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Weekly Update Koreless, Ossia, John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, Jon Collin, Long Distance Poison, and more...

First up, the big news is that we have a new bell sound on our intercom. It’s higher pitched than the old one but early reviews are encouraging (“a gleeful titter 9/10” said Laurie). Not only that but we released a record this week! It’s by Sela and it’s called ‘Anniversary’ and we are happy that at the time of writing we’ve sold about 150 of the 200 copies. It’s lovely woozy hip-hop in a Bibio/J Dilla style that we think deserves a way bigger audience than it garnered on its first release with Flau. There are loads of BIG releases out this week -- mainly, it has to be said, on the reissue front, with the exemplary Michael Head and the Strands and the expanded John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s ‘Escape from New York’ heading up the biggest and most exciting releases. But never fear -- you want new stuff? Then read below.

This week’s all important Things That We Have™:

  • Spotlight Kid is a strange name for a shoegaze band but their blurry MBV stuff is made of girders.
  • Slow roasting psychsters The Myrrors and The Cult of Dom Keller get together at last on Fuzz Club split 10”.
  • Beak save time and back themselves as Keab on their split 12”. They are good -- twice.
  • Albert Hammond Jr was in the Strokes and his dad wrote ‘When I Need You’.
  • Long Distance Poison are the latest to make synth-kissed krautrock on Deep Distance.
  • Unbelievably, Camera Shy make twee-pop, as if they were on Sarah Records towards the end.
  • How long has this Heather Woods Broderick album been out? Anyway it’s here now so we can all reeeelax.
  • Red River Dialect’s brand of folk is knotty and plaintive, sounding like it was made in a living room with a disastrous people to sofa ratio.
  • Yorkshire jack of all trades Jon Collin has made a scintillating two sides of solo guitar.
  • Less is more Samantha. Samantha Crain’s no frill folk songs win over the arranged stuff says Robin.
  • To commemorate 10 years since the death of Robert Moog and to celebrate the building of a brand new Moog, producer Craig Leon has set Johann Bach’s music to Moog. It’s like Mach or something.
  • Snow in Mexico are deep Italians with dreamy, washed out landscapes. Creamy.
  • Blindness play a harsh racket of metallic post punk.
  • Olan Mill like floating… and they aren’t a lower division football club.

Soundtracks

Yup there are a few in this week so they are getting a separate section this week… we just make the rules up as we go along!

  • John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s ‘Escape from New York’ is back out in an expanded edition.
  • The Simpsons theme tune writer Danny Elfman has his ‘Nightbreed’ soundtrack out on what is described as ‘Burlap Mask with Blood Clot Splatter’ vinyl.
  • Henry Manfredini's score to the classic horror sequel, ‘Friday the 13th Part II’, is out for the first time on vinyl.
  • Surprise soundtrack of the week sees Matt Johnson’s long running The The project create a soundtrack for the film ‘Hyena’ -- gorgeous, unsettling stuff.

Ant’s Big Electronic Roundup

  • Limited L.I.E.S. 12” white label action from Pvre Matrix with some bangin’ Jeff Mills ‘Waveform Transmission’ flavoured techno.
  • Alessandro Cortini’s ‘Risveglio’ on Hospital Productions is now in on wax.
  • Evol bring their comedy sound art rave computer music to Diagonal with the deranged ‘Flapper That’ 12”.
  • Karen Gwyer gets groovy with her machines with some cosmic techno on Nous.
  • Young Echo head Ossia brings his dubbed out dread and spooked ambient to Blackest Ever Black on ‘Red X’.
  • Experimental electronica label Minimal Resource Manipulation are back with CDs from Matthew Atkins and Platform.
  • Koreless make what I can only describe as big party ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ house on Young Turks.
  • Lo-fi dystopian techno funk from Detroit’s Moon Pool & Dead Band comes via a 2x12” on Midwich Productions, featuring remixes from fellow Detroit heads, JTC, Nate Young, BMG etc.
  • Cool tape of murky electronic soundscapes and decayed techno from Tengui on Broken60.
  • Uncle Billy Basinski has gone loopy again with ‘The Deluge’ white vinyl LP on Temporary Residence.
  • Aisha Devi’s ‘Conscious C*nt’ 12” on Houndstooth had our Laurie bust out a 9/10 and he even used the K word.
  • Yair Elazar Glotman (aka KETEV) gets his bass drones out on Subtext with the ‘Études’ LP.
  • Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm’s Record Store Day ‘Stare’ 10” has now transformed into a 12”.
  • That ‘I Dream of Wires’ modular synth documentary is back on DVD plus further eye candy from Floris Vanhoof with a DVD of experimental films and music. 245 copies on Taping Policies.
  • The first 3 of 6 Bjork remix 12”s have landed; single-sided, etched, translucent vinyl jobs on One Little Indian, in die-cut 'Vulnicura' wound sleeves. Mica Levi, Kramphat and Lotic on this lot.
  • Plus a clutch of 12”s from the likes of Atom ™ on Raster Noton, O$VMV$M on Idle Hands, Jack Sparrow on Deep Medi Musik, Antenna Happy, Simo Cell on Livity Sound sister label dnuoS ytiviL… Blah blah blah...

New Reissues:

Loads of the buggers……

  • Let’s start with the wondrous Michael Head and the Strands re-issue. I’ve described it as “a scouse scally cross breed of Nick Drake and Arthur Lee with a string section” and for once I hope I’m right.
  • Underwhelmed by the New Order track? Then console yourself with some Joy Division re-issues.
  • Old ‘70s men Led Zeppelin have their last three LPs re-issued.
  • In one of the most disturbing pieces information available on the internet it turns out that Placebo have sold 12 million records. Make it 12 million and 1 by picking up the second re-issue this year of their self titled debut.
  • In further Brit pop era news. King Tweet and the Golden Boys The Charlatans have their ‘best of’ thingy re-issued on vinyl.
  • Fancy some Mexican synth pop from the early ‘80s? Then Syntoma are here.
  • Desolation and lonely folk from the bleak early ‘70s from Goldberg. He spent ages making it and no-one bothered to listen to it. Tut.
  • Is there any better collab in the world than Madlib and J Dilla? Here are Jaylib...even better than FFS.

Here are some 7”s that exist

  • Spliced odd pop from coming and up producer Semi Precious. Really nice this.
  • The Clean Cut Kid 7” comes on orange scented vinyl. Crazy times.
  • Baby Strange are from Glasgow and wish for the California Sun. Don’t we all?
  • Out of hibernation, Kingsley Chapman of The Chapman Family, now plays with THE MURDER (our capitalization).
  • Presents For Sally make shoegaze with tunes.



They are your records for this week (and there’s even more here). We have been Norman Records.



Words by Clint

Post production by Robin

Work by everyone else

And at the piano... Laurie Johnson .

xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Michael Head and The Strands

The Magical World of The Strands

10/10 from Clinton

It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for for months. A record so brilliant that I’m already preparing perfect conditions for myself pre-listen. I’m fed, I...read on »

Aisha Devi

Conscious C*nt

9/10 from Laurie

Here we have a 12” of electronic wonderment, complete with an aggressively alliterative title. Hide this one away from yer kids, Mr. Cameron. In short, this record is am...read on »

Karen Gwyer

Bouloman

8/10 from Laurie

Traversing the outer boundaries of techno once again is our fave Karen Gwyer and her cluster of technological massage. The machine grooves on Bouloman are set to drift and hyp...read on »

Pvre Matrix

LIES027.5

8/10 from Laurie

This looks like the next part of LIES .5 series of mostly white labels, releases between releases. This time Pvre Matrix takes the reins, throwing hard rhythmic shapes mercile...read on »

Ultimate Painting

Green Lanes

8/10 from Clinton

Imagine a cheery Lou Reed strutting down Stoke Newington high street on a sunny Wednesday morning. “How ya doin’ Mr Postman”, “Good to see you Mr Deale...read on »

BEAK / KAEB

Split EP

8/10 from Clinton

Why bother finding a band to share a split 12” with when you can just reverse your name and do it all by yourselves. This is also a double B side and if you thought...read on »

Spotlight Kid

Ten Thousand Hours

8/10 from Clinton

Phil commented quite correctly that there are no good bands with the word ‘kid’ in their name. I’d also like to add that there aren’t that many great b...read on »

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Escape From New York

8/10 from Laurie

More '80's soundtrack worship from Silva Screen. I know, I can hear your scream of “OMG THIS ISN’T JUST ANY SOUNDTRACK” because it’s John Carpenter who...read on »

The The

Hyena

8/10 from Laurie

Gotta love the level of spook here. As with most Death Waltz OSTs, I’ve never seen Hyena, but it sounds dark ‘n’ uneasy as you’d expect. On this one, T...read on »

The Myrrors / Cult Of Dom Keller

Fuzz Club 10" Split Single No. 7

8/10 from Robin

If you are reading this please feedback it. It’s The Fuzz Club, friends, back to spoil us for the seventh time with another one of those slightly smaller inched but no l...read on »

Featured albums

Platform
Matthew Atkins
Jack Sparrow
O$VMV$M
EVOL
Tengui
Aisha Devi
Jon Collin
Ossia
William Basinski
Pvre Matrix
Syntoma
Koreless
Semi Precious
Blindness
Spotlight Kid
Red River Dialect
Baby Strange
Long Distance Poison
Olan Mill
Clean Cut Kid
Kingsley Chapman and The Murder
Danny Elfman
Alessandro Cortini
Simo Cell
Camera Shy
Presents For Sally
Samantha Crain
Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm
Atom TM
The Myrrors / Cult Of Dom Keller
BEAK / KAEB
The Charlatans
Goldberg
Snow In Mexico
Moon Pool & Dead Band
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Michael Head and The Strands
Heather Woods Broderick
Floris Vanhoof
Yair Elazar Glotman
Karen Gwyer
Craig Leon
Harry Manfredini
Placebo
The The
Sela
Jaylib