that we’re going to put in an electro-meets-post punk kinda pigeonhole. Their new LP, Interzone, is a place where ice cold beats are met with punchy guitars and dark disco hits and motorik propulsions thrive. The duo have previously collaborated with Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, Alan Vega of Suicide and Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre.
  • Vinyl LP (FC132V12)
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Snowgoose
The Making Of You

Snowgoose are a Scottish duo made up from ex-Soup Dragons guitarist Jim McCulloch and Anna Sheard. The Making Of You takes inspiration from Sandy Denny, Jimmy Webb and the psychedelic sounds of 1960s California. Helping them make these glorious tunes are Raymond McGinley of Teenage Fanclub, Dave McGowan and Chris Geddes of Belle & Sebastian and a whole host of Scotland’s musical luminaries. 
  • Vinyl LP (GLAMLP019)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Mood Taeg
Exophora

Mood Taeg are made up of people who live in Düsseldorf and Shanghai but the musical mood is more Germanic than Chinese. They are severely in debt to that magical movement of early '70s kraut-rock and electronic bands and cite the likes of Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk and Cluster as influences. They produce long form electronic pieces with some pretty great Jaki Liebezeit and Klaus Dinger. Should be right up the street of a lot of Norman Records customers. 

Various
Hillbillies In Hell: Volume X

A lovingly researched and presented double-vinyl compilation of 16 (often eye-wateringly rare) tracks of God-fearing, hell-obsessed outlaw country and bluegrass music from the likes of The Phipps Family, Swanee River Boys and Charlie Moore, Hillbillies In Hell: Volume X. Features liner notes from Alvin Lucia. 
  • Vinyl LP (IMAR121LP)
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  • Limited edition

Bloto
Erozje

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The Eighteenth Day of May
S​/​T Retrospective

Boosting traditional and modern folk with psychedelia and jangle pop, London-based sextet The Eighteenth Day Of May sadly didn’t achieve much of a profile when they recorded their first (and only) album in 2005. Cardinal Fuzz re-issues The Eighteenth Day Of May on vinyl with extra tracks, including demos for a never-made follow-up. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (CFUL152)
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  • Limited edition