Weekly Update These New Puritans, Guided By Voices, Rustin Man, Prefab Sprout, Bowery Electric

Ice cold goodness from the likes of John Cameron, Boy Harsher, The Telescopes, and Andrew Wasylyk. Plus more Pye Corner Audio bags, more cheap stuff, and the latest big pre-orders.  


To paraphrase a wise man on Twitter the other day:

"Thirty days has September / April, June, and November / All the rest have thirty-one / Except for February, all alone / Which has 28 days clear / And January, with about three-hundred days in which to freeze our arses off in bloody Holbeck of all places."

Yup, it's cold here at the Towers again. Thank goodness for portable heaters. So huddle round the two bar and join us in a mega update as January finally ends. There are things below that are ready and willing to be shipped out to you. Guaranteed to arrive icy fresh.

New vinyl and stuff

  • Guided By Voices really are the Status Quo of indie rock these days. Not altogether an insult.
  • Cherry Glazerr make grunge rock like it’s 1995.
  • Mandolin Orange are two quiet people making really nice quiet country music.
  • The return of Beirut’s organ has yielded some success.
  • Sad brooding synthesizer melodies from Boy Harsher.
  • Most people get quieter as they get older. Not The Telescopes.
  • Ian Brown. ‘Singer’ out of the Stone Roses with new solo work.
  • Talk Talk bass wizard Rustin Man with some lovely rustic things.
  • This Unloved Record’s Crap Let’s Slash The Seats. (Not really... it’s a joke of sorts).
  • Buy the Ex:re album and go in a hat to win a signed Test Pressing. It’s the coo-ing lady from Daughter btw.
  • This week it’s The Specials turn to destroy their legacy.
  • Andrew Wasylyk makes sweet music in tribute to a restored harp.
  • John Butcher & Rhodri Davies….saxophone and harp - together at last.
  • Quiet cello murmurings from Julia Kent.


  • The Prefab Sprout album that doesn’t sound anything like a Prefab Sprout album.
  • 90s pop people The Cardigans. That reminds me...I’m cold.
  • When Bowery Electric ditched the murk ad went full on trip-hop.
  • John Cameron’s soundtrack for Ken Loach’ classic ‘Kes’.
  • Tirzah & Micah
  • Derby’s finest* rock band Bivouac……*except for Cable.
  • 35007. Named after an early Norman Records order number.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:

De-icing the car with Noyzelab’s latest CDr.

  • Ace dubstep plate from the elusive Macker - pure DMZ magic vibes and bass weight.
  • Super Gossiwor 12” EP on 5 Gate Temple, produced by John T. Gast and Asger Hartvig of Boli Group. Lush pastoral/nautical folk w/ subtle electronics.
  • Jay Glass Dubs LP could almost be some long lost 4AD record recorded at the Black Ark.... like Rhythm & Sound meets A.R. Kane.
  • Susumu Yokota acid/ambient techno gem ‘Acid Mt.Fuji’ re-pressed on WHITE vinyl.
  • Scored more copies of ultra-mysterious occult electronics Black Replica LP > project from Heinrich Mueller/Gerald Donald (Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, Arpanet, Der Zyklus).
  • Bunch of new titles and re-stocks on the marvelous Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology imprint. All high grade sound art/avant-garde clobber. Check ‘em!
  • Secede's 2005 'Tryshasla' album originally issued on Sending Orbs lands on vinyl for the first time, to collective tears of joy from IDM/ambient fiends.
  • Matt Whitehead & No Data Available present Manor House Boys - proper bang the box acid house. 350 copies on Jerome Hill’s Super Rhythm Trax label.
  • Electroacoustic/acousmatic CD from Cameron Shafii on Conditional. 100 copies.
  • Basic Rhythm AKA East Man and Imaginary Forces remoulding hardcore on Arcola.
  • The Mover ‘The Final Sickness’ 1993 PCP techno monster remastered with new artwork.
  • E B U EP incl. O$VMV$M and Broshuda remixes. Ultra-limited to 100 copies w/ risograph poster insert
  • Techno/Grime mutants from Szare. Hand-stamped edition of 300, in printed sleeve.
  • O$VMV$M 12" on Cold Light Music. Edition of 275, with poster insert in polybag & hand-stamped centre labels.
  • Hypnotic, bleeping, Jeff Mills/Sahko style tracks from Black Merlin on Die Orakel.
  • Classic school yet modern sounding electro-pop Finlay Shakespeare album on Editions Mego.
  • Brainwaltzera mini-LP incorporating crystalline Braindance, electro and ambient.
  • Whole bunch of ambient type stuff on CD from Quentin Sirjacq on Schole, Kryshe on Serein, Amp and Tim Linghaus on Sound In Silence.
  • Leon Vynehall’s gone and done a DJ-Kicks
  • Vintage/golden era inspired electronica 2LP from Mikron on CPU.
  • +++ Buttechno 12” on Incienso, Russell E. L. Butler 12” on Spectral, Pieces Of A Pensive State Of Mind (Frank de Groodt) reissue 12” on U-Trax +++

Money Saving

Captured Tracks Competition and Goodies:

We all like Captured Tracks don’t we? Well we do anyway. So buy anything on Captured Tracks and you’ll get a FREE Captured Tracks pen and sampler CD. You’ll also go into a hat to win a Wild Nothing 7” and a signed Wild Nothing print.

And even that’s not all. One lucky winner will receive tickets to see Wild Nothing rock the Belgrave Music Hall to its very foundations on February 13th 2019.

Competition ends next Thursday (7th February 2019) when winners will be announced.


Nah, that’s your lot.

A big Norman Records welcome to Tom who will be doing our Social Media stuff from now - just as soon as we can get him on the wifi. We're proper pros. Do follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube to see all the exciting things he has planned.

Words: Clint, Ant.

Work: Nathon, Daoud, Phil, Tom and Don't Talk To Me About (Ian) Love

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...


Domestic Saga

9/10 from Ant

Purely speculation but I suspect John T. Gast is behind the 5 Gate Temple label. He’s certainly largely involved in the label's roster. In 2018 the imprint released a on »

Prefab Sprout

I Trawl The Megahertz

9/10 from Clinton

We all know and love Prefab Sprout as the clever clogs popsters behind such 80s classics as 'Cars and Girls' and 'When Love Breaks Down'. Those of us who have followed their on »

Andrew Wasylyk

The Paralian

9/10 from Daoud

What is it about the idea of an artist going somewhere isolated and making some art that is so compelling. Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver has built an empire on that story and he on »

Gideon Wolf


8/10 from Clinton

Replicas is the latest album by British composer Gideon Wolf and like a fair amount of music made in 2019 it suggests that the composer has worrying about Brexit and the lack on »

James Holden

A Cambodian Spring OST

8/10 from Daoud

It really was only a matter of time before Mr James “modular synth jams” Holden ended up making the soundtrack for something. Ever since his earliest works, but on »



8/10 from Daoud

One of the reasons I enjoy playing music so much is because for however long I’m doing it, I’m away from a screen. Devices can be wonderful, don’t worry I& on »


Highway Hypnosis

8/10 from Daoud

This morning when The Right Honorable Clinton passed me the albums that I was to review today he said he’d tried to crack Highway Hypnosis by Sneaks but it was a bit on »


Faust / Isolation

8/10 from Ant

Who the freakin’ hell is this Macker fella? Sounds like a Biffa Bacon type character outta Viz. He dropped the mysterious ‘Untitled / Kubrick’ 12” on »

Harriet Brown

Mall Of Fortune

8/10 from Daoud

It takes a lot of conviction to make music that places you within spitting distance of Prince. So assured a singular was Prince’s vision that it has of course inspired on »

Jay Glass Dubs


8/10 from Ant

Epitaph feels like the absolute apex of Dimitris Papadatos' productions as Jay Glass Dubs. An artist that has been churning out his fresh re-vision of futuristic electronic on »

John Butcher & Rhodri Davies

Drunk on Dreams

8/10 from Ant

Always a great pleasure to have a new record on Copenhagen based label Cejero. An imprint with a diverse and consistently adventurous roster from The Sun God (Jamal Moss), on »

Cameron Shafii

Corpora Vilia

8/10 from Ant

'Corpora Vilia' is the second album from Philadelphia based, Iranian composer Cameron Shafii, following his 'DzGl' cassette from 2015, released on Spanish imprint Anò on »

Boy Harsher


8/10 from Daoud

Imagine if you will the cheery and hedonistic music of Glasgow’s Free Love stripped of that cheer and hedonism and you’ll have got close to Boy Harsher. They& on »

Various (Umwelt, Talker, Rory St. John, Swarm Intelligence)

Directors Cut 01

8/10 from Ant

The superb VOITAX label boot off their new Directors Cut series of EPs with a very promising first instalment which gets going with a cracker from the one and only Umwelt. on »

Leyla McCalla

The Capitalist Blues

8/10 from Daoud

Reader fear not! I know that title might be off putting. You’re worried this music is going to be preachy and glum (thought that’s not always a bad thing). You on »

Ben Shemie

A Skeleton

8/10 from Daoud

There’s something so impressive about how Ben Shemie (who you may know from Suuns) has created the songs on A Skeleton. For the most part the actual ‘song’ on »

Featured albums

David Bowie
These New Puritans
The Mountain Goats
Quentin Sirjacq
Andrew Wasylyk
Basic Rhythm
The Mover
Tim Linghaus
Pieces Of A Pensive State Of Mind
Pye Corner Audio
Black Merlin
Jay Glass Dubs
Ian Brown
Cameron Shafii
Rustin Man
John Butcher & Rhodri Davies
Russell E. L. Butler
Guided By Voices
Matt Whitehead & No Data Available present Manor House Boys
Black Replica
Julia Kent
The Telescopes
Finlay Shakespeare
Leon Vynehall
Mandolin Orange
Prefab Sprout
Cherry Glazerr
Boy Harsher
The Specials
Susumu Yokota
Memory Drawings
John Cameron
Bowery Electric