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Weekly Update Sweet Baboo, Ghetto Ghouls, Total Control, Carbo Flex, Dalhous, and more...

Bienvenue mes amis à Le Tour De Le Norman Records Weekly Update. Forgive our sloppy, sub-GCSE French but it seems that our home county (gritty, honest, downt'earth Yorkshire) has gone bicycle crazy of late as we welcome a herd of lycra-clad peddallers aiming to negotiate our (gritty, honest, downt'earth, potholed) roads without falling off.

Not that this affects the record release schedule in any way. In fact with "Glasto" (as the wankers call it) all done and dusted, and with the World Cup down to just the good teams, there are plenty of strong releases this week to get your mitts on.

  • There’s NEW stuff in from Total Control who are polarizing opinions here a bit with a new record that marries Depeche Mode-style synthy rock with terse post-punk.
  • Human Hair have made an impressive album of excellent hum-a-long tunes with another severe case of the post-punks.
  • Indie pop veterans Comet Gain unleash a nice laid-back album of their affecting songs.
  • Plank! return with assured proggy, post-krautrocky instrumentals.
  • Delay Trees make jangly 80s-style dream-pop.
  • Quiltland, on the other hand, make synthy 80s-style dream pop.
  • Leeds goth-krauters Autobahn are back with another 12” of post-punk moves.
  • Hildur Gudnadottir releases a splendid album of cello-drenched neo-classical beauty on Touch.
  • Check out the sleeve of the Sweet Baboo with its hidden pop-up pic of DJ Marc Riley, from whose session the record is culled.
  • Warpaint have a 12” of remixes out.
  • Rock veterans Manic Street Preachers release a new album, coincidentally released just after their "Glasto" appearance!

Want some more 'leftfield' type stuff? We've got you covered:

On to the ELECTRONICA type section and...

  • Dalhous possibly win the race with a marvellous album of Boards of Canada-style laid back 'tronica.
  • Slightly more gnarled is the Factory Floor/Optimo Music collaboration Bronze Teeth.
  • Further leftfield still, the AND/Whok remixes EP contains raw and abrasive industrial techno to pummel both mind and body.
  • There’s a curious collection of 70s synth experiments on the Various ‘Traces 3’ compilation.
  • But the best thing we heard was the Carbo Flex 12” on Central Processing Unit which takes us old folk back to the glory days of the 90s.

As usual there are loads of REISSUES:

  • Top billing is given to The Fall with a lovely double vinyl issue (NOT Mark E Smith approved we may add) of their excellent ‘The Unutterable’.
  • Some stunning darkwave 80s stuff from Attrition.
  • And from Lewis with some unfathomably delicate Blue Nile/Arthur Russell-style murmurings from the heart of 80s LA.
  • Loads more lost recordings from Donnie and Joe Emerson, naff-but-catchy 80s power/yacht-pop prototypes.
  • A fantastic Italo-house style lost 80s classic in Helen’s ‘Witch/Zanzibar’ 12”.
  • The expanded vinyl version of SND’s ‘Tplay’ is here.
  • A wonderful issue of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s startling 1996 album….er…’1996’.
  • Some nice Congo Guitars compilations.
  • And a couple of things in on Dark Entries you may want to consider.

Not as many 7”s knocking about as there used to be but there are fine little records in from The Wytches, Nots, Useless Eaters, Heavy Petting Zoo, Cerebral Ballzy and plenty of others.

Also, there are so many excellent pre-orders about at the moment that we’ve compiled the best of them into one handy list. It features, amongst other lovely things, the new Goat album...of which we have sold enough to make September already look like a month in which we're all gonna throw sickies.

As usual we’ve just scratched the surface on this Friday tea-time missive, so do make sure you check out our NEW IN page and there will be something for you. We (almost) guarantee it.

Have great weekends all. Stay safe out there!

Clint Froome and the Team Norman Peloton
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Useless Eaters

Linear Movement / Bloody Ripper

9/10 from Mike

We've got some more singles from excellent Italian garage rock specialists Goodbye Boozy, who've quietly been putting out singles by all your favourite bands for years now. Th...read on »

NPLGNN

Meccano

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I've got a couple of very mysterious tapes here on the Nute label to write about. There's basically no info in either press release or sleeve art so I know nothing of the iden...read on »

Comet Gain

Paperback Ghosts

9/10 from Mike

Dependable culty indie pop types Comet Gain are back with album number seven this week. As usual it’s a thoughtful and bittersweet mixture of Americana-tinged prettiness...read on »

Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band

A Tribute To Sun Ra / Latino In Cairo

9/10 from Mike

By total coincidence I’m wearing Sun Ra on my T-shirt today and I’ve wound up with this 7” tribute to the great man on my review pile. I haven’t come a...read on »

Various

I Know Why The Caged Grrrl Sings

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the third annual compilation LP from Brighton’s Riots Not Diets collective, and as you would imagine it’s full of lo-fi DIY post-punky stylings inform...read on »

Human Hair

My Life as a Beast and Lowly Form

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the debut album by UK indie rock’s new big hopes, Human Hair, who boast a Lovver amongst their ranks and specialise in a sparky Les Savy Fav-meets-The Fall ...read on »

The Fall

The Unutterable

9/10 from Clinton

Absolutely stunning turn of the millenium record from Mark E Smith's long running troupe. Incredibly inventive, this is a confident, strident version of the Fall with ideas bu...read on »

Dalhous

Will To Be Well

9/10 from Mike

Here's the second full-length to be released by Marc Dall and Alex Ander under the their Dalhous moniker, and one which sees them refining their understated synths'n'samples a...read on »

Helen (Italo disco artist)

Witch / Zanzibar

9/10 from Brian

Most welcome re-issue of the two earliest and rarest Italo-disco sides by cult collective Helen, passionately re-packaged here by those nice Dark Entries people. There's a who...read on »

SND

Tplay (Special Extended Edition)

9/10 from Mike

Here's something a bit special - it's an expanded 70-minute reissue of SND's debut album 'Tplay' from back in 1998, which was now 16 years ago. Doesn't that make you feel old?...read on »

Hildur Gudnadottir

Saman

9/10 from Brian

Out of all the modern classical practitioners, Hildur Guðnadóttir is probably my favourite. That she shares her surname with a certain international superstar from ...read on »

Attrition

Demonstro: 1982 - 1985

9/10 from Brian

This is fascinating. I'd heard the name but now I get to put some music to the doom-laden face. As a Yorkshire lad of a certain vintage I've always had a passion for the Gothi...read on »

Carbo Flex

Trifolium

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Love Central Processing Unit. They can do no wrong. And look at ‘em now, shredding Soundcloud in search of new artists to promote and support, that’s democracy in ...read on »

Jeff Burch

Jeff Burch

9/10 from Mike

Bringing me back to earth gently after a hard week's reviewing is this new CD from Jeff Burch on Important. I'm rather fond of its cover, too. I do like a good owl, me. The tw...read on »

Pjusk

Solstov

9/10 from Brian

I'm late getting this in so no waffle from me. No waffle at all. This Norwegian duo specialise in some of the lushest, strangest ambient sound-scapes I've had the pleasure to ...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 »

AnD / WHOK

Valved remixes EP

8/10 from Jim

An EP of raw and abrasive industrial techno to pummel both mind and body with here. This is the first remix 12” on Trensmat, a by-product of the label’s continued ...read on »

Robert Curgenven

SIRÈNE

8/10 from Mike

Here's the latest collection of thoughtful texturescapes from Robert Curgenven, who's already put out some of his cerebral minimalism on the esteemed L-NE imprint, including a...read on »

Rashomon

The Cameraman ́s Revenge

8/10 from Mike

We've got a couple of fascinating treats from Cineploit this week, the first of which is this LP by Rashomon, the movie-themed solo project of Matt Thompson, who also plays in...read on »

Thelema

Growing

8/10 from Mike

Having just reviewed Rashomon's trippy new scores to Ladislaw Starewicz's early 20th century stop-motion short films, it's time to dig into the other offering from soundtrack-...read on »

Warpaint

Keep it Healthy / Disco/Very Remixes

8/10 from Mike

Here's a remix 12" that sees Warpaint tracks being remixed by El-P and the Richard Norris Time and Space Machine, with the former taking on 'Keep It Healthy' on the A side and...read on »

Plank!

Hivemind

8/10 from Jim

Plank! are back with their second album of amazingly assured proggy, post-krautrocky instrumentals dedicated to our insect brethren. Their sound combines wistful, Boards of Ca...read on »

Cezary Gapik

Fission

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the second of today's mysterious tapes from Nute. Cezary Gapik this time. I have a list of the equipment he's using but that's all: "Laptop, prepared electric guitar an...read on »

Ryuichi Sakamoto

1996

8/10 from Clinton

This is a re-issue of Sakamoto's 1996 (natch) album where new and old compositions are arranged in stripped down violin and piano style. Its unremittingly glorious and within ...read on »

Firefay & Alison O'Donnell

Anointed Queen

8/10 from Clinton

This is a collaboration between the veteran O’Donnell (who was releasing albums as early as 1972 as part of Mellow Candle) and folk-noir outfit Firefay. O’Donnell&...read on »

Delay Trees

Readymade

8/10 from Clinton

This one has my name written all over it. First up it has trees in the band name. I like trees. I also like drifty, dreamy guitar pop, the type recently made popular by Real E...read on »

Lewis

L'Amour

8/10 from Clinton

“In 1983 a mystery man rolled onto the LA scene” says the press release. “And he looked exactly like David Van Day from Dollar” they might want to add....read on »

Skygreen Leopards

Family Crimes

8/10 from Mike

The latest from Woodsist is album number three by The Skygreen Leopards, but it’s the first time I’ve got round to checking them out. Sorry Skygreen Leopards. It&r...read on »

Transmission 13

Time Will Pass You By

8/10 from Mike

This CD appears to be limited to 18 numbered copies. 18! Talk about setting realistic targets. On it there’s a single 43-minute piece by Manchester producer Transmission...read on »

The Wytches

Wire Frame Mattress

8/10 from Mike

Surf rock it said. Yes please I said. Here’s the latest from The Wytches who I haven’t got around to checking out yet. ‘Wire Frame Mattress’ isn’...read on »

Staple Singers

Swing Low

8/10 from Phil

The Staple Sisters were an American gospel/ soul group who released a bunch of albums a long long time ago. I've never heard these folks before but listening to them I'm struc...read on »

Ghetto Ghouls

Ghetto Ghouls

8/10 from Mike

I’ve never heard this band before but with a name like Ghetto Ghouls how could they not be up my street? Apparently the dozen songs on this self-titled album was recorde...read on »

Nots

Fix / Modern

8/10 from Mike

We’ve just taken delivery of the debut Nots single on Goner, which seems to have turned up after its follow-up ‘Fix’ 7” for some reason. There’s ...read on »

Sweet Baboo

The Marc Riley BBC Sessions

8/10 from Mike

“The sweetest baboo” Steve Black is back again this week with an album of Marc Riley sessions. The sleeve design has been creasing us up here in the office - remov...read on »

Various

Traces Three

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a curious collection of ‘70s synth experiments from O’Malley’s ever-reliable Recollection GRM in this third edition of the ‘Traces’ ...read on »

Zu

Goodnight, Civilization

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a short but sweet one-sided etched 12” from Zu. It’s only got about 10 minutes of music on it which could easily have been squeezed onto a 7” bu...read on »

Cloud Becomes Your Hand

Rocks Or Cakes

8/10 from Clinton

Nice to hear a band sounding pretty much like nobody else in the world...... apart from maybe The Cardiacs or possibly Oingo Boingo. Its an oddball brew of the types of sounds...read on »

Total Control

Typical System

8/10 from Mike

Total Control's debut album 'Henge Beat' was a big hit around the office and remains a regular fixture on my turntable, and this week the wait is finally over for a follow-up ...read on »

Head High

Megatrap

8/10 from Clinton

I thought it was really thick vinyl but there’s actually two slabs in there. This is a windswept piece of techno if techno can be described as windswept. This is from th...read on »

Autobahn

Autobahn 2

8/10 from Mike

Here's a 12" on Tough Love from Autobahn, who are apparently from Leeds. I need to start paying more attention because I'd not heard of them before. This is their second 12" o...read on »

Bronze Teeth

O Unilateralis

8/10 from Ant

Here’s the first outing from Bronze Teeth; the duo of Dominic Butler (Factory Floor) and Richard Smith (Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M). The pair serve up three gnarly clu...read on »

British Murder Boys

Live In Tokyo

8/10 from Brian

This is possibly a little austere for Friday morning; It's pooing-out the lad who's unexpectedly popped around to do some decorating. So I'm gonna put it on again a bit louder...read on »

Max Richter

The Congress OST

8/10 from Phil

Max is back! It’s been a busy ole year for Max with the Retrospective set and the Recomposed work of the ‘Four Seasons’ and now here’s a soundtrack to ...read on »

Hurricanes of Love

Quintorian Blues

8/10 from Mike

I've not encountered Hurricanes of Love before but I have just learned that the act is just this one dude Frank Hurricane (I wonder if that's his real name) who plays a guitar...read on »

The Heliocentrics

Sirius B

8/10 from Mike

London's progressive funksters Heliocentrics are back in action this week with this latest 12" EP, which features guest vocals from rapper Vast Aire on lead track 'Sirius B', ...read on »

Featured albums

Human Hair
Goat
Heavy Petting Zoo
Warpaint
Various
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Max Richter
Carbo Flex
Bronze Teeth
SND
Quiltland
Attrition
Hildur Gudnadottir
Useless Eaters
Delay Trees
The Wytches
Sweet Baboo
Manic Street Preachers
Wolves in the Throne Room
Plank!
Cerebral Ballzy
Autobahn
Helen (Italo disco artist)
Art Fine
Dalhous
Ghetto Ghouls
Nots
Total Control
Donnie & Joe Emerson
AnD / WHOK
The Fall
Various
Lewis
Firefay & Alison O'Donnell
Comet Gain