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It’s Mute by name, not by nature. Indeed, since it was booted up by Daniel Miller in 1978 to flog copies of ‘T.V.O.D.’/‘Warm Leatherette’, the single he released as The Normal, Mute has never gone about its business quietly. As a result, it...read more »

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Daniel Blumberg
On&On

On&On is the sublime new studio album from London-based musician and visual artist Daniel Blumberg. Retaining the same cast of backing musicians that helped him create his debut for Mute back in 2018 titled Minus, Blumberg creates a nine-track suite that pushes his artistry into new sonic territory.  *Those who pre-order the album will get a printed lyric sheet of the title track!*
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The Pop Group
Alien Blood

An absolute treat for fans of British post-punk and experimental music, Alien Blood is the result of The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart going over the original 2” tapes made in the process of recording the band’s iconic 1979 debut album Y, unearthing never-before-heard material and alternate takes on already essential songs. 
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Maps
Colours. Remixed. Time. Loss.

We all know Maps right? The electronic pop project of James Chapman? Well Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. was the latest album from the project and now you can hear it remixed by some pretty big names such as Stephen Morris (New Order), A Certain Ratio, Glok (aka Andy Bell of Ride) and Barry Adamson amongst others. And it's all out on a cassette tape.  
  • Tape (CRSTUMM438)
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Nicolas Bougaïeff
The Upward Spiral

Berlin-based Canadian producer Nicolas Bougaïeff first entered the world of legendary British label Mute when he released three EPs on their electronic sub-label NovaMute. The Upward Spiral is his debut full-length LP for them. He shows off his avant-garde take on techno and acid and his penchant for messing with tempo. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM451)
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Depeche Mode
Violator - 12" Singles

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HAAi
Put Your Head Above The Parakeets

Teneil Throssell releases her second EP as HAAi for Mute, released here on green vinyl. Boasting four new tracks, Put Your Head Above The Parakeets is a demonstration of why Throssell is so admired, exuding summery positivity in the lockdown song ‘Rotating In Unison’ and laying down club-ready tracks on the second side. 
  • Vinyl 12" (12MUTE611)
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Throbbing Gristle
Mission Of Dead Souls

Why does the name of this band still hurt my teeth?  This is the last live performance from Throbbing Gristle before their initial break up in the early 80's. The formats offered here have been unavailable for decades, so this is BIG. Mission Of Dead Souls is available on a limited edition white vinyl reissue LP and reissue CD, both released on Mute. 
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The Pop Group
Y

Y by The Pop Group was their debut album, originally released in 1979. The post-punk band from Bristol were seen as pioneers of the genre. They mixed jazz, reggae and dub influences with punk to create something quite original. The band claim they were trying to mix Funkadelic with Captain Beefheart to see what happened.

A Certain Ratio
ACR Loco

Legends of the Factory Records stable, A Certain Ratio are back with their first new album in twelve years. ACR Loco features three founding members Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson who are supported by a cast of musicians including The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce. This album covers a whole range of feelings and emotions, but mostly it implores you to party. Pre-order for a chance to win a limited edition art card, signed by Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson as well as designer Trevor Johnson. 1 of 2 designs, packed randomly. Alternatively, email phil(at)normanrecords.com with the subject line 'A Certain Ratio Competition'
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Pole
1 2 3

Pole is German electronic musician Stefan Betke. His first three albums, prosaically titled 1, 2 and 3 were originally released between 1998 and 2000 on American indie label Matador. Here we have the three albums repackaged as a 7LP and 3CD box set by British institution Mute. The music has been described as glitch, dubtronica, damaged dub minimalism and ambient electronic minimalism. However you decided to label it, we’d say it’s classic, essential stuff. 

Pole
1

1 is (naturally) the first album from electronic musician Pole (aka Stefan Betke). His music has slowly but surely gained traction over the years and has become essential listening to fans of the glitch and dub techno genres. A box set came out earlier this year but now is your chance to get the albums individually.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (LPOLE1LP)
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Pole
2

Reflecting the minimalism of his compositions German glitch and dub techno expert Pole (aka Stefan Betke) titled his first three albums 1,2 and 3. 2 was released in 1999 and contains six long form tracks of precise electronica with perhaps a little more dub influence than his debut. Still, Betke kept away from the pounding drums and bass normally found in dub influenced music and instead created his own path of tightly controlled minimalist sound construction. 
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Pole
3

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A Certain Ratio
Friends Around Us (Part 1 and 2)

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SWANS
The Great Annihilator

The Great Annihilator was Swans ninth studio album originally released in 1995. It is as intense as you might expect  - leader Michael Gira lived in a tent next to the studio for the entire three month creation of the record and the results were as majestic and haunting as anything in their catalogue. It was one of the harder Swans records to find in the racks, a situation rectified by Mute's decision to re-press it in 2017 alongside a download of Gira's solo Drainland.  

Throbbing Gristle
Part Two The Endless Not / TG Now

Two Throbbing Gristle reissues in one package. Bundled together here are the band’s 2004 album, TG Now, their first since 1986, and their 2007 album Part Two: The Endless Not. The latter took the form of their classic 1978 album D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle, with four of the tracks being recorded separately by each member of the band.

Cabaret Voltaire
Johnny Yesno Redux


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Goldfrapp
Supernature

Supernature was the third album from London electronic music duo Goldfrapp. It carried on from 2003's Black Cherry in introducing glam rock and pulsating electronics into their previously folk-based sound palette. It was led by the single Ooh La La which went straight to number 4 in the hit parade introducing the band to an even wider audience. This new edition comes on transparent green vinyl in gatefold sleeve and with an exclusive art print of the original artwork. 
  • Vinyl LP (4050538553963)
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Erasure
The Neon

Becoming their highest-charting album in nearly a quarter of a century when released in 2017, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke’s Erasure are undergoing a period of critical and popular rediscovery. To capitalise on this, the duo announce their 18th studio LP The Neon, a sleek 10-track collection that acknowledges their past while looking to the future. 
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Throbbing Gristle
D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle

The music of industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle is back on their own Industrial Records after 30 years of knocking around other labels, so it is only right that you can get your favourite eerie durge music from the source. D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle is the second LP from the group, originally released in 1978.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
The Proposition (Original Soundtrack)

‘Mr. Cave, Mr. Ellis - welcome. We have a Proposition for you. How would you like to try your hand at scoring a film - a film starring Ray Winston, no less. We envisage that the music you’ll make for it will be quite similar to your work with The Bad Seeds but with less singing. The more abstract, synth-heavy tracks will pave the way for records you’ll make in a decade’s time, though obviously you don’t know that yet. You’ll also go on to do some more score work for plenty of other gritty Westerns in the future, though again that’s for us to know and for you to find out. Then we’ll get Mute to release your soundtrack as a standalone album. Who knows, maybe the vinyl will be a nice colour. Waddayasay?’
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Irmin Schmidt
Nocturne (live at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)

Irmin Schmidt is of course the keyboard player in legendary kraut-rock crew Can. In 2019 he was asked to perform at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and had prepared three pieces which had him playing a piano over pre-recorded music he had brought with him on the aeroplane. The result is a series of original and poetic soundscapes which you can now hear from the comfort of your home courtesy of Mute records.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (SPOON62)
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SWANS
leaving meaning.

leaving meaning. represents the start of a new era for Swans, after the group’s leader Michael Gira dissolved the line-up responsible for the triptych of stunning, epic records from 2012 to 2016. Now based around a rotating cast of former and new members of the group, they’ve produced an album which, at a brisk 93 minutes, isn’t quite as long as their recent works, but is sure to please fans nonetheless. 

Throbbing Gristle
20 Jazz Funk Greats

For all their reputation as “wreckers of civilisation”, by 1979 the original industrial quartet had gotten some of the confrontation out of their system and were exploring a wider range of expression. Chris and Cosey were getting more into their electronics, evident on the pure electropop of Hot on the Heels of Love and Walkabout’s jolly sequenced synth. Of course, it wouldn’t be TG if it was all “very friendly”, so Persuasion and Six Six Sixties see Genesis P-Orridge letting in various shades of creepiness. Peter Christopherson must be responsible for some of the sleaziness too, of course. Double CD reissue, with a disc’s worth of live tracks from 1979.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus

Ah, the unlucky thirteenth record. Always a hard one to make, although not so for Nick Cave, who chews up superstition and then spits it onto the ground and maybe writes a song about how pathetic it all is. 'Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus' is a knotty double record that takes on two different drummers for each side and was written over twelve days of presumably morose and terse recording -- that's how it sounds, anyway.

Laibach
The Sound of Music

If there aren’t many bands like Laibach, then there are even fewer bands who can say that they’ve performed in North Korea. And there will quite possibly never be another album like this. In 2015 the Slovenian avant-rockers travelled to the DPRK in 2015 to perform songs from … The Sound Of Music. Yep, it’s true. If you don’t believe us then go and watch Liberation Day, which is a documentary they made about the experience. Many of the songs from that film are featured here, as is the band’s interpretation of the Korean unification anthem ‘Arirang’. Features Marina Martensson and Silence’s Boris Benko.

Rowland S. Howard
Pop Crimes

'Pop Crimes' was Australian songwriter Rowland S. Howard's second and final album. Released two months before his untimely death in 2009, ‘Pop Crimes’ includes covers of Talk Talk and Townes Van Zandt numbers. Whilst retaining the noir-tinged, bluesy post-punk grit of the previous classic 'Teenage Snuff Film', this one is a much more introspective listen. Rowland left us with a haunting classic that's for sure.

Rowland S. Howard
Teenage Snuff Film

Teenage Snuff Film was the first solo album by the legendary Rowland S. Howard. It was originally released in 1999.  There’s a cover of Billy Idol’s White Wedding and Bad Seed Mick Harvey contributes his instrumental talents. Of Course, Howard had a rich musical history behind him by this time with The Birthday Party, Crime & The City Solution, These Immortal Souls and various collaborations with the likes of Lydia Lunch and Fad Gadget. Reissue on Mute.

Throbbing Gristle
The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle (40th Anniversary Edition)

Not in fact their second anything, The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle, is the band’s now four decade old debut. Though their impact on electronic and industrial music is undeniable, listening to these tracks I’m relieved their needlessly “transgressive” lyrics and imagery have not been so influential.

Mick Harvey
Waves of Anzac / The Journey

Bad Seed Mick Harvey is no stranger to film soundtracks. Admittedly, it’s been the best part of 15 years since he scored a film, but with 10 under his belt, returning to the format shouldn’t be a problem. This latest release contains two parts. The first is a piano-led score for Waves of Anzac, a film by Sam Neill about his family’s connection to the First World War. The second, The Journey, was recorded with The Letter String Quartet, is for people who have come to Australia seeking asylum and found themselves detained offshore. Two powerful pieces, made with a lot of heart.

Simon Fisher Turner and Edmund de Waal
A Quiet Corner In Time

This curious work originated as a soundtrack from composer Simon Fisher Turner to accompany an installation in Los Angeles by famous ceramicist Edmund de Waal a few years back. A Quiet Corner In Time was largely constructed through field recordings the two made in Vienna and L.A., and seeks to explore and reflect de Waal’s own memories and life experiences. 

The Pop Group
Y Live

Carefully constructed from recordings of dazzling live performances in diverse places such as New York City, Brussels and Manchester, Y Live should be seen as a natural evolution of The Pop Group’s seminal 1979 debut album Y. Future members of bands such as Cabaret Voltaire and PiL can be heard! 

Lee Ranaldo + Raül Refree
Names of North End Women

Names of North End Women is a new collaborative record between former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and Spanish composer Raül Refree. The pair had previously worked together when Refree produced the guitarist’s 2017 solo album Electric Trim, but soon after touring they decided to head back to the studio on a more equal creative footing. 

HAAi
Systems Up, Windows Down

After regular Radio 1 slots and festival-slaying DJ sets, new Mute signing Teneil Throssell - known better as Australian-born producer HAAi - presents her first EP for the label. Systems Up, Windows Down is a step up in production terms from her self-released mixes, with every element of her psychedelic, melodious music sharpened up. 

The Normal
Warm Leatherette/ T.V.O.D.

You may already be familiar with the story behind The Normal’s only single, but let’s go through it once again for good measure. Daniel Miller set up Mute Records in 1978 with the intention of releasing two tracks he’d made on his own with a Korg synthesiser. ‘T.V.O.D.’ and ‘Warm Leatherette’ were weird, dystopian and darkly sexy tunes. Minimal wave was born and Miller had changed the course of post-punk. He’d also started up one of the most successful British labels of the 21st Century.

Throbbing Gristle
A Souvenir Of Camber Sands

Turner Prize-nominated artists Jake and Dinos Chapman were asked to curate the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Camber Sands in 2004. If you were curating a festival and you heard that industrial experimentalists Throbbing Gristle had reformed, why wouldn’t you invite them to play? A Souvenir Of Camber Sands is a recording of their show from the festival.

SWANS
Die Tür Ist Zu

Lovely double-LP reissue of Swans’ 1996 EP Die Tür Ist Zu here by Mute. This release takes material from their towering Soundtracks For The Blind and translates it into German, while also including tracks unique to DTIZ. It finds them at their most alarming, fearsome and brilliant. Few bands would even attempt something like the Titanic, shapeshifting ‘Ligeti’s Breath/Hilflos Child’. Even fewer would be able to pull it off.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Henry's Dream

Reissue of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ seventh album, thanks to Mute. Henry’s Dream is something of a fan favourite as Cave albums go, and includes ‘Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry’ and ‘Jack The Ripper’. Very much a proper reissue, overseen by Mick Harvey, approved by Cave, and pressed to good solid 180g vinyl with a download code to boot!

Cabaret Voltaire
Methodology '74 / '78. Attic Tapes

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Irmin Schmidt
Villa Wunderbar

Irmin Schmidt was one of the founding members of brilliant German band Can. Villa Wunderbar is a four LP box set of his solo ventures. The first two LPs compile the best stuff from his solo albums, recorded over a period of over 30 years, whilst the other two LPs are the best of his TV and film soundtrack work compiled by none other than German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

Apparat
LP5_RMXS

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Yann Tiersen
Portrait

Yann Tiersen is a French composer and musician. He is perhaps best known for his soundtrack to the film, Amélie. His new album, Portrait, contains 25 reworked tracks from his career so far. The album also includes collaborations with John Grant, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Blonde Redhead and Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))). The vinyl versions come with a bonus 7” single including two exclusive tracks.

Ben Frost
V A R I A N T

'V A R I A N T' continues Ben Frost's love of well-spaced letters and phenomenal electronic subversion, as he follows-up 'A U R O R A' with some next level remixes from contemporaries like the famed producer and lover of FIFA Evian Christ, as well as Dutch E Germ, Kangding Ray and HTRK. More electronic aggressions and introspection from Frost -- but with a little help from his friends. 

Liars
TFCF (420 Estuary Angler Edition)

Unbelievable special edition 2LP in custom spray painted sandpaper sleeve this contains unreleased tracks and outtakes not included on the 'TFCF' album. As ever with Liars the band are unafraid to step into unfamiliar sonic territories and this latest album is no different. This highly collectible release will be an essential addition to the standard release.  

Cabaret Voltaire
Chance Versus Causality

Chance Versus Causality is perhaps the most intriguing of all of Cabaret Voltaire’s records. After a gig in Brussels in 1979 the band were approached by Babette Mondini and asked if they would score a film she was working on at the time. Cabaret Voltaire made the soundtrack without ever watching the footage, sent off the tapes to Holland, and then … nothing. The trio never saw the film and, after a limited release, it basically disappeared from the record. Now the Chance Versus Causality OST has been resurrected by Mute for its first proper release. 

Throbbing Gristle
Heathen Earth

Reissues of Throbbing Gristle’s live album, which isn’t really a live album but an in-studio performance in front of four mates (typical Gristle obfuscatory awkwardness). What that does mean though is that the Throbbers have the sound just the way they want it. Includes some actually-live bonus tracks. On Mute.

A Certain Ratio
acr:box

Legends of the otherwise non-existent Manchester punk/dance/funk/industrial scene (yes, they’re out there on their own), A Certain Ratio have been reissuing a lot of stuff recently. acr:box gathers together everything that hasn’t been reissued. Singles, B-sides, alternate versions, their cover of Talking Head’s classic Houses in Motion and so on. Plenty to get stuck into for the hardcore fan or even a very inviting introduction to these Factory Records stalwarts. Deluxe 7LP or 4CD box set on Mute.

The Afghan Whigs
Black Love - 20th Anniversary Edition

Reissued and remastered for its 20th birthday, comes Black Love - 20th Anniversary Edition by Ohio-based The Afghan Whigs. Initially released in the spring of 1996, this two-disc offering amounted to the band's fifth studio album - one that propelled the garage-rock stars forward. Includes a whopping 9 previously unreleased recordings - essentials for fans. 

Ben Frost
Catastrophic Deliquescence (Music from Fortitude 2015-2018)

Mute presents Catastrophic Deliquescence, a double white-vinyl release that collects together the original soundtrack work that Ben Frost composed for Sky Atlantic’s critically praised crime drama ‘Fortitude’, which ran for three seasons from 2015 to 2018. The Australian’s signature mixes of industrial and ambient music perfectly heightened the senses for the tension of the drama itself. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUMM167)
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Laibach
Party Songs

Liberation Day is a 2015 documentary, directed by Morten Traavik and Uģis Olte, covering the first rock concert in North Korea. The film featured music by Slovenian band Liabach. Party Songs collects together 4 songs that remain unreleased from the film and contains a mix of songs inspired by North Korean originals or Liabach’s interpretation of North Korean folk songs. 
  • Vinyl 12" (12MUTE605)
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New Order
∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

Well, New Order have already released live albums with titles like In Concert and Live at _____, so I guess they had no choice but to go with ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) for this one. This set found the band collaborating with Liam Gillick’s 12-piece ‘synthesiser orchestra’, making it something of a unique collection, with favourites and rarities all re-imagined here.

Can
Delay

Mute brought back more Can than any krautrock fan could possibly handle with the 'Can Vinyl Box', which featured seventeen Can records reissued in one bundle; now each record is stepping out on its own. 'Delay' is a rarity in Can's catalogue, comprised entirely of outtakes from their time working with original vocalist Malcolm Mooney. Released way back when in 1981, 'Delay' was only fully formed when band co-founder Holger Czukay brought together the flurry of tracks on tape to make a proper record. It's now been remastered.   Tracks: Butterfly Pnoom Nineteen Century Man The Thief Man Named Joe Uphill Little Star of Bethlehem

Throbbing Gristle
Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits

Like the title of '20 Jazz Funk Greats', 'Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits' is named with tongue poked firmly in cheek. They of course had no 'hits' as such but they did basically invent industrial music. Mostly terrifying, they weren't averse to the odd stab at disco on tracks like 'Hot on the Heels of Love'.

Cabaret Voltaire
1974 - 76

Cabaret Voltaire dropped their debut LP in 1979, but they were going for a full six-years prior to the release of Mix-Up. The 1974-76 compilation collects some of the group’s home demos from their formative years. Rough around the edges, but you can hear Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson honing their pioneering sound in real-time here.
  • Vinyl Double LP (CABS15)
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Alessandro Cortini
Volume Massimo

Alessandro Cortini is best known as a key member of Nine Inch Nails, but he is also an active figure in the synthesiser scene. If you want to hear what all those tasty Instagram modular gear videos can do when applied to real composition, check out Volume Massimo, Cortini’s new solo electronic album. Stacks of sonics to enjoy here. Of course, Cortini has previously released a couple of awesome loner synth records for Prurient's Hospital Productions label as well as the heartwrenching, gorgeous Forse trilogy on Important Records. Lest we forget that filthy stonker on Bunker as Slumberman, plus his Sonoio output on Dais, a collaboration with mighty Japanese noise lord Merzbow among many other works.

GUO
GUO4

The latest in a series of self-titled albums from GUO, a multidisciplinary duo formed of composers Daniel Blumberg and Seymour Wright. GUO4 is the first of the albums to appear on esteemed British label Mute, and sees them collaborate with drummer Crystabel Riley, architect and designer Fran Edgerley and director Peter Strickland. 

SWANS
Love of Life

Mute records continue their killer Swans reissue series with 1992’s Love of Life. Not only has the record been out of print for a really long time, but now you can get it with remastered sound, poster, download code and 18 bonus tracks with the digital download. This album was when Michael Gira’s group started to use pop and rock elements, but it’s still nasty, abrasive and brilliant.

Suicide
Suicide

The 1977 debut by Alan Vega and Martin Rev is a conceptual and sonic assault. Vega’s pithy lyrics and echoed rockabilly vocals over Rev’s seething, primitive beatbox and fuzzed-up synths are a simple and devastatingly effective combination. Ghost Rider and Rocket USA is a killer double whammy to open the album. Frankie Teardrop makes your neck hair stand up, and Springsteen fave Cheree calms you down again.

Chris Carter
Miscellany

Chris Carter the Throbbing Gristle / Chris & Cosey / Carter Tutti Void electronics wizard has collected some of his best solo work on this exquisite box set. You get the following albums, plus a booklet of unseen images (mainly of synthesizers):- Mondo Beat (1985) – clear vinylDisobedient (1998) – double purple vinyl, includes new track 'Disobedient Redux'Small Moon (1999) – double white vinyl, includes new track 'Small Moon Redux'Archival Recordings 1973 to 1977 – blue vinyl – unreleased The CD edition does pretty much the same. All on silver CD editions.

A Certain Ratio
Dirty Boy / Shack Up (Remixed)

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Chris Carter
Disobedient

Reissue of Chris Carter’s 1998 live album Disobedient here courtesy of the good ship Mute. This edition includes the original track list - made up of recordings from a 1995 European tour - and bonus beat ‘Disobedient Redux’, a new number Carter has cobbled together exclusively for the record. As with the rest of Disobedient, this tune is thrillingly mucky astral techno/industrialism from the former Throbbing Gristle fellow.

Chris Carter
Small Moon

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K Á R Y Y N
THE QUANTA SERIES

K Á R Y Y N (yes I’ve checked, and apparently I do have to write it out like that) presents her debut album to the world. The Quanta Series has been in the works for seven years, in which time our hero has been travelling the world and absorbing inspiration from her Syrian-Armenian-American familial history. The results are remarkably intense and vivid, with very direct electronics amidst an avant-operatic scope. On Mute.

SWANS
Filth

This is the first official reissue for Swans' aptly-titled 1983 debut album in nearly 25 years, featuring a foetal incarnation of their brutal no-wave violence in seasick waves of clattering, clanking noise rock and viscerally howled chants. 'Filth' is the blueprint for many years of harsh, damaged intensity that followed and remains a powerfully unsettling listen. "Fun", said Christgau at the time.

New Order
Tutti Frutti

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Lee Ranaldo
Electric Trim Live At Rough Trade East

Ex-Sonic Youth man Lee Ranaldo has announced a new live album! Electric Trim Live At Rough Trade East was recorded solo at the intimate setting of the popular East London record shop, on the first date of the UK leg of his Electric Trim tour. Performed excitingly 'just-as-he-wanted-them-to-be', the songs in this set are fresh and stripped-back of arrangements, pared down to the simplicity and sturdiness of the structures and the songs themselves. LP on Mute, with a download included for 2 bonus tracks.

Moby
Play

Moby’s Play is renowned for being the first album ever to totally sell-out, in that every last one of its 18 tracks was licensed for commercial use in ads and films. Given that level of exposure you may know all the tunes here anyway, but in case you want to treat them to a proper listening experience, here is a 2LP reissue on 180g vinyl. On Mute.

Liars
Titles With The Word Fountain

Last remaining Liar Angus Andrew, who continues to compensate for solitude by cloning himself in every promo photo and video, returns with new album of definitely-not-TFCF-outtakes Titles from the Word Fountain. Packing seventeen not-leftover songs into the programme, from ‘Face in Ski Mask Bodies to the Wind’ and ‘Fantail Creeps’ to ‘Gawking at the Accident’, we at Norman can confirm 100% that a word fountain was involved.

Yann Tiersen
ALL

Emotive ivories motifsmith Yann Tiersen has a new studio, venue and community centre named The Eskal on ol’ Ushant, the Breton Celtic Sea island he calls home. ALL is his first album recorded in this studio. It features basslines dancing with emotive right-hand arpeggios on the ivories, evocative field recordings of things such as children’s voices and charming reversed-tape textures with post-rock guitar ambience. ALL you could ever want.

Throbbing Gristle
Journey Through A Body

Why does the name of this band hurt my teeth?  Journey Through A Body is a purposely recorded piece of art by Throbbing Gristle for an Italian radio way back in the good ol' days. What were previously unavailable on the formats offered here are now available . . . on the following formats . . . offered here . . . a limited edition silver coloured vinyl reissue and a CD reissue, all released on Mute. 

Mark Stewart and The Maffia
Learning To Cope With Cowardice / The Lost Tapes (Definitive Edition)

Learning To Cope With Cowardice was the debut solo album by The Pop Group vocalist and post-punk pioneer Mark Stewart and The Maffia. This reissue, regarded as the definitive edition, is coupled with The Lost Tapes. Following the break-up of The Pop Group in 1980, Stewart went to New York and began picking up ideas for an industrial hip-hop sound. With the help of producer Adrian Sherwood and crack team of reggae musicians including ‘Deadly’ Headley Bennett and Bonjo Iyabinghi (African Head Charge) the vision became a reality. Originally released in 1983. Double LP and CD on Mute.

Maps
Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.

At no point does the press release tell us that Maps is James Chapman’s stage name. It would be great if he’d been born Maps. He’d have to face school bullies saying stuff like, “Hey Maps, give us yer dinner money”. Anyway, the Northampton-born producer and musician has been doing this for 13 years now. Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. is his fourth album and first for six years. The album took three years to make and sees Maps pushing the limits of his studio and his creativity. He even plays the violin on it. White vinyl LP and CD on Mute.

Chris Carter
Mondo Beat

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Simon Bonney
Past, Present, Future

Something old and something new from former Crime And The City Solution tearaway Simon Bonney here. Past, Present, Future has its roots in Bonney’s 90’s solo LPs - 1992’s Forever, 1994’s Everyman and the unreleased collection Eyes Of Blue. Songs from all appear here, with some re-recorded by a band including members of Killing Joke and The Volbeats. Past, Present, Future is quite similar to what Bonney’s mate Nick Cave was doing around the same time - think The Good Son and Henry’s Dream.

Apparat
LP5

As a break from his very successful work with Moderat, German synthesizer-tamer Apparat is finally treating the world to some more of his solo work. We haven’t heard the whole aptly-named LP5 yet, but first single DAWAN feels like somebody’s gently scratching your earlobe, and sounds like a crossover between Mount Kimbie's Break Well and Caribou's Can't Do Without You, in the best way.

Daniel Blumberg & Hebronix
Liv

Daniel Blumberg was previously the frontman of indie band Yuck before forming Hebronix. Liv is a previously unreleased album which was originally recorded a few years before the Minus album. It was recorded live in the studio with only sax and additional vocals being overdubbed. Blumberg is backed by violinist Billy Steiger, Kohhei Matsuda on monosynth and Tom Wheatley who plays double bass. LP and CD on Mute.

Barry Adamson
Memento Mori (Anthology 1978 - 2018)

He's been around a long time. From playing bass in Magazine to collaborating with Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker to his nine solo albums to surely his greatest achievement  - finding and wearing the world's biggest pair of glasses. Now it's all been rolled up in an anthology which depicts an idiosyncratic life in music.  

Lost Under Heaven
Love Hates What You Become

Ebony Hoorn and Ellery James Roberts (both of Manchester’s Wu Lyf) return with a second LP from their newer project Lost Under Heaven. The soberingly-titled, Mute-released Love Hates What You Become is solid, emotive alt-rock brimming with unrestrained vocal expression and lovely production. A band really going for it.

Nitzer Ebb
Body Of Work

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Chris Carter
Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 - Coursework

It’s barely been a minute since Chris Carter’s treated us to a tripped-out take on our boring high school years with Chemistry Lessons. With Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 - Course Work, he’s bringing us an extra track as well as three remixes, spanning cinematographic noise (Radiophonic Workshop), spaced-out techno (Chris Liebing), and dub techno (Daniel Avery).

Can
Can

Mute brought back more Can than any krautrock fan could possibly handle with the 'Can Vinyl Box', which featured seventeen Can records reissued in one bundle; now each record is stepping out on its own. The self-titled 'Can' is the band's eleventh record, released in 1978 and unfamiliar to most. Like 'Out of Reach', little of the music, if any at all, is attributed to the band's founding member Holger Czukay, who stepped back in the writing and composing department. 

Irmin Schmidt
5 Klavierstücke

An album of solo piano pieces from Can keyboardist Irmin Schmidt here. The five tracks of 5 Klavierstücke are one-take improvisations which were recorded on two grand pianos - one prepared, one unprepared - and augmented with ambient noise from around the studio in the south of France. The prepared instrument forms the core of the record, and in doing so it gives the LP a strong whiff of Schmidt's one-time tutor John Cage.

Mick Harvey and Christopher Richard Barker
The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War

Guitarist and long time Bad Seed (of Nick Cave-related renown) Mick Harvey teams up with lyricist Christopher Richard Barker to create The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War. First single sounds like a fuzzy, distorted and almost punky affair with cheery vocals chanting sinister lyrics. And why not?

A Certain Ratio
acr:set

Ever since he first did it, I can't get the memory of Ian shouting "A-C-R MAN-CHES-TAR" out my head whenever I see an A Certain Ratio record. acr:set,  a compilation of the band's work from the past four decades including their first new tracks since 2008, is for all the people who have ever yelled that earnestly.

Silicon Teens
Music For Parties

Ok then, Seemingly Endless Stream Of Reissues, what you got for me today? Another soul-jazz record that no-one bought the first time it came out? Some Cream demos? A set of previously-unreleased takes from The Old Grey Whistle Test? Go on, give me your best shot. Silicon Teens? Never heard of them. Must be rubbish. What’s that you say? They were a fake band manufactured by Mute boss Daniel Miller? He made all the music but got actors, including Francis Tovey aka Fad Gadget, to pretend to be the group in interviews? Music For Parties was the second-ever album released on Mute and kind of sounds like Devo? That’s pretty cool actually. I’ll give you this one, Seemingly Endless Stream Of Reissues. Nice work.

Barry Adamson
Moss Side Story

Barry Adamson’s records are getting the reissue treatment thanks to Mute. Adamson is currently a member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and formerly a member of Magazine and The Birthday Party, so major alt-heritage runs through his veins. Moss Side Story offers a taste of his solo craftings, making the soundtrack to film that doesn’t exist.

A Certain Ratio
Up In Downsville

A Certain Ratio AKA ACR AKA "Joy Division with better clothes" were a Manchester post-punk band who mixed elements of funk, disco and dub into their sound. Up In Downsville was their seventh album and was originally released on Rob’s Records (a label owned by Joy Division manager, Rob Gretton) in 1992. This reissue comes courtesy of Mute and is available on light blue coloured double vinyl LP and CD.

A Certain Ratio
To Each

To Each captures A Certain Ratio in their post punk roots just before they got a little too interested in jazz and wearing shorts. Here they combines Ian Curtis style vocals with funky dance-pop sensibilities, and proto Happy Mondays guitar sounds. A brilliant blend. Dance and be miserable at the same time.  

A Certain Ratio
Mind Made Up

The final (at the time of writing) LP from A Certain Ratio is set to wax once more as part of Mute’s ongoing ACR reissues series. Though 2008’s Mind Made Up may not carry the same clout as seminal records like The Graveyard And The Ballroom, it still finds the band in rude health despite the members all being well into middle age. Young upstarts like Golden Teacher and !!! owe them a huge debt.

A Certain Ratio
Force

Factory records signing A Certain Ratio have teamed up with Mute for a series of reissues and special releases. Here we have the reissue of their 1986 album Force which is such a defining record in their catalogue of leftfield post punk and disco inspired sound. On LP and CD. CD comes with three extra tracks.

A Certain Ratio
Change The Station

Mute’s reissue train for trailblazing Mancunian art-punks A Certain Ratio rolls on with 1997’s Change The Station. On ACR’s eighth LP, the group marry their trademark punk-funk style and the Madchester/acid influences of their early 90s output with tropes from the ambient scene that was making waves at the time. It makes for a heady listen.

Yann Tiersen
Hent

Yann Tiersen with another one of those plink-plonk nice-nice records he's made his money off all these years. Hent is a Yann Tiersen album, which means that it's an album that sounds like it was made by Yann Tiersen. Tinkle the bitten ivories, Mr. Tiersen. Play your pretty song. It will all be in vain. It will all be for naught.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Let Love In

More reissue goodness from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds; this time it's the rather sweetly titled Let Love In, to which we ask Nick: what's the catch? The catch is of course that this is as ever a dark collection of cuts about loneliness and romantic insecurity (just look at those titles: "Do You Love Me?"; "Nobody's Baby Now"; Lay Me Low"). Somebody make a time machine and go back and hug the 1994 Nick Cave.

Chris Liebing
Burn Slow

After a career spanning a quarter of a bloody century, big techno lad Chris Liebling is finally making one of his dreams a reality. He's always wanted to make an album like Burn Slow, slow minimal techno, achingly restrained. He's accompanied by a number of others, most notably Gary Numan, providing some uncharacteristic spoken word on 'Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1). On Mute.

Ben Frost
All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated

Ben Frost’s spring cleaning uncovers more material from the wings of last year’s The Centre Cannot Hold sessions with Steve Albini. In this episode of A Touch of Frost, our hero’s angry, manly cinematronica is assisted by remixes from Carsten Nicolai’s dominion of DSP Alva Noto as well as Albini himself.

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