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Dreamtime - Tidal Mind

Album review: Dreamtime - Tidal Mind

from Clinton

Dreamtime are yet another psych rock band from Australia. Where are they all coming from? There's a few things that set Dreamtime apart though. They ain't all that new as this is their forth album and they have a more proggy, dreamy sound that pranksters like King Gizzard and Porn Crumpet. They are ...

  • Published: Thursday 18th April 2019

Adam Winchester - Muutto

Album review: Adam Winchester - Muutto

from Ant

Edinburgh’s RIOT Radio Records boot off their sister imprint a quiet RIOT with a wicked LP from Adam Winchester whom you may know is half of Dot Product alongside Chris Jarman (aka Kamikaze Space Programme). ‘Muutto’ is Adam’s second release under his real name - the previous...

  • Published: Thursday 18th April 2019

Heith - Mud

Album review: Heith - Mud

from Ant

It’s always interesting hearing how UK Bass music mutates as it travels - from Peter Runge over in Milwaukee twisting it up as Sd Laika or Eric C. Burton as Rabit genetically modifying Grime’s DNA out there in Houston. More often than not, the further they stray from the original templat...

  • Published: Thursday 18th April 2019

Justin Sweatt (Xander Harris) - Say Your Goodbyes

Album review: Justin Sweatt (Xander Harris) - Say Your Goodbyes

from Ant

As Xander Harris, Justin Sweatt has been reasonably prolific making records channelling Giallo/horror soundtracks, electro/Italo disco and synthwave. He began using the handle when he emerged on L.A. label Not Not Fun and has gone on to release on Mogwai’s Rock Action imprint and most recently...

  • Published: Thursday 18th April 2019

Various - Additive Noise Function: Formative UK, European and North American Electronica 1978-1984

Album review: Various - Additive Noise Function: Formative UK, European and North American Electronica 1978-1984

from Will

The late 70s and early 80s were a pivotal moment in electronic music. The capabilities for making electronic music had been massively expanded with the advent of (relatively) cheap musical equipment, and, aided by the success of bands like Kraftwerk and New Order, there were many artists experimenti...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

David Cronenberg’s Wife - The Octoberman Sequence

Album review: David Cronenberg’s Wife - The Octoberman Sequence

from Will

MY FIRST 10 FOR NORMAN RECORDS. THIS IS A CALENDAR EVENT, PEOPLE.  It’s a wonderful thing when a band you had completely forgotten about comes back into your life. I had thought David Cronenberg’s Wife had disappeared in the way that some bands just do, so was overjoyed to see thei...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

The Drums - Brutalism

Album review: The Drums - Brutalism

from Clinton

On the Drums last album Abysmal Thoughts singer Jonny Pierce was left all on his own after Jacob Graham left to 'concentrate on his puppetry'. It showed somewhat as despite the odd good track it sounded more like a bedroom project than the energetic indie-pop of yore. I suggested he needed some frie...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

UT - Conviction

Album review: UT - Conviction

from Clinton

UT were a no wave group out of early 80s New York and as Stewart Lee tells you in his sleeve notes were hard to categorise in that less connected decade. Conviction was released in 1986 but the band had had a long gestation period beginning in 1981 emerging shyly out of the same loft apartments as t...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Hoodna Orchestra - Ofel

Album review: Hoodna Orchestra - Ofel

from Will

For those unaware, the Hoodna Orchestra are a Tel Aviv-based orchestra specialising in afrobeat, funk, hints of jazz, as well as Ethiopian music. Ofel is a compact work with a lot of energy and a very interesting mood. I say ‘mood’ because afrobeat (what this LP is primarily based around...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Heather Woods Broderick - Invitation

Album review: Heather Woods Broderick - Invitation

from Will

‘Invitation’ is the new record from American composer Heather Woods Broderick. It’s a subtle and gently magisterial work that takes in folk, ambient, and tinges of Americana. The focal point is always Broderick’s voice, which rises, falls, croons, and intones, and draws every...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Fat White Family - Serfs Up!

Album review: Fat White Family - Serfs Up!

from Will

More ink has been spilled about those Fat Whites boys than from a squid in a ghost train. Whether they deliberately court the press or not, people just love to talk about the Fat White Family. For the most part, I think this is justified. They’re certainly one of the most interesting guitar ba...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Drugdealer - Raw Honey

Album review: Drugdealer - Raw Honey

from Clinton

I bet they had a right old wheeze making this. Serial name changer Michael Collins has already made one album of so-so blue eyed soul under this moniker but this time he's teamed up with Mac De Marco who sprawls over the producer's chair. Collins pals list is often superior to his abilities as a mus...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Gently Tender - Some Hard Advice

Album review: Gently Tender - Some Hard Advice

from Clinton

Today's question. Did people have lower voices in the 80s? After watching a documentary about people like Paul Haig it really made me wonder. Gently Tender are a new project made out of members of the Palma Violets and the Big Moon but look set to be musically more interesting than those two. The le...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Carla dal Forno - So Much Better

Album review: Carla dal Forno - So Much Better

from Clinton

You learn something literally every day. Carla dal Forno used to be in F Ingers. Didn't know that. Anyway she's one of those artists who despite the slathering adulation heaped on her by the Wire and the Quietus is actually really good. The lead track here is a wonderful slow moving thing with eerie...

  • Published: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Nouvelle Vague - Curiosities

Album review: Nouvelle Vague - Curiosities

from Clinton

There's nothing music fans like better than repetition. The same thing album after album. Just look at Status Quo and the Brian Jonestown Massacre for good examples of doing the same thing over and over to ecstatic responses. So Nouvelle Vague are onto a good thing. For 15 years they've been remakin...

  • Published: Tuesday 16th April 2019

Gang of Four - Happy Now

Album review: Gang of Four - Happy Now

from Clinton

What the hell is this? Sometimes, you know.. Pledge Music and Kickstarter are the very worst things. Back in the day record companies would decide whether a record was worth funding. Now bands can take advantage of well meaning fans in order to fund records that shouldn't have happened. Albums like...

  • Published: Tuesday 16th April 2019

Bibio - Ribbons

Album review: Bibio - Ribbons

from Clinton

It's hard to put a finger on why I/m not sure I care much for Bibio anymore.  I loved Ambivalence Avenue, Silver Wilkinson, Mind Bokeh and pretty much everything up to A Mineral Love. His previous Phantom Brickworks was interesting in that took his music in much more ambient territories yet it ...

  • Published: Tuesday 16th April 2019

Latest updates

Grab all our latest album reviews alongside the usual big lists of new vinyl releases and preorders. Published twice a week - Tuesday and Thursday - this is the best way to stay on top of all the latest music news here at Norman Records. Historical issues right here »

Weekly Update, featuring Insides, Stealing Sheep, Fat White Family, UT

Weekly Update, featuring Insides, Stealing Sheep, Fat White Family, UT

Plus Carla Dal Forno, Loyle Carner, Bibio, Heather Woods Broderick, Nouvelle Vague, and more

  • Published: Thursday 18th April 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring KH (Kieran Hebden), Stealing Sheep, Fat White Family, Sunn O)))

Tuesday Update, featuring KH (Kieran Hebden), Stealing Sheep, Fat White Family, Sunn O)))

Wand, Heather Woods Broderick, Gang of Four, Western Edges, Peggy Goo, Centrum.

  • Published: Tuesday 16th April 2019

Update, featuring Fontaines DC, Wooden Shjips, Bibio, Jesca Hoop (Dinked Edition), Odd Nosdam.

Update, featuring Fontaines DC, Wooden Shjips, Bibio, Jesca Hoop (Dinked Edition), Odd Nosdam.

Plus Mono, The Mekons, The Chemical Brothers, Witching Waves, The Cool Greenhouse, a guide to the 70s and several guides to looking after your records.

  • Published: Thursday 11th April 2019

Update, featuring Fontaines DC, Mono, Odd Nosdam, Bibio

Update, featuring Fontaines DC, Mono, Odd Nosdam, Bibio

Plus The Leisure Society, Abul Mogard, Mono, Ela Orleans, The Home Current, and loads more records you won’t need to queue up for.

  • Published: Tuesday 9th April 2019

Best Records of March 2019, featuring MALK, These New Puritans, The Cinematic Orchestra, Akiko Yano

Best Records of March 2019, featuring MALK, These New Puritans, The Cinematic Orchestra, Akiko Yano

March 2019 or March 2053? It doesn't really matter as the Brexit negotiations will still be going on, and we'll still be plundering the month's best releases in an attempt to convince you they are worth the last of your money. Here's the latest lot.

  • Published: Tuesday 9th April 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Weyes Blood, Rozi Plain, WH Lung, New Order, Girls in Synthesis

Weekly Update, featuring Weyes Blood, Rozi Plain, WH Lung, New Order, Girls in Synthesis

Plus Spiral Stairs, The Drums, Bogdan Raczynski, Robert Hood, The Slits and some handy guides on how to care for your vinyl.

  • Published: Thursday 4th April 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Weyes Blood, WH Lung, New Order, Karen Dalton

Tuesday Update, featuring Weyes Blood, WH Lung, New Order, Karen Dalton

The Drums, Girls In Synthesis, The Proper Ornaments, Martha, Damien Jurado, Salford Electronics.  

  • Published: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Interpol, Beth Gibbons, Ty Segall, UNKLE, Sophia, White Denim

Weekly Update, featuring Interpol, Beth Gibbons, Ty Segall, UNKLE, Sophia, White Denim

Plus C. Duncan, Edwyn Collins, Cocteau Twins, Rain Tree Crow, The Underground Youth, Locust. 

  • Published: Thursday 28th March 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Fennesz, Ty Segall, Beth Gibbons, Sophia

Tuesday Update, featuring Fennesz, Ty Segall, Beth Gibbons, Sophia

Plus Thee Oh Sees, Rain Tree Crow, Sleaford Mods, Morton Subotnik, Cocteau Twins, and more.

  • Published: Tuesday 26th March 2019

Update, featuring These New Puritans, American Football, The Caretaker, Apparat

Update, featuring These New Puritans, American Football, The Caretaker, Apparat

Plus Ibibio Sound Machine, Avey Tare (Dave), Iron & Wine, Duster, The Fernweh, Laurel Halo, Lakker, Minotaur Shock.  

  • Published: Thursday 21st March 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring American Football, The Caretaker, These New Puritans, Apparat, Ibibio Sound Machine

Tuesday Update, featuring American Football, The Caretaker, These New Puritans, Apparat, Ibibio Sound Machine

Plus Lambchop, The Cinematic Orchestra, Avey Tare, Iron & Wine, Deaf Center, Shawty Pimp and loads more.

  • Published: Tuesday 19th March 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Vanishing Twin, Popol Vuh, Black Peaches (Dinked Edition), The Cinematic Orchestra

Weekly Update, featuring Vanishing Twin, Popol Vuh, Black Peaches (Dinked Edition), The Cinematic Orchestra

Matmos, Daniel Thorne, Rian Treanor, David Byrne, Holly Herndon and SPAWN

  • Published: Thursday 14th March 2019

Best Records of February 2019, featuring Nyah Fearties, King Midas Sound, Galerie Stratique, Jessica Pratt

Best Records of February 2019, featuring Nyah Fearties, King Midas Sound, Galerie Stratique, Jessica Pratt

It was a slightly alarming February as at times it was about 20 degree warmer than last year. But who ever let society’s failure to address worldwide disaster get in the way of enjoying the sun? Or this month’s best releases for that matter?

  • Published: Wednesday 13th March 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Dinked 13, Holly Herndon, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Fall, The Cinematic Orchestra

Tuesday Update, featuring Dinked 13, Holly Herndon, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Fall, The Cinematic Orchestra

Plus Stephen Malkmus, Yung Lean, Karen O & Danger Mouse, The Comet is Coming, Matmos...

  • Published: Tuesday 12th March 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Black Mountain (Dinked Edition), Mac Demarco, Stella Donnelly, William Basinski, New Order

Weekly Update, featuring Black Mountain (Dinked Edition), Mac Demarco, Stella Donnelly, William Basinski, New Order

Plus The National, Flight of t’Conchords, Kate Bush, Meat Puppets, and WELLER!

  • Published: Thursday 7th March 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring The National, New Order, Stella Donnelly, Foals, Sophia and more

Tuesday Update, featuring The National, New Order, Stella Donnelly, Foals, Sophia and more

Plus Jim O’Rourke & Not Waving, Morton Subotnick, Meat Puppets, Flight of the Conchords, William Basinski. And a bunch of fresh reductions - 15% off! And another slew of hand-picked pre-orders. Phew.

  • Published: Tuesday 5th March 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Snapped Ankles, Royal Trux, Galerie Stratique, Chicago Odense Ensemble

Weekly Update, featuring Snapped Ankles, Royal Trux, Galerie Stratique, Chicago Odense Ensemble

New musics on Public House, Clay Pipe and Cardinal Fuzz plus new musics also from The Stroppies, Teen, Sophie Hutchings, Rema Rema, and loads more.

  • Published: Thursday 28th February 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Snapped Ankles, Death and Vanilla, Royal Trux, Robert Forster

Tuesday Update, featuring Snapped Ankles, Death and Vanilla, Royal Trux, Robert Forster

All the week’s incoming stuff so far including Polytechnic Youth, Rema-Rema, Secret Machines, Sophie Hutchings, Yasuaki Shimizu.

  • Published: Tuesday 26th February 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Sleaford Mods, Julia Jacklin, King Midas Sound, Bilge Pump, Teeth Of The Sea

Weekly Update, featuring Sleaford Mods, Julia Jacklin, King Midas Sound, Bilge Pump, Teeth Of The Sea

Plus David Sylvian, bvdub, Stereolab, Bayonne, James Yorkston, Half Japanese, Modeselektor and loads more things... 

  • Published: Thursday 21st February 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Sleaford Mods, Ibibio Sound Machine, King Midas Sound, James Yorkston

Tuesday Update, featuring Sleaford Mods, Ibibio Sound Machine, King Midas Sound, James Yorkston

Plus Julia Jacklin, Bayonne, Bilge Pump, Half Japanese, The Young Gods, a feature on Mute, and a quick rundown of the latest pre-orders to look forward to. 

  • Published: Tuesday 19th February 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Pye Corner Audio, Homeshake, Piroshka, Ladytron, Visage Pâle

Weekly Update, featuring Pye Corner Audio, Homeshake, Piroshka, Ladytron, Visage Pâle

Castles in Space, Pinegrove, (yet more) David Bowie, StabUdown Productions and a rather brilliant Norman Records/Pye Corner Audio record bag.

  • Published: Thursday 14th February 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Pye Corner Audio, Piroshka, Bilge Pump, Homeshake

Tuesday Update, featuring Pye Corner Audio, Piroshka, Bilge Pump, Homeshake

Plus: Czarface, Ladytron, Bis, Chicago Odense Ensemble, David Bowie and many, many more.

  • Published: Tuesday 12th February 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Jessica Pratt, Gnod, Panda Bear, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Craven Faults

Weekly Update, featuring Jessica Pratt, Gnod, Panda Bear, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Craven Faults

Mercury Rev, Cass McCombs, Tommy Guerrero, The Lemonheads, The Stranger (aka The Caretaker), Nyah Fearties, Bob Mould, Mexican Summer, Sleaford Mods.   

  • Published: Thursday 7th February 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring The Lemonheads, Bob Mould, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Panda Bear

Tuesday Update, featuring The Lemonheads, Bob Mould, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Panda Bear

Jessica Pratt, Mercury Rev, Gnod, Cass McCombs, Hauschka, Prince and - yes! - Razorlight. Plus the latest Label Watch - this time featuring the sun-dappled gods and goddesses of Mexican Summer. 

  • Published: Tuesday 5th February 2019

Weekly Update, featuring These New Puritans, Guided By Voices, Rustin Man, Prefab Sprout, Bowery Electric

Weekly Update, featuring These New Puritans, Guided By Voices, Rustin Man, Prefab Sprout, Bowery Electric

Ice cold goodness from the likes of John Cameron, Boy Harsher, The Telescopes, and Andrew Wasylyk. Plus more Pye Corner Audio bags, more cheap stuff, and the latest big pre-orders.  

  • Published: Thursday 31st January 2019

Best Records of January 2019, featuring Nkisi, Rustin Man, Gum Takes Tooth, The Twilight Sad, and more

Best Records of January 2019, featuring Nkisi, Rustin Man, Gum Takes Tooth, The Twilight Sad, and more

As it accounts for seemingly most of the year, you’d expect January to have plenty of good new releases. Disappointingly, to our ears anyway, there haven't actually been that many. Which isn't the same as none, so here are the very best bits. 

  • Published: Thursday 31st January 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Beirut, Guided By Voices, Rustin Man, Bivouac

Tuesday Update, featuring Beirut, Guided By Voices, Rustin Man, Bivouac

Tirzah & Micah, Ian Brown, Prefab Sprout, Ex:re, Bowery Electric, The Cardigans, The Telescopes, British Murder Boys and a whole lotta exciting pre-orders...

  • Published: Tuesday 29th January 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Swervedriver, Toy, William Tyler, Mono, GAS, Rolando Simmonds

Weekly Update, featuring Swervedriver, Toy, William Tyler, Mono, GAS, Rolando Simmonds

Green River, Gum Takes Tooth, Earl Sweatshirt, Red Stars CPR, Nils Frahm and loads more.

  • Published: Thursday 24th January 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Pye Corner Audio, Swervedriver, Mono, Julia Kent, Toy

Tuesday Update, featuring Pye Corner Audio, Swervedriver, Mono, Julia Kent, Toy

Lashings of goodness including Earl Sweatshirt, Mark Stewart, Green River, William Tyler and Nude Party.   

  • Published: Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Sharon Van Etten, The Twilight Sad, Deerhunter, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and another Dinked for ya

Weekly Update, featuring Sharon Van Etten, The Twilight Sad, Deerhunter, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and another Dinked for ya

Loads of stuff including Cinematic Orchestra, 4AD, Julian Lynch, Bardo Pond, Steven Stapleton and David Tibet, loads of pre-orders and the return of our legendary reviews!

  • Published: Thursday 17th January 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Cinematic Orchestra / Rozi Plain (Dinked Edition) / Deerhunter / Twilight Sad / Sharon Van Etten / Bardo Pond

Tuesday Update, featuring Cinematic Orchestra / Rozi Plain (Dinked Edition) / Deerhunter / Twilight Sad / Sharon Van Etten / Bardo Pond

Cinematic Orchestra, Rozi Plain, Steve Mason, Toro Y Moi, Julian Lynch, Steve Gunn, GAS, the Messthetics, loads of pre-orders, a new Dinked edition. The lot!

  • Published: Tuesday 15th January 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Noyzelab, Nicolas Jaar, Max Richterand we gaze into the crystal ball for 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Noyzelab, Nicolas Jaar, Max Richterand we gaze into the crystal ball for 2019

A small batch of new and reissued vinyl is now in stock. Plus: take a trip with us into the future that is now - 2019.    

  • Published: Thursday 10th January 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring You Tell Me, Gnod, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Mac De Marco

Tuesday Update, featuring You Tell Me, Gnod, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Mac De Marco

Stuff actually arriving from Silent Servant, The Delines, Chris Carter, Ultramarine and loads more. Plus: cheap classic vinyl and loads of new pre-orders.  

  • Published: Tuesday 8th January 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Rick & Morty, Daughters, MALK, Terry Riley, Staff Top 5s

Weekly Update, featuring Rick & Morty, Daughters, MALK, Terry Riley, Staff Top 5s

We’re back! Read about all the exciting new releases to ease us gently into the New Year. And, um, hmm, we have Staff Top 5’s and a few restock bits. Will that do? Full-strength soon...

  • Published: Thursday 3rd January 2019

Latest promotions

Feeling overwhelmed by all the records we have to offer? Fear not, our latest promotions will help narrow things down. There’s hand-picked pre-orders, reduced vinyl, label discounts, and lots more.

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Our usual weekly rundown of all the best preorders. Yeah, we know your bank accounts have probably taken a pounding over the weekend...

  • Published: Monday 15th April 2019

RSD remainder sale: up to 75% off

RSD remainder sale: up to 75% off

Can you hear that doleful lament? That's Phil's soul, crying out that Norman Records has once again been excluded from Record Store Day. Add to his anguish by purchasing RSD items from the times when we were allowed in at hugely discounted prices. Relive those queues from yesteryear, only this time...

  • Published: Friday 12th April 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

We're here to try to make Mondays great again with a rundown of all the best bits of upcoming vinyl you can take delivery of once all this R***** S**** D** rubbish is out the way. The future is bright, the future is orange (vinyl)....and other colours.  

  • Published: Monday 8th April 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

The future...what is going to happen? Well, Brexit may not be sorted out in any of our lifetimes but at least we can look forward to records to soundtrack the deadlock. Here are the latest batch. Get stuck in.   

  • Published: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Last week of the month so we all get paid right? Time to take a look then through the best pre-orders that have gone on the site this week. Secure a future listening treat and have it delivered to your door on day of release.  

  • Published: Monday 25th March 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Back to the grid after a week eating chips near an ocean I arrive to the announcement of a new Sun Kil Moon album. But there's good news too - here are all the best pre-orders from recent days in one great lump so you can look through easily.

  • Published: Monday 18th March 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

I'm currently eating line-caught salmon and stroking a hand-reared dog in Scotland but before I went I hand-selected the best pre-orders for this week's round up. Hope you enjoy them. Greetings from near a wave somewhere...

  • Published: Thursday 7th March 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Our terrifying weather means we can no longer rely on saying things like "Here are some records for Spring!" because concepts such as 'winter' and 'spring' and 'human survival' are seemingly becoming things of the past. Anyway, here's some good records forthcoming for March (if that's what we still ...

  • Published: Monday 4th March 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Here come the long, long days so it's time to round-up the veritable feast of pre-orders we have for that bit before R***** S**** D**. Grab em now and they'll be delivered to your door before you can even say Showaddywaddy. 

 

  • Published: Monday 25th February 2019

Latest reductions from February 2019

Latest reductions from February 2019

Our monthly round-up of all the stuff you haven't been buying and that we need to get shut of before our accountant does himself a mischief. And this month we've knocked off 15% rather than the usual 10%...cos it's March, and we have year-end accounts to think about!

  • Published: Monday 25th February 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

With only 28 days to its name February is mercifully short but we still need to get through it somehow and so let's try to liven it up by looking at the best upcoming records we can look forward to until those damn nights get lighter. 

  • Published: Monday 4th February 2019

Mexican Summer

Mexican Summer

Mexican Summer are a label we like a lot. So much so, we did one of our Label Watch pieces on 'em, we've grabbed an exclusive compilation from 'em and, below, we've even discounted some of their back catalogue for you. Whilst stocks last....

  • Published: Tuesday 29th January 2019

Latest reductions from January 2019: 10% off

Latest reductions from January 2019: 10% off

Our monthly round-up of all the stuff you haven't been buying and that we need to get shut of before our accountant does himself a mischief. 10% off, as per usual.

  • Published: Monday 28th January 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

It's cold. It's grim. But at least new records are still coming out the pipe. Highlights include the first new material from The Cinematic Orchestra in donkey's years, and the first new material from The Brian Jonestown Massacre since last week. Get stuck in, lassies and lads.

  • Published: Wednesday 16th January 2019

David Bowie Re-issues

David Bowie Re-issues

He's still gone with no return imminent so we'd best look to the past again as a new batch of re-issues hits our shelves including his worldwide smash Let's Dance and the album that the man himself described as 'awful'. 

  • Published: Wednesday 9th January 2019

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

Latest hand-picked pre-orders

2019 is now in full swing and it feels great, doesn't it? Back to work! Hurrah! Let's make life even sunnier by taking a look at the best new records due over the coming months...

  • Published: Monday 7th January 2019

Worst Reviewed Albums of the Year

Worst Reviewed Albums of the Year

Once called 'clickbait shit' by a former Leeds celebrity, here once again - when it can't do too much harm - is our list of the Worst Reviewed Albums of 2018. As usual, the caveat is important: this is just a bit of fun, and our opinions must be taken with a sackful of salt.

  • Published: Wednesday 2nd January 2019

New Order reissues

New Order reissues

New Order have been due the big reissue treatment and here it is. Preorder the 12"s of 'Temptation', 'Ceremony - Version 1', 'Ceremony - Version 2' and 'Everything's Gone Green' for delivery at some point in March. And, if your bank account can stand it after the Christmas battering, there's a lovel...

  • Published: Thursday 20th December 2018

2018's Best New Albums (so far)

2018's Best New Albums (so far)

We'll be unveiling our official Albums of the Year 2018 on Friday 28th December, but here - in completely random order - are the records we've been eyeing up. Sign up for our emails and we'll ping you when our final Top 50 is announced. And remember that from now until Friday 21st December we're off...

  • Published: Monday 19th November 2018

2018's Best Reissues (so far)

2018's Best Reissues (so far)

We'll be unveiling our official Reissues of the Year 2018 on Friday 28th December. Until then here are the records we've been mulling over. Sign up for our emails and we'll ping you when our final Top 50 is announced. And remember that from now until Friday 21st December we're offering double Norman...

  • Published: Monday 19th November 2018

Best Album Guides

Here's where we tell you about the best albums of all time. You heard us.

Underrated 70s albums

Underrated 70s albums

It was all just Barry Manilow, disco balls, big flares, cock rock, actually quite-shit Chopper bikes, Gary Glitter, Christmas-ruining #1s and your poor, overworked mum dancing along to Mud on Top of the Pops, wasn’t it?

  • Published: Monday 8th April 2019

Underrated 60s albums

Underrated 60s albums

The 1960s - when we all had flowers in our hair. Except I didn't because I wasn't even born then. Anyway, there's no way you're putting vegetation in my hair so forget it.

  • Published: Wednesday 13th March 2019

From Throbbing Gristle to Skullflower: our guide to the best UK experimental underground

From Throbbing Gristle to Skullflower: our guide to the best UK experimental underground

A few months back we tried to tackle experimental music. Call us biased, but we think the UK artists we featured then deserve their own feature now.

  • Published: Saturday 5th January 2019

From Juan Atkins to Blawan: our guide to the best Techno

From Juan Atkins to Blawan: our guide to the best Techno

Music that humans can't make without machines. Music that machines can't make without humans.

  • Published: Wednesday 21st November 2018

From Ruth White to Aphex Twin: our guide to the best electronic music

From Ruth White to Aphex Twin: our guide to the best electronic music

Tape tinkerers, Moog botherers, oddball visionaries, dancefloor heroes...

  • Published: Tuesday 16th October 2018

From Coil to Muslimgauze: our guide to the best experimental music

From Coil to Muslimgauze: our guide to the best experimental music

No, there's nothing wrong with the stereo. It's meant to sound like that.

  • Published: Thursday 27th September 2018

From Ennio Morricone to John Carpenter: our guide to the Best Soundtrack Composers

From Ennio Morricone to John Carpenter: our guide to the Best Soundtrack Composers

Two notes is all it took John Williams to make the world even more scared of sharks.

  • Published: Wednesday 26th September 2018

From Fargo to Bob’s Burgers: our guide to the Best TV Soundtracks

From Fargo to Bob’s Burgers: our guide to the Best TV Soundtracks

Binge-watching telly used to be for losers. Now it's for winners.

  • Published: Tuesday 25th September 2018

From Doom to Minecraft: our guide to the Best Video Game Soundtracks

From Doom to Minecraft: our guide to the Best Video Game Soundtracks

You've worn out your thumbs, now it's time to wear out your ears.

  • Published: Monday 24th September 2018

From Big Black to Radiohead: our guide to the best Indie Rock

From Big Black to Radiohead: our guide to the best Indie Rock

For all those who still miss Melody Maker...

  • Published: Thursday 20th September 2018

From Orange Juice to Broadcast: our guide to the best Indie Pop

From Orange Juice to Broadcast: our guide to the best Indie Pop

Cardigan washed? Fringe looking good? Guitars set to jangle? Let's go!

  • Published: Thursday 13th September 2018

From Can to Hookworms: our guide to the best Psychedelic Rock

From Can to Hookworms: our guide to the best Psychedelic Rock

Load up the bong. Sit back. Relax.

  • Published: Wednesday 5th September 2018

From Talk Talk to Swans: our guide to the best Post-Rock

From Talk Talk to Swans: our guide to the best Post-Rock

Post-rock is dead. Long live post-rock.

  • Published: Wednesday 5th September 2018

From Neil Young to Ryley Walker: our guide to the best singer-songwriters

From Neil Young to Ryley Walker: our guide to the best singer-songwriters

Tortured poets, hippies, folkies, truth-tellers, all-round sensitive souls...we may scoff sometimes, but the world wouldn't be the same without them.

  • Published: Saturday 1st September 2018

From Black Sabbath to Pig Destroyer: our guide to essential Metal

From Black Sabbath to Pig Destroyer: our guide to essential Metal

It’s nearly impossible to sum up a genre with more sub-genres than there are problems with Lars Ulrich, so we’re gonna lay down the bare essentials and hope you agree with us. Or you can call us names, if you want.

  • Published: Friday 31st August 2018

Label Watch

More than just releasing the best albums, a truly great independent record label can offer us a unique perspective. Below we’ve unpacked how some of our favourite record labels see the world.

Label Watch: Tresor

Label Watch: Tresor

More than just a record label, Tresor is a Berlin club which since the early 1990s has been synonymous with an almost militantly underground strain of hard techno.

  • Published: Thursday 28th February 2019

Label Watch: Mute

Label Watch: Mute

Mute Records was set up in 1978 to release some songs made by label founder Daniel Miller. More than forty years later and it’s still here, although not just releasing songs by its founder.

  • Published: Tuesday 19th February 2019

Label Watch: XL Recordings

Label Watch: XL Recordings

Beggars Group satellite, talent scout extraordinaire, Mercury Prize collector. Here's the lowdown on the indie label who sign up the biggest stars: XL Recordings.

  • Published: Tuesday 12th February 2019

Label Watch: Mexican Summer

Label Watch: Mexican Summer

Maybe we're just suckers for their coastal, sun-drenched appeal because we're stuck in the cold, grey, landlocked English North. Or maybe it's because their roster is deceptively deep and challenging. Either way, Mexican Summer are a label we love here at Norman Records in Leeds (average July temper...

  • Published: Tuesday 5th February 2019

Label Watch: Constellation

Label Watch: Constellation

It's been a few weeks since we last spoke of our favourite Canadians. Can we get away with a piece on Constellation that doesn't go big on Godspeed? Maybe we can, maybe we can't. Read on to see.

  • Published: Thursday 31st January 2019

Label Watch: Soul Jazz

Label Watch: Soul Jazz

By rights, Soul Jazz Records should really be called Soul Jazz Reggae House Funk Punk Ska Dub (etc. etc.) Records. We take a closer look at this legendarily catholic (small c) label, who've done more than most to broaden our musical horizons.

  • Published: Friday 25th January 2019

Label Watch: Sub Pop

Label Watch: Sub Pop

Shout out Sub Pop. They don’t need it, but shout out Sub Pop nonetheless.

  • Published: Thursday 24th January 2019

Label Watch: Domino

Label Watch: Domino

From Norman stalwarts like Hood through to megasellers like the Arctic Monkeys, Domino are one of the UK's biggest and best indie labels. Let's take a closer look.

  • Published: Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Label Watch: 4AD

Label Watch: 4AD

Trendsetting indie heavyweight 4AD turns 40 in 2020 AD. Almost there! Meanwhile, here's a snapshot of its many accomplishments old and new.

  • Published: Wednesday 16th January 2019

Label Watch: Kranky

Label Watch: Kranky

Formed way back in the unimaginable depths of 1993, Kranky has run concurrently with the development of modern experimental music.

  • Published: Monday 17th December 2018

Label Watch: Drag City

Label Watch: Drag City

Since 1990 the two Dans of Drag City have put up a roster of artists that's as close to Norman Records canon as you're gonna get...

  • Published: Thursday 13th December 2018

Label Watch: Ostgut Ton

Label Watch: Ostgut Ton

The infamous in-house label of an infamous techno temple. With a resident DJ also called Norman. We like.

  • Published: Friday 16th November 2018

Label Watch: Hibernate

Label Watch: Hibernate

We have a quick word with Jonathan Lees, who runs the ever-excellent Hibernate label.

  • Published: Tuesday 19th May 2015

Albums Of The Year (AOTY)

Since forever we’ve been scientifically determining the best albums released each calendar year. To this date we haven’t been wrong.

Albums of the Year 2018

Albums of the Year 2018

2018 saw MALK hitting top bins, the triumphant return of Yo La Tengo, Sons of Kemet blowing open the doors for London’s jazz scene, and Daughters scaring away the non-believers. Also a surprise cameo from Arctic Monkeys.

  • Published: Friday 28th December 2018

Mid-Year Review 2018

Mid-Year Review 2018

Half time at Norman Records 2018. So far we’ve like righteous polyrhythmic punk from The Ex, top tier summer-time jangle from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and future-facing emotional soul from serpentswithfeet. Plus a bit of rainy patriotism from Concretism.

  • Published: Sunday 1st July 2018

Albums of the Year 2017

Albums of the Year 2017

In 2017 Mount Eerie broke our hearts. Bark Psychosis finally reached the audience they deserved, Richard Dawson released his epic, and Kara Lis-Coverdale dissolved us using an organ. Also Godspeed You! Black Emperor kept us very, very busy.

  • Published: Friday 1st December 2017

Mid-Year Review 2017

Mid-Year Review 2017

2017 is six months old, let’s celebrate. We’ve had accordion fractals from Mario Batkovic, instrumental experimentations from Sarah Davachi and a happy comeback from Do Make Say Think. Plus Fleet Foxes developed a sense of humour.

  • Published: Saturday 1st July 2017

Albums of the Year 2016

Albums of the Year 2016

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s music sounded sweetest to our ears, Gold Panda had some words of encouragement, BEAK> fell for that Hollywood glamour, and Radiohead were at it again. Also David Bowie said goodbye.

  • Published: Thursday 1st December 2016

Mid-Year Review 2016

Mid-Year Review 2016

As we wave goodbye to June 2016 and hello to July, it’s time to reflect. On how Tim Hecker’s cleaned up his act, on how Jessy Lanza made us dance and on how Idris Ackamoor found the space to skronk. Plus Breadwoman is coming to get you.

  • Published: Friday 1st July 2016

Albums of the Year 2015

Albums of the Year 2015

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld went head to head, Grouper joined a band, Ian William Craig remade ambient music in his imagine, and Steve Hauschildt kept glistening. Also Kamasi Washington released the longest album in the world.

  • Published: Tuesday 1st December 2015

Mid-Year Review 2015

Mid-Year Review 2015

Are we halfway through the 2010s now? Maybe. What is certain is that we loved Sleater-Kinney as much as we ever have, that Sufjan Stevens made us cry and that Dutch Uncles are from Greater Manchester. Plus what is that on the Blanck Mass album art?

  • Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015

Albums of the Year 2014

Albums of the Year 2014

Bracken didn’t resist existing, Kate Tempest spoke truth to power, Neneh Cherry came back from a 18 year break, and of course there was a Brian Jonestown Massacre release. Also Aphex Twin sent us his invoice.

  • Published: Monday 1st December 2014

Mid-Year Review 2014

Mid-Year Review 2014

As we’re halfway through 2014 we should revise what we’ve learned. We learnt that no ensemble is too big from Ex-Easter Island, how to make decent post-punk from Protomartyr and how to love with EIAFUAWN. Plus Perfect Pussy upset the right people.

  • Published: Tuesday 1st July 2014

Albums of the Year 2013

Albums of the Year 2013

Year of the Austerity Dog. These New Puritans started over, Blixa Bargeld turned crooner, Oneohtrix Point Never invented the future, and Parquet Courts introduced themselves. Also My Bloody Valentine actually finished something.

  • Published: Sunday 1st December 2013

Mid-Year Review 2013

Mid-Year Review 2013

2013’s been good so far eh? Let’s review. Nick Cave released an album! Grouper released an album! The Knife released an album! Boards of Canada released an album! Plus, most improbably, Zomby released an album!

  • Published: Monday 1st July 2013

Albums of the Year 2012

Albums of the Year 2012

Windy and Carl will always be our album of the year 2012. Death and Vanilla did that 60s psych pop thing, Grimes became queen of the blogs, and Mac DeMarco was precocious. Also Drive ruined soundtracks forever.

  • Published: Saturday 1st December 2012

Latest features

Congratulations brave internet traveller. You clicked through six tabs of the best albums and the coolest independent record labels and figured you wanted something “other”. Enjoy.

How to store vinyl records

How to store vinyl records

Store your records with the care they deserve by following some simple rules from our guide to vinyl storage.

  • Published: Thursday 4th April 2019

How to clean vinyl records

How to clean vinyl records

A short guide on how to clean your vinyl records, whether you are on a budget or have money to burn.

  • Published: Thursday 4th April 2019

How to repair vinyl records

How to repair vinyl records

Most of the time you will just have to live with scratches and even warping because there's often sweet FA you can do. But there are a few things you can try before giving up.

  • Published: Thursday 4th April 2019

Vinyl Jargon Buster

Vinyl Jargon Buster

Whether you're a newbie when it comes to buying vinyl records or are one of those (excellent) people who've moved the kids into a smaller room to make way for your collection of wax, here's a handy guide to all that tricky vinyl terminology.

  • Published: Monday 18th March 2019

Vinyl still ain't dead

Vinyl still ain't dead

In an era of music increasingly dominated by online streaming, there has been plenty of speculation about the ‘death’ of the physical formats: vinyl, CD, tape. However, judging by the UK’s music buying habits across the last year, it looks like there is still plenty of resistance and more than...

  • Published: Monday 11th February 2019

2019: Music We're Excited About

2019: Music We're Excited About

As you may have noticed, 2018 has ended now. New numbers have taken its place: this one is called 2019 and it is set to ROCK! Now, we're not foolhardy enough to try one of those BBC-type 'Ones To Watch' pieces. Instead, we're just gonna focus on some of the things that are making us that little bit ...

  • Published: Thursday 10th January 2019

The Hardest Touring Artists of 2018

The Hardest Touring Artists of 2018

Who travelled the most in service of their music this year? We crunched the data...

  • Published: Monday 17th December 2018

Studio Ghibli soundtracks

Studio Ghibli soundtracks

A collective cheer went round the office when we heard that Tokuma were reissuing Joe Hisaishi's soundtracks for Studio Ghibli on vinyl for the first time...

  • Published: Wednesday 12th September 2018

From Psycho to Reservoir Dogs: Decade-Defining Soundtracks

From Psycho to Reservoir Dogs: Decade-Defining Soundtracks

An in-depth look at the film soundtracks that have helped to define their times, from John Barry to Cliff Martinez.

  • Published: Sunday 2nd September 2018

From Jaws to Star Wars: Genre-Defining Soundtracks

From Jaws to Star Wars: Genre-Defining Soundtracks

An in-depth look at the film soundtracks that have helped to define their genres, from Hitchcock to Tarantino.

  • Published: Sunday 2nd September 2018

Norman Records Vinyl Album Challenge

Norman Records Vinyl Album Challenge

Test your knowledge of some of the best albums from the 60s onwards with our cryptic image quiz. Do you have what it takes to identify all 30?

  • Published: Wednesday 29th August 2018

Record Store Day 2018

Record Store Day 2018

Check the site at 8am on Saturday 28th April to see what RSD2018 stock we've managed to get hold of.

  • Published: Monday 19th February 2018

Sleaford Mods - interview

Sleaford Mods - interview

Interview with the UK's narkiest band, Sleaford Mods.

  • Published: Wednesday 26th November 2014

Warm Widow - interview

Warm Widow - interview

Interview with Manchester's noisy, brilliant Warm Widow.

  • Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014

Spool and Rewind: The Joy of Cassette Tapes

Spool and Rewind: The Joy of Cassette Tapes

Like many others, Clinton's reaction to the announcement last year of 'Cassette Store Day' was of the "What are they going to do next, 8-Track Day?" kind. But he's come to love tapes again.

  • Published: Sunday 14th September 2014

Interview with Emotional Response's Stewart Anderson

Interview with Emotional Response's Stewart Anderson

Ex-Boyracer and general all-round top chap Stewart Anderson puts out choice 7"s on his Emotional Response label. Despite being one the busiest people in the world he took the time out to tell us where he's been and what's he got up his sleeve for us...

  • Published: Thursday 14th August 2014

Archive

For the Norman Records completists out there (there are a few - honestly!) we're slowly but surely getting all our previous weekly updates back into publishable shape i.e. good enough for Google not to fuck us over. Take a look »