Weekly Update Bicep, Machinedrum, Andy Bell, METZ, Mary Lattimore.

Talking Heads, Killing Joke, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Kraftwerk, Mint Field, The Divine Comedy, Foals, The Budos Band, Sun Ra Arkestra, Faith No More, Slowdive, Emmy The Great, Paradise Cinema.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Machinedrum’s latest blends an assortment of choppy, rhythmical & bass-heavy dance styles into one mighty fine mix.

New music

  • Future Islands’ latest marks a series of (season) changes for the group.
  • Portico’s Jack Wyllie is Paradise Cinema for a new project inspired by Senegalese music, hauntology & ‘fourth-world’ ambient.
  • Lasse Marhaug edits the ‘Actions For Free Jazz’ comp & collaborates with Joe McPhee.
  • The Sylvan Esso’s are actually here! Exuberant & fun pop - sound of the summer…
  • Mary Lattimore & William Tyler return as North Americans with their American Primitive/psych-folk stylings.
  • Mary Lattimore has been a busy bee recently. Her latest solo work was produced by Slowdive’s Neil Halstead & is inspired by Cornwall.
  • Sun Ra Arkestra. Marshall Allen is 96 & still creating immense jazz records.
  • Ride frontman Andy Bell’s first solo record is inspired by the death of a musical hero, the near death of a cartoon hero & reaching 30 years in music.
  • Ah what I’d be doing to see a grungy, noisy group like METZ live right now.
  • Foals tracks get club reworks from Four Tet, Mount Kimbie, Haxan Cloak & many more producers.
  • Garcia Peoples are like if Stephen Malkmus joined the Grateful Dead.
  • Slowcore favourites Sophia return after a four year break.
  • The Budos Band return to Daptone with their heavy-psych ’n’ soul sound.
  • Sad13. Speedy Ortiz’s Sad-thirteen shows off her pop side.
  • Sh*t & Shine pay homage to their favourite coconutty spirit.
  • Mrs. Piss. A wee little album from Chelsea Wolfe & Jess Gowrie.
  • MJ Guider’s latest for Kranky sees ethereal pop meet ambient.
  • Super-fresh album from Tijuana psych-shoegazers Mint Field.
  • Ambient/new age hero Laraaji returns with a follow up to ‘Sun Piano’.
  • Bristolian group Snails shell out on melodic indie pop whilst avoiding sluggish tempos on their second.
  • There’s a signed Emmy The Great test pressing up for grabs for those who order before midnight UK time.
  • Cut Worms delivers an 80-minute ode to desolate American cities.
  • Chicago indie group Slow Pulp’s debut was born out of hardships & radiates resilience.
  • London songwriter Bastien Keb returns with his unique genre-blending style.

Re-issues

  • Big suited new wavers Talking Heads reissue early favourites ‘77’, ‘Fear of Music’ & ‘More Songs About Buildings And Food’ on colour wax.
  • Slacker songwriter man (Sandy) Alex G brings back a favourite.
  • Talk Talk. Colour reissue of the one with the No Doubt cover on it…
  • Black Sabbath. Classics don’t come more classic than this. 4LP box set from the Sab Four.
  • There are literally too many The Divine Comedy records to mention here. The CD box set is one of the nicest looking things we’ve seen for a while too.
  • Never mind the pollocks. When life gives you lemons, buy a clear vinyl reissue of The Stone Roses’ debut.
  • John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ & ‘Ballads’ get remastered & reissued on heavyweight wax. 
  • More reissues from the Slowdive camp are on the cards.
  • Once a Japan-only collection, here’s one from prog legend turned acclaimed songwriter Robert Wyatt.
  • The Doors. Imagine if the sleeve was a really disappointed looking Jim peering out of a Morrison’s megastore.
  • Faith No More. Fish-flapping funk metal brilliance from Mike Patton & co.
  • Stop! Jane's Addiction’s classic alt. rock staple celebrates 30 years.
  • Plan B. On Oxblood colour vinyl to match your Docs.
  • Love. ‘Alone Again Or’ is a contender for one of the best openers ever that’s for sure.
  • Sade. “Who’s Sayd?” 90s born Tom asks Ian…
  • The Lost Boys. Classic 80s score to the cult classic vampire flick.
  • The Blues Brothers. We’ve got both types of music here at Norman: country AND western.
  • Paul Simon. In case you haven’t had chance to hear it yet.
  • Ice-T’s influential gangsta rap classic lands back on wax.
  • Ultravox. Huge CD box set of double LP set of the huge selling classic.
  • This one’s the only record to feature the original Motörhead line-up.
  • Stoner bedroom poppers owe a lot to lo-fi songwriter Salvia Palth.
  • Vegyn gives us a science lesson & some glitchy hip hop.
  • John Foxx and The Maths. It’s math-S, Jeremy.
  • Buffalo Tom’s J. Mascis produced ‘Birdbrain’ gets a mint reissue.
  • Bert Jansch’s ‘Crimson Moon’ celebrates its 20th anniversary.
  • Norman Feels. Yeah, we do.
  • Maalem Mahmoud Gania. Reissue from the Morrocan jazz favourite.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Unhinged techno from Vladislav Delay x Max Loderbauer.
  • Rephlex/Braindance/Aphex indebted addendum to the recent RX-101 album on Suction incl. Brainwaltzera remix.
  • Tasty brew of synths, found sounds, autotune vox and harmonica from Julia Reidy on Editions Mego.
  • Transcendental Tanpura studies from Eyvind Kang on Ideologic Organ.
  • Far out, third eye opening psychedelic improv session from Maarja Nuut & Sun Araw.
  • Precision engineered electro from Carl Finlow donning his Silicon Scally hat.
  • Scores II for Dutch archival films from Identified Patient, Max Abysmal, Lamellen and Laura Agnusdei on Dekmantel.
  • Lush, shimmering, skewed house from Parris on The Trilogy Tapes.
  • Olde Belgian New Beat 'King Of The Beat' LP re-branded as the soundtrack to mucky VHS 'Erotiques New Beat’ courtesy of the fabulous Musique Pour La Danse.
  • René Pawlowitz drops 3 absolute rattlers as Shed on Pinch’s Tectonic label.
  • Karlrecords re-release of Arurmukha reprocessing the police eviction of 13 Berlin squats in 1990.
  • Lethal 2LP on L.I.E.S. from Teste compiled from the archives and captures the grit of mid 90's NYC and depraved arthouse flicks.
  • The delicious fruits of Legowelt’s Swiss Museum for Electronic Music Instruments residency.
  • Lingering, spectral ambient from Maps & Diagrams and Mathieu Lamontagne as Emba. Edition of 50 copies CD on Handstitched*.
  • Debut EP of crisp, vibrant, ‘floor moving electronica on Lapsus from Wordcolour.
  • First-time vinyl edition of Aix Em Klemm s/t album on Kranky aka Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid/A Winged Victory For The Sullen) & Robert Donne (Labradford/ Anjou).
  • Kraftwerk eternal classics coloured vinyl reissue rainbow explosion.
  • Repress action from Sansibar, Peder Mannerfelt, Animistic Beliefs, B9: Belgian Cold Wave 1979-1983 compilation.

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