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Weekly Update Black Sites, Volcano Choir, Various, John Wizards, Sealings, and more...

Hola, Normbodies. It’s been a bank holiday weekend which always turns our weeks upside down as all the big titles start turning up at the end of the week rather than the middle and at the time of writing we’re wide open in terms of album or single of the week, a strange situation to find myself in as I try to sum up the week’s releases having only heard a handful. Hopefully by the time I finish this essay I’ll have heard a few more of them though!

Two of the most desirable things coming through our office this week have been massive box sets. The one I bought was the Breeders’ 3LP/4x10” ‘LSXX’ box which marks 20 years (I know!) since their iconic ‘Last Splash’ masterpiece came out. It really has to be seen to be believed in its plush velvety glory. The one everyone else has been buying is the 9x12” edition of Atoms For Peace’s album which comes in a goodie-laden box with each song on an etched one-sided 12”. Despite a hefty price tag those might well be gone by the time you read this.

As well as this there’s been some genre-defying weirdness from South Africa’s brilliantly named John Wizards on Planet Mu which mixes up punchy Shangaan electro sounds with Afrobeat, dub and r’n’b for a dizzyingly impressive debut LP. Also making us scratch our heads is the new offering from Jackson & His Computerband, their first for 8 years on Warp. Just how Jackson is it? You decide.

Oh, we just got a box in from Great Pop Supplement with a 7” by Two Sunsets and also the latest Deep Distance offering - this time it’s Expo 70 going cosmic for your pleasure on a very sexy splatter LP. Foxygen youngster Jonathan Rado goes it alone on an LP of superbly crafted psychedelic pop on Woodsist. Volume II of Clan Destine’s Dark Acid series of 12”s is here too, with contributions from the likes of Ela Orleans and Golden Teacher it’s well worth picking it (and its predecessor) up while they’re available.

The one and only Kathleen Hanna has a new album with her new band The Julie Ruin which went down well with our Clint, while resident indie fan Ian was most keen on the new Volcano Choir record by that Bon Iver chap, the Eno-approved driftpop of Port St Willow, and the new offering by Canadian songstress Neko Case. Oh, there’s also some motorik modern electronica from Petar Dundov and a tape by Nick “Ekoplekz” Edwards/Stuart Chalmers.

There’s several great singles too - couple of 12”s on the mighty PAN from Concrete Fence (Regis & Russell Haswell) and Black Sites which both got the thumbs up from our Ant, some gothy post-punk from Sealings on the latest Too Pure Singles Club offering, a great split 7” of searing noise punk from Leeds and Sheffield’s finest Etai Keshiki/Amorous Dialogues so abrasive it’ll rip your face off, Dean Wareham from Galaxie 500 has a solo 7” of countryish sadness, and Carter Tutti’s first shortform offering in more than 20 years where they sample a lampshade in homage to righteous musical heroine Delia Derbyshire.

There’s lots more too as usual, you know the drill, go and have a browse and have a great week!

Mikeson and his Normputerband


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

The Prophet Hens

Popular People Do Popular People

9/10 from Clinton

Ah, this is what I’ve been after. The last few weeks have seen a slew of re-issues from bands of varying vintage emanating from New Zealand and they are all very good an...read on »

A Model Authority

Model001

9/10 from Ant

A super heavyweight collaboration here from two of UK techno's shining stars Shifted and Sigha (Hotflush, Blueprint, Our Circula Sound). The pairs productions share a similar ...read on »

Mark Fell

n-Dimensional Analysis

9/10 from Ant

Mute's Liberation Technologies imprint is shaping up to be quite a label with releases from King Felix (Laurel Halo), British Murder Boys, Bandshell, Powell and now Sheffield'...read on »

Donato Dozzy

Plays Bee Mask

9/10 from Ant

Here Italian producer Donato Dozzy reworks material from Bee Mask's 'Vaporware' release for Room 40. Apparently the two met a Labyrinth which is a Japanese techno/ electronic ...read on »

Akos Rozmann

Images of the Dream and Death

9/10 from Ant

I hold this record in my hand and immediately want to hear it. Everything from the title to the sleeve art and sleeve notes scream "Play me". Plus I adored the '12 Stationer V...read on »

Etai Keshiki / Amorous Dialogues

Split

9/10 from Mike

Hah, today is going well so far. First I got to review the superb new Dark Acid II compilation 12” on Clan Destine and now I’ve got the Etai Keshiki/Amorous Dialog...read on »

Various

Dark Acid II

9/10 from Mike

The first of these Dark Acid collections on Clan Destine sold out really fast and had to be repressed (and rightly so ‘cause it’s ace) and now here’s another...read on »

Black Sites

Prototype EP

9/10 from Ant

Let’s get straight to the point - This is an absolute belter! ‘Prototype’ starts off with a kick and quirky bleeps that sound remarkably like a tune by James...read on »

John Wizards

John Wizards

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I don’t know anything about John Wizards. In fact I don’t think I’d heard his name before today, isn’t that terrible? I’m getting slack in my old...read on »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Give It Back!

9/10 from Nathon

Ah, good memories! Been a while since I sat down to listen to this one in its entirety. A shame: it holds up extremely well. First released in 1997 after their mammoth 'three...read on »

Volcano Choir

Repave

9/10 from Ian

It’s great here at Norman Records when I get to review something that I know nothing about and it truly blows me away. No kidding, ‘Repave’ by Volcano Choir ...read on »

Port St. Willow

Holiday

9/10 from Ian

This debut full length by Portland OR’s Port St. Willow aka Nicholas Principe has had the legendary Brian Eno singing its praises - now there’s a stamp of approval...read on »

Stuart Chalmers / Nick Edwards

Split

9/10 from Ant

Nick Edwards is probably best known for his avant electronic dub work as Ekoplekz but also has some really wicked stuff out as PLKZFX and Ensemble Skalectrik but until now has...read on »

King Krule

6 Feet Beneath The Moon

8/10 from Clinton

Looking somewhat like my little brother aged six and armed with a voice something like a Billy Bragg who has the slathering, jowely mouth of a bloodhound, King Krule is certai...read on »

French For Cartridge

Boxes/ Piff Paff Pow

8/10 from Clinton

Housed in very nice thick card. Very good girth. Last night we had a storm of epic proportions, the rain pounded down. I walked to the open bedroom window and said to my accom...read on »

Sharron Kraus

Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails

8/10 from Clinton

I’ve saved this until last as I was in a bad mood earlier and just couldn’t be bothered with winsome folk. In fact, about an hour ago I may have punched its lights...read on »

Worn

Feminist

8/10 from Ant

Avian sub-label Mira reaches its fourth release with an impressive 10" from Worn which is an alias of Ventress. As with all Mira releases this isn't straight up techno but ret...read on »

Perc & Truss

Spiker

8/10 from Ant

You can pretty much guarantee when you get this pair of nutters together on wax there's gonna be some carnage. What we have here are three cuts all recorded live in a single t...read on »

Zeitgeber

Zeitgeber

8/10 from Ant

Zeitgeber is a collaboration featuring Joachem Paap (Speedy J) and Lucy who runs the Stroboscopic Artefacts label. Lucy is an artist I've been increasingly taking an interest ...read on »

Monochromie

Colors In The Dark

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Time Released Sound have, as we've come to expect, put together a gobsmackingly beautiful but wallet-denting handmade package (check out the press release for details) and a m...read on »

Petar Dundov

Sailing Off The Grid

8/10 from Mike

Uh-oh, things are about to get a bit cosmic up in here! Yup, Petar Dundov is back with a new collection of dreamily motorik modern electronica with hypnotic, detailed beats an...read on »

Concrete Fence

New Release (1)

8/10 from Ant

Long awaited collaborative release between two UK electronic music heavyweights that follows up a live performance at a Blackest Ever Black party over in the big smoke. Things...read on »

Sealings

My Boyfriend's Dead

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Something new here on the ever-reliable Too Pure Singles Club. This time it’s Brighton’s gothy post-punkers Sealings’ turn to proffer a couple of brand new c...read on »

Carter Tutti

Coolicon

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Following the Carter Tutti Void collaboration with Factory Floor’s Nik Colk Void last year, Throbbing Gristle alumni Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti have got bac...read on »

Expo '70

Filer a l’Anglaise

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Sadly it’s one of those weeks where we only have four days to do five days’ work, and everything is turning up towards the end just to make things even more inconv...read on »

The Julie Ruin

Run Fast

8/10 from Clinton

The new band from Bikini Kill/Le Tigre lady Kathleen Hanna (hopefully that’s shifted a few copies already) is a raucous age-defying affair and also features Bikini Kill ...read on »

Various

Psychedelica 5

8/10 from Clinton

Coming across something like a modern day Nuggets series, Psychedelica collects all kind of psychedelia, jam-packs two CDs full of the stuff and walks away, leaving fans of th...read on »

Afflicted Man

I'm Off Me 'ead

8/10 from Clinton

Certainly way more than what it appears at first glance. Its sleeve would give the impression of a half baked would-be punk, its initial sound suggests the same but delve a li...read on »

Featured albums

Etai Keshiki / Amorous Dialogues
Dean Wareham
Neko Case
Stuart Chalmers / Nick Edwards
Black Sites
Expo '70
Concrete Fence
Two Sunsets
Jackson & His Computer Band
Port St. Willow
The Julie Ruin
Jonathan Rado
Various
Petar Dundov
Carter Tutti
John Wizards
Sealings
Volcano Choir
Various
The Breeders