Why shop with us? 0113 245 4399

Weekly Update Alex Banks, Joshua Bonnetta, Jamie xx, Eat Lights Become Lights, tUnE-YaRdS, and more...

Ahoy! Well, we are pleased to be getting back to normal. Last weekend was totally insane with you all clamouring to get their mitts on the remaining Record Store Day stock. There are still a few bits left - worth a glance through if you haven’t already.

Onto this week's new things and it's a quite unbelievably strong week for releases. First up The Horrors return with some more of their dreamy 80s style shoegaze-pop; Tune-yards sounds somewhat akin to a balloon that has been blown up then let loose to fly around the room on a frantic, joyous new album; Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys seems completely incapable of making a bad album as his latest excellent effort proves; Brian Eno and Karl Hyde get together to make some pretty good electronic pop; Ought from Canada play dynamic 90s post-rock a la Rodan or June of ‘44; and also on Constellation is a new 12” of re-works from Thee Silver Mt Zion Basketball Choir and Handstand Band.

Yvette play nasty, minimal electronic noise and visceral post-punk; we must give another mention to the Fennesz album - out too late for a review last week, it was belatedly granted a 10/10 for its wondrous swirl of sounds; Wooden Wand return with a nice album of smoky country rock; Sir Richard Bishop (or R-Bish) gives us a 10” of nimble Orient-inspired pickin’; Jagwar Ma dubbify their latest album on ‘The Time and Space Machine Dub Sessions’; oh and, lest we forget, Eat Lights Become Lights unleash a fantastic and varied album of their kraut-inspired jams on Rocket Girl.

There’s the second in the series of Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions which features an all star cast including Nick Cave, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, Lydia Lunch, Warren Ellis and loads more; Sontag Shogun play an original brand of neo-classical inspired piano pieces mixed with cut up samples and digital mayhem; Walls re-work music from BBC Radiophonic lady Daphne Oram on collaborative LP; Pure X do silky hi-pitched indie nice-ness; and, there are also fine things from Fatima Al Qadiri, Icypoles, Osunlade, Charcoal Owls, and Joshua Bonnetta which you can read about in our award winning* reviews section.

Danceable things from The XX man Jamie xx; evergreen acid types DMX Krew; after-midnight techno lad Mike Dehnert; and Moodymann reveals his inner Funkadelic under his own Kenny Dixon Jr moniker. Big shots Daphne (aka Caribou) and Owen Pallett (composer dude) split a 12” nicely; a group called Dance make vibrant, hypnotic ...er..dance music on Blank Mind; and, finally, there’s nice chilled-out techno on a collab between Donato Dozzy and Tin Man. Oh, and not ‘dance’ as such but you could sway slightly to the new Savages 12” with a rude title and a Suicide cover.

Some good 7”s this week, the pick of them by Nancy Wallace with a beautiful folk 7” which had our Clint blubbing onto his keyboard. In the same series was a nice folky 7” from Crafting for Foes; Eastern Hollows have a good stab at shoegaze/dreampop; The Revolutionary Spirit channel the ghosts of Spacemen 3; and The Rhubarb Triangle do some fiery West Yorkshire-referencing garage rock.

As usual there are a tonne of re-issues and compilations. Some really good stuff this week such as Josef K’s legendary ‘The Only Fun in Town’ on vinyl at last; there’s a fantastic compilation of library music on the compilation Happy Machine: Standard Music Library 1970-2010; another great Punk 45 collection on Soul Jazz; an album by Fabio Fabor from the 1980s that will appeal to fans of Demdike Stare, Goblin and library music; Ralph Jones's amazingly minimal soundtrack to The Slumber Party Massacre on Death Waltz; another magical and vital re-issue by Robert Turman; the Bleep compilation of the finest electronic music; and a nice freak-folk re-issue from Good Stuff House.

Also as usual there is a tonne of stuff we’ve not had chance to listen to or review. In this sadly-neglected pile we have Dustin Hamman’s soundtrack to ‘Beneath the Harvest Sky’; the first length album from Kyoka on Raster Noton; Lykke Li’s ‘I Never Learn’ on a little label called Atlantic Records; Lily Allen reckons her album is rubbish - we have it on vinyl if you want to give it a try. At the other end of the musical spectrum there’s William Basinski’s ‘Melancholia’ (available for the first time on vinyl); I once had a girlfriend who liked Ray Lamontagne - it didn’t last - and his latest is in stock; The Rails feature Kami Thompson (daughter of Richard and Linda) and her hubby who do some pleasant folky things together; rising Brit electronica star Alex Banks ‘drops’ a brand new EP on nice vinyl; and finally Rod, the Rodmeister, the Frame-ster, Aztec Camera man-wonder Roddy Frame releases a new album of Scot-pop.

That's it for us. We are away for a long Bank Holiday weekend so we’ll be back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday.

Clintony and TeamNormanites
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Fennesz

Bécs

10/10 from Mike

Christian "Fennesz" Fennesz isn't a lad who rushes himself. The last time he put out a full-length album was 2008 so you can bet he's put some thought and effort into the seve...read on »

Black Sun Roof

4 Black Suns & A Sinister Rainbow

10/10 from Ant

This is fucking brilliant. A major highlight in Matthew Bower's long and prolific musical journey. Play LOUD....read on »

John Harrison

Creepshow

9/10 from Mike

I've already been having a bit of a gripe this morning about the overpriced soundtrack reissues that are flooding into our shop, with Mondo's new 'The Omen' reissue costing a ...read on »

Imprints

Data Trails

9/10 from Ian

Shaun Crook, Darren Clark and Alex Delfont are Imprints, a group of friends who mash up various pieces of equipment like tape machines, synths, guitar pedals and the like to f...read on »

Martin Creed

Mind Trap

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Best known for his controversial Turner Prize-winning installation 'Work No. 227: The lights going on and off', there's a lot more to multimedia artist Martin Creed than a lig...read on »

Richard Crandell & Masumi Timson

Pacific Bridge

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This is beautiful. It's a collaboration between Richard Crandell and Masumi Timson in which Crandell plays the mbira, a traditional African instrument, and Timson plays the ko...read on »

Opera Mort

Dédales

9/10 from Ant

Opera Mort is French duo Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard. Laurent’s sounds some of you may may be familiar with through his excellent Élg project and also you may well...read on »

Helm

Shattered Miniatures

9/10 from Ant

If you know what’s good for you I urge you to imbibe this Helm ‘Shattered Miniatures’ tape on Ascetic House while you have the opportunity. Very few copies a...read on »

Sd Laika

That's Harakiri

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Sd Laika of ‘Unknown Vectors’ fame has rematerialised! Triangle have managed to coerce this relatively reclusive artist back into the public eye with a collection ...read on »

Nancy Wallace

You Restless Skylines / Pockets

9/10 from Clinton

Now something I actually like. Not something I pretend to like but actually, y’know....like. Nancy Wallace was in Owl Service who I’ve had to pretend to like a fe...read on »

Josef K

The Only Fun In Town

9/10 from Clinton

Now thrice-re-issued so I'm not going to ramble on and on about this excellent record. For a fuller exploration of the wonders of Josef K have a read of Brian's excellent miss...read on »

Ought

More Than Any Other Day

9/10 from Mike

Politicised Montreal indie rockers Ought have a debut album out on the legendary Constellation rex this week and it's pretty ace. This is straight down the line '90s indie roc...read on »

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

Hang On To Each Other

9/10 from Mike

Hot on the heels of their latest album, Thee Silver Mt Zion Basketball Choir and Handstand Band return with a remix 12". It's not remixes of songs from the new album, though, ...read on »

Robert Turman

Three Parts

9/10 from Ant

These Robert Turman LP’s just keep coming, and this is yet another gem in his immensely impressive but modestly sized catalogue; considering he’s been releasing re...read on »

Various

Happy Machine: Standard Music Library 1970-2010

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Soundtrack fiends and library music aficionados, gather round! Here's a totally excellent compilation from Public Information, a sort of unofficial sequel to their Parry Music...read on »

Fabio Fabor

Pape Satan

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Wow, this is a really cool looking record. It's clear with a red splatter round the outside, very classy. The sounds on it are pretty wild too. I have never come across Fabio ...read on »

Chihei Hatakeyama + Hakobune

It is, it isn't

8/10 from Ian

Another minimalist ambient fest from two giants of the genre, both Chihei and Hakobune have been delighting fans for years now with their beautiful music. ‘It Is, It Isn...read on »

FrameWatcher / Sonornote

Shimmering Moods 001

8/10 from Clinton

Straight outta the flatlands of the Netherlands comes this brand new label with a series of limited to 300 copies white colored, hand numbered, vinyl. First up this split. On...read on »

Lust For Youth & Croatian Amor

Pomegranate

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a collaborative LP from two Danish upstarts, Hannes Norvide and Loke Rahbek, probably best known for their albums on Sacred Bones with their respective Lust for Youth a...read on »

Slow Club

Complete Surrender (single)

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Nice bit of synthy indie pop here on the latest 7" from Slow Club. 'Complete Surrender' is a dramatic and danceable disco-rock number with some nice shuddering synth drones, b...read on »

People's Temple

Utopia

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The People's Temple seem to be on a Ty Segall-esque run of good form lately. Each release seems to be more impressive than its predecessor, and their latest album 'Musical Gar...read on »

Dan Sartain

Dudesblood

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Dan Sartain's new album leaps out of the blocks growling like a feral beast. The first couple of tracks on here have really jolted me awake. The opening title track is all cha...read on »

SWANS

The Burning World

8/10 from Phil

I’ve been dragged out of my review coma to murp on inanely about the reissue of the ‘The Burning World’ by Swans. Why you ask? Indeed.... Back in the early d...read on »

My Autumn Empire

The Visitation

8/10 from Mike

There's some very pretty pastoral psychedelic pop business on this new CD from My Autumn Empire, the one out of Epic45 who's not EL Heath, whose previous 'II' album was quite ...read on »

TEEN

The Way and Color

8/10 from Mike

I seem to remember hearing TEEN's debut album a year or two back and being fairly underwhelmed by their somewhat lo-fi multi-personality pop. Now they're back with a second al...read on »

Max Richter

Recomposed by Max Richter / Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Deluxe Edition)

8/10 from Mike

I've got another of those self-reviewing records this week. This one is Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' recomposed by Max Richter, and it's not just a clever name. It's an ambiti...read on »

Fluxion

Broadwalk Tales

8/10 from Mike

Dub techno time! Here's the latest from Fluxion on the legendary Echocord imprint, and it sees K. Soublis collaborating with Jamaican vocalist Teddy Selassie for a concoction ...read on »

Osunlade

Peacock

8/10 from Mike

Osunlade is back this week with a new LP on Yoruba. It plays at 45rpm but doesn't say that anywhere on the artwork, and the first track is instrumental, so don't make the same...read on »

The Rhubarb Triangle

Wakefield City Blues / Bloodhound

8/10 from Mike

Here at Norman it doesn't come much closer to home than the Rhubarb Triangle, a small area just outside Leeds where they force rhubarb to grow in darkened sheds by candlelight...read on »

Donato Dozzy / Tin Man

Test

8/10 from Mike

This one's nice. This is the "first true collaboration" between Donato Dozzy and Tin Man according to the press release, which seems to imply that it won't be the last. That's...read on »

Sandra Electronics

Want Need EP

8/10 from Mike

My sleepy fingers just accidentally typed 'Wang Need', but that's not what this new Sandra Electronics EP is actually called. Its name is 'Want Need' and it contains six post-...read on »

Sir Richard Bishop

Road To Siam

8/10 from Mike

Sun City Girls survivor Saint Richard Bishop is back in the guitar soli seat this week with this tasty new 10" of nimble Orient-inspired pickin', which has a single 11-minute ...read on »

Gruff Rhys

American Interior

8/10 from Mike

Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys unveils his latest epic project this week, of which this album is only a part. 'American Interior' is not only an album, but also a documentary f...read on »

Richard Riggs

Karoshi

8/10 from Mike

On this cassette Richard Riggs has constructed a series of bleak dystopian drones which, according to the press release at least, evoke "the ruins, tendrils, vines and flora o...read on »

Sontag Shogun

Tale

8/10 from Clinton

Sontag Shogun create lovely chilling pieces of piano based neo-classical music but fill them to the brim with found sounds, snatches of dialogue and field recordings. The open...read on »

Crafting For Foes

Greenwood Laddie / The Trees They Do Grow High

8/10 from Clinton

From the same 7” series as the Nancy Wallace 7” which unfortunately led me to burst into tears earlier today is this similarly folky offering from this duo. They ...read on »

Jamie xx

Girl

8/10 from Clinton

Of course  - its ‘I.O.U’ by Freez thats being sampled. Luckily to stop me going insane the sleeve credits the samplees  - its not everyday you see Brian ...read on »

Fatima Al Qadiri

Asiatisch

8/10 from Mike

Here's an interesting one from Hyperdub. The latest from mercurial Kuwaiti artist Fatima Al Qadiri, now based between London and New York, takes us on an imaginary journey thr...read on »

Yvette

Process

8/10 from Mike

Here's an admirably nasty-sounding album from duo Yvette, who mix the whole drums-and-guitar thing with some minimal electronic noise for a wrenchingly visceral explosion of p...read on »

Eat Lights Become Lights

Into Forever

8/10 from Ian

Formed in London by Neil Rudd the Krautrock obsessed Eat Lights Become Lights have already wowed critics and fans alike with the few records they already have under their belt...read on »

Various

Bleep:10

8/10 from Ian

Online music store Bleep.com releases this heady compilation to coincide with its tenth anniversary, providing the general public with some amazing electronic music in both ph...read on »

Various

PUNK 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love & Before The Revolution Vol.3: Proto-Punk 1969-77 - Soul Jazz Records

8/10 from Ian

Third in the series of the Soul Jazz Punk 45 compilations and this time we’re taken further back to the proto-punk/post-glam beginnings of punk history with ma...read on »

Kirk Degiorgio

Sambatek - Album Sampler

8/10 from Ian

Far Out Recordings releases this 12” of three tracks from Kirk Degiorgio’s ‘Sambatek’ album from last year, the techno legend showcases his talents her...read on »

Ralph Jones

The Slumber Party Massacre

8/10 from Mike

Good ol' Death Waltz are at it again this week, and they've got their hands on a real cult classic from '82, 'The Slumber Party Massacre', a drillsploitation-cum-feminist-sati...read on »

The Horrors

Luminous

8/10 from Mike

Epic indie poppers it's okay to like The Horrors are back this week, and since their new album hasn't arrived in the office yet I'm reviewing it from a test-pressing which we'...read on »

Eastern Hollows

Summer's Dead

8/10 from Mike

Is it just me or are records getting thicker? I mean I'm used to 180g LPs and the like, but I've got a few lately that have been preposterously chunky. This one's like a big b...read on »

Wooden Wand

Farmer’s Corner

8/10 from ReviewBot300

James Jackson Toth aka Wooden Wand is back this week with his latest album of smoky country rock. Didn't he just bring out an album? Is he coming to another period of intense ...read on »

Charcoal Owls

Tin Roof

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's an album of hesitant, hangdog indie pop from duo Charcoal Owls, who feature Pheromoan Russell Walker and musician Tom James Scott. The compositions here are thin and in...read on »

Alahuta

A Hack In The Woods

8/10 from Clinton

Its Clint’s tape corner time. Just 1 tape today and on the sleeve there is a horse with some kind of floral display on its head. The music immediately takes me to the ex...read on »

Dance

Heyvalva Heyvalva Hey

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I'm not sure who Dance is and the press release is giving nothing away apart from the track titles but I'm quite enjoying this new 12" on Blank Mind. 'Heyvalva Heyvalva Hey' i...read on »

DMX Krew

A New Life

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Acid legend Ed "DMX Krew" Upton keeps on churning 'em out, and this week we've got a new six-tracker from him that goes out to all the electro purists. 'Crawl Space' opens ver...read on »

Joshua Bonnetta

Strange Lines and Distances

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This lovely gatefold package on Experimedia documents Joshua Bonnetta's award-winning audio-visual installation 'Strange Lines and Distances', with a DVD of the piece and also...read on »

Larry Heard

Alien

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the first ever full vinyl issue of Larry "Mr Fingers" Heard's 1996 sci-fi themed album 'Alien', so it's trailblazing proto-deep house business which is in some respects...read on »

The Hive Dwellers

Moanin'

8/10 from ReviewBot300

K Records honcho Calvin Johnson and his Hive Dwellers are back this week with another album of their deconstructed rock'n'roll country indie lo-fi minimal pop. They've got qui...read on »

Cruising

You Made Me Do That

8/10 from Mike

"Kraut-post-punk-inspired party band" Cruising have a two-song tape out this week with a couple of noisy lo-fi post punk jamz for your ears to comprehend. They've got members ...read on »

Pure X

Angel

8/10 from Mike

Oh, we have a post-it on this one! "Falsetto-voiced laid back nice-ness a la Radar Bros" says the stockroom elf. I'm listening now and he's right, this is proper silky AOR typ...read on »

Walls / Oram

Sound Houses

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Daphne Oram; commonly overlooked electronics pioneer and member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Walls; a retro futurist anglo/italian duo that, like many of us, fetishise the...read on »

Kenny Dixon Jnr

Sloppy Cosmic / Hangover

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Kenny Dixon Jr (a.k.a Moodymann) hits us with a unreleased reworking of ‘Cosmic Sloppy’ from his recent self-titled LP. This little baby features the mighty Funkad...read on »

Featured albums

Good Stuff House
The Revolutionary Spirit
Fabio Fabor
Various
Joshua Bonnetta
DMX Krew
Dance
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project
Eastern Hollows
Daphni / Owen Pallett
Gruff Rhys
The Rails
Robert Turman
Jagwar Ma
Lykke Li
Osunlade
Lily Allen
The Rhubarb Triangle
Pure X
Alex Banks
The Icypoles
Various
Ralph Jones
Various
Roddy Frame
Ray Lamontagne
Nancy Wallace
Crafting For Foes
Eat Lights Become Lights
tUnE-YaRdS
Ought
Yvette
Wooden Wand
Fatima Al Qadiri
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Kyoka
Walls / Oram
Jamie xx
Donato Dozzy / Tin Man
Savages
Mike Dehnert
Dustin Hamman
Sontag Shogun
Josef K
Fennesz
Kenny Dixon Jnr
Charcoal Owls
Sir Richard Bishop
The Horrors
Eno / Hyde
William Basinski