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New vinyl and CDs and tapes

  • Warm Boys. Minimal synth punk from Southend on tape.
  • Watine. Seamless remix album featuring tinkerings from the likes of Richard Adams (Hood) and Christian Quermalet.
  • Solange. Minimalist R&B follow-up to the massively acclaimed ‘A Seat at the Table’.
  • Minami Deutsch. New EP from the Japanese kraut-fiends featuring original tracks and remixes.
  • Spoon. Greatest hits from the acclaimed indie group.
  • Lloyd Cole keeps us guessing.
  • Kool Keith. Great new album from the Doctor of Doom and space-travelling Elvis.
  • Damon Locks. Compelling spiritual jazz on International Anthem.
  • Henry Jackman’s Detective Pikachu soundtrack which has been surprisingly popular here…
  • Wil Bolton (Cheju) CD of daydreamy ambient/field recordings. Also On Sound In Silence getting some Talk Talk vibes from Sweeney (Panoptique Electrical).
  • Sarathy Korwar. Fiery, politicised jazz which brings a new meaning to the word fusion.
  • Japanese Television. Surf-psych jams for goths. 
  • Optimism / Reject. Cherry Red’s compilation of DIY post-punk and little-known gems.
  • Los Retro. Leftfield Hispanic pop meets 70s rock from this young fella.
  • De Lorians. Apparently Japan has a Canterbury Scene; Zappa and The Soft Machine would be proud!

Re-issues

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

For the best new releases from all corners of the electronic, club and dance music world, look no further than Ant’s weekly Round Up:

  • Fennesz ‘Agora’ finally lands on vinyl in time to further melt us in the heatwave.
  • Spheruleus makes creaky domestic electronica. 100 copies on wax.
  • Pan Sonic & Charlemagne Palestine's 'Mort Aux Vaches' gets vinylized. Superb, nuanced minimal drone works.
  • Michael Stearns 'Ancient Leaves' reissued - cult/obscure Californian New Age/ambient album, originally issued in 1977 on Continuum Montage.
  • Elegantly presented Merzbow disc and booklet on Room40. Exquisite.
  • Delicate, pastoral minimalism from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.
  • Beautifully presented Emmanuel Witzthum album on Fluidaudio incl. 40 minute bonus CD from e+i (Witzthum & Craig Tattersall of The Boats).
  • Fabio Orsi EP in a more trippy, trance inducing ambient electronica mode.
  • Modern Studies re-imagined into blurry ambient by Tommy Perman. Limited indies only LP on Fire in hand-crafted sleeve.
  • Datach'I returns on Venetian Snares Timesig label making his Eurorack setup sing in colourful, timeless/classic style.
  • Jeff Mills’ Moon concept album released with impeccable timing.
  • Joyous, bleeping videogame breakdance electro-funk-technoid-new wave EP from Neil Landstrumm.
  • Ever reliable Jonny Trunk unearths Ernest Berk's bizarro 'Electronic Music For Two Ballets'.
  • Ondo Fudd aka Call Super double EP on The Trilogy Tapes - chocka lush summer vibes.
  • Killer, grim, heavy EP from Overlook on Osiris Music.
  • ASC album in the vein of his Grey Area style techno mode.
  • Darkside, tunnelling techno/bass mutations from Sam KDC on Horo.
  • Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell and David Sumner aka Function bang hard as LSD for a blast through techno hyperspace.
  • Martyn gets his breaks out for Ostgut Ton with an EP of inventive D&B.
  • Quirky ambient from Wilson Tanner recorded on a riverboat.
  • Beguiling, blissed and intoxicating as ever tape from Ekin Fil.
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree ‘Live In London’ vinyl reissue.

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Words: Tom, Ant. 

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Bandana

9/10 from Thomas

Madlib is just one of those musicians we never get tired of hearing here at Norman. Whether he’s creating wildly psychedelic hip hop as Quasimoto, collaborating with som...read on »

Chen Yi

The: 1978 - 1983

9/10 from Will

What a treat! Chen Yi were a group based out of the Chelmsford Chen Yi commune in the 80s that made weird, eerie, industrial music which some members refused to release. I sup...read on »

Various

Seitō: In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun

9/10 from Will

Here's a compilation curated by Akuphone of brand-spankin' new tracks from modern female Japanese experimental musicians. This is one of the best compilations I've heard all y...read on »

Pan Sonic & Charlemagne Palestine

Mort Aux Vaches

9/10 from Ant

Mort Aux Vaches was a Staalplaat sister label that released loads of great recordings commissioned by Dutch broadcasting corporation VPRO. Each was beautifully presented in qu...read on »

Damon Locks / Black Mountain Ensemble

Where Future Unfolds

9/10 from Jamie

Yes, it’s hot. It’s sticky, it’s sweltering; it’s a sultry day. Too sultry to be sitting in a stuffy city tower block writing about music; but just sul...read on »

Fennesz

Agora

9/10 from Jamie

OK, so just take a moment... and breathe. I hope you've done your 10-minute relaxation today. Ready now? I'm advising you brace yourselves, cuz this is gunna be intense. IN-TE...read on »

Carmen Villain

Both Lines Will Be Blue

8/10 from Daoud

Well it turns out I don’t really know what dub is. Because when I listen to Carmen Villain’s latest album ‘Both Lines Will Be Blue’ it sounds like dub....read on »

Datach'I

Bones

8/10 from Will

Where's the confluence of Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works' and Autechre's 'Chiastic Slide'? Well, it's here in the form of Datach'i's new record 'Bones'.  'Bones' i...read on »

Betsayda Machado y la Parranda El Clavo

Loé Loá - Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree

8/10 from Will

'Rural Recording Under The Mango Tree' opens with a collection of voices singing unaccompanied. It's a defiant expression of the collective, and something that reminds you of ...read on »

Kool Keith

KEITH

8/10 from Will

Kool Keith is a rap legend with 58 alter-egos, 34 studio albums, and a place in the sample history books after the Prodigy used one of his bars for their classic 'Smack My Bit...read on »

Sarathy Korwar

More Arriving

8/10 from Will

Sarathy Korwar's new record is many things: a democratic exercise, a globe-trotting trip round various styles and genres, a political missive, a paean, and a critique. 'More A...read on »

Spheruleus

Light Through Open Blinds

8/10 from Will

When I move house, I'm too concerned with that weird smell near the washing machine or whether a Morrison's is nearby to achieve anything extra-curricular. However, Spheruleus...read on »

Sins for Beginners

Fireburn the Bloodlot

8/10 from Ant

Dual axe-wielding session from CM Von Hausswolff and Joachim Nordwall who join forces as Sins for Beginners for a record of good ole' fashioned molten drone metal guitar noise...read on »

Warm Boys

Warm Boys

8/10 from Will

Best Band Name I've Seen All Day Award goes to Southend duo Warm Boys, who fuse synth punk with saxophone stylings. This is a chewy album there's no doubt. It's full of synth ...read on »

Merzbow

Noise Mass

8/10 from Ant

Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint is on an almighty roll right now and here’s another stormer in what’s been a killer run of releases so far this year. It&rs...read on »

Michael Stearns

Ancient Leaves

8/10 from Ant

Infinite Fog Productions reissue this cult Californian New Age album, originally issued in 1977 on the Continuum Montage label. Unlike some of the stuff from that area/era, &l...read on »

Watine

MAISON GEOMETRIES feat. Watine

8/10 from Jamie

Here’s a thing. Also, here’s a beautiful thing: here’s a record, full of different people’s work, all remixing tracks from a previous record. A previou...read on »

Featured albums

Black Country, New Road
Warmduscher
DIIV
Michael Stearns
Tommy Guerrero
Watine
Wil Bolton
Sweeney
Carla dal Forno
Sam KDC
Merzbow
Warm Boys
Ernest Berk
De Lorians
Japanese Television
Solange
Tubby Hayes Quartet
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Bongzilla
Bongzilla
Lloyd Cole
Bongzilla
Fabio Orsi
Ondo Fudd
Kool Keith
Various
Pan Sonic & Charlemagne Palestine
Emmanuel Witzthum
Overlook
ASC
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Spoon
Ekin Fil
Martyn
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree
Modern Studies and Tommy Perman
Spheruleus
Minami Deutsch
Wilson Tanner
LSD
Henry Jackman
Datach'I
Jeff Mills
Los Retro
Sarathy Korwar
Neil Landstrumm
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Damon Locks / Black Mountain Ensemble
Bernard Herrmann
Fennesz
Makaya McCraven
(Sandy) Alex G
(Sandy) Alex G
Fad Gadget