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You may have noticed some slight changes to the site this week. Orange 'Buy Now' buttons denote in stock items that can ship immediately. Everything else is marked with a blue 'Order this in' buttong, which is for stuff we need to get hold of from our suppliers first. Just a little something to help you out before Christmas. In return, we would dearly like it if you would help us bust through the meaningless but psychologically important barrier of 20,000 Twitter followers...follow us here, yeah?

Away from all that, this fine object is Record of the Week with 10% off for the rest of the day we know as today. Meanwhile we’ve been packing as many of your orders as humanly possible and now, thanks to our ever reliable delivery drivers who have driven selflessly through drizzle and cloud, we have all these re-stocked items which you can now buy.

There have also been a smattering of new records out, let’s take a brief look shall we?

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

  • Singapore Sling have written the words ‘Psych F*ck’ all over the front of their new LP.
  • The Arctic Flow package their dainty Sarah-ish pop beautifully.
  • Shunkan is a New zealand lady and pals making kind of emo-ish shoegaze.
  • We have vinyl copies of Disappears performing Dave Bowie’s ‘Low’ in Chicago.
  • Heavy crew Lucid Sins re-badge ‘70’s psychedelic rock.
  • We’ve got copies of the Christine Vantzou album on Kranky for the first time on vinyl.
  • Go March blend some textured post-rock electronic jams together like a cake.
  • Stara Rzeca came in at a healthy number two in the Quietus Top Records of 2015 this new one puts mountain folk up against Sunn O))) churn.
  • Blossoms meanwhile are from Stockport and make chirpy 80’s influenced pop a bit like Taylor Dayne’s ‘Tell It To My Heart’ with modern pizazz.

Reissues:

  • There’s a massive box set of Flaming Lips ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’ jam packed full of its madcap Daniel Johnston meets Status Quo charm ….and then some.
  • Couple of 80’s era New Zealand re-issues from Tall Dwarfs and Skeptics.
  • Psychsters Sundial’s 2012 album ‘Mind Control’ contains an ‘unusual’ cover of Roxy Music’s “In Every Home A Heartache”.
  • North Sea Navigator’s ‘05 era ‘Make the Blacklist’ gets re-unleashed in an edition of 50 copies.
  • Trunk records have released this Britxotica compilation of 50’s and 60’s pop fun including a track from Harry H Corbett no less.
  • Psychedelic, cascading soundtrack to a Japanese film on witchcraft on Finders Keepers from Masahiko Sato.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Storytime. Once upon a time he didn’t have a beard and now he does...

7“s

They might just squeeze into a Christmas stocking...

Book

Basically they are the same as records but using your eyes rather than your ears. There’s this book about Post Rock that features people like Mogwai, Tortoise, David Pajo and Steve Albini.



...aaaand that’s your lot for the week. Next week is Christmas week as you may be aware. We’ll be here Monday to Wednesday to try to sort out all your festive problems.


Words by Clint with Ant and things stolen from Robin.

The Normanites this week were: Phil, Kim, Laurie (a bit), a Star War, Ian and Nathon.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Stara Rzeka

Zamknely sie oczy ziemi

9/10 from Laurie

So, I find out about Stara Rzeka as Stara Rzeka ceases to be. This here CD is the second and last release by Kuba Ziolek under this name, until the pole  can think o...read on »

Shinichi Atobe

Ship-Scope

9/10 from Clinton

So this is what they've all been banging on about. The recent release of 'Butterfly Effect' on Demdike Stare was the first new music from this lost techno dreamer since the ea...read on »

Acre

Better Strangers

9/10 from Laurie

It’s album time for Acre, a collection of 4 letters that together spell music. Truth is, I’m not sure what kind of music has preceded the release of this massive e...read on »

Contact Field Orchestra

Mapping The Futures Gone By

8/10 from Laurie

Enter once again the Contact Field Orchestra and producer Damon Aaron’s junk gamelan, this time on some crazy olive green/black splattered 10” vinyl and CD. Aaron ...read on »

Pierre Bastien

Blue As An Orange

8/10 from Laurie

This man was doing robot music before Aphex made it cool. Wait, did he? Has anyone? Squarepusher tried with his Z-machines but only achieved novelty. Bastien succeeds in creat...read on »

Cavern of Anti-Matter

Other Voices 06

8/10 from Robin

Tim Gane’s back at work here, the ex-Stereolab chemist now joining forces with spook university Ghost Box for one in their series of 7”s. The result of a Real Esta...read on »

ToiToiToi

Other Voices 07

8/10 from Robin

No ghosts haunt ToiToiToi’s latest 7”, but with their hands over their mouths and their toy instruments set up in the far end of the room, you might wonder just ho...read on »

Stara Rzeka

Cien Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem

8/10 from Clinton

Just as I think about putting the needle on the 'rekkid' a chap comes into buy it. Luckily there’s a spare copy. This is by the same Polish artist who almost won the co...read on »

MASHA

Ghosts

8/10 from Ant

MASHA is a new alias of Ivo Pacheco, perhaps best known as IVVVO (Opal Tapes, Creme Organization, Public Information, ORO etc.) who has also released on L.A. Club Resource off...read on »

Lake Haze

I.L.Y.T.

8/10 from Ant

Lake Haze (named after a tune on Drexciya’s ‘Harnessed The Storm?) is Portuguese DJ/ producer Goncalo Salgado whose previous vinyl releases have come out on DJ Hau...read on »

North Sea Navigator

Make The Blacklist

8/10 from Clinton

Initially released sometime in '05 this has been re-issued presumably due to massive public demand in a further edition of 50 copies. Check press for it being played live in i...read on »

Tarquin Manek

Tarquin Magnet

8/10 from Laurie

Imagine walking into the dining room for a meal of significance. Christmas dinner probably, given the time of year, but here at NR we don’t assume everyone celebrates th...read on »

Singapore Sling

Psych Fuck

8/10 from Robin

Here’s a psych rock band playing their own version of Game For A Laugh by calling themselves Singapore Sling while actually living, creating and hibernating in that swee...read on »

Go March

Go March

8/10 from Robin

Instrumental trio Go March employ the whole “it’s scarier if you don’t see it” shtick but don’t scare us and make a good record instead. This lur...read on »

Featured albums

Palma Violets
VHS Head
Blossoms
Electricwaves
Gigi Masin, Alessandro Monti, Alessandro Pizzin
North Sea Navigator
Gantz & Commodo
WU15
Richie Hawtin
Various
DJ Sotofett
Linkwood
Lucid Sins
Linkwood
Cavern of Anti-Matter
Lake Haze
Astor
MASHA
Stara Rzeka
Marcello Napoletano presents Ra Toth And The Brigantes Orchestra
Jared Wilson
Traxman
cv313
The Flaming Lips
Primitive World
Exoteric Continent
Singapore Sling
Jean Nipon & Magendie High School presents
Eric Copeland
The Arctic Flow
Sun Dial
Masahiko Sato
Jack Chuter
Shinichi Atobe
Joey Anderson
Shunkan
Go March
Fhloston Paradigm
Kid606
Kid606
Tarquin Manek
Pierre Bastien
Disappears
Fingers Inc.
Acre
CP / BW (Corporate Park and Beau Wanzer)
Fyoelk
Consumer Electronics
Christina Vantzou
Patrick Cowley
Papernut Cambridge / Luke Smith & The Feelings
Jo Jo
Tall Dwarfs