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New in: Monday 25th July 2016

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.
Eponymous

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7/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Eponymous is R.E.M.'s conception of their greatest hits from their formidable years with IRS. It is admirable…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.

R.E.M.
Life's Rich Pageant

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9/10 according to Jack (customer) on

Life's Rich Pageant is the fourth R.E.M. full-length album, and like the predecessors, is accomplished. This album, like the others, has a trademark. Here it contains their most unconventionally conventional pop and rock songs. "...Pageant" contains propulsive anthems and some of their most pop-pleasing songs of any album. Their accomplishments were enough to propel them to the top ten next time around. Song for song, Life's Rich Pageant lives up to its title and delivers a record just as wor…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.

Asylums
Killer Brain Waves

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Asylums are new and hungry, apparently born of a need to get on with it and make stuff, regardless of outside support. Killer Brain Waves is a fast and thrashy pop-punk that has some feelings about the state of things: and boy is it going to tell you about those feelings… loudly! CD and vinyl editions on Cool Thing, with remarkable brain-microwave sleeve art.…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.

Various
Next Stop… Soweto: Township Sounds of The Golden Age of Mbaqanga

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8/10 according to Jack (customer) on

South African music is among the most infectious and joyous in the world, and this is strictly Mbaquangwa, a music that thrived in the early eighties and is among the most unique in the world--a steady shuffle beat with great horns, accordion and singing. Gravelly voiced males and funky soul sisters--and wonderful guitar. I strongly urge you to at least download one track, it will hopefully be the beginning of your odyssey into African music, one of the richest traditions in modern electrical…view full details.

Disclosure
Moog For Love

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Disclosure are in the Moog for Love with a collaboration album which sees Al Green and Eats Everything playing on two of the three tracks across this 12” vinyl. It’s your classic, blissed out, party electro from Disclosure. The perfect soundtrack to any sunny party. 12” vinyl EP. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide.   …view full details.

James Brown
It’s a Mans Mans Mans World

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9/10 according to Jack (customer) on

James Brown was a mind-blowing performer, almost like an enterprise designed to leave all audience members gasping. I am of course in awe of his powerful delivery, his expressive voice, the lyrics and the arrangement. In my opinion, this is James Brown at his soulful very best, before he went to funk and made "every instrument a drum." "Please, Please, Please" and "Try Me" are also favourites of mine. I really love this James Brown album and no doubt it will remain a classic for generations t…view full details.

Beaty Heart
Till The Tomb

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Beaty Heart come at pop music from oblique angles, with shimmery wobbly electronics and falsetto harmonising grooving all over the place. It is definitely pop though: the tunes and structures are crucially catchy, even while crafty dub-jazz-electronica-disco tricks are played on the production. Till The Tomb is the band’s second album, released by NUA.…view full details.

New in: Friday 22nd July 2016

Various
Sky Girl

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9/10 according to our Clinton

I'm not going to be able to sway you into purchasing this LP by listing its big names. There are none. Instead this is a superbly curated compilation of lesser known limited run records and private press recordings mainly in a lo-fi pop folk vein made between 1961 and 1991. What makes the album an essential purchase is that the curators have located some brilliant tracks that you would never ha…view full details.

John Cage with David Tudor
Variations IV

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Modern Harmonic present an incredible recording of a performance of one of John Cage’s Variations pieces, put together with the intense involvement of the phenomenal David Tudor. The Variations IV gives a lot of freedom to the performers, and they really embraced that freedom: this is a riotous whirl of sound, with the perfect …view full details.

Tak Shindo
MGANGA!

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Tak Shindo was a premier exponent of the colourful ‘exotica’ genre back in the day, cheerfully scooping up bits and pieces from cultures around the world and mixing them up for a good fun time. Mganga! is African-plus-Japanese-plus-Cuban action from 1958, a frenzy of sounds and textures in a popular-music package. Reissued by Modern Harmonic.…view full details.

Anderson .paak
Malibu

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180g vinyl 2LP on Steel Wool
New in: Thursday 21st July 2016

Floating Points
Kuiper

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8/10 according to our Jamie

Two gorgeous, expansive, synth and full band electronic jams from Sam Shepherd. He wrote the tracks on this record at the start of the ‘Elaenia’ LP sessions, only later when performing live and kindling an interest in a band setting and freeform experimentation did the seed for this record become sown. On ‘Kuiper’, the stage is set with bubbling electronic oscillations f…view full details.

Tomoyuki Aoki & Harutaka Mochizuki & Hasegawa Shizuo
Enka Mood Collection

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Four veterans of Japan’s weird, experimental, improvising scenes get together. Harutaka Mochizuki is best known for improvised saxophone, but plays an ancient wind instrument named the hichikiri here along with Aoki Tomoyuki from Up-Tight. The Hasegawa Shizuo duo also contribute some music, completing the wild and unusual set-up. Enka Mood Collection is out on 10” vinyl via An’archives.…view full details.

Silver Waves
EP3

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8/10 according to our Laurie

I have not heard Bristolians Silver Waves until now, but the best way I can find to describe them is like if Silver Apples had been born 20 years ago into a world of digital soundmangling instead of analog buffoonery. Imagine if they got to know Aphex, u-ziq and Alva Noto …view full details.

Space Dimension Controller
Orange Melamine

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7/10 according to our Laurie

Thanks to the combined forces of Christopher Nolan, Public Service Broadcasting and a smattering of Ghost Box, we now live in a world obsessed with 60s space nostalgia. This means an influx of spacey synth music which cannot help but drop in countless samples from well-to-do Americans talking through the radio box about Sputnik or Buzz. Apparent…view full details.

A New Line (Related)
S/T

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9/10 according to our Ant

One thing that keeps the momentum of music interesting for me is when artists explore genres they don’t necessarily have roots in or are associated with (not counting fashion victim band wagon jumping sheep). For example techno has recently been invigorated by artists migrating from genres to create their vision of the sound. Cue A New Line (Related) a pseudonym of …view full details.

Mogador
Overflow Pool

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8/10 according to our Clinton

I wish I knew how to drift. How to….how you say? ….relax. If I did then this new album from Will Long the man who makes music as Celer could be the perfect soundtrack to these relaxing times. Indeed the press release advises that it is 'ideal for floatation tanks'. Will doesn’t rush anything..he’s probably spent the best part of …view full details.

New in: Wednesday 20th July 2016

Sabla
Spirits

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Some spiritual darkness from Sabla. Spirits are the new sonic mutations from the Gang of Ducks affiliate. Each tune is based around some eerie samples from various field recordings. These snippets of grainy vocals are accompanied by some heavy production, in a dubbed out techno fashion - he's knee deep in the juju on this one. Out on 12" vinyl from Gang Of Ducks.…view full details.

Ital
Toxic Work Environment

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NYC resident Ital returns with a dark and stressful EP in the form of the appropriately titled Toxic Work Environment. The muffled kick-drum mirrors heart palpitations with the moody synth doing little to lighten the mood. Occasional glimpses of respite offer release from the existential panic that makes up the bulk of this ultra-contemporary effort. Out on vinyl 12” from Gang Of Ducks.…view full details.

Iannis Xenakis
La Légende D'Eer

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Karlrecords have allowed Reinhold Friedl (main man in Zeitkratzer) to keep curate a series of major electroacoustic reissues for them: second up is a work by the almighty Iannis Xenakis. La Légende D’Eer is a huge piece of electronic sound, noisy and overwhelming and beautiful. Several different mixdowns and versions exist, but this is a new one, overseen by Rashad Becker. Crucial electronics!…view full details.

Black Crack
I Woke Up / Peach Fuzz

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Black Crack are just as sleazy and underslung sounding as a band called Black Crack ought to be. Lyrics describe some pretty heavy adventures over taut pavement-crawling bass lines and garage guitar. Black Crack is the work of Mark Tilton of The Membranes, and the I Woke Up / Peach Fuzz single is out via Louder Than War.…view full details.

Ben Chatwin
Heat & Entropy

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Strings form the underlying core of this album: rubbed, bowed, strummed, prepared, and attached to a wide array of instruments from pianos to quasi-pianos to guitars to mandolins. Lovely strings! And some electronics too. Ben Chatwin has done a great job harnessing these many textures in service of the curious melodies of Heat & Entropy. It’s out on Ba Da Bing.…view full details.

Elysian Fields
Ghosts Of No

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New York dreamy sleepwalkers Elysian Fields are back once more with their eighth album in over twenty years. Jennifer Charles’ airy vocals drift over deep and melodic soundscapes that will take you outside your body if you’re not careful. Ghost of No features mastering by Mark Plati, creating just that extra space to launch you into a waking dream.…view full details.

Suicide
Alan Vega Martin Rev

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The follow-up to Suicide's 1977's legendary eponymous trail blazer. 'Alan Vega Martin Rev' (named after the two members of Suicide, in case that isn't obvious) was originally released in 1980 and produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. A lighter and fluffier animal than its predecessor, but still bearing a healthy kick of venom. Reissued on vinyl.…view full details.

Dosh & Ghostband
Def Kith II: The Price Is Ill

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Dosh & Ghostband (look at the pair of them there on the cover) reportedly put together the 4 tracks on Def Kith II: The Price Is Ill in a trifling 4 days: listen carefully and you’ll here the heat of spontaneous creation. It feels like various elements are being carefully examined and then swiftly thrown into the mix, all to serve the purpose of dancing, baby! Propulsive good times on Anticon.…view full details.

Audion
Gut Man Cometh / Destroyer

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Audion is the long-running I-Love-Techno project from Matthew Dear, and recent album Alpha was first full album released under the name in 10 whole years! To celebrate, 2 of those mighty dancefloor cuts have been extracted and remixed, one by FOLD and one by Matthew Herbert, the other electronic-music-boffin-named-Matthew. 12” on !K7.…view full details.

The Parrots
No Me Gustas, Te Quiero

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6/10 according to our Clinton

The Parrots are a Spanish rock band with a singer who sounds like he's garbled a sackful of sunflower seeds. They play a kind of hispanic sounding noisy rock. It sounds ok but I don't think they've reached their beak yet (you're fired - Phil).   …view full details.

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

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9/10 according to our Robin

BADBADNOTGOOD ARE IN FACT A VERY GOOD BAND. HA HA. LOL. MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY DARE TO DREAM. THEY USE CAPITAL LETTERS AT WILL, BECAUSE WHY NOT. THEY DO A SONG WITH THE GRUMPY-VOICED GUY FROM FUTURE ISLANDS AND SEQUENCE IT ALONGSIDE A SONG NAMED IN TRIBUTE TO USHER, FEATURING BASS-SAX STOMPER …view full details.

Planetary Assault Systems
Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Series (Part 2)

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Luke Slater clearly knows that whenever he straps on his Planetary Assault Systems alias, things are going to get potent. They’d have to with such an excellent, large-scale name. Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Series (Part 2) is loaded with a fierce space-techno tune called ‘Kat’, presented in both original and Josh Wink remix forms. 12” on Mote Evolver.…view full details.

nonkeen
Oddments Of The Gamble

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8/10 according to our Jamie

In which Nils Frahm, Sebastian Singwald and Frederic Gmeiner continue to plunder themselves plundering their little selves. If you see what I mean.... No? Well, back at the beginning-ish (February?) of this unforgettable year we know as 2016, mess(e)rs Frahm and chums released a post-rock-electronic album which they called 'The Gamble', under their Nonkeen …view full details.

Soulwax (featuring Chloe Sevigny)
Heaven Scent

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A new jam from the Brothers Dewaele, under their more band-centric Soulwax alias (as opposed to their 2manydjs work). And get this: famous actress Chloe Sevigny is here as well, dramatically reading a poem! Heaven Scent is as electro-groovy as anything in the Sou…view full details.

Todd Terje
Snooze 4 Love (Dixon & Luke Abbott Rmxs)

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A slice of excellent and lovely Todd Terje gets looked at in two new ways by two fairly different producers. The UK’s Luke Abbott adds a warm ambient haze over the whole thing, while Berlin producer and bakery owner (it's true, look it up) Dixon puts Snooze 4 Love on an intensive workout regime, making it into a lean dance floor cut. 12” on Olsen Records.…view full details.


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