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Weekly Update Truncate, Frak, B£AMS, The Woodentops, Marc Manning, and more...

Hello my name is Clinton and I’m the host of today’s edition of Norman Records weekly update. Thanks for tuning in, we have an absolute flange of new releases this week including things from Beck, Patten, A New Line (Related), Wild Beasts, Real Estate, Com Truise, Neneh Cherry, The Notwist and others. Come hither, I’ll tell thee more...

Of the big records, Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ is a lovely, melancholic, acoustic romp very much like his ‘Sea Change’ opus, whilst Patten releases a madcap prickle of multi-layered electric chaos on Warp. There is some neo-classical bliss on Kranky from Christina Vantzou, there’s a so-so new Wild Beasts effort that at least got the office nattering, the popular Home Normal label returns with an album from Dutch acoustic dreamers Birdt, whilst fans of Rephlex type Braindance could do worse than check out this Octavat LP on Unchartered Audio.

Ant was very much impressed by ex Hood/Remote Viewer lad A New Line Related’s foray into home-made techno on his debut LP on the Home Assembly label. In a surprising move 80s indie movers and shakers The Woodentops have a new album out, whilst leaders of the 80s Paisley Underground movement The Three O’Clock unleash their wonderful compilation of odds and sods on Burger Records.

Brian goes crazy about Neneh Cherry’s Fourtet-assisted album ‘Blank Project’ giving it ten stars, whilst he is also impressed by German electronic pop veterans The Notwist who return for their first album in 6 years, ‘Close to the Glass’. There is a nice oddball Various Artists tribute to ol’ funny head Will Oldham on the ‘There is No-one Louisville is for Lovers’ compilation, good solid modular synth meanderings by Dino Spiluttini and Nils Quak, an almost unclassifiable album from Oval, and a fun collection of distorted beach-pop from Cherry Glazerr.

Plenty of soundtracks and re-issues this week starting with The Joe Delia soundtrack for ‘Ms 45‘ on Death Waltz which has been out of print for three decades. Kit Records have very nicely re-issued Plinth’s ‘Wintersongs’ on luscious vinyl with silk screened sleeve. Just 200 of these so move swiftly. Two great re-issues from Japan, firstly The Mistys (featuring one of The Boats) is given a re-issue on CD and another Boats related feller Danny Norbury’s excellent ‘Light in August’ is given a new lease of life on Flau. There are two gorgeous and much deserved Robert Turman re-issues (here and here) which originally snuck out on CDr and tapes and have been revitalized on lovely vinyl. We also have have the white vinyl re-issue of the very popular ‘Event of Your Leaving’ by Raum (featuring Grouper’s Liz Harris and Tarentel’s Jefre Cantu-Ledesma).

Fancy a little ‘un? Real Estate have the first fruit of their lovely new album released on 7” with terrific non-album B side, there are two more editions of the Finders Keepers horror soundtrack inspired 7”s by Bruno Nicolai/Roger Roger and George Duning And The Brothers Candoli / Gianfranco Reverberi. There’s a nice new 7” on Static Caravan by Duke St Workshop featuring some bold melodic John Carpenter-like stuff. San Franciscan musician/painter Marc Manning releases a sweet 7” of drifty space-rock drones which includes a bonus 70 minute CD.

On the 12” front, there’s a hot new remix from The Field (featuring an absolutely stonking John Tejada remix), Com Truise unwraps a newie which contains at least one lovely summer smoothie that has Reviewbot malfunctioning all over the office, and there’s an Oberman Knocks which comes with that rarest of things - an Autechre remix. And an uncompromising one at that. The debut 12” on 4AD by Merchandise is with us on the concrete drab grey vinyl, there’s a woozy split 12” from B£AMS / TESLA, and a very decent 12” of bodyshaking beats and deep hypnotic basslines from Whilst.

Heading towards the dancefloor and beyond there's classic underground acid techno from southern Sweden with a limited reissue of Frak's 1993 'Alice in Acidland' originally on Börft and now through the good folk at iDEAL Recordings. There's deep cosmic house from the Ukraine's Vakula - we've scored limited copies of his third release for his own Bandura imprint. Glasgow's finest JD Twitch (Optimo) teams up with Killa P & Cassio O bringing his obsession with Wayne Smith's eternal classic Sleng Teng riddim to its logical conclusion, along with his version of Bunny Wailer's 'Rockers' on the flipside. There's fine DJ tool techno from Truncate aka David Flores for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Oooh and mustn’t forget, if quirky house/pop/ disco-jazz rings your bell then check Maria Minerva's collaboration with Ajukaja in the form of a 4 track EP for Porridge Bullet. Oh, and if dystopian sci-fi techno is your bag then do check out Lucy’s second full-length ‘Churches, Schools and Guns’ on Stroboscopic Artefacts.

Finally the Sleaford Mods album is back in again on both vinyl and compact disc and continues to pour out the office. Watch out for a new album from them in March.

That’s it from us for the week. Have a wonderful time over the weekend, we will.

Clinton and the rest of them.
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Robert Turman

Way Down

10/10 from Ant

After glancing over the press release for this record I spotted a sentence in there from Elvis Von Doom “Robert Turman is one of the most underrated figures to come out ...read on »

Robert Turman

Beyond Painting

10/10 from Ant

I couldn’t be happier about the current Robert Turman reissue campaign. First ‘Flux’ appeared a wee while ago on Spectrum Spools and now like three records i...read on »

Neneh Cherry

Blank Project

10/10 from Brian

Neneh Cherry's first solo album proper in 18 years, 'Blank Project' is a total blast from the word go. Ranging from the gorgeously stark 'Across the Water' to the intoxicating...read on »

The Cult Of Dom Keller

The Second Bardo

9/10 from Mike

Psych-rockers Cult Of Dom Keller impressed us all last year with their debut LP on Cardinal Fuzz, a label which has established itself as a safe pair of hands in the last coup...read on »

Russell Haswell

37 Minute Workout

9/10 from Ant

Your Mam’s favourite racket peddler Russell Haswell is back, this time with some of his shenanigans pressed up by Diagonal who’ve managed to capture him in beat mo...read on »

New Bums

Voices In A Rented Room

9/10 from Mike

Here's an album from a familiar face and an unfamiliar one - Ben "Six Organs of Admittance" Chasny and Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards. It's full of lovely shuffly acoustic...read on »

Planningtorock

All Love's Legal

9/10 from Mike

"Fall in love with whoever you want to" exclaim Planningtorock repeatedly in the opening salvo of 'All Love's Legal', and sexual equality is a theme which rings heavily throug...read on »

Sun Araw

Belomancie

9/10 from Mike

Any music fan will tell you it's not the notes that matter, it's the space between the notes - and very few people have more space between their notes than Sun Araw, whose ske...read on »

Jamal Moss

Acid Symphonic Op.01

9/10 from Ant

Sixty two minutes no less of Chicago’s Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being/ The Sun God/ I.B.M) jamming out some corking acid grooves from one of those teeny weenie Teenage E...read on »

Tiger (dancehall artist)

Rap Pon Rydim

9/10 from Ant

This has just reminded me of Daddy Freddy doing the worlds fastest rapping one time on Record Breakers with Roy Walker and Sheryl Baker grinning away. You just can’t ima...read on »

Oberman Knocks / Autechre

Dilankex EP

9/10 from Ant

The Oberman Knocks original is a really chilled electronic dreamscape bristling with processed field recordings, otherworldly vocals and glistening electronics. It’s a s...read on »

Koenraad Ecker

Ill Fares The Land

9/10 from Ant

Ahh sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Now I’m in big trouble. I successfully managed to sneak a box of records past Olde Eagle Eyes the wife, but now I’m gonna have to thin...read on »

A New Line (Related)

A New Line (Related)

9/10 from Ant

One thing that keeps the momentum of music interesting for me is when artists explore genres they don’t necessarily have roots in or are associated with (not counting fa...read on »

Com Truise

Wave 1

9/10 from ReviewBot300

People were Tomming their Cruisers about this guy's last album 'Galactic Melt' when it came out but I never got round to checking it out. You'd think I was practically obliged...read on »

patten

ESTOILE NAIANT

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Ooh, this is good. patten is back on Warp with more of his woozy mind-melting sound collages and it's really hitting the spot for me this morning. 'ESTOILE NAIANT' is full of ...read on »

Duke St. Workshop

Hospital / Cyclone Fence

9/10 from ReviewBot300

If you've been paying close attention you may remember The Duke St Workshop from that superb CD they brought out last year and sold out almost instantly. The press release say...read on »

The Three O'Clock

Aquarius Andromeda

9/10 from Clinton

Oh bless its the Three O’ Clock. A wonderfully melodic 60’s-obsessed 80’s Paisley Underground band who seemed at one point to be as near as the 80’s ps...read on »

Joe Delia

Ms.45

9/10 from Mike

Joe Delia's score to Abel Ferrara's 'Ms.45' has never been made available on any format...until now. Horror soundtrack specialists de jour Death Waltz have worked with the com...read on »

Real Estate

Talking Backwards

9/10 from Li'l Biz

This is an easy one. ‘Talking Backwards’ is the lead off single from the group’s second album for Domino and, as you can imagine, it’s super chill. Rec...read on »

Super Djata De Bamako

Vol. 2 Blue

9/10 from Mike

Here's a record made in Mali in 1982 by the late Zani Diabate & Super Djata Band. I don't know a lot about Malian music but thankfully there's a lot of information in the ...read on »

Raum

Event Of Your Leaving

9/10 from Mike

With its completely anonymous-looking sleeve, this LP was the wildcard in this week's review mountain, so I'm pleasantly surprised to open it up and discover that it is in fac...read on »

The Notwist

Close To The Glass

9/10 from Brian

The Notwist's 'Close To The Glass' is another nice surprise this week, the seventh from this progressive and hugely admired German experimental outfit. Their post-millennial b...read on »

Whilst

Everything That Was Was There

9/10 from Mike

Contrary to the image on our site this 12" EP comes in a generic Optimo sleeve, so don't come complaining to me about the lack of image. The music in its grooves is still pret...read on »

Habibi

Habibi

9/10 from Brian

Cor, this is a real sweet platter. Habibi (apparently an Arabic term for “affection”) are four Brooklyn, NY-based lovelies making pure, simple stripped-back and de...read on »

Caudal

Forever In Another World

8/10 from Mike

Phil brought these four new LPs on Oaken Palace over to me with a warning that they might be a bit bleak and downbeat, so since it's first thing in the morning I've decided to...read on »

Plurals

Bugenès Melissae

8/10 from Mike

This latest LP from Plurals comes on very pretty translucent orange vinyl, with the labels marked with the letter "A" and a picture of a bee. Very droll. On the sleeve there i...read on »

Nadja

Flipper

8/10 from Mike

Here's the latest offering from the prolific duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff, presumably named after their favourite San Francisco punks. Here they've enlisted the help ...read on »

Parallel Lines

White Fur /// Black Cathedral

8/10 from Mike

This is the fourth of these Oaken Palace LPs I've reviewed today. Phil said they might be hard work but in fact I've enjoyed all four of them! The first one I did was a krautr...read on »

Brock Van Wey

Home

8/10 from Clinton

Ok I want to make it clear that I’m not going to sit through the full three hours of this. Its Valentines Day and as you can imagine I have mountains of cards to open. ...read on »

Prostitutes

Truncheon Cadence (Part Two)

8/10 from Ant

This obviously is the second Truncheon Cadence 10” from Prostitutes via Mira. Well obvious if you can read, which you clearly can as you have your eyeballs pointing at t...read on »

Afterhours

Lowlife

8/10 from Mike

I've not encountered Afterhours before but I'm immediately enjoying this mini-LP on the ever-reliable Not Not Fun. This guy conjures up a distinct style of trip-hop with the w...read on »

Thug Entrancer

Death After Life

8/10 from Mike

Thug Entrancer's 'Death After Life' is an eight-part suite of thumping techno which the press release says "re-frames elements of Chicago Juke and house in long-form design". ...read on »

Perc

The Power & The Glory

8/10 from Ant

Is there a dark hard industrial techno renaissance? I dunno. It’s always been there, I just think it's finally getting more press and attention as artists and labels are...read on »

Ondo Fudd

Coup D' État

8/10 from Ant

This is the work of JR Seaton aka Call Super (Houndstooth, Five Easy Pieces, Throne of Blood etc.) I’ve been meaning to check out those Call Super 12”s for a while...read on »

Vellico

The Pennines EP

8/10 from Clinton

I hadn’t read the press release properly and had assumed something entitled ‘The Pennines’ would be some rustic folk type affair. However, its always nice to...read on »

Various Artists

Sulla Giostra Nell’Ombra

8/10 from Ant

I’ve been enjoying these crystal clear Violet Poison 12”s so am happy about the arrival of this latest offering. It kicks off with O/H which is Rich Oddie from Orp...read on »

Special Request vs Akkord

HTH vs HTH

8/10 from Ant

Here we have a limited 12” containing of a pair of tunes from a Houndstooth digital compilation, apparently pressed up on wax due to popular demand. Here Special Request...read on »

Simon Pyke

Universal Everything & You

8/10 from Ant

I knew the name Simon Pyke was familiar to me but I couldn’t for the life of me recall, until this moment the penny hath finally dropped - I have a couple of his records...read on »

Pulse Emitter

Crater Lake

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Daryl “Pulse Emitter” Groetsch returns this week with more of his cosmic synth meanderings, and y’all have probably long since realised that he’s got s...read on »

Lasry-Baschet

Instruments Non-Électroniques

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Well, here’s a fascinating record! Cacophonic is of course Finders Keepers’ weirder little sister and here they’ve been up to their usual avant-cratedigging ...read on »

Dino Spiluttini & Nils Quak

Modular Anxiety

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Synth drone fans will like this one - Nils Quak and Dino Spiluttini take a side each to showcase their modular synth tweaking prowess over ten tracks, all pressed onto a shiny...read on »

Christian Loffler

All Comes / Notes

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I haven't heard christian Loffler's music before but here he's done a little single to get your ready for his forthcoming big single. 'All Comes' is a lovely bit of nocturnal ...read on »

Beck

Morning Phase

8/10 from Clinton

Every few years Beck does the decent thing and releases an album of haunting acoustic tracks, usually when he’s had a relationship break up or is in the middle of some k...read on »

Octavcat

In Memory Of Old Gear

8/10 from Ant

Anybody yearning for some of that Rephlexian Braindance sound could do worse than check out this grey coloured wax on Unchartered Audio from trio Octavat. There really is a he...read on »

Plinth

Wintersongs

8/10 from Clinton

Hey you, do you like a twinkle? If you like it then you are going to like Plinth. They twinkle with the best of them and they’ve twinkled away for long enough to have go...read on »

Marc Manning

Ambience 1

8/10 from Clinton

This is nice. Its a series of droning soundscapes from this San Franciscan painter and musician and its not as unpalatable as a lot of music in its genre. The textural pieces ...read on »

The Field

Cupid's Head Remixe II

8/10 from Clinton

The latest in the The Fields remix 12” series opens with a track you ‘ll need from the minute you set the needle on the wax. John Tejada’s take is a splendi...read on »

Mike Cooper

New Globe Notes

8/10 from Mike

The indefatigable Mike Cooper returns again this week with this beautifully presented LP which comes complete with a 32-page booklet full of notes and photographs. His 'White ...read on »

Christina Vantzou

No. 2

8/10 from Clinton

As our resident drift-core/neo-classical/everythings-ok-electronica expert is in hospital with a malfunctioning gall stone, I have been passed this weeks slower releases to po...read on »

Bruno Nicolai / Roger Roger

Il Conte Dracula / Le Viol Du Vampire

8/10 from Mike

We've got the fourth and fifth entries into Finders Keepers' marvellous series of vintage horror theme 7"s here this week, and the one on my record player right now is this Br...read on »

George Duning And The Brothers Candoli / Gianfranco Reverberi

Bell, Book And Candle / Reincarnation Of Isabel

8/10 from Mike

Number five of this tasty 7" series on Finders Keepers sees some jazz on the A side from George Duning & the Brothers Candoli. Their track 'Zodiac Blues' has some cool int...read on »

Lucy

Churches, Schools and Guns

8/10 from Ant

It’s very almost midnight which feel like the appropriate hour to be consuming this album. This is the second solo album from Berlin based Italian producer Lucy (Mote Ev...read on »

B£AMS

Patches

8/10 from Mike

This split 12" has really colourful screenprinted sleeves, I like that. I'm starting with B£AMS's side. He's a producer from Canterbury and what's happening here is some...read on »

Cherry Glazerr

Haxel Princess

8/10 from Mike

I've been reviewing a lot of Very Serious Music lately so it's nice to have a few things on my pile that are actually fun. This one's by an LA band called Cherry Glazerr who a...read on »

Various

There Is No One - Louisville Is For Lovers Tribute To Palace Brothers

8/10 from Mike

It's been 20 years since the now ubiquitous Will Oldham burst onto the world's consciousness with the Palace Brothers' debut 'There Is No One What Will Take Care Of You' amids...read on »

Oval

Voa

8/10 from Mike

Electronic veteran Oval returns this week with this collaboration-heavy LP, with only a third of the 18 tracks on offer being solo efforts. The rest are collaborations with So...read on »

Guy Birkin

Tintinnabuli Mathematica Vol. I

8/10 from Mike

Guy Birkin is back with another album of process-oriented computer music which I'm finding just as baffling as his last one. Check out the press release if you want to know th...read on »

Jozef Van Wissem & SQURL

Only Lovers Left Alive OST

8/10 from Mike

After teasing us with a 12" sampler from this soundtrack, Jarmusch and co finally drop the whole thing on us, and it's just as tasty as anticipated. The tracks here are largel...read on »

D Charles Speer and the Helix

Doubled Exposure

8/10 from Mike

D Charles Speer is the alter-ego of Dave Shuford who you may also know for his more out-there work in Rhyton and NNCK, but D Charles Speer & The Helix showcases his more a...read on »

Various

Danse Sacrale

8/10 from Mike

Sadly I have reached the point in the week where I must rush out my reviews in order to get them done in time for the weekly update, so I don't get to spend as much time with ...read on »

Featured albums

birdt
Marc Manning
Octavcat
Dino Spiluttini & Nils Quak
Oval
Vakula
Frak
Whilst
Christina Vantzou
The Field
Robert Turman
Merchandise
Bruno Nicolai / Roger Roger
patten
Wild Beasts
Real Estate
George Duning And The Brothers Candoli / Gianfranco Reverberi
The Notwist
Neneh Cherry
Robert Turman
Joe Delia
Oberman Knocks / Autechre
The Woodentops
Com Truise
Truncate
JD Twitch (featuring Killa P & Cassio O)
Ajukaja & Maria Minerva
Beck
The Three O'Clock
Cherry Glazerr
Duke St. Workshop
Lucy
A New Line (Related)
Various
Raum
Plinth
The Mistys
B£AMS
Sleaford Mods
Danny Norbury