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Weekly Update Machinefabriek, Rodan, Ralfe Band, Holden, Chihei Hatakeyama, and more...

Hi everybody! I took a well-earned break last week to leave you in the capable hands of Ant while I went to the seaside, ate ice cream and slept a lot (Thanks, Ant. Thant.) but now I’m back in the intro seat for another week of hot releases to soundtrack our sudden summer (What happened to spring?).

I think it’s fair to say that the title we (and you) are the most excited about right now is the new Boards Of Canada album, which has a lot to live up to. At the time of writing it still hasn’t arrived in our office, worryingly (I think it’s been delayed until the last minute on purpose to maintain the suspense). Phil’s acting like I do when we’re expecting a new Motorpsycho album so it’s gonna have to be a stinker for him not to insist on it being Album Of The Week.

But, if BOC wasn’t dominating this week I reckon AOTW would be a toss-up between Gold Panda’s impeccable sophomore collection of drifty layered melodies and detailed beats, and a split LP of evocative soundtracky spook-surf-tropicalia by Ensemble Economique/Heroin In Tahiti. Both highly recommended, and if Clint had his way it’d be the ambitious and surprising These New Puritans opus.

Other newies that got our thumbs up this week include an indulgently fun mini-LP from Finnish party-synth trio Aavikko and the upbeat stoner grooving of Hills on a live LP for Cardinal Fuzz. The sophisticated singer-songwritery efforts of Ralfe Band and John Vanderslice both impressed, as did the plangent new full-length by These New Puritans.

Those of a minimal persuasion will want to check out the CDs we’ve got from Chihei Hatakeyama’s new White Paddy Mountain imprint from the man himself, his Opitope duo, and hand-picked newcomers Shelling. Also Sylvain Chauveau’s trio 0 have a spellbinding album of polyrhythmic twinkling and Machinefabriek returns with a sequel to his ‘Stroomtoon’ collection of improvisations.

If you’re looking for something darker then you could do worse than this spectacular reissue of evil early electronics by Ruth White on Black Mass Rising. Also Date Palms have some dusty desert jamz on Thrill Jockey and Rodan’s rarities get packaged as an album for the first time!

Those with a shorter attention span should turn their gaze towards the singles, where first and foremost we have the new 7” from Swedish voodoo-psych machines Goat. Grabbing our Single Of The Week trophy, these are their first two new tracks since their wildly lauded ‘World Music’ LP on the mighty Rocket Recordings.

Said trophy was pretty much seized straight out of the hovering paws of the marvellous Ty Segall/Chad and the Meatbodies split 7”, which sees the former in soundtracky instrumental fuzz-funk mode and the latter kicking out some wild anthemic garage rock.

At the more mechanical end of the spectrum the techno-heads will want to grab the new Rrose 12” with extended mixes of his brilliant ‘Waterfall’ which our resident techno connoisseur Ant was very enthusiastic about.

Finally Holden continues priming us for his ace new album with a 10” of Steve Moore and Daphni mixes and the kraut-throb and no-wave slice from Blood Music’s debut 12” is interesting enough to warrant a mention too!

There’s more, of course, but this week I’ll leave the listing-everything-that’s-out for the bottom of the email. Check it out, or simply head straight over to our New releases and Back in stock pages.

Buy some records, though. I think we’d all appreciate that.

Mikey and the Norms of Canada


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

9/10 from Clinton

On the most spectacular looking vinyl known to man, Christmas Lights (the alter ego of Freescha’s Nick Huntington) delivers a gorgeous album of soothing electronica that...read on »

Brian Hodgson and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Doctor Who - The Krotons

9/10 from Ant

We scored some 10” vinyl copies of this beauty of “special sounds” from Brian Hodgson and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. This really shows them at their most ...read on »

Ty Segall / Chad and the Meatbodies

LAMC No. 7

9/10 from Mike

Ty Segall collectors will be happy to get their hands on this latest offering from the mercurial garage tyke - this time he’s sharing seven inches with Chad & The Me...read on »

Gold Panda

Half Of Where You Live

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Yup, a certain Mr Panda is back with a second album after wowing you all with his crisp and creative ‘Lucky Shiner’ debut, and this beautifully presented collectio...read on »

Goat

Stonegoat / Dreambuilding

9/10 from Brian

Oh, hello! I’m sure Goat need no introduction by now since the blogs and broadsheets alike are in thrall to their unique blend of classic psych rock and rhythms, burstin...read on »

Sarantis

Electric City

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Leeds-based Athenian Sarantis has been UK grime’s best kept secret for years, bringing out a dozen or so 12”s since 2005, playing a role in the early Leeds/London ...read on »

Ensemble Economique / Heroin In Tahiti

No Highway / Black Vacation

9/10 from Mike

I have right here the new split between Ensemble Economique (aka Starving Weirdos’ Brian Pyle) and Heroin In Tahiti, who are a new name to me but apparently had an accla...read on »

Aavikko

Planet Fun-Fun

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a mini-LP from veteran Finnish trio Aavikko, a group featuring members of Circle, Pharaoh Overlord, etc, who rock that synths vs live drums aesthetic with bouncin...read on »

These New Puritans

Field of Reeds

9/10 from Clinton

Okay, stop right there. Take everything you think you know about These New Puritans, throw it in the waste paper basket and let’s start again. One of my bigger gripes ab...read on »

Ruth White

Flowers Of Evil

9/10 from Ant

I honestly can't think of a finer record than this that has passed through the walls in all the years I've been working at Norman Records. For me to score this holy grail on v...read on »

Rrose

Waterfall Variations

9/10 from Ant

My techno bible tells me that eight out of ten techno heads said it was a good day when ever a new Rrose record found its way onto their 1210. If you consider yourself a techn...read on »

Boards of Canada

Tomorrow's Harvest

9/10 from Phil

I’ve been waiting far too long for this moment being a massive fanboy but finally I get to hear the long awaited Boards of Canada album! I found ‘Campfire Headphas...read on »

Queens Of The Stone Age

...Like Clockwork

8/10 from Ant

I’ve a bit of a soft spot for these Californian rockers. ‘...Like Clockwork’ is their sixth studio album on Matador as they appear to have parted company wit...read on »

Old Apparatus

Compendium

8/10 from Ant

No surprises for what's in store here with the title giving the game away. What we have is a CD collection of highlights from the first three Vinyl 12” EP’s on Sul...read on »

Wax Idols

Discipline & Desire

8/10 from Clinton

Hmmm... Discipline. We all need it, baby. Oh yes, thats better. The first paragraph of the press release states how this Oakland, California four piece are more suited to the ...read on »

Big Deal

June Gloom

8/10 from Clinton

Post-Saville its probably a wise move for Mute not to push the vaguely peado-friendly line The Guardian adopted when trying to push this band's first album something along the...read on »

Wolf Alice

Bros

8/10 from Clinton

I’m starting to wonder what percentage of bands/artists on this planet have the word Wolf in their name. Here goes....(deep breath)....parade, eyes, people, chubby, high...read on »

Virginia Wing

Red Sails

8/10 from Clinton

A really funny looking bunch. I don’t know why just real funny lookin’. This, I believe is their second single. They peddle a sound which is sort of like an indie-...read on »

Princess Chelsea

We're So Lost

8/10 from Clinton

You and me both. Where does it all lead, Princess, eh? You’ll wake up one day dead and that will be that. Anyway on a cheerier note this is one of the better singles thi...read on »

Jon Hopkins

Immunity

8/10 from Ant

Is this the first techno record to ever come out on Domino? Jon Hopkins aka Brian Eno’s drinking buddy has somewhat surprised me with this record. All the  lush amb...read on »

Master Jet The Destroyer

Episode One C40

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This tape comes housed in a chunky video style box which makes it look like a weird old computer game, and on the cassette itself we’ve got further weirdness from Master...read on »

Gruska Babuska

Grúska Babúska

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is a beautiful little package! Instead of releasing their album on one of those plastic discs that are so popular, Gruska Babuska have this new one on Static Caravan encl...read on »

Hills

Live

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Leeds label Cardinal Fuzz have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with very quickly, putting out sought-after records by the likes of The Heads, Hookworms, The C...read on »

Ralfe Band

Son Be Wise

8/10 from Mike

Ralfe Band’s warm and evocative soundtrack to quirky Boosh-related surreal comedy ‘Bunny & The Bull’ was my introduction to the band and still gets prett...read on »

Stellar OM Source

Joy One Mile

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Christelle Gualdi a.k.a Stellar Om Source returns with a new record on RVNG and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me describing ‘Joy One Mile’ as a complete d...read on »

0

Soñando

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Sylvain Chauveau and a couple of buddies have conspired to make this lovely CD of gently picked guitar and tinkly percussion on Flau. On it the trio play acoustic guitars and ...read on »

Amiina (Sigur Ros)

The Lighthouse Project

8/10 from Ian

Here we have those beautiful girls from Iceland Amiina. Usually appearing as Sigur Ros’s string section on tour and on record these ladies have produced a few great albu...read on »

Jozef Van Wissem

Nihil Obstat

8/10 from Ian

Brand new full length from amazing Dutch lutenist Jozef Van Wissem, after previous collaborations with Jim Jarmusch this latest on Important Records sees Van Wissem going comp...read on »

Cloud Boat

Book Of Hours

8/10 from Ian

Apollo Records release the debut album by the dreamy electronica duo Cloud Boat, otherwise known as Sam Ricketts and Tom Clarke, the LP version of ‘Book Of Hours’ ...read on »

Chihei Hatakeyama

Alone by The Sea

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Japanese dreamster Chihei Hatakeyama has sent us a bunch of CDs on his new White Paddy Mountain label this week (as well as this there’s one by Shelling and a collaborat...read on »

John Vanderslice

Dagger Beach

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I just skipped from listening to the sombre new These New Puritans effort to this latest offering from esteemed American songwriter John Vanderslice, and I have to admit it wa...read on »

Machinefabriek

Stroomtoon II

8/10 from Phil

Yo yo yo. It’s about a thousand years since I last did a review cos I’ve just not had the time but I’m gonna try and shoehorn a couple in each week from now ...read on »

Opitope

A Colony Of Kuala Mute Geeks

8/10 from Phil

Here’s a new CD on Chihei Hatakeyama’s new label White Paddy Mountain by Opitope which by some strange coincidence is actually Chihei with Tomoyoshi Date. They&rsq...read on »

King Tubby

Hometown Hi-Fi Dubplate Specials 1975-79

8/10 from Clinton

I could have been sat in the garden right now, curly wurly in hand watching the sun slowly rise and fall over the shed. But I answered the S.O.S. call and now I am sat inside ...read on »

Beau

Twelve Strings to the Beau

8/10 from Clinton

There is a nice story within this release. Beau was a singer songwriter who released the very first record on John Peel’s Dandelion label, releasing two further records ...read on »

Deceh / Total Life

Split

8/10 from Phil

Here’s a nice looking split LP on Important by Deceh and Total Life. Deceh have released a handful of releases over the last few years. I’ve only heard the one (th...read on »

Date Palms

The Dusted Sessions

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Argh, it’s another of those weeks where loads of interesting stuff turns up at Friday lunchtime just when we’re wrapping up so I’ll have to keep my words on ...read on »

Blood Music

Blood Music EP

8/10 from Mike

Arriving at 2.30 on a Friday afternoon, this EP nearly didn’t get reviewed at all but Phil insisted it was one we should listen to so here goes. On Rare Earth there&rsqu...read on »

Rodan

Fifteen Quiet Years

8/10 from Mike

Rodan were one of those bands who most indie rock fans wish had brought out more records. Their solitary album, ‘Rusty’, is still spoken about in hushed tones by b...read on »

Holden

Renata

8/10 from Clinton

It’s probably best not to look at a photograph of James Holden before listening to his music. With his scarf and assymetrical hair you could be forgiven for thinking of ...read on »

Tuff Sherm

Shrapnel Maestro

8/10 from Clinton

Still fuming over not being allowed to review the new Beady Eye single, I’ve instead been given a slew of difficult Arabic music and impenetrable techno to wade through....read on »

Featured albums

0
Ruth White
Machinefabriek
Opitope
Chihei Hatakeyama
Shelling
These New Puritans
Gold Panda
Rodan
Holden
Ralfe Band
John Vanderslice
Hills
Goat
Boards of Canada
Blood Music
Aavikko
Rrose