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Weekly Update Ibeyi, Anthony Naples, Tashi Dorji, Nu-Sound II Crew / Magnus I, Elian, and more...

Friday 13th….woahahahaha. For those of you with lovers, tomorrow is the day you’ll have to buy them a present or kiss them or something...and to get you in the mood Phil has picked some of his favourite sexy records for a night of loving. For the rest of us, we’ve just been getting ourselves het up by this exciting new Death and Vanilla record. Get the orange vinyl from us and it will ship two weeks ahead of release date. TWO WEEKS!!

If that’s not exciting enough check out our first ever PODCAST. Yup every so often we’ll ask an artist of our choice to pick some great music for you to listen to. First up Wanda Group. Check it. Oh, and if you are bored and in Bradford next weekend, our resident techno lord Ant is support DJ to this Charles Hayward extravaganza.

Lots and lots of great records out this week too so pull up a chair, settle down and let me tell you all about them.

  • Radiohead millionaire Thom Yorke releases his ‘Thomorrows Modern Boxes’ (see what I did there?) on millionaire-friendly expens-a-vinyl.
  • There are three marvellous new 10”s on Deep Distance out now from Bosques, Slows and Rhododendron.
  • Jose Gonzales returns solo after a lengthy absence with and album of hushed evocative guitar ‘n’ whisper folk.
  • Sun City Girl Sir Richard Bishop (like Sir Les Ferdinand not actually a real ‘Sir’) is back with some yearning guitar compositions on Drag City.
  • Throbbing Gristle people Carter Tutti play the back catalogue of Chris and Cosey who are indeed one and the same.
  • Noise-gazers A Place to Bury Strangers get really noisy on uncompromising new LP. Very limited (to 200!) coloured vinyl if you are quick.
  • Guitar botherer Six Organs of Admittance returns with a right old caterwauling racket.
  • The Wave Pictures album is finally out this week (it looks like we lied last week when we told you it was out).
  • Slint-like slowcore from Brighton trio Van Coeur.
  • The Amazing are pretty amazing on a new album of 80s influenced hazy guitar pop.
  • Remember Tad? Well he’s back making oddball t(r)ad. metal as Brothers of the Sonic Cloth.
  • Carl Barat has found some Jackals to make an LP with.
  • The Clang Group are new on Domino but old in years counting 80s producer extraordinaire Clive Langer and Roxy Music sax honker Andy Mackay amongst their number.
  • She & Him record versions of what they describe as “classics”.
  • I just can’t get used to Ibeyi’s logo but they have produced a perfectly pitched debut says Robin.
  • Axis: Sova play dingy, lazy garage rock on Ty Segall’s God? imprint
  • Phosphorescent played some of their music ‘Live at the Music Hall’ and have put it onto wax just for you.
  • Ex Cult aren’t former members of Ian Astbury’s lot yet are still described as hard, moshing rockers. On John Swyers Castle Face.
  • Tashi Dorji plays splintered dissonant guitar improvisations. It’s very limited.
  • Perma-shaded Leeds fuzz rockers The Manhattan Love Suicides have a new LP of leather jacketed tunes.
  • Mourn play old-skool indie rock in the vein of Sleater-Kinney and early PJ Harvey.
  • Intensely absorbing doomy melancholy from Kreng.
  • Indie wizard Darren Hayman has a new album of ‘Chants for Socialists’ out.
  • Bad History Month/Dust From 1000 Years make a split LP - reference Slint, Shellac and Built to Spill.

Electronica

Tons of it out this week and a warm welcome back to the reviewing chair for our resident expert Ant.

  • Hip NYC producer Anthony Naples gets a lot of this weeks plaudits with an eclectic debut of house inflected electronica.
  • Elian’s ‘Harrowgate’ may not be about the similarly-named posh spa town but features lots of lovely warm Vangelis like sounds.
  • Marvellous dream-like slo-mo house from Royal Crown of Sweden (aka Huerco C) .
  • Mnlth makes some extremely AFX sounding acid. Well analord.
  • Proper squelchy frantically bubbling and squirming acid from NHK yx Koyxen.
  • Epic trance from Marreck (aka Michael Hann aka Rejections (Opal Tapes)). Just 100 of these.
  • There’s a remarkable slab of icy sonic structure from Ricardo Donaso on Denovali.
  • Downtempo solo listening synthbeat from Millimetric.
  • Dark drifty techno from brooding Berliner Felix K.
  • There’s a lovely lavish package with 16 page booklet from drone-meister Fabio Orsi on Home Normal.
  • Tsembla produce some mightily challenging electronica, deconstructed soul and whirlwind folktronica.
  • Jodey Kendrick is back as JK with some singular drum-heavy electronica.
  • Veteran wibblers the Orb have a lavish box set of bits and bats in stock.

Re-issues

  • Wire’s Gilbert and Lewis’s 1980 experimental opus ‘3R4’ is back out on vinyl.
  • It’s been ten years since Hauschka’s ‘The Prepared Piano’ (no, we don’t remember either). Anyway, it’s back out on vinyl courtesy of Karaoke Kalk.
  • Secret Pyramid’s Stars of the Lid/Flying Saucer Attack styled LPs get issued on one value-for-money CD.
  • Three new things on Dark Entries from Die Form, a split between Nu-Sound II Crew / Magnus I and probably most famously Psychic TV.

7”s

This week's album heroes The Wave Pictures and Gilbert and Lewis also have 7”s out. It’s just greedy if you ask me. Also: standalone singles from breezy Clientele-like poppers Haleiwa, popular Welsh lady Marina and the Diamonds, dusty synth poppers Sverige, and the perfect-for-Valentine's-Day post punkers Casual Sex.

Tapes

A few tapes this week so I’ve created an exciting new tape section!

  • First up there’s a 5 tape set from Andrew Broder (Fog) doing his experimental improv turntable-hop thing. Just 75 of these.
  • Two Christmas tapes that we think are late (or perhaps early) on Geographic North from A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Pan American. You might not be in the mood now but, oh you will be.

That’s it from us. Try and enjoy Valentine's Day.

Words = Clinton

Work = Everyone Else

Night Night
xxxxx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Oren Ambarchi

Live Knots

9/10 from Jim

It’s hard to keep up with Oren Ambarchi these days. Of the evidence on this album, when he’s not playing drums for Keiji Haino’s international power trio Naz...read on »

Jose Gonzalez

Vestiges & Claws

9/10 from Clinton

It’s been almost 12 years since Jose Gonzales beautiful ‘Veneer’ album brought him enormous success when his cover of The Knife’s “Heartbeats&rdq...read on »

Ibeyi

Ibeyi

9/10 from Robin

We have Ibeyi to thank for the most interesting pop record of the year so far. This self-titled debut comes immaculately pressed and presented via XL, and offers a mirage of c...read on »

Kreng

The Summoner

9/10 from Brian

After his grand evocative opening statement six years ago - L'Autopsie Phénoménale De Dieu - this Belgian chap known as Kreng has been quietly devoting himself t...read on »

Ricardo Donoso

Deterrence

9/10 from Brian

Last one, then I can watch The Kingdom. I was going to go out but it's dressing gown and headphones Friday for Baby Bri-Bri as it looks well grey pants out there.I've heard so...read on »

Royal Crown of Sweden (Huerco S.)

R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R.

9/10 from Clinton

Can anyone answer me a question? Why out of all musics are instrumental house and techno 12”’s the worst ones for not labelling the speed of the record? Is it a ki...read on »

NHK yx Koyxen

Hallucinogenic Doom Steppy Verbs

9/10 from Ant

Kouhei Matsunaga pops up on Diagonal with this amusingly titled 5 track EP. Opening up with the skittering drums and warped backwards sounds of the brief ‘218’ mak...read on »

Thom Yorke

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

8/10 from Robin

It is for the good of Normankind that this review is late. You know why: we react to Thom Yorke before we listen to him. It has been a long time since the Radiohead frontman h...read on »

Boduf Songs

Stench of Exist

8/10 from Robin

Mat Sweet’s music is so quiet, and insists on itself so little, that you barely notice it disappearing. That is by no means a slight: on his newest and most brilliant re...read on »

Fabio Orsi

Just For A Thrill

8/10 from Robin

‘Just For A Thrill’ is already a certified award winner in my books, taking home the prize for Best In Drone Albums With Pictures of Cats In Their Liner Notes 2015...read on »

Van Coeur

Sun Kills Vampires

8/10 from Robin

Seaside post-rockers Van Ceour have received comparisons to guitar-mumblers Do Make Say Think, which is fitting, because I’ve always thought of Brighton as the Canada of...read on »

The Amazing

Picture You

8/10 from Clinton

Here I am to save the day. The new Six Organs of Admittance album has destroyed at least three pairs of office ears so far this morning, the cries and yelps from those affecte...read on »

A Place To Bury Strangers

Transfixiation

8/10 from Robin

Bless this band for fucking around. A Place To Bury Strangers never went the conventional path with whatever it is we’re calling their music now -- it fits shoegaze some...read on »

Sverige

Anna

8/10 from Clinton

Last Friday as the day dawdled to a drab close, this wonderful disc appeared on the stereo as if blasted in from some far off galaxy. What we have is a lovely little fuzzy ele...read on »

Haleiwa

Wall of Blue Sky / Harbour

8/10 from Clinton

“You’ll like this, its sorta like The Clientele” hollered Phil to me between coughs….and yes as much as it pains me to say he’s right, he’...read on »

Casual Sex

Pissing Neon / A Pefect Storm

8/10 from Clinton

If you are anything like me you’ll like a bit of Casual Sex on Valentines Day. In fact I’m so casual around the idea of sex that last time I attempted it, I fell a...read on »

DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell

Fresh Insights (EP 2 - DJ Sprinkles alt.mixes)

8/10 from Clinton

Gotta be quick with this as it’s just a re-work from a 12” that was out a couple of weeks ago and my allotted DJ Sprinkles  time is just about up for the mont...read on »

Anthony Naples

Body Pill

8/10 from Clinton

Up and coming NYC house dude and official name to drop Anthony Naples has been threatening to blow us away for quite some time and this debut album on Text could possibly be t...read on »

Sir Richard Bishop

Tangier Sessions

8/10 from Robin

Remember Sun City Girls? That shit really made no sense. A wonderful band, to be sure, but one of the most audacious to have ever existed, swinging by every genre and a bunch ...read on »

Tsembla

Terror & Healing

8/10 from Laurie

Ritualistic and erratic, Terror & Healing is the sort of album that your clean-cut friend would worriedly overhear you blaring, branding you a nutter in the process. Such ...read on »

Secret Pyramid

The Silent March / Movements of Night

8/10 from Clinton

Here's Reviewbot's (remember him?) review of 'Movements of Night'. Secret Pyramid is the alter-ego of Vancouver’s Amir Abbey, who on this LP sculpts a series of blacken...read on »

Arturo Ruiz del Pozo

Composiciones Nativas - Music for Native Peruvian instruments and Magnetophonic Tape 1978

8/10 from Jim

Here’s something you don’t come across every day: a reissue of a lost classic of Peruvian avant garde composition. Arturo Ruiz del Pozo was a graduate of Lima&rsqu...read on »

Mourn

Mourn

8/10 from Brian

Mourn. Young Catalonian four-piece making passionately barbed old-skool indie rock in the vein of Sleater-Kinney, Crowsdell and early PJ Harvey with an occasionally breathless...read on »

Various

The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 3

8/10 from Brian

Blooming psychedelic rock. Thinks it owns the bloody place yo. I came in the other day and there was someone from Hookworms packing parcels. But that must have been a weird dr...read on »

Slows

13’56 / 13’05

8/10 from Clinton

As words become all used up there are a lot of plural bands around at the moment. Here is Slows which is actually latterday Wire guitarist Matthew Simms who has constructed th...read on »

Bosques

Eomaia Recuerda

8/10 from Clinton

The second of this weeks trilogy of records on Deep Distance see Argentinians Bosques do their best Neu! impression over two slabs of vinyl. Opener ‘Eomaia Recuerda&rsqu...read on »

Andrew Broder

Picture of the Hostage Holding Today's Newspaper

8/10 from Clinton

He’s a one that Andrew Broder isn’t he? With previous records on Anticon as Fog,  the boy has history. The latest we heard he was releasing on Baro (alongside...read on »

Marreck

Cetology

8/10 from Ant

Marreck is a handle of Michael Hann aka Rejections (Opal Tapes). This is his second outing under the alias, following a cassette for Tesla Tapes and comes in an edition of 100...read on »

Lory D

Strange Days Vol.3

8/10 from Laurie

Long-time Italian techno dreamer Lory D returns to the banging Strange Days series with an apocalyptic aesthetic and some serious swinging midtempo action to decimate the folk...read on »

Ex-Cult

Cigarette Machine

8/10 from Robin

It’s no-frills Friday here at Norman, and if you can find a gruff punk groaning into their microphone, a few cigs burnt to a crisp underfoot, you can try it at home! Jus...read on »

Rhododendron

Paris Rendezvous / Le Grind

8/10 from Robin

Claude Lelouch’s short work ‘C’etait un rendez-vous’ is a minimalist masterstroke of filmmaking, depicting Paris through an eight-minute car ride aroun...read on »

Bad History Month / Dust From 1000 Years

Famous Cigarettes

8/10 from Robin

Two sad slabs of music come sprawling out of this 12” split, which has been generously titled ‘Famously Cigarettes’ -- if I may ask, when do cigs ever hit th...read on »

The Manhattan Love Suicides

More Heat! More Panic!

8/10 from Clinton

This perma shaded Leeds lot look like they’ve just emerged from the back door of CBGB’s circa ‘77  - all leather jackets an insouciant cool. Although de...read on »

Featured albums

Death And Vanilla
J.K.
MNLTH
Royal Crown of Sweden (Huerco S.)
Andrew Broder
Hauschka
NHK yx Koyxen
Tashi Dorji
The Manhattan Love Suicides
Van Coeur
Marreck
Casual Sex
Millimetrik
Haleiwa
The Clang Group
Mourn
The Amazing
Axis: Sova
Kreng
Tsembla
Carl Barat And The Jackals
Jose Gonzalez
Sir Richard Bishop
Fabio Orsi
Six Organs of Admittance
Elian
Ex-Cult
Felix K
Bosques
Rhododendron
The Orb
Darren Hayman
Slows
Pan American
A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Phosphorescent
Marina and The Diamonds
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth
Die Form
Psychic TV
Bad History Month / Dust From 1000 Years
Nu-Sound II Crew / Magnus I
Anthony Naples
Carter Tutti
B.C. Gilbert / G. Lewis
A Place To Bury Strangers
The Wave Pictures
She & Him
Ibeyi
Thom Yorke
Secret Pyramid
Sverige