Weekly Update Portishead, Cult Party, White Ring, Jim O’Rourke, Ross From Friends

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It’s No Parents Week at Norman Towers! Not a Phil in sight, nor a Nathon, who’s busy looking after his real babies! Party at ours; don’t spill wine on our carpet. Just kidding. We don’t have any carpets.

Minus boss and plus sun, we’re having a very nice time and hope you are too. Please either buy a record from us or take a day off ‘cos you deserve it. Those are your only options, though.

Let’s goooooooo!



The bloody Flaming Lips

  • This Tohru Aizawa Quartet set is a forgotten opus by a bunch of uni boys.
  • Can we call this Wild Nothing record an indie classic yet?
  • Woah-hoh. These Lips are on fiiiiiire!
  • Richard Hell was kinda like the baby boomer Julian Casablancas.
  • Get that vinyl money, Migos!
  • Bona Dish were from the legendary Hertfordshire scene.
  • Here’s the Monument Valley II soundtrack. Great game; thank god we were all on our phones, hey?
  • Couple of Masayoshi Fujita reissues for the twinkletoes amongst you.
  • Fuschia get a double darned LP reissue with DVD. “The works”, as we call it.
  • A load more A Certain Ratio classics vinyl’d.
  • Oh please come away with ESG.
  • Here’s voice-of-an-ashtray lot The Psychedelic Furs. Love that sax!


Cuter than videos of baby animals.

  • White Ring just love it when we talk about them.
  • O’Seis look like young grumps. 1966 style.
  • Edition of 200 for this LARK nugget, as dubbed up by Andrew Weatherall.
  • Jamie Lenman is friends with Frank Turner. Are you?

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up

All he needs is Kompakt and Calpol.

  • Magnificent import from Jim O'Rourke. A stellar, time-dissolving ambient work. Highly recommended!
  • Roland Kayn’s incredible Cybernetic Music masterpiece ‘Simultan’ reissued on Die Schachtel in a 3LP box. Edition of 400 copies - a thing of beauty. Ships next week.
  • Music From Memory unearth '80s ambient works from Suso Saiz's Orquesta De Las Nubes.
  • Bleeping electro-techno smasher debut EP from Lårry on Uncertainty Principle.
  • When not taking fashion tips from Noel Edmonds, Ross From Friends keeps dance music in the family.
  • Oneohtrix Point Never annexes his ‘Age Of’ album with 3 new trax.
  • Stunning cinematic goth ambient disc on Opal Tapes from Domiziano Maselli.
  • Vibrant synth ‘n’ computer music from L.A composer R. Girardin on Palto Flats.
  • Alessandro Cortini in dark synth pop mode as SONOIO on Dais.
  • Nurse With Wound's 1982 classic ‘Homotopy To Marie’ reissued in a deluxe metallic gatefold sleeve.
  • Bone rattling EP of ‘floor burners from Randomer on Dekmantel.
  • The Conservatives LP on Viewlexx aka The Parallax Corporation aka I-f and Intergalactic Gary!
  • Bear Bones, Lay Low and Don't DJ split one in half. Limited 12” in hand-printed sleeve with obi strip.
  • Kano’s obscure 1986 minimal synth/drone/new-age tape ‘Runes’ vinylized.
  • +++ Palta & Ti EP on 12th Isle, Khotin 2LP on Pacific Rhythm, Matt Whitehead re-press on Super Rhythm Trax, LT on Rhythm Section, Shelter LP on Growing Bin +++

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Gotta go bye!

Words: Robin, Clint and Ant.

Work: Kim, Jamie, Robin, Benn, Daoud, Nathon, and Mr. Shine On.

Hapless substitute teacher: Clint.

Customer Compliment of the Week: “It's like buying records from John Inman, Charles Hawtrey and Mrs Slocombe”.

Carry on being served by us and read our Feefo reviews.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Jim O'Rourke

Sleep Like It's Winter

9/10 from Ant

Startling long-form ambient work from Jim O'Rourke that seems to dissolve time as it elegantly unravels across forty-four minutes which feel like hibernating through the cold ...read on »



9/10 from Jamie

This is nice. Portland, Oregon’s Luke Wyland is here with a newie and it’s a full-length of gorgeousness. The guy who used to sing and do lots of other stuff with ...read on »

Domiziano Maselli


9/10 from Ant

It’s not all handshakes and pats on the back here at Norman Records. This is actually a sometimes hostile and potentially life-threatening working environment - the type...read on »

Cult Party

And Then There Was This Sound

9/10 from Robin

I hate to be that guy who uses the words ‘headphones record’, but is this ever one; we just listened to it in the office and it was fine, but confine it to an airl...read on »

Tohru Aizawa Quartet


9/10 from Robin

How the hell did this stay hush for so long? The privately pressed Tachibana has barely existed until this moment, but a track was unearthed on ‘Deep Modern Jazz from Ja...read on »

Sons Of Kemet

Your Queen Is A Reptile

9/10 from Daoud

Whatever you think of their music, you’ve really got to hand it to Sons of Kemet. That album title is delightfully treasonous and just thinking about the reaction it&rsq...read on »

The Internet

Hive Mind

9/10 from Robin

This is the fourth Internet record. The forth. Wild. Count, between that, a brilliant solo record from member Syd (tha Kid), and you’ve got a pretty wild ride, a band th...read on »

Shawty Pimp

Still Comin' Real

8/10 from Ant

If you weren't part of the mid 90’s Memphis, Tennessee DIY rap tape scene then getting hold of tapes that were circulating amongst that community would have been fairly ...read on »

White Ring

Gate Of Grief

8/10 from Jamie

Witch House: It Lives! So ought the strapline to this album have read, may I be so bold as to suggest. A genre which was born on the internet, then kind of petered out (quite ...read on »

Astronauts, etc.

Living In Symbol

8/10 from Jamie

Well, it’s still Summer isn’t it -- amazingly enough -- as if you needed reminding, and here hammering the point home (albeit with a very smooth and soulful hammer...read on »



8/10 from Ant

Uncertainty Principle is off to a flying start, following a cracker from FFT to kick off the label, and now a real smasher in the form of this remarkably strong debut 4-track ...read on »

My Autumn Empire

Oh, Leaking Universe

8/10 from Jamie

Making this Monday infinitely more spectacular (tolerable) is the latest release from those fine folk at Wayside & Woodland Recordings. The sounds adorning this CD are tho...read on »


We All Know

8/10 from Robin

It’s big music season! The folks in Talons love to hammer it home, attempting to refashion the derelict cliches of post-rock as a newly made force of nature. Just listen...read on »

Tomorrow Syndicate

Future Tense

8/10 from Robin

Polytechnic Youth serve up the psych pop because if they didn’t, who would, right? Whom will take the call of heroism? On their latest micro-smash, they introduce Glasgo...read on »

Tony Molina

Kill The Lights

8/10 from Clinton

Got a spare ten minutes? Then you'll have more than enough time to digest this new 'album' by Tony Molina. He spends this time writing brilliant miniature pop gems that more o...read on »


Mirror Emperor

8/10 from Robin

Neo-folk’s got portmanteaus now. Check it out: Zu93, a word-melding that joins bands Current 93 and Zu in an irreversible unison. A collaboration for only the darkest re...read on »


New Tab

8/10 from Robin

I currently have five tabs up and they’re all related to Khotin’s record, so shame on me. As a hoarder of background digital info I can tell that they’re usi...read on »

Innumerable Forms

Punishment In Flesh

8/10 from Robin

It’s throwback, thank you very much. Innumerable Forms made this record with a very particular era of death metal in mind, eschewing new genre fusions and modern recordi...read on »

Negative Scanner

Nose Picker

8/10 from Robin

Clint told me that Negative Scanner were getting curiously good reviews, with a glint in his eye that I inferred to mean “we need to whiff this out and tell everyone it&...read on »

Phantastic Ferniture

Phantastic Ferniture

8/10 from Robin

Here’s the latest side-project from songwriting virtuoso Julia Jacklin. A garage band that doubles up as a pun outlet, the ludicrously named Phantastic Ferniture allow h...read on »

Featured albums

Roland Kayn
The Internet
My Autumn Empire
Domiziano Maselli
Laurel Halo
Tomorrow Syndicate
Cult Party
Jim O'Rourke
Innumerable Forms
Lark / Andrew Weatherall
Jamie Lenman
Bear Bones, Lay Low / Don't DJ
White Ring
Tony Molina
Negative Scanner
R. Girardin
Oneohtrix Point Never
Orquesta De Las Nubes
Deaf Wish
Warp Transmission
White Ring
Astronauts, etc.
Ross From Friends
Israel Nash
Tohru Aizawa Quartet
Phantastic Ferniture
Palta & Ti
Todd Baker
The Conservatives
Matt Whitehead
Bona Dish
Wild Nothing
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Nurse With Wound