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Late January Pre-orders

Ah January. Bleak innit? Not seen much sun yet but on the positive side of things there's *loads* of new releases forthcoming to the point that we are on our third pre-orders promo of the month. So much stuff to wade through so let's get cracking....  
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Buzzcocks
Spiral Scratch

Pretty much your classic punk era single. Not only did this represent the early noisy Devoto era Buzzcocks at their most lethal but also was a true DIY statement with the band distributing the record themselves bypassing the then essential industry channels. This re-issue stays true to the original pressing with just 300 copies and an insert containing the original press release.  

Damo Suzuki & Sound Carriers
Live at Marie-Antoinette

To this day, Damo Suzuki continues to tour the world, playing improvised sets with one-off ensembles of local musicians as he goes. On this Berlin date in 2011, his Sound Carriers include Ilpo Väisänen of Pan Sonic and Dirk Dresselhaus of Schneider™, among other remarkable types. Live At Marie-Antoinette is a double LP, released by Play Loud!

David Bowie
Station To Station

The records of the great  David Bowie live on, with several of reissues on Parlophone. 1976’s Station To Station is an entirely crucial piece of the Bowie canon, combining the funky soul he’d just be exploring with the German experimentalism he was about to dive headlong into. The ‘Thin White Duke’ returns on CD and 180g vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (0190295990282)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors

Oh the classic mid-career self titled album. What will it yield? Well early track 'Little Bubbles' is rather soft, sounding a lot like Scritti Politti and their most wispy but this band are known for unpredictable twists and turns so we're sure there's plenty look forward to getting our head around here. 'Up in Hudson' is certainly a horn filled 'Trapped in the Closet' soundalike but the fact that this isn't Green Gartside is the biggest surprise of all.   

GAS
BOX

Comprehensive and utterly essential edition of the complete works of Wolfgang Voigt's seminal techno project Gas. Comes in highly collectible 10LP+4CD box set, including art book with previously unreleased artwork and edits never before released on vinyl. Voigt produced these seminal albums between 1995 and 2000 and pretty much re-invented electronic music with a series of foggy dub techno and loop-based ambience that still stands up as a high point of the genre. 

Goldfrapp
Silver Eye

Seemingly content to veer between dark electro-pop and dark cinematic folk it looks like Goldfrapp have swayed back towards the electronic side of things with this their 7th album. Looks like they've gone for a star studded cast this time round with St Vincent, John Grant, Wild Beasts, The Haxan Cloak and the ubiquitous John Congleton all lending a hand  

Hifi Sean
Testify (feat. Crystal Waters)

One-time Soup Dragons frontman Sean Dickson puts his recent residences at Ministry of Sound and Shoreditch House to good use with a sprightly cut of Northern-Soul-flecked house. Fatboy Slim at his most roof-raising springs to mind, particularly when Crystal Waters moves in with a get-on-up vocal. Backed with an edit by Luke Soloman.

Ian Hawgood
Love Retained

Incredibly bare piano pieces, presented with thanks, love and admiration for those around him. Battling with depression for decades Ian Hawgood found a release, but also a trigger in composing, these unfinished and unmastered piano sketches serve up as a mirror to that fragility, and mark his departure from his own label (Home Normal) and possibly music itself.
  • CD (HOMEN100)
  • £9.49 £1.99 (saving: £7.50)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Ibibio Sound Machine
Uyai

Ibibio Sound Machine is an excellent bit of Afro-electro, forged in London via Nigeria and combining funky highlife rhythms and horns with brash electro-synths. And you know what? It sounds addictively good and irresistibly groovy: supreme good time music! Uyai is the group’s second full-length album, and it’s released by Merge.

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble
Find Me Finding You

New sounds from a new outfit of Laetitia Sadier, the queen of Stereolab. This debut album of the Source Ensemble features some familiar collaborators, as well as guest spots from the likes of Rob Mazurek and Alexis Taylor. The smoothly groovy flavour of all Sadier’s work is still gorgeously present here on Find Me Finding You. Released by Drag City.

Mahatma X
A Mobtown Suite Vol 1

If the new A Tribe Called Quest record has reignited your fire for new sounds straight out of rap’s golden age you could do a lot worse than A Mobtown Suite. The Dilla and Jay Rock comparisons are obvious, but the subtly evolving live instrumentation gives these 17 instrumentals consistent interest that sets them apart from the beat-tapers and nudges them into the space occupied by BadBadNotGood when they worked with Ghostface Killah. The Roots stalk ‘citycide’ and ‘MurdaUS’; ‘Mahatma and the White Devil’ recalls Madlib’s best excursions into Bollywood. Includes download in a choice of formats - wav, mp3, aiff etc.
  • CD (HAM015CD)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Maximo Park
Risk To Exist

Hat-wearing Newcastle indie types Maximo Park are back with a sixth album of tightly-wound bookish songs, titled Risk To Exist. As ever, they combine a lively and catchy guitar-led sound with lyrics about society and the like: it is indeed a Risk To Exist in these times eh? Released by the Daylighting label

Mew
Visuals

Twenty years into a career as topsy turvy as their music Danish prog-poppers Mew unleash their seventh album hot on the heels of 2015's '+ -'. 'Visuals' suggests a band keen on writing in a spontaneous manner using all the bleakness they encountered in 2016 to add a darkness to their '80s influenced progressive music.  
  • Vinyl LP (PIASR940LPS)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Parquet Courts
Captive Of The Sun ft. Bun B

Those who have schooled up on Parquet Courts may well know that Austin Brown’s love for Southern hip-hop is sincere. Just check his 2015 piece for The Talk House. Anyway, here Brown gets to live out the fantasy of many a doe-eyed music lover by stepping into the booth with one of his inspirations. Just one of the many standouts from their excellent Human Performance, ‘Captive of the Sun’ here comes fleshed out with a typically urbane verse by Houston O.G. Bun B. On the flip, heir-to-the-throne-of-DJ Screw DJ Candlestick shows his chopping-not-slopping chops.

Roky Erickson
All That May Do My Rhyme

All That May Do My Rhyme is the 1995 album of 13th Floor Elevators originator Roky Erickson. It’s a pleasingly laid-back set, leaning more towards folky rootsy rock music than the fried-out psychedelia of much of his career, though that is also present in small tasty doses. The album has been reissued on CD and vinyl LP by the Play Loud label.

Sinkane
Life & Livin’ It

Here’s the third album from Sinkane, the extremely funky outfit led by Ahmed Gallab, who you might also have seen touring William Onyeabor’s music in The Atomic Bomb Band recently. Life & Livin’ It can be seen as part of the same continuum, bringing rich Afro-soul into a shiny pop context. Out on City Slang.

Snails
Safe in Silence

Bristol's Snails come out of their shell (sorry) with this their debut LP on the mysterious though collectible Feral Child imprint. They play a typically English form of song craft taking it's queues from the whimsical '60s work of the Kinks and Syd Barrett but their song structures and particularly the vocals of Dan Weltman are very reminiscent of under-rated English pop group Teleman.
  • Vinyl LP (FC04)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Spoon
Hot Thoughts

Ladies and gentlemen - Spoon are back! After months of speculation, they return in 2017 with Hot Thoughts - a colourful and sonically inventive episode from the weathered Texans, but written in its entirety by Britt Daniel himself. After 24 years of indie rock innovation, these Austin-based veterans still know how to sound completely fresh and relevant.

Sun Ra
The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vols. 1-3

A legendary artist on a legendary label: Sun Ra's 1965 Heliocentric Worlds sessions for ESP-Disk, here reissued in full. These performances are beautifully strange, incorporating synth, percussion, free group workouts and focused units. Essential parts of the sprawling Ra puzzle. This triple CD set also includes the third volume, which was only exhumed in 2005. Box-set on ESP-Disk.

Tear
Vinyl01

London buzz-band Tear have signed to Tim Burgess’ label O Genesis for their first ‘mini album’ (that’ll be an EP, then). It’s exactly the sort of music one would expect Tim Burgess’ record label to release - moody, kinda shoegazey rock that sometimes snaps into a very smart ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ impression. You won’t be able to tear yourself away.

The Damned
Damned Damned Damned (2017 – Remaster)

If you’ve come to Norman Records with intention to purchase it’s likely you’re already familiar with this particular where-it-all-started punk classic. Damned Damned Damned is given the full 180-gram reissue treatment here, with interviews and think-pieces galore in the sleevenotes. Still sounds thrilling after all this time too.

The Magnetic Fields
The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees

Here is the very earliest material by Stephin Merritt’s ever-excellent ensemble The Magnetic Fields. Their first two albums, The Wayward Bus and Distant Plastic Trees, contain some real gems of keyboard-pop, including the cult favourite ‘100,000 Fireflies’. Double vinyl reissue via Domino.

Tim Darcy
Saturday Night

Ought are one of our favourite bands here at the towers and much of the enjoyment we get is down to singer Tim Darcy's twangy distinctive vocals and oddball lyrical dexterity. If we thought his solo work was going to go down the weird route of his excellent tape collaboration with AJ Cornell then from early teasers this could be a surprise sounding very much like the Strokes or Parquet Courts.  

Timber Timbre
Sincerely, Future Pollution

There must be something in the water in Canada - the amount of dizzyingly innovate artists that continue to spill out of the creative North American hub is inspiring, and Timber Timber slot into that wave. Measured, surreal and consistently pioneering - Sincerly, Future Pollution is the produce of a band at the top of their game.

Todd Terje
Jungelknugen (Four Tet / Prins Thomas Remixes)

It's remix time for heavily bearded twiddly dance floor practitioner Todd Terje and he's got a couple of heavyweights on board to try to make sense of his fun time bleepery and bloopery. Most notably Four Tet is here presumably to do his usual customary good work and also let's say hello to Prins Thomas the curly haired 'space-disco' practitioner. Let the curly men take control. 

Various
Gummo

Harmony Korine’s filmmaking debut Gummo pulled no punches in its chaotic depiction of desolate Midwestern youth, and nor does the soundtrack, which is released here by Domino. Sharp-edged black metal dominates, with tracks by Burzum, Nifelheim and Eyehategod, but also a Mischa Maisky solo cello performance. Double LP with a poster print.

Why?
Moh Lhean

Ah some nice news for 2017 we have Why? back. It's been awhile since his last missive the rather underwhelming 'Mumps etc' but opener 'This Ole King' promises a return to the enjoyable twisty pop of 'Elephant Eyelash' etc. Entirely recorded at home for the first time since his very early work the oddly titled 'Moh Lhean' promises a multi-layered, warm and optimistic album.