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Tropical Fuck Storm
Braindrops

The Drones were on hiatus but are now officially over. Founding member, Gareth Liddiard and his musical and life partner Fiona Kitschin are carrying on though. They’re rocking out with a new-found purpose in Tropical Fuck Storm. Braindrops is the band’s second album in 18 months, following on from A Laughing Death In Meatspace. Doc At The Radar Station by Captain Beefheart was a big influence on this album, so expect some weird, wonky and wonderful noise.
  • Vinyl LP (JNR299LP)
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Omni
Networker

Hang on. I was thinking that Omni only released a new album earlier this year when in reality Multi-Task came out in 2017. How time flies when you are enjoying yourself.  Networker is their third album and their first since signing for Sub Pop. Theirs is a taut and wiry sound with nods back to Gang of Four and fellow Georgians Pylon and they have an ex Deerhunter in guitar ace Frankie Broyles. Networker turns up the 'fi' on their twisty turny sound but retaining the catchiness and freshness of their earlier work. 
  • Vinyl LP (SP1326X)
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Michael Kiwanuka
KIWANUKA

Just to make absolutely sure that you know it’s him, Michael Kiwanuka has gone for his own (sur)name as the title of his third studio LP. KIWANUKA sees the singer tripping down a bit of a psychedelic soul route - tracks like ‘You Ain’t The Problem’ are shimmering What’s Going On-type things that coalesce around Kiwanuka’s poised, soulful singing. Dangermouse and Kiwanuka’s longtime ally Inflo are the producers.
  • Vinyl Double LP (7795288)
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HIDE
Hell Is Here

Hell is Here is the second album by Chicago band, Hide. The duo of artists, Heather Gabel and Seth Sher, have a mission to reconstruct industrial music for a new generation. Their mission began with 2018’s debut, Castration Anxiety, and here, they succeed in stretching the possibilities of what can be done even further.

Moon Duo
Stars Are The Light

Moon Duo (I preferred them when they were a trio) go disco! One of the steadiest and most reliable bands in psych rock have discovered a new muse. As well as being influenced musically, they've also found inspiration in the liberatory qualities of the dancefloor. Produced by Mr. Sonic Boom so it's no less psychedelic than their past output. 
  • Vinyl LP (SBR228LPC1)
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65daysofstatic
replicr, 2019

replicr, 2019 is the seventh album in the near 20 year career of Sheffield experimentalists, 65daysofstatic. The album is at once a continuation and evolution for the band. It follows their score for the game No Man’s Sky, which caused them to think differently about the way they made music, building their own synths, software and way of writing.

Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Geographically confused chanteuse Lana Del Rey returns with her sixth album and her first since she discovered swearing. She's pictured on the cover cavorting with none other than the grandson of Jack Nicholson and possibly as a matter of note I should say that it contains fourteen new songs most co-written with fun.'s Jack Antonoff. Buy your copy from Norman Fucking Records.      
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Battles
Juice B Crypts

Having attracted some criticism for their indifferent last outing four years ago, experimental rock enthusiasts Battles drop their fourth studio album, which presses the reset button on expectations once again. Which is to say, there's only two of them now. Juice B Crypts is a veritable whirlwind of sonics and features collaborations with Shabazz Palaces and tUnE-YaRdS.
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Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, Oren Ambarchi
In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button

Experimental music heavyweights Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi return with their new album In the Past Only Geniuses Were Capable of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known as a Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With the Push of the Button which almost completes my word count for this description which is useful as there's no press release to work with. You know the score though... fearsome power rock on an annual mission to clean your ears of any wax that may have built up in there since the last time they made an album.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (Black Truffle 050LP)
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Nils Frahm
Encores 3

Nils Frahm is also known as the 'piano man' and indeed invented that 'piano day' you see people rattling on about every year. Encores 3 is the third (natch) of his trilogy of work exploring different avenues of his sound. Where part one was generally solo piano and acoustic and part two ambient, part three is all about the percussive and electronic side of his music. The three EPs will at some stage be available as one 80 minute collection but for now it's time to delve in to the last in the series as a standalone disc.  

Nils Frahm
All Encores

The incomparable Nils Frahm presents the third and final instalment in his Encores series of EPs in September, with all three of the compositions to be made available as an 80-minute album titled All Encores. Conceived of as “musical islands” off of the mainland of last year’s album All Melody, the third part is more percussive and electronic than the previous EPs that focussed on piano and ambience. 

Various
Institute Of Sonology 1959-1969

Compilations with dates in their title are always the best compilations. Fact. Compilations with dense, dry scientific language in the title, even more so. This is why 'Institute Of Sonology 1959-1969' is a delicious prospect. Full of early electronic music experiments done in a studio complex at the Institute of Sonology in Utrech, this double LP sounds like a thrilling trip back in time to when the idea of music made by machines promised a truly brave new world. 

Bodega
Shiny New Model

Brooklyn quintet Bodega (and not the Nottingham venue of the same name) have announced a mini-album titled 'Shiny New Model'. It features eight songs of big grooves and wistful melodies. FFO Parquet Courts, Shame, and Idles. What is a mini-album anyway? Where is the line? Is it just an EP? Answers on a postcard.
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Tenderlonious
Think Twice

The press release for Tenderlonious’ Think Twice EP proudly declares this thing to be ‘Detroit techno via Woking and South London!’. Well, we’ve no idea what music from Woking usually sounds like, and if we’re heading to the Midwest then honestly these tracks have more in common with the velveteen house aesthetic of Moodymann than they do with the tough techno of, say, Underground Resistance. At least they got the South London bit right - assuming that the South London scene they’re referring to is the jazz-tinged party stylings of labels like Rhythm Section International and not, like, So Solid Crew.
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Various
Crumb

Snazzy picture disc vinyl edition of the soundtrack to the 1994 documentary Crumb concerning legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb.  The soundtrack begins with the artist musing on music and life before featuring several jazz and ragtime styled pieces featuring David Boeddinghaus and Craig Ventresco. It wouldn't be complete without some of Crumb's beloved old time folk blues thrown in for good measure. Nice looking disc. 
  • Vinyl LP (CPR002PD)
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Mogwai
Happy Songs For Happy People

Happy Songs For Happy People was the fourth album by loveable Scottish rascals Mogwai and saw the band tone down their earlier post-rock excesses to a more subdued form of mostly instrumental composition. Synths and keyboards were used more prominently and there are some vocal contributions but it is the emotional depth and always simmering tension that suggests that this is one of the high points in their ever expanding musical canon.  

JOHN
God Speed In The National Limit

John plus John equals JOHN. Noise rock two piece from Crystal Palace release their new full length album God Speed In The National Limit For fans of Idles, Pulled Apart By Horses and the like, they mix aggressive yet danceable guitar and drum noise with introspective lyrics. LP on Pet Care in limited numbers .

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. LP and CD on Big Scary Monsters.

Pye Corner Audio
Hollow Earth

Not to be confused with 2017 EP Where Things Are Hollow (which is really good, by the way), here we have another new LP from Pye Corner Audio entitled Hollow Earth. The third album Martin Jenkins has done for Ghost Box as PCA sees him updating the sound of some of the label’s classic artists. The quixotic electronica of The Focus Group and The Advisory Circle is beefed up with a little bit of techno edge by Pye Corner Audio here.

Spacemen 3
The Perfect Prescription

Reissue of Spacemen 3's second album, which was a wide eyed clash of droning guitar fuzz, psychedelic avant-garage propulsion and heady atmosphere. The line up shift had given rise to an evolved sound, allowing for more space to breathe, casting those shimmering tremolos further out into the stratosphere.

Silver Jews
Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Ah...well we thought this might be back in stock this week. Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea was the final Silver Jews album before David Berman disbanded the group for the unusual reason that his musical output could never undo the damage his dad (a corporate lawyer) had done to the world. It's probably the Jews most polished record and sees Berman's distinctive baritone sitting on top of lush country-ish arrangements. Album highlight San Francisco DC is a hilarious seven minute narrative that is not to be missed.  

Bowery Electric
Beat

Finally available on vinyl pressing after a 20 year wait (to the day), is Bowery Electric's sophomore record - Beat. Slotting into a timeless sub-genre with the likes of Portishead and Massive Attack, the New York-based duo's avant-garde trip-hop stands the test of time and represents a sprawling range of influences.

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. 

Stereolab
Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (Expanded Edition)

Back in the early 1990s, when grunge and Britpop dominated rock music, Stereolab were doing something very different indeed. Combining motorik drone-rock a la Neu and avant-garde radicalism with elements of slick space-age exotica and retro Euro-pop, this their sprawling 1993 opus reissued and expanded here, sounds just as fresh today.

Khruangbin
The Universe Smiles Upon You

Despite operating out of Texas, Khruangbin are deeply influenced by Thai music, specifically the Thai funk of the 1960’s. If you aren’t familiar with the genre’s sound, prepare to be impressed with the grooving joy it fills you with! The Universe Smiles Upon You, the band’s debut, is on Late Night Tales, pressed to CD or white vinyl.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Murder Of The Universe

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have already pretty much mastered that pulsing garage rocky sound, but they are still aiming to release five (yep, five) albums in 2017. Murder Of The Universe is the second, and it seems to be aiming to summon up the spirits of the 70’s hard rock gods, even going so far as to divide the record into three so-called ‘chapters’. Epic. Out on Heavenly. The sticker smells like vomit.

The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

Recorded music doesn’t get more iconic than this. Influential as it is, there’s nothing quite like Brian Wilson’s masterpiece, with its magical harmonies and arrangements. It’s hard to get jaded about or tired of. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid this album, no matter what you’re into, you owe it to yourself to dive in. You have the choice of remastered stereo or mono versions on vinyl (if in doubt, mono is the one to go for), or a double CD edition which features both mixes, plus instrumentals and live tracks.

Weyes Blood
Titanic Rising

Winning the award for most confusing, convoluted press release of the decade is the new album from Weyes Blood. It turns out her fourth album is influenced by things as disparate as Bob Seger, madrigal choirs, Hoagy Carmichael and scholar Joseph Campbell. It's also influenced by the Titanic -  a boat which sunk once. Her last album was just great so here's hoping those array of influences allow something equally magical here.  

Bill Callahan
Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

Guess what? Bill Callahan got married....and fathered a child. Lovely news but what it has meant is that Bill's music has taken a back seat in recent years to the rigours and glories of family life. He's more that made up for it though with this 20 track album of new material. Don't panic though, not an endless double album these are short, sharp compositions exemplifying his songwriting talents.         

Ezra Furman
Twelve Nudes

Ezra Furman, whilst always sounding like Ezra Furman, tends to dabble in different rock sub-genres. With new album Twelve Nudes, he claims it is a punk record. He hurt his throat through singing so hard whilst making it, so there is blood on the tracks here. It was recorded in Oakland, CA under the influence of booze and cigarettes. The title refers to the songs on the album being there with nothing to hide.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA943V)
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Here Lies Man
No Ground To Walk Upon

Third album from what if Black Sabbath but afrobeat band Here Lies Man. Of they've got the riffs alright, riffs aplenty. It's the rhythms that are so strikingly different. You probably won't hear Bill Ward bashing out the beats on No Ground To Walk Upon. In sum they're a party band who've managed to sneak in a bit of the the ol' \m/. Very tasty. 

Chelsea Wolfe
Birth of Violence

Birth of Violence is the seventh album by Chelsea Wolfe. It is the follow-up to 2017’s Hiss Spun. She cites myriad influences from Aalyiah to Suicide to Sunn O))) to Townes Van Zandt. She does her best to be unpigeonholable but if you want a genre as a touchstone, perhaps experimental ambient doom metal-folk? On Sargent House.
  • Vinyl LP (SH217LPOR)
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Slint
Glenn / Rhoda (untitled)

Sort of named after the strangely stork-like man who used to manage Newcastle United, this is an appendage to Slint's two classic albums 'Tweez' and 'Spiderland'. If I remember correctly it takes one unused track from the sessions for each of the albums. Essential stuff particularly as they didn't release anything else after this. 

Redd Kross
Beyond the Door

Redd Kross released their first album in 1982. Their new album, Beyond The Door, is only their 7th album in all that time. Anyway, quality, not quantity is what’s important. They return for the first time in seven years with an album of hard-edged power pop with Melvins drummer, Dale Crover, recording with them for the first time. Fellow Melvins, Geré Fennelly and Buzz Osborne guest, with Anna Waronker from That Dog and current Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer also putting in appearances.

Mercury Rev
Deserter's Songs

Originally released in 1998, Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev was supposed to be their final album, so they threw everything at it. It turned out to be their fourth album out of eight and counting. The band came from a much stranger and unhinged place, with the odd-yet-enjoyable albums Yerself Is Steam and Boces, before 1995’s See You On The Other Side showed glimpses of how great the band could really be. Making this graceful, tender, powerful and magnificent beast has defined the band and is yet to be bettered. It topped end of year polls in Mojo and NME among other magazines at the time. Reissue LP on the band’s own Excelsior Melodies label.

Stereolab
The Groop Played Space Age Batchelor Pad Music

Stereolab followed their 1992 debut album, Peng!, with The Groop Played Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, a mini album in 1993. The title strangely seems to give a name to the music Stereolab played. Their influences came from far and wide, but were always cool and occasionally a little bit obscure - Os Mutantes, Esquivel, Neu! Francoise Hardy, Velvet Underground. Clear vinyl reissue on Too Pure.

Michael Chapman
Fish

Michael Chapman, the old folk guitarist from Leeds, has had a bit of a career renaissance of late. He has a long list of admirers from the American alternative music scene such as Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Will Oldham and Bill Callahan, which has probably helped. He is about to turn 75 so what better way to celebrate than release a new album, Fish.

Iggy Pop
New values

New Values by Iggy Pop was originally released in 1979. It was his third solo album and first album of his post-Stooges ouvre, apart from Raw Power, not to feature any input from David Bowie. Nevertheless, this is a bit of classic featuring tracks such as Five Foot One and I’m Bored.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1550C)
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Craven Faults
Netherfield Works

Right, this is really something special. A cloaked Yorkshire based producer unfurling two long form pieces of pulsating vintage synth to soundtrack journeys across the post industrial landscapes of West Yorkshire. 'Netherfield Works' perfectly encapsulates the barren but beautiful landscape yet will appeal to fans of the Deep Distance label, XAM Duo and of course the original movers and shakers in Koln and Dusseldorf.   

Craven Faults
Springhead Works

Like kraut rock made on the Yorkshire Moors. Thats what I personally said about the first Craven Faults record 'Netherfield Works'. This time these mysterious Yorkshire people are back with new works which will again appeal to fans of old dusty northern synths. Certainly the likes of Kieran Hebden, Dan Snaith and Gold Panda have been getting on board.  

Joni Mitchell
Blue

Blue by Joni Mitchell is a masterpiece. Originally released in 1971, the album was inspired by travel, it was partly written on her travels around Europe, and her ailing relationship with Graham Nash. Joni ended the relationship whilst writing the album which added a melancholic tone, making it a truly heartfelt collection of songs. An absolute must have for any collection. LP on Reprise.
  • Vinyl LP (0603497855506)
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Robyn
Honey

Robyn started her music career over twenty years ago with throwaway pop songs, working with the likes of pop supremo Max Martin (Backstreet Boys, Westlife - urrrgggh!). She has really come into her own since those days though. With credible pop classics like Dancing On My Own she balanced dancefloor hit with heartbreaking lyrics. She continues this artistically successful formula with her new album, Honey. LP on Island.

Choir Boy
Passive With Desire

Synth-pop! Passive With Desire, by Choir Boy, has the intimate lonely feel of bedroom DIY productions, though the detailed band arrangements and even live instrumentation(!) actually give it a broader scope, crossing in places into the feel of actual eighties hit pop. Heavy feels and light synth melodies: out on Dais.

Alela Diane
The Pirate's Gospel (Deluxe Edition)

The Pirate's Gospel was the debut album by the now renowned singer/songwriter Alela Diane. It was originally released in 2006. It seemed inevitable that she would end up as a recording artist, both of her parents were musicians and she grew up in a house filled with music. Her songs generally focus on family and nature, and here she is found already re-evaluating her life as things she had previously relied on were no longer available to her.  180g vinyl or CD, remastered with 10 bonus tracks on Allpoints.

Eliane Radigue
Œuvres électroniques

Esteemed French ambient composer Eliane Radigue is honoured with a mammoth set. Œuvres électroniques covers a good chunk of Radigue’s work in the second half of the 20th Century. Up until the year 2000 Radigue had spent thirty years exploring synthesiser composition, working largely with the ARP 2500. The pieces she made tend to shift slowly, with tones slipping slowly from aquatic gurgles to abrasive drones to eerie chords. They’re works that reward patience, and this bumper collection of her output allows the listener to get to know her work intimately. 16 hours of mind-bending pure drone incl. Chry-ptus, Ψ 847, Adnos, Les Chants de Milarepa, Jetsun Mila, Trilogie de la Mort etc.

Working Men's Club
Bad Blood / Suburban Heights

Working Men’s Club are three-piece who take the angular sound of Talking Heads, Gang of Four and Television and round off the corners with inspiration from Parquet Courts and The Strokes. Their band name was inspired by where they grew up and their attempts to get into pubs and working men’s clubs as that was the only entertainment around. The band met in Manchester but hail from Yorkshire via Poland and Italy.
  • Vinyl 7" (MELO120)
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Rupa
Disco Jazz

What a treat: a long overdue reissue of Rupa’s album Disco Jazz, a remarkable and very rare item originally from 1982. This album is a little Disco and a little Jazz, but all refracted through a mixture traditional Indian and synthesised instrumentation. Hard to explain but easy to love, this is a very welcome remastered reissue from Numero Group.

Bella Vista
Mister Wong

Bella Vista’s 1982 single Mister Wong gets reissued by Isle Of Jura. This one-off venture from Michel Esteban - yes, the same fellow who was running ZE Records at the time - is an oddball slice of Gallic synth-pop, too slow to dance to yet too groovy not to dance to. As well as the original ‘disco dub’, this new edition of Mister Wong comes complete with a Jura Soundsystem edit of said dub.
  • Vinyl 12" (ISLE 006)
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The Chemical Brothers
No Geography

For the first time since 2015, big beats are back. Yep, The Chemical Brothers are at it again. No Geography, the duo’s ninth studio LP, is pretty classic Chem Bro fare. Once more we find them balancing pop nous with arena-sized techno instrumentals. Aurora features on several of the tracks here. Nene crops up as well.

Kevin Morby
Oh My God

After four albums and countless tours, songwriting ace Kevin Morby releases what he says is his most realised record yet. He recognises that the work has a religious theme though Morby isn't himself religious. It may be a more spiritual thing he has going on I guess. Anyway it's a double album opus written whilst away on tour plans and in hotels or whenever he got a minute to himself.  

Julian Cope
Autogeddon

25th anniversary re-mastered re-issue of Autogeddon, the 11th solo album from former Teardrop Explodes frontman Julian Cope. One of the musical and cultural auteur’s most intriguing and unfairly overlooked works. Both editions include the album itself, the Paranormal In The West Country EP and rare tracks ‘Conspiracy Blues’ and ‘Highway Blues’.

Gökçen Kaynatan
Cehennem

One of the most important figures in the modern history of Turkish popular music, Gökçen Kaynatan is largely responsible for anything made with synthesisers in the country. Cehennem is a collection of much-speculated upon and mainly previously unheard EMS Synthi AKS recordings, some of which date back to his earliest days and one of which was finished during recovery from brain surgery. 

Viagra Boys
Street Worms

Viagra Boys are another of those scuzzy Scandi punk bands. There’s been plenty of excitement around the Stockholm group these past few years, and debut LP Street Worms demonstrates why. This is ramshackle, wiry and drily witty post-punk in the vein of Fat White Family and Devo. Street Worms is out on YEAR001 (Yung Lean, Bladee).

Stephen Duffy
I Love My Friends

While it made very little commercial impression at the time, former Duran Duran co-founder and The Lilac Time member Stephen Duffy garnered rave reviews, and a cult following including a certain Robbie Williams, for his emotionally raw 1998 solo album I Love My Friends. Just over two decades later, it receives a well-deserved release on vinyl for the first time ever.

Earthen Sea
Grass and Trees

Jacob Long - a man also known as Earthen Sea and someone who looks like Warren Ellis if he’d started out on synths instead of fiddles - returns to Kranky with new LP Grass And Trees. Long states that his aim with these compositions was to simplify and declutter his practice, and that sense of order really benefits this record. The tracks of Grass And Trees pull back from dub techno until only the ambiences remain, kind of like early Nicolas Jaar with even fewer beats.

Kate Tempest
The Book of Traps and Lessons

If you believe what you read, Kate Tempest has been working on The Book of Traps and Lessons - her third album - since she unleashed her classic debut Everybody’s Down in 2014. Whether this has been five years in the making or not, we’ve still been looking forward to it. She worked on the album with none other than Rick Rubin and South London producer, Dan Carey, who also worked on her 2017 album, Let Them Eat Chaos. On Fiction.

Egyptian Blue
Collateral

Egyptian Blue are one of those post-punk bands who combine angular guitars, angry-young-man ire and propulsive rhythm work. Unsurprisingly they get a lot of comparisons to Gang Of Four, but on debut EP Collateral the Brighton four-piece come across more like Foals having a go at doing Parquet Courts - no bad thing in our books. The title track is the hit. Out through Yala! Records (The Magic Gang, Yak).

ChameleonsVox
Strange Times... Live!

English post-punkers The Chameleons originally released Strange Times back in September 1986. This new live version of the album was recorded during the group’s 2019 reformation tour at a gig at Preston’s Guildhall, and includes the Where In The World EP that consists of four of the group’s original songs, re-recorded in 2017. 

Tinariwen
Amadjar

Malian group Tinariwen recorded their ninth studio album in the Mauritanian desert under a sea of stars during a recording session that lasted a little over two weeks. Nature’s influence shines through the recording, producing a record that showcases Tinariwen at their most authentic and comfortable.
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Move D
Building Bridges

The name Move D is pretty much a byword for quality in the world of dance music these days. Building Bridges, the latest LP from David Moufang’s most prominent project, keeps up the brand profile with another set of elegant and sleek deep house tracks. Given that Building Bridges works so well as a whole it’s surprising to find out that some of these cuts were made two decades apart from each other. Thomas Fehlmann, Juju & Jordash and Fred P are among the guests.

Metronomy
Metronomy Forever

Where has Metronomy’s Joseph Mount been since 2016’s Summer 08 album? Well, he’s been hanging out with Robyn and contributing to her album, Honey. He’s back on home turf now though with another Metronomy album called Metronomy Forever. Working with Robyn and moving from Paris back to England to live on a hill have informed and inspired the new set of songs.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BEC5650176)
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Carter Tutti Void
Triumvirate

Carter Tutti Void - the industrial music supergroup made up of Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Colk Void - say that Triumvirate will be their final LP together. Let’s all appreciate this lot while we can, then. Sounds like … well it sounds exactly like what you get when you link up two former members of Throbbing Gristle with one half of Factory Floor.

Bonobo
Linked

The evergreen Bonobo (aka Simon Green) anticipates a summer full of DJ sets with 'Linked', a club ready slow burner that is as atmospheric as any of his previous work. It follows 2017's Migration and 2019's fabric Presents compilation. Green is also responsible for the incredible photograph on the sleeve. It's a beautiful world isn't it?
  • Vinyl 12" (ZEN12514)
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Don Davis
The Matrix (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Not to be confused with the equally wonderful soundtrack album that featured Marilyn Manson, the Prodigy and Rage Against The Machine, this is Don Davis’ original music composed for 1999’s iconic sci-fi smash 'The Matrix'. Davis noticed that mirrors were a recurrent image throughout the film, and used that as the inspiration for his score. 

David Holmes
The Holy Pictures

David Holmes’ 2008 LP The Holy Pictures receives its first vinyl pressing courtesy of 3 Loop Music. ‘I Heard Wonders’ is the hit - you’ll recognise it from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics - but there’s so much more to this record. The Northern Irish singer-songwriter crams everything from Motorik Krautrock to The Jesus And Mary Chain to hauntological drone into this dense, powerful paean to his hometown of Belfast.

Belle and Sebastian
Days of the Bagnold Summer

Fiddly-diddly-dee, a new Belle And Sebastian LP. Days Of The Bagnold Summer might be an extremely Belle And Sebastian-type thing to call your record, but it’s actually not a title that the band came up with themselves. Rather, Days Of The Bagnold Summer is Simon Bird’s film of the same name (yes, him from The Inbetweeners), which is itself adapted from a graphic novel by Joff Winterhart. Bird wanted B&S’s 1996 tune ‘Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying’ for the movie, but the band went one better, re-recording both ‘Get Me Away…’ and ‘I Know Where The Summer Goes’ in addition to eleven new tunes.

Manu Chao
Clandestino / Bloody Border

The reason that Manu Chao is now the poster-boy for ‘world music’ (we’ll not delve into the politics of that particular term here) is largely due to the success of his debut LP Clandestino. This record has sold a bajillion copies since its release in 1998 and continues to be beloved for its poppy mix of Latin guitar styles, reggae, multilingual lyrics and vaguely revolutionary invective. Personally this Norman Records™ writer is most grateful for this record because it paved the way for Robbie Williams’s truly mind-boggling cover of ‘Bongo Bong’ about a decade later. This new edition of Clandestino has been remastered and contains a trio of new songs - one of which is an updated version of the title-track.
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The Wedding Present
Tommy 30

30 years on from its original release, the Wedding Present have re-recorded Tommy. At the time it was something of the less loved younger sibling to their their debut proper, being that it collected a selection of their early singles. The new recording shows how the band have grown and evolved, and deliberately conceives of them as belonging to one release.

Ikebe Shakedown
Kings Left Behind

Consisting in part of several members of the late Charles Bradley’s backing band The Extraordinaires, the incredibly talented Ikebe Shakedown present another collection of uplifting, enervating instrumental soul with new album Kings Left Behind. Their first in half a decade, the ensemble evoke mystical elements with their hard-hitting sound. 

Barbara Howard
I Don't Want Your Love

Barbara Howard’s 1969 single ‘I Don’t Want Your Love’/‘The Man Above’ is one of those rare soul 7”s that is highly prized within the community (which means that original copies cost an absolute bomb these days). It’s easy to see why - even a half-century later the funky A-side and sensuous B-side still pack a real punch. Remined Records are the ones behind this reissue - check their new edition of Howard’s On The Rise LP as well.
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Echo & The Bunnymen
The John Peel Sessions 1979-1983

One of Britain’s most august indie institutions, Echo & The Bunnymen present an archival dig for all of the sessions they recorded for the legendary John Peel during their formative years from 1979 to 1983. Many of the 21 songs - presented over two LPs / one CD - do not appear on their early albums, as the band actually used the sessions to experiment with new material. 

Michael Stearns
Ancient Leaves

For those unaware, Michael Stearns is a legendary ambient pioneer and his 1975 album 'Ancient Leaves' is being given a reissue by the people over at Infinite Fog. It's a heady mix of Gregorian chants, field recordings, Finnish lap harp, and a Mini Moog all recorded onto four-track tape. Expect an immersive experience of early ambient music. 

Wilco
Ode to joy

Ode To Joy is the 11th album by Wilco. The title is taken from a 1785 poem by Friederich Schiller. Thematically, however,  it is concerned with something much more recent - the rather unsettling political climate and trying to find joy during this time. Wilco boss man, Jeff Tweedy, is hopeful that there is more love than hate out there, but is also aware that hate can be lurking just around the corner, so warns us that we’ve got to be careful. 

Various
IF Music presents You Need This - A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 3 – Compiled by Jean-Claude

Record collector and IF Music store owner Jean-Claude presents the third instalment of his compilation series You Need This - A Journey Into Deep Jazz. As reliably diverse as ever, it features rare cuts from J-C’s personal collection ranging from Hungarian jazz guitarist Szabó Gábor István to Indian musician Yatra Sextett. 

Gaffa Tape Sandy
Family Mammal

Always happy to see a record with a dog on the cover. Gaffa Tape Sandy fresh from featuring in NME's 100 Artists to Watch in 2019 unleash their debut following a string of summer festival appearances at the likes of Glastonbury and Truck. Their garage rock style is probably some of the best ever to come out of Bury St Edmonds and you can get a first taste of it by purchasing this eight song extended player. 

Angel Olsen
All Mirrors

On her fourth album, All Mirrors, Angel Olsen shows us her darkest side. Its introspective nature was an important step for Olsen. Through its brooding tones and lyrics she tells us about learning to trust yourself and move on, find peace in your own company. Valuable lessons, perhaps. On Jagjaguwar.
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Girl Ray
Girl

A follow-up to their lush, intimate debut album Earl Grey that established them as one of the country’s best new indie groups, Girl Ray broaden their sonic palette for sophomore effort Girl. Meant as a tribute to their childhood love of pop and R&B, producer Ash Workman has twisted their sound into something sharper and more dancefloor-orientated. 
  • Vinyl LP (MOSHILP96C)
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Bill Ryder-Jones
Yawny Yawn

Bill Ryder-Jones’ 2018 LP Yawn was a fine set of epic ballads in that sort of Richard Hawley/Bill Callahan/Elbow tradition. On Yawny Yawn we find the former member of The Coral stripping back the tunes of Yawn to the bare essentials - just piano, voice and a few wisps of ambient electronics. This tender treatment allows the stark beauty of Ryder-Jones’ music to come into even sharper focus.

Mudhoney
Morning In America

You wait years for a new Mudhoney LP and then two come along at once. After the Seattle grunge veterans returned to the fray back in 2018 with the excellent 'Digital Garbage', the band now offer up another set of tracks less than a year on from that record. Not everything on 'Morning In America' is new - ‘Vortex Of Lies’ was on a hyper-limited tour 7” while ‘Let’s Kill Yourself Live Again’ and ‘One Bad Actor’ are re-workings of older material - but by and large this is fresh meat. All of the cuts on 'Morning In America' date from the 'Digital Garbage' sessions.
  • Vinyl LP (SP1325X)
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M. Sage
Catch a Blessing

Patient Sounds Intl. boss M. Sage rocks up on Geographic North (A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma) with new LP Catch A Blessing. This is an extremely welcoming record, one that uses electroacoustic techniques to twist ambient, new age and chamber music sounds into something more abstract. Fennesz, Cankun and J.G. Biberkopf are among the artists recalled across Catch A Blessing’s eight tracks.
  • Vinyl LP (GN52LP)
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Homeboy Sandman
Dusty

He's good. And so prolific. Too prolific perhaps as I can never keep up. New York rapper Homeboy Sandman is now up to his 9th solo album since 2007. Last years Humble Pi (with Edan) was a stunner but he's back solo again with Dusty. Expect intelligent, literate hip-hop in a myriad of styles. Aesop Rock on some production duty too as an added bonus. 

Nahawa Doumbia
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 1

Although Nahawa Doumbia is traditionally associated with Wassoulou, a variant of dance music, her first album comprised songs recorded with just her voice and an acoustic guitar. Expect an intimate, sparse album that showcases Doumbia's voice at its rawest. It's the first time 'La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 1' is available internationally so get it while it's hot!

Carl Oesterhelt
Eleven Pieces for Synthesizer

The title says it all really as German synth wizard Carl Oesterhelt uses up to fifteen different synthesizers to layer up the various instrumental pieces that comprise this which if I'm not mistaken is his first completely solo recording. Oesterhelt has form with his collaborations with the likes of the Notwist, Ms John Soda and FSK. Eleven Pieces for Synthesizer takes influence from both classical and kosmische on an album sure to appeal to synth nuts everywhere.   
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Charli XCX
Charli

There was a girl on my course at university who was best friends with Charli XCX from school. This was just when Ms. XCX was beginning to become famous (we’re talking ‘Boom Clap’ days), and I often wondered if I’d ever get to meet her at a houseparty or whatever, but our paths never crossed. Her friend was nice though, so by that logic we’re going to say that Charli XCX is probably pretty nice too. Go Charli! Her third, sort-of-self-titled LP will surely cement her legacy as the premiere alt-pop star of our age - the inheritor of Lady Gaga’s crown, perhaps? Charli features the ginormous singles ‘1999’ (ft. Troye Sivan) and ‘Blame It On Your Love’ (ft. Lizzo). Haim, A. G. Cook, Cupcakke and a bunch of other famous names also contribute.
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Olivia Jean
Night Owl

Olivia Jean sounds more like an algorithmically-generated Third Man Records artist than an actual human who Jack White brought into the fold (and, if the rumours are to be believed, was romantically involved with at one point). But hey ho, I guess the man who probably gets his friends to all call him Spooky Johnny Depp has a nose for a signing too. ‘Night Owl’ is the first single from Jean’s upcoming LP of the same name, and the girl-group-indebted garage-surf tune is indeed a fine bit of Third Manitude. This 7” release of the track comes backed with Jean’s cover of the Bollywood classic ‘Jaan Pehechaan Ho’.

Eye Flys
Context

Here is one to blow away the cobwebs. Four musicians from bands such as Backslider and Full of Hell come together for a brand of vitriolic noise rock that has already drawn comparisons with such legendary rackateers such as the Melvins and Unsane. Get yourself strapped in for some ferocious riffing, pummelling drumming and vocals vomited out with ferocity as if singer Jake Smith is expecting the world to end any minute. Growly.  
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The Cosmic Dead
Scottish Space Race

Glasgow heavyweights the Cosmic Dead return with four more slabs of supersized psychedelic jam. Their churning, monolithic sound has been recorded live at their Glasgow hideaway by long term collaborator Luigi Pasquini and features lap steel synth (what?) from Andrew Gray (Girl Sweat). Sure as always to knock your socks clean off...and isn't that image on the cover art similar geographically to Lana Del Rey's understanding of the Scottish border? 
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Sarah Hennies
Reservoir 1

Despite having one of the most rap-ready names of all time the music that Sarah Hennies makes is pretty far removed from hip-hop. Her new record Reservoir 1, composed for piano and percussion, is close to an hour of murmuring drones and spare, Schoenberg-esque anti-melodies. It’s intense, strange, and in its own way rather beautiful. Reservoir 1 is out via Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle (Jim O’Rourke, Alvin Lucier).

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