Well that’s it then. Thank you for all your custom this year. And thank you for not losing your temper with us. In return, we hope we’ve brought you prompt(ish) delivery of good music. Good swap?
Sadly this is the final update of the year, but the site will be operational even while we're away eating stuff. A skeleton staff will be in place next week to fulfill as many of your orders as possible, but please bear with us. If we don’t answer emails as quickly as normal you’ll know why.
Before we plough into this week’s update here is a heartfelt message from our leader and our lord Phil.
“Happy Holidays, and thank you for being nice and supporting our shop” - Phil
It’s hard to not feel emotionally shattered after that.
80 of the Best New Year Pre-orders:
It’s not even Christmas yet and we are already bothering you with upcoming stuff for 2017...but it’s really exciting! Here are 80 (eighty!) things to look forward to in 2017.
A few things in this week. Let’s not give up on 2016 too soon...
- Thigh Master make ragged Australian indie rock.
- Fatma who absolutely don’t contain any members of a band who we sell records by.
- Hidden Charms. Riffs and fuzz. Riffs and fuzz.
- His Name Is Alive put out what is apparently their 100th release. We don’t believe them.
- Gideon Wolf makes elaborately packaged neo-classical and ambience.
- Flying Hair make this year’s final psych rock album.
The warm glow of records past.
- The classic second album from psych shoegazers the Telescopes is back out on vinyl.
- Plenty of Bright Eyes vinyl re-issues.
- Leonard Cohen. The old crooner captured live back in ‘78.
Ant’s Bumper Christmas Electronic Roundup:
Mince pie crumbs tumbling down his box-fresh Russell Haswell shirt.
- echospace [detroit] deep, spacey ambient/dub techno nine CD motherlode from A601-2 (aka Rod Modell), Variant (aka Steve Hitchell), cv313 (the pair of ‘em).
- Nurse With Wound at the peak of their powers with ‘The Great Ecstasy Of The Basic Corrupt’ containing tracks from ultra limited vinyl releases. Lovers of ‘Soliloquy for Lilith’ should check!
- Jungle/ D&B/ IDM mini-album from Gareth Clarke in fine Aphex/ Squarepusher tradition.
- Orange wax 12” of blue jungle on Brooklyn’s Exotic Dance Records from Deejay Xanax (Brian Piñeyro aka Luis, DJ Wey, DJ Python).
- Rutger Zuydervelt soundtracks videogame ‘Astroneer’.
- Schlachthofbronx 12” featuring none other than the mighty Riko Dan and Warrior Queen.
- Tasty electro action from Versalife aka Boris Bunnik/ Conforce. Limited 12” on brokntoys in screen-printed sleeve.
- Dale Cornish ‘Clap’ 12” on Where To Now? (insert pasty/ S.T.I gag here).
- Icy, celestial, sci-fi electro/pop from INKAMERA aka Victoria Lukas whom was half of Zerkalo with Drexciya/Dopplereffekt's Gerald Donald.
- Melodic analog electro on Toronto's Suction from June / Lowfish. 300 copies on orange wax.
- Woozy avant-house from Krakow’s Lutto Lento on FTD.
- Dancefloor house/techno/acid bombs from Fear-E on Glasgow’s Dixon Avenue Basement Jams.
- Levon Vincent back on form.
- 60mins of raw, low-fi jams from L.A’s AshTreJinkins and Tokyo’s Ko Saito. Limited tape on NCA.
- Superb metallic, clanking chiming techno from Kamikaze Space Programme. Recommended!
- 1080p keep ‘em comin’ with some electro, IDM, breaks and house from Riohv.
- Limited edition of 250 copies 7” of melodic electronica from The Home Current (aka Second Language bossman Martin Jensen) on Polytechnic Youth.
- Bunch of limited to 50 copies ambient/drone CD’s in handmade packaging on Shimmering Moods from; Embers Below Zero, Viewfound, The Lost Trail Orchestra, and πâππ.
- Chakra pleasing New Age ‘(The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986’ compilation feat. Vangelis, Popol Vuh, Peter Michael Hamel, Ariel Kalma, Gigi Masin, Ash Ra Tempel etc.
- Coloured vinyl represses of waxes from Andy Stott, Shinichi Atobe, Head Technician, and Equiknoxx.
Also read: The best introductions to Ant’s Round-Up.
Worst Records of the Year:
Here’s our usual pre-Christmas romp through the very worst of this year’s releases. Please don’t be too offended ...it’s just for fun, and we do truly appreciate anyone who tries to make music rather than just sitting staring at their phones moaning at the internet.
And that’s yer lot for 2016. 2017 has to be better doesn’t it? Has to.
In the meantime, to all our customers - have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Team Norman…who at various times this year have been...Phil, Ant, Clint, Robin, Jamie, Nathon, Laurie, Kim, Benn, Ian and not forgetting all our wonderful freelancers out there in the digital galaxy.
Customer Compliment of the Week:
Check our Feefo reviews during the Queen’s speech.
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
8/10 from Robin