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This year’s top records:

It’s that time again: our Albums of the Year. Previous recent winners have included Sleaford Mods, Bracken, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith... who will get the coveted accolade this time?

Head over to Twitter or Facebook to shout at us about how hierarchical lists are dead, proclaim us as morons for forgetting your favourite record, berate us for the temerity of decreeing the musical year as officially done-and-dusted whilst the calendar still reads 2017, yada yada.

Oh yeah...and 30% off this little lot until the clocks chimes midnight and advent officially begins. All from this year. 2017. There’s still a month to go, didn’t you know?

This Week’s Stuff:

Could it actually be any colder here at Norman Towers? I’m filing a lawsuit against Phil as we speak. The good news is your records will probably defrost in the mail, so you personally have nothing to worry about. Here we go:

New:

It’s my first day.


Old:

Gramps.

  • Remember when we didn’t hate the Arcade Fire? At all?
  • There’s always a Loren Connors album. This one’s noisy, though.
  • Wilco. Can you take a band with a frontman called “Tweedy” seriously?
  • Olde industrial frolics from Lard.
  • Flying Saucer Attack made true on their name with some live noising.
  • So young, and yet so reissued: it’s the first Ultimate Painting LP.
  • The Penguin Cafe Orchestra: version one!
  • We got more of the vinyl edition of Neil Young’s ‘Harvest Moon’, re-pressed for Bleak Friday.
  • Stoner-rock longhairs Elder.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Hell yeah I like M.E.S.H: My Eldest Son Henry*.

  • As usual, Prurient is angry for a very long time.
  • Zomby’s homage to, and re-imagining of Wiley’s Eskibeat sound, with gleaming futuristic sound palette, on Modern Love.
  • Dystopian music to play in the dark on Editions Mego from Shampoo Boy member Chra aka Christina Nemec.
  • Scowling JK Flesh rippers on Downwards.
  • Aquatic infused audio from Posh Isolation, KYO, Croatian Amor etc. folks Loke Rahbek & Frederik Valentin on Editions Mego.
  • Bestial dancefloor energy from Clark with a limited 12” and 10” part two from GAIKA, both on Warp.
  • Ambient and classical injected techno from Jules Venturini on Whities.
  • Synth module manufacturer Make Noise follow up that Alessandro Cortini record with a mini-LP of modular synth soundscapes from Hypoxia aka L.A’s Drumcell.
  • Neil Landstrumm re-imagines oldskool bleep ‘n’ bass on CPU.
  • LP of broken beat, jazz, house, and hip hop mutations from Henry Keen. Tip for fans of Theo Parrish, Rhythm Section etc. Edition of 500 copies.
  • Limited 12” from NYC’s Hank Jackson with his take on the classic Chain Reaction / Monolake sound. Edition of 200 copies.
  • Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald remixed by Carl Craig, then remixed by DJ Deep.
  • Vancouver’s Pender Street Steppers aka Jack J and Liam Butler back on Mood Hut.
  • Psychedelic ‘Invisible Family 2’ compilation EP on Glasgow’s Invisible, Inc.
  • Pure grotty, comatose filth, edition of 200 copies cassette + 7" on V I S from Fallbeil.
  • Old enough to remember the legendary Irdial Discs label? Well, Thee J Johanz has unleashed some golden era electronica tracks from his DAT archives.
  • ADULT. remixed by Silent Servant, Shannon F, Barry Adamson and Liars.
  • Theo Parrish's 1996 'The Baby Steps EP' reissued on his Sound Signature label.
  • Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3’ Krautrock and Kosmische action on Soul Jazz.
  • Twelvers; Tr One on Don't Be Afraid, The Orb + Fenin / Bus on Shitkatapult, Makaton nailers on Blueprint.

Good, isn’t he?

Small Ones

Small but annoyingly persistent. Like Phil!

Even More:

  • Christmas is coming soon. People want gifts. Why not Gift Voucher them?
  • Visit our graveyard...70% off hundreds of vinyl (and CD) corpses.

Phew! Tomorrow: get set for our Christmas Gift Guide. Our annual attempt to profit from people’s general confusion/desperation at this time of year.

Sleep well. Mull something.

Words: Robin, Clint and Ant. Work: Kim, Daoud, Jamie, Benn, Phil, Nath and Ian. Bye Laurie!

Customer Compliment of the Week: “A lovely concrete monstrosity.”

Visit our sad castle** or read our Feefo reviews.

* Eldest son not actually called Henry.
** Don’t visit our sad castle unless you have to, it’s really horrible.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Touche Amore

Stage Four

9/10 from Benn

Sometimes you'll find yourself with a few spare minutes on your hands in the office, so you'll begin to browse the website looking for records you either a) want or b) love. S...read on »

Virginia Wing / XAM Duo

Tomorrow’s Gift

9/10 from Clinton

I know I'm actually the worst person on the entire planet to review this record (sax problems)....but there's literally no-one else and I kind of know it's good because the ot...read on »

Roger Eno

This Floating World

8/10 from Jamie

Roger Eno is the ambient Eno who isn’t named ‘Brian’, if that helps, and this LP marks his first solo album since 2008’s ‘Flood’. This Floa...read on »

Michael Begg | Mélenchon Brève

One True Vine

8/10 from Jamie

Michael Begg follows up his architecturally towering and monumental drone-work, ‘Titan: A Crane Is A Bridge’ (which I reviewed on these very pages.. possibly a few...read on »

Otto A Totland

The Lost

8/10 from Jamie

Here’s a lovely thing from Sonic Pieces: a recording available as a limited edition vinyl LP, or as an even-more limited CD -- with the usual loving care given over to i...read on »

Baths

Romaplasm

8/10 from Robin

Twitter’s darling anime fan Will Weisenfeld returns with his first Baths material since the electronic void emo of ‘Obsidian’, and while we’ve had his ...read on »

Björk

Utopia

8/10 from Robin

It’s a seventy-five minute record with a buncha flutes on it -- they’re leaving it to me. Having made her best record in ‘Vulnicura’, a stressful, cath...read on »

dbh

Mass

8/10 from Robin

Herein I bestow wintry delights unto your festive season. As if they’d been tipped off to the quickly-advancing December, the lower-case dbh made up their third record o...read on »

Big Thief

Capacity

8/10 from Robin

Remember when this came out in like, the summer, and we were totally on the ball and gave it an approving review? Yes, I remember it quite definitely. It turns out that was ac...read on »

The Slowest Lift

The Slowest Lift

8/10 from Robin

The Slowest Lift comprises seasoned co-conspirators Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley, Yorkshire noisebuddies capable of crafting spectral and psychedelic anthologies. Cooper i...read on »

Flying Saucer Attack

In Search Of Spaces

8/10 from Robin

Flying Saucer Attack novice, right here: Clint just thought it’d be funny to see me squirm through an exposition of a band he knows things about. As far as I can underst...read on »

Bad Daddies

Over 30 Singles

8/10 from Robin

Here’s a noisy retrospective of uncaring punx crew Bad Daddies, who channel some elements of no frills old-skool while also full-on screeching into feedback, lopsided sn...read on »

We Like We

Next To The Entire All

8/10 from Robin

There’s just time to steal a review of a Sonic Pieces release before it sells out and it all becomes a moot point. Moulded from eloquent stringwork, icy percussion and a...read on »

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Polygondwanaland

8/10 from Robin

Another one. There’s rarely a week in which King Gizzard aren’t flexing a new record, and this happens to be their fifth of the year -- can someone do a count for ...read on »

Featured albums

Fallbeil
Zomby
JK Flesh
Tr One
Earth
Boris
Jules Venturini
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald
Pender Street Steppers
The Slowest Lift
Heron Oblivion
Thee J Johanz
Dust Witch
The Orb + Fenin / Bus
Turkish Delight
Neil Young
Imajinary Friends
Flying Saucer Attack
Various
Various
Clark
U2
Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Baths
Björk
dbh
GAIKA
Prurient
Theo Parrish
Hypoxia
Roger Eno
Virginia Wing / XAM Duo
Razz
Andy Human & The Reptoids
Bad Daddies
Chra
Loke Rahbek & Frederik Valentin
Neil Landstrumm
Hank Jackson
Henry Keen
ADULT.
Makaton
Loren Connors
Big Thief
Ultimate Painting
Lard