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Weekly Update Nils Frahm, Khruangbin, Ty Segall, Time Released Sound

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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.

New:

None of this music is as good as the Fall…

Re-issues:

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.

Cheap:

Let us help you with your poverty….

  • NOW WITH ADDED NEW THINGS! A bunch of recent overstocks with money off.

Epilogue:

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


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

This Kind Of Punishment

A Beard Of Bees

9/10 from Clinton

Ok then if you like quiet and serious music like This Mortal Coil or late period Talk Talk or David Sylvian or Scott Walker then This Kind of Punishment's 'Beard of Bees' is a...read on »

Laraaji

Vision Songs Vol. 1

9/10 from Robin

Reissue culture is a headache. Oversaturation begets discontent and within a few months your favourite and most fantastical artist starts to feel more like another commodity. ...read on »

Koenraad Ecker

A Biology of Shadows

9/10 from Ant

Third solo album from Belgian sound artist Koenraad Ecker released on his newly minted In Aulis label in an edition of 300 copies, housed in a lovely gatefold sleeve and maste...read on »

Cornelius

Mellow Waves

8/10 from Clinton

We've had a promo of this knocking around for several months, played it umpteen times but by the time the record finally hits the shelves we've lost it. So I'm going to try to...read on »

Bert Jansch

A Man I’d Rather Be (Part I)

8/10 from Clinton

Is it time to tell my Bert Jansch story? Actually I'd better get back to actual work such as checking emails or whatever but very quickly it involves a friend who meets a guy ...read on »

Movie Brain

Blissless EP

8/10 from Clinton

Remember Christmas 2017? I do...just. One of the things I remember it for is that in those days just before the big event Ian kept playing this record and instead of the usual...read on »

Ghost Music

I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here

8/10 from Clinton

This is another one that slipped us by just because we are busy but if we are to bring you wonderful music that you may not have come across then we must make time to check th...read on »

FFT

fft1

8/10 from Ant

FFT is an established artist working incognito for the inaugural release on promising fledgeling label Uncertainty Principle. The artist’s debut under this handle is a 5...read on »

Swoop And Cross

Stories Of Disintegration

8/10 from Clinton

Everything is ok.  The world might be about to explode but you'd be forgiven for thinking that everything is ok after listening to the soothing sounds of this latest rel...read on »

Nils Frahm

All Melody

8/10 from Robin

Referred to affectionately as “the Frahmster” by my bothersome boss, Nils Frahm is the holy ghost in Erased Tapes. He’s done a whole lot more for neo-classic...read on »

Khruangbin

Con Todo El Mundo

8/10 from Robin

Pioneers of vibe, a lot of your enjoyment of Khruangbin will hinge on your own atmospheric contingencies: have you got the ambiance the way you, specific and dear reader, like...read on »

Featured albums

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