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Weekly Update Various, µ-Ziq (u-ziq), Holden, Thundercat, Harry Partch, and more...

Good evening, campers. This is Norman Records, checking in with the latest installment in our never-ending series of weekly round-ups. So stop working for a minute or two, start pretending you're busy replying to emails, and shift your eyes in the direction of the words below - because they contain news of the most exciting things we can send you in exchange for your hard-earned brass.

Album Of The Week is Holden’s office-uniting ‘The Inheritors’, that rarest of things, an album we all agree on. It's expertly produced, wayward electronica/kraut/broken-beat mayhem - and it actually improves as it goes on, causing our resident robotic review machine, ReviewBot3000, to break out in an all-too-human and spontaneous round of applause as the final notes rang out.

Feck Buttons (I am not swearing in front of you all) return from a small absence to win our coveted Single Of The Week award, with the lopsided sonic spaghetti stew that is ‘The Red Wing’. Dear Leader (Phil) believes it might be their best thing yet.

But that's not all. There are other things out this week.

Sebadoh are the latest old lads to get back on the treadmill. I’m pleased to see that their latest ‘Secret’ EP uses the exact same font on its sleeve as their ‘classic’ records and, more importantly, sounds as good as them too.

Death Waltz have been busy of late, eschewing convention and releasing a soundtrack to a film that has only just come out. Novel. That said, Rob’s soundtrack for the Elijah Wood vehicle ‘Maniac’ harks longingly back to the synth-led soundtracks of the ‘80s horror movies. Last few copies = hurry. They also bring us a vinyl issue of Harry Robinson’s ‘Twins of Evil’ soundtrack and Walter Rizzati’s ‘House by the Cemetery’.

What else?

Not content with bringing us some of the better electronic music around, Mike Paradinas (of the Planet Mu imprint) re-invigorates U-Ziq for a brand new album of freewheeling and inventive electronic dance music.

Thundercat unleashes a tremendous Fly-Lo assisted second album of sun-dappled and sprawlingly inventive R&B, jazz fusion and 80s smooth music. Nice.

Being ex of cardigan, bowl haircut and parka, I was very, VERY excited about the amazing ‘Scared to Get Happy - A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-89’ 5CD box set, which surely no discerning indie-pop fan could live without?

Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, Home Normal return with a very strong Chronovalve album, full of gorgeous, drifting, blissed out melodies. If that's too soothing for your ears try heading all the way back to ‘57 (NOT the year of my birth by the way), with a timely vinyl reissue of Harry Partch’s madcap ‘The Bewitched’ - a pioneering conceptual composition for mime and dance.

There's a load more of course. Refer to the big ol' list at the bottom of this email, or dive right into the fray over on the site.

One more thing...to celebrate impending milestones over on Facebook (nearly 5000 Likes!) and Twitter (nearly 10,000 followers, sort of!) and Google+ (nearly 5 Google employees!) we're gonna be giving some stuff away on fully 2/3 of those tax-avoidin’, privacy-invadin’ digital behemoths over the next few weeks. Not sure what that stuff will be yet, but you won't find out if you ain't looking out - so surrender to the prying eyes of the US govt, follow us on those ‘spaces’ if you're not doing so already, and then give in to your urges to swap your already worthless privacy for a chance to win some stuff.

That’s it for us. It's home to tea. We hope it's chips, it's chips...and Angel Delight, a mousse, and a bottle of pop.

Night-night!

Clinton and the lads/lass xxxx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Seaworthy + Taylor Deupree

Wood, Winter, Hollow

9/10 from Ant

The tale behind Seaworthy (Cameron Webb) and Taylor Deupree's first full length collaboration goes that Webb was flown away from a baking Australian summer and plunged into th...read on »

Illuha

Interstices

9/10 from Ant

Interstices is Illuha's second album for 12k and is the product of refining live performance; exploring, deconstructing and reconstructing ideas and sounds. The results are th...read on »

Sigur Rós

Kveikur

9/10 from Ian

Norman Records have given me the absolute honour of saying a few words about the new Sigur Ros album ‘Kveikur’, perks of the job indeed. Now down to a three piece ...read on »

Various

Strange Fish

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Those lovely people at Fruits De Mer have gone all-out this week with the introduction of their new krautrock-themed compilation series Strange Fruits...er, I mean Strange Fis...read on »

Walter Rizzati

House By The Cemetery

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I’m an unashamed fan of the Death Waltz imprint, who’ve spent the last year systematically reissuing horror master John Carpenter’s intimidating back-catalog...read on »

Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong

Toropical Circle

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Japanese songstress Takako Minekawa hasn’t brought out an album since 2000, when she married Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius!) and presumably settled down. I’m not su...read on »

Harry Robinson

Twins of Evil

9/10 from ReviewBot300

As well as the superb ‘House By The Cemetery’ OST, Death Waltz are this week taking us right back to 1971 with their first ever Hammer reissue - Harry Robinson&rsq...read on »

The Duke St Workshop

Lexicon Of Paragon Pines

9/10 from Li'l Biz

I was sold on this one pretty easy...The Duke St. Workshop are a mysterious entity to me but from the get go these horror soundtrack meets library music meets Tangerine Dream ...read on »

Townes Van Zandt

In The Beginning

9/10 from Nathon

If you don't know about Townes Van Zandt and his music then you really are missing out on of the best songwriters ever. Scion of a prominent Texan oil family, Townes Van Zand...read on »

Steve Moore

Light Echoes

9/10 from Li'l Biz

More excellent synth baz, this time from from our boi Steve Moore! Cuneiform have quietly (no press campaign as far as I can tell and no vinyl either? - according to their web...read on »

Rob

Maniac

9/10 from Mike

As well as two superb reissues, this week Death Waltz do the unusual (but not unprecedented) and issue a score for a film that only just got made! It’s got a similar del...read on »

Joachim Badenhorst

The Jungle He Told Me

9/10 from Mike

Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst has been involved in all sorts of projects over the years (including Baloni and Han Bennink Trio but the list is as long as my telescopi...read on »

Holden

The Inheritors

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Ever since our office promo of the new Holden album turned up it’s never been too far from the office stereo, since it’s one of the rare records that everyone here...read on »

Milk Music

Beyond Living

9/10 from Mike

Old-fashioned hard rockers Milk Music have been raising eyebrows with their latest ‘Cruise Your Illusion’ opus lately, so it’s nice to see their ‘Beyon...read on »

Scott & Charlene's Wedding

Any Port In A Storm

9/10 from Nathon

Craig Dermody’s happy campers have been on the radars of a few of us here at House Norman for a few months now. Their debut album, Para Vista Social Club, was one of the...read on »

Fuck Buttons

The Red Wing

9/10 from Clinton

Following on from the universally acclaimed ‘Tarot Sport’, Fuck Buttons are pushing their sound in new and challenging directions with this sonic spaghetti of a ne...read on »

DJ Sprinkles

Queerifications & Ruins: Collected Remixes By DJ Sprinkles

9/10 from Clinton

Terre Thaemlitz is a fairly radical activist speaker on all things queer and transgender, always doing some kind of workshop or other.  I previously had her down as ...read on »

Chronovalve

Trace Of Light

9/10 from Clinton

I’ve not heard much drifty synth stuff for awhile. No, honestly I haven’t. I used to complain all the time about the reams and reams of it we’d get here at t...read on »

SHXCXCHCXSH

STRGTHS RCNSTRCTNS

9/10 from Ant

Here we have three remixes from the forthcoming SHXCXCHCXSH album on Avian, coming courtesy of Shifted, Sigha and Ventress who've all dropped the vowels from their names which...read on »

Various

The Black Ideal

9/10 from Ant

Here we have a superb gatefold 180g vinyl 2LP set which is the first release on Unknown Percept. Featuring some of the cream of the current wave of darkside techno operators: ...read on »

Thundercat

Apocalypse

9/10 from Clinton

Thundercat was the big new lad on the block a few years ago whose confusingly similarly-titled and Flying Lotus-produced album ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse’ was a...read on »

Ancient Methods, Anne-James Chaton, Steven Porter, Sawlin

Mu EP

9/10 from Ant

It's no secret that yours truly's spider sense tingles whenever the words Ancient Methods are uttered. So I'm immediately all over this record on Japanese 10 Label. AM open th...read on »

The Cult Of Dom Keller

The Cult Of Dom Keller

8/10 from Nathon

Sensing potential in these The Cult Of Dom Keller chaps after giving them a good listen over on Soundcloud, Phil ordered so many copies of their new album - the also-titled &l...read on »

Za!

Wanananai

8/10 from ReviewBot300

It’s my job this week to try and pin down the slippery sound of Barcelona's dynamic oddball duo Za!, and their sprawling hour-long new album ‘Wanananai’. It&...read on »

Karel Goeyvaerts

Karel Goeyvaerts

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Finders Keepers’ experimental offshoot Cacophonic have unearthed some rare recordings from Karel Goeyvaerts, whose work I’m not familiar with but who was a contemp...read on »

Urabe Masayoshi / Fukuoka Rinji

Barcelona Express

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s one for the free music lovers and those who want to freak out their friends and neighbours. Guitarist Fukuoka Rinji and saxophonist Urabe Masayoshi have collected...read on »

Chevalier Avant Garde

Heterotopias

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’m only going to write a very brief review of this record because it came out a year ago and we’ve just got some last copies that were knocking about, but I&rsquo...read on »

Black Past

Pitch Black

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Fans of all things krauty and kosmische might well be interested in this album by Cleveland’s Black Past, aka Gregory Boyd, who utilises Micromoog, Korg Micro Preset, ea...read on »

The Vivids

AK-47

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’m sad to inform you that The Vivids’ new single ‘AK-47’ isn’t a cover of the brilliant Weird War song of the same name but in fact a slice of j...read on »

Bluhm

In The Vale Of Tears

8/10 from Mike

This lavishly packaged CD comes with all manner of treats - in your numbered (of 200) envelope you will find a CD in a letterpressed card sleeve along with a hand-numbered thi...read on »

IVVVO

Future EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s an EP on Public Information from Portuguese producer IVVVO with a selection of short(ish) but sweet tracks of modern house/techno/electronica stylings. Opening im...read on »

Lace Curtain

Falling / Running EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This record has a sticker on it declaring it the “New project from Mikey Young, David West and James Vinciguerra from Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Rat C...read on »

Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo

Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I spent about half of this record thinking it was a classic piece of spiritual jazz from the ‘60s until I realised that the “1968” on the sleeve was just whe...read on »

David Yow

Tonight You Look Like A Spider

8/10 from ReviewBot300

You already know David Yow’s garbled vocalisations from his historically important work in such legendary bands as Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard, but now, 15 years a...read on »

The Amazing Snakeheads

Testifying Time / The Truth Serum

8/10 from Clinton

Now that the Arctic Monkeys have turned American and The Blueskins have faded into obscurity,  Domino could do with another swampy British blues band to join the still pl...read on »

The Riot Squad

The Toy Soldier EP

8/10 from Clinton

The Riot Squad were a campy 60’s outfit fond of face paint and theatrical stage shows, and.......oh they contained amongst their personnel one David Jones, later to beco...read on »

Lloyd Cole

Standards

8/10 from Clinton

A strange thing I’ve found out recently is that people of a younger generation to me have no idea who Lloyd Cole is.  Everyone has heard of The Smiths and many The ...read on »

oOoOO

Without Your Love

8/10 from Clinton

Stupid name, impenetrable, indecipherable sleeve, this group (pronounced Oooooooooh!) are doing all they can to make me want to not bother with the record at all. Luckily, on...read on »

Mood Rings

VPI Harmony

8/10 from Clinton

You know you can sometimes click play on a compact disc player and you know that something is going to be good. Occasionally I’m wrong, very, very wrong but this debut a...read on »

Luke Hess

Analog Passion

8/10 from Clinton

New on Echocord. Thankfully in life there are something where you know what you are going to get. Margarine for example, its mostly generally the same. I know what I’m g...read on »

Pete Um

Giraffe

8/10 from Clinton

Oh god its Um. Its Um everyone. CLEAR THE BUILDING!!!!!!!!!!! Um is a madcap from Cambridge who isn’t Syd Barrett but could be if Syd Barrett was still alive, still maki...read on »

[.que]

Drama

8/10 from Ian

25 year old Nao Kakimoto aka [.que] releases his long awaited debut on the Schole imprint, typically packaged in a minimal gloss slipcase featuring some lovely city landscape ...read on »

Suishou No Fune & Numinous Eye

Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos

8/10 from Ian

‘Black Flowers...’ is the collaboration between two artists of the highest experimental caliber, with the slow thunderous rhythm section of Numinous Eye and the ps...read on »

David Wenngren & Jonatan Nastesjo

Below

8/10 from Ian

Soundscaping Records brings you another round of drifting electronic ambience, this time with a collaboration between two artists, David Wenngren (Library Tapes) and Jonatan N...read on »

µ-Ziq (u-ziq)

Chewed Corners

8/10 from Ian

Long awaited new full length from Mr Paradinas after the release of the Xtep EP, ‘Chewed Corners’ is a real return to form and a hark back to the glory days of all...read on »

Sebadoh

Secret EP

8/10 from Ian

It's good to see Lou Barlow and Sebadoh fighting fit on this little EP, still signed to Domino Records after all these years and still producing great records, 'Keep The Boy A...read on »

Various

Cause & Effect

8/10 from Ian

Limited to 2000 on Joyful Noise Records this was originally meant to be a Record Store Day release but got held back, six artists have contributed here, Lou Barlow brings us a...read on »

The Young Sinclairs

Engineer Man / Problems

8/10 from Clinton

I have a sieve of a memory,  Phil had to remind me I’d five starred these 60s inspired power pop lot just weeks ago. Nothing...couldn’t remember a thing. But ...read on »

Jamaican Queens

Kids Get Away / Can't Say No To Annie

8/10 from Clinton

“My girlfriend went to the Caribbean”. “Jamaica?” “No, she went of her own accord”. Ha ha ha ha. Oh brilliant. Always start with a joke rub...read on »

Mark Pritchard

Ghosts

8/10 from Clinton

Originally with Global Communication, then Harmonic 313 it has been swiftly established during an office chat that he doesn’t normally do music like opener ‘Manaba...read on »

Mala

Noches Suenos (Mala & Simbad Super Dub)

8/10 from Clinton

Mala has put his cuban hat back on and cuban cigar in mouth and reworks are track from his ‘Mala in Cuba’ album pumping it full of the Croydon dubstep which made h...read on »

Featured albums

Thundercat
Fuck Buttons
Chronovalve
Rob
Sebadoh
Various
Holden
µ-Ziq (u-ziq)
Harry Robinson
Walter Rizzati
Harry Partch