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Weekly Update Struction, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dan Hayhurst, Half Man Half Biscuit, Jesse Osborne Lanthier, and more...

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  • Our Record of the Week is lovely. 10% off until midnight tonight.
  • COMPETITION! Buy the Danny Brown LP and get put in Phil’s hat to win one of 5 rare promos of the LP.
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  • Oh and...Coil.

As the nights get darker we get busier. There must be some kind of correlation. This week has been particularly strong for new records thus disproving Phil’s recent theory that all music is rubbish. Check our reviews to find your new favourite thing or read below for a resume of all the most interesting things that have appeared on our shelves seemingly by magic.

Just Arrived:

Like golden leaves on an autumnal day they’ve fluttered delicately through the metal shutters.

  • The Pattern Forms are the latest thing from Jon Brooks of the Advisory Circle. This time with pals Friendly Fires.
  • New one from Japanese post-rock heavyweights Mono.
  • Indiana brothers Busman’s Holiday make super cosy orchestrated pop with nods to Sufjan.
  • Superb voiced lady Weyes Blood issues wandering third with bonus tea bag!
  • Orchestrated lovely music from Agnes Obel.
  • Sad-eyed indie pop from upset Swedes the Radio Dept.
  • Roy Montgomery: the comeback.
  • Twinkly emo grown ups American Football issue long awaited follow up to the one with the house on it.
  • Relive your wonderful years with a the Notwist live LP.
  • Warm psychedelic fuzz from the Seed Coat.
  • No self respecting lady should give Tim Buckley her key.
  • Noisy men the Dillinger Escape Plan will split when their sixth is released (i.e now?)
  • Really angry guitar twirlers the Wolfhounds are fuming on their first LP since 1990.
  • Tiny pop man Chris Weiseman is like a cross between Elliott Smith and cushion.
  • My Invisible Friend are a nice shoegaze-friendly Italian three piece.
  • Liverpool lads Hooton Tennis Club bring us a massive box of chocolates. Thanks.
  • Savoy Motel are like a slinky Beck, a sultry Strokes if you will.
  • Holy Sons is the drummer from Om and Grails being quite tuneful actually.
  • Charlie Ulyatt performs his delightful guitar compositions live in concert.
  • Lovely rural cabin folk from Ignatz.
  • Thor is a surprising gentle big man from Swans making sweet Steve Reich style minimalism.
  • This is Crocodiles 6th LP. Where does the time go eh?
  • Sweet-voiced lady Magik Magik makes some orchestral Feist-a-like.
  • Finally a collection of loads of Half Man Half Biscuit B sides and stuff.

Sometimes we’re too busy to review everything so if we’ve missed your favourite record then send us a review. You could earn Norman Points or win a prize!

Cheap Corner.

  • Our Daily Deal.
  • Our ongoing Sale with lots of new items added in recent days.


That time when the past was better….

  • Camberwell Now was a group made up of former This Heat Charles Hayward and pals.
  • Wayne Siegel did big guitar orchestras. Great...unless you hate guitars.
  • Schizophrenic kraut groove-sters Guerilla Toss get a tape re-issued onto vinyl.
  • 15 year anniversary re-issue of Califone’s ‘Room Sound’. Smooth.
  • Sonic Youth gangle Thurston Moore once hung out with Tom Surgal for a jam session.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Teaching the cat the back works of Throbbing Gristle…..


Small things…. cute.

  • The Wharves give a small taster of what to expect from their third LP.
  • CC Dust sound like Savages in collaboration with Sir Gary Numan.
  • Sun-bleached psych and vintage pop from the Liminanas.

That’s it for now. I’m off next week so I will leave you in the worrying hands of Robin for next week’s updates. Don’t let him confuse you with his high falutin’ words.

Words by Clint and Ant. The veteran dream team.

The Normanites this week were Philip Leigh, Laurie, Benn, Kim, Nathon, Jamie and there’s no Ian joke this week as he needs a rest.

Customer Compliment of the Week:

There was a handwritten poem inside the package....

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

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...


Paian EP

9/10 from Laurie

Fresh from a 12" on Blackest Ever Black offshoot A14, Pessimist is a ball of self induced misery from Bristol that also makes music. Dark, gloomy beat music. From what I gathe...read on »

Thor & Friends

Thor & Friends

9/10 from Clinton

Thor is that big dude you see bashing bits of percussion at latter day Swans gigs. His first solo work however (alongside friends from the likes of A Hawk & A Hacksaw...read on »

S Olbricht

For Perfect Beings

8/10 from Jamie

Following releases on Opal Tapes and Lee Gamble's UIQ imprint, Budapest’s S Olbricht brings the existential techno from Hungary on his latest 6-or-7-track EP for the red...read on »

The Wolfhounds

Untied Kingdom (…or how to come to terms with your culture)

8/10 from Clinton

The Wolfhounds David Callahan has never been the happiest of bunnies but here he is utterly fuming. His vocal delivery has always had the feel of severely pissed off commuter ...read on »


Glass Bird Movement

8/10 from Jamie

Anthony Ryan and Robin Saville have been making their particular brand of gentle, melodic and crystal-clear electronica as ISAN for two decades now, and their sound reaches it...read on »


Entangled In Vines

8/10 from Clinton

Feeling too hungry to write reviews I'm just going to batter my ears with this pre- cup-a-soup.  In fact even though this form of techno is speedy and repetitive my ears...read on »


The Drain

8/10 from Clinton

I definitely prefer West Yorkshire to Belgium. Not that I have anything against Belgium but it's a bit...um...flat.  Ignatz is a Belgium based guitarist who once released...read on »

Poirier Marshall Partners


8/10 from Laurie

A smart little tape we have here, all snazzy and printed with a ‘risograph’. Sounds delicious. New to Kit Records is this group formed of two electronic soundbothe...read on »

Wayne Siegel

Autumn Resonance / Domino Figures

8/10 from Laurie

Before Adrian Utley, we had Rhys Chatham’s guitar orchestra. Little did we know but at the same time as Rhys Chatham, you had Wayne Siegel’s guitar orchestra, back...read on »

Agnes Obel

Citizen Of Glass

8/10 from Laurie

It’s time to get (neo)classical with the songs of Danish-born Agnes Obel, who is now based in Berlin, ‘cos Berlin. When it comes to telling you a story with her vo...read on »

Busman’s Holiday

Popular Cycles

8/10 from Clinton

Busman's Holiday are a pair of brothers from Indiana. Not that you'd know they were brothers by looking at them. One looks like a cherubic supersized John Grant, the other Mac...read on »

Kadhja Bonet

The Visitor

8/10 from Clinton

Kadhja Bonet has a voice that doesn't seem to come from this world. It's utterly spellbindingly beautiful, so good that I can't in fact think of a comparison. A hint of Dusty ...read on »


Bland Ambition

8/10 from Ant

The mighty Surgeon unleashes four no-nonsense, eyes down, thumping techno cuts on his own Dynamic Tension imprint. Distilling techniques and inspiration from his live performa...read on »



8/10 from Ant

I know absolutely zip about Fetnat, other than apparently he/she/they are based in Lyon and this is their debut vinyl offering, coming on Nous Disques -- who’ve released...read on »

Dan Hayhurst

Critter Party

8/10 from Ant

For those of you that don’t know, Mr. Hayhurst handles the sonic side of things as 50% of Sculpture (Digitalis, Dekorder, Software etc.) while Reuben Sutherland handles ...read on »

Aleksi Perala

Colundi Sequence Volume I

8/10 from Ant

In 2014 Aleksi Perälä (Ovuca, Astrobotnia, Rephlex) initiated the Colundi Sequence project with ‘The Colundi Sequence Level 1’. At the time of writing, t...read on »

Featured albums

Various (B12, µ-Ziq, Meat Beat Manifesto, Ø, Mike Dred, Deepchord, Cristian Vogel, Locust, etc.)
Guerilla Toss
Om Unit
Mark Harris & JOHN 3:16
Marquis Hawkes
Dan Hayhurst
The Pattern Forms
Valerio Tricoli & Hanno Leichtmann
Jesse Osborne Lanthier
Renick Bell
Charlie Ulyatt
Panthera Krause
Wayne Siegel
S Olbricht
CC Dust
OV / Diego
The Liminanas
Peter Van Hoesen / Wata Igarashi / Etapp Kyle / Marco Shuttle
Aleksi Perala
A Made Up Sound
Call Super
Peggy Gou
Eduardo de La Calle
Kero & Gotshell
Chris Weisman
Terrence Dixon
The Seed Coat
Tolouse Low Trax
Holy Sons
Half Man Half Biscuit
The Radio Dept.
Ryuji Takeuchi
The Notwist
Busman’s Holiday
Die Form
Diseno Corbusier
Katie Gately
Thor & Friends
Andrew Weatherall
DJ Diamond
Jeff Mills
Rumah & Progression
My Invisible Friend
Perc + Randomer
Dez Williams
Tim Buckley
The Wolfhounds
American Football
Danny Brown
Hooton Tennis Club
Weyes Blood
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Savoy Motel
Agnes Obel
Lolina (Inga Copeland)
The Wharves
Joey Beltram
Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal