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Weekly Update Various, BEAK>, Ekca Liena & Spheruleus, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Diana Darby, and more...

Well, the miserable British summer is trudging along as best it can but it’s hardly enough to inspire joy in you, is it? Unless you’re a taxi driver that is. I got a cab this morning and the cab driver was delighted at the washout of a summer we’ve had because “if it’s sunny people walk everywhere and I don’t get any business...screw the lot of ya”. Perspective is everything sometimes. He was a pretty funny cab driver. I like it when they get their chat on.

Quick request: if you're based around Leeds and fancy popping along to our office at some point - possibly as early as next week - to help us out with a spot of website testing then please drop us a line on either nathonraine@gmail.com or phil@normanrecords.com. We won't keep you for more than 45-60 mins, and for your troubles you'll get to choose some vinyl/CDs up to, ooh, £25. And we'll make you a coffee, maybe offer you some crisps. And you can laugh at the bald man overload that you will find.

Anyway, on with the real show. I guess the biggest news this week is that the Sleep ‘Dopesmoker’ reish has finally arrived on clear vinyl! Not only that but we’ve managed to snag a few more than we expected from the distributors so if you wanna get one of those you’ve still got a window of opportunity to get involved with that one. As for actual new stuff, we’re all pretty excited about the second album from Geoff Barrow’s synthy kraut trio BEAK>, which is pretty much perfect all the way through, as is the melodic soundtracky pure synth gorgeousness on the amazing debut from French duo Egyptology on Desire/Clapping Music and has one of the coolest-looking sleeves I’ve ever seen. Get it or regret it! The blazing new grunge-garage-style Ty Segall Band one where he’s backed by Moonhearts is now in on sexy double 10”. If you’re into droney noisy weirdness we’ve got a load of super cheap catalogue gubbins from Riot Season including Skull Defekts, Sightings, Shit & Shine and Acid Mothers Temple so that’s totally worth a gander, Vibracathedral Orchestra’s self-titled 2LP of quality drone’n’chunter from ‘04 has got a repress with tasty handmade artwork, and Norsk skronk supergroup FIRE! are back with Oren Ambarchi in tow for some churning free groove brilliance, Emerald John Elliott’s new synth team Outer Space have an LP, Cabolady Eric Lanham drops a solo effort, and the noise supergroup Nazoranai (O’Malley/Haino/Ambarchi) have dropped a full lengther to boot!

Sun City Girl ”Sir” Richard Bishop is back (already!) with another album of his nimbly picked guitar action and Frame/Commitment/Oscar-winner Glen Hansard goes it alone on his new LP. All the minimal types are getting together for another star-studded love-in on the Air Texture Volume 2 compilation, we’ve managed to snag a few coloured vinyl copies of the red-hot glam-scuzz Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats LP which you can flip on eBay for many times the price in a couple of weeks if you’re quick enough to get one, and we’ve finally managed to get hold of some copies of Mount Eerie’s excellent newie Clear Moon. There’s some gutsy and playful harsh noise business on this CD from Brennendes Gehirn, Fresh and Only Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick have some more charming experimental folk-pop for you, there’s an old school bootleg-style split live tape from Saturday Looks Good To Me/Milk Teddy, Alexander Tucker’s Grumbling Fur are the latest contributors to Southern’s illustrious Latitudes series, we’ve got some rare and fancily packaged Russian IDM from Sleepy Town Manufacture, and Strawberry Rain have put out a couple of amazing reissues from classic ‘70s Indonesian psych-rocker Benny Soebardja too; ‘77’s Gimme A Piece Of Gut Rock and ‘78 double-LP Night Train. As if that wasn’t enough we’ve also got new albums in from Ekca Liena & Spheruleus, Necro Deathmort, Diana Darby, Diplo, The Chapman Family, Young Flowers, Kluster, FAY, Sonny and the Sunsets, Holy Balm, Espen Eriksen Trio, Keep Shelly In Athens, Saturday Night Gym Club, Crossover, Dance Chapter and Echo Lake.

As for the singles, Four “Keiran Hebden” Tet is back (already!) with a twinkly bouncer that harks back to classic ‘Tet, Animal Collective are also back with two good new songs on a seven, duo Yola Fatoush have surprised us all with an utterly essential bit of experimental pop on their debut 7” EP, and Business Lady’s been enjoying the old school house vibes on Falty DL’s new twelve for Ninja Tune. The one-sided etched Ono/Gordon/Moore 10” is as hard work as you might expect but I bet you buy it anyway, Brian really warmed to the Richard Youngs & Luke Fowler seven of synth madness while my personal picks for the week are the new seven from Colombian cumbia supergroup Ondatropica which has an endearingly cheeky Iron Man cover on the B side which every party DJ needs to own, and also the El Doom & the Born Electric 7” on Rune Grammofon where the shameless prog-cheese maniacs deliver another couple of tracks of teen dream fretwank indulgence that half the office hated. Crime’s snotty Sonic Youth-covered proto-punk gem ‘Hot Wire My Heart’ has been re-pressed on a 7”, while Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is the latest illustrious name to add a couple of tracks of ethereal solitude to Emerald Cocoon’s consistently illustrious ‘Alone Together’ 7” series. Plus there’s titles from The Scientists, Fear of Men, Kuedo, Grubby Mitts, Emptyset, Vladislav Delay, Black Tambourine, Bobby Womack, The June Brides.

Doob up!

Mikey Spacedust and the Normers from Mars


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

BEAK>

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10/10 from Mike

Geoff “Portishead” Barrow of Portishead fame has been a busy lad lately, what with his massive hip-hop Quakers thing and his synthy Dredd-fest DROKK both dropping ...read on »

Kyle Bobby Dunn

Bring Me The Head Of

9/10 from Phil

Kyle Bobby Dunn, or KBD as he's going to be known as for the duration of this review, is back with a brand new 2CD opus on Low Point. 'Bring Me The Head Of' is a 2CD set (muc...read on »

Pandit Pran Nath

Morning And Evening Ragas

9/10 from Phil

I eventually got the last album by this dude that Mississippi did (or didn’t as it wasn\'t wholly official) and it\'s one of my favourite Indian psychedelic records. Pan...read on »

Sir Richard Bishop

Intermezzo

9/10 from Phil

The knighted bishop is back with a new album on Stephen O Malley's curated Ideologic Organ label. I'm fascinated by the sleeve for this one. I think Mr Bishop looks amazing on...read on »

Bill Fox

One Thought Revealed

9/10 from Clinton

I couldn’t believe my eyes nor my ears when I heard/saw that Bill Fox had a new album out. The latest rumours about the elusive Fox had been that following his astonish...read on »

Windy & Carl

You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever Vol. 7

9/10 from Li'l Biz

First up - I’m diggin’ the sleeve of this 7”. I believe this is part of a series of releases by duos that also happen to be married. Not sure how I feel abou...read on »

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Jazz Mind

9/10 from Mike

I’m always open to a newie from Upset the Rhythm. Those cats never leave me feeling like I’ve wasted my time. This newest one we’ve got from them features...read on »

Egyptology

The Skies

9/10 from Mike

Oh wow. Where the hell did these guys come from? The sleeve art for this album is sexy as all hell, with a die-cut front cover which you can mix and match with the four dif...read on »

El Doom & The Born Electric

The Teeth That Match My Wounds

9/10 from Mike

I think El Doom & The Born Electric are ruddy brilliant. I just told Phil I think there should be more bands like them and he said, and I quote, “It’s a good ...read on »

Fire! With Oren Ambarchi

In The Mouth A Hand

9/10 from Mike

Got some new stuff in from the good people at Rune Grammofon today, and possibly the most interesting of those is this one here. Mats Gustafsson’s Norsk jazz supergroup...read on »

Animal Collective

Honeycomb

9/10 from Mike

Oh hello again Animal Collective. Not seen you in a while (seen plenty of people trying to copy you though)...This single’s a little bit toytown, lots of pings and boi...read on »

Sir Richard Bishop

The Unrock Tapes

9/10 from Mike

“Sir” Richard Bishop is back with another LP of his nimble-fingered acoustic trickery, literally hours after his last one came out. Quite astonishing productivit...read on »

Four Tet (Fourtet)

128 Harps / 128 Harps (Anthony Naples Remix)

9/10 from Mike

Four Tet has a new 12” already! Already! Wasn’t the last one out like a week ago or something? Who does he think he is, Sir Richard Bishop? Anyway I wasn’t ...read on »

Crime

Hot Wire My Heart

9/10 from Mike

Very interesting reissue right here! Proto-punkers Crime’s ‘Hot Wire My Heart’ is best known for being covered by the mighty Sonic Youth on their ‘Sist...read on »

Vibracathedral Orchestra

Vibracathedral Orchestra

9/10 from Mike

This is well nice. It’s a reissue of Vibracathedral Orchestra’s self-released, self-titled double LP from ‘04 and it comes in a multicoloured screenprinted...read on »

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Blood Lust

9/10 from Mike

Weirdly enough when I was growing up as a oversized-tee-wearing, long-haired grungey good boy, I always dreamed of being in a band called the Deadbeats. I bet there’s...read on »

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Alone Together #6 - Faceless Kiss / Blut Mond

9/10 from Brian

Ah...a dream-pop seven inch from one-time Tarentel legendo. The first side is gorgeous, comprised of a spindly echo-laden drum track, ethereal washes of the fluffiest shoegaz...read on »

Richard Youngs & Luke Fowler

Yellow Gardens

9/10 from Brian

Another cracking seven here, a collaboration between Youngs and Fowler who’ve decided to experiment with modular synthesis and experimental rhythmic excursions. This fi...read on »

FaltyDL

Hardcourage

9/10 from Li'l Biz

First up - this is an old school looking Ninja Tune’s release with the sleeve design dating back to the Ninjs’ ‘90s heyday’s...I gotta admit I prefer...read on »

Ondatropica

Punkero Sonidero / I Ron Man

9/10 from Mike

Oh man, this is totally sweet. Colombian supergroup Ondatropica contain a whole rash of awesome musicians from past and present busting out some party cumbias like there&rs...read on »

Outer Space

Akashic Record (Events: 1986-1990)

9/10 from Mike

Synths are so hot right now that it hurts to look at them, and Emerald John Elliott is making the most of this trend with this blistering LP of twinkly pulsating soundscapes ...read on »

Kuedo

Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space

9/10 from Mike

A good day for some I’m sure as Kuedo returns with his first new cut since the ‘Severant’ LP. In fact, ‘Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space&rsq...read on »

Nazoranai

Nazoranai

9/10 from Ant

Oren Ambarchi and Haino have been playing together a fair bit recently. I guess it was only a matter of time before Stephen O\'Malley got in on the action. On this occasion ...read on »

Yola Fatoush

Yola Fatoush EP

9/10 from Clinton

Lots of 7”s this week but this must surely be one of the best. Opener ‘Celine’ is a kind of Shangaan Electro mashed up with Washed Out blast of lopsided summ...read on »

Transllusion

The Third Eye EP

9/10 from Ant

Ahhh I can remember the first time I put the needle on this record back in 2002. It was a moment I will never forget - and I do forget a lot of shit as my brain is slowly turn...read on »

The Louche FC

Romantic

8/10 from Phil

Following on from the sold out Money 7" on Manchester's hip and most possibly suave Sways label is a single by The Louche FC called 'Romantic'. This will ring bells with anyon...read on »

Various

Time Will Make A Change

8/10 from Phil

Mississippi have been releasing some fine music over the last few years (loads of it on cassette I found out a couple of days ago, which came as a surpise). Taking a break f...read on »

Gaggle

From The Mouth Of The Cave

8/10 from Mike

Okay, this one’s a bit different. For those of you who haven’t already encountered them, Gaggle are a feminist choir/experimental pop troupe who make weird fractur...read on »

Hunx & His Punx

Gay Singles

8/10 from Mike

There are some acts who it’s very hard not to warm to and “the xLimpxWristx of pop” Hunx and His Punx are one of those bands for me. They’re basically ...read on »

Orca Team

Restraint

8/10 from Clinton

Reading other reviews for this Portland-based group the word “surf” keeps on cropping up, though it’s surf influenced rather than outright Dick Dale &lsqu...read on »

Sun River

Sun River

8/10 from Clinton

This is a Danish trio of which one of them is Jonas Munk (Manual, Causa Sui). But this is totally different to any of those outfits. It’s laid back Laurel Canyon-style...read on »

Landing

Landing

8/10 from Clinton

Back in the early ‘00s Landing were one of those bands who were around, kind of doing their own thing. Back then it was known as post-rock/space rock as it was not cool...read on »

Demdike Stare & Slant Azymuth

Make Do & Mend EP 1

8/10 from Clinton

I’m trying to figure out what’s going on here. This was apparently a Record Store Day release which sold out pretty quickly (I wonder if the same can be said of...read on »

Martin Brandlmayer / Werner Dafeldecker /Christian Fennesz

Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created

8/10 from Mike

The press release describes this record as “hard to describe...with words”. That’s because there’s very little actual music to speak of and lots of ...read on »

Sog (aka Wolfgang Voigt)

For The Love Of God

8/10 from Mike

Bit of brainy minimalist repeato-techno business from the reliable Wolfgang Voigt here. This is a record that’s well represented by its artwork - a photograph which has...read on »

Voltigeurs

Carrion

8/10 from Mike

As soon as I put the needle down on this one my first thought was “sounds like Skullflower”. It came as no surprise, therefore, for me to drift over to its press ...read on »

Zelienople

The World Is A House On Fire

8/10 from Mike

This is a lovely LP, full of hushed shimmering post-rocky mumblings aimed right for that part of your subconscious that lives between wake and sleep. Zelienople is a trio f...read on »

Cheer

Street Wandering Memory Recall

8/10 from Clinton

First up the bad news. This CD smells funny - kind of like skunk  - no, a real skunk. I was once travelling in a van across America when we ran over a skunk. I’l...read on »

Crossover

Gloom

8/10 from Mike

These people are making some kind of synthy darkpop sounds on this record here. Judging by the press release they’ve been going for a while and developed a bit of a f...read on »

Grumbling Fur

Alice

8/10 from Mike

The latest outsider titans to contribute to Southern Records’ marvelous Latitudes series is Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan’s Grumbling Fur. I’...read on »

Dance Chapter

Chapters

8/10 from Mike

This is one of those “complete discography” albums from a long-lost West Yorkshire band so short-lived they only released two records -  just six songs in t...read on »

The Scientists

The Scientists E.P.

8/10 from Mike

Got a brand new EP here from Kim Salmon’s The Scientists, all the way fro the Au S of Tralia. Well I say brand new but they did a red vinyl edition of 500 for Record S...read on »

Sleepy Town Manufacture

Memorabilia

8/10 from Mike

Ooh, this is nice. Here we’ve got a lavishly packaged and astonishingly limited LP full of drifty melodic IDM with lovely cold, smooth synth tones and understated, often...read on »

Ekca Liena & Spheruleus

Mapping The Boundary Layer

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Ekca Liena and Spheruleus team up for an ultra atmospheric collaboration that is literally about atmospheric conditions. Yes, that’s right - the duo have taken the them...read on »

Magic Trick

Ruler of the Night

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Magic Trick is Tim Cohen’s (of Fresh And Onlys fame) little bit on the side. Something to amuse him in between touring and recording with his main squeeze. He’s o...read on »

Holy Balm

It's You

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Don’t know a huge amount about Holy Balm other than they are a trio from Sydney, Australia. Musically they’re on a ultra-hip minimalist dance pop tip with ragge...read on »

Echo Lake

Wild Peace

8/10 from Brian

Gutted for this band, they’ve very recently announced the sad passing of their drummer just days before the release of their debut album. Mucho condolences from Aunti...read on »

Brennendes Gehirn

Epidemics Of The Modern Age

8/10 from Brian

This is my kind of noise; thick, treacly and fragmented, like rivulets of boiling aural gravel poured into your ears which are begging for this grainy distortion-rich headfuck...read on »

Saturday Looks Good To Me / Milk Teddy

Split Live Cassette

8/10 from Mike

Ah, this tape is making me mega nostalgic for a couple of reasons. First is that it’s got a live set each from two indie bands and it’s got proper basic artwork...read on »

Various

Air Texture Volume 2

8/10 from Clinton

Feeling stressed? My curtain rail came down yesterday and it’s fair to say I went completely bananas. Started attacking it with a hammer and then I spilt polyfilla ev...read on »

The June Brides

Moon / Cloud

8/10 from Clinton

What year is this? I ask because I have in my hands a new single from The June Brides. For a band who split up in 1986 they sound remarkably youthful and untouched by the p...read on »

Black Tambourine

Onetwothreefour

8/10 from Clinton

You’ve all got the Black Tambourine comp CD, right? It’s an essential purchase for fans of the early My Bloody Valentine guide to noise and strum. They were around...read on »

Fear of Men

Green Sea

8/10 from Clinton

At first it sounds slight but this is a gorgeous tune, it has the spindly intensity of The Chills’ ‘Pink Frost’, the vocals resemble Throwing Muses and it sl...read on »

Mount Eerie

Clear Moon / Ocean Roar

8/10 from Clinton

Here's a review of Clear Moon from back in the day....  Right, it’s about bloody time we had a decent record to review. Not just an ‘okay’ one but a gr...read on »

Featured albums

Crime
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Saturday Looks Good To Me / Milk Teddy
Black Tambourine
Bobby Womack
Brennendes Gehirn
Saturday Night Gym Club
Sir Richard Bishop
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Mount Eerie
Crossover
Egyptology
Dance Chapter
Outer Space
Nazoranai
Kluster
Eric Lanham
Sleepy Town Manufacture
Animal Collective
Four Tet (Fourtet)
Benny Soebardja
Benny Soebardja
FAY
Yola Fatoush
Vladislav Delay
Diana Darby
Various
Glen Hansard
Sonny And The Sunsets
Echo Lake
Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon
Ondatropica
Emptyset
Ty Segall Band
Diplo
Grubby Mitts
BEAK>
Fire! With Oren Ambarchi
Necro Deathmort
Ekca Liena & Spheruleus
The Chapman Family
Young Flowers
Magic Trick
Espen Eriksen Trio
Holy Balm
Grumbling Fur
Keep Shelly In Athens
Kuedo
Fear of Men
The June Brides
El Doom & The Born Electric
The Scientists
Vibracathedral Orchestra
Richard Youngs & Luke Fowler
Sleep