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New in: Tuesday 26th July 2016

The Cobra Lamps
The Cobra Lamps EP

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Barrie Cadogan leads Little Barrie, and has also played guitar sideman to acts like Morrissey, Primal Scream and Edwyn Collins. The man knows his rock music, and now he’s doing it on his own for the first time, as The Cobra Lamps. This debut EP finds Barrie trying on some new styles on a slightly different axis to most of his other work. Out on Anton Newcombe…view full details.

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Evil In Oslo

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Hedvig Mollestad Trio are led by Hedvig Mollestad (surprise surprise), who is properly trained in jazz music: here though, she leads her trio into darkly funky territory that is more influenced by heavy psychedelic rock, somewhere her gnarly guitar chops sit very comfortably. Evil In Oslo is a live document spread over 2 LPs, on Rune Grammofon.…view full details.

The Avalanches
Wildflower

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8/10 according to The Doc (customer) on

I have to admit I felt like a right old bugger when I realised it was sixteen years since their debut release Since I Left You, as I remember absolutely caning it in my uni days and I hadn't realised it had been so long. Anyone who's ever heard the first record will have a fairly good idea what to expect here - there's a beguiling mix of deep disco grooves and hip-hop beats, coupled with more samples that you can shake a stick at and a big dollop of bona fide lunacy thrown in for good measure…view full details.

Mendrugo
More Amor

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Mendrugo is a collaboration between American singer/songwriter Josephine Foster and brothers Victor and Jose Luis Herrero,'Hermanos Herrero' from The Victor Herrero Band. Using Andalusian musical tradition as their starting point on More Amor, the trio create a unique celebration of song with verve and flair. …view full details.

Ploy
Iron Lungs EP

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Fresh young producer Ploy constructs some radical structures for the dancefloor on the Iron Lungs EP, ignoring convention in favour of following his own inventive instincts. He does some wild pitch-shifting on some finely-textured percussion samples, and is perfectly comfortable air-dropping a wall of breaks into a previously sparse track. Very interesting stuff; one to watch right here.…view full details.

Orphan Swords
Weehawken EP

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Orphan Swords last release was as part of the Dark Acid V compilation, and that's as good a descriptor as any for their music. Their thick electro murk does deserve a fuller exploration though, so this Weehawken EP should be welcomed. The duo get into some low-slung club-rumbling beats here, with an attractive edge of menace to it all. 12” vinyl, out on Clan Destine.…view full details.

Sugar Candy Mountain
666

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Get old-school psyched with Sugar Candy Mountain, an LA group featuring former solo artist Ash Reiter and Jason Quever (Papercuts), who also produces. 666 is their second record, a good and warm melodic ride through some relaxed old California Valley vibes. Not much of The Beast here though. Out on Joyful Noise.…view full details.

Monarch
Two Isles

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Monarch have been hanging out in sunny San Diego for so long now that they can’t help but sound lounged-out and relaxed. Their debut album Two Isles is a psych-tinged, slightly-stoned rock record that feels in no hurry to go anywhere too soon: each song is comfortable just doing it’s cool groovy thing. It’s enough to make you jealous of all these Californians… On El Paraiso Records.…view full details.

The Bevis Frond
London Stone

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

This killed the American contract deal with Reckless in the early 90's? Their loss! A great era for BF (next after New River Head) and Nick is in high form most definitely. The songs are sometimes long but the ideas flow/develop nicely - like circular breathing. The lead guitar just pummels you in so many areas. One of the great hidden rock albums of the past few decades (as are many of Bevis Frond's), especially if you like acid-rock and psychedelic rock/pop. Nick's music hits hard and cuts …view full details.

The Bevis Frond
Any Gas Faster

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

The songs on this album are all heady acid-rock fun. An interlocking maze of melody and reflective themes are coloured with head-blasting guitar lead tone, power trio rhythm section dynamics, and analogue old-school effects we all used to know and love (from what I presume to be his large vintage collection). Nick even plays old organs, often Vox, to help create that old-school space rock psychedelic feel. When you realise all of the parts he plays you will be amazed - some albums and some so…view full details.

The Bevis Frond
New River Head

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

This 1991 set is certainly one of Bevis Frond's earliest masterpieces. Mixing his love and mastery of psychedelic electricity and melodic folk rock, with a brilliantly original song-writing vision and heartfelt enthusiasm. Nick Saloman is an emotionally generous songwriter; he shares his dreams and inventions with a warmth that feels like an old friend. An essential addition to your Frondian collection. Thank you very much Nick Saloman and The Bevis Frond for all of your excellent and fun mus…view full details.

Endgame
Flesh EP

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Endgame has fingers in a number of London underground club culture pies, so he’s perfectly placed to drop unusual killer tracks like these. The Flesh EP mixes grime and drill styles with a bit of South American influence, resulting in heavyweight rollers with a wonderfully uneasy atmosphere. Guest MCing on one track from Organ Tapes. 12” on Hyperdub.…view full details.

Yaws
DOUBT

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Debut release from producer Yaws: in fact DOUBT is also the debut release for the label, Purely Physical. These 4 tracks seem somewhat informed by the slightly-too-slow sounds of Andy Stott, except that Yaws pulls back slightly on the delay / decay front. Meaty, textural club sounds all the same. Edition of 300 12”s.…view full details.

Pessimist
Balaklava

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Bristolian drum and bass producer Pessimist plays on the ice cold tone of his namesake. Balaklava being a stark and minimal piece that spreads itself between dark garage, slick drum and bass minimalism and drone dub. Orphic raising the sense of futurist fear with swarming electronic pulses and almost tribal subs pounding. For fans of Felix K, Regis. …view full details.

Building Instrument
Kem Som Kan A Leve

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Right, people this is going to appeal to you. yes YOU! The group use hand instruments such as bells, shakers and all manner of percussion to build up sweet tronica and on 'Rett Ned' top this off with some superb swooping female vocals to create something great and unusual sounding that sits somewhere between Grouper and To Rococo Rot…view full details.

Sad City
Shapes In Formation

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8/10 according to our Clinton

I'm enjoying this. It seems that Sad City guy Gary Cureth has a wide range of sounds at his disposal. It's like he's fished things out from all over the place to make his rickety brand of house and techno vibes. What he's expert at is creating unusual loops using samples of voices then adding bass lines or melancholic synths over the top. He does this on several occasions throughout the LP but …view full details.

New in: Monday 25th July 2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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