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The Comet Is Coming
Death To The Planet

You'd struggle to find a more damningly-titled record as Death To The Planet by The Comet Is Coming here at Norman Records. But surprisingly its contents are not quite as doom-ridden as you'd perhaps expect; its jolty four tracks are crammed with trumpet solos, squelch synths, edge-of-your-seat beats and anything else that goes.

The Comet Is Coming
Prophecy

The Comet Is Coming is a fun new project from some heads that you might know: yes, that saxophone is indeed from Shabaka Hutchings of Melt Yourself Down! He’s supported by synths and drums, making for a danceable, cosmic energy blast. The Prophecy EP, the first taste we’ve had of the group, is out on The Leaf Label.

The Comet Is Coming
Channel The Spirits

The Comet Is Coming aim to provide a soundtrack to the apocalypse with their debut album Channel The Spirits  They make a sound that is driven by sax, beats and live drums and evokes Sun Ra and Funkadelic with a backdrop of BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Three-piece are Danalogue The Conqueror, Betamax Killer and King Shabaka. They have previously plied their trade in bands such as Melt Yourself Down and Soccer96.

Warmduscher
Tainted Lunch

London-based post-punk band, Warmduscher, return with their third LP, 'Tainted Lunch'. It is the follow-up to their 2018 album, 'Whale City'. Their mix of punk, funk, lounge and hip-hop is likely to appeal to fans of Fat White Family, who they just happen to be mates with. It was recorded in just 4 days with South London producer of note, Dan Carey.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY115VX)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label

Sarathy Korwar
More Arriving

Sarathy Korwar now lives in the UK. He was born in the USA and grew up in India. His music has grown from a Jazz foundation to incorporate traditional and modern indian, electronic, rap and folk sounds over time. More Arriving is his second album and is fired up by a divided Britain and his own experiences of living here. Confrontational, at times abrasive, Korwar is sending his passionate message out there.

Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings On Earth

Frenzied super-group Melt Yourself Down (members of Polar Bear and Zun Zun Egui, plus Shabaka Hutchings) return with a second album! Last Evenings On Earth, which takes its name from a Roberto Bolano text, is a pre-apocalypse party record of immense energy and joy: vocals, saxophones and everything else all operating at peak level throughout. Released by The Leaf Label.

Laurence Pike
Holy Spring

Former Liars/Bill Callahan/DD Dumbo collaborator and Szun Waves member Laurence Pike drops his second solo LP via The Leaf Label (Snapped Ankles, The Comet Is Coming). Holy Spring bracingly combines free jazz, electronica, post-rock and the pagan classical composition of Igor Stravinsky. It’s no coincidence that Holy Spring shares a word with Stravinsky’s seminal Rite Of Spring. Tracks like ‘Drum Chant’ sound like something from Music From Memory if it had been plied with peyote. Really cool record.

Snapped Ankles
Violations

A four-track EP of cover versions originally released for Record Store Day in 2018, Violations is quite an apt name for these drastically different takes as Snapped Ankles take on Can, The Fugs, Joey Beltram and The Comateens in ways you never previously imagined. This re-issue is on white vinyl, with a download code. 

Snapped Ankles
Stunning Luxury

Following on from their rather good Come Play the Trees album, London avant groove-sters Snapped Ankles are back with an album that appears to be a concept album about the property industry. A record to soundtrack the constant threat of developers perhaps but these are fun guys with many moments of memorable scuzz under their belts and Stunning Luxury should see them develop further.

Julia Kent
Temporal

Moody, atmospheric cello music anyone? Julia Kent has built quite the loyal following over her previous 5 studio albums. Temporal sees her dark sound move towards more organic instrumentation. You can feel the strings being plucked and slashed across her cello over minimal electronic tinkering. 

Warmduscher
Big Wilma

In the orbit of Fat White Family and containing members of FWF, Insecure Men and Paranoid London, South London rabble-raisers Warmduscher drop this nice snappy 7” on The Leaf Label. ‘Big Wilma’ is a psych-garage riot, while ‘Neon Tongues’ is some bleep-bloop kosmische weirdery.
  • Vinyl 7" (DOCK67)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Szun Waves
New Hymn To Freedom

Szun Waves are a small collective of musicians who improvise, but whilst improvisation can sometimes be viewed as self-indulgent and not particularly audience friendly, on New Hymn To Freedom, the trio make the listening experience an immersive one. The band features Luke Abbott, who is known for mixing leftfield club music with ambient explorations, Jack Wyllie, of Portico Quartet and Circle Traps and Aussie drummer Lawrence Pike from Triosk and PVT. 2LP and CD on The Leaf Label.
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label

LWW
3PE

LWW is none other than Portland, Oregon's Luke Wyland with a three-lettered moniker describing his explorations in joyous repetition and softly-stated minimalism. Harsh vowels need not apply, but some rounded ones may accidentally appear. The project has already acquired the Nils Frahm / Piano Day seal of approval for the track 'PNO' (told you) which made the Frahm official PD playlist this year. A record on which Wyland has allowed unadorned, unembellished single takes to form and evolve naturally. Which is cool. LP on the always reliable Leaf Label.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Iris

Iris is a very nice little EP from Wildbirds & Peacedrums, in which the dextrous duo set up shop in Reykjavik to particularly explore the magical sound of the steel pan. Andreas Werliin can play any percussion anyway he likes, and Mariam Wallentin’s voice has worlds of character, so these five tracks are bang-on. Engineered by Ben Frost!

Warmduscher
Whale City

Warmduscher is various London people hanging out and recording something they feel is Really Important no doubt aided and abetted by a truckload of cocaine. They contain members of the Fat White Family and Insecure Men and this debut full length has been described as a rock opera that could send you into outer space. For fans of S.M.A.S.H etc. 

Laurence Pike
Distant Early Warning

Laurence Pike is the drumming part of PVT (Pivot), Szun Waves and Triosk, but he also has a solo practice, which he is sharing with us for the first time here on Distant Early Warning. These six tracks, which were all recorded live during one day in the studio (very efficient), are played by Pike on drumkit and sampler, and the variety of sounds and textures achieved is impressive. Distant Early Warning is released by The Leaf Label.

Nightports with Matthew Bourne
Nightports with Matthew Bourne

Here we see the celebrated Matthew Bourne taking up the challenge of Adam Martin and Mark Slater’s Nightports project. Starting with sounds generated by Bourne’s piano/prepared piano playing, the base materials are then manipulated into winding corridors of composition reminiscent of Nils Frahm, Max Richter and the recent collaborative record between Brian Eno and Tom Rogerson, Finding Shore.

Jherek Bischoff
Cistern

Fresh from performing 'Black Star' with pals at the recent Bowie tribute thing in New York, composer Jherek Bischoff has clambered into an empty two million gallon water vat in Washington state in order to improvise the pieces that have become 'Cistern'. While there he reflected on growing up on a sailing boat (none of these people have normal childhoods do they?) Anyway the result is this stellar album of orchestral innovation.   

Matthew Bourne
moogmemory

Matthew Bourne recorded moogmemory using 80’s synth oddity the Memorymoog, and nothing but the Memorymoog. That means that the idiosyncratic sequencing within each track is a product of the memory banks of the vintage machine. Better known as a pianist, it seems Bourne has a knack for old electronics. Released by the Leaf Label.

Matthew Bourne
Isotach

Jazz pianist Matthew Bourne returns to working on solo piano pieces after his moog focussed Moogmemory and working with Franck Vigroux on reworking Kraftwerk’s Radio-Activity. Gorgeous and isolated piano works with sparse cello parts lull you into his world. For fans of Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds etc.

Snapped Ankles
Come Play The Trees

Snapped Ankles are a London group making their full-length debut right here and right now on The Leaf Label. The band apparently love to play shows while dressed up as trees, but you can’t really hear the foliage on these recordings. You’ll have to make do with chunky-funky synthesiser lines and fuzzy guitar melodies instead. Come Play The Trees is released by The Leaf Label.

310
Opposite Corners

As part of our Leaf Label discount bonanza, here is a nice little transparent 7” single from 310, available for a staggeringly affordable price. Opposite Corners is a track taken from the album Recessional, paired with another track, Extra Virgin. Its pretty funky stuff, mixing IDM breakbeats with warm synths and samples and some distant vocal presences.
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label

310
Prague Rock

As part of our Leaf Label discount bonanza, here is a fully-fledged 12” EP from 310, made available for a staggeringly affordable price. The Frosty Bardum Affair features four very fine tracks, assembled way back in 1999 as a sampler for what the band were up to back in those days. A vintage bargain.
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label

Jherek Bischoff
Scores

Scores is an instrumental version of Jherek Bischoff’s 2012 album Composed. While that record featured a bunch of guests providing vocals, Scores takes it back to just the music, revealing these busy little pieces in their full exquisite detail! Featuring what sounds like a decent-sized string ensemble as well as intimate parts. CD release on The Leaf Label.

Efterklang
Parades

Leaf celebrates twenty years with a handful of reissues, Efterklang’s Parades among them. Branching out from the wiry electronics of debut Tripper, Parades makes heavy use of orchestral instruments to create a cheery mix between the vaulting tweeness of Danish indie and the pomposity of post-rock.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BAY58V)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Colleen
Everyone Alive Wants Answers

Colleen’s debut album Everyone Alive Wants Answers was first released in 2003, to the joy of those who heard it. The album is a sensitive suite of electronically-tweaked instrumentals, small-sounding melodic material spliced, looped and spun-around into something entrancing. This Leaf Label reissue (LP with CD) is limited to just 400 copies.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY 31V)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label

Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down

The self-titled debut from Melt Yourself Down is a heady, in-your-face mix of jazz, krautrock, punk and African sounds that will leave you wondering where you left your head. The band are led by Polar Bear associate Pete Wareham - so you know the band’s musical chops are all in place. They pack a real punch live too.

Asa-Chang & Junray
Jun Ray Song Chang

Jun Ray Song Chang brought Asa-Chang (working here with Junray) to the attention of many back in 2001 when it was first release, thanks partly to the championing John Peel. The melding of East-Asian percussion, delicate melodies and tiny tweaks of electronic processing makes for an unusual, engaging listen, and it is good to have this record back on vinyl again. Reissued by The Leaf Label.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Rivers

Rivers combines two EPs that Wildbirds & Peacedrums made during one week in Reykjavik: Retina, which deploys a chamber choir arranged by Hildur Gudnadottir, and Iris, which focuses on a steel pan. Two different sides of this duo’s wonderful sound, each complementing the other neatly. Reissued from 2010 by The Leaf Label.

Melt Yourself Down
Dot To Dot

Melt Yourself Down are soon to return with a second album of their frenzied fiery free-afro-jazz-punk. Dot To Dot, the first single, makes a compelling preview, Kushal Gaya holding forth authoritatively over an unbeatable groove. The track is backed by a fresh-flipping remix by DJ Khalab. 12” in an edition of 500, on The Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl 12" (DOCK62)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne
Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited

Radioland is a project for covering Kraftwerk, made up of Franck Vigroux and Matthew Bourne (accompanied live by visual artist Antoine Schmitt). Taking on a classic like Radio-Activity is a bold move, but they pull of the delicate balance between staying faithful to the material and slavishly copying it. Worth a listen! The LP edition comes with a CD, and the CD edition comes in a 20-page book.

Julia Kent
Asperities

New York based cellist Julia Kent came into view from performing with Rasputina and Antony & The Johnsons, and her performance credits are impressive as well, including Swans, Library Tapes, and Aiden Baker. Asperities is her fourth studio album, recorded and produced entirely by herself. Layering string work and electronics with a palpable emotional core, place this next to your Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Limited vinyl and CD on The Leaf Label.

Polar Bear
Same As You

Not to be confused with the American band, or the Arctic carnivore, Polar Bear are back with their sixth album. Once again delving into the riches of double-saxophone-fueled jazz, Same As You is a double LP with outside ideas and at the same time appealing sounds. British avant-garde made available to the masses!

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Rhythm

An office favourite and the promo has only been in the place a week. It has since disappeared into various homes for night listening which is as good a recommendation as you can get. Therefore I'm the wrong person to write the press blurb as I was the only one to spit the words "experimental Winehouse" in it's direction. It certainly sounds like the career defining record that the press release talks about, based around the primal rhythms and soulful vocals of the Swedish husband and wife team it hold no punches whatsoever. Certainly fans of Neneh Cherry's last album, or the 80's pounding of Pigbag or ESG are going to find much to enjoy. 

Melt Yourself Down
Live At The New Empowering Church


  • Vinyl LP (BAY91V)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label

Polar Bear
Peepers

Peepers by Polar Bear was originally released in 2010. It’s an album that has something for everyone. Percussionist and bandleader, Sebastian Roachford, takes jazz and mixes elements of rock, folk, soul and electronic in an unusual yet highly engaging fashion. It was the best selling album on The Leaf Label.

Murcof, Colleen, Psapp, Caribou, Various
Check The Water


Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Performing Parades


  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
The Way The Wind Blows

Third album from A Hawk And A Hacksaw, bringing us back to the heady days of 2006. The Way The Wind Blows finds our heroes Jeremy Barnes (also of Neutral Milk Hotel) and Heather Trost working with Romanian folk group Fanfare Ciocarlia (recorded on location) and Zach Condon, soon to be of Beirut when this was recorded. A wonderful Balkan-style folk trip, reissued by The Leaf Label.
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label

Rob Ellis
Music For The Home Vol 2


  • CD
  • £12.49 £3.75 (saving: £8.74)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label
  • Label(s):
  • The Leaf Label