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Well let us be the first to say that the nights will soon be drawing in. Yes we’ve reached that midpoint of the year again and next week we’ll be unveiling our Midyear Review™ but for now please be satisfied with what we believe are the best albums of the week.


The future crayon...


A past gone mad...

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Wanna swap Andrés Iniesta for Aaron Dilloway?

  • Nurse With Wound plays New Blockaders LP on Dirter. Only a measly 300 copies!
  • Unique man/machine mayhem from NYZ. CD on Ge-stell - limited copies!
  • Humans play SND fellow Mark Fell’s computer generated rhythms on Xenakis' metallophone system.
  • Precision-tooled, expertly crafted, pristine, multi-faceted, kaleidoscopic modern techno and beyond from To Rococo Rot’s Robert Lippok.
  • Fascinating ‘Danish Tape Amateurs 1959​-​1976’ compilation LP. Highly recommended!
  • DJ Richard in menacing, apocalyptic mode on Dial.
  • JAI/MAHL aka Jamal Moss / Hieroglyphic Being keeping it raw and mystical.
  • Classy, dubby techno/ambient EP from Rasmus Hedlund on Ljudverket.
  • Off-kilter mutant techno from Bogdan Dražić on The Trilogy Tapes.
  • Swedish icy techno saviour Varg begins the end of his Nordic Flora series on Posh Isolation.
  • Acieeed compilation EP from LFO, Andreas Gehm, Luke Vibert, B12 on Balkan Vinyl.
  • Rommek boots off a promising Trilogy for Blueprint with a gloomy, slammer of an EP.
  • Martyn strips his sound back to the essentials for his album on Ostgut Ton.
  • The Orb rope in a load of chums.
  • Arp’s latest for Mexican Summer melts together 4th world ambient, cosmic jazz, 80s Japanese styles, and kosmische patterns.
  • Dubby kosmische from Driftmachine on Umor Rex.
  • Vactrol Park create music from the luminous void.
  • Nonturn creates a new vision of Tokyo utilizing field recordings from the city.
  • Bambounou and Marsesura / Uwalmassa / Wahono gear on Don't DJ's DISK imprint.


Small, like Alan Sugar’s brain.

  • Sorry. Not starring Ronnie Corbett.
  • It says here Irma Vep is a loner but I saw him on stage with a whole pile of people.
  • Life. Terrorists are Gay. Terrorists are Gay.

Other stuff:


That will do eh? Plenty to keep you going. Don’t put the clocks back quite yet.

Words: Clint and Ant.

Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and a beautiful scent.

On sax ‘n’ football leave: Robin.

Customer Compliment of the Week: “Norman Records is my best mate”.

Here are our Feefo reviews.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...


Hanging By Faith

9/10 from Benn

When reviewing this five track release from the ever-so dark and deep Spotlights, it is very important to have had a fresh listen to the track the EP is based on: Faith by The...read on »

Miss Red

Dagga / One Shot Killer

9/10 from Ant

Banton Israeli MC Miss Red is about to drop her second full-length ‘K.O.’ The album has been produced by kindred spirit Kevin Martin aka The Bug and is due on his ...read on »



9/10 from Ant

More unique man/machine mayhem from NYZ aka David Burraston, whose release schedule is admirably relentless at the moment. At the current rate he’ll be catching up with ...read on »

Marisa Anderson

Cloud Corner

8/10 from Jamie

Well, the irony is not lost on me; I’m not quite in the ‘Cloud Corner’ but I *am* in the Reviewer’s Corner this relatively cloudless sunny day in Holbe...read on »

Kerry Devine

Away From Mountains

8/10 from Jamie

Mountains! Singer-songwriters love them, oftentimes, but here’s Kerry Devine with her interestingly-named ‘Away From Mountains’ on (limited) vinyl LP *and* t...read on »

Brendon Anderegg


8/10 from Jamie

Yes! Here’s an experimental record of synth explorations from those fine fellows and lasses at Thrill Jockey and a quick glance (on-line, natch) confirms this to be the ...read on »

Deadly Avenger

I Am Godzilla, You Are Japan

8/10 from Jamie

Uh, OK, wow. Big, throbbing and beat-y it certainly is -- as befits a tribute to Gojira, the very first film in the Godzilla franchise -- with Deadly Avenger (Damon Baxter) at...read on »

Stella Donnelly

Thrush Metal

8/10 from Clinton

No wonder Matador spent good time re-issuing Liz Phair's 'Exit in Guyville' recently as there seems to be a direct lineage between that album and the current wave of singer so...read on »


Dub Hell / Devil's Dance

8/10 from Ant

Limited edition of 250 copies ten-inch plate from Young Echo crew member and Bristol/Berlin DJ/producer Ossia. His mutant strain of technoid dub isn’t concerned with the...read on »

John T. Gast

BTEC Version #1

8/10 from Ant

Limited white label action from the enigmatic John T. Gast (Planet Mu, Blackest Ever Black, 5 Gate Temple, Apron Records etc.) with a pair of cuts apparently recorded in 2013....read on »

Mark Fell


8/10 from Ant

Having heard this and enjoyed the serene state of mind it left me in, I thought I’d wait for the absolute right moment and headspace to write about it. So I sit down in ...read on »

Kamasi Washington

Heaven and Earth

8/10 from Clinton

With reference to everyone moaning about the football being on over summer ...what about those of us who don't like saxophones? There are at least two and a half hours of musi...read on »

Marcus Fischer & Simon Scott

Shape Memory

8/10 from Clinton

I'm so tired. I've just had to listen to almost the whole of the Kamasi Washington LP on only a few hours sleep and an empty stomach. Perfect then for my state of mind is this...read on »

Infinite Music

A Tribute To La Monte Young

8/10 from Daoud

So you give a 9/10 review to one! (1!) Charlemagne Palestine album and all of a sudden you’re the 20th Century New York minimalism guy. I’d feel like I’d bee...read on »

Featured albums

Nurse With Wound
Bogdan Dražić
Rasmus Hedlund
Mark Fell
Irma Vep
Marsesura / Uwalmassa / Wahono
The Cure
The Cure
Alexis Taylor
Nine Inch Nails
The Space Lady
Marcus Fischer & Simon Scott
Vactrol Park
Princess Nokia
DJ Richard
Jonny Greenwood
JAI/MAHL (Jamal Moss / Hieroglyphic Being)
The Orb
Robert Lippok
David Sylvian & Holger Czukay
Kamasi Washington
Gang Gang Dance
The Wave Pictures
Stella Donnelly
LFO / Luke Vibert / Plaid / Andreas Gehm / Global Goon / B12
Spacemen 3