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Latest album reviews

All this week's album reviews are listed below. Take a look at all this month's album reviews if we've piqued your interest...

Echium - Disruptions Of Form

Album review: Echium - Disruptions Of Form

from Ant

High grade zoners on Echium’s second album for sferic following 2017’s ‘Synthetic Space’. Generally speaking, the vibe lies somewhere between the shimmering distilled ambient dub techno of label mates Space Africa, and the animated futuristic alien life form sound design of E...

  • Published: Thursday 2nd April 2020

Es - Less Of Everything

Album review: Es - Less Of Everything

from Daoud

In 2015 I took a train from Utrecht to the small town of Geleen to go to Geleen Calling, a goth-adjacent all-dayer that the Ex were playing for some reason. Es would have fit on to that bill very nicely, and probably would have got me a bit more excited that some of those other bands did… So...

  • Published: Thursday 2nd April 2020

CMON - Confusing Mix of Nations

Album review: CMON - Confusing Mix of Nations

from Daoud

There’s a line from LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Losing My Edge’ that resonates with me more each passing year. “I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables”, with the band in question doing the exact opposite one line later. CMON are a band f...

  • Published: Thursday 2nd April 2020

Everything Is Recorded - Friday Forever

Album review: Everything Is Recorded - Friday Forever

from Daoud

The Every Is Recorded project feels like flicking through someone's address book. That address book as it happens, belongs to one of the most connected people in music, XL Recordings founder Richard Russell. Looking at the guest spots is oddly exciting, as though Russell’s given us a sneak pea...

  • Published: Thursday 2nd April 2020

Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind

Album review: Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind

from Fred MG

When TV On The Radio released their 2011 LP ‘Nine Types Of Light’, the advert for the album that ran on streaming services quoted a review which described it as sounding “like prime-time Prince”. The jury is still out on that claim - for all of Tunde Adebimpe’s falsetto...

  • Published: Thursday 2nd April 2020

Luomo - Vocalcity (20th Anniversary Remaster)

Album review: Luomo - Vocalcity (20th Anniversary Remaster)

from Ant

Sasu Ripatti recently re-emerged with a scorching album as Vladislav Delay on Cosmo Rhythmatic, a vinyl reissue of Chain Reaction classic ‘Multilla’ and now this mesmerising, neon-lit, fathoms DEEP house gem comes back around. ‘Vocalcity’ was originally released on Force Inc...

  • Published: Wednesday 1st April 2020

Knxwledge - 1988

Album review: Knxwledge - 1988

from Tommy WM

Instrumental hip hop is one of the most curious subcategories in the rap genre. By stripping the major component of the MC away, it allows for complex structures and rich details to flourish, but leaves little room for error in terms of beat and production quality. Often beats are crafted around voc...

  • Published: Wednesday 1st April 2020

Clarice Jensen - The experience of repetition as death

Album review: Clarice Jensen - The experience of repetition as death

from Daoud

‘The experience of repetition as death’ is one of the more thought provoking album titles I’ve seen recently. Bleak as well, as it’s a record built on repetition. Built by Clarice Jensen, a cellist, who uses tape loops to create music that is uncanny and awesome. The easiest...

  • Published: Wednesday 1st April 2020

Wilma Archer - A Western Circular

Album review: Wilma Archer - A Western Circular

from Daoud

I find myself struggling to pin down ‘A Western Circular’. Part of me wants to put Wilma Archer’s album next to the various exciting new jazz scenes, but then it goes and veers towards sounding a bit like classical music. And MF Doom’s on here? None of this is bad, after all,...

  • Published: Wednesday 1st April 2020

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals

Album review: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals

from Tommy WM

The bizarrely yet brilliantly named Geordie rockers are back, returning with their finest offering to date. On third album ‘Viscerals’, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs pull off the ridiculously challenging feat of shifting their sound into catchier territories whilst keeping their sig...

  • Published: Wednesday 1st April 2020

Slift - Ummon

Album review: Slift - Ummon

from Tommy WM

These Tolouse space rockers have been doing the rounds on the unofficial Oh Sees fan page recently, with plenty of users comparing them to John Dwyer’s hyperactive psych practitioners without decrying them as rip-off merchants. Upon the opening tracks of their second album ‘Uncommon&rsqu...

  • Published: Friday 27th March 2020

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 Pigs Pigs Pigs, Yves Tumor, Thundercat, Warm Digits.

Weekly Update, featuring Pigs Pigs Pigs, Yves Tumor, Thundercat, Warm Digits.

Best Music Documentaries Feature, Luomo, Sun Araw, Anna Burch, The Lovely Eggs, Ringo Deathstarr, Sepultura, Nightmares on Wax, Nurse With Wound, Bernard Parmegiani, Purity Ring.

  • Published: Thursday 2nd April 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Plone, The National, Pigs Pigs Pigs, Yves Tumor.

Tuesday Update, featuring Plone, The National, Pigs Pigs Pigs, Yves Tumor.

Thundercat, Nils Frahm, Luomo, Nightmares on Wax, The Lovely Eggs, Nurse With Wound, Sun Araw, Warm Digits, Ringo Deathstarr.

  • Published: Tuesday 31st March 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Rowland S. Howard, Bicep, The Orb, Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini.

Weekly Update, featuring Rowland S. Howard, Bicep, The Orb, Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini.

Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams, The Chats, Polytechnic Youth records, Slift, Little Dragon, John Frusciante, Sugar, Sorry, Pearl Jam, Molchat Doma, Cranes, Bon Iver, Miles Davis.

  • Published: Thursday 26th March 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Rowland S. Howard, The Orb, Robert Forster, Little Dragon.

Tuesday Update, featuring Rowland S. Howard, The Orb, Robert Forster, Little Dragon.

Molchat Doma, Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini, Waxahatchee, Bon Iver, Little Dragon, The Chats, Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams, Sugar.

  • Published: Tuesday 24th March 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Horse Lords, Cocteau Twins, Sleaford Mods, Ian William Craig.

Weekly Update, featuring Horse Lords, Cocteau Twins, Sleaford Mods, Ian William Craig.

Baxter Dury, Dinked (Brigid Dawson/Kate NV), Studio Ghibli soundtracks, Golem Mecanique, Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats, Slow Readers Club, Alfa Mist, Electric Wizard.

  • Published: Thursday 19th March 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Cocteau Twins, Sleaford Mods, Ian William Craig, Studio Ghibli

Tuesday Update, featuring Cocteau Twins, Sleaford Mods, Ian William Craig, Studio Ghibli

JASSS, Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats, Alfa Mist, Myrkur, Wiki, Roger & Brian Eno, Confidence Man, The Stroppies.

  • Published: Tuesday 17th March 2020

Weekly Update, featuring The Heads, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Porridge Radio, Military Genius.

Weekly Update, featuring The Heads, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Porridge Radio, Military Genius.

Stephen O'Malley, Thee MVPs, Dungeon Rap, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Horse Lords, Porches, Deap Lips, Early Day Miners, Hilary Woods, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete.

  • Published: Thursday 12th March 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Four Tet, The Divine Comedy, Ride, The Heads

Tuesday Update, featuring Four Tet, The Divine Comedy, Ride, The Heads

Studio Ghibli, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Stephen O’Malley, Espers, Horse Lords, Bernard Parmegiani.

  • Published: Tuesday 10th March 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Erland Cooper (Dinked), Islet, Stephen Malkmus, U.S. Girls.

Weekly Update, featuring Erland Cooper (Dinked), Islet, Stephen Malkmus, U.S. Girls.

African Head Charge, Fire! Orchestra, Slow Reels, Vladislav Delay, Pantha Du Prince, Kate Tempest, Holden & Zimpel, Cornershop, Anna Calvi, Fu Manchu, Trees Speak.

  • Published: Thursday 5th March 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Spring Sale, Four Tet, JARV IS, U.S. Girls.

Tuesday Update, featuring Spring Sale, Four Tet, JARV IS, U.S. Girls.

Best Albums of February, Gregory Euclide (Interview), Stephen Malkmus, Fire! Orchestra, Kate Tempest.

  • Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Real Estate, Sleaford Mods, The Orielles, Caribou.

Weekly Update, featuring Real Estate, Sleaford Mods, The Orielles, Caribou.

‘Black Riot’, Blood Incantation, 20% Off Reductions, White Heaven, Soccer Mommy, JPEGMAFIA, His Name Is Alive, Close Lobsters, Sink Ya Teeth, Grizzly Bear.

  • Published: Thursday 27th February 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Two Dinked Titles, Wasted Shirt, Real Estate, Och.

Tuesday Update, featuring Two Dinked Titles, Wasted Shirt, Real Estate, Och.

Kelly Lee Owens, Katie Von Schleicher, Caribou, The Orielles, Tycho, His Name Is Alive, Cranes, The Fall, Soccer Mommy

  • Published: Tuesday 25th February 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Pictish Trail, Modern Studies, Grimes, King Krule, Agnes Obel.

Weekly Update, featuring Pictish Trail, Modern Studies, Grimes, King Krule, Agnes Obel.

Courtney Barnett, Guided By Voices, The Aliens, Helicon, Jan St. Werner, King Gizzard, Jonas Munk, Best Coast, BBNG, Lightning Bolt, Wild Billy Childish.

  • Published: Thursday 20th February 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Grimes, King Krule, John Frusciante, Agnes Obel.

Tuesday Update, featuring Grimes, King Krule, John Frusciante, Agnes Obel.

Courtney Barnett, Guided By Voices, BadBadNotGood, Pictish Trail, Lightning Bolt, Best Coast, Jonas Munk, Lee Ranaldo + Raül Refree

  • Published: Tuesday 18th February 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Moses Boyd, Tame Impala, The Men, Mush.

Weekly Update, featuring Moses Boyd, Tame Impala, The Men, Mush.

Eluvium, Beatrice Dillon, Gabe Knox, Bambara, HAAi, John, Piper, Tindersticks, The Young Gods, Kanaan, Elephant Stone, Townes Van Zandt, Katie Galely.

  • Published: Thursday 13th February 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Tame Impala, Eluvium, Moses Boyd, Mush.

Tuesday Update, featuring Tame Impala, Eluvium, Moses Boyd, Mush.

Michael Kiwanuka, Gabe Knox, Bambara, Cosmic Ground, Call Me By Your Name, The Men, Tennis, RX-101.

  • Published: Tuesday 11th February 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Makaya McCraven, Gil Scott-Heron, Shopping, Sufjan Stevens.

Weekly Update, featuring Makaya McCraven, Gil Scott-Heron, Shopping, Sufjan Stevens.

Cocteau Twins, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Bardo Pond, Envy, HMTLD, Moses Boyd, Alexandra Savior, Isobel Campbell, Cindy Lee, Pole, Gil Scott-Heron, ESG.

  • Published: Thursday 6th February 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Gil Scott-Heron, Hinds (Dinked), Alexandra Savior, Shopping.

Tuesday Update, featuring Gil Scott-Heron, Hinds (Dinked), Alexandra Savior, Shopping.

Chapterhouse, Makaya McCraven, Nadine Shah, Robbie Basho, Envy, Robbie Basho, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges.

  • Published: Tuesday 4th February 2020

Best Records of January 2020, featuring Squarepusher, Squirrel Flower, Algiers, Craven Faults and more

Best Records of January 2020, featuring Squarepusher, Squirrel Flower, Algiers, Craven Faults and more

Meet the new decade, same as the old decade. We're only a month in and the 2020s have already served up some classic musical fayre. Dig into ten of the choicest morsels below...

  • Published: Friday 31st January 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Cocteau Twins, Squarepusher, Dan Deacon, Destroyer.

Weekly Update, featuring Cocteau Twins, Squarepusher, Dan Deacon, Destroyer.

Caroline Polachek, SQÜRL, Drive-by Truckers, Happy Mondays, Charles Mingus, Smoke Fairies, Omar Souleyman, Torres, Wild Nothing, Kl(aüs), BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

  • Published: Thursday 30th January 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Squarepusher, Smoke Fairies, Torres, Kl(aüs).

Tuesday Update, featuring Squarepusher, Smoke Fairies, Torres, Kl(aüs).

Dan Deacon, Caroline Polachek, Wild Nothing, Omar Souleyman, SQÜRL, Charles Mingus, East Village, Destroyer.

  • Published: Tuesday 28th January 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Rowland S. Howard, Bonnie Light Horseman, Wire, Caspian.

Weekly Update, featuring Rowland S. Howard, Bonnie Light Horseman, Wire, Caspian.

Black Lips, Polytechnic Youth records, Upcoming Soundtracks feature, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Jim Noir, Piper, Neneh Cherry, Wolf Parade, Recondite, Giant Swan, Depeche Mode.

  • Published: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Wire, Electronic, Polytechnic Youth, Real Estate, Caspian.

Tuesday Update, featuring Wire, Electronic, Polytechnic Youth, Real Estate, Caspian.

Black Lips, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Hiroshi Yoshimura, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Jeff Parker.

  • Published: Tuesday 21st January 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Algiers, Thundercat, King Krule, Pale Saints.

Weekly Update, featuring Algiers, Thundercat, King Krule, Pale Saints.

Galaxie 500, Eluvium, Holy F, Oval, Lightning Bolt, SPK, Muslimgauze, Pan American, OOIOO, Keeley Forsyth, Breathless, MONO & A.A. Williams, Pinegrove, Steve Roach.

  • Published: Thursday 16th January 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Pale Saints, Algiers (Dinked), Eluvium, Wasted Shirt.

Tuesday Update, featuring Pale Saints, Algiers (Dinked), Eluvium, Wasted Shirt.

Pigs x7, U.S. Girls, Muslimgauze, Holy F, SPK, Steve Roach, Mythic Sunship, Galaxie 500, Oval, OOIOO.

  • Published: Tuesday 14th January 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Craven Faults, Coil, Gil Scott-Heron, Chromatics.

Weekly Update, featuring Craven Faults, Coil, Gil Scott-Heron, Chromatics.

Best Ambient Music guide, Townes Van Zandt, Polytechnic Youth, cheap Vinyl, The Flaming Lips, Pig Destroyer, The Durutti Column, Field Music, Beach Slang, Kali Malone, The Caretaker.

  • Published: Thursday 9th January 2020

Tuesday Update, featuring Craven Faults, Best Ambient Music feature, Chromatics.

Tuesday Update, featuring Craven Faults, Best Ambient Music feature, Chromatics.

The Durutti Column, Townes van Zandt, The Lovely Eggs, Kali Malone, King Midas Sound, The Big Moon.

  • Published: Tuesday 7th January 2020

Weekly Update, featuring Albums of the Year 2019, Year In Review, Reissues of 2019.

Weekly Update, featuring Albums of the Year 2019, Year In Review, Reissues of 2019.

Purple Mountains, American Football, Stereolab, Oh Sees, Kim Gordon, Little Simz, Lil Nas X, FKA twigs, Bill Callahan.

  • Published: Thursday 2nd January 2020

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.

This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

We've got plenty of exciting releases on the horizon this week courtesy of Plone's first album in over two decades, a tasty reissue from The National, a classic house record and much more.

  • Published: Tuesday 31st March 2020

Latest reduced vinyl and CDs

Latest reduced vinyl and CDs

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. 15% off this month.

  • Published: Monday 30th March 2020

This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

Staff-selected picks of upcoming vinyl releases which have taken our fancy.

  • Published: Tuesday 24th March 2020

This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

Our weekly round-up of exciting upcoming records is here. All titles here are hand-selected by our very own staff members.

  • Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

A selection of the finest vinyl ready to pre-order with us now. All selected by our resident staffers.

  • Published: Tuesday 11th February 2020

Classic Vinyl from just £10.99

Classic Vinyl from just £10.99

Here are a bunch of classics at a bargain price for your good-selves.

  • Published: Wednesday 8th January 2020

Norman Records' Essential Soundtracks

Norman Records' Essential Soundtracks

We've asked each of our staff members about their favourite soundtracks from film, TV and video games. Here are our picks.

  • Published: Friday 20th December 2019

Vinyl and CD Box Sets

Vinyl and CD Box Sets

From huge discography selections to expanded deluxe editions of classics, here's an array of box sets we've got for sale.

  • Published: Wednesday 27th November 2019

Norman Records' Vinyl Picks

Norman Records' Vinyl Picks

There are some records that, in our humble collective opinion, no vinyl collection should be without. No if’s, no but’s, and no genre-scepticism - these releases are simply too good for you to be trifling with such concerns. We’ve been banging on about some of these since we first launched in ...

  • Published: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Classic vinyl

Classic vinyl

Some records are instant classics. Some take time. But all of them are here, on this list. Whether they were fawned over the moment they hit the shelves or slowly built up acclaim, shifted millions of copies or represent the pinnacle of a more modest scene’s collective ambition, every record here ...

  • Published: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Best Album Guides

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

From Brian Eno to Celer: our guide to the best ambient music

From Brian Eno to Celer: our guide to the best ambient music

What do you think of when you think of ambient music? Gently keening synthesisers? Ever-so-soft piano playing? Yoga? Brian Eno’s shining bonce?

  • Published: Friday 3rd January 2020

Underrated 80s albums

Underrated 80s albums

What about hair back then, eh? Maybe you too were swishing your Nick Beggs beads to the aspirational pop of the day, but beneath it all the 1980s was the first decade when independent music started to really come through.

  • Published: Tuesday 21st May 2019

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: RVNG Intl.

Label Watch: RVNG Intl.

The brains behind the routinely excellent FRKWYS series, RVNG Intl. aren't just allergic to vowels. They're also one of the most interesting, forward-looking labels around.

  • Published: Wednesday 24th April 2019

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 2019

Albums of the Year 2019

  • Published: Monday 30th December 2019

Mid-Year Review 2019

Mid-Year Review 2019

The first half of 2019 will forever be remembered in the UK for its, ahem, underwhelming summer. Luckily for us, black midi graduated from Brit School, we got a double dose of Kevin Martin, and Big Thief failed the 'classic album title' test. Plus Mort Garson wants to remind you to water your plants...

  • Published: Wednesday 3rd July 2019

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

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The Best Music Documentaries Now Streaming (UK)

The Best Music Documentaries Now Streaming (UK)

As of 27th March 2020, here are the finest music documentaries and concert films you can watch in Blighty, plus some LPs to check out afterwards.

  • Published: Friday 27th March 2020

New Music Friday

New Music Friday

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......

  • Published: Friday 27th March 2020

New Music Friday

New Music Friday

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......

  • Published: Friday 20th March 2020

The Best TV/Movie Soundtracks Streaming Right Now

The Best TV/Movie Soundtracks Streaming Right Now

There's a lot of time for streaming at the moment, for some of us at least. Which means more time for checking out soundtracks. Here's a short guide to some of our faves, perfect for binge-watching as you self-isolate and contemplate your next trip to the sink to wash your filthy hands.

  • Published: Friday 20th March 2020

Dinked Editions: Our Favourite Releases

Dinked Editions: Our Favourite Releases

Dinked Editions have provided us with some of the loveliest vinyl pressings of recent times. Allow us to wax lyrical about a choice few below. Dinked. Independent but stronger together.

  • Published: Wednesday 18th March 2020

New Music Friday

New Music Friday

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......

  • Published: Friday 13th March 2020

Our favourite coloured vinyl records

Our favourite coloured vinyl records

As vinyl continues its resurgence we thought it about time we said a thing or two about the many colours which our friend (and yours) polyvinyl chloride has been squished into.

  • Published: Tuesday 10th March 2020

New Music Friday

New Music Friday

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......

  • Published: Friday 6th March 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed February 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed February 2020

We've got idiosyncratic jazz-rap, woozy psychedelic pop, jangling Scottish indie and much more for you in this month's round-up...

  • Published: Thursday 5th March 2020

Best Albums of February 2020

Best Albums of February 2020

February 2020 will be remembered for its storms. It will also be remembered for some storming albums (sorry).

  • Published: Friday 28th February 2020

Interview with Gregory Euclide

Interview with Gregory Euclide

As the first in a series of interviews of the folk behind some of the most beautiful artwork and packaging ever to grace your humble vinyl, CDs and tapes we had a word with Gregory Euclide - artist behind the brilliantly-executed THESIS project.

  • Published: Thursday 27th February 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed January 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed January 2020

So many records, so little time. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Allow us to help you out ...

  • Published: Thursday 6th February 2020

Upcoming soundtracks on vinyl

Upcoming soundtracks on vinyl

A guide to some of the best TV and movie soundtracks hitting the vinyl presses over the next few months.

  • Published: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Albums of the Decade

Albums of the Decade

Teenies. Millennials. The 2010s. Whatever you call the last ten years, this decade has been one that we didn’t want but probably deserved. At least we’ve had some good music...

  • Published: Friday 13th December 2019

How to be a more environmentally-friendly vinyl collector

How to be a more environmentally-friendly vinyl collector

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that vinyl has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years. Good news, yeah? Well, there is a cost...

  • Published: Monday 13th May 2019

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

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