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(The) Mudguards
On Guard

(The) Mudguards were a politically charged collective led by Nelson Bloodrocket and Reg Out (presumably not their real names). They operated in the middle slice of the 1980s in the era of Thatcher, Reagan and Bush which gave plenty of fuel to their left-wing fire. The music is a wide ranging mix of weird pop, industrial squall and electronic noise. On Guard is the first release on Horn Of Plenty, limited to 260 copies.

A Middle Sex
Soul Sways West

Originally released on The Audacious Art Experiment we are delighted to issue a long-awaited vinyl edition of this posthumous album by Manchester dub/noise/improv collective A Middle Sex. Exploratory electronic repeato music that harks back to the golden age experiments of This Heat and Throbbing Gristle. Dark but essential.   
  • Vinyl LP (SANDBAR009)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

A Mote Of Dust
II

Stargazer Records (We Were Strangers, Caspian Sea Monster) drop the second LP from A Mote Of Dust, a solo project of Craig Beaton. Beaton previously played in post-grunge groups Ganger and Aereogramme, but the stuff he makes as A Mote Of Dust sees him indulging his quiet side. II is a collection of spare ballads and chamber-pop arrangements that recalls Mark Kozelek and Fink.

Aasthma
Only The Appraiser

Aasthma is the duo of Par Grindvik and Peder Mannerfelt, back with a new 12” and a new eponymous label. Only The Appraiser is techno with serious sound design credentials, with lots of intense and interesting abstract elements to get sucked into. Single-sided, highly-limited 12” release.

Ada Lea
What We Say In Private

Musician and artist, Ada Lea, hails from Quebec, Canada. She seems just as at home with a double bass as she does with an electric guitar. Her inspiration comes from a number of sources - artists such a Frida Kahlo and Eva Hesse, the writing of Sylvia Plath, folk/blues troubadour Karen Dalton and all-round genius Nina Simone. What We Say In Private was borne out of a sleepless, yet productive, period of time following a break-up.

Adam Coney
Pavilion

Inspired by his stint working as a carer, Pavilion is the second studio effort from Ramsgate-based composer Adam Coney. Following half a decade on from his striking debut The Fall of the Flamingo Gardens, each of the nine instrumental tracks was built in the studio upon a core of a single live performance. 

Agathe Max
Rêves Perdus

French violin player Agathe Max was inspired by Werner Herzog’s Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and the Chauvet Cave upon which it was based. Reves Perdus manages to transmit some sense of the elemental and historical weight of these caves through layers of winding strings and droning ambience. Very fine stuff, on the Modern Aviation tape label.

Airto
Samba De Flora

Airto is one of the most revered Brazilian percussionists having worked with everyone up to and including Miles Davis. Samba De Flora is his 1988 album that fuses Brazilian samba and bossa nova with jazz. Despite being incredibly well regarded it had been out of print until Soul Jazz Records intervened.

Aïsha Devi
S.L.F.

Aïsha Devi’s new release. It got out. The Swiss-born composer of rave-ambiance twistypop returns with a twelve described by the label as “an illuminating hijacking of collective consciousness”. What does that mean, you ask? It means tropes of trap, club, computer boffinry, haze-pop and cyberculture together in a lift.

Akatombo
Trace Elements

Originally released in 2003, this is the atmospheric debut of Akatombo - one Paul Kirk, a Scot based in Japan. His sonic landscapes tell of the bustle, infrastructure and human warmth of Hiroshima, often haunted by wafts of pulsing beats, sub bass and angsty guitars. More than a decade on, it still sounds like very little else.

Akira Ishikawa
Back To Rhythm

Japanese funk drummer Akira Ishikawa dropped his most famous effort back in 1975. It wouldn’t be on our website if it didn’t have that special flair that makes certain records so attractive to collectors: high energy, a unique approach, and near-total obscurity. Back to Rhythm was pretty much impossible to find until this Mr Bongo reissue.

ALASKALASKA
The Dots

Marathon Artists (Pond, Courtney Barnett) front the debut LP from ALASKALASKA here. The Dots is a peppy first salvo from the group, a record of perky leftfield electro-pop numbers that nods to Fever Ray, Fujiya & Miyagi and fellow south Londoners Hot Chip. Best to get a copy of The Dots and learn the words so you can be in the know come festival season.

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.

Alex Van Pelt
Tum Tum

Alex Van Pelt is one of those rosy-cheeked indie crooners of the Toro Y Moi/Mac Demarco school. On new LP Tum Tum we find Van Pelt turn in eight perfectly pleasant pop ditties. The guitars are twang in a friendly fashion, the keys are warm beds of niceitude, and Van Pelt is about as charming as you can be. It’s all a big laff.

Alis
Papercuts

Alis, a decade long staple of the Berlin to London post-Cold War club axis is now releasing her debut EP Papercuts. On the always interesting Astral Plane Recordings, the EP is no mere collection of club cuts. Instead Alis takes what she's learned about texture and sound to create tracks that while distinctly clubby, end up being almost ambient.

All Your Sisters
Trust Ruins

Jordan Morrison has been through it. Over the past few years he’s experienced deaths of both family and friends, got engaged and had his brain fried from working as a paramedic. That’s a lot to process, and he does that through the monolithic industrial post-punk of his All Your Sisters project. Trust Ruins, the third All Your Sisters LP, is a white-knuckle ride through Gothic EBM and synth-punk that’s made all the more overwhelming for Morrison’s pained, caustic vocals. Think The Soft Moon and Nitzer Ebb.

Ambien Baby
En Transito

Ambien Baby, named after the US sleeping pill and...er….a baby, are a collaboration between two Vancouver-based producers, D Tiffany AKA Sophie Sweetland and NAP. El Transisto is a compilation album charting the progression of the dance duo from their inception in 2015 to 2019. Their mini LP come via RAMZi's label FATi Records.

Amnon Raviv
Mirror

An experimental record from Israel that’s become something of a Holy Grail for collectors, Mirror by sound artist Amnon Raviv was restricted to just 50 handmade copies when released back in 1983. This wider re-issue of 500 numbered vinyl copies will expand that circle of very lucky individuals! 

Amon Amarth
Berserker

Amon Amarth are a Viking Metal band who are absolutely preciscely as metal as their name and album artwork would suggest. Berserker is the group’s eleventh album to date, and it combines proper heavy credentials with a big dose of melodic power so that any listener can get involved. Released by the Metal Blade label.

Andi Toma
Damn Luei Lit

Half of Mouse on Mars, Andi Toma, is doing the obvious thing when you need a break from your main project. Damn Luei Lit is a deep dive into an alien ethnography rendered in sound. Toma's work is mostly percussive, using strange tumbling rhythms to create a sense of the unknown and unfamiliar. Vitally the palette of the album is distinctly organic and alive sounding. On Infinite Greyscale.

Andrew Chalk
Baroque Steps

Another instance of the unique soundworld of Andrew Chalk (of Elodie). For Baroque Steps, our man Chalk is reflecting on the passing of the season from winter to spring, a dark and magical time period which he expresses through minimal electroacoustic magic. Baroque Steps is released by Faraway Press in the vinyl format.

Andrew Chalk & Jean-Noël Rebilly
L'état Intermédiaire

Four years worth of on-off recording and live performances together have resulted in Andrew Chalk and Jean Noel Rebilly completing an album together: L’etat intermediaire. This suite of pieces features a number of acoustic instruments as well as field recordings, all handled with a delicate touch to create quietly potent music. Released by Faraway Press.

Andrew Hung
Realisationship Instrumentals

I’m guessing that the cover this album is what Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie would look like if he was really tired and just couldn't be bothered. Anyway, this is the instrumental version of Andrew Hung’s Relationship album called….wait for it….Relationship Instrumentals. As Fuck Buttons are the kind of thing that go down well in these parts, I’m sure this will too. On Lex.

Angelo Badalamenti
Blue Velvet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The soundtrack to David Lynch’s 1986 movie ‘Blue Velvet’ perfectly suits the edgy film noir feel of the now classic film. It mixes original compositions from long term Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti with the sort of originals that would suit the jukebox of any any shadowy dive bar. 

Antechamber
Rift

Bristling thumptronics from Antechamber, another moniker of Codex Empire’s Mahk Rumbae. Last heard from on a self-titled for Berlin’s Instruments of Discipline, Rift finds Antechamber gyrating his angry way over to Berlin’s Horo for four pieces of positively savage industrial techno. RIYL Ancient Methods and that lot.

Antoni Maiovvi
Housewife (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Berlin based producer Antoni Maiovvi, who also goes under the names Pleasure Model and Ketsueki Sakuru, has worked on soundtracks before (Abdullah, Yellow). But for Can Evrenol’s horror Housewife, Maiovvi takes a massive step away from his Italio-synth-disco inspired production and provides an eerie and hellish orchestrated backing. But of course, he’s done a disco mix of the title track for good measure.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BWR027LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Archive
25

Archive have been going for a quarter of a century now, so we reckon they’ve earned the right to a retrospective release. 25 is a mammoth piece - even the smallest double-disc edition includes more than two-dozen tracks, and the box set almost doubles that tally and also comes a beautiful book. All editions feature new material including a collaboration with Band Of Skulls, and the 7” that comes in the box set sees Archive teaming up with The Beta Band’s Steve Mason. If you ever want to mark a milestone in your life, something like 25 would be the way to do it.

Aries
Juramento Mantarraya

Isabel Fernández Reviriego - the former singer of Charades - comes through with her latest LP as Aries. Juramento Mantarraya is a delightful record that kaleidoscopes a multitude of styles into a bright and shiny electro-indie sound. This album bursts at the seams with ideas, and Reviriego is a charismatic ball of positivity up front. Dirty Projectors would be pleased to have made Juramento Mantarraya.

Aries Mond
Cut Off

Living in the mountains of Southern France, Aries Mond is originally a field recorder. Only recently has he started playing actual instruments, and the result has become all the more lush for it. Cut Off features natural ambient sounds and the obligatory playing children, just like Yuichiri Fujimoto’s legendary The Mountain Record, but a slight bit more structured.

Ariwo
Quasi

The sophomore LP from Ariwo arrives on Manana Records. Though the core Ariwo unit are based in London, Quasi is a globalised affair - the band claim Cuban, Iranian and Canadian heritage. Their screwball, jazz-inflected electronics has a similarly wide-ranging feel to it. Moses Boyd and Emma Jean Thackray come to mind. Quasi features guest appearances from Joe-Armon Jones, Binker Golding and more.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MANANA6LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Arlo Day
Bad Timing

Then I look at you, and the world's alright with me. Just one look at you, and I know it's gonna be *deep breath* an Arlo Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaay (Arlo Day, Arlo Day, Arlo Day, Arlo Day…) Day’s debut (more like DAY-but, eh ladies and gentlemen?) EP contains none of the positive vibes of the old William Withers’ tune. Bad Timing is, in fact, a set of regret-filled bedroom indie in the vein of King Krule and Angel Olsen. Sorry for misleading you. It’s good, though!
  • Vinyl 10" (RUG1009T)
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  • Last copy

Arthur King
Changing Landscapes (Wauters Farm)

This looks marvellous. 'Changing Landscapes' by the collective Arthur King was recorded live, outdoors, on an Iowa Farm, at night. It's a collection of pieces taking in clanking dub grooves, alienating electronics, and plenty of drum machines, metallic scrapes, and wind instruments. For fans of, well... everything. 

audiobooks
Friends In The Bubble Bath Remixes

Everyone is a fan of audiobooks except us at Norman Records. And maybe that's not fair on the others who work here  - it probably just comes down to me not liking them. I tell you who does like them though, Welsh songstress Gwenno, and the guy from Factory Floor both of which are really happy to provide remixes. (David) Wrench does a mix too but he's already in the band so doesn't count.      

BABii
HiiDE

Described as sounding like literally everything all the way from Grimes to fka Twigs this is the debut album from producer BABii (pronounced...um... Babii) and it's produced by none other than Sir Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound System). Expect hook laden electronica with dark industrial undercurrents and if you are very quick there'll be a super duper Dinked version. On Death Waltz Originals. 

Backyard Babies
Sliver & Gold

Backyard Babies are a sleaze-rock band from Sweden. 2019 sees the celebrating their 30th year as a band. Silver & Gold is their 8th album and you are guaranteed cranked-up the amps and big rock choruses yet again. Guitarist Dregen is also a founding member of The Hellacopters. For fans of The Wildhearts etc. LP and CD on Century Media.

BADBADNOTGOOD & Little Dragon
Tried

Canadian jazz outfit, BADBADNOTGOOD, have teamed up with Swedish electronic band, Little Dragon for a 7” single. The single is called Tried. It should appeal to fans of other acts who combine jazz, pop and other elements such as Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Blood Orange. 7" single on Ninja Tune.

Bartosz Kruczynski & Poly Chain
Pulses

Polish producers Sasha Zakrevska (Poly Chain) and Bartosz Kruczyński join forces for this new record. They make a great team on Pulses. Across the seven tracks of this LP the pair pull from various strains of ambient electronica. The result is an album of pleasant vistas that recall Oneohtrix Point Never and Boards Of Canada. Pulses has been released through Into The Light (Vangelis Katsoulis, Free Level).

Basic Rhythm
Dough Boy / Can't You See

Up for some gritty grime haunted by the ghosts of pirate radio? Because London’s Basic Rhythm (a.k.a., East Man) has it in spades, as usual. Here it’s a pair of tunes for Arcola, housed in a swishly foiled, die-cut outer sleeve. ‘Dough Boy’ is massive stuff. You’ll hear the word “dough” many times. Flip ‘Can’t You See’ is just as muscular, but warmer and more generous with the pads. Fab stuff.

Basic Rhythm
On The Threshold

Anthoney Hart (East Man, Imaginary Forces) returns to the prestigious Planet Mu label under his Basic Rhythm alias after a short absence, with On The Threshold. A collection that promises to be a treat for DJs, it sprawls from drum’n’bass to jungle and hardcore on a thread of thoughtfulness and experimentalism. 

BCUC
Emakhosini

Released early in 2018 and named The Guardian’s world music album of the year, BCUC’s sophomore record Emakhosini gets a re-issue on CD and vinyl. Recorded in Lyon at the height of summer 2017 in a series of one-take sessions, it’s an intoxicating mix of funk, jazz, hip-hop and punk attitude. On Buda Musique.

Beat Pharmacy
Dub Purpose EP

Fresh Beat Pharmacy on Khaliphonic. Beat Pharmacy's Brendon Moeller has been knocking about for ages, with releases on all sorts of labels. Here, on Dub Purpose EP, he offers up four tracks of his own vision of what dub can be, ending up closer to trance at moments. Don't worry though, there's lots of bass and reverby drums for the purists.

Beauty Sleep
Be Kind

Beauty Sleep are a trio from Belfast who play ‘80s influenced synth pop, or dream pop as it tends to be called these days. They love what they do and it shines through in their positive pop. Be Kind is their debut album and follows on from a couple of successful singles, 'Until We See The Sun' and 'All In'. On Quiet Arch.

Benny Sings
City Pop

Benny Sings returns with a sixth album, this time on the prestigious Stones Throw label. The smooth and lovely sound of Benny Sings is all present and correct here, from the calm vocals to the happy pop and soulful funk instrumentation. City Pop will make your apartment feel like a very cool place to be.

Bernard Herrmann
Marnie

The late, great Bernard Herrmann was inexorably linked to Alfred Hitchcock. Herrmann scored nearly all of Hitchcock’s classic films, from Psycho to Vertigo to North By Northwest. His music for 1964’s Marnie may not be quite as well-known as those other soundtracks, but it’s still a fine example of all the things that made Herrmann great. Seasick strings, spiralling cells of melody and nervous harmony all play a big part in the Marnie score. Now remastered from the original tapes, this Stylotone edition includes an outtakes-heavy CD and a bonus 7” of Nat King Cole singing Marnie’s title piece.

Bibi Den’s Thsibayi
Sensible

A 1983 record that would set you back big bucks if you managed to purchase an original Ivory Coast private pressing. Not so this reasonably priced vinyl reissue by Pharaway Sounds! Bibi Den’s Thsibayi and band The Best’s album Sensible is a delicious brew of afro-funk, zouk, disco and psych-rock: it shimmers with grooving joy.

Biffy Clyro
Balance Not Symmetry (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Grief is the central theme to Jamie Adams’ film, Balance Not Symmetry. Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil found a connection with the director and the film’s theme. This led to a certain amount of introspection in the emotionally charged soundtrack. The Scottish alt-rockers also find time for their usual stadium-ready anthems and a little experimentation.

Black Merlin
Kode

Die Orakel (Upsammy, Roman Flügel) with an EP of frosty techno here. In fact, Black Merlin’s Kode isn’t really techno at all, more a series of spooky modular loops that cast but a cursory glance at the dancefloor. It’s eerie and oddly compelling stuff - think Hieroglyphic Being, Dolo Percussion and Thomas Fehlmann.

Bleu Nuit
Le Jardin Des Memoires

Requiem Pour Un Twister is a lovely little Parisian imprint that specialises in post-punk, Krautrock, psych-rock and various other DIY guitar persuasions. Their latest release is Le Jardin Des Memoires, an LP from Bleu Nuit that synthesises all of the best bits of Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Real Estate and Ty Segall. Le Jardin Des Memoires is one for the coming summer.

Blood Ceremony
Lolly Willows / Heaven and Hell

Blood Ceremony are one of the leading exponents of occult rock, not that you’d guess such a thing from their name. They hail from Canada where occult rock equates, in sound at least, to British prog rock of the late ‘60s and ‘70s. Comparisons to Jethro Tull have been mentioned. Lolly Willows is their new single and it is backed with a cover of The Who song Heaven & Hell. 7” single on Rise Above.

Blue House
Gobstopper

Blue House feature James Howard as the guy the guy that writes most of the songs with contributions from Ursula Russell, Dimitrios Ntontris and producer Capitol K. Gobstopper is filled with a kind of expansive, experimental indie pop that takes bits and pieces from a wide range of influences and genres. Limited edition LP on Faith & Industry.

Blundetto
Cousin Zaka (Vol. I)

While recording Slow Dance, french folk artist Blundetto also recorded the tracks you'll find here on Cousin Zaka (Vol. I). In a bit of a throwback to his first album, Bad Bad Things, this was recorded with that same DIY mix of impulsiveness and creativity. Despite that Slow Dance manages to be cinematic and sweeping all the same.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HS189VL)
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  • Last copy

Body Type
EP1 & EP2

Scruffy lo-fi indie and jangly C86 melodies meet on these two EP releases from Sydney-based quartet Body Type, who have supported the likes of Courtney Barnett and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. EP1 was released late last year, while the second instalment EP2 is soon to follow. For those who want the full picture, we've EP1 & EP2. 
  • Vinyl LP (PTKF2171-1)
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  • Last copy

Botanist
Hammer Of Botany + Oplopanax Horridus

The ‘Green Metal’ categorisation given to the music of Botanist by its founder, American musician Otrebor, barely begins to cover the experimental nature of the project. This new vinyl version of their long-sold-out 2015 EP Hammer of Botany comes with a 12-minute bonus track ‘Oplopanax Horridus’. 

Brent Snyder
Cumulus

Brent Snyder made Cumulus in his Toronto apartment in 1985 inspired by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. He passed the tape of two billowing guitar based ambient pieces around friends and colleagues at the time but that was the extent of its availability. This is the first ever vinyl pressing of the record -its relaxing tones are perfect for todays stressed out anxiety-ridden population.   

Brian Ellis
Deep Clues

A vinyl release for eclectic musician Brian Ellis’ latest album Deep Clues, which first appeared back in January. Although a comparatively short collection at just eight tracks, Ellis covers a hell of a lot of ground, from smooth radio-friendly soul and funk to jazz and some avant-garde aspects of electronica. 
  • Vinyl LP (HOBO013LP)
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  • Last copy

Brick Reds, Black Mauves
Brick Reds, Black Mauves

I just luuurve that hollyhock. A shade of mauve so dark that it's almost black. It's the perfect cover art for something called Brick Reds, Black Mauves - a project which is, of course, Alex Ander one half of Scottish duo Dalhous (Blackest Ever Black). Here he makes a four-track EP of exuberant electronica and cinematic ambient with nods to both Demdike Stare and Boards of Canada.  

Broken English Club
White Rats II

Oliver Ho returns with his second Broken English Club album White Rats II. Presented over 12 tracks and four sides of vinyl for the L.I.E.S. imprint, it's an immersion in the past, present and future of techno, ranging from dancefloor-orientated workouts and head-banging bass to vistas of industrial noise. 

Broshuda
You'll Always Stay Beautiful

At a time where neoliberalism is trying to take everything from us, it should be no surprise that even the simple platitudes of a self-care twitter bot can be comforting to some. On You'll Always Stay Beautiful producer Broshuda points to the absurdity of this by using text-to-speech to make those bots vocalists. They are set against chaotic electronic drone, sinking into this digital noise, like an old tweet

Bruhahá Babélico / Individual Industry
Outro Tempo - Single Promocional

Teaser EP to get us good and ready for part two of Music From Memory's Outro Tempo compilation. A-side features Sao Paulo's Bruhahá Babélico with Individual Industry on the flip. These two tracks will blow away you preconceptions about Brazilian music, offering you a one way trip to the massive country's underground. 

Brunnen
The Garden Of Perpetual Dreams

Brunnen is Freek Kinkelaar - an important figure in the Dutch underground scene. He was one half of Dutch experimentalists Beequeen. His list of collaborators runs from Nurse With Wound to The Residents and many others in between. The Garden Of Perpetual Dreams was originally recorded onto cassette in 1989. 30 years later we have a reworked and reimagined version.

Buzzcocks
A Different Kind Of Tension

A Different Kind Of Tension was the third album by legendary Manchester punk band Buzzcocks. It was originally released in 1979. In recent times reviews by magazines such as Rolling Stone and Uncut have suggested that this is the best of their first three albums, which is making quite a statement! Reissue LP and CD on Domino.

BXP
Islands

BXP recently spent some time scurrying around south-east Asian islands with a recorder to get all the material he needed for the aptly named Islands. He blended these field recordings to create a very specific sense of place and then added some techno production to leave a bit of the producer's on flavour in the mix. This is widescreen techno, content to linger on empty landscapes.

Cabaret Contemporain
Séquence Collective

Pretty cool record from French group Cabaret Contemporain here. On their third LP Sequence Collective the band attempt to transplant the classic techno stylings of Hood, Mills et al into a live band format. Attempts to do this sort of thing don’t always come off, but Cabaret Contemporain succeed through the deftness of their arrangements and knowledge that groove is paramount.

Cadans
No Connection

Four track EP from Cadans on Clone Basement Series. No Connection is techno at its most horrific sounding. No horrific as in bad, but rather that Cadans probably watched a lot of horror films when making it. All the drums are creepy as anything and when the chimes come in on 'Uncuttable' it never fails to send shivers down my spine.

Call Super
All We Have Is Speed / All We Have Is Glue

London’s Peach Discs tree drops its seventh fruit courtesy of Berlin-based Londoner Call Super (That’s Joseph R Seaton, known also as Ondo Fudd), whose IDM-ish album Arpo was one of our albums of the week in 2017. Known for his detailed techno that exudes calm even as syncopations clatter about, the producer offers up a twelve of workout beats laced with gorgeous pads and bells.

Cardinal & Nun
s/t

L.I.E.S. have been going hard on the synth-punk recently, something that’s culminated in releases like their excellent power electronics compilation Eminent Domain. The label’s latest drop, a self-titled EP from Marseille up-and-comer Cardinal & Nun, finds Ron Morelli diving ever-deeper down that particular rabbit hole. Cardinal & Nun’s style is miscreant techno par excellence, the lower-fi the better. Think Beau Wanzer.

Carson McHone
Carousel

Carson McHone is, obviously, an alt-country artist. Her new album Carousel is an eleven track set of good stuff, with a bit of modern (sixties) influences in there along with the honk and the tonk. If you are doing country, you’ve got to do it right, and Carson has the songwriting and the vocal chops to pull it off with style. Out on Loose.

Causa Sui
Summer Sessions Vol. 1

Vinyl re-issue of the Summer Sessions series by Danish instrumental psych- / stoner-rock band Causa Sui, originally released between 2008 and 2009 and with the aid of saxophonist Johan Riedelow, which defined the group’s sound. Highlights from Vol. 1 include the massive 24-minute ‘Visions of Summer’ that takes up the entire first side! 

Chain Wallet
No Ritual

Chain Wallet recorded their new album No Ritual in a beach cabin in Norway: does this mean we can hear some surf guitar influences amidst the fuzz here? Quite possibly. No Ritual also features the vocals of shoegazer Chiara Cavallari, adding a lush extra element to the Chain Wallet sound. On Jansen.

Charlemagne Palestine & Rrose
The Goldennn Meeenn + Sheeenn

The multiple letter way of spelling is irritating but it's one of the few derogatory things you can say about Charlemagne Palestine. Here he collaborates with Rrose (he's at it too) for a rendition of Palestine's classic 1976 era work The Golden Mean as performed at the Festival Variations in Nantes in March 2018. Expect even more notes than letters. 

Charles Ditto
In Human Terms

In Human Tems is the 1988 debut album of Charles Ditto, a fellow with a fine collection of midi-synths and the melodic and experimental instincts to put them to great use. The sounds (lots of Rolands) are distinctly of their time, but that doesn’t stand in the way of one's enjoyment of the odd-pop structures that Ditto puts them into. Reissued by Telephone Explosion.

Charlie Cunningham
Permanent Way

London-based singer/songwriter Charlie Cunningham follows his 2017 debut LP, Lines, with new album, Permanent Way. He is keen to show that second album syndrome is nothing but a myth, and that there’s more to him than just being a singer/songwriter. He builds on the sparseness of his debut with lush piano, synths and brass backing his guitar and voice. On Infectious Music.

Chasman
Synth-E-Fuge

Synth-e-fuge by Chasman has the kind of cover that makes you want to drop everything and go listen to it. If you need more persuading, however, then it's got some great synths, a charmingly lo-fi feel, and is more 80s than Duran Duran in over-sized blazers eating a communal Vienetta. For fans of Duran Duran, Wham!, and The Human League. 

Cherushii & Maria Minerva
s/t

A beautiful but bittersweet EP here from Cherushii and Maria Minerva. The pair’s work on their recorded collaborative debut was cut short by Cherushii’s tragic death in the Ghost Ship fire. Minerva has since completed the unfinished EP, forming a wonderful queer-pop synthy tribute. EP on 100% Silk.

Chris Carter
Disobedient

Reissue of Chris Carter’s 1998 live album Disobedient here courtesy of the good ship Mute. This edition includes the original track list - made up of recordings from a 1995 European tour - and bonus beat ‘Disobedient Redux’, a new number Carter has cobbled together exclusively for the record. As with the rest of Disobedient, this tune is thrillingly mucky astral techno/industrialism from the former Throbbing Gristle fellow.

Chris Carter
Small Moon

1999 saw the release of Chris Carter’s Small Moon album, a solo release that dabbles into some techno flavours. Carter’s experimental sound design melds beautifully with the techno pallette, and I like to imagine that a few of the more out-there clubs in 1999 might have played some of this to you. This reissue features a new 2018 track called ‘Small Moon Redux’.

City of Women
City of Women II

City of Women existed as a group for two sessions in Finland in 1998, with Jimi Tenor and Edward Vesala’s self-built instruments joined by Iro Haarla, Jimi Sumen and Matti Knaapi. The first part of those sessions was released in 2000, the second part is here before you now in 2019. Better late than never though for these intense and intriguing recordings. Vinyl release on Sähkö Recordings.

Claudia Anderson
Synthesis

The latest drop on Tresor Records (Donato Dozzy, Moritz von Oswald) comes courtesy of a resident DJ from the label’s parent-venue. Claudia Anderson is well-known to Berlin partygoers for her ability to spin high-calibre techno for hours at a time, and in the form of Synthesis she’s now got five more mid-set weapons at her disposal. Well, actually make that four more - as gorgeous as it is, the beat-free title track is more of a palette cleanser than a club banger.

Clouds
Running It

Maxiboy is a new label set up by Liam Robertson and Calum Macleod, AKA Scottish DJ duo, Clouds. The label exists to provide a platform for the pair to release experimental but club-focussed techno. Running It, a four track 12”, will be the first release. Clouds have previously released music via Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe label.
  • Vinyl 12" (MAXIBOY01)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Club Kuru
Meet Your Maker

Club Kuru are stuck in the 60s and 70s. And that's okay. The law of nostalgia means we all are eventually. Just ask their tourmates Jungle. Meet Your Maker is the band's second album and delves further into their Neil Young and Shuggie Oates and marijuana catalysed songwriting. On Dog Holiday Records.

Coil
Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics

Coil's 1999 opus Astral Disaster is an often-overlooked highlight of their extensive discography, centring on sonically vast, emotionally deep Kosmische epics and punctuated with pithier statements. This release presents a brace of unheard tracks and mixes from the album sessions, including the lengthy Cosmic Disaster and a promo CD mix of I Don't Want To Be The One.

Cold / James Bernard
Strobe Light Network / Lapis Lazuli

Split 12" on STROOM from Cold and James Bernard. Cold's half is called 'Strobe Light Network', on which the Icelander manages to balance beauty and melancholy through the medium of dub techno. On 'Lapis Lazuli' Bernard created enormous spaces of ambient sound with the occasionally glimmer as vivid as the track's namesake colour. 

Colin Potter
Here

A first-time vinyl re-issue for an album that was previously released only on cassette way back in 1981, Colin Potter’s DIY electronica album Here is now blown up to a double-LP set that includes a veritable bonanza of unreleased material and with new sleeve art from original designer Jonathan Coleclough. 

Collocutor
Instead

Collocutor’s 2014 LP Instead was the first thing to be released by On The Corner Records. It is the album that set the tone for a label whose impressive roster now includes artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue and DJ Khalab. Furthermore, you can make the case that Instead is one of the LPs which helped kick-start the London nu-jazz scene that has produced Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones et al. Led by saxophonist/flautist Tamar Osborn, Collocutor’s sound is a rhythm-heavy mix of various jazz colours - free, spiritual, bop, astral and soul all get a look-in here.

Comfort
Not Passing

First physically available album from Glasgow-based brother/sister duo Comfort. By turns ugly and beautiful, calm and angry, vulnerable yet powerful, Not Passing reflects its themes of social alienation and outsider-dom in its music that’s maximalist in delivery but minimalist in construction. 

Company Of State
Company Of State

In the 1980s Belgium was quite the hotbed for the sort of new wave that was so inspired by the likes of Joy Division. Part of this scene were Company Of State who take the template created in Manchester and make it darker and more brittle. This self-titled EP was their first release, and shows the band to be just as capable of capturing melancholy as any of their peers.

Conforce
Haedron EP

Conforce, AKA Dutch DJ, producer and photographer Boris Bunnik. He looks more like an arty singer/songwriter type than a techno head - perhaps that’s the photographer part of him. Anyway, here we have his new record, Haedron EP. Over the four tracks you get his usual brand of techno with the shimmering hi-hats. This is tempered by the dub techno that recalls Basic Channel and Planet E. 12” on Delsin.

Courtney Barnett
City Looks Pretty / Sunday Roast

City Looks Pretty/Sunday Roast by Courtney Barnett is a special release for Record Store Day. The limited edition 12” features two tracks from her second album Tell Me How You Really Feel. The record perfectly displays the two sides of Courtney Barnett - upbeat and quirky vs reflective. On Marathon Artists.
  • Vinyl 12" (MA0124)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Crippled Black Phoenix
Night Raider

Crippled Black Phoenix, if you didn’t know, are a sort of doom-/post-rock supergroup that features members of Electric Wizard and Mogwai. They make huge-sounding LPs of ‘endtime ballads’ called things like I, Vigilante and Night Raider. The latter, which initially came out in 2011 but has now been remastered and reissued, is what we’re dealing with here. This is music to satisfy the doomsday prepper in all of us.

Cristopher Cichocki
Desert Drone Cycle

So many press releases use the word 'immersive', so it's good to hear a piece of music where this is justified. 'Desert Drone Cycle' is a complex, fractured work taking in drones, found sound (water recordings and windstorms), and strange frequencies in order to comment on human interference in natural environments. Play this at barbecues. 

Crossing Avenue
Carmaleonte EP

Third EP from Italian techno duo Crossing Avenue for the Spazio Disponibile label, titled Carmaleonte. This four-track 12” vinyl offers a great deal of variety within its grooves, mixing up regular house rhythms with disruptive elements, creating sparse moments of electronic bliss and bold, forward-thinking soundscapes too. 

Cube
Decoy Street

Cube is a solo Californian sound-mangler, and Decoy Street is his second album to date. He’s definitely got a taste for the noise, and there are plenty of ferocious textures and even some crushed howls. But it ain’t just a harsh slab, there are beats and tape-tweaks and cunning darkness to be found here. Out on Superior Viaduct sub-label W.25th.

Curt Cress
Dschung Tek

The ever reliable Music From Memory present a reissue of Dschung Tek by Curt Cress. Originally released in 1992, this six minute long electro workout that shows off the variety of Cress's abilities on the drums. It also shows off his interest in animal sounds. The reissue comes with three tracks not present on the original 12".

Czarface
Czarface Meets Ghostface

This week on CZARFACE! After facing off with the nefarious METAL FACE (MF Doom) our hero has to face his greatest challenge yet, the unstoppable GHOSTFACE (Killah). Fortunately for him, he's not alone. 7L, Jeremy Page, Inspectah Deck and Esoteric all offer a helping hand to give CZARFACE a fighting chance.  Will CZARFACE previal? Or will GHOSTFACE have him by the neck? All shall be revealed on CZARFACE meets GHOSTFACE.

Dale Cornish / Sim Hutchins
Decouple ][ Series

Tasty split between ya boy Dale Cornish and Sim Hutchins, as part of OOH-Sounds’ Decoupole ][ Series. Sim’s ‘Druk Pak’ is a cold-temperature quasi-ambient stretch, while Dale’s ‘California’ cut is a typically adventurous trip through repetition and fully-constructed club sounds, plus a twisted piece of vocal. 12” on OOH-Sounds.

Damon Zucconi
Untitled Substance

Debut music release from Philadelphia based tech focussed artist Damon Zucconi. Known primarily for his visual work, including a piece for Arca, on Untitled Substance Zucconi takes his visual practice of "perceptual recognition manipulation and digital mis-engineering" and applies it to music. The result is some truly gnarly Baltimore inspired club music and a number of more abstract interludes.

Dan Lyons
Special People

Former Fat White Family member and co-founder Dan Lyons continues his solo career with his first EP Special People, a five-track collection containing last year’s single ‘Gargoyle’ and the blistering title track that righteously skewers the shallowness of celebrity culture in 2019. 

Dan Melchior and P.G. Six
Exhibit A

The ever-questing Dan Melchior teams up with P.G. Six for this new LP. This Norman Records™ type-monkey is unfamiliar with Six’s work, but the fact that he’s in a group called Weeping Bong Band has instantly endeared him to me. His touches of keys, 12-string guitar and (yes) recorder provide a nice foil to Melchior’s acoustic musings on Exhibit A. Think Arab Strap and a wittier version of Jeff Mangum’s solo ditties.
  • Vinyl LP (FTR419LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Daniel Holt
s/t

Another week, another set of nightmare techno unleashed on the world by Long Island Electrical Systems. For Ron Morelli’s latest trick he sets Vault member Daniel Holt loose on us. Holt’s self-titled EP features tracks called things like ‘Demonic City’ and ‘Life Of Insubordination’. The music makes good on these titles, offering a sort of graveyard EBM style that sounds like something from John Carpenter’s golden age served up Phase Fatale-style.

Danny Elfman
Mission: Impossible - Music From The Original Motion Picture

Hey, a real classic soundtrack here from the 1996, franchise-launching Tom Cruise smash-hit Mission Impossible. Danny Elfman is the man responsible here, adapting the flavour of the crucial theme song into a number of cues and scene-accompaniments as well as the headline tunes. Released on vinyl for the first time by Mondo.

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