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Weekly Update The Liminanas, Kassem Mosse, NDF, Daniel Woolhouse, Silk Road Assassins, and more...

Inane babble:

Here it is, then: the terrible periphery between October and November, when calender existentialism is at its highest, people start stressing about the structural integrity of their paper mache halloween costume, and also it’s raining sometimes. It’s a stressful time, so we want to do a really good job with this newsletter, because we like to make you happy. May these words about music be a radiator for your heart:

New records:

Quick -- care about them before someone else does.

  • Emo tenorists Battle Trance go very hard indeed.
  • Seabuckthorn strums and picks by the docks in new sidequest.
  • Apropos of halloween, Carla dal Forno hangs out with a ghost choir.
  • The new K’an is sorta like Dilla doing sound design. Or not. Just listen to it.
  • Steve, you weirdo”.
  • Ex-Fall and Blue Orchids man Martin Bramah gets lonely.
  • Toy make shoegaze with pebbles in their shoes. Troopers.
  • Complex: Laurie likes Soft Hair but also thinks they’re shit.
  • William Ryan Fritch has three names because he’s just that epic.
  • Joan as Policewoman are approved by Norman’s in-office Joan.
  • GAIKA hits Warp with some more industrial dancehall medleys.
  • Scotland told Michael Begg to make an album.
  • Norman Records holiday package: a cozy chair, an emotional Sunday and the Croque Madame album.
  • Plot twist: Lou Barlow is angry, but with a ukelele.
  • Barnaby Carter has a heartwarming name and makes warm music to boot.
  • Drake. Also, Drake. Finally, Drake.
  • We’ve got a couple of Home Normal drone cuddles via Altars Altars and Giulio Aldunicci.
  • Everything’s nice and I hope it rains. Also there’s this MayMay album.
  • This week’s post-punk babies are Belgrado.
  • Daniel Woolhouse asks this week’s best rhetorical question.
  • Oren Ambarchi throws his twentieth house party of the year. He’s an awful neighbour.
  • Mark Harris and the holier-than-thou JOHN 3:16 make an ambient thing.
  • It took a psych rock orchestra to get this Cosmic Range record into its element.
  • Norman stockroom guest-of-honour Anton Newcombe keeps it goth on the new BJM record.
  • Dystopian… occult... weird… stuff… from German Army.
  • Jamie accuses Minimal Man of not being Bucks Fizz on their seminal record. True.

What else is there to say? I suppose that there are two new EPs from Fujiya & Miyagi, why not, It could happen, there’s a 12” of not quite dance music from NDF that’s worth hearing, there’s another all-dude noise band with girl in their name called Girl Tears and there was literally a new Courteeners record this week. You have to face these things head on, but by way of apology we’ve also got showings from the Olympians, some shoegazing from Votaries and a Nico Muhly thing. He’s extremely sweet.

Reissues:

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

“Needs more Lakker!”, he shouts as the school pantomime ends.

  • Ace Grebenstein EP on the ever reliable Downwards.
  • Ben Vida coaxes some creaking and croaking sounds from his machines plus some fine droning minimalism on Shelter Press.
  • Kassem Mosse takes a more free approach on his second proper full length.
  • Batch of Clan Destine tape bangers from Huren, L/F/D/M and Sean Pierce.
  • B12 come full circle and bounce back on Sheffield label Central Processing Unit.
  • PYUR has her debut album, dripping in sonic details, out on Hotflush.
  • DJ Stingray’s ‘Psyops for Dummies’ USB stick has made it to vinyl with a coupla extra tracks via Lorenzo Senni’s Presto!? Label.
  • Strange synthetic sound-worlds on Editions Mego from Jung An Tagen aka Stefan Kushima etc.
  • Far out abstract electronics and squashed hip-hop from C ( Nika Son & F#X ) on VIS.
  • Crumpled up cruncher SPR job on Weevil Neighbourhood sounds dope.
  • Dice roller Peder Mannerfelt has done a bassy banger on Hinge Finger.
  • Deaf Center’s debut Pale Ravine expanded on double wax.
  • Nocturnal sci-fi, splintered electronics on Type from Insha.
  • Last handful of Jesse Osborne Lanthier tapes on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil imprint.
  • You down for some sine waves, pal? Vasco Alves is.
  • Conrad Schnitzler’s archives get trawled.
  • EVOL acid squelching brain damagers on Diagonal.
  • Tasty pair on Berceuse Heroique from Mei Tahat and Jorge Velez.
  • Trap mutations from Silk Road Assassins.

7”s

A fair few of these adorable LP puppies in this week, from the likes of psychedelic pals the Lovely Eggs, for whom two songs is pushing it, the reliably unforgivable Slaves, for whom no songs is a triumph, and an actually good jangle outfit known as the Sticks. Enjoy a one-man attempt at Pet Sounds from No Monster Club, a bit of Liminanas, the final disdainful missive of Good Throb and the karaoke house of the Rhythm Method.

And that, as far as I’m concerned, is that. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: listen to all of these records. Wake us up when you’re done. Don’t. Let us sleep.

Words by Robin with bleep bloops from Ant.

The Normanites this week were Laurie, Kim, Phil, Jamie and dream pop malcontent Ian.

Customer Compliment of the Week:

“Fine folks”.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Ekca Liena

Slow Music For Rapid Eye Movement

9/10 from Robin

From the wonderful Dead Pilot to our work dad’s very own Public House Recordings, this Ecka Liena record has officially lived a long and wonderful life. And so it should...read on »

Battle Trance

Blade of Love

9/10 from Robin

Battle Trance are a tenor sax clone quartet: that’s four, tenor, saxes, everybody, and I think that just about qualifies as a racket. Creating monolithic blusters of sou...read on »

Carla dal Forno

You Know What It’s Like

9/10 from Robin

Blackest Ever Black are a very early workweek label, what with their endless slew of muted, dour and spooky utterances, so I’m glad to be listening to Carla dal Forno&rs...read on »

Steve Hauschildt

Strands

9/10 from Laurie

In an attempt to match the popularity of his last record on Kranky Where All Is Fled, former Emeralds synthman Steve Hauschildt looks at ropes. That’s right, the inspira...read on »

Rook Vallade

Vestiges

9/10 from Laurie

Some of you may know this Rook Vallade type from his actual name Chris Douglas, though more will know him from his music under the alias Dalglish. Gotta say, Rook Vallade is a...read on »

Seabuckthorn

I Could See The Smoke EP

9/10 from Robin

Guitarist Andy Cartwright writes dockside strummers so propulsive that I get put straight into the mood for a boating side-quest when I listen to them. He echoes both the popp...read on »

Stefano Gentile | Gigi Masin

Il silenzio dei tuoi passi

9/10 from Laurie

Another luxurious CD in book’s clothing here on the 13 / silentes label, which specialises in combined music and photography into one hopefully cohesive entity. This is ...read on »

Insha

Dysplazia

8/10 from Jamie

Imagine the meeting of Arca and Burial, they said. I tried. I don’t think I could have imagined this... Boston’s Insha has just dropped ten tracks taking the ...read on »

Drake

If Your Reading This You're Too Late

8/10 from Robin

I don’t really have anything to do right now, which makes a change, so I’m just going to write some arbitrary words about my favourite of the Drake records. For so...read on »

Katrine Stochholm

Danser Til Radio

8/10 from Robin

This is the kind of dream sequence I can deal with. She’s been doing it for a while now, but Danish producer and once Under Byen member Katrine Stochholm continues to ma...read on »

The Cosmic Range

New Latitudes

8/10 from Jamie

Multi-instrumentalist Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn has assembled a sizeable collective of practised musicians from Toronto and its environs, helping him realize his kaleidos...read on »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Third World Pyramid

8/10 from Jamie

In this crazy world we’re bombarded by a constant stream of information, misinformation and Shiny New Things. In a NR reviewer’s world, we are showered with n...read on »

Altars Altars

Small Hours

8/10 from Robin

Herein you’ll find Altars Altars making all the sounds that make sleepy warm drone fans want to applaud with tears. This gorgeous, slow and ever so distant record relies...read on »

Croque Madame

Croque Madame

8/10 from Robin

Pop album of the century! Yes, that’s right, it’s true: this is a pop album of the century. The beguiling (I don’t want to say “alternative”) pop...read on »

Silver Apples

Beacon

8/10 from Laurie

Mr Simeon Coxe is probably the most hyped 70-something of 2016. Despite all the 60s/70s revivalist stuff going on, he’s quite deserving of the hype, seeing as he’s...read on »

K'an

Babel

8/10 from Robin

After a long two month stretch without any Time Released Sound in our lives, the label gets Autumnal and sneezes out the sound art excursions of K’an, better known as Pa...read on »

Giulio Aldinucci

Goccia

8/10 from Robin

Giulio Aldinucci’s new one openers with a quite heartbreaking operatic synth paean… accompanied by samples of flies buzzing about the place. At first I had to sca...read on »

Vasco Alves

Volume II

8/10 from Laurie

Looking at his Discogs image, you can see that Vasco Alves is a happy man who sits under a cute umbrella making sounds between sips of beer. It’s got to be some kind of ...read on »

GAIKA

Spaghetto

8/10 from Robin

Recent Warp signee GAIKA has released a tape here and there already, mixing together strands of dancehall with industrial and bass on ‘Machine’, followed-up by Mix...read on »

William Ryan Fritch

Ill Tides

8/10 from Robin

The prolific and maximalist WIlliam Ryan Fritch here confines the massive scope of his music to a wee little tape called ‘Ill Tides’. It’s hard to imagine so...read on »

TOY

Clear Shot

8/10 from Robin

Here’s a band called Toy from the North City of The South that is Brighton. We’ve been ever so slightly observing their sub-meteoric rise to garagedom since 2012 w...read on »

Oren Ambarchi

Hubris

8/10 from Robin

The implausibly prolific Oren Ambarchi, the I’ve Been Everywhere of free improvisation, the free jazz orchestra bud… here he is: again. Laurie and I have somethin...read on »

B12

All Abandon All

8/10 from Laurie

Another week, another CPU 12. This time, the vinyl’s white, which should be enough to excite most of you, but for the rest, you’ll be wondering whether it’s ...read on »

Olafur Arnalds

Island Songs

8/10 from Robin

Won’t somebody please think of the peninsulas? You may well know who Olafur Arnalds is by now, either because your pal Nils Frahm introduced you two at that neo-classic...read on »

Sean Pierce

Battery

8/10 from Ant

Lord almighty! This will blow out the cobwebs - make no mistake. Portland Oregon's Sean Pierce follows up last years LP for Mannequin with a tape of industrial strength techno...read on »

L/F/D/M

Under The Eyes Of Augustus

8/10 from Ant

Tape of mutant bangers and beyond from Richard Smith (Bronze Teeth, Green Gums, Diagonal) under his L/F/D/M guise - which stands for Loves Flaccid Disco Muscle. Previous relea...read on »

Huren

Change Room Violation$

8/10 from Ant

Punishing tape of pulverising electronics from Dave Foster, whom I will forever hold in high regard for his role in creating one of my all-time fave techno trax ‘The Wip...read on »

Kassem Mosse

Disclosure

8/10 from Ant

It’s always great to get new material from Gunnar Wendal and this his second proper full length is mighty tasty. Generally speaking it’s a lot less straightforward...read on »

Jesse Osborne Lanthier

A.T.L.H.F.V.A.M.L.T.H.A.T.U.

8/10 from Ant

We’ve a teenie weenie handful of these tapes left at the time of writing. There’s only 100 copies and it’s released on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil label. I ca...read on »

Ben Vida

Damaged Particulates

8/10 from Ant

Whoa! These sounds are having a strange effect on me… The opening microtonal droning of the first side of this LP leads into weird creaking and croaking electronics and...read on »

Grebenstein

Strong Proud Stupid and Superior

8/10 from Ant

Jan Grebenstein’s latest Downwards offering is pretty great. The first version of ‘Strong Proud Stupid and Superior’ is something like OAKE doing a version o...read on »

C ( Nika Son & F#X )

Tennō EP

8/10 from Ant

Hamburg’s V I S is shaping up to be an interesting label. Following wax from SPR and Scheich in China we now have an EP from C aka Nika Son and F#X (half of Black Sites ...read on »

Jung An Tagen

Das Fest Der Reichen

8/10 from Laurie

Some new experimental electronic madness here on Editions Mego from Vienna-based digital multimedia artist Jung An Tagen, or Stefan Juster to his pals. He’s based in a b...read on »

Featured albums

K'an
Pulp
Michael Begg
MayMay
The Rhythm Method
DJ Stingray
Barnaby Carter
C ( Nika Son & F#X )
Insha
Ben Vida
EVOL
The Sticks
Jung An Tagen
Grebenstein
Oren Ambarchi
B12
Jorge Velez
Mei Tahat
Jesse Osborne Lanthier
Conrad Schnitzler
Kassem Mosse
Minimal Man
Drake
Drake
Drake & Future
Slaves / Wonk Unit
PYUR
The Liminanas
SPR
Peder Mannerfelt
Vasco Alves
Soft Hair
Lou Barlow
Courteeners
Votaries
GAIKA
The Cosmic Range
Huren
Sean Pierce
L/F/D/M
Nico Muhly & Teitur
The Olympians
Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis
Altars Altars
Silver Apples
Martin Bramah
German Army and Old Komm
The Lovely Eggs
Giulio Aldinucci
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
NDF
Seabuckthorn
William Ryan Fritch
No Monster Club
Silk Road Assassins
Croque Madame
Steve Hauschildt
Carla dal Forno
Daniel Woolhouse
Danny Brown
Belgrado
TOY
Battle Trance
Good Throb
Medicine Head
Fujiya & Miyagi
Saint Etienne
Deaf Center