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Weekly Update

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News:

We’ve changed our email address for your customer queries. It’s now help@normanrecords.com. To help you remember this we’ve written a song to the tune of ‘Help’ by the Beatles.

We’ll help you if we can with your sounds.
And you will appreciate us being ‘round.
We’ll help you get your records to your door.
Won’t you please email, help!

So for all your future Norman Records customer order queries. Please email help@normanrecords.com. That’s help@normanrecords.com

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New:
Many.

  • Boring old Beach House are annoyingly beautiful even on their B sides collection.
  • Lo-fi surf pops and emo-straddling sorts Kane Strang.
  • Sleek and charmed 80s indie jangle from Sea Pinks.
  • Male Gaze are the sort of garage rock act that are allowed on Castle Face.
  • Vibrant and experimental odd pop from Daniel O’Sullivan (Grumbling Fur etc).
  • Moon Diagrams is the Deerhunter sticksman being all drifty. One really great song though.
  • Deafcult play shoegaze like it’s in fashion or something.
  • Jon Wayne the rapper not the actor.
  • Wakey’s Maia play gentle psychedelic folk that is generally impressive.
  • Ex-pat Brit James Elkington fingerpicked like no-one’s business.
  • Standard issue electro pop from Lucky + Love.
  • Spoken word and abstraction from the ridiculous Mark Kozelek and Sean Yeaton.
  • Motorilk post punk from Snapped Ankles on the Leaf Label.
  • “I’d like to go on tour in LA” said Spain’s Josh Hayden. So he did.
  • Gum chewin’ hard livin’ Springsteen-ish heartlands rock from Danny and the Champions of the World.
  • Former the Only Ones stalk Peter Perrett gets his shit together.
  • Heather Trost. Literally a half of A Hawk and a Hacksaw.
  • Grace Sings Sludge is the lassie out of The Sandwitches and The Fresh and Onlys.
  • Clatter trio Gold Dime spread noise like butter.
  • Kiefer makes sunny day vibes and Madlib style beats.
  • Slick Swedes Little Dragon smooch out a new one.
  • Juice heavy darkness from Gravetemple inc Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambachi.
  • Former Let’s Wrestle chap Wesley Gonzalez is an ‘Excellent Musician’....he says.
  • Electronic pop and shoegaze from Au Ra.


Reissues:
Few.

  • More Popol Vuh re-issues.
  • Why bother with all this weird music when you can just get the Cure’s greatest hits?


Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
His longest yet. Written while packing the Coil tape for the family holiday singalong.

  • The Head Technician, Pye Corner Audio’s sci-fi/horror electronics land on Death Waltz Originals pressed on a red vinyl 10”.
  • Posh Isolation’s harsh noise duo Damien Dubrovnik expand their sound with dark, droning modern classical elements.
  • Maggi Payne’s 1986 avant-electronic classic ‘Crystal’ gets a first-time vinyl reissue and still sounds astonishingly fresh.
  • Star of our podcast this week X.Y.R tweaks the olde Russian Formanta Mini synthesizer for an album of spiralling ‘Labyrinth’ electronics on Not Not Fun.
  • J.G. Thirlwell aka Foetus explores the dark universe with his sci-fi noir record as Xordox on Editions Mego.
  • Mumdance & Logos deconstruct Grime in ‘Weightless’ mode.
  • The new record from Fieldhead could be what Arthur Russell would sound like if he was still with us and releasing records on Ghost Box.
  • Downtempo / Artificial Intelligence school electronica from Nadia Struiwigh on CPU.
  • Max Cooper and Tim Hecker rework Ben Lukas Boysen on Erased Tapes.
  • After much delay, finally Beau Wanzer’s utterly filthy second untitled album of stomping, sludgy, festering ooze has arrived! All hail!
  • Dirty modular synth driven punk from Brooklyn’s Wetware. Like Miss Kittin and the Hacker overdosing on bad drugs.
  • Preston’s finest and possibly only tech/house producer Cottam reaches lucky no. 7.
  • Sim Hutchins advances the possibilities of Dub Techno on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label.
  • Class Regis/Surgeon inspired techno from Detroit’s Altstadt Echo on Interdimensional Transmissions sub-label Eye Teeth. Regis is a fan.
  • Coupla tunes from Arca's s/t album pressed on limited white label 12", housed in sexy hot pink disco bag with rip & stitch fishnet casing. Edition of 220 copies.
  • Dutchman Steve Rachmad compiles an album of his hardware tracks as Sterac Electronics from the past 15 years.
  • Electric Sewer Age reissue aka Coil's Peter Christopherson and Danny Hyde.
  • Fresh from an album on Modern Love, Phillippe Hallais aka Low Jack goes for the jugular with noisier trax as B-Ball Joints.
  • Happy to see Italy’s Lory D still dishing out some grinding acid on Numbers.
  • Classic first D'Arcangelo EP on Rephlex reissued by Suction.
  • Stefan Schwander aka Harmonious Thelonious realises his vision of 21st Century electronic dub as Leroy Versions on a fun wee 7".
  • Repressings of Jamal Moss Medusa Edits of Nitzer Ebb, SPK, Severed Heads, PiL, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Psychedelic Furs, Fad Gadget etc.
  • Turkish Berliner Nene Hatun crosses 'psychedelic-anatolian techno-pop' and 'dark drone wave music' on Bedouin Records.
  • Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard H. Kirk is still at it.
  • Big swirling psychedelic cascades from Floating Points.
  • Arty clobber from Un Drame Musical Instantané and The Modern Institute.
  • Marcel Dettmann’s mixes up his EBM/Industrial influences for Dekmantel’s Selectors series.
  • Fans of Concretism and Dalham should check Quaeschning & Schnauss.
  • Chances of the OG copy of the AJL Band LP on Discogs going for £771.82 are slim now that Omar-S has remastered it and reissued it on FXHE. 1979 disco from Singapore.
  • The Egyptian Lover / Syracuse & Epsilove / Palms Trax / Interstellar Funk continue Dekmantel’s ten year birthday celebrations.
  • +++ Inigo Kennedy on Token, Hodge on Livity Sound, UMFANG album on Technicolour, Timothy J. Fairplay on Hoga Nord, LTO LP on Injazero, Trevor Jackson LP on Utter.


7”s.
So small...

  • Leeds latest post punkers Mush write a song so long it strays across both sides of their 7”.
  • Ultra Satan give us a blast of their Zun Zun Egui style psychedelic groove.

There you go. Hope you enjoyed that. If you are not completely satisfied with your Weekly Update then please email us at help@normanrecords.com.


Credits:
Words: Clint and Ant.
Work: Phil, Kim, Robin, old Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and Ian.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Elodie

Balayes De La Main Du Hasard

9/10 from Jamie

Elodie are Andrew Chalk and Timo Van Luijk, and now that the introduction is out of the way this is something very special that the pair have made and put out on Chalk’s...read on »

James Elkington

Wintres Woma

9/10 from Clinton

The fact that our Ian wants the promo handed back to him for further listening suggests it's either good ...or shoegaze. Thankfully it's the former as it's the debut album fro...read on »

Fieldhead

We’ve All Been Swimming

9/10 from Andy

I'm not sure if anyone has ever wondered what Arthur Russell would sound like if he was still with us and releasing records on Ghost Box, but should that question ever be aske...read on »

Sim Hutchins

Vantablank Stare EP

9/10 from Ant

I’m pretty sure this is the first I’ve heard from Sim Hutchins since his 2015 album on No Pain In Pop. There’s been a tape and some stuff on his BandCamp, bu...read on »

X.Y.R

Labyrinth

9/10 from Jamie

X.Y.R. is revealed on the web to stand for Xram Yedinennogo Razmuwlenuja -- yes, my spellcheck hates me right now -- but his name might actually be Vladimir Karpov. The myster...read on »

Maggi Payne

Crystal

9/10 from Ant

First ever, and much needed vinyl reissue of Maggi Payne’s classic first album, 1986’s ‘Crystal’. Originally issued on Mimi Johnson’s legendary N...read on »

The Beach Boys

Wild Honey - 50th Anniversary Edition

8/10 from Clinton

The problem the Beach Boys had in the late '60s (actually they had many problems but the main one) was that they were again ahead of the curve. It was ok for the Beatles a cou...read on »

James Murray

Floods Returned

8/10 from Jamie

James Murray follows his icily haunting ‘Killing Ghosts’ release of four months ago on Home Normal, with this ethereal little electro-acoustic beauty of a CD on hi...read on »

Morteza Hannaneh

Tchashm-e-Del

8/10 from Jamie

New! From the Collapsing Market label, this album represents a recently-discovered dusty old tape; Tchashm-e-Del celebrates the artefact’s unearthing from a Paris flat. ...read on »

Quaeschning & Schnauss

Synthwaves

8/10 from Clinton

What a lot of people forget about me is that a used to be a right synth nut. In the early '80s I was obsessed with anything synthesizer and used to pour over my grandma's Mars...read on »

LTO

Storybook

8/10 from Jamie

Ark at ee, got a new recorrd? So we come to LTO then, of Brizzol’s Old Apparatus collective. Storybook marks a departure for LTO, inasmuch as it’s his first LP for...read on »

Kiefer

Kickinit Alone

8/10 from Clinton

My biggest thank you of the week is to whoever wrote the words "lovely smooth jazzy vibes" on a post it note on the front of this debut full length from the brilliantly named ...read on »

Altstadt Echo

Reposed In Nihilism

8/10 from Ant

Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions sublabel Eye Teeth is pretty great. If you’ve not checked it out, then I can highly recommend a sniff at the handful of re...read on »

Mumdance & Logos

FFS / BMT

8/10 from Ant

If you’ve been digging the whole ‘Weightless’ thing, then you should know the drill with these Different Circles 12”s by now - limited stamped copies t...read on »

Ekman

Sturm Und Drang / First Mover

8/10 from Ant

Dutch producer Roel Dijcks aka Ekman (Solar One, The Trilogy Tapes, Berceuse Heroique, Panzerkreuz etc.) returns to Shiprec for his third release on the label - with two prime...read on »

Danny Wolfers

Unfolding The Future With Amateur Space Jazz

8/10 from Ant

‘Unfolding The Future With Amateur Space Jazz’ was originally a cassette and CDr release on Danny Wolfers (Legowelt) own Nightwind label, and is now given the...read on »

LAIR

LAIR EP

8/10 from Ant

The second release on Ian McDonnell’s (half of Lakker aka Eomac) Eotrax label continues the spiritual path laid out on its first release ‘Temple Of The Jaguar&rsqu...read on »

Cadans

1 Bar FU

8/10 from Ant

Here’s a Slammin’ three tracker from Dutch producer Jeroen Snik on Clone Basement Series - recommended for fans of Blawan, Dreams and Randomer. There’s a st...read on »

Gold Dime

Nerves

8/10 from Robin

Clattering trio Gold Dime bring noise rock spread like well-distributed butter on ‘Nerves’, creating a record whose feedback is strategic and whose repetitive bass...read on »

Kane Strang

Two Hearts and No Brain

8/10 from Robin

This record’s name was originally the working title for Phil Collins’ autobiography -- Kane Strang got it off the cutting room floor. Well-versed in all things pla...read on »

Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa

Are Euphoria

8/10 from Jamie

Could there be a more Thrill Jockey combination than this? Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa have combined talents once more following 2014’s ‘Savage Imagination&rsq...read on »

Damien Dubrovnik

Great Many Arrows

8/10 from Ant

The Danish duo of Loke Rahbek (Croatian Amor, Lust For Youth etc.) and Christian Stadsgaard have reached their sixth studio album with ‘Great Many Arrows’. Th...read on »

Happy Meals

Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony Volumes IV-VI

8/10 from Laurie

“FOR LARGE SOUNDSYSTEM USE ONLY” proclaims the label of this here record by Glaswegian megahippies Happy Meals whose latest yellow-sleeved album of freaky electron...read on »

The Modern Institute

The Modern Institute

8/10 from Laurie

Members of Golden Teacher collab with some guy called James Stephen Wright on this clear plastic record to attempt to subvert the middle class art world and it’s pompous...read on »

Featured albums

The Horrors
Altstadt Echo
Nadia Struiwigh
Xordox
Sim Hutchins
Trevor Jackson
Arca
Mumdance & Logos
Deafcult
The Egyptian Lover / Syracuse & Epsilove / Palms Trax / Interstellar Funk
Inigo Kennedy
Hodge
Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton
Pye Corner Audio
Spain
AJL Band
Sterac Electronics
Jane Weaver and Virginia Wing / Death And Vanilla / Noveller
X.Y.R
Peter Perrett
Various / Marcel Dettmann
Johenson / Leroy Versions
Nene Hatun
Ben Lukas Boysen
The Modern Institute
Male Gaze
Grace Sings Sludge
Un Drame Musical Instantané
Ultra Satan
Richard H. Kirk
Sea Pinks
Kiefer
Au.Ra
Fieldhead
Quaeschning & Schnauss
Moon Diagrams
Jonwayne
Timothy J. Fairplay
James Elkington
Wetware
Lucky + Love
Snapped Ankles
Beach House
B-Ball Joints (Low Jack)
Mush
D'Arcangelo
LTO
Maggi Payne
Gravetemple
Gold Dime
Damien Dubrovnik
Electric Sewer Age
Maia
Danny & The Champions Of The World
Kane Strang
Floating Points
UMFANG
Heather Trost
Cottam
Daniel O'Sullivan
Little Dragon
Wesley Gonzalez
Lory D
Coil
Beau Wanzer