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Afternoon all, it’s me again! It’s time to drop what you’re doing and drool over my weekly round-up of the new releases that’ve been hitting our shelves. As usual, there are plenty of great new titles that we’ve been busily listening to and attempting to describe to the best of our ability for your shopping convenience. Oh, and let me just briefly mention that if you want yet more in depth blow-by-blow coverage of the goings-on at Norman Towers Mk II and the new arrivals we rate, you should follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook if you don’t already!


Anyway, on to those records. Vision Fortune finally have their debut LP out on Faux Discx/Gringo and it’s a deliriously hypnotic blur of crumbling drones and repeato-post-punk coldness which is well worth investigating, Ty Segall’s right hand man Mikal Cronin has a second album of his addictive garage-pop psychedelia, as has their more lo-fi but no less magical buddy White Fence, over on Warp Bibio’s new one is a gorgeous bit of reflective loveliness, a little more downbeat than his previous work, and Primal Scream are back in business with a record which contains some of their most convincing moments to date. There’s a Muuy Biien LP on Happy Happy Birthday To Me with some fierce and feisty noise punk which will appeal to people who liked last week’s riotous Album of the Week from The DHDFD’s, Soundway’s top-notch ‘Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-1976, Pt. 2’ (a long-time favourite of mine) has been reissued on 2CD or two 2LPs, while the more frugal amongst you may be tempted to splash out under a tenner on this great ‘High Voltage!’ 3CD set of seminal early electronic music, or about three quid for the fourth ‘The Silence Was Warm’ comp showcasing a variety of modern ambient blissheads. Plus there’s the name-says-it-all ‘Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1985-95’ set which is pleasing the office acidheads, and Numero’s latest ‘Good God: Apocryphal Hymns’ and Mississippi’s ‘The Devil Is Busy In Knoxville’ are here, both full of great early gospel recordings, and Optimo has made a superb mix of underground Glaswegian goodness.


The Soundcarriers have a limited LP of library-toned instrumental psychedelia on GPS to warm us up for their forthcoming album which has been selling fast and might all be gone by the time you read this, Octo Octa has an album of sleek, moody house on 100% Silk, Colleen’s got an intoxicating new album of delicate stumbling experimental pop, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood have teamed up for an LP of brittle, haunting late-night songsmithery, while the other world-weary Mark (Kozelek of course) joins Jimmy “Album Leaf” LaValle for their own album of downbeat electronic pop. There’s an intense LP of slowly mounting loop-drone darkness from Larkian, and on Sacred Bones Pharmakon has a claustrophobic LP of precise dark noise, Acid Mother Kawabata Makoto’s Mainliner are back for the first time in more than a decade with an LP of spluttering, grinding noise rock, while minimal fans may also be interested in checking out the somnolent new offerings from Chihei Hatakeyama and Richard Chartier & Yann Novak (and one from Novak on his own). Not only that but we’ve got a load of Drag City stuff which had been out of stock in the UK for a while including titles by Woo, The High Llamas, Ghost (x2), Squirrelbait (x2), Helena Espval & Masaki Batoh, Masaki Batoh, Aerial M, Gastr Del Sol and the one and only Royal Trux! Not just that but The Breeders’ ‘Last Splash’ and Fourtet’s ‘Rounds’ have been reissued with extra bonus shit and there’s three reissue CDs from the legendary Terry Riley and there’s other albums I’ve not mentioned yet from the likes of Ubik, The Occasional Orchestra, Lichens, Beaches, Zaimph, Joseph Hammer, Kleenex Girl Wonder, Justice, Sinn/rd, She & Him, Cosmin TRG, Seahawks, Omar-S, Permanent Clear Light, Shannon Wright, Queens, Zolle, Adventure, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, Steffi, Peter Grudzien, Ekin Fil, Jessica Pratt, Ex-Cult, Human Eye, Franck Condon, MS MR, TM404, Overhang Party, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Slava, Co La, Sons of Noel & Adrian, Adult., Standish/Carlyon, Marques Toliver, Vampire Weekend, Peals, Brother JT, Survival, Glenn Jones, Dungeonesse, Aufgang, Gold & Youth, Boxer Rebellion, Sam Amidon, Small Black, J Dilla instrumentals, Saltland, Kishi Bashi, Kink Gong, Var and the ace new Yeti Magazine is here with a free 7” ‘n’ all.


As for the singles, there’s a very limited split 7” of prettiness from Boduf Songs/Jessica Bailiff, Love of Life Orchestra legend Peter Gordon teams up with everyone from Factory Floor over the course of an uplifting and smooth new 12”, the awesome Big Business are back with a new four-song 12” (or ‘Quadruple Single’ as they’re calling it!), Carsten Nicolai and Olaf Bender have their fourth Diamond Version 12” of raw, danceable EBM, there’s techno from The Black Dog, psych masters The Skull Defekts have a new 7”, and other titles from Forest, Population, Kahn, Pev & Hodge, Pattern, ASC, Spatial, Deadboy, Invincible Scum, Mike Parker/Perc, DRMCNT, Lakker, Nick Anthony Simoncino, Urinals, Urinals, The Sun God, Tunabunny, The Bear Quartet/Skull Defekts, Frak, No Age, Stereophonics, Gerkhin Jerks, Paula Temple, Lee Scratch Perry & The Orb, Anika and Boozoo Bajou.


That’s it for now, see you next week!


The Biker Mike from Normz


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Kareem

Porto Ronco (Vinyl Edits)

9/10 from Ant

Berlin-based artist and Zhark Recordings head Patrick Stottrop aka Kareem takes the controls for the third release from The Death Of Rave imprint. Known for his dark industria...read on »

Ghostpoet

Some Say I So I Say Light

9/10 from Clinton

I see Tricky is no longer on Domino. I wonder what happened there? Will they continue their policy of signing the odd mavericks/nutcase? At least with Clinic you know what you...read on »

Rudimentary Peni

Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric

9/10 from Mike

This hasn’t made it to the review pile but I feel compelled to say a few words about it because it’s a pretty momentous release. After years of their records going...read on »

Blawan

His He She & She

9/10 from Ant

After shifting over from Bass tunes to making techno with tracks on Clone Basement Series Black Sun and R&S, this is the tune that really got the techno scene talking abou...read on »

Ensemble Skalectrik

Trainwrekz

9/10 from Ant

This is Nick Edwards' second outing on Editions Mego following the ace 'Plekzationz' album back in summer 2012. It's the third appearance of Ensemble Skalectrik, coming after ...read on »

Vangelis

Sex Power

9/10 from Mike

Here’s an intriguing reissue, well timed to coincide with the deluxe new ‘Blade Runner’ pressing is a very limited repress of Vangelis’s debut ‘S...read on »

Os Mundi

43 Minuten

9/10 from Mike

Got three sweet reissues and about an hour to review them in. First two were Group 1850 and Vangelis (both excellent) and this is some bubbly kraut-jazz weirdness from Os Mund...read on »

Vision Fortune

Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune

9/10 from Mike

Ah, what a treat! We were all well into Vision Fortune’s debut cassette a year or so back and now the hypno-punkers have got a full-length LP out, housed in one of the c...read on »

Mikal Cronin

MCII

9/10 from Mike

Mikal Cronin’s self-titled solo debut was one of those albums that took a while to creep up on me. What was initially just another innocuous indie-pop record has turned ...read on »

Various

High Voltage!

9/10 from ReviewBot300

What a bargain! For a mere ten of your earth pounds you can purchase this captivating and educational 3CD collection highlighting the work of experimental early electronic com...read on »

Bibio

Silver Wilkinson

9/10 from Clinton

Over the course of his last few excellent LPs West Midlands resident Steven Wilkinson has pretty much come up with his own signature sound, one can now utter that something so...read on »

Factory Floor & Peter Gordon

Beachcombing / C Side

9/10 from Clinton

Here’s something for you Kosmische/synth/kraut fans out there and we know there are a lot of you - mainly men but if any ladies dig this scene then let us know you exist...read on »

Four Tet (Fourtet)

Rounds

9/10 from Ian

‘Rounds’ has always been a great album since its first release back in 2003, back then I was just a lowly comic book shop guy and we played this album to death in ...read on »

The Black Dog

Darkhaus Vol.02

9/10 from Ant

Following ‘Darkhaus Vol.1’ on Unterton with that belter of a remix from L.B Dub Corp is nummer zwei, this time on the South Yorkshire canine’s very own Dust ...read on »

Cindytalk

A Life Is Everywhere

9/10 from Ant

I intentionally have not read a single word about this record before listening to it as I didn’t want any spiel to subconsciously tarnish or mould my listening experienc...read on »

Svarte Greiner

Black Tie

9/10 from Ant

This I believe is the seventh album from Deaf Center’s Erik K. Skodvin and it’s two sidelong excursions into his unsettling world of acoustic doom. The title track...read on »

White Fence

Cyclops Reap

9/10 from Clinton

One of those names I’ve seen about for ages yet never heard. Despite my employ in a record emporium, its very easy to miss out on loads of great stuff if you are looking...read on »

Various

The Silence Was Warm Vol.4

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the latest instalment of Symbolic Interaction’s consistently marvellous ‘The Silence Was Warm’ series, with a host of great contemporary bliss-m...read on »

A Vision Of Love

Lessons In Hate (Part One)

9/10 from Ant

The Avian imprint unleash another beast form a shadowy artist going under the name of A Vision Of Love. Fitting right in with Avian's dark industrial aesthetic we get two trac...read on »

Terrence Dixon

Lost At Sea

9/10 from Ant

This man’s been a true Detroit techno player since the mid 90’s although compared to a lot of producers he hasn’t released a huge amount of records so when t...read on »

Nick Anthony Simoncino / Mark Rogers / DJ Sotofett / Tapes

DJ Sotofett Presents Diggi-Dubbi-Tripp-Mixes Featuring Tapes (In Session)

9/10 from Ant

We finally scored some copies of this smokin' hot 12" from Norway's Sex Tags Mania bossman DJ Sotofett. The A side 'Happy' is an extended trip of luxurious digi-dub complete w...read on »

The Child Of Lov

The Child Of Lov

8/10 from Clinton

He was the mysterious person of Prince-influenced pop-funk. Black/white/male/female? No-one knew. Now all of a sudden his disjointed mug appears in everything from the Harroga...read on »

Dalhous

An Ambassador For Laing

8/10 from Clinton

Dalhous is a duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander straight out of Edinburgh, Scotland and this follows on from a recent 10” on the same label. They peddle a kind of percussio...read on »

Rob St. John

Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey / Shallow Brown

8/10 from Clinton

Ah, Lancashire. As an honorary Yorkshireman I am supposed to detest the place. Okay, it’s not Yorkshire (but what is?) yet take a drive down the A59 heading towards the ...read on »

Tailor And The Crow

To This I Will Declare

8/10 from Clinton

Coventry. A nice place if you like concrete. It’s hard to imagine that this intricate banjo-led folk comes out of the place. It’s lovely lilting folk music made by...read on »

Richard Dawson

The Glass Trunk

8/10 from Clinton

Richard Dawson has changed in the many years since I heard a kind of singer-songwriter type album by him. He was probably about 12 at the time but has now grown to become a no...read on »

Group 1850

Agemo’s Trip To Mother Earth

8/10 from Mike

Once again this week some really great titles have turned up in the middle of Friday afternoon and now I have to try and rush off some reviews of them where I pretend I know w...read on »

Bong / Pyramidion

Split

8/10 from Mike

Those who like their psychedelia slow, mystical and doomy may be interested in this split LP between Bong and Pyramidion which turned up this week. Now Bong I’m already ...read on »

Alan Licht

Four Years Older

8/10 from Mike

Did anybody here have a ZX Spectrum in the house when you were growing up? Remember those tapes you used to load up the games, and the five minutes of maddening screeching you...read on »

Kleenex Girl Wonder

Let It Buffer

8/10 from Mike

Our overlong winter finally seems to be coming to an end, and as tends to happen at this time of year there’s a lot of upbeat indie rock fun coming into our office vying...read on »

Pharmakon

Abandon

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Sacred Bones are really bringing the darkness this week with this skin-shreddingly intense LP of gruelling slow industrial ambience accompanied by strangled screams and delive...read on »

Primal Scream

More Light

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’ve never exactly been a Primal Scream sympathiser. I don’t know what it is about them...Gillespie’s lazily drawled delivery, the unsubtle baggy showboating...read on »

Chihei Hatakeyama

The Bull Head Emperor

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Mind-blurring drone master Chihei Hatakeyama is a man you can count on to provide the most therapeutic of endlessly layered shimmers and hums. There’s three more of them...read on »

Muuy Biien

This Is What Your Mind Imagines

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I thought Happy Happy Birthday To Me pretty much exclusively dealt in upbeat and sometimes twee indie pop business, so imagine my surprise when I bung this Muuy Biien LP on th...read on »

Kawabata Makoto's Mainliner

Revelation Space

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Acid Mothers Temple spacehead Kawabata Makoto has resurrected his stoner trio Mainliner for a brand new and devastatingly psychedelic freeform groove-splatter odyssey. The rhy...read on »

Colleen

The Weighing Of The Heart

8/10 from Clinton

The most immediately striking thing about Colleen’s new album is the new-found use of vocals. Opener ‘Push The Boat Onto The Sand’ is a gorgeous affair, the ...read on »

Sam Amidon

Bright Sunny South

8/10 from Clinton

Putting on a singer-songwritery type record you never know whether it will be another bland piece of rubbish or something that you will enjoy and connect with. Thankfully this...read on »

Pev & Hodge

Bells (System mix / Dream Sequence)

8/10 from Clinton

There’s only really our Ant and to some extent our Brian here who know about the murky world of techno. The remainder of the week’s techno releases are handed out ...read on »

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood

Black Pudding

8/10 from Clinton

“All of a sudden a great black pudding came rolling down the street, it missed me mother and hit me father and knocked him off his feet”. So sang my grandad on cou...read on »

The Soundcarriers

The Other World Of…

8/10 from Clinton

They’ve made the sleeve look like those ‘Music For Pleasure’ records from the ‘60s. You know, Mrs Mills, that lot. No-one could get away with looking l...read on »

Queens

End Times

8/10 from Ian

Debut album on Dial Records from Scott Mou, one half of duo Jane (ft. Panda Bear), ‘Yellow Pages’ begins with an almost Godspeed-like post-rock echo, a lonely guit...read on »

Boduf Songs / Jessica Bailiff

Split

8/10 from Ian

These two artists have created this single to coincide with a European tour, Jessica Bailiff has reworked her old song ‘Lakeside Blues’ with a gothic synth sound a...read on »

The Sun God

The Spirits Have Spoken

8/10 from Ian

Aka Jamal Moss, ‘The Spirits Have Spoken’ is a classic acid dirge straight from the Chicago legend, the A side is all African rhythms, chunky drums and hypnotic hi...read on »

Larkian

Dotted Drives And Drone Delays

8/10 from Ian

Swiss-based Cyril Monnard has created something here that does exactly what it says on the tin, 'Dotted Drives And Drone Delays' is a dark journey into computerised and broken...read on »

Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle

Perils From The Sea

8/10 from Clinton

Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters/come on you know by now) chooses some odd bedfellows, I mean he didn’t exactly climb into bed with Modest Mouse but he cove...read on »

Diamond Version

EP4

8/10 from Ant

So here it is, the fourth installment in this 12” EP series from Carsten Nicolai and Olaf Bender. Kicking off with the gritty ’Get Yours’ which is a chugging...read on »

CoH

Retro-2038

8/10 from Ant

Ivan Pavlov’s latest album for Editions Mego is a stark contrast to his previous work for the label. Where ‘Iiron’ explored the fringes of metal, ‘Retr...read on »

Pure X

Crawling Up The Stairs

8/10 from Clinton

Thank goodness we have our review database. At a glance I can recall that these lot were once touted as a next big thing,  a tag that is now hard to see not because they ...read on »

Octo Octa

Between Two Selves

8/10 from Clinton

100% Silk. Oh yes. But enough about my pyjamas and onto this utterly wondrous slab of dancefloor melancholy brought to you by the label who rarely put a dancing slipper out of...read on »

Frak

Erase

8/10 from Ant

Swedish artist Jan Svensson has been releasing music as Frak since early cassette releases on his own Börft Records imprint back in 1987 but it's only recently that he se...read on »

Yeti Magazine

Issue 13

8/10 from Clinton

Being an old fashioned sort who likes books an’ ting is nice to see that some still persevere with print media. You know I just can’t read stuff properly off the i...read on »

Featured albums

Yann Novak
Ubik
The Occasional Orchestra
Permanent Clear Light
Kleenex Girl Wonder
Muuy Biien
Tunabunny
Octo Octa
Urinals
Ekin Fil
The Soundcarriers
Urinals
Pattern
Spatial
Ex-Cult
Diamond Version
Terry Riley
Terry Riley
Pev & Hodge
Various
ASC
Zaimph
Joseph Hammer
MS MR
Larkian
Chihei Hatakeyama
Sinn/rd
Various
Justice
Boxer Rebellion
Sam Amidon
Richard Chartier & Yann Novak
She & Him
Brother JT
Glenn Jones
Aufgang
Small Black
Lee Scratch Perry & The Orb
Boozoo Bajou
Peals
Bibio
Survival
Dungeonesse
Brian Hodgson and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Gold & Youth
Paula Temple
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
The Black Dog
Adult
Marques Toliver
Optimo
Human Eye
White Fence
Forest
Yeti Magazine
Various
Stereophonics
Various
Steffi
Franck Condon
Co La
Zolle
Ernstalbrecht Stiebler
Vår
Vision Fortune
Saltland
Mikal Cronin
Kawabata Makoto's Mainliner
Kishi Bashi
Various
Boduf Songs / Jessica Bailiff
Big Business
The Bear Quartet / The Skull Defekts
Standish / Carlyon
The Skull Defekts
Frak
Beaches
Adventure
Colleen
Slava
Queens
Seahawks
The Sun God
DRMCNT
Nick Anthony Simoncino
Lakker
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle
Shannon Wright
Deadboy
Vampire Weekend
The DHDFDs
Anika
Gherkin Jerks
Kink Gong
The Breeders
Sons of Noel & Adrian
Factory Floor & Peter Gordon
Population
Cosmin TRG
Mike Parker / Perc
Invincible Scum
Omar-S
Primal Scream
Various
TM404
Kahn
Lichens
Jessica Pratt
Overhang Party
WOO
J Dilla
The High Llamas
The High Llamas
Royal Trux
Ghost
Terry Riley
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh
Squirrel Bait
Gastr Del Sol
No Age
Peter Grudzien
Ghost
Squirrel Bait
Masaki Batoh
Aerial M