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Weekly Update Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald present Borderland, PHON.O, Fluxion, The Cosmic Dead, Karl Bartos, and more...

Thursday March 24th 2016

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:

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.

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...

Portishead

Dummy

9/10 from Clinton

Truly a game changing record. 'Dummy' took the Bristol noir sound of Massive Attack to a new level which proved to be both inspirational and commercially successful. Beth Gibb...read on »

Chris Abrahams

Fluid To The Influence

9/10 from Robin

Chris Abrahams is one third of the Necks, an Australian improv act known for asking the question “shall we make an album?”, getting one minute into it an...read on »

The Range

Potential

9/10 from Jamie

It has been a favourite on the Norman stereogram for what seems like an inordinate number of weeks, so I've been looking forward to getting my mitts on this album for some tim...read on »

Dalhous

The Composite Moods Collection Vol. 1: House Number 44

9/10 from Laurie

More sonically and visually monochrome movements from Blackest Ever Black as they curate Dalhous’ first volume in the Composite Moods Collection, a series that may not a...read on »

Fluxion

Vibrant Forms II

9/10 from Ant

Apologies to our readers - I should have written a few words about this last week. I can assure you I will receive the appropriate punishment from my superiors and be summoned...read on »

eMMplekz

Rook to TN34

9/10 from Clinton

There is a mini moment during the opening wonderful 'Britain's Got Talon' when for a second you think that Mike Skinner was kind of on the right path before it went up th...read on »

Odd Nosdam

Sisters

9/10 from Clinton

Is Nosdam not the new Dilla yet? A million years in the making, his wonderful brand of dream haze hip-hop production is just beginning to crawl through the cracks and blinking...read on »

Fire

She Sleeps, She Sleeps

9/10 from Robin

Once, they were an orchestra; now, all is fire. Here, at the core of one of modern music’s most notorious free jazz communities, we have tenacious tenorist Mats Gustafss...read on »

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Felicia Atkinson

Comme Un Seul Narcisse

8/10 from Jamie

In which Alpine sound artist Felicia Atkinson and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, in field-recordist mode, weave together sounds culled from the city and the mountains to produce a wondr...read on »

Kiran Leonard

Grapefruit

8/10 from Clinton

In a recent interview teenage Oldham wonder kid Kiran Leonard complained that he wasn’t interested in any music that ‘just comes out’ of artists suggesting t...read on »

Om Unit

Torchlight Vol.2

8/10 from Laurie

First up on the 12” pile is dance music nomad Om Unit, who has taken a break from making his 10” edits after being appalled at how much they go for on discogs afte...read on »

Various

The Engineering Of Consent

8/10 from Laurie

Ransacked beats and atonal whirrings combine on this 12” on new label Algebra of Need that collects 3 tracks from Aql Measure and Henry Gillett. Rather than collaborate,...read on »

Donato Dozzy

Squadra Quadra EP

8/10 from Ant

When he’s not twanging jaw harps, collaborating with Neel as Voices From The Lake, playing Bee Mask or processing Anna Caragnano’s vocals - Thee Italian Techno Sta...read on »

The Myrrors

Burning Circles In The Sky

8/10 from Robin

Why lie: I actually like the Myrrors. I shouldn’t, because they just make the same exact sheepishly hypnotic brand of psych rock everyone else does, but… they jan...read on »

Norman Westberg

MRI

8/10 from Ant

You all know who Norman Westberg is right? He’s the string twanger from SWANS that looks like my old postman, but who knew this guy was a master of minimalism? Over the...read on »

The Cosmic Dead

Rainbowhead

8/10 from Robin

Here is a psych rock record and here, in rough order, is the course it takes: the same riff over and over again feat the occasional bit of low end; squeaky extra riffing; kosm...read on »

L/F/D/M

Crocodiles in the Ceiling EP

8/10 from Ant

Bronze Teeth / Green Gums man Richard Smith returns to Ecstatic as L/F/D/M (Loves Flaccid Disco Muscle) following last years ‘M Is A Shape’ LP and EP’s ...read on »

The Monochrome Set

Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Vol.2

8/10 from Clinton

Arched of eyebrow post-punk troupe the Monochrome Set released their first collection of odds and sods and outtakes as ‘Volume, Contrast, Brilliance Vol 1’ back in...read on »

Black Tempest

Enfolding Light

8/10 from Clinton

To describe this record initially I could pretty much leave any attempt at clever wordplay aside and simply repeat a line on the sleeve notes. "Dedicated to my amazing yoga te...read on »

F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm

Tag Eins Tag Zwei

8/10 from Laurie

What’s this? Nils Frahm collaborating with someone other than Olafur Arnalds? I wonder what ol’ Arnie has to say about this. He’ll probably write a mournful ...read on »

Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

End of Summer

8/10 from Robin

Jóhann Jóhannsson jumps the gun by declaring summer dead, which is kinda a bummer because I was looking forward to it. Fine, though: maybe he knows something we ...read on »

Featured albums

Black Tempest
Hotel Wrecking City Traders
Blown Out
F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Felicia Atkinson
L/F/D/M
Stephen O'Malley
Lantern
Chihei Hatakeyama
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald present Borderland
Amnesia Scanner
Moire
Bullion
Wray
eMMplekz
Odd Nosdam
Israel Vines
Donato Dozzy
Pact Infernal
Paul Woolford
PHON.O
The Range
The Monochrome Set
JoeFarr
The Underground Youth
Cullen Omori
The Cosmic Dead
Vindicatrix
M Ax Noi Mach
Le Revelateur
Puce Mary
Spectres
Sugai Ken
Vakula
Alpha 606
Om Unit
Dalhous
Karl Bartos
D.K.
Baauer
Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL
The Thermals
STL
Virgin Kids
Fluxion
Bob Mould
Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Kiran Leonard
The Myrrors
Dead Rabbits