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Weekly Update Suuns, Ancestral Voices, Potter Natalizia Zen, Beneath, Meat Beat Manifesto, and more...

This Week’s Stuff:

  • Best Soundtracks on vinyl. Watch films with your ears.


We’re still here post Beast From the East, which we initially thought was overrated but now realise it was actually ahead of its time. A bit like Can, I suppose, or Arthur Russell. But colder.

On with what hasn’t been frozen…..


New:

Snow….

  • Catnip-dealing indie rock superstars The Breeders.
  • Moaning. Phil’s favourite pastime and also Sub Pop post punkers.
  • Soccer Mommy. Don’t worry she’s only 1% less winsome on mid-fi new record.
  • Twitter’s Tracey Thorn shows that mums can still discotheque.
  • Suuns make their weirdest record.
  • Largely another The Men record.
  • Buffalo Tom for your throw back.
  • Latest from Lisbon hypnagogicists Beautify Junkyards on Ghost Box.
  • The Titus Andronicus album is rousing, euphoric and terrible.
  • Jonathan Wilson is here for when you want more War of Drugs.
  • It’s not just Aphex Twin and ice cream you know. Gwenno sings an entire album in Cornish.
  • Horror and intensity from Anna Von Hauswolff.
  • Superorganism veer between brilliant and utterly annoying.
  • Rolo Tomassi are now actual grown ups making hardcore.
  • To Destroy A City do what most post rock bands do eventually and sing.
  • The Gentle Good are very happy to be Welsh.
  • Nightports with Matthew Bourne make corridors of sound for Nils Frahm fans.
  • Embrace say love is a basic need. Also talent is useful in their line of work.
  • Serafina Steer re-appears making quirky post punk with Bas Jan.

Re-issues:

Slush….


Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

He’s trapped in the house with three kids and a Dave Noyze compilation….

  • Swindon’s finest - Jack Dangers’ Meat Beat Manifesto still going strong with his first album in 7 years.
  • Potter Natalizia Zen aka Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving), Colin Potter (NWW) and Guido Zen (Vactrol Park) bust out their synths for some modern cosmic trippers.
  • Misty, graceful, choral ambient and fragile, radiant drones from Dedekind Cut on Kranky.
  • Darker shades of sci-fi ambient, dusky bass and Mediterranean strings from Creta.
  • Melancholic trip/glitch-hop from 1954 on Project: Mooncircle.
  • Oldskool breakbeat techno/hardcore schooled cuts from Pangea on Hessle Audio.
  • Croatian producer Egoless EP on Deep Medi Musik, including that ‘Empire of Dirt’ tune he’s been hammering on dubplate. Limited copies!
  • Ancestral Voices boots off his new label. Looks like he’s been munching ‘shrooms.
  • DJ Taye blurs hip-hop with footwork on his Still Trippin’ album on Hyperdub.
  • If Miami Sound Machine made acid house and sung in Korean it might sound like Peggy Gou.
  • Chrome plated, greyscale techno tunnellers from Von Grall on Horo. Recommended for fans of stuff on Zooloft, Prologue etc.
  • Booming, heavy, UK Funky flavoured techno and a functional chimer with bowel emptying subs from Beneath on his Mistry label.
  • Secret Circuit in cosmic/tropical mode as E Ruscha V on Beats In Space.
  • Handy Frankie Knuckles TRAX classics 2x12” incl. 100% pure eternal house weepers ‘It's a Cold World’, ‘Your Love’ etc.
  • MTv aka Japan's DJ Nobu and Kouhei Matsunaga (NHK yx Koyxen) EP of slightly wonky techno/EBM rump shakers on The Trilogy Tapes.
  • Pre-order two new rackets from Dave Noyze.

7”s.

One flake…


Epilogue:

In case you were wondering…...

…..wrap up warm. The beast still lingers.


Team Norman x

Words: Clint, Robin and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and Snowman Love.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

1954

A Part Of Me

8/10 from Clinton

I've been listening to this whilst snowed in at home sorting out the bloody pre-orders and eating a piece of toast. It works.  It's the nom de plume of Ivan Arlaud ...read on »

Bas Jan

Yes I jan

8/10 from Clinton

Here's something that might make you believe once again in the power of the violin. The instrument is vital in producing that extra element of class in this unusual album from...read on »

MTv (NHK yx Koyxen & DJ Nobu)

Hollywood EP #1

8/10 from Ant

Japanese tag-team techno action from Kouhei Matsunaga (NHK yx Koyxen etc.) and Chiba City’s DJ Nobu on this 4-track EP on The Trilogy Tapes. ‘Snow Ball’ move...read on »

Demian Castellanos

The KYVU Tapes Volume II

8/10 from Robin

Oscillation frontfreak Demian Castellanos made a gem of a record in his first Kyvu Tapes edition, exploring discrete and personal takes on the cosmic with homespun drones name...read on »

Creta

Creta

8/10 from Robin

About Creta: don’t turn them off straight away. Here I’m extending the definition of “straight away” to include “within the first four minutes&rd...read on »

Dedekind Cut

Tahoe

8/10 from Ant

Fred Welton Warmsley III aka Lee Bannon aka Dedekind Cut further refines his ambient (previously released on Hospital Productions and Hollow Ground) into more graceful, serene...read on »

The Left Outsides

The Shape Of Things To Come

8/10 from Clinton

Robin's review corner is so comfortable. There's a blazing fire, wires wandering everywhere and a load of psych records. I'm over here to take a listen to this latest release ...read on »

Potter Natalizia Zen

Shut Your Eyes On The Way Out

8/10 from Ant

Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving, Walls), Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound, Monos) and Guido Zen (Vactrol Park, Gamers In Exile) reconvene for a second record, following up their 2...read on »

Featured albums

Ryley Walker
The Kills
Egoless
Potter Natalizia Zen
Pangaea
Ancestral Voices
Bas Jan
Von Grall
Creta
1954
Beautify Junkyards
Dedekind Cut
MTv (NHK yx Koyxen & DJ Nobu)
The Gentle Good
Beneath
Buffalo Tom
Meat Beat Manifesto
Titus Andronicus
Atlas
Peggy Gou
Tracey Thorn
DJ Taye
The Men
Suuns
The Breeders
E Ruscha V
Soccer Mommy
Frankie Knuckles Presents
Nightports with Matthew Bourne
Superorganism
Jonathan Wilson
Anna von Hausswolff
Dean McPhee
Moaning
Rolo Tomassi
Gwenno
Embrace
Coil
To Destroy A City
Hookworms
Belong
Bark Psychosis