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Here we go again with the smoothest grooves and tastiest plates from this weeks smörgåsbord of new releases.

First up, a big welcome back to our Ian who has been poorly in the hospital but who has returned to action just in time to award his beloved Tycho a walloping 10 out of 10 for their soothing brand of electronic loveliness. Also receiving top marks this week is Oren Ambarchi who has chosen a certain ZZ Top as his collaborators on a stonking new 12” ‘Stacte Karaoke’.

There’s an absolutely delicious ‘new’ album by Woo on Drag City. It's a collection of unheard recordings from 1977 to...well...now and is absolutely essential listening for anyone who has previously enjoyed their oddball brand of instrumental loveliness. Flyying Colours re-inact all your fave shoegazers from the 90s like Ride, MBV and ...um Revolver. Sisyphus is an odd one, a collaboration between some Anticon folks and Sufjan Stevens. It does exactly what you may expect: white man back-pack hip-hop with some sweet high harmony vocal interjections. Meanwhile War on Drugs try to single handedly re-create Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Tunnel of Love’ album on ‘Lost in the Dream’.

Radar Men From The Moon put the fun in space rock with some distorto-rawk and wibbly grooves whilst Perfect Pussy debut with a raucous album of sonic abrasion. Read Lil Biz’ insightful review of the new Hauschka record with its playful yet sombre piano tones and watch Mike being completely confused by Crippled Black Phoenix cinematic prog/post-rock thing.

There’s a Mudhoney live album on Third Man, a nice 12” of top notch synth pop from Lace Curtain and an album of hypnotic and darkly psychedelic electronics from Love Cult Take Druss (featuring Gnod bod). Two new things are in from Hibernate, both 3”CD’s with postcards from Olan Mill and Isnaj Dui, both limited and both lovely.

Like small things? Try these nice 7” records. Liz Green returns with a very nice single of jazzy vintage sounding folky pop, there’s a re-issue of SOA’s proto hardcore on Dischord featuring the young Henry Rollins. Primitive Parts feature a Male Bonding and a Sauna Youth and do a nice line in Velvet Underground inspired post-punk. Kid Canaveral’s 7” beats the now-sold-out Quasimoto record in the crazy shaped 7” category. Drag City’s hilarious Bjelland Brothers 7” raised a few much needed chuckles whilst on a less jovial front Johnny Noise channelled Daniel Johnston and Russell Hoke in a crazed off kilter bare bones lo-fi.

Some more excellent ex-Young Marble Giant re-issue stuff. Last week we swooned over Alison Statton with her Weekend ‘81 Demos’, this week its the turn of Stuart Moxham with his superb 1982 solo album as The Gist ‘Embrace the Herd’. So good we reviewed it twice. Cult songwriter Richard Buckner has his ‘Bloomed’ debut lovingly restored whilst on the other end of the sound spectrum gnarly hardcore types Bl’ast have their iconic debut unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

Morton Subotnick’s 1967 pioneering, seminal electronic music masterpiece ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’ is re-mastered and back in print on 180g vinyl after almost half a century. Diagonal drop some new skool EBM from Streetwalker aka Beau Wanzer of Mutant Beat Dance and Elon Katz of White Car. ‘Ooze’ comes complete with a Silent Servant Remix underneath. Lakker man EoOo aka Eomac unleashes some deranged electro/techno house bass mutations for Unknown To The Unknown. Planetary Assault Systems deploy three useful peaktime pure techno weapons on Luke Slater’s own Mote Evolver label. Hieroglyphic Being pops up on Last Known Trajectory for a double helping of spectral cosmic acid techno house. Detroit youngster Jay Daniel releases his double pack of raw high tech soul on Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats imprint. Oh and lookout for Yves De Mey’s stonking remix on a superb set of mixes of Ricardo Donoso’s new trance mutations on Digitalis joined by Recondite, TM404, Paul Jebanasam and John Tejada.

Shit Robot delivers some excellent DFA style disco jamz for those missing a bit of LCD Soundsystem in their lives,, Fort Romeau drops some super soulful, super funkin’ cuts whilst Lil Biz is lovin’ the new Bass Clef LP (actually a re-issue of a barely seen cassette) truly mesmerising experimental dance music which will appeal to fans of the recent Ekoplekz stuff as well as fans of Rephlex and Volume 3 and 4 of the Cut Hands series of experimental danceable confrontational scree are now in stock.

Finally a bit of general news sludge...

We have not one, not two but THREE promotions on this week. Firstly a 7” SALE which Brian found lurking in the darkest recesses of our stockroom. Secondly, now we are not saying you are rubbish or anything but things move fast in the world of gramophone records so we have compiled 50 Records You May Have Missed to assist you in assessing those under the radar releases that may have just escaped your attention. Finally we are shipping all CDs FREE OF CHARGE (to UK only). Not vinyl though, its too big.

Have a great weekend!

Clint and the people who work here


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Oren Ambarchi

Stacte Karaoke

10/10 from Mike

Oren Ambarchi's 'Sagittarian Domain' a year or two back was a huge office favourite, a chugging krautrock monster full of subtle tone abuse and hypnotic infinity grooving, so ...read on »

Tycho

Awake

10/10 from Ian

With a number of great releases under his belt so far, electronic producer Tycho or just plain old Scott Hansen to his friends brings us his fourth album and second on Ghostly...read on »

36

Sun Riders

9/10 from Mike

This mysterious 7" from 36 houses three songs and very little information. The music itself is way lovely though so I'm just going to chat about that. The order of the day he...read on »

Ekoplekz

Unfidelity

9/10 from Ant

The only box I want to put music in is my record box and yet my role as a writer here at Norman Towers in a sense dictates that I kinda have to, to some extent in order to att...read on »

Faures

Continental Drift

9/10 from Mike

Faures appear to be the trio of Rene Margraff, Samuel Landry and Fuzz Lee. Isn't Fuzz Lee a brilliant name. There's a quote on the inside cover. "It let them float and drift, ...read on »

Motorpsycho

Behind The Sun

9/10 from Mike

Ah, Motorpsycho. We meet again I see. Here the Norwegian psych rock chameleons are again with album number, what, 20? 25? It is of course a double LP, and a second record with...read on »

Ausmuteants

Felix Tried To Kill Himself / 15 Frames Per Second

9/10 from Brian

Guys. This should so be in Mike’s pile. Who the hell are Ausmuteants? Seemingly a lo-fi synth punk garage act from the Southern Hemisphere incorporating elements of Geel...read on »

MGUN

Resin EP

9/10 from Ant

Detroit’s Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN scores a hat trick with his third 12” release for Don’t Be Afraid in the form of the diverse 6 track ‘Resin EP&...read on »

Space Spectrum

The Red Eyed Queen

9/10 from Mike

On the inner sleeve of this LP, in light grey type that you don't immediately notice, are printed the words "listening advice: best played very high.". 'The Red Eyed Queen' is...read on »

WOO

When The Past Arrives

9/10 from Clinton

Well here is a treat for anyone who snuggled up to Woo’s beautiful ‘Whichever Way You Are Going You Are Going Wrong’ or ‘Its Cosy Inside’ re-issu...read on »

Each Other

Being Elastic

9/10 from Mike

Looking at the sleeve I really wasn't sure what this record would sound like, so putting it on my player I'm pleased to discover that it sounds weird. Each Other have a stripp...read on »

Various

Bombay Disco

9/10 from Mike

Oh, this is nice! Here's a carefully picked selection of disco-flavoured Bollywood classics from the late '70s and early '80s. I've been having a very good time listening to t...read on »

S.O.A. (State Of Alert)

First Demo 12/29/80

9/10 from Mike

All the true punks already know they need this. Here's S.O.A.'s eight-song first demo on a 7", only three songs of which have been released before. S.O.A. were of course Henry...read on »

Lace Curtain

The 3rd EP

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This is apparently the third EP by post-Total Control coldpoppers Lace Curtain, but only the second that I've heard. There are four songs on here and they're all patiently-pac...read on »

Olan Mill

Land Cycle

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I've had all manner of songs to review today so it's nice to be able to relax to something a bit less eager to impress. Pop records are like puppies sometimes, all jumping up ...read on »

Radar Men From The Moon

Strange Wave Galore

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Those lovely people at the Fuzz Club have sent us this platter of crunchy psychedelic spacekraut by Eindhoven's Radar Men From The Moon and it's on very snazzy looking black a...read on »

The Gist

Embrace The Herd

9/10 from Clinton

Last week we rejoiced in a re-issue of former Young Marble Giants lady Alison Statton’s Weekend project. This time its the turn of guitarist and songwriter Stuart Moxham...read on »

Planetary Assault Systems

Future Modular EP

9/10 from Ant

‘Future Modular’ sees Luke Slater in fine form under his much loved P.A.S alias on his very own Mote Evolver label. I'm guessing from the EP's title that he's been...read on »

Hieroglyphic Being

Acid Rain Under The Stars

9/10 from Ant

The increasingly prolific Jamal Moss pops up on Last Known Trajectory. A label I’ve taken some interest in since that fine Visiona et Dopplereffekt 12” and now thi...read on »

Morton Subotnick

Silver Apples of the Moon (50th-Anniversary Edition)

9/10 from Ant

What is music? I think the most widely used definition I’ve come across is that music is organised sound. Does that mean that disorganised sound isn’t music? That&...read on »

Cut Hands

Volume 3

9/10 from ReviewBot300

William Bennett's excellent Cut Hands project continues to gain momentum as he once again simultaneously releases two albums this week. Volumes 1 and 2 sold out double-fast so...read on »

Cut Hands

Volume 4

9/10 from ReviewBot300

William Bennett's excellent Cut Hands project continues to gain momentum as he once again simultaneously releases two albums this week. Volumes 1 and 2 sold out double-fast so...read on »

Lootpack

Loopdigga

9/10 from Mike

Lootpack was the old band of some familiar faces; Madlib, Wildchild and DJ Romes. Their 1999 triple-LP 'SOundpieces: Da Antidote!' is a bona fide hip hop classic but there wer...read on »

Ricardo Donoso

Iron / Verse Remixes

9/10 from Ant

Digitalis are on a bit of a roll right now, well I guess it always kinda is, but it seems like the label is on fire right now with great releases these past coupla weeks from ...read on »

Mudhoney

Live at Third Man Records

9/10 from Mike

Me and Third Man have had a bumpy history, but I think I can finally say that I'm quite strongly behind their 'Live at Third Man' series, which is now churning out full length...read on »

Perfect Pussy

Say Yes To Love

9/10 from Brian

Just freaked the gaffer out by proclaiming I hated this. 'But Clint is tweeting this ASAP!' he barks back at me. Um sorry, I had confused it with something else on Captured Tr...read on »

Francois & The Atlas Mountains

Piano Ombre

9/10 from Brian

I always think I must be extra difficult to get your music noticed in America or the UK if you speak in a foreign language - It is seen by the perpetually dense and ...read on »

Joel Vandroogenbroeck

Biomechanoid

8/10 from Ant

Belgian born Joel Vandroogenbroeck was founder of early 70’s Swiss acid-psych explorers Brainticket. A group whose mind altering emissions were given the far-out golden ...read on »

SHXCXCHCXSH

VVVLLLLVVV

8/10 from Ant

This Swedish duo make a most welcome return to Avian with their fourth release for the label. I’m not so sure about the eerie melody on opener ‘VVVLLLLVVV’. ...read on »

JBLA

The Belleville EP

8/10 from Ant

JBLA is the result of a jam session between Julian Jöckel (midnightopera), Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard, Black Rain, o13), Michael Langeder and Bernardo Risquez from Diffe...read on »

Ekman

ACID7

8/10 from Ant

Totally insane, proper rough and nasty ferocious slammer here from Ekman. Taking no prisoners and going straight for the jugular with a filthy relentless heavy 4/4 kick and ra...read on »

Peder Mannerfelt

Lines Describing Circles

8/10 from Ant

It’s time to forget what you know about Peder Mannerfelt’s work as The Subliminal Kid or his Roll The Dice stuff with Malcolm Pardon. The man has been inside a bio...read on »

Scraps

Electric Ocean

8/10 from Mike

I haven't encountered these Scraps before but this album they've done for Fire Records is pretty nice. For some reason I looked at the cover and thought it was going to be som...read on »

Zea / Oscar Jan Hoogland

Exploding Head Syndrome / Solo Electric Clavichord

8/10 from Mike

Got a split 7" of Dutch weirdness here. Confusingly the two sides play at different speeds. I've never understood why people do that. I mean, presumably the 45rpm side will so...read on »

Tom Hickox

War, Peace and Diplomacy

8/10 from Mike

Tom Hickox is here on Fierce Panda with an album. It's called 'War Peace and Diplomacy' and he's wearing a suit and he's not smiling and even before I put it in the CD player ...read on »

Robin Saville

Public Flowers

8/10 from Mike

This CD from the ISAN man is gorgeously packaged in an oversize book-like sleeve that won't fit in your CD rack. It really does look lovely, and having put the disc in my play...read on »

Jack Dice

Sip Paint

8/10 from Clinton

Oh lordy this is better. Due to staff staying in bed issues, I’ve been left with a lot of the stuff that I would usually be kept away from but its nice to hear something...read on »

Tense Men

Where Dull Care Is Forgotten

8/10 from Clinton

This is more like it. In a world where we are supposed to be grateful that fucking Elbow have put a new record out, its increasingly obvious that we are drowning in a pile of ...read on »

Bill Horist / Jakob Riis

The Cessation Elegy

8/10 from Mike

Here's a peculiar CD on which guitarist Bill Horist of America teams up with sound artist Jakob Riis of Denmark on laptop and real time processing on a two-act suite of instru...read on »

Various

Something Cold

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a compilation called 'Something Cold' on a label called 'Something Cold'. It's becoming apparent on listening to the chilly platter in question that that something is a...read on »

Gallon Drunk

Soul Of The Hour

8/10 from Brian

Now I may have mentioned this in a previous review of these beloved sleazy Londoners since their re-awakening years ago, but my favourite t-shirt - one which if I still posses...read on »

The Frowning Clouds

Beetle Bird

8/10 from Brian

Proper wild bit of 60's psych weirdness here. I think I’m not actually playing the correct side. A mid-tempo lollop recorded in an echo-laden cupboard seemingly includin...read on »

Workin' Man Noise Unit

Yellow Mind

8/10 from Brian

The inner sleeve of this 7” carries a small sticker bearing the legend ‘Music by Bastards’ - Julian Cope’. Now as a lifelong Cope fan I cannot confirm ...read on »

Max Cooper

Human

8/10 from Clinton

Oh its been quite the palaver. First I was going to review it, then it ended up in Brian’s pile but he ran out of time, now its back across to me like a musical hot pota...read on »

Asmus Tietchens

Biotop

8/10 from Mike

Here's a reissue of an early Tietchens LP from '81, and it's not the challenge I had been anticipating but more a skewed synthetic weirdpop collection full of bloops and flops...read on »

Fenster

The Pink Caves

8/10 from Mike

Currently trying to get my noggin round this Fenster album 'The Pink Caves'. A dreamy concoction of feather-light indiepop psychedelia and breathy boy-girl vocals, it meanders...read on »

Ike Yard

Loss (Regis Remix)

8/10 from Mike

Here's a little one-sided taster for an upcoming Ike Yard remixes album, and it's got Regis reworking 'Loss'. It starts out as a stuttering little techno beat and cut-up vocal...read on »

Sisyphus

Sisyphus

8/10 from Clinton

This surprise collaboration between sweet-voiced indie minstrel Sufjan Stevens, and Anticon types Son Lux and Serengeti often sounds like a choir boy trying to hang ...read on »

Liz Green

Rybka / Where The River Don’t Flow

8/10 from Clinton

Having seen Liz Green perform live a couple of years ago I was left with the impression that this was a woman who was not without talent but was clearly bonkers. Her jazzy old...read on »

Anaphoria

Escarpments

8/10 from Clinton

Given the choice of three impossi-listen records on ini.itu this is by far the most palatable for my soft velvet ears. Its all by a man who resides in Australia and has been...read on »

Flyying Colours

Flyying Colours EP

8/10 from Mike

The confusingly-spelt Flyying Colours (its possibly to differentiate them from the psych-pop group Flying Colour - Clint)are a new band from Down Under who appear to have grow...read on »

Primitive Parts

Open Heads / Signals

8/10 from Mike

Nice bit of dirgey Velvet Undergroundy post-punk here from Primitive Parts. 'Open Heads' is a simple stomper full of crunchily jangling guitars and simple Hammond chords over ...read on »

Giganta

Force EP

8/10 from Ian

This is quite a fun little EP on Werkdiscs by Greek lady Eleni Adamopoulou AKA Giganta, four tracks of bouncy dance tunes with some clever vocal cut and paste action, the beat...read on »

Quasimoto

Talkin’ Shit

8/10 from Mike

When Quasimoto's ace 'Yessir Whatever' anthology came out a few months ago, there was a bit of a disappointment with the sleeves, which were originally supposed to feature a p...read on »

Sundara Karma

Cold Heaven

8/10 from Mike

Here's a 7" of hazy epic indiepop from Sundara Karma, about whom I know nothing. 'Cold Heaven' has got a galloping little drumbeat and big chiming U2 guitars and blurry "oo-e...read on »

Shit Robot

We Got a Love

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Second album from Shit Robot a.k.a Marcus Lambkin for the prestigious DFA label and it’s an all-star affair with the likes of Jamie Lidell, Townsell (jackin’ it), ...read on »

Fort Romeau

Her Dream

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Shame on me, I was a big fan of Fort Romeau’ (a.k.a Mike Norris) ‘Kingdom’ EP from a while back and for some reason his more recent output have passed me by....read on »

Bass Clef

Acid Tracts

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Oooo this is looking sooooo goooood. Bass Clef a.k.a Ralph Cumbers mindblowing ‘Acid Tracts’ cassette on Magic + Dreams makes it’s way on to vinyl (double v...read on »

Black Hat

Thought of Two

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Seattle resident Nelson Bean a.k.a Black Hat is an experimental drone man working on the fringes of the underground dance scene and producing some pretty interesting and, cons...read on »

Johnny Noise

The Day Is Coming

8/10 from ReviewBot300

When I saw that this Johnny Noise LP on Siltbreeze had ten-plus tracks on each side I initially assumed it was going to be some hard-blasting noise punk chaos, but I couldn't ...read on »

Streetwalker

Ooze / Ooze (Silent Servant Remix)

8/10 from Ant

Fresh Windy City EBM moves from Street Walker aka Beau Wanzer (L.I.E.S, Mutant Beat Dance, Russian Torrent Versions etc.) and Elon Katz (White Car). Continuing the industrial ...read on »

EeOo (Eomac)

Workout EP

8/10 from Ant

EoOo is an alias of Ian McDonnell, last spotted as Eomac with an EP on The Trilogy Tapes. He also comprises half of Dublin techno duo Lakker who’ve done great things on ...read on »

Jay Daniel

Karmatic Equations

8/10 from Ant

Expectations for this double pack are high after Jay Daniel turned many a head after dropping his ‘Scorpio Rising’ 12” for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signatu...read on »

Crippled Black Phoenix

White Light Generator

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Confusing post-rock supergroup Crippled Black Phoenix are back with a new album this week and confuse me immediately by opening with a spookily pared back cover of Ricky Nelso...read on »

Love Cult take Druss

Yr Problems

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This LP has four collaborative tracks between Russian electronic darksters Love Cult and Druss from Gnod, with a couple of non-collaborative tracks each as well. It's pretty h...read on »

Bl'ast

The Expression Of Power

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Bl'ast are one of the few pioneering '80s hardcore bands who have continued through to the present day without becoming slightly embarrassing or going insane. I guess they've ...read on »

The Twins

You've Got A Twin In The Attic (You Lunatic)

8/10 from Mike

'You've Got A Twin In The Attic (You Lunatic)' has to be my favourite song title of the day. Here's a 12" of epic late-night house darkness from mysterious international duo T...read on »

Peter Walker

"Second Poem To Karmela" Or Gypsies Are Important

8/10 from Mike

Here's a reissue of Peter Walker's mysterious second LP of twangy guitar and sitar and sarod drones. It's very hard to describe. Sort of new-agey but very fast paced and freef...read on »

Joan Cambon

Reshaping the Seasons for Kaori's Body

8/10 from Mike

This is an interesting piece of music made for contemporary dance, each track of which represents a different part of a dancer's body (Kaori Ito), with titles like 'Plexus', '...read on »

Illuha

Akari

8/10 from Mike

Here's my final review of the week and it's a difficult one! Not because the music is unpleasant, it truly isn't, but simply because there isn't much happening here. This is h...read on »

Isnaj Dui

Secondary Projections

8/10 from Brian

A really pleasurable way to wake up is with a strong mug of sweet chai, a wee toot on that little peace pipe containing God's gift to all dreamers and one o' them fangled new ...read on »

Featured albums

Isnaj Dui
Kid Canaveral
Morton Subotnick
Olan Mill
Mudhoney
Streetwalker
Ricardo Donoso
Crippled Black Phoenix
Shit Robot
Fort Romeau
Tycho
Hauschka
Oren Ambarchi
Liz Green
WOO
The Bjelland Brothers / Taste of New York
The Gist
Flyying Colours
Planetary Assault Systems
Cut Hands
Lace Curtain
Sisyphus
Radar Men From The Moon
Richard Buckner
Perfect Pussy
S.O.A. (State Of Alert)
Hieroglyphic Being
Bl'ast
Jay Daniel
Love Cult take Druss
Primitive Parts
EeOo (Eomac)
The War On Drugs
Johnny Noise
Bass Clef