Thursday December 1st 2016
- December. Time to unveil our Albums of the Year. Who's won? Click here to find out. The first lucky punters buying it will receive an exclusive poster...whilst stocks last, like.
- More list-y stuff for ya: Re-issues of the Year, Top 50 Near Misses, Best Sellers and Staff Picks.
- Let us help you find the perfect Christmas gift with our magnificent Christmas Gift Guide.
- Oh, and from now until 23rd December you'll get double NormanPoints on all purchases. An early present from us.
So there you go. As ever, if you're buying something and need it in time for Christmas then the usual warning applies:
Please, please, please place your order as soon as you can. In-stock items can be shipped immediately but items marked as 'Available to buy' or 'Pre-order' can be delayed.
All ok? Good.
Right, that's Christmas sorted. Back to real life. There have been a host of new releases this week so let’s take a look...
No Record of the Week this week as there’s 50 Albums of the Year but these are new:
- Twisty nine-piece Sons of Noel and Adrian make mathematics with horns.
- Ah, our version of the John Lewis ad. The annual Yellow6 Christmas CD.
- Bloody weird jazz fusion from Innercity Ensemble (feat. Stara Rzeka).
- Fantastic pop people the New Lines make a record for fans of Broadcast etc.
- Terrifying psych people the Oscillation split a 10” with 10,000 Russos.
- Pals Damien Jurado and Richard Swift get together to do some covers.
- Reformed Scottish people El Hombre Trajeado flick through their address book.
- The Suburban Homes are really bored and from Crawley and sound like Vic Goddard or early Buzzcocks.
- Emotive Australians The Trouble With Templeton get sad on our ass.
- Boot stompin’ dirty ‘n’ disgustin’ rock ‘n’ roll from the Freeks.
- Tragically we couldn’t be there but it sounded like Public Service Broadcasting had a great night.
- Who knew that there was a completely different man called Laurie in the world. He does skewed Ty Segall-ish garage rock.
- Bleak Leeds lot iLIKETRAiNS...their capitalization, not ours.
- Chirpy Leeds indie/hindi lot Maggie8. Inc. former Hood bairn etc.
- Veteran space-rockers Landing on their 10th attempt.
- Nu pop electronic types Valley Hush.
All-old records revitalised:
- Plinth….more twinkles per square inch than any other record.
- Big box re-issue of ‘What’s Going On’ Marvin Gaye at half speed master. But it’s going to sound terrible at half speed.
- All the Stereophonics albums you could ever want now out on vinyl.
- It’s a toss up between a super-funky suite of afro-jazz from Mor Thiam or the Elf soundtrack.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
The kids gathered round to open day one of the Nurse With Wound advent calendar.
- Burial returneth. The jury is split.
- Ghostly reissue Telefon Tel Aviv’s ‘Fahrenhet Fair Enough’ on wax. Fully loaded with “rhodes-heavy jazzy electronica, frantic cut ups and gorgeous guitar trills” says our Clint.
- Biosphere’s ambient odyssey ‘Cirque’ from the year 2000 gets a reboot on CD with new artwork + a bonus 6-track disc.
- Chicago’s RP Boo unleashes an almighty leg-tangling 6-track EP on Planet Mu.
- More footwork action on Hyperdub from Teklife crew man DJ Taye.
- Nathan Fake ropes Prurient in for some warbling over one of his tunes.
- Underspreche split their floor destroying/mind melting album over two 12”s on Optimo Trax.
- Shapednoise deploys some sonic bombs via a 300 copies, stamped white label 12” on Type. Featuring Roly Porter, Rabit and Emanuele Porcinai.
- The aforementioned Emanuele Porcinai returns to Samuel Kerridge’s Contort label as WSR for an LP collision of strings, field recordings and dark techno/noise.
- Two whopping box sets on Mute from Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard H. Kirk also appearing as Sandoz.
- Imagine your Gran’s eyes popping out of her little grey head when Santa brings her the new Francisco López CD on Sub Rosa with winkies and bums on the cover.
- Second helping of the ‘Stranger Things’ eerie synth OST from S U R V I V E’s Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein.
- Surprise 12” from NYC’s Levon Vincent on Novel Sound!
- Mika Vainio’s ‘Mannerlaata’ album on iDEAL Recordings gets cut onto three slabs of wax for maximum bowel rupturing.
- Via App follows 12”s on BANK and 1080p with her third album. An idiosyncratic vision of mutant techno.
- Single-sided 12” of relentless, raw, analogue mayhem chock full of 808’s from Shinoby vs Hypnobeat (Helena Hauff + James Dean Brown).
- New Age triple cassette motherlode from Laraaji.
- Steve Moore in horror synth soundtrack mode on Relapse, with his score to ‘The Mind's Eye’.
- Title of The Week award goes to Mickey Pearce with ‘Top 5 Goat Memes’.
- Coupla ambient bliss-outs all the way from the land of the rising sun, from Asuna & Opitope, and Chihei Hatakeyama on his White Paddy Mountain imprint.
- Richard Chartier’s Pinkcourtesyphone project drones in slow motion on Editions Mego.
- Limited Eric Copeland LP wonk-fest on Palmetto Arts. Edition of 300 copies.
- Jazzy Detroit beatdown goodness from Theo Parrish and Amp Fiddler.
- Hieroglyphic Being; Jamal Moss and Steve Poindexter bring the jackin’ acid as The Faces of Drums on Mathematics.
- Plates for the discerning Disk Jockey: Peder Mannerfelt on Numbers, Ron Trent ‘I Feel Rhythm’ reissue, INKAMERA on Last Known Trajectory, Jayda G on 1080p, Shamos on Apron, DJ Bong Gozling on Natural Sciences, Paranoid London white label.
Bigger than a spoon, smaller than the sky.
- With Slade and Wham out of the picture we turn to indie poppers the Manhattan Love Suicides and The Haywains to release tomorrow’s ‘future classic’ Christmas songs...
- The new Faith No More single ones on so many 7” format we got confused
- Manchester post punkers Liines carefully insert that all important extra ‘i’.
Despite being three or so weeks off the actual event it’s our Christmas ‘do’ tomorrow. Let’s never forget the crazy scenes from two years ago. If we are still alive to tell the tale we’ll see you on Monday. Normal time, normal place, normal relentless misery.
Words by Clint with a piece of Robin pie. Bleeps/bloops handler: Ant.
The Normanites this week were: Kim, Phil, Benn, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and one day of Ian.
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“It was nice”.
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