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Breaking News:

Office News:

In the week of Glastonbury, life-affirming football and a future-deciding mega vote our office has been equally thrill-a-minute. A man came wandering in to try to fix the intercom but he couldn’t do it, then a different man came in with lots of Castles in Space records and after that we ran out of both coffee and milk. That’s it.

Even more thrilling than that are this weeks new releases…

The New News:

These are the new discs. Hot off the presses.

  • Fantastic post-punk from Less Win. Think PIL, Mission of Burma, Women, Warm Widow. Buy now, ask questions later.
  • Wandering minstrels Deerhoof deliver another quirk-fest.
  • They said it would never happen but there’s now actually an Alt J live album.
  • Sax Alert: Kneebody and Daedelus serve up some jazz-tronics on Brainfeeder.
  • JC Flowers are London types worshipping at the knobbly knee of Stereolab and Pavement.
  • The Metatrons make happy indie pop as if everything was ok with the world.
  • Two oddball Colder albums out of previously unreleased material.
  • Rackety guitars and hooks galore from VHS.
  • Sensitive indie poppers Math(s) and Physics Club present a compilations of odds/sods.
  • Jeff Parker of Tortoise presents his jazz and soul review.
  • Oh, DJ Shadow.
  • Kreng release the Krengiest soundtrack of what was 2015.
  • Earthless and Harsh Toke get themselves together enough to do a split LP. Guess which kind of music they make?
  • Correlations are two blokes from Frome with a guitar, some kraut electronics and a vocoder.
  • Just-got-out-of-bed pop chops from Scott and Charlene’s Wedding
  • Jambinai fuse their Korean roots folk with colossal post-rock inclinations.
  • Various members of Papa M, Crain and The For Carnation resurface in Parlour.
  • Definitely pro EU group the Brian Jonestown Massacre say something in foreign.
  • Psychedelic jams and big grooves from the Myrrors says Robyn.

Also new music from 1994’s the Frank and Walters, dark post-punk lot Drowners, good ol’ boys the Felice Brothers, Nick Cave’s very own Mick Harvey, Spanish language dream-popper Linda Guilala and Sufjan Stevens with extra autotune Conner Youngblood.

The Old News:

These are relics from the past trying to make their way in the modern day...just like our Ian.

  • Tim Sherwood is once again ‘At the Controls’.
  • Loads of Melvins re-issues on Third Man.
  • Unheard solo sax recordings from Noah Howard have been augmented with electronics and bass and issued by Static Caravan/Dirter.
  • Witch the sound of Zambia’s response to the prog-rock get their 4th re-issued.
  • The world’s best three named looper Ian William Craig gets his debut pressed up on wax.
  • Bedazzled soundtrack featuring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore out on Trunk.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup

Just getting in before the country turns bad is Ant and his terrifying electronic music round-up…

  • LP of second wave industrial/ shortwave radio/ drum machine/ menacing dark ambient experiments 1985-1990 from Boche.
  • James Ferraro ‘Rerex’ 3LP just arrived early so I’ll have to review that next week arghhh!
  • Bass weight meditations from Digital Mystik Mala, back from his jollies in Peru.
  • Robert Hood and daughter lyric have an album of ecstatic gospel/ disco/ funk/ techno infused house music as Floorplan.
  • Concretism LP sounding more Boards of Canada than ever and Kl(aüs) LP of synth prog both on Castles In Space.
  • Lawrence English does Luc Ferrari.
  • If you fail the Berghain entry simulator you can still dance to Answer Code Request.
  • Good Jeff Mills album with bad cover art. Bad as in not good, not as in Michael Jackson ‘Bad’ meaning good.
  • EP from Russian sound worker Ivan Pavlov as CoH - Includes a reimagining of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’!
  • Fantasy soundtrack tapes on Spun Out Of Control from Repeated Viewing and OGRE and Dallas Campbell.
  • Brian Case having fun with loops on Hands In The Dark.
  • Collaborative LP from Italian industrial/ noise stallion Maurizio Bianchi & Ryan Martin (York Factory Complaint / Copley Medal / Dais Records)
  • Weirdo electronics from Eilbacher Moskos Moore - folks from AIDS Wolf, Horse Lords and Drainolith.
  • Matthew Dear returns to techno alias Audion for an album on !K7.
  • 7” from Raster Noton regular Senking in screen-printed holographic sleeve.
  • Mannequin reissues of early German New Wave from Din A Testbild (Mark Eins and Gudrun Gut) produced by Klaus Schulze.
  • +++ 12”s from Mike Dehnert, Prins Thomas, Tiga, Makeness, Claire M Singer CD on Touch, Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist CD on Glacial Movements, Cassy album etc.

Just arrived:

Bubbling far out, far eastern house/ techno from Powder on Born Free, Gladio ‘Slave of Rome’ repress on Bunker aka Legowelt, represses of Mr. Fingers eternal house classics ‘Washing Machine’ and ‘Slam Dance’ EPs, Tzusing slammer on L.I.E.S, balearic ambient from Bartosz Kruczynski, synth haze electro on Antinote from Leonardo Martelli, squelchy techno reminiscent of early Aphex from Quirke on Whities ….and finally …... DMX Krew slips into Library music mode on Ekster.

7”... News:

A few tiddlers…

  • His Clancyness (described on our site as a ‘twisted Bologna band) release their first material in three years.
  • More Italianness from Hallelujah and Holiday Inn playing post punk and synth punk.
  • There’s a Billy Childish 7” that’s kinda, sorta, should be EXCLUSIVE to us.

Tapes

There are loads this week so they get their own section. Release enough things on your own format and you could get your own section too.

  • Cold, tortured mechanical clunking from DJ R Tango.
  • Strictly for losing your shit bedroom style is Megatraveller on CPU.
  • Electroacoustic-inspired noises that border with vapourwave says a self loathing Laurie on Herbarium.
  • Hear the Underground Youth try to get their shit together on their ‘Early Recordings’ tape.
  • Two soundtracks on tape from Spun out of Control.

That’s it for us. If you are at Glastonbury beware of mud and bad bands. And, British readers - you have voted, right?

Words by Clint with Ant and bits stolen from Robin.

The Normanites this week were Kim, Nathon, Phil, Ian & his little worky ticket Laurie.
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

VHS

Gift of Life

9/10 from Robin

Thank you for making a quick album. When you’re making one like ‘Gift of Life’, it’s probably best you keep it brief: littered with vignettes on medica...read on »

Megatraveller

Vs Endboss

9/10 from Laurie

Well well well, if it isn’t one of those mini dual reel things masquerading as a computer. CPU by name, analog by nature. The Sheffield label is still churning them out ...read on »

Karachi Files

Karachi Files

9/10 from Laurie

It’s been a week or two since this came out but I’ve been looking forward to hearing this again for the whole of last week (Operation Radiodread) so here’s a...read on »

Concretism

Electricity

9/10 from Clinton

Concretism's Chris Sharp has got the whole aesthetic just right on his releases. His brand of vintage '70s inspired electronica sits perfectly with the concrete-grey of the sl...read on »

Floorplan (Robert Hood)

Victorious

9/10 from Ant

The Master Builder Robert Hood unleashes his second album as Floorplan for his M-Plant label, now assisted by his daughter Lyric for eleven tracks of ecstatic party music with...read on »

Boche

Stencil

9/10 from Ant

Previous to ‘Stencil’ I’d never even heard of artist Hans Ludwig Jacoby before, but I was instantly attracted to this record upon reading these words: &ldqu...read on »

Karen Gwyer

Kiki The Wormhole

9/10 from Laurie

Here it is, finally, after thousands of rejected test pressings, Gwyer’s tape in vinyl form courtesy of a dastardly union of Opal Tapes and Public House Recordings. Trut...read on »

Helen Tookey & Sharron Kraus

If You Put Out Your Hand

8/10 from Robin

Welcome to the Norman Records book corner. This week we’ve got plenty of words to dig into, like kids working way too hard to reach the intellectual heights of the peers...read on »

Deerhoof

The Magic

8/10 from Robin

Fast-moving and full-feeling, it’s no surprise that Deerhoof turned over ‘The Magic’ just seven days after getting it started. The band’s discography e...read on »

Ian William Craig

Meaning Turns To Whispers

8/10 from Robin

For those recently indoctrinated in Ian William Craig’s drone hymns, ‘Meaning Turns to Whispers’ may come as a surprise. His first record stands, alongside s...read on »

Laraaji & Sun Araw

Professional Sunflow

8/10 from Robin

As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a Laraaji record if it hasn’t got the word “sun” in it. The man who turns ambience into a beacon of light is he...read on »

The Myrrors

Entranced Earth

8/10 from Robin

Ah yes. The fantastical Myrrors. Their name has a y in it instead of an i. Who better to review such a thing than a person called Robin? Maybe someone called Robyn? Fuck. We r...read on »

Math and Physics Club

In This Together (EPs, B-Sides, Rarities, and Unreleased)

8/10 from Clinton

Please strike me. I’ve never heard of Math and Physics Club. From the sleeve and the use of the word 'math(s)', I had them down as some kind of emo/math rock group but t...read on »

Jambinai

A Hermitage

8/10 from Robin

Riffs that’d make Converge weep and publication on Bella Union? It just doesn’t make sense, dammit. Jambinai don’t sound like the usual musical middlemen we&...read on »

Beatrice Dillon / Karen Gwyer

Beatrice Dillon / Karen Gwyer

8/10 from Laurie

Left of the field and off of the kilter is this highly anticipated split 12” between rising star Karen Gwyer and the perhaps even more fledgling producer/DJ Beatrice Dil...read on »

Miss Red

Murder

8/10 from Ant

Limited to 400 copies dinked red wax 7” offering of two superb cuts from Israeli MC Miss Red’s brilliant ‘Murder’ digital mixtape from last year. Most ...read on »

Herbarium

Divine Herba

8/10 from Laurie

Originally released right at the end of last year is this little thing, what appears to be Herbarium’s debut, by the folks at Eco Futurism Corp. Think of it like the Fri...read on »

Less Win

Trust

8/10 from Clinton

We search and search and search and finally we’ve got one for you. A good record. We knew we could do it. Less Win are a Danish collective who marry non rock influences ...read on »

Kneebody + Daedelus

Kneedelus

8/10 from Clinton

Sometimes Daedelus records are just too...you know... Daedelus for mass consumption but here in collaboration with instrumental quintet Kneebody he may have just come up with ...read on »

Correlations

Before The Heat

8/10 from Clinton

This Castles in Space label is pretty smart isn't it? First up we get the Concretism record and here we have Correlations which is a collaboration between two people from From...read on »

Mala

Mirrors

8/10 from Ant

Original dubstep/ bass music don, Digital Mystik and DEEP MEDi MUSIK bossman Mala get’s about doesn’t he? First he’s galavanting in Cuba then he’s on h...read on »

Kyo

Aktuel Musik

8/10 from Laurie

This is a pretty interesting little thing right here. Kyo is a new project featuring one of the Lust for Youth synthsters and a musically inclined friend making weird ass soun...read on »

Kl(aüs)

Kl(aüs)

8/10 from Robin

My workmates, bless their wicked hearts, love to see me squirm. They’ve handed me this kosmische disc by ambient motorists Kl(aüs) as if to say “how’s Robi...read on »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Bout Des Doigts

8/10 from Clinton

A heavily touring band these days and why not? To celebrate their appearances at various things over the summer, BJM issue a new 10"  - a format they seem to enjoy. 'Bout...read on »

Featured albums

Brian Case
Concretism
Less Win
Claire M Singer
Quirke
Linda Guilala
Senking
Aria Rostami & Daniel Blomquist
Repeated Viewing
OGRE & Dallas Campbell
Billy Childish & CTMF
Lawrence English
Leonardo Martelli
His Clancyness
Prins Thomas
Megatraveller
Maurizio Bianchi & Ryan Martin
Hallelujah! / Holiday Inn
Ian William Craig
James Ferraro
The Metatrons
DJ R Tango
Makeness
Answer Code Request
Mike Dehnert
Herbarium
Boche
The Felice Brothers
Eilbacher Moskos Moore
Drowners
Jeff Parker
Cassy
The Frank & Walters
Bartosz Kruczynski
Tiga
Kneebody + Daedelus
Conner Youngblood
Kreng
DMX Krew
alt-J
Jambinai
VHS
Audion
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Math and Physics Club
Witch
Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Parlour
Noah Howard / Wiggan / Mapp
Tzusing
Jeff Mills
DJ Shadow
Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Dudley Moore Trio
The Myrrors
Correlations
Deerhoof
CoH
JC Flowers
Mick Harvey
Floorplan (Robert Hood)
Mala
Earthless / Harsh Toke
The Underground Youth
Gladio
Powder
Various