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New in: Monday 25th July 2016

Kink Gong
Erhai Floating Sound

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8/10 according to our Jamie

‘Erhai Floating Sound’ is a recording of a live performance which took place on Erhai lake in Yunnan, China in 2010. Kink Gong -- Laurent Jeanneau -- and Julien Claus produced electronic sounds from their fishing boat, floating on the lake, which connected via underwater cables to four other boats, each of them carrying a speaker, to produce the sounds which must have amazed their a…view full details.

Siavash Amini & Matt Finney
Familial Rot

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8/10 according to our Robin

After listening to his gorgeous, forest-wading drone record ‘What The Wind Whispered to the Trees’, it’s kinda hard to ever envision a version of Siavash Amini who’s released on Umor Rex. The plot twist of my life today is that he has: ‘Til Human Voices Wake Us’ was an early Amini work with a similar strand of literary influence and tone poem poise, using amb…view full details.

Various
U S S R (Ur Social Status Resistance)

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8/10 according to our Jamie

U S S R (Ur Social Status Resistance) collects together the work of a few of Russia and Ukraine’s contemporary electronic music producers and experimenters, compiled by Kirill aka YancityGurl for the ever consistent Opal Tapes. Rad Machine (Valeriy, from Yekaterinburg) runs his techno beats, snares and kick drum over samples of birdsong; the pads are punctuated by tweets on the tr…view full details.

Johnny Foreigner
Mono No Aware

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8/10 according to our Robin

Long-time emos Johnny Foreigner have been mining their personal style in the corner of the room while everyone pays attention to the bands reviving the same sound they play around them, but if you feel like listening to ‘Mono No Aware’ everything will be fine. On this record, they make no bones about their mathiness, nor their sentimental noise pop approach, bringing it back to the …view full details.

R.E.M.
Eponymous

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8/10 according to our Clinton

It is indeed a compilation as Jack notes in his review below and perhaps doesn't flow as well as their albums but this was my introduction to R.E.M when I was nobbut a youth and I enjoyed following their trajectory from oddball pastoral post punk janglers on the opening 'Radio Free Europe' to the closing chart-ready dash of 'It's the End of the World As We Know It'. In between you get all the I…view full details.

R.E.M.
Life's Rich Pageant

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9/10 according to our Clinton

Right, people listen up. R.E.M were fucking amazing. Let's just take what they did in the '80s on it's own and we have an incredible body of work. 'Lifes Rich Pageant' was the moment they went from pastoral mumblers to a potential stadium rock band and hits the sweet spot just right. The album has so many highlights that it's hard to know where to begin but we could start at 'Begin the …view full details.

Asylums
Killer Brain Waves

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7/10 according to our Robin

On ‘Killer Brain Waves’, Asylums move so fast they kinda leaves themselves behind. From those thrashy opening moments -- coupled with a “woop!”as the first word of the record for good measure -- they’re raring to go, unbelievably psyched as they are to deliver unto you the catchy bits in all their loud, feeling glory. “Second Class Citizen” is loud enou…view full details.

Happy Accidents
You Might Be Right

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The latest band to bubble up through the UK’s fertile DIY indie-punk scene is Happy Accidents. Several of the songs on debut full-length You Might Be Right deal with social anxiety, but they do so in a totally non-anxious way: this band sound confident in their own powers. Out on the Alcopop! label.…view full details.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood is exactly the kind of name that an old-school classic California rock band should have. The Brotherhood recorded Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel near the Pacific ocean, and a loose and easy feel permeates these semi-improvised tracks. Laid-back-groovy and a little bit psychedelic. Out on Silver Arrow.…view full details.

Brett Naucke
Executable Dreamtime

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9/10 according to our Robin

Umor Rex bingo: does the press release have “modular synthesis” in it? You sunk my battleship. We love it though: the label has been going from strength to strength with its abstract, sometimes meditative, often chilly records. Of the tape batch recently dumped into the world, though, Brett Naucke’s might be the loveliest, a noisy but brightly giddy release that spea…view full details.

Dustin O Halloran
Vorleben

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9/10 according to our Brett

Original review from... whenever it was.  Ooh these Sonic Pieces booky packages are nice aren't they? They could house a collection of Joe Dolce remixes by DJ Tiesto and still seem ridiculously classy, so the fact that this one houses such beautiful, emotive solo piano playing - featuring several gorgeous extended sonata-type pieces - blasts the sophistometer clean through…view full details.

Mystic Eyes
Mysterious

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Mysterious, the 1979 album of Anthony Johnson’s group Mystic Eyes, is a very rare piece of reggae history: as it has never been reissued, original copies fetch high, hefty prices. This Burning Sound reissue makes the Jah-worshipping roots riddims widely available once more, on CD and vinyl editions. Produced by Linval Thomson.…view full details.

William S. Burroughs
Let Me Hang You

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This remarkable record is centred around William S. Burroughs reading extracts from his gloriously disgusting tour-de-force Naked Lunch. On Let Me Hang You, his incredible voice is surrounded by the music of Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang (who recorded with Burroughs…view full details.

Airhead
Kazzt / Kazzt (Mumdance Remix)

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Kazzt is the first vinyl release in too long from Airhead, and it won’t disappoint those who’ve been waiting. Plus, Airhead has managed to secure one of the most desirable prizes in electronic music: a remix from Mumdance, oh yes oh yes. He gets real weird with it, very welcome. Limited edition of just 400 copies on Different …view full details.

Sad City
Shapes In Formation

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Debut LP from Sad City, a semi-ambient project that mixes field recordings with wavering synth lines with stumbling rhythms. Shapes In Formation has the feel a sort of underwater film noir vibe, except in technicolour: believe it or not, that description makes sense when you listen. Vinyl release, packed with a download code that contains all the same music plus a trio of bonus tracks.…view full details.

Jaydee
Plastic Dreams

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The 1992 debut single from Jaydee is kind of a cornerstone of house music: the kind of track that ought to get re-pressed from here to kingdom come. So here is Plastic Dreams on wax once more! Only one side of this vinyl has music on it, because a track like this should be more than enough to satisfy any listener. On R&S.…view full details.

Eliza Shaddad
Run

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Eliza Shaddad sings softly but powerfully of intimate darkness, her voice surrounded dramatic musical atmospheres from a mix-master-production team whose talents have previously been deployed for FKA Twigs and Foals. Run is a set of songs that started out at a very personal level, but they’ve been allowed to grow to the level of epic. Four track CD EP on the Beatnik Creative label.…view full details.

Building Instrument
Kem Som Kan A Leve

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Building Instrument are a group that are satisfyingly hard to pin down: they throw together combinations of (say) zither, kazoo, percussion and electronics, and it’ll coalesce into some mystical song-atmosphere. Nicely done. Some of material on second album Kem Som Kan A Leve was written with Kurt Schwitters in mind, and was debuted at the opening of an exhibition of his work. Out on Hubro.…view full details.

DJ Marfox
Revolução 2005 - 2008

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2LP on Boomkat Editions

Lanark Artefax
Glasz EP

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12" EP on UIQ

Matt Carlson
The View From Nowhere

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One half of Golden Retriever is back in the lab (sorry)with an album of synth workouts that appear to have been created using mathematical formulas. This is perhaps the worlds most bleepy music and uses abstract sound and non linear patterns influenced by early tech sound guys like Charles Amirkhanian and Charles Dodge. Challenging? Of course.   …view full details.

Celer
Tempelhof

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7/10 according to our Robin

New week, new Celer. I don’t even have a calender in my house -- I just stick Will Long’s records to my wall every month. Just last week we were singing the praises of his new record for Chloe Harris’ Further label, under the alias of Mogodor, which saw a more space-respecting, even Frahmian approach to ambient -- let t…view full details.

SKY H1
Motion

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12" on Pan X Codes

K. Leimer
Closed System Potentials

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8/10 according to our Robin

Longtime synth experimentalist K. Leimer goes all archive on himself here, repressing his electronic hammock record ‘Closed System Potentials’. Recorded way back in ‘79, this record of generously lilting chords and uplifting figures would sound vintage as hell, if it didn’t sound like what many a new-age leaning ambient musician had predicated their career on. Melodies f…view full details.

Lay Llamas/ Tetuan
Split

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7/10 according to our Robin

Yes yes, it’s psych rock. You don’t need to yell. Lay Llamas and Tetuan join forces here to see who can outswirl who, and just as it used to be in my pointless second-year Philosophy seminars, I’m sure we’ll be none the wiser after we’ve listened. Concerning the Lay Llamas side: it’s something of a psych rock lament, unfolding on a groaning synthesis …view full details.

Maar
Absolute Delay

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8/10 according to our Robin

The line-connecting name Maar belongs to two electronic folks who make cold, minimalist music that booms out of your speakers and into your refrigerated heart. It could only be Umor rex. ‘Absolute Delay’ brings together Michael Vallera, who’s been about on Opal Tapes before, and Joseph Clayton Mills, known previously for Haptic. Their music is a sort of chiming circuit, with s…view full details.

Teresa Rampazzi
Immagini per Diana Baylon

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Rare electronics from the under-appreciated Italian electro-acoustic sound inventor Teresa Rampazzi. Immagine per Diana Babylon is a single piece, originally an accompaniment to an installation, so put it on in a white room and listen again and again! The analogue electronic piece is constantly changing, while also maintaining a droning backbone. 300 copies of this release, part of Die Schachtel’s &lsquo…view full details.

As Ondas
Mares

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8/10 according to our Robin

And so we bid a fond farewell to Tuff Enuff, the label that could boast the most stuff. The label’s been responsible for numerous lo-fi pop love affairs, so it seems fitting it closes out on one more: a miniature supergroup featuring members of Shopping, Dog Legs and Wachi Wachi, this record is punky, silky and affectionate all at once, pulling off DIY indie…view full details.

Repeated Viewing
Art Imitates

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Limited turquoise shell cassette on Spun Out Of Control. Edition of 100 hand-numbered copies

Daniel Thomas Freeman
The Infinite and the Unknowable

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9/10 according to our Ant

You all remember Daniel Thomas Freeman’s brilliant ‘The Beauty Of Doubting Yourself’ CD on Home Normal right? Well that was released some five years ago - so his second album (not counting his work as part of Rameses III) you could say…view full details.

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Songs Of Forgiveness

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9/10 according to our Robin

Two Jefre Cantu-Ledesma pressings! Count them: one, and then, subsequently, two! So similar in name are these two records, both songs of something, that the pressings have been stuck with the wrong labels, meaning that Songs of Forgiveness will arrive with its disc plastered as Songs of Remembrance when really it’s nothing of the sort. You can’t go wrong w…view full details.

Gultskra Artikler
Industria

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8/10 according to our Jamie

Yes, this is what I like! 2- 3- and 4- minute electro / techno jams are the way forward and this latest Opal Tape has them in spades. ‘Distortion’ opens this tape by Gultskra Artikler (I dunno) and jackhammers those beats while subtle sounds come in from all parts of the spectrum. Great stereo imaging, real nice on headphones or big speakers. And then, suddenly I’m transported…view full details.

Pierrot Lunaire
Dog Chakra

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7/10 according to our Jamie

OK, I’ll cut to the chase just to save everyone’s precious time. Droning electronic grooves, looped and chopped up and spliced side-by-side with organ miniatures mangled by distorted, hissing tape. Opening track, ‘Elegy for a Plastic Bag’, on this latest Opal Tape by Pierrot Lunaire sequences these spiralling elements seductively. Then a manic saxophone squarks and squal…view full details.

Winged Ma’at
The 42 Negative Confessions of Wingéd Ma’at

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7/10 according to our Jamie

Wingéd Ma'at is the collective name of the duo who individually name themselves ‘Ra’ -- that’s him on arghul, mismar and qanum -- and ‘Thoth’ who just plays plain ol’ sistrum and Tutankhamun's trumpets. They certainly appear to have an ancient Egyptian theme going on and I suspect they think they’ve positioned themselves, sonically and…view full details.

The Sisters of Mercy
Vision Thing (Vinyl Collection)

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

This is the Sisters of Mercy's weakest album, but it is still an amazing one that has withstood the test of time and definitely earns a deluxe reissue. It has a heavy sound which keeps you on edge and excited, and just sounds... well, cool. This is surely a testament to their flexibility and how they can be updated as with the music scene itself. Lovers of the album will say it takes time to grow on you; I found this to be true, but that's only evidence of a carefully crafted work. Some peopl…view full details.

Gone Is Gone
Gone Is Gone

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Gone Is Gone is super-group assemblage of heavy rockers: members of Mastodon, At The Drive-In and Queens Of The Stone Age are all present and correct. Needless to say, the sound is heavy, well-polished, capital-R rock music with a thick, sludgy tone: exciting times for fans of any of the affiliated bands. This debut EP is availabl…view full details.

R.E.M.
Dead Letter Office

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Dead Letter Office is a housecleaning effort from R.E.M.'s days on IRS records. Several of the tracks reveal a goofy sense of humour that doesn't show itself on their "proper" albums. Two examples are "Voice of Harold," which features the backing track from "7 Chinese Brothers" as singer Michael Stipe reads a studio promotional flyer, and a cover of the Roger Miller country staple "King of the Road." The band acknowledges its considerable debt to the Velvet Underground by covering no less tha…view full details.

Seasick Steve
I Started Out With Nothin'

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7/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Steve introduces some songs with humorous asides and the last track finishes up with a tale from Steve's life living on the road. His music is as infectious as his story telling and once you hear one album I can guarantee you'll be searching out the others. Great, foot tapping, slide blues to get you smiling and singing along with. I love "Walkin' Man" where the blues slide guitar reminds me of a slightly rawer Keb Mo and if you enjoy this album I suggest you give Keb a try, although he is mo…view full details.

Seasick Steve
Man From Another Time

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7/10 according to Jack (customer) on

The title "Man from Another Time" pretty much sums up the story Seasick Steve (a.k.a. Steve Wold), the vagabond guitarist and singer who has apparently been drifting across the globe as musical tumbleweed for some time yet his music is pretty much steeped in the blues with more than a healthy portion of roots or Americana for seasons. This collection of dark, raw sounding, stripped down tunes---recorded using analog technology---sounds best with the volume turned up and expectations set aside…view full details.

Godflesh
Selfless

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7/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Selfless and the Merciless EP are basically Godflesh's brief stint with Sony. While Merciless was a gloomier record, Selfless has more accessible qualities. Think Pure but without of the gruff vocalisations (but are still present), and spacier delayed ridden "clean" vocals. What makes me laugh is these same people that slag off this record are the same meatheads that claim to love bands like Fear Factory, Slipknot, or Ministry. These bands owe a hell of a lot to Godflesh whether they realise …view full details.

Parliament
5 Classic Albums

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This must unquestionably be the best deal around in terms of funk-per-pound ratio. George Clinton’s intergalactic Parliament crew are essential for all space-funk fans, and this CD set contains five (5!) of their albums, including Mothership Connection and The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, in one very reasonably-priced package. Cheers Universal.…view full details.

Rooney
Washed Away

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R-OO-N-EY! Should he be played up front or at the top of a diamond formation in midfield? He’s certainly made that position his own in recent years and at the end of the day, he’s got to be England’s future. Although this Rooney seem to be an indie-pop band from LA who have teen-friendly pop for you to jump around during a pillow fight to. It’s jangly pop with catchy chorus’ at its finest. The album’s called Washed Away - j…view full details.

Hole
Live Through This

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9/10 according to The Doc (customer) on

Everyone knows that Courtney Love is absolutely off-her-tits mad, but I think sometimes people let that get in the way when judging her as an artist. Sure, the vast majority of her recent work is a proper load of old arsewater, but back in the day she had a pretty singular vision and this belting album is pretty much the complete realisation of it. Live Through This is a great album from start to finish, and there isn't really a bad track on it. Vio…view full details.

Aldous RH
Sensuality

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Aldous RH is a Manchester bloke who is obviously in love with the sweet moving sweet grooving sounds of the soulful 1970s. 'Sensuality' is a quite surprisingly hi-fi slice of funk with a voice that sounds like Alexis Taylor trying to be Prince over the kind of sexy groove that would sound just perfect coming out of an Oldham Street shop front on a sunny day. I'm not sure how seriously to take this but it is certainly slinky enough to fell a h…view full details.

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Songs Of Remembrance

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8/10 according to our Jamie

OK one, no two -- no, three things first. Firstly, and most importantly, there was a mis-press so this is ‘Songs of Remembrance’ and not ‘Songs of Forgiveness’ as stated on the centre label. That’s right, they (re-)released two Jefre Cantu-Ledesma albums and we at Norman received them on the same day with misleading information, and I’m easily confused anyway…view full details.

Kon & Amir present
Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn

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9/10 according to Andrew (customer) on

Whether you know of Kon and Amir or not, you really need to get to know their compilations. These are the Carlsberg of diggers - by which I mean probably the best in the world. Long time friends of BBE - this is the 4th collection released under their name - you can see why they keep getting asked back. Previous collections have covered jazz, off beat funk, full on disco, afrobeat and much more, this is no different. However this is no funk and soul by numbers set, if you know any of …view full details.

Klaxons
Myths of The Near Future

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8/10 according to our Brian

Really unsure what the frig to make of KLAXONS. 'Myths of the Near Future' is upon us, a hastily constructed alter of polished fizzing space age pop, kinda like Hot Chip with a Prodigy tee-shirt & bigger glowsticks . These guys know how to shake up the bland world of indie as it stands today, injecting the scene with a day-glo post-everything soup of visceral ene…view full details.

Various
Tim Burgess presents Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco

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This compilation album is the brother of Tim Burgess’ new book, in which he goes looking for certain records recommended by certain musicians (Iggy Pop) and even certain authors (Ian Rankin). Evidently he found them, as 18 of them, taking in a very broad swathe of genres, are presented here. Vinyl Adventures From Istanbul To San Francisco is released on Burgess’ own O Genesis label.…view full details.


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