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:
- Our Christmas Gift Guide is here to help you choose the best records for a loved one.
- Gift Vouchers for when you’ve not got a clue.
- Double Normanpoints to save you money.
- Phil’s madcap Christmas Giveaway. Potentially you could win a £200 voucher. Maybe.
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 object is Record of the Week with 10% off for the rest of the day we know as today.
- Pre-order the latest two limited releases on Sound in Silence by the Declining Winter and My Autumn Empire. Both due Dec 18th.
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.
- 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:
- We scored a bunch of gear on Opal Tapes including newies from Cremation Lily, Basic House / Metrist and represses of Personable, OOBE, Naka Naka, plus a cassette edition of Basic House’s ‘Caim In Bird Form’, and reissue of oldie ‘Cryptid Binaries’, originally on Washy Tapes.
- Legowelt gave his secrets away on video and made a tune.
- If the recent DeepChord 2CD wasn’t enough, here’s a coloured vinyl 12” to accompany it.
- Beats from Gaunt on Beneath’s Mistry label.
- Russell Haswell gets remixed by Autechre, Powell and DJ Stingray.
- Crusher from Shapednoise on Type. Like Pan Sonic armed with TNT.
- A pair of 7”s on DAIS from Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / Black Rain / Cold Cave and hardcore EBM action from Youth Code.
- Coupla tapes on Portals Editions; with bleak electronics from Consulate and nu-kosmische from Circular Ruins.
- Aris Kindt topically soundtracks Cumbria with lush dub/techno.
- Electronic vignettes from Okokon. I love them on salad, I do.
- Delayed ‘Noise Tape Self’ LP from Strategy on Further.
- 2LP of complicated sounding, sound research from t.e.s.o. on Andrea Parker’s Aperture.
- EP from Jens-Uwe Beyer on Magazine with preposterous posh title.
- Musiques Electroniques En France. (1974-1984) Vol. 2 and Vol. 1. No idea what that means -- I did German at school.
- Apparently Dawit Eklund channels Theo Parrish, Pepe Bradock, Herbie Hancock and Tony Allen. Name dropper.
- dj. flugvel og geimskip. I’m not making it up.
- Techno gubbins from Drax, Alvin Aronson, Sigha, J. Tijn, and ‘Replicants’ 2x12" on Inner Surface Music inc. Sleeparchive, O/H, Perc, Honzo, Gaja, Takaaki Itoh, Ontal and Sturqen.
- Still have a few bits on 12” left on 1080p.
- Arriving at any moment - a stonking 12” from DJ Stingray 313 and reissue of Drexciya holy grail ‘Hyperspace Soundlab’ by Clarence G.
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...
8/10 from Robin
8/10 from Ant
8/10 from Robin