- To help you out we’ve compiled loads of really really great In Stock items which can ship immediately.
- The deadline for UK Christmas orders is Monday at 1PM. So you have the entire weekend!
- 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 and Phil’s madcap Christmas Giveaway could potentially win you a £200 voucher.
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.
- 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...
- 2CD on Plus 8 where Richie Hawtin revisits old pseudonyms Plastikman, FUSE, Circuit Breaker, Robotman, Acid Santa (joke).
- Consumer Electronics - perfect festive listening.
- Techno/ bass mutations album from Acre on Tectonic.
- DJ Sotofett lands on Detroit’s F.I.T.
- Pair of techno/ house 12”s on new Portuguese imprint LAMA from MASHA (aka IVVVO) and Lake Haze who refuses to use all capital letters.
- Tarquin Manek bloke from Tarcar did an LP for Blackest Ever Black.
- White label bass pressure on Mala’s DEEP MEDi MUSIK from Gantz & Commodo.
- Pierre Bastien busts out the Meccano.
- Tasty bleak, dystopian and futuristic grubby industrial electronics 7” from Exoteric Continent.
- Electrified cosmic jazz goodness from Marcello Napoletano on Berceuse Heroique.
- Super classy album from disco legend Patrick Cowley on Dark Entries.
- Batch of freshly baked goodies from echospace [detroit] with 3 CD’s from Variant Electricwaves ‘Marina’ CD plus clear wax cv313 12”.
- Remixed cuts from that Linkwood album on Firecracker with screen-printed artwork pt1 pt2.
- Repress of Detroit kid Kyle Hall’s ‘The Water Is Fine’ plus pre-order his forthcoming 3LP ‘From Joy’ on Wild Oats.
- Reissue of ultra rare Italo Disco tune ‘Mind Games’ from JO JO.
- Kid606 slips into ambient mode with ‘Recollected Works Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
- Collectors edition, remastered 2CD set of Gigi Masin, Alessandro Monti, Alessandro Pizzin’s ‘The Wind Collector/ As Witness Our Hands’.
- Coupla rekkids on L.I.E.S. from Parisian Cleck Cleck Boom peeps Jean Nipon & Magendie High School presents and Black Dicer Eric Copeland.
- CP / BW (Corporate Park and Beau Wanzer) LP - weird and raw for the freaks.
- Guess you missed the VHS Head 100 copies job 12” on Skam. Weep.
- LP of audio claustrophobia from Astor on Penultimate Press.
- Tons more gear including Fingers Inc. 3LP reissue, ace Joey Anderson album on Dekmantel, Jared Wilson EP on Super Rhythm Trax, Fyoelk 12” on Rush Hour’s No ‘Label’, Primitive World 12” on R&S, footwork gear from Chicago’s Traxman, Phloston Paradigm plate on Hyperdub, WU15 on Eglo, Shinichi Atobe repress etc.
They might just squeeze into a Christmas stocking...
- Papernut Cambridge and Luke Smith & The Feelings have recorded a number of songs by John Sullivan including the theme tune to ‘Only Fools And Horses’. True.
- Palma Violets have made a Christmas song. Slade have absolutely nothing to worry about.
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.
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