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Weekly Update Polypores, Bobby Krlic (The Haxan Cloak), Bon Iver, Khruangbin.

Charles Mingus, Drab Majesty, Félicia Atkinson, Pere Ubu, Nivhek, Floating Points.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Polypores’ ‘Flora’ is our favourite this week! It’s an album of gorgeous electronica inspired by the forests of the North West, perfect for fans of Boards of Canada and Ghost Box Records.
  • Find out what albums tickled our fancy last month in our Best Records of June feature.
  • Weekly Playlist. Our fresh YouTube playlist has landed.
  • Exotic psych rock group Khruangbin get the dub reggae remix treatment.
  • Wakefield born Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak’s score to the unsettling Midsommar is ready to pre-order!
  • A new Bon Iver album has been announced for all you beardy indie types.
  • Nivhek (Grouper) has arrived and we’re getting more in next week.

New vinyl and CDs and tapes

  • Penelope Isles. Fuzz-tinged indie duo from Brighton.
  • New Order. Took us a while to decode the album title but we got there eventually...
  • Pere Ubu. Could this be the final album from the influential art punks?
  • Carmen Villain. Peyote hazed, wide-ranging psychedelia. 
  • Freaky surfadelia from Tijuana Panthers.
  • Boca 45. Bristol DJ Scott Hendy’s tribute to dancefloor filling 7’’.
  • CFM. Charles Moothart’s latest, you may know him for his work with Mikal Cronin and Ty Segall.
  • Oceans of the Moon. Described by John Dwyer as “dance music for the infected.”
  • Synth saturated gothic jams courtesy of Drab Majesty.
  • Select Studio Ghibli soundtracks from Joe Hisaishi.
  • BaBii. Sparkly left-field electropop produced by Adrian Sherwood.
  • Erin Durant. Piano led tunes for fans of Joanna Newsom and Joni.
  • Gauche. Washington DC art punks produced by Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown.
  • Goth meets post-punk and synths here on Mueran Humanos’ latest.
  • Italian post-punk produced by Steve Albini from Uzeda. Colour us intrigued!
  • Attarazat Addahabia & Faradjallah. Three generations of Moroccan musicians unite for a funk-rock LP.
  • Errant Monks. Cathartic industrial tinged post-punk featuring a Gnod member.
  • Bloc Party. “If my name was Norman Records, I'd probably open a shop selling music too.”
  • Peter Cat Recording Co. Charming indie rock straight outta New Delhi.
  • National Jazz Trio Of Scotland. Bill Wells’ latest project is not what it says on the tin.

Re-issues

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

The best cuts from the dance and electronic spheres from our Ant:

  • Floating Points signs to Ninja Tune and releases a couple of club-primed floorfillers.
  • Félicia Atkinson hypnotizes us into a gorgeous and intoxicating dreamworld.
  • David Lynch’s right hand studio man Dean Hurley presents a stellar, otherworldly ‘Anthology Resource’ for Sacred Bones.
  • Acid dancehall from Mr. Mitch on Pressure with two heavyweight, grubby mixes from The Bug.
  • Astral Industries first-time vinyl edition of Dots (Atom™) 1994 ambient gem.
  • Cosmic dubby ambient jams from Carmen Villain on Smalltown Supersound.
  • Zahn / Hatami / McClure aka Arovane, Porya Hatami and Darren McClure hookup on n5MD.
  • Lithuanian folk music inspired drones from Joshua Sabin on Subtext.
  • DMX Krew '5 Ways 2 Jack' finally repressed on coloured wax - class acid house and yorkshire bleep extravaganza.
  • Polished, melodic, pop leaning new record from Tycho.
  • Ultra-rare, sought after 1986 Japanese ambient/minimalism from Yutaka Hirose reissued by WRWTFWW.
  • Staalplaat continue to mine the endlessly rich Muslimgauze gold vein with a gorgeous first-time vinyl edition of 'Babylon Is Iraq'.
  • Dense ‘floor tackle from Karen Gwyer on Don’t Be Afraid.
  • +++ FYI Chris on Rhythm Section, Akiko Haruna on Where To Now? +++

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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, Phil, Benn, Tom, Ian, Jamie, and Daoud. 

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Dead Arm

Simply Dead

9/10 from Will

At Glastonbury, you can get a "Gong Bath". You sit in a tent listening to drones, chanting, and of course much clattering of gongs. At the end you're meant to feel cleansed an...read on »

Polypores

Flora

9/10 from Will

2018 saw one of the hottest summers on record, narrowly 'beating' that of 1976 where extreme heat caused a severe drought and forest fires in the south of England. When others...read on »

The Gentleman Losers

Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter

8/10 from Will

The Gentlemen Losers are a Finnish duo who make a delicious post-rock/minimal electronica/lo-fi hybrid, which is to say, many of the things we hold dear to our hearts here at ...read on »

Jesca Hoop

STONECHILD

8/10 from Will

Let me begin by saying that the cover of 'Stonechild' by Jesca Hoop has been disturbing me since I first saw it. I'm a professional and I'll try not to let this colour my opin...read on »

Oren Ambarchi

Simian Angel

8/10 from Will

On the liner notes to 'Simian Angel', Oren Ambarchi is listed as playing "guitar & whatnot". I think this does a good job of conveying the multi-textured nature of this al...read on »

Joshua Sabin

Sutarti

8/10 from Daoud

This is the soundtrack for that 'Midsommar' film yes? Creepy vocals and sinister drones drawing on the traditions of a nation that lies on the Baltic Sea? With a sort of anthr...read on »

Mr. Mitch

Not Modular

8/10 from Ant

Around about 1999-2000 a bunch of 7"s outta Jamaica on a label called Acid Rain Records, produced by The Hot Ice Crew found their way into my world and blew my mind. Tunes lik...read on »

Dots

Dots

8/10 from Ant

Uwe Schmidt AKA Atom™, Atom Heart, Señor Coconut and a zillion other aliases has a fathomless discography within electronic music - from bangin' techno/electro/ac...read on »

Félicia Atkinson

The Flower And The Vessel

8/10 from Ant

How long was I gone? Time dissolved listening to this record, and when I returned I felt like I’d experienced some sort of shared past life regression therapy.  On...read on »

Featured albums

Bon Iver
Bobby Krlic
Karen Gwyer
Attarazat Addahabia & Faradjallah
Félicia Atkinson
Polypores
Muslimgauze
Pere Ubu
Boca 45
George Otsuka Quintet
Tijuana Panthers
Floating Points
Khruangbin
Uzeda
Dots
Erin Durant
FYI Chris
Carmen Villain
Lonnie Smith
Mueran Humanos
U Roy
Gauche
Dean Hurley
Joshua Sabin
Oceans Of The Moon
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
CFM
Akiko Haruna
Zahn / Hatami / McClure
Yutaka Hirose
National Jazz Trio Of Scotland
Mr. Mitch
Peter Cat Recording Co.
New Order
Bloc Party
Tycho
Akiko Yano
BABii
Joe Hisaishi
Drab Majesty
Penelope Isles
Errant Monks
Nivhek
Neil Young
Chen Yi
Charles Mingus
DMX Krew
Charles Mingus
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Suicide