Italians Do It Better Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records

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Various
After Dark 3

‘After Dark 3’ is another sampler from the Italians Do It Better imprint. As is always the case with Johnny Jewel's label comps, this record includes unheard tracks by artists on IDIB's impressive roster. As well as including unreleased material from Chromatics that yet again teases the ridiculously anticipated ‘Dear Tommy’, further contributions here come from Desire, Johnny Jewel and Farah.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (IDIB137)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Pink Gloves
Los Angeles

Out on Italian's Do It Better is this latest missive from Prague's Petr Pliska as Pink Gloves. He peddles a form of melancholic synth pop which channels Junior Boys and Chromatics (Johnny Jewel produces here) and sees him cover the Robyn classic Dancing On My Own. Electronic pop for the lonely and the heartbroken. 
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB102)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Johnny Jewel
Don't Come Back From The Moon (Original Soundtrack)

Don’t Come Back From The Moon is a 2017 film by Bruce Thierry Cheung. The clever fella has gone and got Italians Do It Better supremo and Chromatics producer Johnny Jewel to score it for him. The soundtrack also features work from Italians Do It Better artists Glass Candy, Chromatics, Mirage, & Symmetry.
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB117)
  • Coloured vinyl

Chromatics
Closer To Grey

David Lynch’s favourites Chromatics took their fans by surprise a month or so ago with the release of their first new album in seven years. Keeping their signature minimalistic synth-pop sound intact, Closer To Grey now arrives boasting resplendent covers of Simon & Garfunkel (‘The Sound of Silence’) and the Jesus & Mary Chain (‘On The Wall’). 
  • Vinyl Double LP (IDIB237)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (IDIB237CD)

Jorja Chalmers
Human Again

Bryan Ferry is still quite the old charmer at the ripe old age of 77. When Jorja Chalmers moved to the UK from Australia and started performing old twinkle trousers saw her and invited her to join his band. Her debut Human Again was made in those times on tour when Ferry wasn't swanning about and she set about making some art rock in the style of David Bowie and Ferry's old nemesis Brian Eno. Produced by none other than Johnny Jewel this should appeal to fans of the  likes of John Carpenter and of course Chromatics.  
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB105LP)
  • Coloured vinyl

Johnny Jewel
Vapor

Johnny Jewel is a member of Chromatics and owns the record label Italians Do It Better. Vapor is his fourth solo album and was released in 2018. It is a collection of instrumentals that when strung together as they create a soundtrack for a post-apocalyptic world of barren landscapes and smoky skies.
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB77)
  • Coloured vinyl

Double Mixte
Romance Noire

Double Mixte are a French duo of Clara Apolit & Thomas Maan, newly signed to Johnny Jewel’s Italians Do It Better label. They make music influenced by 70s French film soundtracks with evocative lyrics. Romance Noire is their new album, and because he’s the boss, Johnny Jewel produced it in his own inimitable style.
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB97)
  • Coloured vinyl

Chromatics
Lady

12” EP featuring three versions of Lady, originally from The Chromatics LP Kill For Love. Most interestingly among them is Lady (On Film) a previously unreleased version of the song which contains a third verse. In addition to these, there are two versions of Looking For Love including a huge 15 minute disco version. Pink champagne coloured vinyl on Italians Do It Better.
  • Vinyl 12" (IDIB35PINK)
  • Coloured vinyl

Johnny Jewel
Themes For Television

He’s prolific, that Johnny Jewel. Despite running Italians Do It Better and being in Chromatics, he still manages to find time to turn out an impressive amount of solo material. No sooner has the dust settled on Jewel’s January LP Digital Rain than we get Themes For Television, a twenty-one track collection of music intended for the reboot of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Only ‘Windswept’ made it onto the show in the end, but the remaining pieces conjure that very specific TP mood very well indeed.
  • Vinyl Double LP (IDIB96)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (IDIB96CD)

Johnny Jewel
Digital Rain

Just six months after Windswept, which featured some of his memorable contributions to the latest Twin Peaks series, Mr. Jewel’s ready with the next batch. The concept of Digital Rain is to evoke precipitation, which Johnny doubtless experiences little of in Los Angeles, and to convey liquid structures. Expect lots of gentle transitions between vignettes of rain samples, melancholy synths, dripping glockenspiel and the like.
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB74LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (IDIB74CD)

Johnny Jewel
Home (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Johnny Jewel’s notable soundtrack work to date includes Drive, Lost River, and Those Who Kill. Here we have his soundtrack to Fien Troch’s Home. On gorgeous limited vinyl, one side is entirely his solo cinematic 80s ambience, backing a mix of tracks with some of his other projects Chromatics and Symmetry.
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB61)
  • Coloured vinyl

Chromatics
In The City

Italians Do It Better here bring back an excellent 2010 EP by Chromatics. In The City contains 12” and instrumental versions of the title track, plus a brace of originals and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s majestic ‘I’m On Fire’. Total woozy late-night 80’s synth vibes all over, perfect to brood and luxuriate in. Repress LP.
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB27BLUE)
  • Coloured vinyl

Glass Candy
I Always Say Yes

Italo reissue, originally recorded just over ten years ago, showing off the best aspects of a genre enjoying a continued refresher. This represents the less bombastic style, rooted more firmly in older Patrick Cowley-esque disco hits but with all the romantic drama found in Italo's most endearing examples.
  • Vinyl LP (IDIB55PINK)
  • Coloured vinyl

Chromatics
Night Drive

Before Johnny Jewel became famous for his soundtrack work (see Lost River, A Beautiful Now) he was a member of Chromatics. Night Drive was their third album and the on which transformed them from DIY noise rockers to sleek '80s influenced synth soundtrackers keen on Italo disco and leading to tracks from the album appearing on all manner of films and TV shows.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (IDIB28IVORY)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Chromatics
Cherry

Synthpop? Post-punk revival? Italo disco? Italo disco revival?!?! Whatever you want to call it, Chromatics' brand of smooth, atmospheric electronic music is full of unique character and flair. 2015 release Cherry offers chunky beats, 80s-sounding synths and sweet, wintry vocals. Released as Vinyl 12" on the Italians Do It Better label.
  • Vinyl 12" (IDIB42)
  • Limited edition

Chromatics
Just Like You

Chromatics' 6-track 2015 release Just Like You is a half-hour journey through a lush synthetic landscape. The high-quality finesse of Johnny Jewel's production adds to and enhances the record's glossy beats, haunting vocals and reverberant soundscapes. Available as Vinyl 12" on Italians Do It Better.
  • Vinyl 12" (IDIB51)
  • Limited edition

Johnny Jewel
Lost River - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Lost River, Ryan Gosling’s first attempt at directing, has a fully featured soundtrack, including types like Chromatics, and Glass Candy, alongside the original score by Johnny Jewel. Italians Do It Better have provided you with either a lovely CD, or a triple (!) purple (!) vinyl set. Check it out.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (IDIB47)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (IDIB47CD)

Symmetry
Themes For An Imaginary Film

The album’s made by Johnny Jewel and his mate Nat Walker (Desire). It’s three hours long, it’s called Themes For An Imaginary Film and is the debut release of yet another new Jewel venture, Symmetry. The LP edition is pressed on ‘windshield dipped in blood’-coloured vinyl. Themes For An Imaginary Film is targeted at ‘Painters, Writers, Photographers, Designers, Cruisers, Night Walkers, & Dreamers’, and it sounds like a perfect simulacrum of all of Jewel’s other output. We have reached peak-Jewel - this is a thing of retro-fetishist, Italo-wave, hypnagogic, New-Romantic beauty.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (IDIB37RED)
  • Coloured vinyl

Desire
Desire


  • Vinyl LP (IDIB61)

The Chromatics
Kill for Love


  • Vinyl Double LP (IDIB38LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (IDIB38)

Glass Candy
B/E/A/T/B/O/X


  • Vinyl LP (IDIB5)

Chromatics
Camera

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Chromatics
Tick Of The Clock

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Chromatics
Shadow

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In Mirrors
Escape From Berlin

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Farah
The Only Ones

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Desire
Under Your Spell

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Invisible Conga People
Cable Dazed

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Chromatics
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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Nite Jewel
Want You Back

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Desire
If I Can't Hold You Tonight

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Tess Roby
Beacon

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Johnny Jewel
A Beautiful Now

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Chromatics
Nite

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Desire
II

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Heaven
Lonesome Town

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Various
Cruise Control

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Johnny Jewel
Windswept

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Glass Candy
Geto Boys

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Symmetry
The Messenger

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Desire
II

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Various
After Dark II

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Rubies (featuring Feist)
I Feel Electric Tyedye Mix

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Glass Candy
Deep Gems

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Glass Candy
Feeling Without Touching

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Farah
Gay Boy

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Glass Candy
Miss Broadway

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Various
After Dark

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Glass Candy
B/E/A/T B/O/X

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Twisted Wires
One Night At The Raw Deal

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Bottin
Bottin

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Nite Jewel
What Did He Say

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Farah
Law of Life

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Tiedye
Nothing Else Matters

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Professor Genius
La Grotta

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Glass Candy, Chromatics, Various
After Dark

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