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Weekly Update Beak, Brainfeeder, Gazelle Twin, Johann Johannsson, The Declining Winter, Felt

Loads of things including three (!) Albums of the Week plus new Brainfeeder, Villagers, Suede, Felt, Prince, The Field, Christine & The Queens and lots of other good stuff. Well done us!

Intractable in-store bickering = Album of the Week Triple Header!

Other biggies:

And yet another genre guide for you:

The rest of the news:

Seems like it’s been an exceptionally busy week, this one. Can’t be certain, really, as I’ve not turned around and looked at any of my colleagues. Judging by the constant sound of ripped tape and muffled cardboard, though…well, I reckon the music biz is doing just fine. Case closed.

Anyway here are some of the records responsible.

Bored tomorrow and near Bradford? Go see cool sax guy Ben Vince at Fuse Art Space - tickets

New records:

And a few more….

Reissues:

  • How many times do we have to tell you: Susumu Yokota!
  • Felt is that band with the guy called Lawrence that everyone loves.
  • The Durutti Column. Is that a Noel Fielding look-alike?
  • Not sure I like the look of these Ramones rascals.
  • It’s an unfortunate coincidence that this jazz band are called Placebo.
  • Super smooth folk and jazz guy Terry Callier.
  • Raucous and visceral post punk from one time chart toppers 23 Skidoo.
  • More Jonny Trunk curated goodness in Britxotica Goes Wild!
  • Get your leather jacket out. All the best MC5 albums have been put in a box.

Check out our release schedule timeline! It's proper. Properly inaccurate, that is.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up:

No joke this week as we wish his son a speedy, 180rpm recovery.

  • Thank Your Lucky Stars cuz Whitehouse’s classic Albini produced power electronics terrorizer has been expanded. 2LP on Dirter in an edition of 500 copies.
  • First-time, lean vinyl edition of Heavenly Music Corporation aka Kim Cascone's delightful 1993 ambient tranquilizer 'In a Garden of Eden' on Astral Industries.
  • Pure rippers from Bristol’s mighty Giant Swan on Whities.
  • The Field aims straight for the heart, going deeper and more introspective on sixth album for Kompakt.
  • The Bug’s Pressure label is on a fookin’ roll with a riddim produced by Nagasaki’s G36 - ridden to perfection by Nazamba sounding truly vexed.
  • Scored ultra-limited tape editions of Ratgrave and Steven Julien albums on Apron. Ratgrave is available in orange or gold, and Julien's 'Bloodline' has a slowed down version on the flipside for stoned snails. One copy per customer to share the love.
  • 'Sichten 1' compilation of previously undiscovered gems curated by Frank Bretschneider on Raster-Media.
  • Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and Russell Haswell aka Consumer Electronics bring the noise on a pant shitting 7” on Harbinger Sound.
  • James Holden busts out his modular synth alongside Maalem Houssam Guinia.
  • Stompin’ ‘floor tackle from Luke Slater as L.B. Dub Corp on Stroboscopic Artefacts.
  • Ace Dutch West Coast electro action from DJ Overdose on Lunar Orbiter Program.
  • T&K Crew acid house on Balkan Vinyl incl. Posthuman & Kirk Degiorgio remixes.
  • Ghostly sister label Spectral Sound celebrate 18 years in existence with a 2x12” feat. Matrixxman, Gunnar Haslam, D’Marc Cantu, Russell E.L. Butler etc.
  • Psychedelic Portuguese exotica from Niagara on Príncipe.
  • Frantic techno + power ambient gear from Isabella on Peder Mannerfelt Produktion.
  • Versatile EP from Linkwood on Firecracker for the home or club.
  • Brand new and immersive bvdub record to help see you through the winter.

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Epilogue:

What the feck has Robin done with my stress ball?

Words: Clint, Robin, Ant.

Work: Jamie, Benn, Kim, Nathon, Daoud, Phil and Ian Love Is A Battleship.

Customer Compliment of the Week: “Always in touch”.

Read this and even better compliments in our Feefo reviews.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Lonnie Holley

MITH

10/10 from Daoud

Lonnie Holley has had a long and successful career, practicing as both a musician and as an artist since the 70s. So it should mean something when I say Mith must be one of hi...read on »

The Declining Winter

Belmont Slope

9/10 from Robin

Heavy is the heart of a lifetime York City supporter; come all ye weary, and hear the Declining Winter’s latest record of National League North pop. Yorkshire grump Rich...read on »

Pierre Bastien & Cabo San Roque / Anna Homler, Adrian Northover, Dave Tucker

FTS003

9/10 from Robin

Alex Ives’ First Terrace records is finding a fantastic identity for itself right now, growing up into a fine label with collaborations and cross-examinations that remin...read on »

James Murray

Falling Backwards

8/10 from Jamie

Yes, I liked ‘Killing Ghosts”, the last James Murray album which I had the considerable pleasure of reviewing back in the depths of Winter 2017; now, finally here&...read on »

Alexandra Streliski

Pianoscope

8/10 from Jamie

I wouldn’t be surprised if you, like me, let this record slip by on first issue a whole 8 years ago. Yes, Alexandra Stréliski’s debut album Pianoscope was a...read on »

Ben Chatwin

Drone Signals

8/10 from Jamie

Ben Chatwin has (at least) one more record for us this year. Chatwin and his record label Village Green release their follow-up / companion piece to ‘Staccato Signals&rs...read on »

Takashi Kokubo

A Dream Sails Out To Sea (Get At The Wave)

8/10 from Jamie

Music that was once made to promote Sanyo’s line of high-end air conditioning units, I kid you not, laid down on tape by not-quite-as-obscure-as-you-might-think Japanese...read on »

Olan Mill

Curves

8/10 from Jamie

Olan Mill’s Alex Smalley has been quietly but surely making himself known to us at Norman and to you, our literally thousands of customers, for -- ooh, I don’t kno...read on »

Joyce Manor

Million Dollars To Kill Me

8/10 from Robin

Slowly eradicating any notion of ever having existed as a No Frills Punk band, Joyce Manor have delivered us ‘Million Dollars To Kill Me’, a record as jubilantly h...read on »

Brandon Coleman

Resistance

8/10 from Robin

Within the Brainfeeder party fortess lays ‘Resistance’, an extremely satisfying record from spry keyboard wizard Brandon Coleman. Best known for the seriously good...read on »

The Holydrug Couple

Hyper Super Mega

8/10 from Robin

Is “Hyper Super Mega” the new “Truly, Madly, Deeply”? Sadly, no, but few can reach the dizzying heights of Savage Garden’s first record, so I&rsq...read on »

Capital Punishment

Roadkill

8/10 from Robin

I uh, I’m pretty confused about this record. The press release cites some interesting influences, including Chrome and Throbbing Gristle, but then it just throws in that...read on »

Mutual Benefit

Thunder Follows The Light

8/10 from Robin

An accidentally famous bedroom songwriter, Mutual Benefit’s soaring delicacy first captured the imagination with ‘Love’s Crushing Diamind’. It’s ...read on »

BEAK>

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8/10 from Robin

Whirring through time like an endlessly forwarded email chain, you’d certainly be forgiven for comparing this new Beak> album to the antics of avant-rock pioneers Can...read on »

Giant Swan

Whities 016

8/10 from Ant

Bristol dwelling duo Harry Wright (aka Mun Sing) and Robin Stewart have been absolutely slaughtering crowds with their ferocious and relentlessly energetic live shows. If you&...read on »

Heavenly Music Corporation

In a Garden of Eden

8/10 from Ant

The superbly curated Astral Industries label follow their reissue of the Heavenly Music Corporation ‘Lunar Phase’ album with an earlier work from this alias of Kim...read on »

Sha La Das

Love In The Wind

8/10 from Clinton

Who likes old things? Well I do. Really old stuff like books and televisions and radios and things we don't use anymore. If you like old stuff you are going to like this album...read on »

bvdub

Drowning in Daylight

8/10 from Clinton

bvdub has worked his way around most of the ambient/electronic record labels on the planet and now lands on R&S subsidiary Apollo.  He's almost become an ambient genr...read on »

Featured albums

Public Service Broadcasting
Chris Carter
Various
Various
Isabella
Niagara
T&K Crew
Giant Swan
Various
L.B. Dub Corp
Terry Callier
Sharron Kraus with Belbury Poly
Heavenly Music Corporation
Thalia Zedek Band
James Holden + Maalem Houssam Guinia
Mull Historical Society
Black Belt Eagle Scout
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Stoned Jesus
bvdub
Nazamba
Consumer Electronics
Sneers
The Shifters
Various
The Primals
Joyce Manor
Richard Reed Parry
DJ Overdose
The Field
Various
Sha La Das
MC5
Tentenko
Mush
Linkwood
Ratgrave
BEAK>
Lonnie Holley
Retiree
Christine and The Queens
The Declining Winter
Gazelle Twin
23 Skidoo
Paul Haig
The Durutti Column
Louis Cole
Black Honey
Susumu Yokota
MIKE
The Holydrug Couple
Villagers
Prince
Mutual Benefit
Suede
Steven Julien
Ramones
Whitehouse