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This will go down in history as the most thumb-twiddling update in Norman Records history. Not because of the records, which this week are pretty damn fantastic, but with thanks to the fact that nothing interesting or anecdotal has happened to us this week. We’re just living our lives. In fact we’re so desperate to tell you this week’s news that we’re just going to tell you next week’s instead, hope that’s okay: a new Public House record is dropping and we’ve got a couple of very tasty exclusives incoming too… stay tuned.

Please stay tuned. For the love of God stay tuned. Find us interesting.

This week’s stuff:

New:

Babies!

  • Downtown Boys are the best punk band.
  • School of Rock cast Sheer Mag release their first album proper. LP to follow!
  • Oneohtrix Point Never is in the Stooges now.
  • Jen Cloher’s album is easy-as-pie with a few jagged edges.
  • Frankie Rose is back with krautrock and an abiding belief in aliens.
  • Woozemaker Odd Nosdam gets existential about this funny old thing we call LIF.
  • Andrea Belfi is the little drummer boy.
  • Mind melting drones from Urashima posterboy Maurizio Bianchi. Wooden boxset alert.
  • Trippy guys Carlton Melton metamorphose into their cat.
  • Nibble at esoterica with A Scanner Darkly’s soundtrack.
  • Not just competent but sparkling, please check in on Ilk’s debut record.
  • She’s in a band called Rubblebucket. I… that’s it. Here’s Kalbells.
  • This compilation tributes Bert Jansch with four human-written birdsongs.
  • Jamie likes the paper they made this Maps and Diagrams album out of. Good music, too.
  • Oro Swimming Hour will get out of bed soon -- I promise.
  • Paul Draper was in Mansun. Flash poll: should he have been in Hanson?
  • Itatlo disco meets South London in Lucky Soul’s dreamatorium.

Arbitrarily paragraphed this week are Guided by Voices because they’ve had their turn, space grizzly Joel Jerome and his Cosmic Bear, the loud and capslocked TROBBB!, growly longhairs Wolf Eyes, the deliberately irksome Bomber Jackets, the adequately fuzzed Holy Wave and who could forget dear Rat Boy?

Reissues:

We’re really bad at letting bygones be bygones.

  • Calling all rich Devo fans!
  • Livin’ proof of boom-bap from Group Home.
  • Early Thrill Jockey synth compatriots Trans Am get the look in they deserve.
  • We rejoice at F. J. McMahon. Chock-full of gorgeousness.
  • I used to love Kanye, I used to love Kany- actually I still love Kanye. Reissues!
  • So… the newly renamed Preoccupations… release their old record album Cassette… on vinyl… under their new name… help?
  • Lots of Parallelogram reissues, if you like varyingly famous folk men. Here, here, here and here.
  • Evil noise portals with a new cover in this Nurse With Wound boxset reup.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:

Teaching his kids not to tell L.I.E.S.

  • Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar & Shabaka Hutchings made cosmic jazzers extracted from a session for NTS.
  • Annea Lockwood’s sensual 1970 tape piece Tiger Balm lands on vinyl via Oren Ambrachi's Black Truffle label, alongside two previously unreleased works.
  • LP of Icy synthpop and dark industrial electronics from Morphoex on Polytechnic Youth.
  • A bunch of sought after 12”s on Motor City Drum Ensemble’s MCDE label repressed to keep the wolf from the door.
  • EP of dense, vibrant, morphing tracks from Egyptian producer ZULI, back on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label.
  • Kutmah brings his slippery beats to Big Dada.
  • Trippy, groovin’ house cuts from Bufiman aka Jan Schulte.
  • Heavy, sizzling, abrasive techno/electro from Parrish Smith on L.I.E.S.
  • Woozy, sun-drenched, boogie tracks outta L.A from Benedek -- kinda like G-Funk house or something?
  • Dank, claustrophobic and paranoid sounds with the second Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement vinyl reissue of an early cassette.
  • A tasty brew from Assel - somewhere between industrial, techno and dub.
  • Official reissue of classic 1983 Italo Disco gem from Mirage - as played by I-f.
  • Vinyl edit of Akira Rabelais gorgeous, computer manipulated and recomposed medieval choral pieces.
  • Krootchey’s 1984 electro-disco tune remastered and reissued for your dancing pleasure by Dark Entries.
  • Overmono, Huerco S. and Olga Wojciechowska rework Nathan Fake.
  • Brain-flossing no-input mixer feedback sculptures from Henrik Rylander on iDEAL Recordings.
  • 12” EP of classy Detroit techno from Underground Resistance’s Nomadico on his own Yaxteq imprint.
  • Bicep whet the appetite for their forthcoming album, with a single-sided 12" on Ninja Tune with screen printed reverse.
  • Reissue of ultra-rare, early hip-hop/electro tracks from K.O.T. aka Detroit beat wizard Anthony “Shake” Shakir.
  • Joy Division producer Martin Hannett’s tribute to Delia Derbyshire. Vinyl sold-out on pre-order but CD is available.
  • A wander amongst nature with the electronic soundscapes and field recordings of A Year In The Country.

7”s:

Aww...

Lovely. That was lovely. Wasn’t it? I don’t know. See you next week I suppose.

Credits:

Words: Robin and Ant.

Work: Laurie, Kim, Ian, Phil[citation needed], Jamie and Benn.

Customer Compliment of the Week:

“Ace”.

Two sets up with a break of serve -- watch the action at Feefo reviews.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

F.J. McMahon

Spirit Of The Golden Juice

9/10 from Jamie

What a lovely surprise to find this in the ‘To Be Reviewed’ box today! Had Clint not been away, I’m pretty sure he would have eaten this up, digested it and ...read on »

Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher

9/10 from Jamie

This is Jen Cloher’s sophomore, self-titled album; I’m into track 2 now and I like it. I like it a lot, in fact. A member of Melbourne’s fertile DIY scene, a...read on »

Downtown Boys

Cost Of Living

9/10 from Robin

Wasting a sum total of zero time, Downtown Boys’ Victoria Ruiz jumps in and picks up from where ‘Full Communism’ left off: “How much is enough, and who...read on »

Oro Swimming Hour

Penrose Winoa

9/10 from Robin

The case for bedroom pop being the best genre of music of all time is simple: they made it in bed, which is objectively earth’s Only Good Place. Here my argument is ceme...read on »

Kutmah

TROBBB!

9/10 from Jamie

The Revenge Of Black Belly Button! (‘TROBBB!’) was bound to be an odd beast. Soundtracking the film of the same name, and masterminded by Sunshine City (L.A.) nati...read on »

Oneohtrix Point Never

Good Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

9/10 from Laurie

Just got to get this off my chest: I’m having a Good Time. But judging by the grating intensity of some moments from OPN’s new score, something tells me the charac...read on »

Sheer Mag

Need To Feel Your Love

9/10 from Robin

A generation or two behind schedule, Sheer Mag sound like they could be the cast of School of Rock making music as adults. Having released a slew of fantastic 7”s that p...read on »

Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar & Shabaka Hutchings

A​.​R​.​E. Project

9/10 from Laurie

OOO interesting, here is a record on Technicolour that sees the legendary Hieroglyphic Being collaborate with drummer Sarathy Korwar and ridiculous Sons of Kemet sax man Shaba...read on »

Akira Rabelais

Spellewauerynsherde

9/10 from Ant

Originally a CD released on David Sylvian's Samadhisound label back in 2004, this is the first-ever vinyl edition of this beautifully haunting album. Akira Rabelais uses his s...read on »

Morphoex

Soviet System

8/10 from Laurie

For those as clueless to music as I, Morphoex is a human named Isthmail Baudry in charge of a bunch of bleeping and thumping machines, here with a new album about the hypocris...read on »

Maps and Diagrams

Mosaic

8/10 from Jamie

Here’s a CD in nicely hand-bound card packaging, on the limited-run (80 worldwide) Handstitched label. I love it when these things are joined up. With original artwork...read on »

Claude Lombard

Chante

8/10 from Jamie

Oh my. Fans of the laser-guided psych-pop melodies of Stereolab and the cool-chanson-with-electronics of Broadcast will surely wet themselves with excitement upon hearing this...read on »

Andrea Belfi

Ore

8/10 from Jamie

Andrea Belfi is that most contemporary of drummers, percussionists and composers: with an ear for structural detail, clarity of timbre and complex interwoven sound textures. S...read on »

Assel

This Will Not Stand

8/10 from Laurie

Not sure who this Robin Asselman is, but they’ve sure got a weird take on beat-led electronic music. Their music sits somewhere between industrial, techno and dub music ...read on »

Graham Reynolds

A Scanner Darkly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

8/10 from Jamie

The state of dependence. It’s a tricky one, because sometimes I depend on the cats to keep me cuddly and warm on those long, dark winter nights in the depths of Yorkshir...read on »

Odd Nosdam

LIF

8/10 from Jamie

“This ain’t how California’s s’posed to sound!”, my inner Sunshine Boy cries out in horror. Jokes, man. It’s SanFran / Bay Area’s fin...read on »

Idiota Civilizzato

La Vita Silenziosa

8/10 from Robin

Fast punches packed into 7” here from a band as home and away as the TV show of the same name; with members out of Australia, Italy, Mallorca, this hardcore band convene...read on »

Kalbells

Ten Flowers

8/10 from Robin

Lead singer of -- yes, for the first and last time, this is their band name -- Rubblebucket, Kalma Traver has here stepped out for a record of pop peculiarities on NNA Tapes. ...read on »

Benedek

Bene's World

8/10 from Robin

Wooze merchant Nicky Benedek simmers in the LA sun and then makes dance tunes for the contentedly exhausted. That’s how I imagine it goes, anyway: ‘Bene’s Wo...read on »

Lil Ugly Mane

Three Sided Tape Volume 1

8/10 from Robin

We’re really enjoying this new thing where Hundebiss combs through Lil Ugly Mane’s digital catalogue and makes LPs happen. The beatmaking and noisetrying producer ...read on »

Krootchey

Qu'Est-Ce Qu'll A (D'Plus Que Moi Ce Negro La?)

8/10 from Laurie

Philippe Krootchey was an electro DJ and creator during the 70s and 80s on the Parisian electro circuit who apparently had a big hit with his group Love International and the ...read on »

Nomadico

Gentefication EP

8/10 from Laurie

Dan Caballero, as distinct from Don Caballero, is a techno man of old school proportions, being a member of ancient techno-activist organism Underground Resistance, and is her...read on »

Torn Hawk

Men With No Memory

8/10 from Robin

I’m not feeling well prepared for the electronic desert psychedelia of Torn Hawk this morning, in that I haven’t brought the necessary cosplay of a character from ...read on »

Carlton Melton

Hidden Lights

8/10 from Robin

The council of psychedelia known as Carlton Melton unleash another slab of wax and have the audacity to call it an EP. It’s twenty five minutes long, that I’ll gra...read on »

Motor City Drum Ensemble

Raw Cuts # 3 / Raw Cuts # 4

8/10 from Laurie

Wow, didn’t expect this one to get a repress. It’s that Ensemble that is neither lofty nor an ensemble that plays the deep deep house music, this record (and proba...read on »

Parrish Smith

Esplendor

8/10 from Laurie

To follow on from an office conversation yesterday, this isn’t an alias of Theo Parrish. It also isn’t this Parrish Smith, a rapper who is actually from the Long I...read on »

Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement

Green Amulet Crafts Supernatural Qualities

8/10 from Ant

Originally an ultra-limited cassette edition of 63 copies, released back in 2011, ‘Green Amulet Crafts Supernatural Qualities’ is the second edition in a series of...read on »

Pan Daijing

Lack

8/10 from Ant

Where to begin with ‘Lack’? Pan Daijing gives so much of herself to her music - channeling all the complexities and emotional dynamics of the human condition into ...read on »

ZULI

Numbers

8/10 from Ant

Egyptian producer Ahmed El Ghazoly returns to Lee Gamble’s UIQ label for another EP, of restless electronics, and it’s a belter. Opening with what I can only descr...read on »

Featured albums

Odd Nosdam
M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi)
Henrik Rylander
ZULI
Akira Rabelais
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement
Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar & Shabaka Hutchings
Parrish Smith
Morphoex
Ilk
Holy Wave
A Year In The Country
Wolf Eyes
Preoccupations
Nathan Fake
Annea Lockwood
The Oscillation
Rat Boy
Honey Hahs
Maps and Diagrams
Assel
Mirage
Guided By Voices
Carlton Melton
Joel Jerome
Kutmah
Oro Swimming Hour
Lucky Soul
Martin Hannett
Benedek
The Just Joans
Group Home
Andrea Belfi
Krootchey
Jen Cloher
Seize The Chair
Six Organs Of Admittance & William Tyler
Hiss Golden Messenger & Michael Chapman
Kurt Vile & Steve Gunn
Thurston Moore & John Moloney / Bishop - Orcutt - Corsano
Velly Joonas
Devo
Frankie Rose
The Bomber Jackets
Bicep
Bufiman
Paul Draper
Oneohtrix Point Never
Sheer Mag
Kalbells
Torn Hawk
Various
Nomadico
Idiota Civilizzato
Downtown Boys
K.O.T. (Anthony Shakir)
Graham Reynolds
Nurse With Wound
F.J. McMahon
Trans Am