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It's time to wind down for the afternoon with a glance through our ever-entertaining Friday mail-out. Anything you like the look of, click it and it could be winging its way to your house or workplace before you can even begin to worry about saving for Christmas. It's as simple as that.

Aaah Christmas. We were hoping to commission COUM Transmissions to come up with the soundtrack to our Christmas advert this year. Still awaiting a response on that one. Meanwhile, we will be informing you of all our exciting Christmas-related offers next week as there’s only a month and a bit to go and we don’t want you going off to John Lewis instead.

There is still exciting stuff happening this week, like. Take the new Arovane album. 'Tides' was one of my favourite albums from the last 15 years, 'Lilies' is one of Ian's, and yet we agree the new one lives up to both of them. Or. You could try a new Liminanas album with its rusted Francophile psychedelic grooves. Or. A new one from Shit and Shine which showcases their primal caveman take on hypnotic repetition. If that's too left field for ya Jake Bugg has done another album.

Sleeparchive’s main man is called Roger. Not many Rogers about these days and he celebrates with some rugged repetitive hypnotic minimalism (or ‘the same thing over and over’) depending on your viewpoint. On a similar tip, the latest 12" from Hieroglyphic Beings is a bangin’ sci-fi techno stomper hitting Ant’s sweet spot with precision.

More good albums are out by crackly mid-west electronic wizards Kiln, a wonderfully lush acoustic pop album by Plantman, a nice Nils Frahm album re-worked from live material, and Italo horror atmospheres by CYMBLS. Also on the horror front there’s a release of the soundtrack for the 2013 Evil Dead remake which has frightened our Ian.

Old friends of Norman Records releasing new discs this week include the ever-dependable Fourtet, the similarly-great-but-as-yet-not-as-earth-shatteringly-famous Winter North Atlantic, there’s a lovely slab of vinyl from The Humble Bee (aka Craig Tattersall - The Boats, Remote Viewer) and Maps and Diagrams with some twinkling, late night, drifting electronica.

On the singles front there’s a great 7” from the Jellies, a band who recorded just two songs in their lifetime. Quality not quantity. Nick Nicely returns with a nice 12” of ageless shoegaze psych, whilst another blast from the past The Wolfhounds holler out a great 7” of twisted British indie. Fruits de Mer have released 5 (five!) new 7”s this week and Yo La Tengo cover one of the Beach Boys best and most obscure tracks on a limited new 7”. Mazes return with a lo-fi 12” mini album and we have a great new debut 12” of rain lashed post punk from overcoated Leeds brigade Autobahn.

In re-issues news there’s a Joe Meek compilation out on 50s-style vinyl. Opposite in every way is the ‘I Am the Center’ compilation on Light In The Attic which the first major anthology to survey the golden age of new age (apparently there was one).

Anyway, I’m sure you all have lives to go to and believe it or not so do we we bid you goodbye a heartfelt tootle pip.

Clinton and the bunch


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Arovane

Ve Palor

10/10 from Ian

It seems strange that after creating the electronic masterpiece that was ‘Lilies’ back in 2004, Uwe Zahn (aka Arovane) almost gave up music entirely and rode off i...read on »

Girl One And The Grease Guns

(Here Come The) Catastrophe Machines

9/10 from Brian

'(Here Come The) Catastrophe Machines' is the first record I've played today. I've got a headache and I didn't sleep very well last night so a rumbling and repetitive slab of ...read on »

Ron Morelli

Spit

9/10 from Brian

It's taken me around six listens to get into this NY-dwelling, house-music-abusing miscreant's debut album. It's absolutely corking stuff once you get your head around the ble...read on »

Shopping

Consumer Complaints

9/10 from Clinton

I’d hate there to be such a thing as a ‘Norman Records band'. I prefer to think of ourselves as admiring everything from Pigbag to Pigface to...oh god I’ve g...read on »

Andy Partridge & Harold Budd

Through The Hill

9/10 from Clinton

I’ve always wanted to hear this album (to which you may respond “well why the hell haven’t you since it’s been out since 1994?”). The answer is I...read on »

L.B. Dub Corp

Unknown Origin

9/10 from Ant

One of my all time favourite techno producers finally unleashes a full length as LB Dub Corp, seven years after he debuted the alias on his own Mote-Evolver label. LB Dub Corp...read on »

Various

I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America, 1950-1990

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Now if you’re a regular visitor to our site you’ll know that our reviewing style is very much of the quick first impression variety rather than a detailed analysis...read on »

The Liminanas

Costa Blanca

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The brilliant Liminanas are back this week with their third album. This one sees the Francophone duo return to their spiritual home of Trouble In Mind after an unlikely pairin...read on »

Espectrostatic

Espectrostatic

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This one’s a bit of a departure for Trouble In Mind - Alex Cuervo (Hex Dispensers, Blacktop, Field of Snakes) has put together a selection of chill-laden synth instrumen...read on »

Yo La Tengo

Super Kiwi

9/10 from Ian

New seven incher by the mighty Yo La Tengo, released just ahead of the Deluxe Edition of the John McEntire produced album ‘Fade’. Not much to say. Simply two more...read on »

Kuro

Hardcore Damnation 1983-1986

9/10 from Li'l Biz

What do I need to say about Kuro huh? Noisy, violent and utterly killer Japanese hardcore. This is first time the band’s complete discography has been made available on...read on »

Various

Joe Meek: Portrait Of A Genius

9/10 from Phil

Genius. Joe Meek was a genius If you’ve not seen ‘Telstar’ then do yourself a favour and watch it. If for nothing else to find out what kind of lunatic Joe M...read on »

Majeure

Romance Language

9/10 from Phil

It’s been such a long time since Ultravox released a hit, and that song ‘Feed The World’ song Midge did with rugged trampface Geldof, but it’s nice to ...read on »

Plantman

Closer to the Snow

9/10 from Clinton

From the title and the snow on the cover I was about to deduce it was the start of this years christmas-themed records. Luckily I was wrong. This is a charming album of home r...read on »

The Jellies

The Conversation

9/10 from Li'l Biz

I’ve heard this track being talked up before and a rare treat it is too. Originally self released back in ‘81 this track is one of only two known recording by the ...read on »

Funkineven / The Abstract Eye

Egypt / Reflexes

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Always got time for Funkineven. Here we’re treated to ‘Egypt’, a techno flavoured funk workout on a Sakamoto tip with little nods going out to R&S lad Lo...read on »

Nick Nicely

Wrottersley Road EP

9/10 from Clinton

Nick, you’ll remember created some of the most dizzyingly impressive psychedelic music of the early 80’s.  With one bona-fide classic under his belt in &lsquo...read on »

The KVB

Minus One

9/10 from Nathon

"They're meant to be the new Jesus and Mary Chain or something" said Phil. Bollocks they are. There's much more to this album than that. OK, it's pretty clear that Nick Wood ...read on »

Hieroglyphic Being

A Synthetic Love Life

9/10 from Ant

Jamal Moss’s Mathematics sub-label +++ is responsible for what is in my opinion some of his finest work. An outlet for his more experimental cosmic house and techno. &ls...read on »

A Vision Of Love

Lessons In Hate (Part 2)

9/10 from Ant

Round 2 for A Vision Of Love’s ‘Lesson In Hate’ series, and hopefully not the last. Two cuts here from this shadowy producer which I’m guessing is anot...read on »

Arcing Seas

Ophidian

9/10 from Ant

Zero messin’ club tools here on Sigha’s label. ‘Ophidian’ is deep an denneling with massive bass, shuffling shakers and driving kicks. The bassline rec...read on »

Roque Banos

Evil Dead 2013 Original Score

9/10 from Ian

Modern remakes of classic horror films can be a little hit and miss these days, with the advent of computer generated gore in place of real gunge and buckets full of fake bloo...read on »

Theo Verney

Heavy Sunn EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the latest from Brighton bedroom maverick Theo Verney, who recorded every instrument on this five-song EP of grunge-splattered psychedelic garage pop, opening wit...read on »

Batsumi

Batsumi

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a reissue of some classic African jazz from 1974, the latest in Matsuli’s series of rare Afro-jazz reissues. This Sowetan eight-piece put together an urgent...read on »

Grass House

A Sun Full And Drowning

8/10 from Clinton

Aah...in confirmation that my brain does, in fact, work, the brooding menace of ‘And Now For The Wild’ reminds me that I have heard this lot before, this aforement...read on »

Dan Haywood

Dapple

8/10 from Clinton

Damn, another bell is struck. I remember loving Dan Haywood’s New Hawks record of a couple of years back which I only didn’t fall in love with because weeks after ...read on »

Ducktails

Wish Hotel EP

8/10 from Clinton

Ducktails are about to be at the end of an experiment that sees the reviewer write whilst exceedingly hungry. If a record sounds great when you are as hungry as I am then it m...read on »

Death Grips

No Love Deep Web

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Death Grips’ long-awaited new album ‘No Love Deep Web’ is here. Isn’t this the one where they pissed off all their fans by cancelling a tour because th...read on »

Winter North Atlantic

Phonautogram

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Office favourite Ed “Winter North Atlantic” Carter moves to the unlikely home of Alt Vinyl for this, his third album under the WNA moniker (although he’s bee...read on »

Mai Mai Mai

Theta

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the debut LP by a mysterious character who calls himself Mai Mai Mai. The press release yields very little information about him but his facebook tells me he was ...read on »

CYMBLS

Farewell Said I Rising

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a very mysterious one-sider from Italian duo CYMBLS, their debut, so information about them is scant. There are five tracks on here which mix Italo-horror atmosph...read on »

Jeffrey Novak

Lemon Kid

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Cheap Time frontman Jeffrey Novak drops his third solo effort this week, and it’s a rambunctious trip through the psych-pop backwoods as you would expect from this chapp...read on »

Nils Frahm

Spaces

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s something a bit different from everyone’s favourite modern minimalist pianist Nils Frahm, following mounting critical adoration for his most recent couple o...read on »

Four Tet (Fourtet)

Kool FM (Champion Remix) /Kool FM (Container Mix)

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ooh, Fourtet’s only gone and done another 12” hasn’t he? Actually this one has a couple of remixes of his recent ‘Kool FM’ from the insta-sellout...read on »

Laura J Martin

Dazzle Days

8/10 from Ian

Good old Static Caravan release this latest album from flute-botherer Laura J Martin. ‘Dazzle Days’ features a list of name-dropping collaborations from Tunng&rsq...read on »

MV & EE

Shade Grown

8/10 from Ian

Vermont psych jam rulers MV/EE are back with an LP, featuring a few big psych monsters in the mix such Jeremy Earl (Woods/Woodsist), Herbcraft, Rongoose, Carson 'Smokehound' A...read on »

Mazes

Better Ghosts

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Mazes return with a lo-fi stopgap between their recent ‘Ores & Minerals’ LP and whatever lies ahead. For the most part it’s a chance to revisit ‘O...read on »

Emanative, Earl Zinger & Rocketnumber9

Over

8/10 from Phil

Remember Earl Zinger? He did that Blur woohoo number 2 thing all dubbed up and everyone loved it. It was well bacon. Rocketnumbernine mince about with Four Tet so we’re ...read on »

Age Coin

Perceptions

8/10 from Phil

I’m not 100% sure what speed to play this at. I’m usually pretty good with this but now I’m stumped. There are literally no markers or hints anywhere on the ...read on »

Saâda Bonaire

Saada Bonaire

8/10 from Clinton

I’m so obsessed with the ‘80’s these days that I’m seriously considering buying a ticket to ‘Lets Rock Leeds Live’ - the family friendly 80...read on »

Philip Perkins

Drive Time

8/10 from Clinton

Drive time. That hour in the morning and night where everyone gets in their car and heads to the place where they earn enough money to pay for the petrol. Or like me get on a ...read on »

Sleeparchive

A Man Dies In The Street Pt. 2

8/10 from Ant

Roger Semsroth unleashes the second half of his ‘A Man Dies In The Street’ 12”s for Tresor. Beginning with the uncompromising ‘5’ which sounds re...read on »

Kiln

Meadow:Watt

8/10 from Clinton

Woah there grizzly bear, what are these lush sounds flying over the great big pond we call the Atlantic Ocean? Well, its a lovely laid back album of smooth grooves from electr...read on »

The Wolfhounds

Divide & Fall

8/10 from Clinton

Crumbs. If you were impressed by The Wolfhounds comeback effort ‘Cheer Up’ then this could knock your socks clean off.  Despite being a lot older and balder t...read on »

Autobahn

Autobahn 1.

8/10 from Li'l Biz

It’s rare that a new Leeds band passes me but Autobahn have done just that, spawning a 12” (one-sided just incase you’re interested) within their first year ...read on »

Recondite

Hinterland

8/10 from Ant

Anyone with a penchant for deep melancholic techno really ought to be checking out this release from Recondite. Berlin based producer Lorenz Brunner has been releasing  h...read on »

Shit & Shine

Find Out What Happens When People Start Being Polite For a Fucking Change

8/10 from Ant

Hot on the heels of their 12” for Diagonal is another fine plate from Shit & Shine, whom I’ve somewhat of a soft spot for. The aforementioned 12” saw the...read on »

The Humble Bee

Henrietta

8/10 from Clinton

Winning the race of the two ex Remote Viewer guys to get their new recordings onto vinyl (Andrew Johnson’s A New Line (Related) album is coming soon and will be worth th...read on »

BLK w/BEAR

The Final Mapping Of New Constellations

8/10 from Brian

An intriguing disc here. What we have is a remix album of sorts by BLK w/BEAR, the source material being ‘The Stars Look Down’ by Last Harbour who I recall are a G...read on »

Richard Moult

Aonaran

8/10 from Brian

This chap is a member of cult Irish collective United Bible Studies and the album we have here developed from incidental piano-based excursions recorded around the time of his...read on »

Featured albums

The Jellies
Nick Nicely
Four Tet (Fourtet)
The Humble Bee
Yo La Tengo
Hieroglyphic Being
Arovane
Jake Bugg
Winter North Atlantic
Maps & Diagrams
Roque Banos
Kiln
Autobahn
Nils Frahm
The Liminanas
Shit & Shine
Various
Sleeparchive
Mazes
CYMBLS
Plantman
The Wolfhounds
Various