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It has felt like we’ve had a particularly irritating limb removed this week with our boss and overlord Phil away on a holiday-of-a-lifetime-trip to Skipsea Sands (just south of Bridlington) on the East Yorks riviera. Unbelievably we’ve managed to keep going without burning the building down as he’d feared.

Plenty of new stuff in for you, if you are not already standing in the rain at Glastonbury. But even if you are you can look at the site on your special telephones and buy things on the move!

Big stuff in: Geinoh Yamashirogumi’s Akira Soundtrack is here in two versions - 2LP version and 1LP version. No idea why there are two versions but there you go. Many people are buying both. Those Slint re-masters have been pouring out as expected, and The Vacant Lots's brand of brooding psych rock is selling well - especially as it comes with an 8 track bonus CD (while stocks last).

NEW things are in from Eno Hyde - yes they’ve done another album already and its way more interesting than ‘Someday World’ we reckon; Notts stoner rocksters Kogumaza feature Enablers and Lungfish folks and we have a few copies of their new album in stock; MatthewDavid is a new-ish name on the Brainfeeder stable with some great Dilla/Madlib-inspired soul/hip hop in one of the worse sleeves we’ve seen in living memory; Circle have two new records out this week, both completely different; Taffy make fuzzy, 90s-sounding shoegaz-y pop for you pop kids; Bill Wells’s National Jazz Trio unleash a new LP sweet Scottish pop; Subtle Turnhips sound amazing - Josef K/Swell/Maps-a-like scratchy pop; Sheffield's Blessa play soft and synthy indie-pop; Welsh genre-hoppers Colorama make a nice album of baroque/psych pop; Scottish youngsters Remember Remember concoct a twinkly and cinematic second album on Rock Action; noise terrorist Kevin Drumm returns with a surprisingly calm and serene album; finally, for this paragraphy anyway, we have Gamelan-inspired hypnotic jams from the Boredoms-related OOIOO.

RE-ISSUES! Starting with early 80s scratchy poppers The Nightingales; wonderful 60s experimenters The United States of America; all three Syd Barrett albums have been re-issued on vinyl; Deerhunter’s ‘Microcastle’ has a re-issue on vinyl with the ‘Wierd Era Cont.’ album added; there’s a well-recorded Spacemen 3 live album but you’ll need to be quick if you want one; The The’s classic ‘Soul Mining’ is in on luxury 30th Anniversary Edition; there’s a re-issue of Ennio Morricone’s ‘L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo’; a remarkable re-issue of psych/soul from Carl “Kung Fu Fighting” Douglas and Earth’s ‘Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method’; AND Ruth White’s genius ‘Flowers of Evil’ gets a limited re-press on clear vinyl.

Get your weird disco shoes on to the finest of this week's ELECTRONIC releases. Coming waaaay out of left field is Dave Noyze with an album of insanely subversive sonic fun; treat yourself to a re-issue of Donato Dozzy’s modern ambient techno cult classic ‘K’; Pretty Lights dish up a magpie-like filtering of jazz, soul and electronica; electronica big boy Jon Hopkins has a new single featuring a remix from fellow big ‘uns Moderat; there's a nice remix 12” from Efdemin with an excellent Asusu mix; there’s a really oddball tape in from Dour Tonic Input / DJ Votive containing mind-alteringly weird noises; and if money is short you could pick up a copy of ‘The Silence Was Warm Vol 5’ which has lots of unheard and impressive electronic music for just £2.99.

That’s it from us. Whether you are at Glastonbury or, like at least one of us, attending a school fete have a great weekend. More next week. We guarantee it.

Clint & Team Normsters
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Can

Tago Mago

10/10 from Brian

Why, I nearly bought the freakin' boxed set at Crimbo! Then I came to my senses. Surprised I have any senses left to return to after the last 15 years of my life. Do you want ...read on »

Can

Tago Mago (40th Anniversary Edition)

10/10 from Brian

Why, I nearly bought the freakin' boxed set at Crimbo! Then I came to my senses. Surprised I have any senses left to return to after the last 15 years of my life. Do you want ...read on »

Black Bananas

Electric Brick Wall

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Oh cool, Jennifer Herrema's Black Bananas are back this week. Their 'Rad Times Express IV' debut got plenty of spins from me so I'm happy to announce that they've not really f...read on »

You're Smiling Now But We'll All Turn Into Demons

Contact High

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Psych rock specialists Cardinal Fuzz have this week finally pressed You're Smiling Now But We'll All Turn Into Demons' 2009 stoner fuzz opus 'Contact High' onto vinyl in this ...read on »

Luke Abbott

Wysing Forest

9/10 from Brian

Border Community is a proper survivor of a label. To survive you need to adapt. Epic tech-house club bangers are all very well and good but you gotta keep things fresh and cri...read on »

Xeno & Oaklander

Par Avion

9/10 from Brian

One of my favourite electro-pop acts of the past few years have been this New Yorker M/F duo comprising French/Norwegian derived beauty Liz Wendelbo and her beau Sean McBride....read on »

Jacaszek & Kwartludium

Catalogue des Arbres

9/10 from Brian

I have some great stuff on this week. Last week was a little underwhelming but a new Touch release is always gonna to have this old pooch wagging his eager tail. I won't harp...read on »

Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex

Fool's Watch / Lord Gloves

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I've already reviewed one album by a Royal Truck this morning, the newie from Jennifer Herrema's Black Bananas, and now I have the other Truck, Hagerty, with his Howling Hex. ...read on »

Circulatory System

Mosaics Within Mosaics

9/10 from ReviewBot300

New album here from Circulatory System, who are led by Olivia Tremor Control's W. Cullen Hart. It's a beautifully realised collection of delicate psychedelic pop numbers with ...read on »

Mike Cooper & Steve Gunn

Frkwys Vol. 11 : Cantos De Lisboa

9/10 from ReviewBot300

RVNG's FRKWYS series is back to team someone youngish I like with someone oldish I like again. This time the youngish Steve Gunn rubs shoulders with the oldish (but still youn...read on »

The United States of America

United States Of America: The Columbia Recordings Remastered and Expanded Edition

9/10 from Clinton

Buy this album to find out where Broadcast got all their ideas from. One of the most forward thinking records of the 1960's, jazz player Joseph Byrd put this collective t...read on »

Spacemen 3

Live at The New Morning, Geneva, Switzerland, 18.05.1989

9/10 from Mike

A bootleg of this show has been floating around for a while but this is the first time that this particular Spacemen 3 performance has had any kind of official release, albeit...read on »

Circle

Leviatan

9/10 from Mike

I'm not sure how many new releases prolific Finnish psych-rockers Circle are dropping this week, but two of them have landed in my review pile. I'm starting out with this albu...read on »

Circle

Kumiluoti

9/10 from Mike

Having just immersed myself in the mystical hypno vibes of Circle's new acoustic album 'Leviatan', I have a 7" of theirs which contains two songs with a combined running time ...read on »

Plantagenet 3 & A Little Orchestra

Dark Ages

9/10 from Mike

This latest 7" from minimal-surf duo Plantagenet 3 sees their minimal-surf sound thickened out by five members of A Little Orchestra, who give a kind of chamber John Barry fee...read on »

Tropical Trash

Unoriginals

9/10 from Mike

Louisville's finest maverick noise punk troupe Tropical Trash have a filthy tape of 'Unoriginals' out this week, mutating a couple of repetitive early minimal NY classics into...read on »

Carl Douglas

Crazy Feeling

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Had you asked me what I knew about Carl Douglas yesterday, all I'd have been able to tell you was that he was the 'Kung Fu Fighting' guy, but it turns out that he enjoyed mode...read on »

Dave Noyze

Automata 52

9/10 from Jim

This humble little disc, limited to just 52 copies, packaged in an unassuming, plain white digipak contains some of the most insanely subversive sonic detritus you're ever lik...read on »

Donato Dozzy

K

9/10 from Ant

At long last I can abandon plans of the bank robbery I was gonna need to do to fund a second hand copy of this modern ambient techno cult classic. Remaining vertical while pla...read on »

Kogumaza

Kолокол

9/10 from Mike

Nottingham’s hypno-stoner rock troupe Kogumaza return this week with a head-nodding follow-up to their excellent self-titled 2011 debut, and this time they’ve got ...read on »

Subtle Turnhips

Redhair With Some

9/10 from Brian

If this had come out last month it would be in my half-year top five, simple as. I've not heard such a deliciously unhinged, scuzzy and exciting rock record from France in a l...read on »

Sly & The Family Drone

Unnecessary Woe

8/10 from Brian

I've got two vinyl records this week to stab plastic keys tunelessly, arhythmically and angrily along to. This is the first one. Its "punny name time" with these portentous pe...read on »

Driftmachine

Nocturnes

8/10 from Jim

Driftmachine are a Berlin-based electronic duo comprised of Andreas Gerth (Tied & Tickled Trio) and Florian Zimmer (Saroos). This, their debut album, offers up seven weigh...read on »

Thought Broadcast

Votive Zero

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The mysterious Thought Broadcast have a new one out this week on Editions Mego. This lot make a chilly brand of minimal electronics based on repetition and drones and filthy, ...read on »

The Oscillation

Cable Street Sessions

8/10 from ReviewBot300

As well as the epic You're Smiling Now But We'll All Turn Into Demons 2LP, Cardinal Fuzz have this more bite-sized offering from the ever-reliable The Oscillation. A four-song...read on »

Fhloston Paradigm

The Phoenix

8/10 from Brian

As with most modern electronic stables, Hyperdub has spread out its graceful wings from the embryonic murky groans of Kode9 and Spaceape's sparse, murderous dubstep to encompa...read on »

Gui Gui Sui Sui

Black Books

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a fascinating EP from Beijing's Gui Gui Sui Sui, a mysterious punk blues singer playing dirty primitive lo-fi stomps with a gleeful violence. The four songs here have t...read on »

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CLPPNG

8/10 from Brian

Fucking weird one this. It got missed last week, possibly because it's a slightly abrasive, startling and forward thinking hip-hop album. On perusal at home rather than the of...read on »

Cambodian Space Project

Whiskey Cambodia

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the latest album from Phnom Penh's Cambodian Space Project, Cambodia's finest psych-pop export. They've taken the cultural fusion to a new level this time round by trav...read on »

Nurse With Wound

Terms And Conditions Apply

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's an epic 2CD thing from Nurse With Wound that mops up a load of bits and pieces you might not have heard from the era 2008-2011, opening with the head scratching concret...read on »

Various

The Silence Was Warm Vol. 5

8/10 from Clinton

Another indicator that life is quickly slipping away from us all is that we are now up to Volume 5 of this popular compilation of ambient beauties. The preceding four have so...read on »

Efdemin

Decay Versions Pt. 1

8/10 from Clinton

Will someone please come and relax me? Not even a double dose of Kalms got me off to sleep last night such is my wandering and worried mind. This remix 12” on Kompakt ma...read on »

Single

Rea

8/10 from Clinton

On the sleeve is something that appears to be half lady, half lion and buyers beware that the album is NOT a tribute to that great songster Chris Rea as I’d hoped/feared...read on »

Colorama

Temari

8/10 from Mike

Here's the second album by Welsh genre-hoppers Colorama  - a strange mix of easy listening, psychedelia and MOR pop with a head-nodding mid-paced lollop and an admirable ...read on »

National Jazz Trio Of Scotland

Standards Vol III

8/10 from Mike

Bill Wells and his National Jazz Trio of Scotland are back with another collection of "Standards" here. As always the first thing they have to assert is that they are not a tr...read on »

The Vacant Lots

Departure

8/10 from Mike

This psych-rock duo from Burlington, Vermont seem to have been doing everything right so far. They've already got singles on Mexican Summer and Reverb Appreciation Society and...read on »

Pretty Lights

A Colour Map Of The Sun

8/10 from Mike

This album marks a significant step forward for Pretty Lights auteur Derek Vincent Smith. He has previously worked magpie-like as a sample collage artist, but this time round ...read on »

Taffy

Plus+++

8/10 from Mike

Here's a collection on Club AC30 from Japanese power-popsters Taffy. I'm not sure when these songs actually came out but if you've heard this band before then you'll know that...read on »

Eno / Hyde

High Life

8/10 from Clinton

Does Karl Hyde have the worst hair in popular music? Anyone who saw Eno/Hyde’s recent performance on Jools Holland will be wondering. Its kind of combed forward at the t...read on »

Matthewdavid

In My World

8/10 from Clinton

Featuring truly the most horrible sleeve I’ve seen this week. One of those naked man and child pictures that people sometimes post on facebook to show dad and offspring ...read on »

The Nightingales

Pigs On Purpose

8/10 from Clinton

I was thinking this was a new album but, as usual,  I was hopelessly wrong. Our resident Nightingales expert Brian informs me this dates from 1982 and is a re-issue so ju...read on »

Black Strobe

Going Back Home

8/10 from Mike

Three songs on this EP here from Black Strobe, aka Arnaud Rebotini. On side A is 'Going Back Home (Extended Mix)', a curious mix of 'Introspective'-era Pet Shop Boysish synthp...read on »

Few Nolder

Clouds EP

8/10 from Mike

Got a very pleasant EP of head-nodding electronic fun from Few Nolder, who's already had an acclaimed album out on Planet Mu. This 12" contains four tracks of smooth and timel...read on »

The Humble Bee

She Possessed The Secret…

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Craig Tattersall (The Boats, Remote Viewer, Hood, etc) this week slips back into one of his many aliases, The Humble Bee, for a second album of awkwardly immersive ambience. A...read on »

Remember Remember

Forgetting The Present

8/10 from Mike

Here’s the latest from Remember Remember, described by our Phil as “Progwai” when it was on the office stereo the other day. I’m actually quite fond of...read on »

Half-handed Cloud

Flying Scroll Flight Control

8/10 from Mike

Experimental twee popster Half-Handed Cloud has a wild kaleidoscope of syrupy indiepop for your diabetic ears to eagerly absorb this week. Pitchfork have him down as a “...read on »

Dour Tonic Input / DJ Votive

Yogyakarta / Dead Roads

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a very peculiar split tape from Dour Tonic Input and DJ Votive, designed as a “beat tape” it’s intended to be the starting point for further pro...read on »

Application

System Fork

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a curious album by The Black Dog’s Dust brothers Martin and Richard, who’ve come up with a head-scratching double LP of process-oriented techno that b...read on »

Kevin Drumm

Phantom Jerk

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a newie from notorious noise terrorist Kevin Drumm. The press release just says “Kevin Drumm: modular analogue synth”, while the sleeve isn’t mu...read on »

Featured albums

Dour Tonic Input / DJ Votive
Kogumaza
Kevin Drumm
Blessa
Spacemen 3
Various
Circle
The Nightingales
Circle
National Jazz Trio Of Scotland
Pretty Lights
Carl Douglas
Taffy
The The
Remember Remember
OOIOO
Eno / Hyde
Matthewdavid
Jon Hopkins
The United States of America
Ennio Morricone
Donato Dozzy
Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Colorama
Slint
Efdemin
Dave Noyze
The Vacant Lots
Eno / Hyde
Ruth White
Subtle Turnhips
Earth
Deerhunter