- 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.
- Neil Young. Rambling guitar sketches to score Jim Jarmusch’s surreal Western.
- Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. Is it possible to moonwalk to reggae?
- Chen Yi. An insular artistic commune sign to a major label? What could possibly happen here then…
- Akiko Yano is strong enough to lift a dolphin.
- Lonnie Smith. Another great reissue from Blue Note.
- Captain Beefheart. An “eternal classic” apparently...
- George Otsuka Quintet. One for the Japanese jazz fans.
- Classic debut album from influential reggae artist U-Roy.
- Suicide. Synth meets punk on this classic debut.
- Charles Mingus. Two essential records from one of the kings of jazz.
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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