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Promos and stuff

Meanwhile new things are here already! Let’s take a look at what is in this week….

New Things and Re-issues all in one big pudding… all friends now, all differences forgot.

  • ‘Dame’ David Bowie recovers from all the one star reviews of his new ‘Blackstar’ album….Public Warning: contains lashings of sax.
  • Colder make their third album of bleakly melancholic, devastatingly sad electronic music.
  • Hinds are the ramshackle group once known as Deers. 6Music execs really like ‘em.
  • John Williams’s entire epic orchestration for the Star Wars series is collected in this special nerd-friendly 11LP or 10 x CD and 1 x DVD collection.
  • Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to the latest Quentin Tarantino blockbuster is in.
  • In this week’s most heartwarming news, the Feelies leader and unofficial grandad to Real Estate Glenn Mercer releases a lovely instrumental solo album.
  • ‘60s poppers the Chemistry Set play pounding melodic psych pop; their records usually sell out.
  • The Machismo’s kindly dole out an extra copy of their most recent album of noisy lop-sided indie so you can ‘Share One with a Friend’.
  • Pastoral ballads evoking empty, twilit spaces where magical beasts snooze from post-metallers Eole.
  • Belfast’s Sea Pinks make post-Real Estate jangle which seems to have gone down rather badly with our Ian. Upsetting.
  • Trust Sievehead to deliver the psychedelic bits and bobs you cherish.
  • Tomita’s rare soundtrack to Catastrophe 1999 gets a timely re-issue as the world floods.

Ant’s aloof Electronic Roundup:

So… much… ambient… music… must… type words... not... fall….. asleep. . .

  • Batch of gear from Dutch ambient imprint Shimmering Moods: 50 copies in existence of Limited Liability Sounds CD, Fontaine CD, and Arkadelphia USB stick you can plug into an ambient jacket potato (cream cheese reference/pun).
  • Limited ‘Ambient Works Vol. 1’ picture disc LP + CD from Michael Padilla (well ambient).
  • Self-released Ocean Floor LP of (ambient) harmonium and synthesizer explorations. Space is the place.
  • CD edition of offthesky & Pleq collab on Infraction (ultra-ambient).
  • SWANS guitar botherer Norman Westberg dishes out some cinematic and minimal drones (sorta ambient!)
  • Michel Banabila ‘Tapu 2016’ sampler 2CD featuring collabs with Machinefabriek etc. (includes ambient moments).
  • Grime Watch: Edition of 500 copies clear wax Jme ‘> Integrity’ instrumentals (so not ambient).
  • Dubkasm 12” with remix from DMZ bossman Mala. Nice up the area etc.
  • Andrew Weatherall and Nina Walsh slip into hauntology mode (apparently) as The Woodleigh Research Facility (semi-ambient).
  • One hundred sixty four minutes of neo-classical compositions for your ambient lunch break by Ironomi.
  • Neon soul from Dean Blunt with production from Arca on that there Babyfather 10” on Hyperdub.
  • WANDA GROUP tape on Sun Ark, which you’ve probably missed by the time you click on the link. Our sincerest, heartfelt apologies slowcoaches. Four other cassette tapes on Sun Ark, the label run by Sun Araw
  • L-Vis 1990 presents Dance System 12” (music for dancing/opposing ambient with).


As small as Phil’s head, as serious as your life.

  • Meilyr Jones makes the latest bouncy Super Furry-ish pop from the Welsh valleys.
  • Jehnny Beth of Savages and Julian Casablancas of the Strokes team up on collaborative 7”.

Finally: we are starring in our very own wireless show. Norman Records Show is the innovative name for our brand new radio show broadcasting every first Saturday of the month between 4pm and 6pm. Drive time on KMAH. Laurie and Robin will present the inaugural show this Saturday 9th January. Catch these saviours of radio here.

Words by Clint with Ant and things stolen from Robin.

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


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...



9/10 from Clinton

Expecting floaty dubby ambience I recoiled at the words ‘lead guitar’ on the insert credits but don’t let that put you off. ‘Marina’ doesn’...read on »

Glenn Mercer

Incidental Hum

9/10 from Clinton

Life is full of soul-destroying, crushing disappointments… but not always. Glenn Mercer has been the perma-sunglassed leader of the Feelies throughout their thirt...read on »


Lost Sequence

8/10 from Clinton

Picture the scene. Our work Christmas do. Phil would like to do a small toast as the meals arrive. Myself and Ant are distracted, we are talking about…….Dee...read on »


A Cosmic Serenade

8/10 from Clinton

Awwwwww this is nice. There’s nothing wrong with simply being nice is there? There’s so much not nice in the world that it’s good to try to balance it out a ...read on »

The Migrant


8/10 from Clinton

The Migrant is a man Bjarke Bendtsen from Copenhagen who wears shorts and likes taking his top off. He also is a fairly accomplished songwriter and this album is going to app...read on »

The Machismo's

Share One With A Friend

8/10 from Robin

The Machismo’s are either altogether nice fucking people or secret millionaires, considering they’ve issued each of their 150-copies only ‘Share One With a F...read on »


Into The Blue

8/10 from Robin

Place your faith in Sievehead to deliver the psychedelic bits and bobs you cherish so dear. These riffs come crawling out of their songs like rats rushing through alleyways, a...read on »

Ennio Morricone

The Hateful Eight - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

8/10 from Robin

Quentin Tarantino goes from zero to a hundred real quick here: having never before commissioned a score for one of his patiently grotesque films, he’s gone straight to E...read on »



8/10 from Robin

It’s important to cover all the ambient bases sometimes, and Ironomi are, for lack of better phraseology, on it. For real: this one hundred sixty four minute record is a...read on »



8/10 from Clinton

To open up 2016 with a bang is unpredictable and unclassifiable crooner Dean Blunt, in tandem with nu-producer extraordinaire Arca for a rather brilliant collaboration. Blunt&...read on »

The Woodleigh Research Facility

The Phoenix Suburb (And Other Stories)

8/10 from Laurie

What the hell is this hauntology thing that people are banging on about? It sounds like a spooky religious cult, or at least, it sounds like a musical genre that people are tr...read on »

Limited Liability Sounds

Surrounding Countryside

8/10 from Laurie

Inspired by the cabin retreat of a certain 19th century US romantic, Surrounding Countryside attempts to channel all that is natural, beautiful, harsh and introspective. Too m...read on »


Here and Now

8/10 from Robin

The front cover suggests the kind of metal quest that comes around once in a fantastical lifetime: a viking ship heading over the mountains and escaping into the moon. It happ...read on »

Ocean Floor


8/10 from Laurie

What is it about synthesisers and space? Is it because most of them look as inoperable as a space station cockpit? Or perhaps it’s that a couple of folks back in the day...read on »

Michel Banabila

Tapu sampler 2016

8/10 from Laurie

Tapu is the label of Michel Banabila, featuring the music of Michel Banabila and sometimes others, as this sampler will reveal. On this 2CD set, an impressive and extensive ar...read on »


Many Colours

8/10 from Clinton

Could there actually be anything more depressing than listening to a Colder album in a cold, grey concrete pod in that bit between Christmas and New Year where everyone else s...read on »

Featured albums

Ocean Floor
L-Vis 1990 presents Dance System
The Machismo's
Michel Banabila
Limited Liability Sounds
Glenn Mercer
John Williams
Sea Pinks
Ennio Morricone
Meilyr Jones
Jehnny Beth & Julian Casablancas
David Bowie
The Woodleigh Research Facility
Michael Padilla
The Chemistry Set
Norman Westberg
offthesky & Pleq