Thursday March 24th 2016
- Record of the Week. 10% off til the clock wallops midnight.
- New album by Glasgow racket makers the Cosmic Dead LP in stock now.
- Missed our sale this week? Never mind. We still have 2000+ reduced items in our ongoing sale.
You possibly might have noticed the upturn in vinyl sales over the last few years. This is good news for us. So we have spent the last few weeks ensuring that we have in stock the very best and the most popular titles. So we gone put them into two promos for your ease of reference:
- Classic Essentials. Popular records from the past now available on lovely fresh vinyl.
- Norman Records Essentials. We can recommend every single one.
Feel free to delve in. Away from all that it’s been a strong week for brand new wax so let us take a look at what has come in.
The General Round-up Of Good New Sound
Get in first before the inevitable 10 year anniversary re-issue.
- Lantern were dead popular when they released their debut disc back when Mike ruled our psych. Robin listens to their second record and finds out about the fuss.
- Sure to be the topic of discussion by the head nodders around the water cooler next week is the excellent new Odd Nosdam record.
- Superb euphoric and downbeat electronics and post dubstep from The Range. Hi-quality.
- Oldham teenager Kiran Leonard inspires, frustrates but mostly inspires on his anticipated second record ‘Grapefruit’.
- Glaswegian noisy people the Cosmic Dead make the pick of this week’s psych records.
- Black Tempest combines kosmische synth pounding with the sort of psychedelic sounds you might expect from a record dedicated to a yoga teacher.
- Cullen Omori is a man from the Smith Westerns now gone solo.
- Wray make indistinct shoegaze with moments of the Cure like eerie ‘80s melancholy
- Bob Mould (now 78) is still rockin’.
- Remember remix albums? Spectres have brought them back and feature all the usual suspects (Mogwai, Factory Floor, Andy Bell (Erasure Ride).
- Prolific sound sorcerer Chihei Hatakeyama makes three 26 minute tracks in the key of lovely.
- Jóhann Jóhannsson has made a film of super 8 footage of his Antarctic travels. Here is it’s icy soundtrack.
- Newsflash! Nils Frahm collaborates with someone other than Olafur Arnalds.
- Not sure why Batman and Superman are fighting in the first place but Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL have soundtracked it.
- If only everything in life was as reassuring as the Thermals.
- Aussie rock meanies Hotel Wrecking City make psych rock and deconstructed noise.
- Pizza eaters Virgin Kids go in for screeching fun surf/punk.
- Newcastle dronesters Blown Out explain in song what they did at Supernormal festival in 2015.
- Sunn O))) man and Drone-guitar-merchant Stephen O’Malley has yet another live LP out.
The Round Up Of Old Sound Renewed:
Old things. Re-hashed. Re-cashed.
- Loads of re-issued psych records from waaaaaaay back in 2013 ish era from the Myrrors, Dead Rabbits and the Underground Youth all on Fuzz Cub.
- Arch of eyebrow Morrissey-approved post punk gentlemen the Monochrome Set unleash an album of outtakes and stuff.
- Kraftwerk alumnus Karl Bartos gets his 2003 album ‘Communication’ re-unleashed.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
Amongst his likes are bloops, bleeps and even a few blips.
- Firstly this lot arrived last Thursday just after our super-computer sent out the update: Baauer album on LuckyMe, STL EP on Something, Vakula EP on Arma, Pact Infernal 12” on Samurai Horo, JoeFarr 2LP on Bloc and Paul Woolford 12” in oldskool mode on Running Back.
- Finest transmission yet from eMMplekz with Ekoplekz providing the perfect backdrop for Baron Mordant to prove he truly has the gift of the gob.
- Collaged field recordings/ Musique concrète type LP from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Felicia Atkinson on Shelter Press. 500 copies.
- Monochrome ambient melancholy from Dalhous on Blackest Ever Black.
- Grinding techno/ EBM/ acid/ electro gear from L/F/D/M on Ecstatic.
- Fluxion ‘Vibrant Forms II’ 2CD reissue of classic Chain Reaction dub techno.
- Pair of posh hybrid vinyl / picture discs from Le Revelateur and Vindicatrix on Dekorder. 300 copies a piece.
- Detroit/ Berlin techno alliance Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald present Borderland ‘Riod’ 12” on Tresor. Complete with ‘Version’ not on the forthcoming LP.
- German reissue action with two LP’s from the late Dieter Moebius and Kraftwerk man Karl Bartos.
- Noise fiends would do well to check the M Ax Noi Mach LP on Alter and Puce Mary LP on Posh Isolation.
- Ultra chill ambient house LP from D.K. on Antinote.
- Three limited white label Wah Wah Wino 12”s
- Alpha 606 12” on Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions with ace remixes from Ectomorph folks BMG, Erika and a belter from Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir. Plus bangin’ Israel Vines 12” on IT offshoot Eye Teeth.
- Donato Dozzy unleashes a pair of bangers on The Bunker New York.
- Blissed Japanese ambient electronica from Sugai Ken.
- 12” of transformer-electro-grime-trance or something from Berlin’s Amnesia Scanner on Young Turks.
- Plus, while we’re at it; limited Bullion white label, Pokk! 12” with Yves Dey Mey Remix, Om Unit plate, PHON.O job on Tectonic and Moire 12” on Spectral.
Remember, it’s Easter so we aren’t here tomorrow and Monday so we’ll be back in our chairs on Tuesday morning. Also, put your clocks forward for God’s sake!
Words by Clint and Ant. Some words lifted from text originally scribed by Robin.
The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & his little man Laurie.
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
9/10 from Laurie