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Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey
Sound Voice Chimera

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8/10 according to our Ant on 27th March 2015

Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey - two cutting edge artists so advanced of the curve they're doing things they themselves haven't even thought of yet. Take this ‘Sound Voice Chimera’ LP on PAN for example. Here the creative process involved Ger…view full details.

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Beppu
Persuasion

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8/10 according to our Ant on 27th March 2015

I’ve been really looking forward to this second installment in a trilogy from Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats powerful industrial techno meets rhythmic noise/ power electronics alias - Beppu. There’s echoes of Throbbing Gristle in the artwork and even the records …view full details.

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Andy Stott
We Stay Together

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 26th March 2015

The second (ok, first chronologically) in the double repress of Andy Stott’s 2011 EPs is just as greyscale and morose as the other. When artists put out 2 separate records in quick succession, chances are they’re both alternate takes on their style, neatly partitioned for each distinct segment of the fanbase. But no, Stott just wants…view full details.

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Akatombo
Sometime, Never

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 26th March 2015

We’re having to reduce reviewing time today as some Godspeed Empire band released a new LP and has got Norman Towers into one hell of an uproar. So here goes - the bare essentials. Crushing. Absolutely crushing! Sometime, Never is guaranteed to reduce your ears to rubble. If you are at all into apocalyptic electronica that…view full details.

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Simon Joyner
Grass, Branch & Bone

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7/10 according to our Robin on 26th March 2015

This is a startling commitment to traditionalism: a cowboy hat, a reference to “Crazy Horse”, organs and a whole lot more where that came from. Simon Joyner was born just in time to do the whole alt-country thing with his pals on Woodsist, but he wants to go further back, to a time when folk rock was the one true way. There is a song…view full details.

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Follakzoid
III

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8/10 according to our Robin on 26th March 2015

The number III printed on the front of their new record like three identical towers, Föllakzoid betray their love of symmetry, their ability to take spaced out, kraut-leaning rock music and park it perfectly. They’ve already proved themselves to be aficionados of the slow, repetitive build, using little more than ominous guitar tones,…view full details.

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Enablers
The Rightful Pivot

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7/10 according to our Robin on 25th March 2015

Swans will be the quick sell for Enablers, considering ex-member Joe Goldring is behind the noodling that navigates this record through the waters. Noodling is the operative word, though, and this record strikes more as a pleasant rehash of the ideas laid down by Slint and then gruesomely r…view full details.

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Mountains
You Can't Hide Your Love Forever vol. 11

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 26th March 2015

Aaaaaah soothing. After another night of impossi-sleep tonight has to be tonight that I manage a whole night - maybe I should try playing some music to help me drift off. If it weren't on a 7" this would be perfect. It's wistful ambient tones are like putting candy floss in my ears. One side is the softest of soft ambience, the other more loop b…view full details.

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Ryley Walker
Primrose Green

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10/10 according to our Clinton on 21st March 2015

An absolutely breathtaking album from start to finish. Many singer-songwriters are currently mining that 1970’s folk/jazz influenced type territory for inspiration but no-one has nailed this sound better than Ryley Walker. The album is the perfect concoction of Tim Buckley, …view full details.

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John Talabot
Without You

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 25th March 2015

John Talabot is another electronic man that likes to wear masks, a stunt shared with fellow electronic men Deadmau5 and Daft Punk. Ok that’s a bit unfair to Mr. Talabot, the Barcelonian beatmaker whose 2012 album fIN (or however he wants it capitalised) shocked and soo…view full details.

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Bugs and Rats
S/T

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LP on Feeding Tube Records. Rejoice, lovers of filth: this self titled album from US band Bugs & Rats is a loud, sludgy affair. You can call it turbo garage or filth punk, or even speed rock, but any way you like, it’s a teen mosher's delight. Out on vinyl LP with download code from Feeding Tube Records. Limited to 400 copies.…view full details.

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Jacco Gardner
Find Yourself

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Limited 7" on Full Time Hobby. Having released his debut album Cabinet of Curiosities in 2013 to favourable reviews, Find Yourself is Jacco Gardner’s debut single from the new album, Hypnophobia. It continues on the dutchman’s deeply layered and airy psychedelic dreamy pop which eases in and out of focus in a haze of fairytale and wonder. A limited 7”…view full details.

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Houndstooth
No News From Home

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8/10 according to our Robin on 26th March 2015

After a day of packing devastating God’s Pee records into little anxious boxes, Houndstooth are quite reassuringly not harbinging the apocalypse. It’s the least they could do, and I thank them for that: ‘No News From Home’ is astonishingly nice, a listen that echoes the quiet, homegrown dramas of …view full details.

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Component#4
Into Memory

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 25th March 2015

Imagine if Stephin Merritt was English, had stood at bus stops in the rain for the last 20 years, was extremely depressed and worshipped early ‘80’s synth pop and you'll get close to the sound on this latest release on Wayside and Woodland (Epic 45 etc). On opener ‘Back 2 Basics&rsq…view full details.

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Fort Romeau
Insides

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 26th March 2015

On Ghostly International we have some rather heart-wrenching electronic sounds from UK boy Mike Greene masquerading as Fort Romeau. Droolworthy production finesse meets some nice, steadily pumping slo house beats to either take you to space or bed, with definite parallels to smooth mover John Talabot’s gr…view full details.

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Francis Macdonald
Music For String Quartet, Piano and Celeste

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 26th March 2015

My ears. My poor, poor ears. They've had Lightning Bolt vomiting in them for at least an hour today and yesterday someone presumably who doesn't have ears played Eddy Henderson at them. I shudder. So I need a lovely ear soothe and the man to do it is Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis Macdonald. He plays neo-cla…view full details.

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Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy
Sintetizzatrice

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 26th March 2015

As soon as you hit play, you meet the mouth tree. It’s many branches mutter as the breeze passes through it, each sentence lost in a cascade of layered obscurity. Each branch is sown from the same seed, and that seed is Anna Caragnano. The entire record’s subject material is sourced from her vocal cords, the seed then nurtured by …view full details.

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Strategy
Seeds of Paradise

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LP on Idle Hands. 12” Vinyl LP on Idle Hands. Strategy is the moniker of Portland based producer Paul Dickow. With Seeds of Paradise he explores a sort of near future sci-fi dub, filled with radio transmission crackle, lush dronescapes and spaced out dub textures. Would fit nicely alongside some of your Loscil and Kranky records. …view full details.

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Andy Stott
Passed Me By

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 25th March 2015

Big Manc Andy Stott’s 2011 excursions get a repress on Modern Love, and for good reason. They’re full of torn up audio morphed into techno loops slow as the earth's rotation, always maintaining that feeling of belittlement. Take the first track proper on the much slower-paced Passed Me By, ‘Signature’. An emphasi…view full details.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

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9/10 according to our Robin on 25th March 2015

Godspeed have always spoken through others. Our favourite anonymous band, their rise has been charted through phonies opening our eyes, nostalgics waxing lyrical, helicopter crews circling in; the nameless of North America, trying to stake their claim on it. The idea of them as a political band is just that: an idea. It is us who talked and list…view full details.

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Happyness
Weird Little Birthday

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9/10 according to our Robin on 25th March 2015

Happyness (sic) have created an indie throwback sandwich here, crafting a record of referential indie rock as contained in a sprawl as maddening as Pavement’s ‘Wowee Zowee’. On these seventeen tracks, they run the spectrum, from the gentle distortion of Yo La Tengo…view full details.

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Triste Zoo

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 25th March 2015

This record is not just for those who love having a Frenchman whispering vague threats into their ears. That’s what it starts off like though with just the pluck of a distant detuned guitar for company but if you are patient you’ll find plenty of enjoyment as the track wears on. The plucks become more structured before formin…view full details.

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Wolf Solent
EP 2

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7/10 according to our Robin on 25th March 2015

Danny Barton’s newest EP is seven tracks, or thirteen minutes, of perish rock. Recorded in the deepest depths of the bedroom lo-fi galaxy, his work as Wolf Solvent always sounds like it’s crumbling and he’s watching it from a safe distance; his distorting whispers scatter around the arrangements for drum machines, screeching sh…view full details.

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The Soft Moon
Deeper

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8/10 according to our Robin on 24th March 2015

Luis Vasquez’ ‘Deeper’ is the soundtrack to a world that’s turned noir permanently. It borrows the neon streetlights of Dirty Beaches’ propulsive, synth-driven ‘Drifters’ and occasionally suggests the ferocity of Pharmakon’s percu…view full details.

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Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell

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9/10 according to our Robin on 23rd March 2015

Sufjan Stevens has always been a solo artist, but he has never made a solo album. With American states as his muse and orchestras of the Danielson Famile as his sidekicks, he has never had a musical private life. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, he addressed the juxtaposition: “some people h…view full details.

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Oake
Auferstehung

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 20th March 2015

Spring has sprung and the sun is out but my mind is clouded and grey thanks to the good people of Oake - a couple of shy Germans who want nothing more than to watch things burn. Or so said the great prophet Michael Caine, and lo we did know the wrath of the Batman. It is very clear though that these two are the real Dark Knights, or potentially …view full details.

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Alex G
Rules

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 20th March 2015

“Oh no, not more ‘90’s emo/slacker/complex-a-pop” I barked in the general direction of our Ian but for once he wasn’t playing some long lost (then) fresh-faced emo-ish album off his phone but it was one of these two re-issues timed to coincide with the moment where people who have enjoyed ‘DSU’ start to …view full details.

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Charles Howl
Sir Vices

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8/10 according to our Robin on 20th March 2015

Okay this is the final psych album. We’re done. No-one release another one. It’s cool. Thanks. Thank you. We’re reaching maximum capacity in psych rock, to the point where I actually, genuinely typed out Hookworms instead of Charles Howl about three times in this review and had to go back…view full details.

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Scuba
Claustrophobia

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 20th March 2015

The proverbial word on the street hasn’t uttered Scuba’s name for a long time. This seems a bit odd as he was a figure about to take the world by storm circa 2011, with some extremely successful 12 inchers doing the club rounds and Personality poised for release. So what happened next? The infectious low-slung 4x4 gr…view full details.

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Jam City
Dream A Garden

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 20th March 2015

5/5 in the Guardian this morning plus a recommendation from a trusted friend is putting big pressure on this release. So I sit here with arms folded with the words ‘impress me’ creeping across my lips. Jam City makes modernist pop songs -  every single note it slathered with an effect of some sort creating a scrambled cl…view full details.

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Robin Guthrie & Mark Gardener
Universal Road

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CD on Soleil Apres Minuit. ‘Universal Road’ is the result of a collaborative writing project between Cocteau Twins’s Robin Guthrie and Ride’s Mark Gardener. Given the guitar driven, blissed out sounds of both Ride and Cocteau Twins this pairing seems like an obvious one with a fairly predictable outcome, however the two artists combined have created a record that has it’s own unique voice that stands it’s gr…view full details.

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LoneLady
Hinterland

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 19th March 2015

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that this new Lonelady album will appeal to many, many people. She has the funk, she has the pop, she has the icy cool and if Madonna met Liquid Liquid this might be the result. She writes pop songs that have a modernist chic but a spa…view full details.

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The Lucid Dream
The Lucid Dream

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8/10 according to our Robin on 19th March 2015

I actually think that if a film were made about my life at this point, the soundtrack would be a full order of psych rock. It may not be the score I want, but it is the one I deserve, and John Carpenter isn’t always available. If I get to have a rags-to-riches moment where my underdog status sh…view full details.

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Alex G
Trick

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8/10 according to our Robin on 19th March 2015

Alex G’s ‘DSU’ ran through a collection of makeshift indie pop tunes from a famous old decade before melting my heart, last minute, with “Boy”, a song about losing touch and feeling disconnected from those you’re closest to. A year later, he’s back with two albums recorded prior to ‘DSU’, now…view full details.

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Benoit Pioulard
Sonnet

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 21st March 2015

The American not actually called Benoit Pioulard can’t escape the drone. Getting lost in a strong mood seems to be his ultimate liquor, with some extreme potency present in our much-plugged most recent podcast. The fading tones of …view full details.

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Cannibal Ox
Blade of the Ronin

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8/10 according to our Andy on 19th March 2015

Cannibal Ox - Remember them? Keeping fans waiting longer than the Stone Roses did for their 'Second Coming'. Vast Aire and Vordul Mega return with 'Blade of the Ronin' some 14 years after 'Cold Vein'. For their come-back they've roped in some heavy hitting friends, U-God of the …view full details.

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Clark (Chris Clark)
Flame Rave

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 19th March 2015

Careful, Clark is going back to the old school. The grooves held within are as hot as their name, still definitely sitting in that comfy niche between dancefloor-revelation melody and pounding techno that’s made him a deity of the genre and an expert with, ahem, playing with matches. But these are some super sekret kuts that have been born…view full details.

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M. Ostermeier
Still

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 19th March 2015

As I come to review a record full of minimal piano, the office idiots are blasting some screamo shite, forcing me to really crank an album titled Still. It’s days like these that Ian deserves a slap, and that pseudohuman Robin too. We’ll be witnessing the birth of Homo Slap-Ians, right here at Norman Towers. But yes,…view full details.

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Two Boys Alright
Hazy Realms

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 19th March 2015

Regular readers to my ramblings will remember my constant endless and boring waffle about how good the EIAFUAWN album from last year was. Really, truly ...check it out. It’s marvellous. The reason I bring it up is that Two Boys Alright contain members of that an amazing band and produce a sound that i…view full details.

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Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

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9/10 according to our Robin on 18th March 2015

Australian prankster Courtney Barnett is back for the first proper record of her deconstructionist indie pop, in which she talks her way into songs and jokes her way out of dodgy situations. We’ve talked a lot about how happy we are with the potential cancellation of Top Gear and the death knell for Jeremy Clarkson recently, but I would li…view full details.

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Jlin
Dark Energy

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 18th March 2015

Footwork hasn’t quite reached the grim terraces of Burley yet so bear with me here. I guess it’s a new genre in which you….work your feet? Quality reviews and deductions courtesy of Norman Records. Whatever the hell it is, it’s urban as hell and nowhere near as shit as trap. Jlin is a US beatstress with a penchan…view full details.

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Yamaoka
A BAOA Q

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 18th March 2015

DISQ AN are one of those no-bull old skool labels that puts all their CDrs in the same blank white sleeve, with only 6 capital letters to tantalise. It’s all about the music, right? Well, sort of, but luckily their output so far must have obliterated any doubt on their release quality. You may remember that pretty sweet …view full details.

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Ariel Kalma
Open Like A Flute

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8/10 according to our Robin on 18th March 2015

I’ve got a good feeling about this. Ariel Kalma and his legion of ambient press officers like to go on about analog warmth and flutes and texture, as if easing you into a warm bath next to a series of differently scented candles. What sweethearts. My heart goes out to them, and also the people who…view full details.

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JD Emmanuel
Echoes From Ancient Caves

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8/10 according to our Robin on 17th March 2015

This beautiful record sounds like it’s been found in an archaeological dig; its electronic innovations are now the sound of decay, the modular refinements creased and archaic. Sharing the quietened vibes of new age artist Ariel Kalma, JD Emmanuel has only recently been discovered, but his ruminations of el…view full details.

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