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Weekly Update Iceage, Gnod, Pinkshinyultrablast, Slows

Top news

  • Album of the Week. It’s a nice time.
  • Congratulations to Phil who is engaged to be married -- and this time, it isn’t to the job!

Goodness gracious me there’s been a lot of music this week, and King Gizzard only account for an approximate 1% of it. Unbelievable scenes. I’ve spent most of my week trying to reduce the amount of bullet points you have to stare at in this update; my sincere apologies to anyone sick of seeing bolded circular shapes by the end of it all.

I won’t bore you with any shop news this week. We’re all the same as ever. There’s too much music and too little time: go forth and pick your poison.

New:

The party.

...And it’s the return of our beloved post-bullet paragraph, featuring the likes of Palace Winter, Belly, Damien Jurado, Cut Worms, Häxxan, John 3:16, Jacob Yates and glacis. I’m sorry; there’s too much for words and snark this week. You’re gonna have to be my eyes and ears and find out for yourself. Go forth and teleport through our network of hyperlinks.

Reissues:

The after party.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

The world’s worst/best bowling birthday party DJ.

  • Quality mini-LP of acid laced techno-funk from Steven Julien aka Funkineven on his own Apron imprint.
  • Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois = unlikely collaboration.
  • Lucrecia Dalt builds cavernous spaces occupied by intimate, contemplative vocals.
  • Full spectrum electro-acoustic wizardry from Joe Talia, ranging from economic minimalism to free jazz.
  • L.O.A mixtape chopping, screwing and smudging the sounds of Naples house parties into a bluuurrr.
  • Jon Hopkins’ alum of uplifting, rockist-bearable electronic music for people who don't go clubbing.
  • Second vinyl EP from Terre Thaemlitz's epic Deproduction album has its two bonus reworks - one of which is a sumptuous DJ Sprinkles deep houser.
  • John T. Gast and Tribe of Colin bang it out as Docile on The Trilogy Tapes.
  • tele:funken returns on Static Caravan following an epic hiatus.
  • Pye Corner Audio in dark acid mode as Head Technician on Ecstatic.
  • It’s techno Jim, but not as we know it: maverick tinkerer Graham Dunning has made a techno machine.
  • Berlin’s enigmatic Pom Pom land on Ostgut Ton for an EP of most excellent, heads down, proper no frills techno tools.
  • Italian sound architects t.e.s.o. return to Andrea Parker’s ace label with a fine LP for Autechre fiends.
  • Awesome as ever EP of psychedelic “Rhythmic Cubism” from Jamal Moss as The Sun God.
  • Archival electro-ambient-jazz from Michal Turtle on Music From Memory.
  • Trippy club bangers from Japan’s Wata Igarashi on The Bunker New York.
  • Séance Centre reissue Sam McClellan’s 1982 New Age tranquilizer ‘Music Of The Five Elements’.
  • That Commodo 2x10” on Black Acre has been shitting out the door.
  • 2LP of post-IDM obliterating post-grime from Odeka on Gobstopper.
  • Mount Kimbie spruced up by Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Gerd Janson and Ellen Allien.
  • Joyous, lush, 12” on Hank Jackson’s anno label from Loidis aka Huerco S.
  • Limited edition 12" EP of edits from Yondo, housed in a screen printed sleeve. Check if you dig Onra.
  • Sexy ‘Flowers From The Ashes’ Stroboscopic Artefacts compilation feat. Silvia Kastel, Andrea Belfi, Marco Shuttle, Ninos Du Brasil, Alessandro Adriani, Chevel, Lucy, Lory D, Caterina Barbieri & Neel.
  • Directors cut editions of a couple Shed albums, remastered with updated artwork on his The Final Experiment label.
  • Split EP of deep, dreamy techno from SW / SVN on SUED.
  • ++ Others: twelves from Peggy Gou on Phonica White, WomenSaid on Optimo Music, rRoxymore on Don’t Be Afraid, Ghost Vision on Kompakt, Tony Allen / Motor City Drum Ensemble and Betonkust & Palmbomen II on Dekmantel incl. Legowet remix. Plus albums from Mikkel Metal on Echocord, Boli Group on Posh Isolation, Deadbeat on BLKRTZ...

Other stuff

Epilogue:

We have not seen Infinity War yet. No spoilers.

Team Norman
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Words: Robin and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie (get well soon!), Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and a Porg fan.

Away being an actual rock star: Clint

Customer Compliment of the Week: “ok”.

We’re alright. Visit our Feefo page and shrug.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Maria Monti

Il Bestario

10/10 from Robin

This is an extremely special record and this Springtime reissue could not be more ideal: a record of growth and sway, Maria Monti’s deeply experimental, natural world pa...read on »

Ice Baths

Ice Baths

8/10 from Clinton

Robin has a bad week ahead of him. Mountains of psych to get through without me taking the indie things off him.  I thought I'd help him out by reviewing this debut album...read on »

Erica Eso

129 Dreamless GMG

8/10 from Robin

We love it when NNA releases pop music and they’ve very much done it here. ‘129 Dreamless GMG’ is a fearing and embracing parable told through gorgeous, shee...read on »

Nilüfer Yanya

Do You Like Pain?

8/10 from Robin

This little 12” is giving me a morning fright like no other. Using an economical bedroom set up mostly of guitar and drums (with sax, on occasion), Nilüfer Yanya wr...read on »

Iceage

Beyondless

8/10 from Robin

I’m looking at these song titles and I’m just applauding their quintessence. How Iceage is a song titled “The Day the Music Dies”, placing them cynical...read on »

Matt Karmil

Will

8/10 from Robin

I have it on good authority that you require rest. I cannot prescribe you anything, but I can suggest picking up a copy of Matt Karmil’s ‘Will’, which is as ...read on »

Odeko

Rose Tinted Vision Implant

8/10 from Robin

Japandroids once famously declared that they were post-nothing. Our Welsh producer friend Odeko takes quite the opposite stance, proudly identifying as “post-IDM, post-G...read on »

glacis

The World Is A Little Lonelier Without You

8/10 from Robin

Whomst wants their gut punched? Gracis have you covered. This brave and heart-wrenching record was written by Euan Alexander Millar-McMeeken at the end of his father’s l...read on »

Graham Dunning

Way Too Much Time

8/10 from Daoud

I’ve always loved conceptual art. Artists like Joseph Beuys and Mona Eltahawy are among their favourites because, contrary to how art is sometimes characterised, they ar...read on »

Jon Hopkins

Singularity

8/10 from Daoud

Jon Hopkins’ last album started with a recording of him closing the door of his East London studio. His latest, ‘Singularity’, opens with a single beam of li...read on »

Jessica Risker

I See You Among The Stars

8/10 from Robin

In the spirit of her excellent second name I’m taking a risk here and listening to ‘I See You Among the Stars’ on the office stereo. It already seems to back...read on »

Horse Feathers

Appreciation

8/10 from Robin

A band that once counted two Brodericks amongst their house, Justin Ringles has continued to lead Horse Feathers down the straight and narrow of folk rock. On ‘Appreciat...read on »

Slows

A Great Big Smile From Venus

8/10 from Robin

It would seem that one of the members of Slows is Matthew Simms from Wire, so I apologise but I am obliged as a Norman Records staffer to make that my review’s topic sen...read on »

JOHN 3:16

עשר

8/10 from Robin

Philippe Gerber of Heat From a DeadStar returns with a new project of shoegaze from the dark recesses, offering a subliminally heavy and desperately relentless fuzz sound. As ...read on »

L​.​O​.​A

In Your Cities, What About Feelings?

8/10 from Ant

Here we have a mixtape from L.O.A. which is a collaboration between Giovanni Napolano and Davide Salvati aka NPLGNN and Dave Saved. The audio has been constructed by sampling ...read on »

Jackie-O Motherfucker

Bloom

8/10 from Robin

Ah yes, the swear band. I always have time for them. Their name is a great deceit considering how I have always very much enjoyed their music and found none of it to be cusswo...read on »

Steven Julien

Bloodline

8/10 from Ant

Bloodline is a concise 6-track mini-album from Steven Julien AKA FunkinEven. Hmmm... perhaps that should be FKA as it’s been a few years since he released a record under...read on »

Featured albums

Yondo
rRoxymore
Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock
Head Technician (Pye Corner Audio)
Terre Thaemlitz / DJ Sprinkles
Slows
ZOFFF
Joe Talia
Mikkel Metal
Betonkust & Palmbomen II
Loidis (Huerco S.)
tele:funken
L​.​O​.​A
SW / SVN
Docile
t.e.s.o.
glacis
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Vive la Void
Pom Pom
Wata Igarashi
Tubby Hayes Quartet
Palace Winter
Commodo
Horse Feathers
Nilüfer Yanya
Maria Monti
WomenSaid
Ghost Vision
Odeko
Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
Medistation
Landing
Erica Eso
Boli Group
Tha Alkaholiks
GNOD
Häxxan
Jessica Risker
The Third Sound
Harry Partch
Pinkshinyultrablast
Jacob Yates
Sam McClellan
Graham Dunning
Cut Worms
Peggy Gou
Brian Eno
Liz Phair
Ragnar Johnson
Tony Allen / Motor City Drum Ensemble
Steven Julien
Damien Jurado
The Sun God
Michal Turtle
Various
Iceage
Deadbeat
Belly
Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois
Lucrecia Dalt
JOHN 3:16
Jackie-O Motherfucker