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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the latest episode of the Norman Records weekly update. My name is Clint and I’m your host for today.

As it's been a Bank Holiday week here in the dreary UK we have been run off our feet trying to do 5 days work in just 4, but we have limped over the finish line and are proud to bring you a myriad of new discs for your listening pleasure. We’ve also put together for your convenience a 50 Things You Might Have Missed While You Did All That Record Store Day Stuff list which rounds up the best of those recent releases that may have slipped under your radar.

Absolutely shed loads of stuff in this week with the biggest thing being the new album by the indefatigable Swans, ‘To Be Kind‘. How men in their 50s can retain this level of intensity when...y’know..things start to go is beyond us. Also in their 50s are Guided By Voices and they have another new album out this week. Kreidler too are getting on a bit and re-invigorate themselves on their pulsating kraut- ish album ‘ABC’.

But it's not all about the old folks! Check out whippersnappers 3108 with a fine album of fuzzy pop hooks that Mike rates with a top marks score; Klaus Johan Grosse are a Swiss duo basking in shimmering Neu/Stereolab like grooves; if you like your rock dirty, heavy and engaging try Young Widows's filthy dirt-groove; whilst at the other end of the sonic rainbow, one from Growing and one from Set Fire To Flames have joined together to explore their love of drones as Hiss Tracts.

Big hitters Black Keys have a new album of their ever-more-palatable mainstream blues/soul hybrid. Like our Phil, TV’s Matt Berry struggles to sleep at night so in those small hours instead of thrashing around (like Phil does) he’s produced an album (like Phil doesn't, thankfully) exploring his love for library music and film soundtracks. Surprise of the week was D’tiberio’s gorgeous Mount Kimbie-esque ‘304’ - just has to be heard this one; great Dilla/Madlib inspired hip hop productions from Dibiase; or maybe Emerald dude John Elliott’s Outer Space project is your cup of tea with its deep-space ambience; or Katie Gately’s unhinged delirium might take your fancy as much as it does our returning prodigal wibble-head Brian. You could also do worse than check out stoner twitchers The Congregation with their crazily limited CD on Vanity Case.

Nice re-issues from K. Leimer - a remarkable 30 track collection of inspiring Eno/Cluster/Can/Neu style compositions from the 1970’s; a great Talking Heads live document; and that Neil Young live extravaganza that emerged far too late for Record Store Day.

There’s so much stuff out this week we’ve now started doing ‘mini reviews’ for those items we want to tell you about but are fighting with the clock. You'll see 'em dotted about the site. Loads of tapes too this week, thousands of the blighters, some of which you can read about in Ant’s house/techno/electronic round-up below. And lots of things have just appeared as we write which won’t get written about next week, things by Neil Young, Watery Love, La Sera, Ned Doheny, Dark Matter and loads more. Check the New In page for full details…..

That's it for us, hopefully you can find much to enjoy amongst the onslaught. Have a great weekend, and I’ll leave you in Ant’s capable hands.

Clint & Team Norman
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Ant’s cassette and electronic music round-up

A veritable cassette bonanza this week for all you ferric fiends with a clutch of no less than five spools from Opal Tapes. All top action from Austin Cesear & Stefan Jós, KETEV, James Place, Ford Foster & William Watts and Alley Catss & S Olbricht. Worth also mentioning on the Opal Tapes tip is that the Patricia ‘Body Issues’ 12” on Black Opal is back in stock.

A batch of fine electronic music tapes for every occasion landed from from Further Records. Suitable for you ambient breakfast soundtrack or late night trip zone fun time. With voltage created sound captured on that previously thought to be redundant format from Waki, Oootini, Pulling Out The Light and Fossil. In Ant’s humble opinion, all the Further and Opal Tapes stuff in more than worthy of investigation.

There’s a chilling dark ambient/ drone tape from Richard Riggs on Drone Warefare Tapes that conjures Kevin Drumm’s Imperial Distortion and Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works II type zones. Meanwhile Wil-Ru have sweetly packaged smart electronica tapes from Kore, Cliff White and Biathalon which sorta look like old-skool video games.

L.I.E.S. have laid a fresh batch of 12” black techno eggs from Person of Interest, Inhalants (aka Jahiliyya Fields and Patricia), Daywalker & CF aka Willie Burns and Entro Senestre and an ultra limited black label single sided long acid jam type job from Transformation that may well appeal to fans of Jamal Moss. One copy per person on that particular plate.

Ant’s noisy pick of the week comes by way of the emotionally charged power electronics of Cremation Lily with the superb 'Fires Frame the Silhouette' LP on Alter in an edition of 300 copies. Plus Covered In Sand (aka Shifted etal.) has a stormer of a 10” on Mira exploring distorted voodoo rhythms and black foggy textures. Finally there’s a first album in 7 years from music concrete expert Valerio Tricoli.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

3108

3108

10/10 from Mike

Ahhhh, fuzz. Not to complain about my lot in life or anything but Perfect Pussy 7" aside I've not heard enough distorted guitars this week...until now! Trouble In Mind have sp...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 »

Sleaford Mods

Divide And Exit

9/10 from Nathon

Regular customers of Norman Records will know all about Sleaford Mods already. Due in no small part to a tireless work ethic (kudos to band and label!) large swathes of the UK...read on »

D Tiberio

304

9/10 from Clinton

My ear got caught by this from the get-go, its a lush sounding album of nocturnal electronica/ deep instrumental hip hop full of warm bass, synths and loping, staggering beats...read on »

Outer Space

Phantom Center

9/10 from Mike

Hope you're feeling cosmic. Emerald John Elliott is back this week with a new 12" from his Outer Space duo with two tracks which both clock in well over the 10 minute mark. Th...read on »

Cosmic Thoughts

Cosmic Thoughts

9/10 from Mike

I just finished writing about the cosmic synth voyages of Emeralds offshoot Outer Space, so how fitting that the next thing I have to critique today is the self-titled LP of C...read on »

Guided By Voices

Cool Planet

9/10 from Ian

Fire Records brings you the latest full length from the most hard working band in the world Guided By Voices, Pollard and chums have churned out another collection of their br...read on »

Cremation Lily

Fires Frame the Silhouette

9/10 from Ant

Despite the fact that I seem to devote most of my existence to the pursuit, consumption and very occasional creation of sound; not just as a profession but as a way of life, C...read on »

Covered In Sand

Crescent Shaped Scars

9/10 from Ant

Covered In Sand is an alias of Guy Brewer aka Shifted, Alexander Lewis, delete_everything, Relay and Pacific Blue. ‘Crescent Shaped Scars’ is his second 10” ...read on »

Orbit Over Luna

Transit

9/10 from Mike

Here's a really beautiful CD of ambient guitar and piano from Toronto's Orbit Over Luna, known to his friends as Shannon Penner. The name of the game here is drones, but Penne...read on »

Matt Berry

Music For Insomniacs

9/10 from Mike

It's 5am on Friday morning and I'm wide awake - what more perfect time to write about Matt Berry's latest offering 'Music for Insomniacs'? Now those of you with long memories ...read on »

Perfect Pussy

I

9/10 from Mike

I've been hearing a lot about the world's least Googlable band Perfect Pussy but I've only just now got to finally hearing them on this 7" from our friends at Art Is Blind. (I...read on »

SWANS

To Be Kind

9/10 from Brian

I've spent my life a little afraid of Swans. They're pretty violent bastards. I saw one proper going for somebody's arse on a canal barge once. Serves them right for drunkenly...read on »

K. Leimer

A Period of Review (1975-1983)

9/10 from Brian

This is totally excellent. It spoke to me last night when I popped into work to pick up some other records, whispering at me from across the vast lonely space of the office. I...read on »

Dibiase

Schematiks

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Quick one, Dibia$e is a new name to my ear but, according to his press release, he’s a much sort after producer by the likes of Blu, Guilty Simpson, Elzhi [Slum Village]...read on »

Sculpture

Membrane Pop

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Daniel Lopatin’s Software label is a strange beast. At first it looked to be an outlet for dance music primarily but as it’s matured the label has naturally veered...read on »

Young Widows

Easy Pain

9/10 from Mike

Young Widows are a hard band to pin down: not exactly post-hardcore, not exactly doom or metal, not exactly noise-rock, they live in that strange in-between world of filthy di...read on »

Katie Gately

Pipes

9/10 from Brian

I've had this lying around my room for months now, burned into a hand-scrawled CDr which I put on one evening and went on a profoundly strange journey with. I realised this LA...read on »

Jac Berrocal

MDLV

9/10 from Brian

Blimey this is a pretty out-there platter. This is apparently Berrocal's first release for 20 years. But wait a sec...it seems these pieces were recorded at different ti...read on »

Valerio Tricoli

Miseri Lares

9/10 from Ant

My first introduction to the output of Valerio Tricoli was via his ‘Forma II’ CD collaboration with Thomas Ankersmit, released on on PAN back in 2011. This is his ...read on »

Alexander Turnquist

Flying Fantasy

9/10 from Phil

I loved Hallway Of Mirrors so much that it was my favourite album of 2011. I was 40 then and I still did things like that. Anyway his new album sounds like a return to form an...read on »

Fear of Men

Luna

9/10 from Clinton

Look at the packaging on this! A lovely 5" flexi disc containing music, of course, but also with a little 20-page fanzine. A 'Flexizine' they call it. All housed in a sea...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 »

Dewar House

Experimental Batch 26

8/10 from Clinton

This was a Record Store Day item that appeared just a little too late for us to tell anyone about. Its an album of lovely folk music by a 'supergroup' of Fence types and relat...read on »

Sleep Kit

Sleep Kit

8/10 from Clinton

This is sounding good, its a one sided 12" by these German noiseniks onto which they manage to cram five tracks. Taking their principal cue from Sonic Youth it has all those s...read on »

BRNS

Void

8/10 from Clinton

Dark and experimental indie-pop straight outta Brussels and the kinda band that gives the word 'fusion' a good name. They seem to come from the school of Radiohead, Grizz...read on »

Altered Hours

Dig Early

8/10 from Clinton

Nice looking 7" from Cork, Ireland psych band who previously released a 10" on the label of Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre). Its really good stuff. Starting off with...read on »

Sleaford Mods

Retweeted

8/10 from Nathon

We might get round to reviewing this properly at some point, but if you're looking for a decent comp of some of the Mods' earlier stuff then look no further. Nice sleeve btw, ...read on »

Killer Be Killed

Killer Be Killed

8/10 from Nathon

Well, here we have a massive big collab album featuring peeps from so many superstars - inc. members of Dillinger, Soulfly, Gojira, Mars Volta, and Mastodon - that we're ...read on »

Various

Fort George EP

8/10 from Clinton

Music and craft beer are increasingly becoming bedfellows. I was very impressed by the craft beer stall at this years YO1 fest -  so much so that I assisted in helping dr...read on »

Prostitutes

Petit Cochon

8/10 from Mike

James "Prostitutes" Donadio returns this week with a fresh new full-length on Spectrum Spools. He's been making some waves over the last couple of years but his releases have ...read on »

Slow Magic / Sun Glitters

Slow Magic x Sun Glitters

8/10 from Mike

Here's a nice 7" of laid back synthpop which features Slow Magic and Sun Glitters remixing each other's songs. On Side A Sun Glitters take on Slow Magic's 'Feel  is a woo...read on »

Plains Druid

Blue Eleven

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a mammoth cassette of slow-drifting electronic psychedelia from Plains Druid. It comes in an innocuous card sleeve with no info, just some mysterious splashes of ink, b...read on »

Megatraveller

The Return of the Megatraveller

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I'm used to hearing limited 12"s full of acidy fun from the likes of CN and DMX Krew from CPU, but I don't recall having seen a tape from them before. This artist is unfamilia...read on »

Kore

Hidden Pathways

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a lovely tape of woozy acid techno business on the ever reliable Wil-Ru imprint. There's an interesting mixture of liquid synth wobbles and dinky little melodies, laid ...read on »

Jeremy Bible

Collisions

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is one of the most classily-packaged tapes I've seen. It comes in a glossy box with a tasteful foil-stamped design on it and an obi strip (or "belly band" as the press re...read on »

Neil Young

Cow Palace 1986

8/10 from Clinton

Three vinyl issue of entire Neil Young performance originally broadcast on KLOS in Australia back in '86. As freeform and hoary as you'd expect. Originally a Record Store Day ...read on »

Little Dragon

Nabuma Rubberband

8/10 from Mike

Masterful Swedish synthpoppers Little Dragon are back this week with their first album in about three years! It's been worth the wait, though, as they sound as silky and sultr...read on »

Transformation

Sketch I

8/10 from Ant

The limited L.I.E.S. black label 12”s seem to arrive unannounced and then vanish in the blink of an eye. The story goes that German factory workers Sandro Stebnitz, Man...read on »

Inhalants

Inhalants

8/10 from Ant

Out of nowhere collaboration between Matthew Morandi and Max Ravitz aka Opal Tapes Patricia and Jahiliyya Fields who’s already done a coupla records for L.I.E.S. The ill...read on »

Daywalker & CF

Supersonic Transport

8/10 from Ant

This is the second 12” on L.I.E.S. from this duo which pairs Willie Burns and Entro Senestre both of whom have also has solo releases on the label. Supersonic Transport ...read on »

Matthew Shaw

Lamorna

8/10 from Mike

From one drone straight to another. I just finished writing about Orbit Over Luna's graceful new processed guitar and piano drift-a-thon 'Transit' (which is really beautiful a...read on »

Shannon and The Clams / Guantanamo Baywatch

Mama / Love Kin

8/10 from Mike

'60s-loving garage popsters Shannon and the Clams and Guantanamo Baywatch finally share wax on this new 7" from good ol' Suicide Squeeze. I'm fond of both these bands already ...read on »

Emanuele De Raymondi

Ultimo Domicilio EP

8/10 from Mike

Here's a small but beautifully formed EP of sound designy electro acoustic alchemy which was originally recorded as a collaborative piece with photographer Lorenzo Castore, wi...read on »

CoH

To Beat

8/10 from Clinton

Languishing in the pile marked ‘don’t bother reviewing’ was this little gem of an electronic record. Starting with a lengthy buzz, opener ‘Wave to Beat...read on »

John Roberts

Ausio EP

8/10 from Clinton

It took a little while to get going but the lead track here ‘Ausio’ firmly welds itself into your soul around the two minute mark. Its one of those electronic reco...read on »

Bastard Mountain

Farewell Bastard Mountain

8/10 from Clinton

So much stuff this week, its hard to cope. This is a darkly folky collaboration between members of Mersault, Eagleowl and James Yorkston’s band. The ten tracks unfurl sl...read on »

The DeSoto Caucus

The DeSoto Caucus

8/10 from Clinton

Liked this one immediately. These lads are part of the Giant Sand touring band and have played with Lambchop and assorted alt country types. Some of this type of music I find ...read on »

Inga Copeland

Smitten

8/10 from Li'l Biz

In advance of Inga Copeland’s (formerly of Hype Williams) debut solo LP ‘Because I’m Worth It’ we’ve managed to score a small quantity of this se...read on »

Talking Heads

Performance

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Quick one, Talking Heads are great. They piss on the crappy modern, saying nothing, doing nothing and wasting my time band or freeform improv duo you’re currently playin...read on »

The Congregation

Garden

8/10 from Brian

One for the stoner twitchers out there from Leeds renowned stable of the psychedelic and sublime, Vanity Case. I last heard Steve and Felix on the cosmic mindwarp that was th...read on »

Les Big Byrd

They Worshipped Cats

8/10 from Mike

Anton Newcombe's A Records seem to have been particularly busy of late, which is fine by me because I love all this hazy good-times psych stuff. This album by Stockholm's Les ...read on »

kidkanevil

My Little Ghost

8/10 from Mike

Leeds's very own Kidkanevil has a new CD out on Flau this week. What's happening on this CD is a subtle kind of downbeat electronica stuffed with gentle melodies, intricate mi...read on »

Hiss Tracts

Shortwave Nights

8/10 from Mike

Two debut albums in the space of a month from Constellation. When was the last time that happened? The LP of angular indie rock from Montreal's Ought is very good of course, b...read on »

Matthew P. Hopkins

Vent

8/10 from Brian

Penultimate Press is shaping up to be a very interesting label. Here we have ex-Naked on the Vague dude Hopkins doing his freaky solo thing which is not for the more linear-mi...read on »

Papir

III + IIII

8/10 from Mike

Copenhagen weed-rocker trio Papir have by now firmly established themselves as one of the top names in European psychedelic stoner jams, with a warm and krauty style where eve...read on »

Fossil

Ancram

8/10 from Ant

I have literally not a clue who’s responsible for these sounds. I kinda like that in a way because I have no expectations and genuinely feel like I’m actually disc...read on »

Oootini

Sample​/​Hold

8/10 from Ant

Further Records aren’t dishing out much info on their latest batch of tapes which is all good because I read so much bullshit hyperbole press releases it almost puts me ...read on »

Pulling Out The Light

Radiant Color

8/10 from Ant

Two sides... erm obviously as it’s a tape. The first side ‘Light’ is not quite as fluffy as the title suggests. An unnerving sluggish heartbeat drum machine ...read on »

Waki

Duality

8/10 from Ant

This ferric sucker clocks in at just under an hour of “abandoned office drones”. I think this is the work of Tokyo’s Wakisaka Akifumi who on ‘Office&rs...read on »

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell

Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em

8/10 from Mike

They say you shouldn't judge a record by its cover, and they're right, you only need to look at the amazing sleeve to Nils Lofgren's disappointing self-titled solo LP from '75...read on »

Mamiffer & Circle

Enharmonic Intervals (For Paschen Organ)

8/10 from Mike

Circle team up with Mamiffer (featuring Isis man Aaron Turner) for this slow and serious voyage of dread-drones and chilly textures. Over the course of three sides, we get a l...read on »

Featured albums

Transformation
KETEV
Ford Foster & William Watts
Katie Gately
Austin Cesear & Stefan Jós
James Place
Valerio Tricoli
Alley Catss & S Olbricht
The Congregation
Inhalants
La Sera
Cliff White
Oootini
Fossil
Biathalon
The Black Keys
Waki
Pulling Out The Light
Matt Berry
Neil Young
Kreidler
Daywalker & CF
Klaus Johann Grobe
3108
Covered In Sand
D Tiberio
Talking Heads
Hiss Tracts
K. Leimer
Guided By Voices
Young Widows
Cremation Lily
Outer Space
Dark Matter
Watery Love
Ned Doheny
Dibiase
SWANS
Neil Young
Patricia
Richard Riggs
Kore