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Foxes in Fiction - Trillium Killer

Album review: Foxes in Fiction - Trillium Killer

from Will

'Trillium Killer' is the third album from Warren Hildebrand aka Foxes In Fiction. As well as running the superb Orchid Tapes label, Hildebrand has had time to release an album of gorgeously rendered pop music. 'Trillium Killer' contains nods to dream pop, electronica, and lo-fi. It's a little bit li...

  • Published: Friday 18th October 2019

Pulselovers - Cotswold Stone

Album review: Pulselovers - Cotswold Stone

from Will

Pulselovers have just released an album called 'Cotswold Stone'. It's a quiet and mellifluous exploration of that thrilling intersection between the pastoral and the dystopic. Now, I grew up just outside the Cotswolds and any trip into the countryside would be accompanied by the sight of Cotswo...

  • Published: Friday 18th October 2019

Geoffrey Hendricks with Philip Corner - Stones : Dreams

Album review: Geoffrey Hendricks with Philip Corner - Stones : Dreams

from Will

I'm an avid listener of a podcast called 'Stone Clearing' in which the comedian and amateur petrologist Richard Herring records himself walking round a field and clearing stones from the path. He throws the stones on the ground with the aim of creating and adding to cairns and walls. 'Stone Clearing...

  • Published: Friday 18th October 2019

Strawberry Guy - Taking My Time To Be

Album review: Strawberry Guy - Taking My Time To Be

from Will

Channeling the dreamy sounds of Mac DeMarco and other assorted dreamy slacker boys, Liverpool's Strawberry Guy has made a mini-album called 'Taking My Time To Be'.  The press release astutely compares 'Taking My Time To Be' to something by Angelo Badalamenti and I think there's certainly a sic...

  • Published: Thursday 17th October 2019

Corridor - Junior

Album review: Corridor - Junior

from Will

In 1519, William Horman, the headteacher of Eton, wrote the phrase 'Mater artium necessitas' in a book. This phrase translates as 'the mother of invention is necessity'. Similarly, Orson Welles once remarked that 'the enemy of art is the absence of limitations'. It's clear that both necessity and re...

  • Published: Thursday 17th October 2019

Saariselka - The Ground Our Sky

Album review: Saariselka - The Ground Our Sky

from Fred Mikardo-Greaves

On 'The Ground Our Sky', Californian duo Saariselka (Marielle Jakobsons and Chuck Johnson) prove that they can turn out lush vistas of ambient Americana at the drop of a hat. Every one of the record’s six tracks is a rich reverie of droning synths, woozy pedal steel guitar and shimmering keybo...

  • Published: Thursday 17th October 2019

Hurtling - Future From Here

Album review: Hurtling - Future From Here

from Will

Hurtling is the project of Jen Macro. Their new album 'Future From Here' is a nice hybrid between alt-rock and grunge, with nods to shoegaze and Britpop. A lot of people have picked up on the fact that Macro toured with My Bloody Valentine. But, wait! That must be why her album has guitars on it!! N...

  • Published: Thursday 17th October 2019

Little Simz - Grey Area

Album review: Little Simz - Grey Area

from Fred Mikardo-Greaves

In this post-Kendrick Lamar world it feels like every other rapper is trying to be an auteur. So many of the new hip-hop records to have emerged since 'To Pimp A Butterfly' (arguably since 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City') lean into weighty ideas about concept and aesthetic vision.  Little Simz&rsquo...

  • Published: Thursday 17th October 2019

BGM - Back Ground Music

Album review: BGM - Back Ground Music

from Fred Mikardo-Greaves

The reissue of BGM’s Back Ground Music represents something of a coup for the ever-impressive Studio Mule. This 1980 LP was the first step on the journey of acclaimed Japanese experimentalist Takayuki Shiraishi. Though the label recently put out Missing Link, a compilation on Shiraishi’s...

  • Published: Thursday 17th October 2019

Steph Horak and Renick Bell - Live at Pirate Studios, Bristol

Album review: Steph Horak and Renick Bell - Live at Pirate Studios, Bristol

from Jamie

Here’s a cassette tape, a very long cassette tape appropriately enough, featuring some very bendy shapes, long shadows and elongated noises amongst its astonishingly wide palette. It’s quite an armoury to have at your disposal, is this selection of mind-warping sounds, and Renick Bell (f...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

Letherette - Brown Lounge, Vol. 5

Album review: Letherette - Brown Lounge, Vol. 5

from Jamie

It’s the return of Wolverhampton duo Letherette (not that we’ve had to wait too long, mercifully) and their latest instalment in their ‘Brown Lounge’ series of tapes. Yes, the cassette tape, that wonderfully cute but outdated and reliably unreliable recording format. Anyway, ...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

Erik Levander - Inåt

Album review: Erik Levander - Inåt

from Jamie

Well. As Public Enemy (and latterly, Nick Frost) once said, “Bring the NOISE!” I’m not sure *exactly* what I was expecting when I pulled this CD out of the review pile -- however, given this release is brought to us by those most subterranean of reclaimed reverberations merchants ...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood

Album review: clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood

from Thomas

Well boys, you certainly timed this one right. Releasing a terrifying album like this one just under a fortnight before Halloween just to get us in the mood the spooky occasion? You’re too kind! A genius move or a bit cheesy? We’ll leave that one for you to decide, but I guess those over...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

Hyperdawn - Bleach

Album review: Hyperdawn - Bleach

from Will

Homemade instruments, tape experimentation, and based in Salford, what's not to love? Sometimes an artist will come along and you just know you're going to like 'em. 'Bleach' is a gorgeously orchestral collection of squalling, broken-sounding loops that have a soaring quality putting me in mind...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

Abul Mogard - Kimberlin

Album review: Abul Mogard - Kimberlin

from Ant

Abul Mogard busts out his modular synthesizer(s), Farfisa organ and field recordings to soundtrack Duncan Whitley's film 'Kimberlin'. The film and accompanying spatial sound work is constructed around the apparent discovery of an underground cinema cavern on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Its title...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

The Yummy Fur - Piggy Wings

Album review: The Yummy Fur - Piggy Wings

from Will

If you like short, sharp, biting songs sung in a thick Scottish burr then this Yummy Fur compilation is for you. Yummy Fur are a band who were most active in the mid-to-late 90s. They were signed to Mogwai's label Rock Action but most of the similarities stop there. A few members of Franz Ferdi...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody's Knocking

Album review: Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody's Knocking

from Will

There's a line in Mark Lanegan's new album where he sings that 'I was there as a make-up artist'. This sense of shapeshifting is present throughout 'Somebody's Knocking'. On the same song, X, he says he 'grew' himself 'a pair of horns'. The best and worst thing about the album is this ability t...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

PCM - Attraverso

Album review: PCM - Attraverso

from Will

PCM are a group consisting of musicians Francesco Perra, Matteo Cantaluppi, and Matteo Milea. Their debut album 'Attraverso' is a quietly unsettling take on ambient music. The pieces on this record stretch on and on, grey and blank. The distant shards of white noise that crash in on titular track 'A...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

Shorelights - Bioluminescence

Album review: Shorelights - Bioluminescence

from Ant

Bioluminescence is a form of chemiluminescence which involves living organisms such as types of fungi, microorganisms like bacteria, and fireflies producing and emitting light. It occurs a lot in the ocean in marine vertebrates and invertebrates - you've most likely seen jellyfish and deep-sea creat...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis

Album review: Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis

from Will

If y'all know me, then y'all'll know I love a Gesamtkunstwerk. So when I saw that this 'Memphis' project by Matana Roberts was labelled as such, I jumped at the chance to write about it. This particular album, part four of a purported twelve part series, is another development of Roberts' excel...

  • Published: Wednesday 16th October 2019

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Weekly Update, featuring Battles, Beck, Mark Lanegan, PJ Harvey, Floating Points, Coil.

Weekly Update, featuring Battles, Beck, Mark Lanegan, PJ Harvey, Floating Points, Coil.

Shorelights, Carla dal Forno, Abul Mogard, clipping., Om, Foals, The Dukes of Stratosphear, Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man, Matana Roberts.

  • Published: Thursday 17th October 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Floating Points, PJ Harvey, Battles, Carla dal Forno, Om.

Tuesday Update, featuring Floating Points, PJ Harvey, Battles, Carla dal Forno, Om.

Sufjan Stevens, Foals, The Dukes of Stratosphear (XTC), Mark Lanegan, Om, Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man, Shorelights, Hood.

  • Published: Tuesday 15th October 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Kim Gordon, Codes In The Clouds, Polytechnic Youth, Richard Dawson

Weekly Update, featuring Kim Gordon, Codes In The Clouds, Polytechnic Youth, Richard Dawson

Big Thief, Lightning Bolt, Mogwai, Slowdive, Gary Numan, Emptyset, 808 State, Ernest Hood, Stephen Mallinder, Mosca

  • Published: Thursday 10th October 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Kim Gordon, Big Thief, Scott Walker, Mogwai, Slowdive

Tuesday Update, featuring Kim Gordon, Big Thief, Scott Walker, Mogwai, Slowdive

Richard Dawson, Kurt Vile, The Wedding Present, Lightning Bolt, Gary Numan, HTRK, Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man.

  • Published: Tuesday 8th October 2019

Best Records of September 2019, featuring Odd Nosdam, Ironomi, Fly Pan Am, (Sandy) Alex G

Best Records of September 2019, featuring Odd Nosdam, Ironomi, Fly Pan Am, (Sandy) Alex G

September was an exciting month at Norman Records as we welcomed two new members of staff to our Sixties Brutalist Concrete Tower Block™. We also welcomed some great new music, before dressing it up nice and warm and sending it out to our lovely customers. Here are the albums it’s been h...

  • Published: Friday 4th October 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Angel Olsen, Zonal, Vic Mars, Wilco, Portico Quartet.

Weekly Update, featuring Angel Olsen, Zonal, Vic Mars, Wilco, Portico Quartet.

DIIV, Boris, The Cult of Free Love, Roland Kayn, Magic Seas, Mark Hollis, Bruno Bavota, WIVES, Operating Theatre, SQÜRL.

  • Published: Thursday 3rd October 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Angel Olsen, DIIV, 10% Off Reductions, Penguin Cafe, Portico Quartet.

Tuesday Update, featuring Angel Olsen, DIIV, 10% Off Reductions, Penguin Cafe, Portico Quartet.

JOHN, Wilco, Blood Orange, Boris, Vic Mars, Beastie Boys, Minor Pieces, WIVES, OMD, Dome.

  • Published: Tuesday 1st October 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Mark Hollis, Smoke Fairies (Dinked), Desert Sessions, Telefon Tel Aviv.

Weekly Update, featuring Mark Hollis, Smoke Fairies (Dinked), Desert Sessions, Telefon Tel Aviv.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Competition), Moon Duo, Susumu Yokota, Prefab Sprout, Interpol, Tyler, the Creator, Goldfrapp, The Beatles, HTRK.

  • Published: Thursday 26th September 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Girl Band.

Tuesday Update, featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Girl Band.

65daysofstatic, Alessandro Cortini, Dinosaur Jr., Moon Duo, Can, GLOK, Telefon Tel Aviv, Polytechnic Youth, Dope (Julian Cope).

  • Published: Tuesday 24th September 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Warp Records EPs, Fly Pan Am, M83, Nils Frahm.

Weekly Update, featuring Warp Records EPs, Fly Pan Am, M83, Nils Frahm.

Cult of Luna, Hiroshi Yoshimura, Paranoid London, Joe-Armon Jones, Thurston Moore, Hiss Golden Messenger, Melvins, Steve Moore.

  • Published: Thursday 19th September 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Sufjan Stevens, Massive Attack, M83, Efterklang, The Caretaker.

Tuesday Update, featuring Sufjan Stevens, Massive Attack, M83, Efterklang, The Caretaker.

The Cosmic Dead, Mudhoney, LIFE, Cult of Luna, Roxy Girls, Nils Frahm, Hiss Golden Messenger, Melvins.

  • Published: Tuesday 17th September 2019

Weekly Update, featuring (Sandy) Alex G, Jenny Hval, Tindersticks, Neil Young, Thurston Moore.

Weekly Update, featuring (Sandy) Alex G, Jenny Hval, Tindersticks, Neil Young, Thurston Moore.

Gruff Rhys, Belle and Sebastian, Stereolab, Pixies, Lee Hazelwood, Chelsea Wolfe, Alex Cameron, The Telescopes, The Utopia Strong, Boris, Barry Gray.

  • Published: Thursday 12th September 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring FKA Twigs, Dry Cleaning, Jeffrey Lewis, Steve Hauschildt.

Tuesday Update, featuring FKA Twigs, Dry Cleaning, Jeffrey Lewis, Steve Hauschildt.

The Telescopes, Prince, Metronomy, Piano Magic, Charli XCX, Stereolab, Jenny Hval, Gene Clark.

  • Published: Tuesday 10th September 2019

Best Records of August 2019, featuring Blanck Mass, Nérija, HTRK, Charles Mingus

Best Records of August 2019, featuring Blanck Mass, Nérija, HTRK, Charles Mingus

Sounding “personal” and having “personality” are traits music fans seem to all value in their favourite record. There’s even consensus among musicians, this month alone we sold two records named for that most personal of pronouns, “I”. One of the few things ...

  • Published: Friday 6th September 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Bat for Lashes, Grouper, Richard Hawley, Stereolab.

Weekly Update, featuring Bat for Lashes, Grouper, Richard Hawley, Stereolab.

Odd Nosdam, Fennesz, Iggy Pop, Steve Lacy, Astral TV, Throbbing Gristle.

  • Published: Thursday 5th September 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Odd Nosdam, Iggy Pop, Echo & The Bunnymen, Stereolab.

Tuesday Update, featuring Odd Nosdam, Iggy Pop, Echo & The Bunnymen, Stereolab.

Hildur Guðnadóttir (‘Chernobyl’), Steve Lacy, Fad Gadget, Bat For Lashes, Moloko, L'épée.

  • Published: Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Update, featuring HTRK, Floating Points, Beth Gibbons, Sunn O)))

Update, featuring HTRK, Floating Points, Beth Gibbons, Sunn O)))

Lana Del Rey, Pharmakon, (Sandy) Alex G, Crass, Whitney, Vatican Shadow

  • Published: Thursday 29th August 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Bon Iver, Carter Tutti Void, HTRK, Oh Sees

Tuesday Update, featuring Bon Iver, Carter Tutti Void, HTRK, Oh Sees

The Declining Winter, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Ezra Furman, The Heavy Metal Cowboys of Botswana.

  • Published: Tuesday 27th August 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Dinked (Fenella/Jane Weaver), Tropical F. Storm, Horsebeach.

Weekly Update, featuring Dinked (Fenella/Jane Weaver), Tropical F. Storm, Horsebeach.

Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon (Competition), Working Men’s Club, The Teardrop Explodes, Joanna Brouk, Redd Kross.

  • Published: Thursday 22nd August 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Kim Gordon, Four Tet, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Tropical F. Storm.

Tuesday Update, featuring Kim Gordon, Four Tet, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Tropical F. Storm.

Charles Mingus, Lightning Bolt, Stephen Mallinder, Jay Som, Shannon Lay, Sheer Mag.

  • Published: Tuesday 20th August 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Blanck Mass, Bobby Krlic, Jason Lytle, Ulver, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert.

Weekly Update, featuring Blanck Mass, Bobby Krlic, Jason Lytle, Ulver, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert.

Uniform & The Body, Eric Serra, The Hold Steady, King Gizzard, Ride, Sleater-Kinney.

  • Published: Thursday 15th August 2019

Best Records of July 2019, featuring Thom Yorke, Lingua Ignota, Polypores, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Best Records of July 2019, featuring Thom Yorke, Lingua Ignota, Polypores, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Last month Thom Yorke was probably worried about climate change (as are we) but other than the latest from Radiohead’s most anxious member, July 2019 saw the release of a number of albums that explore the power of the voice including a metal classicist, a Venezuelan party, and a righteous...

  • Published: Tuesday 13th August 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Girl Band, King Gizzard, Ride, The Murder Capital, Sleater-Kinney.

Tuesday Update, featuring Girl Band, King Gizzard, Ride, The Murder Capital, Sleater-Kinney.

Big Thief, Here Lies Man, Blanck Mass, Explosions In The Sky, Dinosaur Jr., Bobby Krlic.

  • Published: Tuesday 13th August 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Battles, The Bug & Burial, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Pastor T.L. Barrett.

Weekly Update, featuring Battles, The Bug & Burial, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Pastor T.L. Barrett.

Kandodo 3, Monarch, Marika Hackman, Bdrmm, Zero 7, John Carpenter & Alan Howarth.

  • Published: Thursday 8th August 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Burial & The Bug, Codes In The Clouds, Arctic Monkeys, kandodo 3.

Tuesday Update, featuring Burial & The Bug, Codes In The Clouds, Arctic Monkeys, kandodo 3.

Zero 7, Marika Hackman, The Wedding Present, Coil, Raekwon.

  • Published: Tuesday 6th August 2019

Weekly Update, featuring GLOK (Andy Bell), Nérija, Mikal Cronin, Angel Olsen.

Weekly Update, featuring GLOK (Andy Bell), Nérija, Mikal Cronin, Angel Olsen.

Portico Quartet, Ty Segall, Russian Circles, Sons of Kemet, The Wedding Present.

  • Published: Thursday 1st August 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Ty Segall, Idles, Four Tet, Blur, Tomorrow Syndicate.

Tuesday Update, featuring Ty Segall, Idles, Four Tet, Blur, Tomorrow Syndicate.

Sonic Youth, Jay Reatard, The Wedding Present, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Thom Yorke, Föllakzoid.

  • Published: Tuesday 30th July 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Fennesz, Carla dal Forno, Fad Gadget.

Weekly Update, featuring Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Fennesz, Carla dal Forno, Fad Gadget.

DIIV, Warmduscher, Sarathy Korwar, Japanese Television, Watine.

  • Published: Thursday 25th July 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Allah Las (Dinked), Odd Nosdam (Exclusive), Freddie Gibbs & Madlib.

Tuesday Update, featuring Allah Las (Dinked), Odd Nosdam (Exclusive), Freddie Gibbs & Madlib.

Fugazi, Solange, Sounds of Liberation, Fennesz, Makaya McCraven.

  • Published: Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Thom Yorke, Siavash Amini, Pooh Sticks, Comet Gain (Dinked).

Weekly Update, featuring Thom Yorke, Siavash Amini, Pooh Sticks, Comet Gain (Dinked).

Siavash Amini, The Cramps, The Total Rejection, Prince, Wild Billy Childish.

  • Published: Thursday 18th July 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Thom Yorke, Prince, Brian Eno, Dope.

Tuesday Update, featuring Thom Yorke, Prince, Brian Eno, Dope.

Crass, The Flaming Lips, Craven Faults, Trash Kit, Ludovico Einaudi.

  • Published: Tuesday 16th July 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Polypores, Bobby Krlic (The Haxan Cloak), Bon Iver, Khruangbin.

Weekly Update, featuring Polypores, Bobby Krlic (The Haxan Cloak), Bon Iver, Khruangbin.

Charles Mingus, Drab Majesty, Félicia Atkinson, Pere Ubu, Nivhek, Floating Points.

  • Published: Thursday 11th July 2019

Best Records of June 2019, featuring Equiknoxx, Bruce Springsteen, Ellen Arkbro, Mort Garson

Best Records of June 2019, featuring Equiknoxx, Bruce Springsteen, Ellen Arkbro, Mort Garson

It was Father’s Day in June, so what better to get through the dad month than some dad music? Kevin Martin and Bill Callahan both explore the anxieties of parenthood, while Bruce Springsteen is a bit more interested in being embarrassing to your kids. We even enjoyed music by some actual child...

  • Published: Thursday 11th July 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Stereolab, Pottery, New Order, King Gizzard, Polypores

Tuesday Update, featuring Stereolab, Pottery, New Order, King Gizzard, Polypores

Plus The Velvet Underground, Silver Mountains, Captain Beefheart, Floating Points

  • Published: Tuesday 9th July 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Mid-Year Review, Jesca Hoop, Prettiest Eyes, Anderson .Paak.

Weekly Update, featuring Mid-Year Review, Jesca Hoop, Prettiest Eyes, Anderson .Paak.

Ø (Mika Vainio), Suicide, Melvins, Bonobo.

  • Published: Thursday 4th July 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Bonobo, Thom Yorke, Jesca Hoop.

Tuesday Update, featuring Bonobo, Thom Yorke, Jesca Hoop.

Sigur Rós, Melvins, BEAK>, Suicide, Minami Deutsch, Muslimgauze, Oren Ambarchi.

  • Published: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Moon Duo (inc. Dinked Edition), Robbie Basho, Equiknoxx, Rod Modell, and 20% off a load of things.

Weekly Update, featuring Moon Duo (inc. Dinked Edition), Robbie Basho, Equiknoxx, Rod Modell, and 20% off a load of things.

Plus Eye Make the Horizon, Joy Division, The Dead Normal, Nivhek. 

  • Published: Thursday 27th June 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Oh Sees, Thom Yorke, Kevin Richard Martin, Robbie Basho.

Tuesday Update, featuring Oh Sees, Thom Yorke, Kevin Richard Martin, Robbie Basho.

Plus Björk, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tunng, Mono, Acid Mothers Temple.

  • Published: Tuesday 25th June 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Tropical Fuck Storm, black midi, Justin Hopper & Sharron Kraus with The Belbury Poly.

Weekly Update, featuring Tropical Fuck Storm, black midi, Justin Hopper & Sharron Kraus with The Belbury Poly.

Injury Reserve, White Manna, Band of Holy Joy, Ebi Soda.

  • Published: Thursday 20th June 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring black midi, Floating Points, Mort Garson, Working Men’s Club.

Tuesday Update, featuring black midi, Floating Points, Mort Garson, Working Men’s Club.

McCarthy, Hatchie, The Gentlemen Losers, Hot Chip, Thee Oh Sees, 65daysofstatic, Jane Weaver.

  • Published: Tuesday 18th June 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Bill Callahan, Here Lies Man, Tess Parks, The Quiet Temple.

Weekly Update, featuring Bill Callahan, Here Lies Man, Tess Parks, The Quiet Temple.

Yeasayer, Laurence Pike, Melodien, Listening Center, Joy Division.

  • Published: Thursday 13th June 2019

Best Records of May 2019, featuring Featuring Tim Hecker, Don Cherry, Holly Herndon, Mahatma X, and more...

Best Records of May 2019, featuring Featuring Tim Hecker, Don Cherry, Holly Herndon, Mahatma X, and more...

Warning: this update feature the word "jazz" a whole bunch. Phil assures me that every month is a jazz month, so maybe I’m just particularly attuned to the word at the moment. Either way, May’s best records feature the full range of jazz musics: definitely jazz, definitely not jazz, and jazz adj...

  • Published: Wednesday 12th June 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Bill Callahan, Nivhek, Buzzcocks, Shellac, Burial.

Tuesday Update, featuring Bill Callahan, Nivhek, Buzzcocks, Shellac, Burial.

Calexico and Iron & Wine, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Tempest, The Dandy Warhols, The Murder Capital, Twin Peaks Soundtrack.

  • Published: Tuesday 11th June 2019

Weekly Update, featuring JK Flesh, Sarah Davachi, Blanck Mass, Temples, Pixies

Weekly Update, featuring JK Flesh, Sarah Davachi, Blanck Mass, Temples, Pixies

Dome, The Mattson 2, PicaPica, Meat Beat Manifesto, Gas, Pelican

  • Published: Thursday 6th June 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Vanishing Twin, Craven Faults, Plaid, The Modern Lovers

Tuesday Update, featuring Vanishing Twin, Craven Faults, Plaid, The Modern Lovers

Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Melvins, Baroness, 65daysofstatic, FKA Twigs, Nas, Treeboy & Arc, Yeasayer

  • Published: Tuesday 4th June 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Sarah Davachi & Ariel Kalma, Gnoomes, Burial, Pip Blom

Weekly Update, featuring Sarah Davachi & Ariel Kalma, Gnoomes, Burial, Pip Blom

Eluvium, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Consumer Electronics, Richard Hawley, Placebo

  • Published: Thursday 30th May 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Gnoomes, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Doves, Nivhek (aka Grouper)

Tuesday Update, featuring Gnoomes, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Doves, Nivhek (aka Grouper)

Pip Blom, Eluvium, Dalham, Sacred Paws, Colin Potter, Placebo, Doves, Consumer Electronics

  • Published: Tuesday 28th May 2019

Update, featuring Flying Lotus, Black Mountain, Sebadoh, Earth, Coil.

Update, featuring Flying Lotus, Black Mountain, Sebadoh, Earth, Coil.

Cate Le Bon, The Claim, Hayden Thorpe, Amyl & the Sniffers, Hood, Thee Oh Sees and Tears For Fears.

  • Published: Thursday 23rd May 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Flying Lotus, Earth, Cate Le Bon, Sebadoh

Tuesday Update, featuring Flying Lotus, Earth, Cate Le Bon, Sebadoh

Plus Amyl & The Sniffers, Black Mountain, Tim Hecker, Morphine, Coil, and more. 

  • Published: Tuesday 21st May 2019

Weekly Update, featuring The National, Interpol, St Etienne, Ian Crause (Disco Inferno) DJINN

Weekly Update, featuring The National, Interpol, St Etienne, Ian Crause (Disco Inferno) DJINN

Plus Josephine Wiggs, Olden Yolk, The Ballet, Caribou, Not Glass, Tycho.

  • Published: Thursday 16th May 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring The National, Fennesz, Interpol, DJINN (Goat + Hills)

Tuesday Update, featuring The National, Fennesz, Interpol, DJINN (Goat + Hills)

Plus St. Etienne, Hood, The Flying Lizards, Olden Yolk, Josephine Wiggs, and some tips on maintaining a slightly less environmentally-ruinous vinyl habit.

  • Published: Tuesday 14th May 2019

Best Records of April 2019, featuring Sunn O))), Big Thief, Fat White Family, Susan James

Best Records of April 2019, featuring Sunn O))), Big Thief, Fat White Family, Susan James

Interrupted by the yearly irritant that is Record Store Day, April 2019 was actually no disaster on the new release front. So let’s pick out our favourites and re-tell you about them in case you missed them in all the ‘excitement’.

  • Published: Tuesday 14th May 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Death & Vanilla, Mac De Marco, Mahatma X, Holly Herndon

Weekly Update, featuring Death & Vanilla, Mac De Marco, Mahatma X, Holly Herndon

Plus Craig Leon, Clinic, Oliver Cherer, Sleaford Mods, Rozi Plain, 12K, Puce Mary, Tim Hecker, Steve Moore, Synkro, and more.

  • Published: Thursday 9th May 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Death & Vanilla, Mac De Marco, Holly Herndon, Mahatma X

Tuesday Update, featuring Death & Vanilla, Mac De Marco, Holly Herndon, Mahatma X

Plus Oliver Cherer, Peggy Gou, Sleaford Mods, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Maps, and lots more...

  • Published: Tuesday 7th May 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Stereolab, Vampire Weekend, Big Thief, Flamingods, Drahla.

Weekly Update, featuring Stereolab, Vampire Weekend, Big Thief, Flamingods, Drahla.

Plus Editors, Patience, Stuart A Staples, The Home Current, Dead Sea Apes, Protomartyr, Alfa Mist, and more, and more...

  • Published: Thursday 2nd May 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring Stereolab, Flamingods, Vampire Weekend, Drahla, The Home Current

Tuesday Update, featuring Stereolab, Flamingods, Vampire Weekend, Drahla, The Home Current

Plus Polypores, Big Thief, Chris Carter, Protomartyr, Lost Tribe Sound.

  • Published: Tuesday 30th April 2019

Weekly Update, featuring Sunn O))), King Gizzard, Guided By Voices, The Mountain Goats, Aldous Harding.

Weekly Update, featuring Sunn O))), King Gizzard, Guided By Voices, The Mountain Goats, Aldous Harding.

Plus Kevin Morby, Sound in Silence, Mammoth Penguins, Arovane & Porya Hatami.

  • Published: Thursday 25th April 2019

Tuesday Update, featuring King Gizzard, The Mountain Goats, Josefin Ohrn, Aldous Harding

Tuesday Update, featuring King Gizzard, The Mountain Goats, Josefin Ohrn, Aldous Harding

Thesis, Kevin Morby, Marissa Nadler, Plaid, Coil, The Wedding Present, and some Record Store Day remainder stuff.  

  • Published: Tuesday 23rd April 2019

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 reductions from September 2019

Latest reductions from September 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. 10% off, as per usual.

  • Published: Friday 27th September 2019

Home Normal Cheapies!

Home Normal Cheapies!

We've got a selection of CD's from Tokyo based ambient/electronic label Home Normal going for cheap!

All these fantastic albums are priced at £1.99. Grab a few whilst you can.

  • Published: Thursday 22nd August 2019

Flash summer sale

Flash summer sale

Yesterday's insane heat here in the UK must've loosened up the old purse strings. Grab yourself some hefty discounts off a load of recent goodies. Ends Monday 29th July at 10am, so no hanging about. 

  • Published: Friday 26th July 2019

Latest reductions: June 2019

Latest reductions: June 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. 20% off this month, just because.

  • Published: Wednesday 26th June 2019

Norman Records' Essential Vinyl

Norman Records' Essential Vinyl

A big bunch of the things we've been trying to sell to you since 1996. Records that no collection should be without, in our humble collective opinion.

  • Published: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Classic vinyl

Classic vinyl

Established critical faves from this century and the last. We're not keen on them all, but they're definitely popular. Take a look at our Norman Records' Essentials collection too - we vouch for every one of those.

  • Published: Tuesday 9th February 2016

This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

We've spent the morning out on the allotment hand picking preorders just for you.

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

Here's a new selection of up and coming albums for your good selves.

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

A tasty selection of impending records, hand-picked by our staff members.

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

Your weekly update on staff selected pre-orders has landed. Here's a selection of upcoming records which have taken our fancy.

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

Here's a load more tasty impending records for you, hand-picked by our resident musos.

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

The latest records ready to order in advance, selected by our very own staff members.

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

A selection of albums set to be released in the near-future, hand-selected by our own staff!

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

A selection of tasty records set to grace our shelves in the near future, hand-picked by our very own staff members.

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

The best and biggest impending vinyl releases, picked by our good selves. 

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

We've selected the best upcoming music for you once again.

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

Here are some more looming album releases for you.

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Summer Cheapness

Summer Cheapness

We've scored some bargains at prices so low they may as well be free. Don't ask!

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This week's hand-picked preorders

This week's hand-picked preorders

Here are our choices for the best looming vinyl releases.

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Best Album Guides

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

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.

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

Latest features

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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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