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We love music. Let us tell you about the new releases that have taken the Norman Records office by storm. Our endorsements cover every format we carry, across vinyl, tape and CD. But we don't just put lists together. Read our in-house staff reviews for honest opinions: shouting about great music is at the core of what we do, and hopefully our recommendations will help you pick up a few unexpected gems.

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Cubs
Darkr Earlyr

Right, well I hope you're up for some fireside folk on these dark and wintry evenings. It's Cubs, with their second LP 'Darkr Earlyr' following their 2011 debut 'The Whispering Woods' on Rusted Rail records. Taking advantage of the resurgence of interest in leftfield folk, the Irish band features members of A Lilac Decline, Phan...view item »


CHXFX
Electric Creeps

They say never judge a book by its cover, and often the same can be said for records, but this, THIS is pretty darn well on the money. Visionary artist Zeke Clough’s sleeve is practically shagging my eyeballs. To have that artwork 12”x12” is quite frankly worth the cost of the record alone. A bloody snip at £12.99 conside...view item »


Fall Therapy
You Look Different

According to his biography on the n5MD website, Eymeric Amselem produces ‘nostalgia electronica’. What that means is that his work as Fall Therapy combines various club styles - by turns house, techno and UK Garage - with the sort of stargazing instrumental licks that one finds cropping up on records...view item »


Daughters
You Won't Get What You Want

The first Daughters LP for Ipecac Records (Mike Patton, Faith No More) finds the grindcore-turned-noise-punk band in good nick. You Won’t Get What You Want is a ten-song set that, while heavy as ever, sees Daughters expand their palette to good effect. ‘Sata...view item »


Joseph Shabason
Anne

Yeah this is a good one. Anne was composed for Joseph Shabason’s mother in honour of her struggles with degenerative illness. The personal and familial turmoil of this experience crinkles the edges of these milky instrumentals. There is a feeling of tender, quiet sadness to the likes of ‘Forest Run’ th...view item »


J Fernandez
Occasional Din

Joyful Noise Recordings (Chad VanGaalen, Swamp Dogg) drop an LP of pleasant jangle-fuzz from Chicago singer-songwriter J Fernandez. Occasional Din is an apt title for this record. From time to time things get loud, but as a general rule Fernandez is happy to allow his a...view item »


Akira Rabelais
Eisoptrophobia

First time on wax for Vincent Akira Rabelais Carté’s second album, originally issued back in 2001 on Mille Plateaux sister label Ritornell. Unlike a lot of stuff from that glitch era, the way he applies his software to the source material is ever so sensitively executed and with the utmost respect. The raw materials are classic 20th...view item »


Eszaid
Eurosouvenir

The Collapsing Market label outta Paris seems pretty cool from what I’ve heard so far. Can’t say I’ve heard all of the label's output to date -- initially, they released cassettes that passed me by, but what I have listened to since they started pressing vinyl (ssaliva and Morteza Hannaneh) has been of consistently high quality...view item »


Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Limpid As The Solitudes

Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma join forces once again, a couple of years after their initial hookup record ‘Comme Un Seul Narcisse’. Many of you I’m sure will know that Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has been an extremely busy chap over the years, running his Root Strata label, releasing plenty of records, collaborating...view item »


Colin Potter
A Gain

Back in 2014, especially for Cassette Store Day, Colin Potter reissued his first six cassettes spanning 1980-1982. They were originally released on Mirage and his own ICR label. These new editions sold out in an instant, and reignited interest in his long out of print and fairly difficult to obtain early work. Gradually some of those tapes have ...view item »


The Mistys
Pregnant Mannequin

Boomkat really know how to big up their own releases in a way we don't . Their description of this, the second album from the Mistys uses all the phrases we're growing to know and love of late...'tape worn' for example. Certainly saccharine shoegaze/dreampop album recorded to a salvaged D90 tape that's about to disintegrate&...view item »


Invisible Minds
Make Up Your Own Stories

No-one's sure who the person behind Invisible Minds is, but that hasn’t stopped them spiking in popularity since the release of debut single ‘Yo Mae Leh’ at the back-end of 2017. Now Moshi Moshi have gone and snapped up their debut LP. Make Up Your Own Stories is a varied listen - some...view item »


Bauri
Vinkelvolten II

Bauri returns to B12 offshoot FireScope Records (Derek Carr, Steven Rutter...view item »


Cigarettes After Sex
Crush

Here they are, the worst named band in the entire universe but one which has a rather palatable sound which will appeal to fans of Mazzy Star, Low and Galaxie 500. Here is a one off single following on from their much loved debut album with two tracks which have yet to see the light of day. Let'...view item »


Charles Bradley
Black Velvet

Despite the sad passing of both Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, the music of Daptone lingers on and here we get a posthumous collection of recordings by soul man Charles Bradley. It is a celebration of his entire career but is now shallow 'best of' delving into unknown corners of his back catalogue and containing unheard recor...view item »


ZULI
Terminal

Cairo hailing producer Zuli dazzled us with two 12”s on Lee Gamble's UIQ label, an EP on Haunter (as played by Aphex) and now hits us with his debut album on UIQ. Its predictably great and yields a few surprises in the form of his crew of MCs, namely; Abyusif, Abanoub, Mado $am, R-Rhyme and vocalist MSYLMA whose voice on takes us to the Eg...view item »


WIDT x Christoph de Babalon
TEYAS

A quite unexpected but most welcome move from German producer Christoph de Babalon, hooking up with WIDT (an audiovisual duo of Antonina Nowacka and Bogumiła Piotrowska) for a sort of gothic opera, combining his darkside sound design with Antonina's arresting vocals. ‘TEYAS’ resides somewhere at the intersection of avant-gar...view item »


Stephen Steinbrink
Utopia Teased

And I thought Stephen Steinbrink was such a nice clean living young man. Well understandably perhaps, after the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland he went a bit off the rails... eating LSD daily, refusing to sleep and locking himself in his studio. The results are contained within Utopia Teased, an album which eschews the clear...view item »


Dan Mangan
More or Less

With his new album, More Or Less, Canadian songsmith, Dan Mangan has made music that is both more sparse and more direct than on previous albums. He was inspired to take this path by listening to classic albums such as Pink Moon by Nick Drake and Astral Weeks by Van Morrison during the recording...view item »


Michele Mercure
Beside Herself

RVNG Intl collects some of Michel Mercure’s early minimal synth and experimental electronics compositions. All of the tunes that make up Beside Herself were initially issued on cassettes self-released by Mercure between 1983 and 1990. These lo-fi ditties will appeal to fans of Pauline...view item »


Vera Sola
Shades

An album from one of them there singer-songwriter types here. Vera Sola’s got a nifty Angel Olsen sort of thing going on on her debut LP Shades...view item »


BEAST
Ens

Beast is Koen Holtkamp, who is also known as one half of Mountains with Brendan Angeregg. Ens sees Holtkamp making more tightly constructed compositions, compared with his previous sprawling explorations. The album was made as Holtkamp’s par...view item »