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Our round-up of the week's news, reviews, and best releases. Published every Thursday. Get yours by email here.

Last published: 26th May 2016

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Weekly roundup

This week’s top news shards…

It’s ok, we’re here. Stabbing our fingers at the keys to provide you with another waft through the great, the good, the mediocre and the new Catfish and the Bottlemen LP.  Plenty of stuff to wade through below so flip your eyes to their open setting and read on…….

Oh and please remember that this weekend is a Bank Holiday in the UK so we’ll be enjoying our own private leisure time on Monday.  

New Music: Things that are literally happening this week.

  • STOP PRESS: Just arrived this second is the new Belbury Poly album on Ghost Box.
  • Bouncy synth from Glasgow funsters Happy Meals. Hand made sleeves too!
  • Phil recently admitted to liking Love and Money. This surprise news coincided with the release  their Paul McGeechan’s Starless project.
  • Christian Naujoks makes modern classical using….guitars (?!)
  • In four sax lessons time Robin hopes to become England’s response to Idris Ackamoor.
  • We award relaxed guitar people Big Thief’s’ ‘Masterpiece’ album Record of Tuesday Afternoon between 2pm and 3pm.
  • Lana Del Ray style introspection and massive Adele style honks from new sausage dog owner Clare Maguire.
  • Kristin Kontrol used to be the singer in the Dum Dum Girls. She references classic era Tiffany and Debbie Gibson on her new album.
  • A heady rock broth from returning noiseniks Holy Fuck.
  • Big year for Chris Abrahams. Here he is again, this time in collaboration with Burkhard Beins. 57 varieties of ambience then.  
  • Ambient guitar strummings from really christmassy guy Yellow 6.
  • Oh Mark Kozelek. A collection of schmaltz croonings from the man who might well dub himself The San Fran Sinatra.
  • Bonnie Scotland’s dour Malcolm Middleton gets his electronic pop fix with ‘Summer of ‘11’.
  • Gold Panda has issued what could be our Album of the Summer (subject to summer actually happening). Also comes with bumper sticker and art prints.
  • Beth Orton has hooked up with the Feck Buttons chap on ‘Kidsticks’.
  • We are delighted to be selling copies of the new Catfish and the Bottlemen record.
  • Flea says rock music is dead. He hadn’t counted on Wolfmother.
  • Pet Sounds is 50. The people at the Reverb Appreciation Society have compiled this not-bad-at-all tribute.

Getting pride of place on the non-bullet-pointed section is oddball singer and ambient lady Caro C, or you could try the melodic piano compositions of Ilya Beshevli, failing that there’s Szun Waves a collaboration between Portico folks, Luke Abbott and PVT and finally the Third Sound have toured with Brian Jonestown Massacre and have their album on fuzz club released on coke bottle coloured vinyl.  

Reissues. Already happened in days gone by  - now re-juiced.

  • Much required first album re-issue from comically named tape and electronics maverick John Bender.
  • Spthhhhoooooooooon (Spoon).  
  • If your home is still without a copy of Talk Talk’s “Laughing Stock” then we request you get one. This is a compulsory purchase order.
  • The Pop Group have re-issued their live document ‘The Boy Whose Head Exploded’ on picture disc.
  • Moby has written a book, it seems. To celebrate some of his music has been re-issued.
  • Pontiak do rock music on Thrill Jockey.
  • There’s a large vinyl ‘best of’ soundtrack expert Hans Zimmer.
  • The vinyl edition of My Morning Jacket’s ‘It Still Moves’ is now f*cking massive.  
  • Ash Koosha has his ‘I AKA I’ palindrome re-issued on Ninja Tune clear vinyl.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

His cul-de-sac shakes to the sound of Helm and Decimus.

  • Suzanne Ciani’s 1975 Buchla recordings finally see the light of day!
  • Superb LP of weird/zoned mysterious dark electronics from Helm & Decimus on Opal Tapes.
  • Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv join forces as Second Woman for a collaborative LP of futuristic electronics and a newie from Prostitutes, both on Spectrum Spools.
  • Lone reimagines rave via nu-oldskool breakbeat hardcore, Jungle, House and Ambient on R&S.
  • Lee Gamble - like Clark on steroids according to our Laurie.
  • Blurry rhythms and eerie atmospherics with a dose of pop from Klara Lewis on Editions Mego.
  • Débruit dishes out some Turkish Delight.
  • Max Graef & Glenn Astro, David August and Seven Davis Jr. are keeping folks at the Ninja Tune camp busy.
  • Smashy and Nicey approved VA 1+2 Alzheimer's Research UK benefit 2CD on Tavern Eightieth inc. Zelienople, AGF, Matthew Collings, Isnaj Dui, Yaporigami etc.
  • Posh laser-etched 12” of Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra’s sounds from Mark Titchner’s ‘Rose’ film installation.
  • Absorbing, mind imploding electronics on the second LP from Brazilian (no pubic hair jokes please) producer MYMK.
  • Classy, gritty, techno/house hybrids from L.A producer Dreams on Nous.
  • Lolina aka former half of Hype Williams Inga Copeland ‘Live in Paris’ CD with vinyl to follow...
  • Tropical, dreamy gear on Antinote from Raphael Top-Secret & Nelson Bishop including a reggae infused Italo disco flavoured cut.


All for one, one for all. Put them together they’ll build a (small) wall.

Next week Phil is off so when you email us please don’t call us Phil. Also we’ll try not to burn down the building.


Words by Clint and Ant, with a few squeaks nicked from sax guru Robin.

The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & his work infant Laurie.

Customer Compliment of the Week:

“bang into the farther reaches of musical oddness and based in a brutalist office block that frankly, makes me a little bit afraid”

Top releases this week

Blush Response
Helm & Decimus
Second Woman
Minor Victories
Mirror Gaze
Gold Panda
Ilya Beshevli
Lee Gamble
Szun Waves
Holy Fuck
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
ZoZo / Esper Scout
Pentagram Home Video
Sam Gellaitry

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