Weekly Update Nightmares On Wax, Tzusing, Ghost Music, The Future Sound Of London, Rian Treanor, and more...

This Week’s Stuff:

It’s hard to know what to say at this moment. Mark E Smith was The Fall, and The Fall have been part of all of us here at Norman Records for a long, long time. A band that inspired one week and frustrated the next. A band you had to have an opinion on. A band that provided us all with an endless amount of pleasure and pain. Life without The Fall already seems a bit less full, a bit wrong.

And a band led by a singular, driven, utterly odd talent. Few have sacrificed wealth, comfort and ultimately health in the pursuit of their art in such a single-minded fashion as Mark E Smith did. He didn't compromise. He lived The Fall, he made it happen. And whatever you think of the output he marshalled - both live and on record, the dizzying heights and the despairing lows - will there ever be anyone else quite like him again?

RIP, Mark E Smith.

None of this music is as good as the Fall…

Here’s everything that’s New In.

Re-pressed just before pressing plants collapse under the weight of the Fall re-issues.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:
Old father grime….

  • Time Released Sound venture into the vinyl domain with an LP of pastoral and nostalgic beauty from Swoop And Cross. Edition of 190 copies.
  • Scored upfront copies of Sonikku’s sparkling, arpeggiator-driven ambient jams on Lobster Sleep Sequence.
  • The Arcola label is reactivated with an ace zinging EP from the ultra-talented Rian Treanor.
  • EP of Bleep ‘n’ bass / electro mutant cuts from FFT (established artist incognito) on new imprint Uncertainty Principle.
  • The Future Sound Of London’s 90s comedown classic ‘Lifeforms’ finally back on wax.
  • Tape in sexy screen-printed case from Akiko Kiyama, twisting up ambient and breaks as Aalko on her Kebko label.
  • Kuniyuki Takahashi dusts off his early tapes from 1986-1993 for an LP compiled by Music From Memory.
  • Tzusing banger 東方不敗 on L.I.E.S. now on CD!
  • Mumdance, Logos and Shapednoise reconvene as The Sprawl for some Neuromancer inspired cyberpunk electronix. 300 copies on The Death of Rave.
  • Eighth album from Warp stalwart Nightmares On Wax, delving further into blunted beats, soul and gospel-tinged hip hop.
  • Ian Hawgood + Giulio Aldinucci construct their vision of ambient from submerged beats, freckled frequencies, guitar echoes, vocal studies, and sustained piano chords.
  • Palmbomen II's 'Memories of Cindy' EPs collected on a handy 2CD on Beats In Space.
  • Jeff Mills soundtracks Tatsushi Omori’s ‘And Then There Was Light’.
  • Both 2814 albums on Dream Catalogue came and went, but we still have some copies of Yoshimi’s ‘Atavism’ on the label if that's any consolation.
  • French duo Fondation ‘Les Cassettes 1980-1983’ retrospective on Bureau B.

Let us help you with your poverty….


That’s yer lot. We’re off to put on ‘Slates…’ on repeat.

Team Norman x

Words: Clint and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Robin, Phil, Nathon. Ian is poorly. Let’s just hope his cushion has been fluffed.

Customer Compliment of the Week:
“What nice people…..”

Read our Feefo reviews but only if you want to.

“Those big big big wide streets….”

Featured albums

The Sprawl
Swoop And Cross
Rian Treanor
Kuniyuki Takahashi
Nick J.D. Hodgson
Ben Miller Band
Dope feat. Julian Cope
Ghost Music
Bert Jansch
******** [The Drink]
Ian Hawgood + Giulio Aldinucci
The Angelic Process
Tiny Moving Parts
Ty Segall
No Age
Jeff Mills
Nils Frahm
Stick In The Wheel
Nightmares On Wax
Hollie Cook
Dream Wife
Django Django
Francis MacDonald
Palmbomen II
The Future Sound Of London
Big Black