Weekly Update Zarate_Fix & DJ Sotofett, Belly, Inga Mauer, C Duncan, D.D Dumbo, and more...

First up:

Well, we think it’s going to be like this all the way up to Christmas: busy. So thank you for your custom. It’s busy to the point we’ve even taken on an extra staff to deal with it all so let’s all say hello to Ben, a brand new staff lad who will help get your parcels out even quicker. In other news we have lots of records and other paraphernalia that your ears may enjoy.

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Just Arrived:

New music made mainly by people.

  • Xylouris White are a godsend for fans of drum ‘n’ lute.
  • Australia’s new songwriter Julia Jacklin is having ball on her new LP.
  • Scottish song lad C Duncan races out of the traps with a second LP in as many years.
  • His Clancyness get the MJ Hookworm treatment. Sounds good.
  • Feel-reasonable country rock from Hiss Golden Messenger.
  • Placebo have made the worst record ever.
  • The great new hope of Lana Del Ray-type pop rejoices under the memorable moniker Jones.
  • Here come that commune-dwelling troupe Goat and their crazy psychedelia.
  • The Slow Show are sort of like Tindersticks meets the National.
  • D Dumbo are a great new band for fans of Sting and Nik Kershaw.
  • Big Band Kings of Leon growl on.
  • C. Diab do tonal soundtrack stuff for fans of Godspeed/Sigur Ros. 9/10 says Robin.
  • ‘Homeless’ hobo guy Seasick Steve is hoping his new album pays for another wing on his house.
  • Oh christ. Celer’s uncle drowned. Cue: new album.
  • Heartwarming icy Laura Veirs-ish songwriting from Itasca.
  • The Yearning are sure that it’s 1966 and they are stuck inside a Burt Bacharach ballad.
  • The No Sorrows make noisy folk like it’s 1972 and someone has invented Dinosaur Jr.

Also in: The Wytches make spooky Halloween-ready psych, Ealing’s White Lies sign to BMG for big label newie, Archive are in it for the long haul.

Back in:

Nigel Farage-a-likes …..won't go away.

  • Belly’s ‘Star’ is back on marbled vinyl. Classic ‘90s gear.
  • Xiu Xiu’s attempt at the ‘Twin Peaks’ soundtrack is here to be played alongside the real one.

Our Daily Deal

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


The musical equivalent of a sock-darn.

  • Gravel voiced growler Mark Lanegan has a couple of his album back out.
  • It seems every week I mention Jack Rose re-issues but there are some more in this week.
  • Angel Olsen gets her early day records re-pressed.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Prurient vs Bradford City. Tough.

7” Records

...and finally.

  • The Undertones get ‘remixed’ by none other than Kevin Bloody Shields.
  • Sleep Museum make coldwave synth for cold days.
  • Oh Well Goodbye remind us how miserable we used to be in the ‘80s. For fans of DIIV.
  • Babeheaven win this week’s worst named band competition.
  • In Goat week it’s nice that we have a record in by Goat Girl.

We have to halt proceedings there, hope you enjoyed our beautiful email. More things happening next week including new Sleaford Mods and probably loads of stuff we forgot.

Words by Clint and Ant with the distant fumes of Robin.

The Normanites this week were Phil, Laurie, Kim (half a foot), Nathon, Ben (new) and back from self described “ok” holiday is Ian.

Customer Compliment of the Week:

“other than coming round and cleaning my bike for me it’s hard to see how it could be done better”

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

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Planetary Assault Systems

Arc Angel

9/10 from Ant

My cat Xena listens to loads of music with me. You can tell she’s into some of it and other stuff she’s really not that arsed about at all. But when I played & on »



9/10 from Ant

Despite the fact that Masami Akita’s discography would take you a full lifetime to imbibe, slabs of Merzbow wax don’t actually come around that often. It’s on »

GNOD & Anthony Child

Behind The Lids

9/10 from Ant

When news of this release arrived in my inbox via an email from the Tesla Tapes mailing list, I instantly began listening and after five minutes had contacted them to buy a on »

C. Diab

No Perfect Wave

9/10 from Robin

Goodness. Okay. I wasn’t expecting this. It’s gorgeous, first and foremost, but ‘No Perfect Wave’ has also been described by our descriptions man Tom on »



8/10 from Clinton

Whether you see them as commune-dwelling psychedelic voodoo psych mainstays or Sweden’s answer to the Wombles, Goat have managed to build up a huge following since on »


The Voynich Manuscript

8/10 from Laurie

For those who don’t know (or waste hours reading puzzling Wikipedia pages), The Voynich Manuscript is an ancient bunch of text from the 15th century that is written in on »



8/10 from Ant

Two belting cuts of modern drum ‘n’ bass action from dgoHn, known to his kin-folk as John Cunnane - an artist with plenty of releases under his belt, and one on »

Zarate_Fix & DJ Sotofett

Planetary Involvement

8/10 from Ant

Superb slab of euphoric house music from DJ Sottofett and Sydney’s Carlos Zarate. The looping choir of angels on ‘Planetary Involvement’ will have you on »


Open To Chance

8/10 from Clinton

This is the second album proper from New York bred singer/guitarist Kayla Cohen under this unassuming moniker. She has a super smooth, super atmospheric style of guitar on »


Atmospherica Vol. 2

8/10 from Clinton

In memory of Rod Temperton (writer of ‘Thriller no less) I'm going to head straight towards another musical Rod with a quick listen to the latest dispatches from Rod on »

Julia Jacklin

Don’t Let The Kids Win

8/10 from Robin

The year’s most photoshoppable album cover goes with a pretty great record, actually, don’t you know. Julia Jacklin just knows. She knows how to make good, on »


Woodland Walk

8/10 from Laurie

“I wanted to write music that both the child and adult would enjoy as most music for children is written by idiots with no taste in music. I have a background in on »


Two Days and One Night

8/10 from Laurie

In 1984, Celer’s 80-year-old uncle took a trip to Tunisia, tragically drowning while swimming in the ocean on only the second day of having been there. An awful on »

Featured albums

Pépé Bradock
GNOD & Anthony Child
His Clancyness
Inga Mauer
Mall Grab
Matthew Atkins + Harvey Sharman-Dunn
The Undertones
The Yearning
Sleep Museum
Zarate_Fix & DJ Sotofett
Goat Girl
Banabila & Machinefabriek
Kings Of Leon
Bryen Telko
The No Sorrows
Seasick Steve
Boom Bip
The Slow Show
Sleaford Mods
Bruce Haak
Mono-Enzyme 307
C. Diab
Odd Nosdam
Tornado Wallace
Roberto Musci
Croatian Amor
D.D Dumbo
Murray CY
Oh Well Goodbye
Planetary Assault Systems
C Duncan
Xylouris White
Hiss Golden Messenger
Julia Jacklin
Alpha 606
The Wytches
Phono Ghosts
White Lies
Xiu Xiu