Weekly Update Makaya McCraven, Gil Scott-Heron, Shopping, Sufjan Stevens.

Cocteau Twins, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Bardo Pond, Envy, HMTLD, Moses Boyd, Alexandra Savior, Isobel Campbell, Cindy Lee, Pole, Gil Scott-Heron, ESG.


  • We’ve got two Albums of the Week today! Gil Scott-Heron’s now legendary swansong saw him update his soul poetics for the 21st century. Jazz drummer Makaya McCraven reworks the record to dazzling effect. All Makaya orders will gain an entry to win a heavy-card print!

New music

  • Brecht Ameel’s moving yet relaxed score to ‘Ghost Tropic’ has landed.
  • Banging synth pop jams from La Roux.
  • Psychedelic southern soul partnership from Khruangbin & Leon Bridges.
  • Singer-songwriter Alexandra Savior releases her second album of retro psych/chamber pop.
  • Shopping. Upbeat post-punk-funk & new wave ft. Rachel Aggs of Sacred Paws & Trash Kit.
  • Cindy Lee. Brooding & dark psych/noise pop from the former Women guitarist.
  • There is no other but Isobel Campbell.
  • This feature length documentary is a must-have for Robbie Basho fans.
  • Limited-edition 7’’ single from rising UK indie lot Sports Team.
  • Fresh album from popular alt. pop duo Oh Wonder.
  • I’m not sure if the band name for indie slackers Scott & Charlene's Wedding is great or horrific…
  • Post-rock meets screamo & shoegaze on Envy’s latest heavy-hitter.
  • Eclectic post-punk & art rock from Dutch favourites The Homesick.
  • Noise rock & psychedelic rock collide on Luminous Bodies’ latest record. 
  • A dizzying mix of post-punk, glam, art rock & more from rising group HMTLD.
  • Hand-made & recycled CD package from Furrows via Courier records.
  • Ásgeir’s latest has been issued in English & Icelandic languages.
  • Elkhorn got snowed in & instead of whining about it they made an album instead!
  • 7-track EP from grunge favourites Mudhoney.


  • No New York. Definitive compilation of the no wave movement, produced by Brian Eno.
  • Japanese ambient classic from Hiroshi Yoshimura.
  • Legendary final album from soul poet Gil Scott-Heron on green & pink wax.
  • Masahiro Ikumi’s score to iconic anime ‘Perfect Blue’ gets a repress.
  • Crayon Fields forever. 60s inspired twee pop from the Australian group.
  • Seminal slice of old school death metal from N2K2.
  • Nottingham group Kogumaza release a heady cocktail of post, drone & psych rock.
  • Tropicalia legends Os Mutantes re-release their second LP.
  • Philadelphia group Bardo Pond shape an eclectic psychedelic brew.
  • Singles collection of catchy twee, indie, jangle & power pop from The Springfields.
  • Southern soul group Black Pumas get the deluxe vinyl treatment.
  • From tape to LP, here’s some DIY bedroom psych from Soft Walls.
  • A compilation from influential post-punks ESG lands on blue wax.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Elvin Brandhi (Yeah You) teams up with some of the Nyege Nyege crew for an explosive album as Villaelvin on Slikback's Hakuna Kulala label. Recommended!
  • Music for Organ droners from NYC legend Phill Niblock.
  • Perko returns to Numbers for a sparkling, immaculately produced second EP of Copenhagen inspired electro/drum & bass hybrids.
  • Vicious rave punk from The Empire Line aka Jonas Rönnberg (Varg), Christian Stadsgaard (Damien Dubrovnik, co-founder of Posh Isolation) and Isak Hansen.
  • Hauntology concerning mysterious happenings in a North Yorkshire village from The Soulless Party on Castles In Space
  • Limited DEEP MEDi MUSIK white label of Dubkasm versions of Kahn's hallowed bass heatseeker 'Dread'.
  • Important Records Deep listening action from Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Panaotis, and a trance-inducing LP from Jessica Ekomane. Plus NYZ and NYZ / Eleh split LPs available to pre-order.
  • Gloomy techno 2LP on Hospital Productions from Guilt Attendant.
  • 300 copies L.I.E.S. white label feat. Mick Harris (Scorn, Fret, Lull), Parrish Smith and Overlook remixing Ron Morelli.
  • Detroit influenced house from Steve Spacek. Tip for fans of Moodymann, Theo Parrish and Omar-S.
  • Demented, skew-whiff second CP/BW LP from Beau Wanzer and Corporate Park. 
  • Nostalgic '80s sunshine vibes from Tapes on EM Records.
  • Rugged, archival chi-town jack trax/acid house from Gene Hunt on Delroy Edwards' on L.A. Club Resource label.
  • Ace 2LP of Detroit electro/techno funk from the legendary Aux88.
  • Lucy reworks cuts from Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Xhin and Ben Klock.
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's ‘Music for Meditation and Yoga’ composed on Buchla music Easel is back in print.
  • Delightful, maximallist, soothing polyrhythms from Asa Tone on Leaving Records.
  • Donato Dozzy and Retina.it go minimal wave/icy synthpop as Men With Secrets.
  • Logic1000 debut EP gets a full vinyl release. As spun by Four Tet, Caribou, Ben UFO, Floating Points, DJ Python, Anthony Naples etc.

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Words: Ant & Tom.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Ron Morelli

Laugh Taker Remixes

9/10 from Ant

You'd be wise to score this 300 copies only white label on L.I.E.S. Lurking within the grooves are three absolute damagers with Mick Harris, Parrish Smith and Overlook all rem...read on »

Luminous Bodies

Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh

9/10 from Will

'Exuberant' is not a word you usually associate with heavy metal. Maybe it's the two drummer set-up, maybe it's the wild phased guitars, or maybe it's just the wild old time t...read on »


Onwards... Towards The Tundra

8/10 from Tommy WM

It’s rare we reach a collective office agreement on music we dig here at Norman, and it’s even rarer that we’ll agree we like a piece of music from niche and...read on »


All Or Nothing

8/10 from Fred MG

‘It’s constant, the feeling.’ That’s a lyric from ‘For Your Pleasure’, a key cut on Shopping’s fourth LP ‘All Or Nothing’...read on »

Featured albums

Gabe Knox
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams
Jehnny Beth
Cosmic Ground
Warm Digits
Ian William Craig
Guilt Attendant
NYZ / Eleh
The Empire Line
Aux 88
Sports Team
Robbie Basho
Men With Secrets
Ron Morelli
Gene Hunt
The Soulless Party
Cindy Lee
Asa Tone
Steve Spacek
Gil Scott-Heron
La Roux
Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Panaotis
Alexandra Savior
Phill Niblock
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Gil Scott-Heron
Moses Boyd
Luminous Bodies
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Brecht Ameel
Oh Wonder
The Springfields
The Homesick
Jessica Ekomane
Isobel Campbell
Soft Walls
Black Pumas
Hiroshi Yoshimura
Masahiro Ikumi
Cocteau Twins
Cocteau Twins
Crayon Fields
Bardo Pond
Os Mutantes
Various (Contortions, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, Mars, DNA)