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This Week’s Stuff:

  • JUST IN! Retep Folo red wax ‘Galactic Sounds’ LP on Clay Pipe Music.

Fact of the week: Michael Stipe wrote “Drive” ‘at his computer’.

This week we’re really happy for Phil -- overjoyed, in fact, to see his face light up when listening to the new Cavern of Anti-Matter album. Good to know he’s still enjoying life. The remainder of the week has been less emotional.

No doubt you’re still reeling from our fact of the week, which opens up many questions: did Michael Stipe have MySpace back in the day, and is Peter Buck on LinkedIn? Do the members of R.E.M. have a WhatsApp group and has Bill Berry ever been removed from it? Is “Everybody Hurts” about torrenting? All questions to ponder while you read up about the week’s music.


I’d rather be listening to ‘The Best of Bread’.

Here’s everything New In so far.


Bread had some good hits, you know.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Our starting man for the Norman/Boomkat Mario Kart tournament.

  • Ultra-posh LP from Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson on Sonic Pieces. Gin & Dubbonet and cigars at the ready...
  • Rolando Simmons on a melancholy mission.
  • Deadly batch from the unstoppable Opal Tapes incl. Cosmin Nicolae aka Cosmin TRG, David Terry of Trollman Av Ildtoppberg / Bong. Plus an incredible disc from Siavash Amini & Matt Finney on Vanilla.
  • Class stuff on Mana from De Leon... outernational rhythm, field recording, techno, gamelan in dub…
  • Luke Vibert in acid mode, tweaking his 303 for an EP on De:tuned.
  • Huerco S. ambient heartbreaker 'For Those Of You...' re-pressed on Proibito complete with new artwork.
  • Kate Carr Brixton sound survey and reissue of the 'Absence' compilation of Iranian experimental music CD incl. Sote Siavash Amini etc. Both on her fine Flaming Pines label.
  • Super eerie LP of phantom sounds from Anne Guthrie on Students of Decay.
  • Taraval follows 12”s on Four Tet’s Text label with an EP of jagged and psychedelic techno tackle on Hypercolour.
  • DiNT brings the gloom on Horo with an EP of comatose zombie techno, plus an EP of lethal remixes from OAKE, Codex Empire, Ontal and ANFS.
  • Retro 70’s kosmische inspired, analogue, melodic synth-based ambient from Egyptology on Hands In The Dark.
  • NON affiliate Nkisi lands on Arcola with a dark and banging EP where West African club music meets Euro tekno/hardcore styles. 500 copies, no re-press.
  • Brutalist noise sculptures from ex-Wire / Dome man Bruce Gilbert.
  • Murky, lo-fi, minimal/rudimentary, spacey, creepy, futuristic clobber on the Dual Action 2LP on Hospital Productions.
  • Ian Hicks 100% sexual, trippy, sleazy bliss on Optimo Music.
  • Andrew Liles doesn’t do things in halves. 6CD + DVD Gonzoid box set on Dirter.
  • Pioneering Musique Concrète LP 'Musique Expérimentale' re-mastered on Cacophonic. Featuring Luc Ferrari, Michel Philippot, André Boucourechliev etc.
  • Mark Pritchard builds other-worldly landscapes on Warp with ‘Four Worlds’.
  • Explosive EPs on Bedouin Records from Arad aka Dara Smith of Lakker and AQXDM aka Deapmash and Aquarian.
  • The Midnight Manual 2x12" on Midnight Shift incl. Hodge & Gramrcy, Harmonious Thelonious, Mark Forshaw, Amato (The Hacker), Terry Lamborgini (Marco Bernardi), INNYSTER, etc.
  • 12”s from Cottam on FCR, Brainwaltzera remixes, London Modular Alliance on ART, Hypnoskull w/ Surgeon remix, Villalobos remixing Phuture, Neue Grafik on Rhythm Section International.


Phil. Bless him. He’ll sleep well tonight.

Team Norman x

Words: Robin, Clint and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and a Nottingham Forest ball boy.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Siavash Amini & Matt Finney


9/10 from Ant

Siavash Amini and Matt Finney follow last years ‘Familial Rot’ tape for Umor Rex with the immense ‘Gospel’ CD on Opal Tapes offshoot imprint V A N I L ...read on »

The Ex

27 Passports

9/10 from Daoud

I would be remiss to leave the phrase “anarcho-punk” out of a review of the The Ex. But I don’t know how useful it is. Knowing The Ex are anarchists is inter...read on »

No Babies

Someone To Watch Over Me

8/10 from Robin

Belligerent thrashers, listen up: it’s about to get real messy. No Babies, no wave and no mercy; it all amounts to ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, a record of di...read on »

Courtney Marie Andrews

May Your Kindness Remain

8/10 from Robin

Balladic country singer Courtney Marie Andrews arises from an Arizona slumber to deliver ‘May Your Kindness Remain’, a gorgeous record in praise of classic sound: ...read on »

Dual Action

Babe Beer Bar Car

8/10 from Ant

Dual Purpose is Hospital Productions regular Matthew Folden. A frequent collaborator with Prurient and also half of Virile Games and K.P. alongside Max Gudmunson. This 2LP com...read on »

Cavern Of Anti-Matter

Hormone Lemonade

8/10 from Robin

The truth of the matter is that it’s a Phil thing. Cavern of Anti-Matter is our boss’s band through and through, having wowed him with the double-whammy of Tim Gan...read on »


New Games / Rhythm & Sound

8/10 from Robin

Hey: don’t buy it yet. It’s not Goat. It’s goat. Different bands; different strokes. Where the other, famous one is a pseudo-mysterious psych rock band from ...read on »

Rolando Simmons

World Building

8/10 from Clinton

Rolando Simmons (real name Mattias Östling) was trotting about doing his own thing when Aphex Twin dropped one of his tracks at some live thing or other then suddenly his...read on »

Featured albums

Cosmic Ground
The Home Current
De Leon
Anne Guthrie
Air Formation
Dual Action
The Total Rejection
Cosmin Nicolae
Siavash Amini & Matt Finney
David Terry
Car Crash Sisters
Kate Carr
Retep Folo
Rolando Simmons
Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Pale Waves
Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuiness
Brother JT
Bruce Gilbert
Luke Vibert
London Modular Alliance
Ian Hicks
Guided By Voices
Andrew Liles
The Ex
A Certain Ratio
Jack White
Dead Vibrations
No Babies
Kruder & Dorfmeister
Sunflower Bean
Erika Wennerstrom
Cavern Of Anti-Matter
Courtney Marie Andrews
Huerco S.