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Oh lordy, it’s getting close. Just imagine: santa, etc. Excitement. Here’s how we can help with the stresses and strains of early December:

Onto this week and while new releases are still climbing down the release chute, there has been some delay in getting re-stocks in. Pretty much the worst thing to happen to any of us at this time of year, so we appreciate and/or beg for your patience on this and will keep you updated.

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

  • Flashy pop star Grimes gets 9/10 shiny on new left-of-Spears album.
  • Cass McCombs releases a compilation of all his bits and, indeed, his bats.
  • In probably the worst news ever, New Order have been remixed by Hot Chip. Luckily it’s one of the better tracks off their latest thing.
  • Jenny Lee is the woman from Warpaint, unleashing her own brand of slow groove.
  • The worst sound of the week has been Phil singing along to the Max Richter 8CD.
  • Evangelist is the late Gavin Clark with dance people attached.
  • Southport’s finest Lapsley loves a bit of the ol’ timestretch.
  • Who knew Alan Vega/Alex Chilton and Ben Vaughn once collaborated?
  • Tess Parks gets her Newcombe-less debut ‘Blood Hot’ (ouch!) re-issued.
  • The FLK are a two mysterious folky people and one of them wears a ‘73-era macintosh. We currently exclusively have the vinyl and CD editions of ‘Mummers’. Get in quick.
  • New one from absolute-ultimate Japanese mega-kings Hijokaidan.
  • Drab Majesty is the gothy project of Deb Demure of Marriages.
  • Emotive, intuitive pop from Kelela on Warp.
  • You know it’s Christmas when a Yellow6 Merry 6mas CD arrives in the post.
  • Phil likes rap. Earl Sweatshirt satiates his morning cuss.
  • Following hot on the heels of Phil’s Komikal Kreng Kock-up they summon the score to theatrical release ‘Cooties’.
  • More stuff in from Scottish self-deprecators Tuff Love, songwriter Keaton Henson as electronic alter ego Behaving, Nace-Corsano duo Vampire Belt, Welsh language pop experimenters Datblygu and two albums from textural guitarist Filipe Felizarto.

Sorry, there’s no Cat Corner this week.

Reissues:

  • Badly Drawn Boy is more than just Pissing in the Wind. Oh and that’s a track off his re-issued debut (in-joke alert).
  • I tried this joke out on Twitter. It didn’t take. Ahem… here goes... we promise that your Pelican records will arrive in ‘beak’ condition.
  • When we were nippers we used to call twee-gazers Secret Shine Secret Shite. Who’s laughing now eh?
  • ‘Out of This World’ compiles the later, pre-death musings of Edgar Froese and his Tangerine Dream.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Currently ripping up the dancefloor at his kid's school nativity party or something like that:

Tapes

They go round and round, and then eventually they snap:

  • We have a whole bunch of tapes on Opal Tapes (made to make your tape deck water) -- view ‘em all here…..
  • Also there’s some unearthly synth ambience from Circular Ruins.

...aaaand that’s your lot for the week. We’ll see you again on Monday which will no doubt see another grey week at the monochromic slab we call Norman Towers. Stay chipper.

Words by Clint with Ant and things stolen from Robin.

The Normanites this week were: Phil, Kim, Laurie the Christmas elf, Ian and Nathon.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Badly Drawn Boy

The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

9/10 from Clinton

I have a story about Badly Drawn Boy that I can’t tell because I’ll probably get the person who told me it sacked. It’s such a shame as it’s a really g...read on »

Grimes

Art Angels

9/10 from Robin

Coming after a good two years of career turmoil -- spanning the critical revelations of ‘Visions’, the egregious and unfair headlines that ensued and a follow-up a...read on »

Clarence G

Hyperspace Sound Lab

9/10 from Ant

Drexciya lovers can now rejoice with a sense of relief they didn’t auction off semi-vital organs to fund the purchase of an original copy of this highly sought after EP....read on »

Kelela

Hallucinogen

9/10 from Robin

I’m gonna get boring for a second and just write a tirade of praise: Kelela’s ‘Cut 4 Me’ mixtape, dropped in 2013, was a phenomenal hybrid of musical s...read on »

Cremation Lily

Radiance and Instability

9/10 from Ant

Zen Zsigo's Cremation Lily output has appeared mostly appeared on his Strange Rules label but also on Harbinger Sound, Alter etc. For 'Radiance and Instability' the artist hol...read on »

Twinkle³ with Sidsel Endresen

Debris In Lower Earth Orbit

9/10 from Ant

Clive Bell, Richard Scott and David Ross’s last record as Twinkle³ was called ‘Let’s Make a Solar System’. That gives some indication of what thes...read on »

Basic House / Metrist

The World Is Order, Incarnate

9/10 from Ant

Split tape from Opal Tapes bossman Basic House and Metrist (Resin, Fifth Wall). Basic House is first up with the blackened, unnerving soundscapes, clanking metal and tormented...read on »

Earl Sweatshirt

I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt

8/10 from Robin

On ‘I Don’t Like Shit’, Earl Sweatshirt has stopped trying on sounds and has started airing his shit out. A sombre record way the fuck removed from his days ...read on »

Strategy

Noise Tape Self

8/10 from Jim

Portland based electronic music producer Paul Dickow has been releasing music as Strategy for 12 years now on labels like Kranky, Idle Hands, 100% Silk, Endless Flight, and En...read on »

Drax

The 3rd Decade

8/10 from Ant

If you were a techno head in the mid 90’s you’ll know full well that Thomas Heckmann’s Drax releases on Trope used to properly do the business on the dancelo...read on »

Shapednoise

Different Selves

8/10 from Ant

Remember when Photek got upset that drum and bass had become too much like heavy metal? Levon Vincent has said the same about techno recently. If you don’t have a p...read on »

Russell Haswell

As Sure As Night Follows Day (Autechre, Powell, Stingray Remixes)

8/10 from Ant

Autechre remixes don’t come round that often but here’s one for pal Russell Haswell that has the duo remoulding ‘Heavy Handed Sunset’ into their &lsquo...read on »

Gaunt

Crowd Noise

8/10 from Ant

Heavily percussive debut EP of fresh and dynamic rhythms from UK producer Gaunt on Beneath’s Mistry label. ‘Crowd Noise’ kicks things off, building with sim...read on »

Aris Kindt

Floods

8/10 from Clinton

Topical title. This is another one of those records that takes the essence of techno but isn’t really techno in a conventional sense. 'Now Grey’ sets the monochrom...read on »

Pelican

What We All Come To Need

8/10 from Robin

Coming at a time when Pelican had made the switcheroo between heavy rawker labels Hydra Head and Southern Lord, ‘What We All Come To Need’ sums up why the band wer...read on »

Jenny Lee

Right On!

8/10 from Robin

A superhero crew blessed with the preternatural ability to make songs sound great without hooks -- or particularly good verses or choruses -- Warpaint are known for kicking [C...read on »

Vittoria Fleet

Greed LP

8/10 from Laurie

And here was me thinking that electro-pop was a forgotten, stagnant pool. Herein lies some pretty great little bleeps, vox and bloops that doesn’t feel like eating a jar...read on »

dj. flugvel og geimskip

Nott a hafsbotni

8/10 from Laurie

So far this sounds like a goblin’s cave in an RPG. An unfortunate prisoner is playing a folk tune on his flute somewhere in the depths, and the goblin is rummaging throu...read on »

Filipe Felizardo

Volume IV - The Invading Past and Other Dissolutions

8/10 from Robin

I’m smiling listening to this because the fellow responsible for making it -- amp specialist Filipe Felizardo -- described making it as “one of the most wonderful ...read on »

Hijokaidan

Emergency Stairway To Heaven

8/10 from Robin

The adorable normcore crew at Cold Spring are best known for eating lunch at a sensible hour and talking about Masterchef by the water cooler, so naturally Hijokaidan’s ...read on »

Alvin Aronson

Aevus

8/10 from Ant

Debut EP on from Alvin Aronson on DJ Richard and Young Male’s White Material imprint. Kicking off with a brief intro then heading deep into the bubbling ambient techno o...read on »

yellow6

merry6mas2015

8/10 from Clinton

I'm very pleased to know that Jon Atwood has a favourite corner. He has beautifully soundtracked it on the track 'My Favourite Corner' on this his latest release of gorgeous t...read on »

Featured albums

My Autumn Empire
The Declining Winter
Basic House / Metrist
OOBE
Cremation Lily
Personable
Naka Naka
dj. flugvel og geimskip
Russell Haswell
Gaunt
Shapednoise
Tuff Love
yellow6
Okokon
Kreng
DJ Stingray 313
Max Richter
Jens-Uwe Beyer
Vampire Belt
J. Tijn
Sigha
Various
Cass McCombs
Jenny Lee
Kelela
Behaving (Keaton Henson)
Lapsley
Consulate
Circular Ruins
Alvin Aronson
Drax
Datblygu
Dawit Eklund
New Order
t.e.s.o.
Grimes
Aris Kindt
Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn
Tess Parks
DeepChord
Legowelt
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / Black Rain / Cold Cave
Youth Code
Drab Majesty
Secret Shine
Evangelist
Hijokaidan
Various
Various
Strategy
Pelican
Badly Drawn Boy