As Sir David Bowie once said….’Changes’. Where would we be without changes eh? Certainly we at Normans would still be working in Phil’s attic, cigarettes dangling over used copies of Record Collector waiting for the floor to collapse. But hey! the internet arrived and the world scrunched up a little so now everyone has the same release date... which is a Friday. So all these things we are talking about below are out tomorrow. If you like you can pop in and collect them and we have to let you have them. No more..’you can’t have it ‘til Monday yet’ type excuses from us.
So today we have been shipping new titles from the likes of Four Tet, Expo 70, Triptides, Cylob, Surgeon and DJ Rashad and for anyone who still can’t get used to the Thursday update simply mark as unread and leave in your inbox until Friday afternoon and hey presto! It’s back at it’s usual time.
So here we are….
This week’s all important Things That We Have™:
- Triptides, Triptides, Triptides. They’ve made another great album - that’s three now. Their latest ‘Azur’ is jam- packed with sunny, melodic gems that will tie you over until the next Real Estate album arrives.
- Another absolutely magnificent album comes from The Apartments. The veteran band are sort of the missing link between the Go-Betweens and Tindersticks and have made a sophisticated pop gem.
- Michael Vidal is in Abe Vigoda and his solo LP will appeal to anyone who missed the Wild Beasts more crystalline guitar efforts.
- Field Music’s ‘Music For Drifters’ is now out again so you could have stayed in bed on Record Store Day when it was first released.
- Mammoth Penguins feature members of Standard Fare and make melodious pop punk.
- Guapo are trying to make prog rock great. Good luck with that. .
- Hard Left are Boyracer, Lunchbox and Black Tambourines staff making ‘77 style punk rock.
- Lady Lamb makes haunting sporadic folky sparseness.
- Frankie and the Heartstrings have more of their indie stuff. The first track is called ‘Peterborough’ - a place which must look quite glamorous when you come from Sunderland (joke! winky thing etc).
- Tropical Trash make scattershot noise and monotonous, mumbled shred anthems. Ramshackle is the watchword.
- Drainolith is the bloke from Aids Wolf making something that sits between Royal Trux and Howling Hex.
- Negative Scanner are toothless in that they have no teeth. Their music is anything but….stop start angry post punk ensues.
- The Antlers played live in London last year. You can now hear the whole set on a vinyl LP. Re-visit the glory or imagine you were there.
- Latest misspelt warriors Flaamingos and the KVB share a slab o’ wax. Expect gothy post punk and lots of dry ice.
- Scottish folk prog band Trembling Bells pretend it’s 1972 in their dingly dell-friendly new opus.
- Professional large mouth John Robb returns with his incendiary Membranes.
- I was one of only two men in North Yorkshire in the ‘80’s who were openly out as Shoes fans. Therefore I like EZTV’s power pop a lot.
- Power trio Steve Baczkowski, Chris Corsano and Bill Nace make a frenzied free jazz explosion on Golden Lab.
- Autumns sound like they are some gothy Jesus and Mary Chain types locked in a goth sewer.
- One of the best albums of the week is a Various Artist compilation ‘Mac-talla Nan Creag’ this takes synth and folk and places it alongside the purest sounds of nature. Comes with a booklet of artwork.
- The Smoking Trees certainly sound like they’ve smoked something or other in order to make their breezy and chill folk rock.
- This weeks hidden gem is ‘Slow Tapes’ by Angel Dust. 6 tracks of dusty murky loops and sweet Beach House style lullabies.
Ant’s Big Electronic Roundup
Like the sound of humans playing with synthesizers, drum machines and computers? Take my hand and step this way...
- Alexev Volkov brings his EBM spiked techno and darkside electro to Jealous God for a mighty fine 12” + bonus mix CD.
- Lee Bannon switches to ambient/ drone mode for a full length on that there Ninja Tune.
- Surgeon opens the archives with a 2x12” of ‘Unreleased Tracks 1995-1996’ - ace blueprint Birmingham techno.
- Cylob’s first full vinyl offering in ages ‘Inflatable Hope’ on Power Vacuum is destined to cause all manner of dancefloor mayhem.
- Thud, screech, rasp etc. yes it’s Low Jack’s technoise racket ‘Sewing Machine’ on In Paradisum.
- Our man Laurie reckons Gossamer’s ‘Automaton’ is a fantastic debut of chill electronic chopscapes.
- The late DJ Rashad has a posthumous EP of footwork future classic on Hyperdub to make your legs fall off.
- Sleeparchive aka Reliable Roger is back again, this time with Oscar Mulero on remix duties.
- A trio of Berceuse Heroique limited gear from Koehler and Kuno, Beneath, and Gramrcy. Most likely these won’t hang about.
- Bass worshippers probably ought to check the second album from LHF on Keysound Recordings.
- Someone called Four Tet doesn’t know what time of day it is... Morning / Evening.
- Broken60 have a couple of compact discs out from Mick Finesse (Perc Trax) and BrokenThree (Erstlaub, Production Unit and TVO) live at that Outer Church spot.
Plus a whole clutch of gubbins from the likes of Dat Politics, Morgan Louis, Matrixxman, Bass Clef, Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, Floating Points & James Holden, Mac-talla Nan Creag various artists job on Firecracker, John Swing / EMG / Vinalog.
- People...this is your lucky day. We have the entire Muse back catalogue in on vinyl.
- Or try Cold Waves of Color - Volume 2 collects 80’s cold wave/ synth pop on 180g wax complete with poster + fanzine. Including Lives of Angels, Void, The Lord, Body Electric, Space Brothers etc.
- Madlib has his marvellous splice hop classic ‘Beat Konducta Vol 1 Movie Scenes’ back out. You know you want it ‘Donuts’ fans.
- Bonkers people Butthole Surfers have their ‘Independent Worm Saloon’ LP re-issued.
Here are some 7”s that exist
Two Ragged Soldiers are a pair of Northern dads making some lovely neo-classical soundtrack gear, Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley of White Fence meet to make lo-fi quirky scratchy post punk as Drinks and glitch guy Troubleshooter gets five slices of IDM shoved on a 7” on the always well packaged Box Bedroom Rebels.
I’ve just accidentally touched some Domestos. Awful stuff. Enjoy your Friday/Saturday/Sunday trilogy.
Words by Clint
Work by everyone else
And at the piano... Richard Vranch.
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
8/10 from Clinton