- Read our staff picks of the best albums and reissues so far this year. We’ve even made you a playlist.
- Album of the Week goes to ‘STONECHILD’, Jesca Hoop’s album of stark and gorgeous indie folk. Grab a limited-edition Dinked variant whilst you can!
- Feast your eyes and ears on our new Weekly Playlist.
- Bonobo. We’ve got more copies of his limited single in, so pre-order before the end of tonight and you’ll be entered into a competition to win a rare white label.
It’s just about passed the halfway mark for the year which means only one thing; our Mid-Year Review is up. It’s been an excellent few months of great new music, with plenty of tasty reissues to boot. We always struggle coming to a collective decision on what we want featured, so we presented it in a random order. Get looking and get listening.
New vinyl and CDs and tapes
- Prettiest Eyes. Noise rock meets synth punk on the Castle Face signed group's third album.
- Julia Shapiro. The Chastity Belt member goes solo for a reflective LP.
- Sub-Saharan psychedelia from JuJu featuring a member of Goat.
- Celebrate 30 Speedy Wunderground releases with Sinead O'Brien’s latest single.
- Olympia gives us some punchy alt-pop on her sophomore album.
- Soft Walls. Lo-fi psychedelia evocative of Spacemen 3 and Deerhunter.
- Sounds like Parisians recreating ‘Nuggets’ but it’s actually a bunch of chaps from Scotland; it can only be Les Bof!
- The Soft Cavalry. Husband and wife team featuring Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.
- Earnest and anthemic indie rock from songwriter Mark Mulcahey.
- Unsettling pop courtesy of E B U.
- Anderson .Paak delivers his funk-soul-rap hybrid.
- Strutting samba funk 7’’ from Ze Roberto.
- Stranger Things. It’s back on Netflix today, and the soundtrack arrives tomorrow.
- Looping blues from 75 Dollar Bill.
- Spacey jams from Dire Wolves.
- Sarasara writes an album centred on that episode of Peep Show where Jeremy and Hans join a cult.
- Ø. First release from the archives from late experimentalist Mika Vainio.
- City of Women. Intense and intriguing tunes made from self-made instruments.
- J. McFarlane's Reality Guest bestows some airy indie rock upon us.
- A Holy Trinity of Melvins albums are back on our shelves. Check out our fresh YouTube playlist of our favourite tracks, their inspirations and who they’ve influenced here.
- A classic from Everything But the Girl gets reissued for its 25th anniversary.
- The Suicide reissues are looking gorgeous. Those of you who haven’t heard this unnerving and influential classic need to get on it pronto!
- Kashmere Stage Band. The greatest high school band ever.
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
Our resident techno fan returns to indulge us with all this week’s choices of prime dance and electronic music:
- Proper buzzin’ to have a new EP from mysterious olde faves North Manc Beds on Skam. Crackin’ it is too.
- Due to rave induced brain cell depletion, last week I forgot to mention the Special Request ‘Bedroom Tapes’ record which is proper.
- The time Coil went full Ibiza Cafe Del Mar for that VHS soundtrack.
- Portugal's Table Sports unearth and vinylize a superb PBK (Phillip B. Klingler) tape operating in Moebius & Roedelius/Cluster mode.
- Most tranquil mini-LP on RAMZi's FATi Records from Ambien Baby aka D Tiffany and NAP.
- Immersive sonic landscapes from K. Leimer meditating on the authoritarian impact on natural, cultural, intellectual and economic environments.
- Transcendent, minimalist, organ drone works from Kali Malone.
- Levon Vincent continues an unstoppable run DJ utility 'floor burners!
- Electronically manipulated violin drone and Shankobyz - sampled, chopped and reassembled by Galya Bisengalieva.
- Ace, mystical techno/house from Hieroglyphic Being on another stamped white label +++ 12".
- LinnDrum carnival voodoo funk from Serpente on Ecstatic.
- Beautifully packaged EP of refreshing electronix, from Aphex approved Holy Similaun on OOH-Sounds.
- Silicon Scally quality assured electro business on CPU.
- Moon Ra and John Macedo spools on The Tapeworm.
- Bangin’, hyper chipmunk technoid soul and serious sound design skillz from Aïsha Devi.
- Wistful Japanbient LP on Audiobulb from Tomogutsu Nakamura.
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We’ll see you next week! Enjoy your weekend in the sun, love Team Norman x
Words: Tom, Ant.
Work: Nathon, Will, Phil, Benn, Tom, Ian, Jamie, and Daoud.
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