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Weekly Update S/D / Norman Nodge / Boris, SØS Gunver Ryberg, Frak / Heatsick, Cardopusher, Manicured Noise, and more...

Wait up, we have the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. No need to thank us all at once. If you are feeling lonely though you can always cheer yourself up with a record to help while away the hours. It’s been a mammoth week here at the towers so there are loads of them to choose from. This is going to be a bumper update. You ready?

New Things

Spanking new records that in time will either be forgotten or remembered.

  • Electric Eye are psych people from Norway. Distorting. Hypnotising. Warping.
  • Good Willsmith aren’t the actor guy but are drone pranksters who make odd loops, icy synths and disparate voices.
  • Low-voiced Gold Class make post-punk like they were from Northern Britain.
  • Hilariously monikered shoegazers Winkie make another right racket. No guitars.
  • The Wave Pictures ‘A Season in Hull’ was not made in Hull but in London. Hull 0 London 1.
  • Sharp and funky synth pop from Breakbot.
  • NZCA Lines party like we did in 2013 when listening to Metronomy.
  • Here’s the latest psych rock epic from All Them Witches.
  • James Newton Howard’s soundtrack to the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring Nightcrawler is in on either cherry cola or streetlamp yellow coloured vinyl.
  • Bees. Great aren’t they? Who wouldn’t want a bee as a gift. Or you could buy ‘One’ LP by Be which imagines the British summertime as heard by the bee. Actually do bees have ears?
  • The Pheromoans are a lop-sided English pop band. On their latest they add squiggly synths into the equation.
  • Luminous pitch black psych rock haze from Bremen.
  • Always nice to have a new Woo. This is a collection of lost tunes from the years 1975 to 1982.
  • Elephant 6 sunshine pop from long running funsters Dressy Bessy.
  • In surprising news, insurance guy Iggy Pop gets together with Tarwater and Alva Noto for a collaborative 12”.

Re-issues

Loads of ‘em this week. The past is still good.

  • Wild power pop with experimental bits and amazing hair. ‘Lolita Nation’ Scott Miller’s bonkers high water mark with Game Theory is now re-issued.
  • It wails, it screeches, it’s White Hills debut - re-booted with two bonus tracks.
  • Underground synthesizer shenanigans from the 1980s from Mystery Plane on Color Tapes.
  • Manchester post punkers Manicured Noise weird punk funk re-pressed.
  • There may be room in your life for crooning shoegaze group Breathless whose 1989 record ‘Blue Moon’ is worth listening to if you like This Mortal Coil.
  • Spider King were around at the time when northern post-punk got really funky.
  • Mohammad’s early proto cello drone LP ‘Roto Vildblomma’ gets a limited CD re-issue of just 111 copies.
  • Loads and loads of Italian Library music has been re-issued on Sonar Music Editions.
  • The Leaf label continue their re-issue campaign with re-badges for classic records from A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Efterklang, Melt Yourself Down and Asa Chang and Junray.
  • The highly anticipated anthology from unique soul singer Gloria Ann Taylor is in stock.


Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

He does the hokey-cokey. And that isn't drug slang.

  • Volume 2 of Detroit allround good guy Mike Huckaby’s tracks done on the Waldorf Wave synth
  • Cardopusher in proper Chicago style acid house shocker!
  • Repress of the gorgeous Fit Siegel ‘Carmine’ 12” on FIT - pure Motor City techno soul
  • Raw, bumpin’ house trax from Casio Royale on Glasgow’s Dixon Avenue Basement Jams
  • Fabrizio Rat transforms a piano into a synthesizer and groove machine on Optimo Trax
  • Icy modern synth pop/ cold wave LP from Visonia
  • Irish techno/ industrial gloom assault from Whirling Hall of Knives with remix from the mighty Talker
  • Fresh from a 12” on The Trilogy Tapes Don’t DJ has a limited hand-stamped job in die-cut sleeve with poster
  • Ultra limited Japanese acid house 10” action from ZZZ featuring HIBAHIHI
  • Quality sci-fi electro 12” from Morphology on the ever reliable Central Processing Unit
  • Belgian sounding - but actually Italian producer Not Waving’s album on Diagonal fits the labels techno /EBM aesthetic like a leather glove
  • Punishing 2LP of brutal ear shredding power electronics/ industrial racket from Kerridge on Downwards, plus a 12” from SØS Gunver Ryberg on his Contort label
  • Futuristic glitchy sound collage from Ling on Visionist’s PAN x Codes
  • Limited 100 copies sexy Frak / Heatsick double cassette
  • Reissue of Final Cut’s ‘Deep Into the Cut’ album from 1989 - Detroit industrial techno EBM produced by Jeff Mills!
  • Imaginary Forces lands on Type as Basic Rhythm bringing the ‘ardcore
  • Imagine partaking in a night of debauchery at Berghain from the comfort of your own home with this pair of 12”s on Ostgut Ton from S/D / Norman Nodge / Boris and Marcel Dettmann / Efdemin / Kobosil
  • Loads more 12”s from the like of Cleveland on Hivern, Shamos on Apron, December / Kaumwald split on In Paradisum, Chunky on 81, Tapan on WT (for deep and moody waistoids and freaks only!) etc.

7”s

Tiny little records you could put in a massive pocket.

  • Pinkshinyultrablast continue to take shoegaze to the stadiums with the first fruits of their new LP. On ‘mermaid’ colour vinyl.
  • Thee Oh Sees unleash a stand-alone 7” recorded in the same sessions as the recent ‘Mutilator’ sessions.
  • Indie from Exeter and indie from Munich, together at last with Muncie Girls and Sandlotkids.


There you go. Just for fun you can help us name the new Guided by Voices album if you like? we’ll see you again once the weekend is over.

Words by Clint with Ant and things stolen from Robin.

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

Coming soon: new guy.
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Game Theory

Lolita Nation

9/10 from Clinton

Oh my goodness where to start with this. The most sprawlingly ambitious power-pop/pop-psyche record ever made. Me and 'Lolita Nation' go back a long way. It was a sign of my y...read on »

Fit Siegel

Carmine / First Found

9/10 from Ant

We scored some copies of the repress of this gorgeous slice of Motor City techno soul... It’s not difficult to hear why Aaron ‘Fit’ Siegel’s ‘Ca...read on »

Good Willsmith

Things Our Bodies Used To Have

9/10 from Robin

Good Willsmith are improvising which is kinda what I do on the regular for Norman Records dot com in so far as I listen to records and then pretend to know what I’m talk...read on »

WOO

Awaawaa

8/10 from Clinton

I’m now struggling to remember the time Woo weren’t in my life. The London experimentalists have such a magnificent sound that it is a whole genre in itself and th...read on »

Frak / Heatsick

Live at Club 4 Reel, OCCII, Amsterdam

8/10 from Laurie

This release is like those packs of Tic Tacs where you get the orange and green ones in the same packet. Different flavours, but related, like Frak and Heatsick’s take o...read on »

Bremen

Eclipsed

8/10 from Robin

I first listened to this record in my living room with Christmas lights on as me and my housemates independently read a one-hundred-and-seventy-pages long .pdf about the lore ...read on »

Ling

Attachment EP

8/10 from Ant

The third release on Visionist and PAN collaborative label PAN x Codes is the debut EP from Ling. After the recent phase of retro electronic / synth music with every man and h...read on »

Kerridge

Fatal Light Attraction

8/10 from Ant

Samuel Kerridge lands back on Downwards for his third album - a predictably intense and brutal assault of power electronics meets crumbling apocalyptic industrial techno/ nois...read on »

White Hills

No Game To Play

8/10 from Robin

I’m sure this will be flying off the shelves with the same slow-mo enthusiasm that exists in the carousel scene of Logan’s Run, because you know: psych rock. This ...read on »

Electric Eye

Different Sun

8/10 from Robin

Bergen’s Electric Eye are doing all the traditional psychedelic things. Distorting. Hypnotising. Warping. Using sitars at random. They are who they are, and that happens...read on »

Not Waving

Animals

8/10 from Ant

Alessio Natalizia showcases the full spectrum of his sound on this reasonably diverse album, that despite covering a few styles (techno/ EBM/ industrial/ ambient/ synth pop) s...read on »

Florist

Phenomena EP

8/10 from Clinton

Rave culture means absolutely nothing to me. When the hoards were out raving in some airport hangar I was safely tucked up at home thumbing through a good James Herriot t...read on »

Featured albums

ZZZ (featuring HIBAHIHI)
Cleveland
Pig Destroyer
Chunky
Morphology
SØS Gunver Ryberg
Kerridge
Ling
Mohammad
Thee Oh Sees
Mystery Plane
Basic Rhythm
Marcel Dettmann / Efdemin/ Kobosil
S/D / Norman Nodge / Boris
Not Waving
Frak / Heatsick
Don't DJ
Game Theory
Breakbot
WOO
December / Kaumwald
Whirling Hall Of Knives
Good Willsmith
Winkie
Visonia
Dressy Bessy
Spider King
James Newton Howard
Electric Eye
Be
Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto
Fabrizio Rat
Shamos
Casio Royale
Final Cut
White Hills
Pinkshinyultrablast
The Wave Pictures
The Pheromoans
Fit Siegel
Cardopusher
Mike Huckaby
Gold Class
Tapan
NZCA Lines
Gloria Ann Taylor
Muncie Girls / Sandlotkids
David Bowie
Bremen
All Them Witches
Manicured Noise