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Alan Parker / John Cameron
Afro Rock

John Cameron has composed numerous film scores in his time, chief among them being Kes. Alan Parker is a virtuoso guitarist who has worked with cameron on a number of projects including songs by Donovan and the CCS version of 'Whole Lotta Love' which was used as the theme to Top Of The Pops in the ‘70s. On Afrorock they have fun mixing some funky African rhythms, fuzzy wah wah guitar an library music. It’s basically the best soundtrack to a ‘70s cop film that never was. On Be With.
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Alessandro Adriani
Morphic Dreams

Alessandro Adriani sure does keep busy. As well as running the excellent Mannequin Records, Adriani also cranks out wedges of prime industrial electronics at an impressive clip. His sophomore LP Morphic Dreams finds Adriani back on Stroboscopic Artefacts (Efdemin, L.B. Dub Corp) and running his usual gauntlet of electro, minimal wave, industrial techno and Gothic post-punk.
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Amyl and the Sniffers
Amyl and the Sniffers

Self-titled debut album from Australian punk newcomers Amyl and the Sniffers, who have been known to hit the road harder than most. You gotta wonder what exactly a person has to do to be worth of the title 'sniffer. I'm sure Amyl has the answers. Features previously released singles ‘Monsoon Rock’, ‘Cup of Destiny’ and ‘Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)’. 
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BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Radiophonic Workshop


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Consumer Electronics
Airless Space

A quick warning, despite the artwork, this is not a Guided by Voices album. Instead it's the latest from horrible (in a good way) music purveyors Consumer Electronics. After tackling the endlessly inspirational topic of Brexit on their last album, on Airless Space they have turned that attention to one D. Trump. Moving from London to San Francisco has resulted in a mellower sound than the best, but given the subject matter, one that is no less horrible. 
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Crass
Stations Of The Crass

Stations Of The Crass was the second album by anarchist punk band Crass. It was originally released in 1979. It features three sides of studio recordings and one side which was recorded live in an Islington pub (I wonder if Jeremy Corbyn was there?). The album’s title is not only a pun on Stations Of The Cross, but also the name of their campaign to daub the London underground in graffiti. On Crass Records.
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Dawn Landes
My Tiny Twilight

I love a good name, and it just so happens that Dawn Landes husband, who plays piano on her new EP, My Tiny Twilight, is called Creighton Irons. The country/folk singer’s new collection of songs were inspired by her daughter so you can expect them to be a lovely, if not lovelier, as ever. On Yep Roc.
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DJINN
DJINN

A ‘supergroup’ project formed by members of the amazingly talented Swedish groups GOAT and Hills, DJINN releases its self-titled debut album on Rocket Recordings. Exploring jazz more thoroughly than either band has ever done before, DJINN promises to be a journey to the inner reaches of the psyche. 
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Emily A. Sprague
Water Memory / Mount Vision

Two self-released (2017, 2018) albums by LA composer-synthesist and songwriter Emily A. Sprague come together as one in a neat RVNG Intl. re-release. Aptly titled, the pieces on Water Memory comprise gently lapping phrases on piano and synth, while Mount Vision harnesses loops and drones for markedly more bucolic soundscapery.
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Froth
Duress

LA’s Froth are back after two years away with their fourth album, Duress. Two years is hardly a long time to be away, but we're glad they're back. The album addresses such hot issues as the Yanny/Laurel debate. Their off-kilter shoegaze, psych, post-punk, slacker sound is all in check, which is the main thing, like. On Wichita.
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Helm
Chemical Flowers

Another chapter of frowning, flexing, collaged gritscapes from London’s Helm - ol’ Luke Younger to his chums. Once again on PAN, with the usual excellent Becker treatment and all that, the album was recorded out in the sticks somewhere, allowing for a bit more ruminatory distance from the subject matter of exhausting urban motion.
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Jesca Hoop
STONECHILD

A compassion project (except perhaps to anyone who has a facial defigurement) is the new album from Jesca Hoop who got out of her Manchester bolthole and went to Bristol to record with Sir John Parish (PyJamas Harvey etc).  The result was an album in which Parish severely edited Hoop's work leaving her with a minimal and stark album that cuts to the chase of human emotion.  *Be quick as there's a Dinked Edition with art print and a flexi disc!*   
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Konx-om-Pax
Ways Of Seeing

The excellent Konx-om-Pax (Tom Scholefield) is back with his first LP for three years. Ways Of Seeing is a record of warm electronica that also takes in trap, hip-hop and techno. Fellow Glaswegians Rustie and Hudson Mohawke come to mind - indeed, the melodious bounce of Ways Of Seeing lead single ‘LA Melody’ was conceived at the behest of the latter. Silvia Kastel and Nightwave guest.
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Mattiel
Satis Factory

Second album proper from Mattiel, following hot on the heels of the word-of-mouth success of last year’s self-titled debut. Although the working relationship between Mattiel Brown and her producer / creative partner Jonah Swilley remains unaltered, as does the distinctive lo-fi sound, Satis Factory is a notable musical expansion. 
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Meat Beat Manifesto
Opaque Couché

12th studio album from legendary experimental outfit Meat Beat Manifesto, named after the colour reportedly named as the ugliest in the world. Opaque Couché, released just a year after comeback album Impossible Star, sees MBM in the same kind of iconoclastic mood that established their reputation over three decades ago. 
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Melissa Aldana
Visions

Visions by saxophonist Melissa Aldana was inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Aldana explores similarities between the struggles Kahlo faced in a male-dominated art world with her own, as she makes her way in the world of jazz which is mostly populated by men. This is Aldana’s first recording heading up a jazz quartet. LP and CD on Motema.
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Oliver Cherer
I Feel Nothing Most Days

Londoner Oliver Cherer is prolific. For the last few years he’s clocked up more than an album a year, either under his own name or as Dollboy or Gilroy Mere. The songs on his latest album, I Feel Nothing Most Days, date back to 1983, and were inspired by Ben Watt, Robert Wyatt and The Durutti Column. The discovery the songs on some old cassettes coupled with the fact that he found himself in possession of one of Vini Rielly’s guitars motivated him to finish the songs. LP on Second Language.
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Penelope Isles
Until The Tide Creeps In

Brother/sister duo Penelope Isles hail from Brighton and make fuzz-tinged dream pop. If you have a liking for such things, the likelihood is that you will fall head over heels for this. Until The Tide Creeps In is their debut album. Check out the track 'Chlorine' for a good example of what they do best. On Bella Union.
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Pessimist & Karim Maas
Pessimist & Karim Maas


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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
And Now For The Whatchamacallit

As you can possibly imagine, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are from Australia and play exuberant psychedelic rock. They've been wowing audiences everywhere for the past year or so and now it's time for the debut album proper extravaganza. Expect manic psych thrills and raucous off kilter rock explosions. 
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Sly & The Family Drone
Gentle Persuaders

Big new proper album from legendary London outfit Sly & The Family Drone. Always changing but generally performing in the form of a potent circle of noise electronics and drums, at the moment they also have a good deal of saxophone in the mix, which allows Gentle Persuaders to reach some fierce free-jazz-noise peaks. A rough and heavy beast this one, very good stuff. On Love Love Records.
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Stereo Total
Ah! Quel Cinéma!

French/German lo-fi garage/electronic duo Stereo Total release their 17th album Ah! Quel Cinema! It is an album that they are so proud of they’ve put two exclamation marks in the title. All you really need to know, however, is that on of them is called Francoise Cactus - she's the French half. On Tapete.
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Syl Johnson
Is It Because I'm Black


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The Mattson 2
Paradise

There’s two of ‘em and they’re both called Mattson. The Mattson 2 are twin brothers Jared and Jonathan Mattson. They are known as a jazz duo, reinterpreting John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme being one of their projects, but on their 8th album, Paradise, they create a warm psych/jazz/pop fusion which is melodic and blissful. This is the first time they’ve sung on any of their records, too. LP and CD on Company Records.
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The Raconteurs
Help Us Stranger

After more than a decade away (and by away we mean separately playing constantly in many various other groups), The Raconteurs unite for a third studio album, Help Us Stranger. With Brendan Benson and Jack White at the core, the group’s Nashville recording sessions yielded a rich bounty of rock, drawing on blues, soul, funk and country for a tasty all-American album. Help Us Stranger is released by White’s Third Man Records.
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Vinnie Paz x Tragedy Khadafi
Camouflage Regime

Big and bold hip hop collaboration between Vinnie Paz and MC Tragedy Khadafi (of Juice Crew). On Camouflage Regime the duo finally get together for a full length project after killing it on a couple singles. Not even out at time of writing but already sounds classic. Features guest spots from Iron Sheikh and ILL BILL. On Enemy Soil.
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Western Edges
Prowess

Listen up, Normanites, this is something you’ll want to hear: Western Edges is the new project from Richard Adams of Hood, The Declining Winter, and Memory Drawings. Prowess, the project's debut, sees him exploring the world of ambient and electronic music and is comparable to bvdub, Aphex Twin and the beatless bits of Boards of Canada. It also soundtracks the area around Saltaire...and we love Saltaire here at Normans!  It is his third release on Sound Is Silence following two albums in 2015 by The Declining Winter and Great Panoptique Winter. 
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YOB
Live At Roadburn

Unbelievably heavy doom metal merchants YOB created their sound by having one pedal-stomping foot in the future and one in the past. They formed in 2000 before disbanding in four years later. Fortunately they reformed in 2006 and ended up playing a couple of blistering sets at the Roadburn festival in 2010, which was previously released as a double LP and 2012, which until now has remained in the can. 4LP box set, limited to 500 copies on Roadburn Records. 
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