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Weekly Update Yves De Mey, Eagulls, Loop, Burial, Summer Twins, and more...

If we thought that this was a time of year we could start edging our feet up and concentrating on shipping out your exciting Christmas gifts then we were hopelessly wrong. Several big releases have come tumbling through our doors this week, the biggest being a new single by Burial which has provoked much office discussion. Read Ant’s verdict here.

In other news, The Flaming Lips release a new mini LP, the lead track of which gave Clint a mini heart attack this afternoon. Getting ready for a big 2014 are Metronomy who unleash their comeback single in time for it to make potential appearances in large sized Christmas stockings across the land. The Cosmic Dead release another double album of their krauty, spacey, rocky music which comes housed in a sack. Death Comet Crew blast in with a double album of sci-fi infused funk, whilst if you are in the quiet zone then Rafael Anton Irisarri releases a subtle album of foggy, drifty Budd-like soundscapes.

You know Christmas is coming when Yellow 6 releases his annual ‘Merry 6mas’ CD and this year's version is here and full of his distinctive drifting guitar textures. Handmade and limited too...you can’t say that about your One Direction hot water bottle. Yves De May’s oddball techno and Terrence Dixon’s Detroit stylings have both impressed our techno expert Ant, whilst Ian conjurs up terrifying images of Belgian S&M clubs in his review of Club Funny Horse's down and dirty house music.

Demdike Stare release the latest in their test pressings series which are, of course, highly sought after. The only marginally more popular David Bowie releases a 12” of remixes from his latest album, featuring the one everyone's talking about from James Murphy. And there's more 12” remix fun from Tame Impala where Erol Alkan turns their ‘Be Above it’ classic into a trancey acid banger!

Some cool 7”s for your delectation...Eagulls make a right old post-punk racket on their brilliant new 7”, and our Album of the Year winners Sleaford Mods are back with two more brand new tracks of their grubby street rap. New Bums include Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance) amongst their throng yet sound like The Go-Betweens. The Frowning Clouds/The Living Eyes from Australia go all out 60s on our ass, whilst Summer Twins delve even further back to the ‘50s for inspiration for their dreamy West Coast sound.

Tapes. We have lots of them this week. Pick of the bunch is Phono Ghosts with their wonderful ‘Chrome Position’ on Skam, reworking found bargain-bin classics into beautiful new music. Not far behind is ‘Lost Songs’ by former Hood types The Declining Winter which has been pouring out of the office in bucketloads this week.

Reissue time, and comeback kings Loop’s ‘Gilded Eternity’ opus has landed on double LP. ‘Electroconvulsive Therapy’ compiles rare and unreleased synthpop tunes from 1980-1983, whilst Disposable music re-issue Pierre Raph’s terrifying ‘La Rose De Fer’ soundtrack backed with a lovely more recent soundtrack shenanigans from Jane Weaver.

It's just started to chuck down with rain so we’ll be off-ski now. Happy shopping!

Love,

Clinton and the other people who work here
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Günter Schickert

Kinder In Der Wildnis

10/10 from Brian

This is a crazy, wild and amazing record, make no mistake. I had a friend once who on meeting I asked (as the stock ice-breaker between men it's usually either football or mu...read on »

Glaxo Babies

Nine Months To The Disco

9/10 from Brian

Very welcome re-issues of the first two Glaxo Babies LPs here through Superior Viaduct - the first time these seminal discs of Bristol post-punk have seen a fresh pressing on ...read on »

Vessels

The Elliptic EP

9/10 from Clinton

I hope you like our new direction. The last time I saw Vessels was many years ago. Drunk as an idiot I had to scramble out of the room as their post/prog twiddling did unspeak...read on »

Glaxo Babies

Put Me on The Guest List

9/10 from Brian

Please refer to this review for Brian's take......read on »

The Fall

Remainderer

9/10 from Brian

What the fuck is he on about? When not doing his death rattle Merman gargle (which I think he personally finds endlessly amusing) MES's voice is on fine form here on their uno...read on »

Silent Servant

Lust Abandon

9/10 from Ant

@ a Increase my musical knowledge? That is so funny. You think because I draw a comparison between two artists that you don't agree with means I'm lacking knowledge? I bough...read on »

Steve Moore

Pangaea Ultima

9/10 from Ian

One of the perks of working for Norman Records is that you can discover new music that you may not know anything about and end up absolutely loving it. For me Steve Moore is e...read on »

Terrence Dixon

Badge Of Honor

9/10 from Ant

Always a joy to get a new release from Detroit’s Terrence Dixon. His Population One 12”s on Reduction this year have been outstanding and that red vinyl ‘Los...read on »

Rangda

Live In Krefeld

9/10 from Clinton

This weeks second dollop of Ben Chasny sees him being recorded live on tour with pals Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls/now seemingly not a ‘sir’)...read on »

The Declining Winter

Lost Songs

9/10 from Ian

Mr Richard Adams, formerly of the excellent gone-but-not-forgotten Leeds band Hood, has compiled this super little batch of odds and sods, recorded from 2010 onwards under his...read on »

Ithaca Trio

Music For Piano & Patience

8/10 from Clinton

Ithaca Trio are one of Leeds best kept secrets, ploughing an uncompromising path through the backwaters of acoustic and electronic composition having already had notable relea...read on »

Team Doyobi

Digital Music Volume 2

8/10 from Clinton

Team Doyobi are an electronic duo (they are always duo’s aren’t they?) originally from that hotbed of electronic composition the Lincolnshire Wolds, then resident ...read on »

Holger Czukay

On The Way To The Peak Of Normal

8/10 from Clinton

This is a reissue of the third album by Can’s Holger Czukay. A quick google search reveals to me that he was the one with the moustache. It isn’t exactly a lavish ...read on »

Silver Fox

Silver Fox

8/10 from Brian

These four girls have been idling quietly on the fringes of the Newcastle scene for years now in various bands and whatnot before grouping together as Silver Fox. Together the...read on »

Beat Mark / Sudden Death of Stars

What is Winter Good For? / Christmas Blossom

8/10 from Clinton

Christmas single no 245. From France where presumably they celebrate christmas like we do but without all the getting drunk and crying. The Sudden Death of Stars lament the fa...read on »

TOY

Join The Dots

8/10 from Brian

I must be honest here and say that although their early singles were neat pieces of motorik ethereal rock I never quite gelled with their self-titled full length so I wasn't e...read on »

Tame Impala

Be Above It (Erol Alkan Rework)

8/10 from Ian

Here’s a little Christmas treat for all you Tame Impala fans out there... This limited edition, one-sided 12” of their classic opening track from the gargantuan &...read on »

Various

Club Funny Horse

8/10 from Ian

Gooiland Electro has compiled this four tracker of dark and dirty house for your pleasure. From the opening track by Cute Heels the vibe is instantly set: 80s nightclubs and ...read on »

Various

Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 1 – A Collection of Rare Singles

8/10 from Ian

Medical Records, in association with the Crispy Nuggets blog have lovingly put together this collection of rare and unreleased synthpop and new wave tracks, recorded...read on »

Summer Twins

Forget Me

8/10 from Clinton

Awww this as sweet as a cup of tea with two sugars. Though not strictly twins, this is the project of two California-based sisters, Chelsea and Justine Brown.  One drums...read on »

The Cosmic Dead

Inner Sanctum

8/10 from Clinton

Glasgow’s top psyche explorers The Cosmic Dead come up with another double album of kraut/space rock. It's just the 74 minutes this time whereas their self-titled debut ...read on »

David Bowie

The Love Is Lost

8/10 from Clinton

“Ltd (x5k) 12" White coloured vinyl release packaged in a beautiful die-cut sleeve. Taken from the massive #1 album The Next Day”...it says here. First up...so it...read on »

New Bums

Slim Volume

8/10 from Clinton

I’m not sure if I’d want a new bum. The one I have is fine, thank you. However, this is actually a duo featuring Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Donovan ...read on »

Rafael Anton Irisarri

The Unintentional Sea

8/10 from Clinton

With a sleeve as grey as the dismal view out of what passes itself off as a window in our cavernous 60s tower block, the music is equally as bleak, consisting of dirge-like lo...read on »

yellow6

Y6XV (merry6mas2013)

8/10 from Clinton

The people at Coca Cola like to think that their trucks clogging up Britain’s high streets are the sign of the impending march of Christmas. Here at Norman Records, howe...read on »

Demdike Stare

Testpressing#004

8/10 from Ant

Blimey are we up to number four in this series already? I don’t know where the time goes. It seems like I was in nappies two minutes ago and before I know it I’ll ...read on »

Yves De Mey

Frisson

8/10 from Ant

Yves De Mey follows up stellar works for Opal Tapes and Modal Analysis with a mini-album type deal for new label Archives Interieures. I really like this guys stuff, he’...read on »

These Hidden Hands

Atom TM / Kangding Ray / Ancient Methods Remixes

8/10 from Ant

Another set of remixes from the These Hidden Hands debut album. Here Atom TM A.K.A old hand Uwe Schmidt is faithful to the original sound palette yet somehow manages to make i...read on »

Louis De Meester

Alpha Recordings

8/10 from Ant

You think you know your stuff and then Andy Votel and the Demdike Stare lads come along and dig out another gem, lovingly rescue it from total obscurity and give it the vinyl ...read on »

Sigha

A Series Of Desecrations

8/10 from Ant

Sigha returns to his own Our Circula Sound imprint with four tracks. ‘352 Lashes (Ideal)’ is a slamming bleeper with a touch of Sleeparchive flavour. ‘Hard L...read on »

Death Comet Crew

Ghost Among The Crew

8/10 from Ant

The Diagonal release schedule has increased momentum recently with stuff from Shit & Shine, Prostitutes and now Death Comet Crew. I must confess to having never heard of t...read on »

Phono Ghosts

Chrome Position

8/10 from Clinton

Tapes are the thing now, ya hear me? We have tonnes of the blighters in this week but this should surely rank as one of the most interesting and one of the best. Housed in ca...read on »

Eagulls

Tough Luck / Opaque

8/10 from Clinton

They make a big sound these lads, all pounding, stadium-sized dynamics and hollered, gravelled vocals - The Skids as if fronted by a barking dog. It's a massive post-punk sou...read on »

The Flaming Lips

Peace Sword

8/10 from Clinton

I want to hear a cut that I can play all day long, all night strong. Something a bit like MGMT but, you know, when they were good. Or to have Animal Collective see what h...read on »

Metronomy

I’m Aquarius

8/10 from Clinton

Despite the press release boasting of them as “Britain’s most-loved, quintessentially English, modern pop act” and seeing their name everywhere from the Dail...read on »

Featured albums

yellow6
Demdike Stare
The Declining Winter
New Bums
Burial
Metronomy
Rafael Anton Irisarri
David Bowie
Sleaford Mods
The Flaming Lips
Pierre Raph / Jane Weaver
Various
Eagulls
Death Comet Crew
Terrence Dixon
The Cosmic Dead
Phono Ghosts
Tame Impala
Yves De Mey
The Frowning Clouds / The Living Eyes
Various
Summer Twins
Loop