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Your basics:

  • PRE-ORDER ALERT! Bon Iver. He knows some numbers.
  • Record of the Week: 10% off until midnight tonight.
  • Runner-up of the week: the Dead C make a broken Jenga tower.

Yep. Still here. Most of us, anyway: Clint is off on his holidays, presumably in the peaks somewhere, trying to keep the romance between himself and Yorkshire alive. No such rekindling in office, though, where it’s business as usual, forever ad nauseum thank you very much. We’re all grumpy: the music’s too loud and not loud enough.

The actual sounds have been fine, though. The big news is that Bon Iver is going to be a contestant on Robot Wars or he’s got a new album, I forget which. I feel obliged to tell you about this never before pressed Low record, now as pressed as orange juice. Also, we’re selling lots of new Factory Floor records, because that’s what you do when you’re a record store. Any other silly questions?

Newly Weds:

New this week, hardly knew ye the next:

...and taking up the arbitrary bit of prose that goes below the bullet points of varying significance this week are bath enthusiasts Cold Pumas, ho-hum ‘n’ strum expert John Paul White and lost theatre troupe Arc Iris. A fellow out of the art rock Kaiser Chiefs known as Alt-J makes a very long electronic(a) album, the Dead C continue to be the worst people to play a casual game of Jenga with and Phil literally thought it’d be a good idea to buy in this David Brent soundtrack. The darkest day in Norman Records history.

Reissues:

RIYL reminiscing and entry-level time travel.

  • A repress of the Shinichi Atobe, which is lovely and sick. Is there a portmanteau for that?
  • Lovely groove whisperers Gaussian Curve get their LP remembered.
  • Repress of the popular and quiet Huerco S. album made in tribute to all the people ever.
  • Masked foodie MF DOOM pronounces it Doomsday once again.
  • The Prophet Hens once released the one and only record Clint has enjoyed in his life. Here it is.
  • Cakekitchen is indie Kiwi Graeme Jefferies with brother Peter sliced out of the equation. LP one; LP two.
  • Piero Umiliani is Rovi is reissued.
  • Beloved renaissance psych rockers Cosmic Dead get their wee 74-min long opus remade.
  • Max Richter is a fucking legend” -- Sweary neo-classical enthusiast Phil on this boxset.
  • Faith Once More.
  • William Basinski gets an album that once made Phil feel like “a fucking cloud” reissued.
  • In other Williams, here’s S. Burroughs.
  • Together at last: Pharaoh Overlord and wax.
  • Suicide synth hero Martin Rev organises his electronic orchestra.
  • A thoroughly ‘90s toothbrushing for Grifters. Go in!
  • Ever fantasised about compressing Damien Jurado into tape form? Sure you have.
  • Remember when Godflesh wasn’t a Mark Kozelek dinner party?

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

His weekend was good. He made a sandcastle of Berghain.

  • The Bug unleashes some almighty sound murderation on Ninja Tune with microphone lords D Double E and Riko Dan.
  • 6-track 12" EP of electro-funk, booty, house action from Detroit’s Sheefy McFly on Moodymann's Mahogani Music.
  • 4 tracks of deep industrial-tinged techno from Terence Fixmer on Ostgut Ton.
  • Adam X returns as Traversable Wormhole, this time on Hospital Productions for a heavy sci-fi, futuristic techno session.
  • Datach'I is back on Planet Mu after aeons, this time armed with gargantuan modular synthesizer and no laptop.
  • Also on Planet Mu: trap meets industrial musique concrète on WWWINGS’ album.
  • Mickey Pearce drops his debut album of skewed house for Loefah’s Swamp 81.
  • Federico Leocata 12” on Central Processing Unit - sounds like Der Zyklus/ Dopplereffekt.
  • Ghostly, zoned electronics from Ectoplasm Girls.
  • German DJ/producer Gerd Jansen is the latest selector to mix things up for troubled club Fabric’s mix CD series.
  • Not one but two Africans With Mainframes (Jamal Moss and Noleian Reusse) ‘Voices of Africa’ 12”s on Mathematics.
  • EP of noise-scarred dark ambient laced, grim, sluggish, monotone bunker techno from Scheich in China.
  • Deep acidic house from Lnrdcroy on ultra trendy label Mood Hut. Plus an Unknown Artist 12” job on the label
  • Deep, spacey, trippy, dubby, echospace [detroit] goodness from cv313.
  • CHI remix some old tracks from the ‘80s as The Chi Factory on the reliable Astral Industries label.
  • LP of modern darkwave synthpop from Body of Light on DAIS.

Tape Corner and 7” Corner are on gardening leave.

And that’s it. Thank you for travelling with Norman Rail. I’ve been the replacement bus; swing by next week for Clint’s delayed train.

Words by Robin and Ant

The Normanites this week were Kim, Laurie, Phil, Jamie, Nathon and Ian. The customer dog of the week was Luna.

Customer Compliment of the Week:

“Classy.”

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Various

Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

9/10 from Ian

Here's a long overdue compilation from floaty ambient loveliness label Serein Records, after releasing a batch of superb albums over the last few years like 2010's much sought...read on »

The Scientists

A Place Called Bad

9/10 from Jamie

Punk! Rawk! Sputum! ‘A Place Called Bad’ collects together Aussie punk legends The Scientists’ complete studio recordings. As you can imagine from a band ido...read on »

Pill

Convenience

9/10 from Robin

Pill’s punk is the kind where everything swirls -- like you’re caught doing laps of a roundabout at maximum speed, trying to make out the buildings from the very g...read on »

Blood Orange

Freetown Sound

9/10 from Robin

The best of Dev Hynes? Probably. ‘Freetown Sound’ is a monolithic record of smooth aesthetics and furious politics, a panoramic view of marginalisation coveri...read on »

Pussy Mothers

The Number 1 EP

9/10 from Jamie

Pussy Mothers, then, are a two piece from Glasgow and Aus. I deduced this from the press release and should have left it there, really… Just don’t Google sea...read on »

Africans With Mainframes

Faces of Africa

9/10 from Laurie

Ok so it’s only now that I realise that Mathematics is run by Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being aka I.B.M aka half of Africans With Mainframes. It’s actually ...read on »

Scott Walker

The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

9/10 from Laurie

Scott Walker does soundtracks, who knew. Probably any real fan, as the internet just informed me that he did one back in 1999 for a romantic drama film called Pola X, but it&r...read on »

The Bug

Box ft. D Double E / Iceman ft. Riko Dan

9/10 from Ant

The Bug gets busy with two of Grime’s most heavyweight microphone lords on this explosive 12” for Ninja Tune. Now I’m most definitely not an MC - but if I we...read on »

Jamal Moss

The Digital Afterlife EP

9/10 from Ant

Superb varied three tracker from Jamal Moss at the height of his powers. ‘The Digital Afterlife’ is a snapshot of a 2 hour Hieroglyphic Being 'ambient' show at Ams...read on »

Angelo Badalamenti

Twin Peaks

8/10 from Ant

Twin Peaks is an all-time television masterpiece. The best reason to own a TV during the early 90s, it was a game-changer that brought weekly instalments of cinema-level ...read on »

Cold Pumas

The Hanging Valley

8/10 from Jamie

Cold Pumas: I’ve seen these guys live a couple of times and they were great… in fact they were ridiculous. The drummer is a beast. It being four years since their...read on »

Myrkur

Mausoleum

8/10 from Jamie

Danish black metal artist ‘M’ / MYRKUR apparently made this record live from the bowels of the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo. She re-recorded her own songs, p...read on »

Ryley Walker

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

8/10 from Robin

Ryley. How does he find the time? Always in conference with the sheep; always improving our diplomatic relations with chickens. The barnyard bureaucrat made Clint’s favo...read on »

Factory Floor

25 25

8/10 from Robin

Well… I like it? Reading reviews for ‘25 25’ so far, it feels like Factory Floor are losing what cred their switch to sparsity afforded them. Maybe it&rsqu...read on »

Marielle V Jakobsons

Star Core

8/10 from Robin

It’s story time! If there’s one thing I learned about Marielle V Jakobsons’ from listening to her kraut-ambient pop collage ‘Glass Canyon’, a str...read on »

Kaiju

Seven Sins

8/10 from Jamie

‘Seven Sins’ is the debut album from Jamie Schildhauer and Paul White’s Kaiju project, but you wouldn’t know it from listening alone. They have been on...read on »

Japanese Breakfast

Psychopomp

8/10 from Jamie

Beginning with the euphoric ‘In Heaven’, what’s immediately striking is the freshness of Michelle Zauner’s vocal, outside of her band Little Big League...read on »

DJ Earl

Open Your Eyes

8/10 from Robin

Eight new DJ Earl tracks over two sides of wax featuring as many friends he can get in under an hour. A lot; he’s good at that. These tracks invite aboard folks such as ...read on »

WWWINGS

Phoenixxx

8/10 from Jamie

WWWINGS are made up of founder Lit Internet, Lit Eyne and Lit Daw from Eastern Russia, Siberia and Ukraine. Having met on a Russian social networking site, they started music ...read on »

The Prophet Hens

The Wonderful Shapes Of Back Door Keys

8/10 from Jamie

Oh, Clinton is going to love this. The honour of this review falls upon me as our resident jaded Yorkshireman isn’t here, he’s presumably sunning himself somewhere...read on »

The Cult Of Dom Keller

Goodbye To The Light

8/10 from Robin

This new Cult of Dom Keller sarnie comes courtesy of the Fuzz Club, an imprint now so high in our priorities that a Normanite recently filed an Underground Youth record under ...read on »

cv313

Beyond The Clouds / Beyond The Sequence [Live in Japan]

8/10 from Jamie

Culled from a live session in Japan and coaxed out of modular synths, custom effects units and other analog devices assembled by hand, cv313’s sounds echo and reverberat...read on »

Wolf Muller & Cass.

The Sound Of Glades

8/10 from Robin

International Feel have been acing their school-year with a bunch of lovely ambient records smartly falling out of the strict categorisation of “meditative”. CFCF&...read on »

Lnrdcroy

Ooze City

8/10 from Laurie

My housemate really got into Much Less Normal when it made its way back to our abode from Norman Towers. Being a funky good times house DJ, the sparkly chill synth layers and ...read on »

Scheich in China

Scheich in China

8/10 from Robin

That indecipherable font isn’t the only thing keeping Scheich In China at a distance. The group’s dark ambient could be described, without mincing words, as repell...read on »

The Dead C

Trouble

8/10 from Robin

Having long collapsed the conventions of rock music like a jenga tower converted to living room rubble, the Dead C don’t really have any obligations. Hearing “Driv...read on »

TR

Manifesto Rumoratorio

8/10 from Robin

Described adequately by our Tom as “delicious sound mess”, TR is Pietro La Rocca, who makes music and borrows some sounds and makes sure you’re always hearin...read on »

Traversable Wormhole

Sublight Velocities

8/10 from Ant

Brooklyn techno warrior Adam X makes a welcome return to his Traversable Wormhole handle for a coupla cuts on his hometown’s own Hospital Productions - the label helmed ...read on »

Gap Dream

This Is Gap Dream

8/10 from Robin

This is a gap dream, this is a gap dream. For the second time this week it’s Burger Time as the label releases a lovely, unexpected record of quite downbeat but exceedin...read on »

Terence Fixmer

Beneath The Skin EP

8/10 from Laurie

First time on Ostgut Ton for longtime footstomper Terence Fixmer featuring 4 tracks of deep industrial-tinged techno for the underground bunkers of metropolises worldwide. His...read on »

Federico Leocata

Zunachst

8/10 from Laurie

Something a little different here from CPU, which is always welcome. This time round it’s a guy called Federico Leocata who I haven’t heard before but he’s a...read on »

Featured albums

Low
Rovi (Piero Umiliani)
Mickey Pearce
Daniel Higgs
Federico Leocata
Bon Iver
Ectoplasm Girls
Scheich in China
Traversable Wormhole
Body of Light
The Chi Factory
Susan Matthews
Kaiju
David Brent
Godflesh
Terence Fixmer
Myrkur
Pill
Ezra Furman
Marielle V Jakobsons
The Bug
Lisa Hannigan
Faith No More
Gerd Janson
JEFF The Brotherhood
Sheefy McFly
Various
William S. Burroughs
Gap Dream
The Chemical Brothers
Unknown
Mozes and the Firstborn / Roland Cosio
Datach'I
Cosmonauts
DJ Earl
WWWINGS
Damien Jurado
Gonjasufi
The Dead C
Prairie WWWW
Thom Sonny Green
Scott Walker
Thalia Zedek Band
Shinichi Atobe
Japanese Breakfast
Lnrdcroy
John Paul White
The Cult Of Dom Keller
Blood Orange
The Cakekitchen
The Cakekitchen
Arc Iris
Ryley Walker
Slow Club
Factory Floor
Huerco S.
Cold Pumas
cv313
Gaussian Curve
Max Richter
The Cosmic Dead
The Prophet Hens
William Basinski
Martin Rev
MF DOOM
The Grifters
The Grifters
Pharaoh Overlord