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First up:

We’ve been packing. Oh lord we’ve been packing like never before. Your custom has been relentless - thank you.
Below you’ll find lively discussion on this week’s offerings as music continues…...

Just arrived…..

All new records. Just home from the pet store.

  • Pixies are back with what they are contractually obliged to do.
  • Ultimate Painting are what happens when the side project becomes the group.
  • Jenny Hval’s latest has some fearsome influences but isn’t always as hard on the ear as you might expect.
  • Ian Sweet isn’t a man at all. It’s a promising sounding indie band we haven’t reviewed yet.
  • Ol’ squeaker is back. Hi Bon Iver.
  • Danny Brown. “Kinda like Cypress Hill descending into lunacy” says an old guy.
  • The Wands and The Wytches.
  • As soft as a really nice blanket, Midori Hirano makes non minimal ambience.
  • Aukai releases this week’s most autumnal record.
  • The Piano Man™ Yann Tiersen is back a twinklin’.
  • Soundtracky stuff from Super Furries front chap Gruff Rhys.
  • Misery man-duo Arab Strap have a ‘best of’ comp out in good time for the Christmas rush.
  • The Clang Group show that there’s life after 45.
  • 30 year old sludge titans Neurosis have an Albini-produced new one out.
  • Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. Does what it says on the tin.
  • Warehouse are like Pylon with a hairball to cough up.
  • Hypno psych action on Cardinal Fuzz from Dead Sea Apes.

Constellation Special

You know Constellation. It’s the label that did Godspeed and about 320 other good bands. Here are their three new ones which you can also buy in a bundle and get 25% off!

  • Angular ambient techno album that Robin ‘didn’t understand’ from Automatisme.
  • However Robin yelled “This new Constellation release is amazing!!!” at Jason Sharp.
  • Also one of the year’s most peculiar electronic records from Off World.

Our Daily Deal

We virtually give away one record per day. Here is today’s.


These are like when you brush an old dog.

  • Blonde Redhead’s early, grittier work is re-issued on 4LP set.
  • Even grittier New Yorkers Sonic Youth get their ‘Confusion is Sex’ re-badged.
  • Tenniscoats confirm what we always thought …’Music Exists’.
  • Another re-issue from super power poppers Game Theory.
  • The lovely Western Skies Motel album is now out on vinyl.
  • Cliff Martinez ‘Drive’ soundtrack is out again because it’s like one year old or something.
  • Now that he’s not a bad man there’s lots of Roy Harper re-issues coming out.
  • Here’s a secret: King Geedora is MF Doom.
  • Sublime Philip Glass-like Gamelan from Daniel Schmidt.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Wharfedale - kind of the mid point between Detroit and Berlin.

7” Records

Time for a couple of little ‘uns?

  • Really badly named bad guys Slaves take the Jools Holland approved route to punk infamy.
  • Really badly named good guy C Duncan adds an extra dollop of synth to his brew.

We’ll leave you with this thought….. eventually there’ll be a band called D. Cuncan.

Words by Clint and Ant with some strains of Robin going on.

The Normanites this week were Phil, Laurie, Kim (minus foot), Nathon, and Jamie. Ian is busy Facebooking his holiday.

Customer Compliment of the Week:

“Speedy delivery; perhaps even TOO speedy” (We’re so sorry!).

Read our Feefo reviews to see how generally good we are.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...



9/10 from Robin

Songwriter star Abra has put in a shift and a half in the career leading up to ‘Princess’, as attested to in a heady press sheet that harkens back to the times on »

Blonde Redhead

Masculin Feminin

9/10 from Jamie

There’s gritty and then there’s New York’s Blonde Redhead gritty. These early recordings from the band have been let loose from the ‘90s dungeon and on »

Danny Clay


9/10 from Robin

There is, I’ll admit, enough warm drone in the world. There’s such an abundance of it, in fact, that there’s now a label named Warm Drone Label, as if on »


Pleasure Ground

9/10 from Ant

‘Pleasure Ground’ was born in 2006 as a self-released double cassette sold exclusively the at Carlos Giffoni curated No Fun Fest in NYC. Then it grew up into a CD on »

Midori Hirano

Minor Planet

9/10 from Jamie

Sonic Pieces, for their 24th release, have erected their velvet-covered stage for Midori Hirano. On her first record for Berlin’s modern classical / ambient boutiquers, on »

Danny Brown

Atrocity Exhibition

9/10 from Robin

On ‘Atrocity Exhibition’, Danny Brown’s a fucking mess. “Kubrick with two bricks”, he says, and his album makes it so: his tunes are shot on »


Momentform Accumulations

8/10 from Laurie

Prior to working here I had no idea that Constellation even released electronic music in any form. Yet here I am, sitting next to a pile of melted plastic bags listening to a on »


Departed Glories

8/10 from Laurie

Just a warning, the office goons Phil and Ian are playing some soul thing in the main room, the wailing vocals of which are completely ruining any chance of me getting lost on »

Dimitar Dodovski


8/10 from Jamie

Dimitar Dodovski approaches his craft of granular synthesis from a melodic perspective at most definitely the warmer end of the drone spectrum. Opening track ‘I’ on »

Jenny Hval

Blood Bitch

8/10 from Robin

Some use prolificacy for evil. You know what I’m talking about. Buckethead will make thirty records in October in the build-up to Halloween; Robert Pollard can make ten on »

The Lucid Dream

Compulsion Songs

8/10 from Robin

Once accused, by me, of being the Lake District’s banner psych rock fixture, the Lucid Dream are in fact from Carlisle and make music to wash away the dreariness of it on »



8/10 from Jamie

Bendith are made up of two bands. Slight correction, two Welsh bands: Colorama, and the harmonious trio of Elan, Marged and Gwilym Rhys of Plu, from Bethel. That cover design on »

Yann Tiersen


8/10 from Clinton

I don't know what to say. It's Yann Tiersen playing the piano. Like he used to. 18 times.  The record was inspired by places near Tiersen's home in Breton near where he on »

Game Theory

The Big Shot Chronicles

8/10 from Clinton

This isn't even the best Game Theory album yet it still contains enough inventive and loquacious power pop to fell a small horse. It also contains three of their very best on »


Knock Knock, Who's Dead?

8/10 from Ant

A cracking 13-track compilation cassette from Kikimora Tapes, featuring familiar and unfamiliar (at least to me) artists from the Berlin/ Chicago/ Toronto/ Detroit on »



8/10 from Jamie

First off: Wow. What a beauty. This guy! This record! So Markus Sieber has a back story (as most people but not all top-notch musicians do, but I digress). He spent the & on »

Banabila & Machinefabriek


8/10 from Ant

Regular collaborators Michel Banabila and Rutger Zuydervelt are back at it as Banabila & Machinefabriek with ‘Macrocosms’, the pairs fourth collaboration, no on »

Daniel Schmidt

In My Arms, Many Flowers

8/10 from Robin

You put a Recital edition onto your slipmat and you’re home at last. The ambient label too weird for ambient continue their successful run of beautiful pieces with a on »

Ultimate Painting


8/10 from Clinton

Ultimate Painting are an example of one of those times where the side project becomes the main band. These members of Veronica Falls and Mazes would be hard pressed to find on »

Bon Iver

22, A Million

8/10 from Robin

Here are the three things Justin Vernon recently discovered: witch house, Ian William Craig, and counting. Since releasing a masterful folk rock record that flowed through on »

Featured albums

Yves Tumor
Rain Dog
The Caretaker
Cavern of Anti-Matter / Booze / Fupper / Clean & Jerk / Apothéose de la Trahison
Midori Hirano
Jemh Circs
Koen Holtkamp
JS Truchy
Daniel Schmidt
Wojciech Golczewski
Danny Clay
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Blonde Redhead
C Duncan
Adam Feingold
A Year In The Country
The Clang Group
Dead Sea Apes
Ian Sweet
Cliff Martinez
The Wands
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Jason Sharp
Off World
Danny Brown
Bon Iver
Arab Strap
Game Theory
Gruff Rhys
Yann Tiersen
Ultimate Painting
The Wytches
Jenny Hval
Western Skies Motel
Sonic Youth
King Geedorah