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Thursday March 30th 2016

It is a veritable post rock gluttony fest this week with new records from big hitters Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. Add in new records from Gnod, Bibio, the Last Shadow Puppets and Dead Skeletons plus Burial and Battles re-issues already this is an insanely busy week. But there’s more...see below for details.

The General Round-up Of Good New Sound

New discs to feed your record player. Yum.

  • Disgruntled experimentalists Gnod continue to hiss and snarl on terrifying new record.
  • Post rock lords Mogwai unleash a soundtrack for scientific doc.
  • The world’s most cinematic band Explosions in the Sky do more climaxing. Coloured vinyl if you are quick.
  • Lad collabers the Last Shadow Muppets make actually quite good album.
  • We got the vinyl in of the Necks guy Chris Abrahams lovely new record. Robin “pleased”.
  • Lovely ‘EARS’ album of Buchla, tropical electronics and experimental pop from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Recommended listening with a pair of ears.
  • Oh September Girls. Oh lord.
  • Psych drone guys Dead Skeletons played in Berlin. Someone taped it and now it’s on vinyl with screen printed D side. The end.
  • Brand new Yeasayer on coloured wax.
  • Future Elevators make comforting modern day electronic pop. We all like to be comforted.
  • Bleached are rawwwwk ladies.
  • Super producer and the Paper Chase guy John Congleton has odd-rock fun.
  • Bibio’s new one is like a mix tape done by a frustrating friend.
  • I don’t think either of the Pet Shop Boys have hair now. They still know how to synth pop though.
  • Near our grimy office sits a grimy river. Folksters Trembling Bells have referred to it in the title to their new EP.
  • Glitterbust is the new record from rock’s fourth best Kim (Gordon).
  • Black Mountain get this week’s best description. “Cemetery Breeding” is somewhere between a folk rock murder ballad and a psych cover of Kaiser Chiefs’ “Love’s Not A Competition” says Robin.
  • Laura Gibson’s flat blew up. Then she made a good record. Have you done either? Think on.
  • Two metal records from Graves at Sea and Tombs. Not happy bunnies.
  • Ambient synth vignette from Richard Neale with Part 2 of his ‘Deep Blue’ series.
  • Lovely Icelandic electroacoustic neo-classicisms from Calder.

The Round Up Of Old Sound Renewed:

Old things. Re-hashed. Re-cashed.

  • The two Burial records get the vinyl re-press treatment and now include the tracks missing off the first pressing. Bonus!
  • Battles get pretty much everything re-issued.
  • At the other end of the music spectrum, slightly sinister Lancaster couple the Lovely Eggs get the re-issue treatment.
  • Grimes almost references a bleak Yorkshire place on re-booted album.
  • Another re-issue from travel toiletries expert Gruff Rhys.
  • Just as Welsh as Gruff Rhys, Cate Le Bon gets her ‘Mug Museum’ re-sold.
  • New Zealand legend Peter Jeffries ‘87 collab with Jono Lonie (not Jonah Lomu) re-hits the stores.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Amongst his likes are bloops, bleeps and even a few blips.

  • Limited tape of FM explorations and microtonal drones on .meds from NYZ aka Dave Noyze / Noyzelab.
  • Explosive Gareth Davis & Merzbow cobweb clearing LP.
  • Lovely spooked ambient, drone, piano tape from Cofradia De Los Herederos Del Vino featuring that Be My Friend In Exile chap. 77 copies each with unique collage.
  • Jlin 12” on Planet Mu we apparently weren’t cool enough to stock first time around.
  • 3AM head nodding music from Dean Blunt and chums as Babyfather on Hyperdub. Warning: cover art features Union Jack clad Segway.
  • Keenly anticipated Ash Koosha album on Ninja Tune “drops”. Sounds decent and all.
  • Rat on Saturn’s Jan St. Werner is at it again on Thrill Jockey.
  • Wallet destroying limited 12” from Kyoka on Raster Noton.
  • Red Axes transform Lena Platonos tracks on Dark Entries into solid dancefloor tools.
  • Both Burial albums now pressed on 180g wax with download codes. Including the beatless tunes that were on the CD editions but absent from initial vinyl pressings.
  • Tasty Alex Barnett and HIDE records on Midwhich Productions. Both with useful sleeves for inducing nightmares in naughty children.
  • DeepChord. You know the score.
  • Glacial Movements offering from Robin Storey’s Rapoon alias - about awakening of dormant mega virus and stuff. Happy days.
  • T’gyption Lover ‘T’gypyt T’gypyt’ seminal hip-hop/ electro classic on white triangular vinyl 7" in pyramid sleeve on Stones Throw. Phwoar!
  • Bruce Lee? Bruce Forsyth? Bruce Willis? Bruce Dickinson? Nope just Bruce with a 12”er on Hessle Audio.
  • Filthy banger / dirty sausage on South London Analogue Material from Keepsakes with Bas Mooy and Forward Strategy Group mixes.
  • Just in this second is the new record from long form techno king the Field.

7”s

Records once intended for Ronnie Corbett.

...and I suppose we should mention it before we go. Here’s our Record Store Day 2016 99% confirmed list.

Words by Clint and Ant. Some words lifted from text originally scribed by Robin.

The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & young master Laurie.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

NYZ

DRN4

9/10 from Jim

NYZ is the latest alias of David Burraston (aka Noyzelab, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko), an Australia-based sound scientist who you may have come across from his previous tape on ....read on »

Calder

Down

9/10 from Jamie

Oh, now this is lovely. I can tell you that with understated, quiet confidence and I'm barely two minutes into this dreamily beguiling and soothing little collection of Icelan...read on »

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

EARS

9/10 from Jamie

The sounds Kaitlyn has produced for "Ears", her second album, are an intriguing and compelling synthesis of electronics, woodwind and her own shimmering voice. Smith recorded ...read on »

Explosions In The Sky

The Wilderness

8/10 from Robin

Music aside, I’ve always liked the way Explosions In The Sky explain themselves: their album and song titles have often read like textbook post-rock, but the second-gen ...read on »

Mogwai

Atomic

8/10 from Robin

And so continues the long Norman tradition of not watching the thing the soundtrack was for. ‘Atomic’ is yet another score by Mogwai, the same notorious Band Who C...read on »

Laura Gibson

Empire Builder

8/10 from Robin

Sometimes I wish I could simply say “hey, this is a nice thing” and move on with my life as you investigate new developments in yours. ‘Empire Builder’...read on »

Cyril Secq / Orla Wren

Branches

8/10 from Jamie

Years in the planning, "Branches" is a collaborative work between Cyril Secq (Astrid) and Orla Wren (Tui). Cyril's guitar forms the bones of this multi-textured work, with Orl...read on »

The Comet Is Coming

Channel The Spirits

8/10 from Jamie

The.. COMET! is.. COMING! But be not afraid, for this is no harbinger of the apocalypse (well, it might be actually) but it is also, significantly, a time for wild gyrating an...read on »

Irma Vep & The Royal House Of Boo Hoo Hoo

Disappointment

8/10 from Clinton

I wandered in halfway through Irma Vep’s set at the Fulford Arms in York last week. I didn’t know if it was a man or a band or what and for the first seven minutes...read on »

Richard Neale

Deep Blue (part 2)

8/10 from Jamie

So here we have Part 2 of the Deep Blues, this being the literal follow-up to last year's -- well, you guessed it; or perhaps you already have it. A logical continuation of th...read on »

Avalon Emerson

Whities 006

8/10 from Clinton

With Laurie otherwise engaged doing the job of a man currently sat at home playing, it turns to his work grandad to assess the 'tronica. Avalon Emerson is a lady who has ...read on »

Cofradia De Los Herederos Del Vino

Cofradia De Los Herederos Del Vino

8/10 from Ant

Each cassette comes with an individual and unique handmade 14cm x 14cm collage. Limited Edition of 77 copies. If you enjoyed Be My Friend In Exile’s recent ‘Bound...read on »

Gareth Davis & Merzbow

Atsusaku

8/10 from Ant

Both frequent collaborators; Gareth Davis and Masami Akita join forces for the first time for two sides of densely textured, explosive noise for Moving Furniture Records. Hous...read on »

Ash Koosha

I AKA I

8/10 from Jamie

It's the return of Mr Koosha! Welcome back Ash, it must be at least six weeks since I last heard one of your records. "GUUD", Koosha's self-released debut LP which came out la...read on »

Jan St. Werner

Felder

8/10 from Jamie

This genuinely sounds like nothing else I have ever listened to... except perhaps Mouse on Mars. Which is what you might expect from half a mouse, on Mars. The opening track c...read on »

Featured albums

Andy Stott
Richard Neale
Rapoon
Bruce
Chris Abrahams
Cofradia De Los Herederos Del Vino
Tombs
Graves At Sea
Laura Gibson
Future Elevators
Trembling Bells
NYZ
Jan St. Werner
Unknown Mortal Orchestra / SILICON
John Congleton and The Nighty Nite
Ash Koosha
Bleached
Babeheaven
Lena Platonos
September Girls
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Babyfather
Glitterbust
HIDE
Dead Skeletons
Peter Jefferies & Jono Lonie
Alex Barnett
GNOD
Loren Connors
Calder
Gareth Davis & Merzbow
Jlin
Kyoka
The Field
Pet Shop Boys
Explosions In The Sky
Black Mountain
Bibio
The Last Shadow Puppets
DeepChord
Mogwai
Yeasayer
Egyptian Lover
Pye Corner Audio
Cate Le Bon
Grimes
Gruff Rhys