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Weekly Update Octo Octa, M83, Kobosil, The Lords of Thyme, Arc Iris, and more...

What a week! As you may have seen, we had an enormo-sale which got a lot of you ordering insane amounts of vinyl. We're just catching up now after a couple of crazy days of packing on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thanks for your purchases and we hope you enjoy your bargainous treats.

Meanwhile, Ant has been locked up in his Pennine lair adding Record Store Day titles to the site. More are appearing every day so have a look here to see if we will be stocking your most sought-after item.

In and amongst all this excitement, actual new records which you can buy now have become available. For example Mac De Marco’s lovely third album of charming off-kilter pop is now in stock. As is Manchester noise-niks Warm Widow’s super second record of thrilling, abrasive rock music. Another office-uniting album was the fantastic new effort from Timber Timbre, an evocative blend of Portishead, Richard Hawley and Nick Cave.

Millie and Andrea feature Andy ‘the Stottmeister’ Stott and Miles Whitaker of Demdike Stare and is full of kinetic beatwork and obtuse sonics. Burnt Ones gave us some wibbly Morgan Delt like psych-pop, Celer unleash another album of sweet driftiness and if that's not enough drift for ya there are some ambient soundscapes from Boozoo Bajou. There is some strident indie pop from Eyes and No Eyes whilst Shiny Darkly deliver some suitably dark, gothy drama-pop, if jazz is your thang try the exploratory experimental work of Chicago’s Chicago Underground Duo. Malachai give us an all-over-the -place swampy blast of oddball rock. Philip Glass-ish electronics from Origamibir and there’s an album of recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings (warning: contains synths). Bon Iver lad S. Carey has a pleasant album of gentle Sufjan Stevens type follky meanderings on Jagjaguwar.

More? Yes. The Callas do a kind of Herman Dune meets Sonic Youth euro-noise thing, M83 have another soundtrack record out, there's sweet hip hop action from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, 65daysofstatic re-issue their “classic” ‘The Fall of Math(s)’ opus with bonus stuff, and Low Anthem lady Arc Iris has an album of late night countryosh weepings on Bella Union.

Like synths? So do Roladex who do that Human League/Pet Shop Boys thing with a bit of Devo thrown in. Like grunge? Then try Cloud Nothings who hit the sweet spot between Nirvana, Archers of Loaf and...oh someone else. Cosmic psychsters Causa Sui’s ‘Summer Sessions’ compiles all their out of print LPs on one triple vinyl set. And TV’s Kaiser Chiefs have a new one out.

Ant’s electronic round-up:

Hospital Productions unleash a couple of belters this week. Prurient’s ‘Cocaine Death’ finally makes the transition from cassettes to CD and now gets a deluxe and much-welcomed vinyl outing in elegant hot-foil printed sleeves. Quite possibly some of the finest visceral emo-power electronics and FX-laden primal screaming to be committed to wax in recent years. Meanwhile, also on the imprint is the second EP from Wolf Eye/ Hair Police man Mike Connelly and his other half Tara appearing as Clay Rendering with a hybrid of shoe-gazing, ethereal dark and dreamy ambient/ metal with their excellent ‘Waters Above The Firmament’ four tracker.

Sasu Ripatti’s eponymous label reaches its third release with ‘Ripatti03’. On this occasion with an EP under his most well known alias Vladislav Delay, with fresh and frantic, jittering almost footwork-like up-tempo percussive rhythms colliding with his signature trails of dubbed out effects.

Dark warehouse-shaking techno this week comes from Eomac aka Ian McDonnell of Lakker with the superb ‘Origin and Destination’ 12” for Candela Rising. If you’re looking for a counterpart to mix up with the aforementioned plate on ye olde wheels of steel then why not head for Kobosil’s smashin’ ‘MDR010’ 6-tracker on Marcel Dettmann’s MDR label. There’s also techno/ bass mutations of Bristol’s new school with A Made Up Sound re-working Asuzu’s ‘Velez’ tracks for Livity Sound.

While we’re on the subject of techno and bass collisions, keep open ears for Killawatt, Ipman, Monic and Metrist all appearing on the darkside ‘Open Water’ - a hand-stamped, numbered 12” on Osiris Music in an edition of 320 copies. Cool 12”s are also in from MachineDrum, Umberto, Evanchrist and Octa Octa.

7”s are on the shelves and available to buy from Wolfhounds, Solo Artists, Lords of Thyme, Royal Blood....actually not many this week....and no cassettes either.

Anyway lots more stuff we have probably forgotten about on the site. We’re all off to prepare for tomorrow's Sleaford Mods concert extravaganza. Have great weekends whatever you are doing.

Love

Clint and Team Norm
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

People's Temple

Musical Garden

10/10 from Nathon

A really lovely listen, perfect for this sunny Saturday morning. The influences are clear enough (Seeds, Love, Stones, 13th Floor, generous dollops of Beach Boys, Standells, ...read on »

Various

World Psychedelic Classics 3 - Love’s a Real Thing

9/10 from Mike

It's really been a good couple of weeks for compilations. Last week we had that amazing 'Bollywood Disco' collection, and this week we've got 'Rock It...Don't Stop It!' full o...read on »

Mugstar

Sun, Broken...

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Hypno-rock stalwarts Mugstar are back again this week with yet another album, beautifully presented with a foil-stamped sleeve, swirly black and white vinyl and a hand-numbere...read on »

Fluorescent Grey

Delta Quadrant

9/10 from Ant

Not one, not two, but three cassettes have arrived at our HQ from Oakland California based electronic artist Robbie Martin AKA Fluorescent Grey. I’ve been a devotee of R...read on »

Fluorescent Grey

Antique Electronic / Synthesizer Greats 1955 - 1985 Part 2

9/10 from Ant

Not one, not two, but three cassettes have arrived at our HQ from Oakland California based electronic artist Robbie Martin AKA Fluorescent Grey. I’ve been a devotee...read on »

Fluorescent Grey

Antique Electronic / Synthesizer Greats 1955 - 1985 Part 3

9/10 from Ant

Not one, not two, but three cassettes have arrived at our HQ from Oakland California based electronic artist Robbie Martin AKA Fluorescent Grey. I’ve been a devotee...read on »

Bass Clef

Bugbranded EP

9/10 from Ant

Apologies to folks that have been waiting on copies of this EP like 2 weeks after the release date. They only just arrived - I think someone fell asleep/ had been cryogenicall...read on »

N.E.W.

Motion

9/10 from Mike

Here's some modern free jazz fusion courtesy of N.E.W., who are drummer Steve Noble on drums, double bassist John Edwards on the stand-up bass, and clarinettist Alex Ward on e...read on »

Lögnhalsmottagningen / Bad Daddies

Split

9/10 from Mike

Very cool split 7" of weird punky shit from Bad Daddies and Lognhalsmottagningen here. The Bad Daddies side has vocals so squeaky I thought it was on the wrong speed at first ...read on »

Prurient

Cocaine Death

9/10 from Ant

Well for Prurient fans picking up this LP is a total no brainer. Not that I’m suggesting that Prurient fans don’t have brains. I’m a huge Prurient fan (like ...read on »

Various

Box of Tricks

9/10 from Clinton

I keep saying this is a 555 box and although this is on Emotional Response you can see my confusion. See, Emotional Response is the brand new label from the people that brough...read on »

Warm Widow

Childless

9/10 from Clinton

Warm Widow’s previous album ‘Widower’ was an absolute stone cold classic, one of those rare records that if it does leave my stereo, it doesn’t wait lo...read on »

Umberto

Temple Room

9/10 from Mike

Upon handing this 12” to me this morning, Phil said “Do this one first. It’s that good Umberto song from the good Umberto album. You know, the opening track....read on »

Boozoo Bajou

4

9/10 from Mike

Here’s album number four, ‘4’, from veteran ambient duo Boozoo Bajou, an eight-piece suite of delicately constructed soundscapes heavy in synths but also con...read on »

Millie & Andrea

Drop The Vowels

9/10 from Mike

When I picked this CD from my review pile I thought it was by a duet by the names of Millie and Andrea. Little did I know that the moniker actually represents the collaboratio...read on »

Burnt Ones

Gift

9/10 from Mike

I’ve been saving this new Burnt Ones album on Castle Face until the end of today’s marathon review session in the hope that it will be a morale boost, so it had be...read on »

Timber Timbre

Hot Dreams

9/10 from Mike

Canuck Kirk “Timber Timbre” Taylor (“Soldier Spy”) returns with a new album this week, and no sooner do I start writing about it than Kim comes over sa...read on »

Arc Iris

Arc Iris

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Arc Iris is Jocie Adams from The Low Anthem, a multi-instrumentalist with a sweet and high pitched voice who here guides us through a selection of smooth and relaxing folky ch...read on »

Golden Retriever

Seer

8/10 from Mike

It is absolutely bucketing it down here in Armley and I seem to have developed an irritating eyelid twitch over the course of this afternoon but one thing that's helping calm ...read on »

Simon James Phillips

Chair

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I tried to give this LP a preliminary listen at dinner time last night, but it quickly became apparent that its obtuse minimal piano tinklings were a bit too eyebrow for my lo...read on »

Anla Courtis

Cassetopia

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I tried to give this LP a preliminary listen at dinner time last night, but it quickly became apparent that its disjointed avant garde ambiance was a bit too high brow for my ...read on »

Linda Perhacs

The Soul of All Natural Things

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This Linda Perhacs CD has a post-it from one of our goblins that says "ok, not as good as old shit". I'm not familiar with Perhacs's old shit so I'm approaching this with fres...read on »

Ragged Barracudas

Ragged Barracudas

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a single of dirty hairy man rock from Ragged Barracudas. On side A is ‘Living the Dream’ which is a lo-fi ‘70s bulldozer riff with a bit of a co...read on »

Mixed Band Philanthropist

The Impossible Humane

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Our 'but what that means for you the listener' Clint had a go at reviewing this but gave up, handing it over to me in despair with the mysterious claim “it’s like ...read on »

Wertheimer

Brandished EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I have very little information about this release and what I do have is conflicting. A sticker on the front cover simply tells me “Contents: 21:32 minutes music”, ...read on »

Seun Kuti + Egypt 80

A Long Way To The Beginning

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Fela’s son Seun Kuti took over his Egypt 80 combo on his death in 1997 and apparently this is the third of a trilogy of albums from them. I however have missed the first...read on »

Jon Porras

Light Divide

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Barn Owl gentleman Jon Porras has another album out this week. He seems to have been quite busy lately. ‘Light Divide’ is a foggy collection of drone-based ambienc...read on »

E.L. Heath

Winter Soundtrack

8/10 from Clinton

Just when I thought I cut put my feet up and crack open the tizer,  one more record was lurking in my review pile, all tied up in string in a nice brown paper sleeve. Ins...read on »

Olan Mill

Hiraeth

8/10 from Clinton

One of this weeks best sellers but strangely no review appears on the site. We were probably too busy slavering over their 3" CD on Hibernate which is now sold out. Don't...read on »

Akisai

Colors

8/10 from Mike

I'm starting the day with this soothing new CD from Akisai on Schole. The press release is full of brow-wrinkling auto-translate gobbledegook, but the impression that I get is...read on »

Liars

Mess

8/10 from Mike

Liars are a band who seem to make a point of confounding people's expectations of them, starting out as scratchy post-punk types and then setting themselves adrift in all mann...read on »

Celer

Zigzag

8/10 from Mike

Celer's torrent of releases seems to have slowed to a trickle of late, but it's no surprise to see Will Long back on my review pile this week with another newie. This is one o...read on »

Federico Durand

El estanque esmeralda

8/10 from Mike

Here's the second of these beautifully presented Spekk CDs for the week. I've already tackled the mammoth single-track drone-a-thon from Celer and now I have this spinning dis...read on »

The Cannanes

Hit The Wall

8/10 from Clinton

Having a few problems on the record player front so I’m playing this latest missive from the grand old indie king and queen of Australia on the stereo in the other room....read on »

Machinedrum

Fenris District

8/10 from Clinton

Brand new Machine Drum for 2014. Following on from the superb ‘Vapour City’,  Travis Stewart kindly provides us with three new tracks and has a commissioned a...read on »

Shiny Darkly

Little Earth

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a debut album from Copenhagen’s Shiny Darkly on Crunchy Frog, and it’s pretty entertaining. It’s a chunky darkpop mixture of spiky post-punk gui...read on »

Octo Octa

Cause I Love You

8/10 from Mike

Octo Octa comes in hard on new EP ‘Cause I Love You’. The title track is a pulsating bit of dreamy synth house with the simplest melodic refrain in waveringly deca...read on »

Chicago Underground Duo

Locus

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a curious album of exploratory experimental jazziness from Chicago’s Chicago Underground Duo. It’s a mysterious concoction of live drums and brass and...read on »

'68

Midnight

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a new 7” complete with Nirvana-aping sleeve from grungey duo '68. Their sound is somewhere between the aforementioned grungers and fellow Sub Poppers the Mu...read on »

Mac DeMarco

Salad Days

8/10 from Clinton

Yes its the Return of the Mac. This is Mac De Marco’s third full length record and its safe to say that if you like the first two then you are going to find plenty to sw...read on »

Eyes & No Eyes

Eyes & No Eyes

8/10 from Mike

Here’s an album of strident indie pop from Eyes & No Eyes. This quartet play a moody kind of indie pop which is presented with epic and loud production here, filling...read on »

Yair Elazar Glotman

Northern Gulfs

8/10 from Mike

Berlin-based sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman combines digital processing, analogue electronics, acoustic instruments and field recordings on this dense and mysterious album, ...read on »

Atom TM & Marc Behrens

Bauteile

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a very serious record by a couple of familiar names. Apparently the sounds contained on this epic disc were “Recorded on Earth, 1987-2013”, so that&rs...read on »

Roladex

Anthems For The Micro-Age

8/10 from ReviewBot300

First up in my Friday review pile is this LP by Roladex, a modern synthpop duo armed with an impressive arsenal of classic synths. You can tell they're very proud of them beca...read on »

M83

You And The Night

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's M83's second dalliance with film soundtracking after Anthony Gonzalez's pounding score to blockbuster Tom Cruise vehicle 'Oblivion', but it's very different to that sle...read on »

The Callas

Am I Vertical?

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I'm quite enjoying this LP of crunchy art rock from Greek brother-led noise-pop outfit The Callas. It's not their first but it's the first I've heard. They mix simple, pretty ...read on »

Royal Blood

Little Monster

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I just had to put up with an horrific synth-based Nirvana cover on the last single I reviewed, so it's nice to have some proper old fashioned rock on this one. Royal Blood aim...read on »

Cloud Nothings

Here and Nowhere Else

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Cloud Nothings' previous album 'Attack on Memory' was notable in my mind not just because it's excellent but also because it was the first record of the current grunge revival...read on »

Killing Joke

In Dub

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Post-punk legends Killing Joke have compiled their favourite dub mixes from throughout their 35-year career on this mammoth 3CD collection I'm listening to now. It's pretty mu...read on »

Featured albums

Warm Widow
The Solo Artists
Eyes & No Eyes
Various
Clay Rendering
Machinedrum
Kobosil
The Lords of Thyme
Roladex
Vladislav Delay
Kaiser Chiefs
Asusu
Chicago Underground Duo
M83
Johnny Cash
The Callas
Timber Timbre
Malachai
Arc Iris
Cloud Nothings
S. Carey
Millie & Andrea
Sleaford Mods
Boozoo Bajou
Eomac
Evian Christ
Shiny Darkly
Umberto
Celer
65daysofstatic
Causa Sui
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Origamibiro
Mac DeMarco
Burnt Ones
Octo Octa
The Wolfhounds
Prurient