Weekly Update Lasse Marhaug & Kristoffer Alberts, Fufanu, Mark Kozelek and Nicolas Pauls, Akkord, Shift Work, and more...

Top news

  • Once again...may we present our Albums of the Year.
  • This object is Record of the Week with 10% off for the rest of the day we know as today.
  • We’ve got EXCLUSIVE postcard edition of classy dubbed out Lanc techno A New Line (Related).
  • Here are all your Black Friday dealz….lots of stuff Jesus and Mary Chain… and… er... the Kooks. Please form an orderly queue. They’ll be on the site tomorrow at 9am sharp.

Whilst our Albums of the Year grabbed the headlines, we shouldn’t forget that this week has been a very strong week for new stuff coming out. Any week that boasts new releases from Ty Segall, Bersarin Quartett and Parquet Courts should not be underestimated. So let’s, erm, estimate it with a round-up of all the stuff…

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

New music for future retro enthusiasts…..

  • Garage rocker Ty Segall covers corkscrew-haired flower children/glam-pounders T-Rex.
  • The new Bersarin Quartett is a must buy. Their layers of strings and distorted swells hit the correct spot. Shoulda been on Kranky.
  • Parquet Courts have created their very own take on ‘Metal Machine Music’. Future classic or terminal bewilderment?
  • Three (count ‘em) new things on Cardinal Fuzz.
  • Workin’ Man Noise Unit instruct us to play their noisy psych loud. We did but where are their p’s and q’s?
  • Heather Leigh (absolutely no relation to Phil -- let’s put that one to bed) releases worryingly titled new opus.
  • ‘90s charmers Butterfly Child are back with some LA crafted sunshine pop.
  • Ensemble Economique marry old and new Low with Dean Blunt and Nine Inch Nails. Nice family.
  • Zelienople make patient post-rock influenced music that slithers about.
  • Mind over Mirrors kindly give us kosmiche drones using the lesser-spotted Indian pedal harmonium.
  • New Zealander Tiny Ruins hooks up with New Zealander Hamish Kilgour (the Clean) for the best New Zealand supergroup since Flight of the Conchords/Crowded House.
  • There’s a heavyweight sonic collision from Scandinavian noise man Lasse Marhaug and sax honker Kristoffer Alberts.
  • Tom Carter of impossi-spell duo Charalambides releases what is surprisingly his first ever solo (ie completely on his own) album.
  • All I want for Christmas is a DVD made on iPhones by funny haired sludgers Melvins.
  • To save space there are also new records out by Yak, Mammut, Fufanu, Pleasure Leftist.


New editions of old records that bring the past back to life.

  • Bibio’s first album is now back out on Warp on lush double vinyl. This set the bar high for what we’ll call wobble-coustics.
  • Brilliant re-issue of Scottish post punk/funk from Boots for Dancing. Josef K meets Franz Ferdinand. Lost classic.
  • Forward thinker of the week is the person who set the tape rolling to record these Velvet Underground live performances.
  • There’s some kind of Joy Division live album in. I read the description as saying it was recorded “moments before the death of Ian Curtis” but it said months.
  • The Nectarine no 9 saw ex Fire Engines bloke making grimy ‘90’s indie from the gutter.
  • I once asked a child whether he was ‘Second Toughest in the Infants’. He didn’t know what I was talking about.- he hadn’t even heard of Underworld.
  • Long running shoegaze/drone collective the Telescopes have all their early work collected at a snip.
  • Mark Lanegan fans! We know you are out there. You do want a massive big box of all his early albums for Christmas don’t you?
  • As we mentioned in the previous update Luaka Bop have re-issued everything William Onyeabor did….including that time he bought a flour mill.
  • Judy Dyble’s album of lost 70’s folk contains the most ear disturbing take on ‘See Emily Play’ you’ve ever heard.
  • Loads of Lee Hazlewood re-issues in. Some with moustache, some without.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

He techno prisoners...

  • Classy dubbed out techno 12” EP from Lancashire hotpot A New Line (Related). Exclusive postcard.
  • Central Processing Unit prove they’re not actually human with an EP from Microlith.
  • DJ Sprinkles.
  • Trendy techno from Shift Work. Bet they had mullets in 2004. Remixes from Factory Floor and DVA Damas. Also on Houndstooth a tasty 10” from Akkord.
  • EPIC DeepChord ‘Ultraviolet Music’ 2CD.
  • LP of previously unreleased recordings from early avant electronic music bossman Guy Reibel. My beard grew a full 3-inches. I said beard.
  • Tarzana LP on Pacific City Sound Visions aka loveable weirdos Jan Anderzen (Kemialliset Ystävät) and Spencer Clark (The Skaters).
  • Smart nu-skool vaporwave tape from HKE / t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者.
  • EVOL ‘Opus 17a’ to crack your melon open.
  • Post-industrial ambience, rhythmic noise and sludgy concrète dub EP with fruit on the cover from SPR. (N.B eat your 5 portions a day, or you will die a slow and painful death).
  • 10” from Marmalade Village chap Jack Latham… oh sorry Jam City… duh!
  • FaltyDL ‘Visceral’ 12” on Ninja Tune. What does the DL stand for? Dirty Lover I’ll bet.
  • Who would win in a fight between super ambient drone tag-team Benoit Pioulard and Kyle Bobby Dunn as Perils VS Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen as Kiasmos? Not that we condone violence.
  • House and techno get splattered into a zillion pieces on Planet Mu with Herva at the controls.
  • Mind Over Mirrors ‘The Voice Calling’ LP on Immune - drone to the bone, man.
  • +++ Rocketnumbernine, Mr. TC 12” on Optimo Music, Roberto Clementi 12” on Echocord, Esteban Adame job with UR Remix, Gainstage 12” inc. Cut Hands and Orphan Swords mixes and probably others but I’m not doing all the bloody work for you.

Children’s corner

No Christmas records this week weirdly, so let’s see what is in stock for children…..

  • They Might Be Giants release their latest record for the children ‘Why?’ promises to answer all those tricky questions, such as why are dogs brown?
  • Some Argentinian children wrote poems and got a bad man to read them. Proceeds to charidee.
  • Slew of 12”s and compilation CD from SOPHIE. Buy ‘em for your 6 year old daughter.

….and that is your lot. For this week. So many things going on that we would be foolish to tempt you with next week’s stuff -- just watch the site, ok?

Words by Clint with Ant and things stolen from Robin.

The Normanites this week were: Phil, Kim, Ian and Nathon.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

DJ Sprinkles

Shishapangma EP

9/10 from Clinton

What will DJ Sprinkles get up to next? Having already sampled Arthur Scargill on a recent release, the deep house producer is getting increasingly hard to predict. This time on »



9/10 from Robin

Drone dream team time! Perils is made up of the incredible sonic angels that are Kyle Bobby Dunn and Benoit Pioulard, both of whom have arguably released career highlights on »

Guy Reibel

Douze Inventions En Six Modes De Jeu

9/10 from Ant

Has your treasured copy of ‘Granulations-Sillages / Franges du Signe’ been getting lonely on the shelf? Fear not, it’s heartbreaking solitude and hopeless& on »

DJ Stingray 313

Communications System

9/10 from Ant

Sherard Ingram brings more Detroit sci-fi techno in his inimitable style. The titular cut reminding me a lot of ‘Star Chart’ from his 'Aqua Team 2' 2x12” on on »

A New Line (Related)

Our Lady Of Perpetual Fucking Succour

9/10 from Ant

Somewhere between Detroit and Berlin - Lancashire to be precise, dwells Andrew Johnson (The Remote Viewer / Hood). Between gobbling up his native cuisine of hot-pots he’ on »

Bersarin Quartett


8/10 from Robin

It’s been time and a half since I’ve heard from Bersarin Quartett, but I understand: the flow of time is an unfortunate accident for these folks, who move at on »

Black Bombaim

Live at Casazul

8/10 from Robin

Instead of hiring someone from behind the decks to capture this psychedelic conversation between friends, the crew behind ‘Live at Casazul’ nabbed recordings on »

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol

Masters Of The Molehill

8/10 from Robin

This band is not Prince. Nor do I think they will ever cover “I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man”, I’m afraid. The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol are on »


Swept EP

8/10 from Robin

I bet Olafur Arnalds has a really fucking good winter-wear collection. Temporarily abandoning his role as the man who makes neo-classical music next to a fireplace that also on »

Francis Lung

Faehers Son Vol. 1

8/10 from Clinton

This is a wonderfully packaged record that would have fitted snugly in to my ex’s flat. Everything she owned was white you see….and this is white throughout. The on »

Lasse Marhaug & Kristoffer Alberts


8/10 from Ant

Heavyweight sonic collision from Scandinavian noise bossman Lasse Marhaug and saxophonist Kristoffer Alberts of Norwegian avant-garde / free jazz outfit’s Cortex, Snik on »


Show Us The Fire

8/10 from Robin

I like to feel like I am an illusion and everything around me is too, so I’m pretty into Zelienople’s brand of displacing post-rock. With a voice that cuts out on »

HKE / t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者

Gateway アセンション

8/10 from Ant

Despite the fact that Vaporwave has been a thing for some years now, I still know little to nothing about it. Infact just looking at the word makes me feel like I’m 90 on »

Mind Over Mirrors

The Voice Calling

8/10 from Robin

Jaime Fennelly does not ease you in; he does not build things up, and he does not wait for the sun to rise. Rather, he might be one of the only drone artists to Get This Show on »


Alien Wildlife Estate

8/10 from Robin

Laurie isn’t here, so I’m just gonna come right out and say it: electronics are weird. Why are electronics so weird? Stuff twinkles and drones and whirrs, it goes, on »

Ensemble Economique

Blossoms In Red

8/10 from Robin

Hey, quick PSA: if you listen to the first track on ‘Blossoms In Red’ for too long you will actually sink into it and become part of the record sleeve. Listening on »

Boots For Dancing

The Undisco Kidds

8/10 from Clinton

Boots For Dancing are the missing link between Jozef K and Modern Romance (bear with me) i.e the band Franz Ferdinand wish they were. This amazing piece of lost history fills on »


Hello 307

8/10 from Clinton

Is there any chance Central Processing Unit could release a bad record? Just to show that they are human.  There's no chance this time around with this superbly warm on »

Gary Cook

The Fabulous World Of Gary Cook

8/10 from Clinton

This is a great compilation of a songwriter that I'm fairly certain absolutely no-one anywhere (apart from maybe a few souls in Barrow-in-Furness) will be aware of. What it on »

Exoteric Continent


8/10 from Ant

Arnau Sala has had releases as Exoteric Continent on Opal Tapes, Hospital Productions and Second Sleep among others. Utilizing synth, tape and computer for the ‘ on »



8/10 from Ant

Herve Atsè Corti has been putting out tracks on Bosconi Extra Virgin, Delsin, All City, Kontra-Musik, Don’t Be Afraid and has now been given a platform on Planet on »

Lubomyr Melnyk

Rivers and Streams

8/10 from Robin

Lubomyr Melnyk has long been treating us to his caffeinated neo-classical, using his continuous playing approach to piano as a means of just pressing on. For many of us, the on »

Featured albums

Joy Division
Heather Leigh
Boots For Dancing
Shift Work
Jack Latham
DJ Sprinkles
Guy Reibel
HKE / t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者
Esteban Adame
Lasse Marhaug & Kristoffer Alberts
The Telescopes
They Might Be Giants
Roberto Clementi
Mr. TC
Butterfly Child
The Velvet Underground
Tiny Ruins & Hamish Kilgour
Parquet Courts
Ty Segall
Mark Lanegan
Judy Dyble
Bersarin Quartett
A New Line (Related)
Tom Carter
Mind Over Mirrors
Mark Kozelek and Nicolas Pauls
Ensemble Economique
Pleasure Leftists
The Nectarine No.9
Workin' Man Noise Unit