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Last published: 22nd February 2018
Weekly roundup 22nd February 2018
This Week’s Stuff:
- This week’s Massive Pre-orders. Lots of tasty ones.
- A big bunch of Records you may have missed.
- Record of the Week. Good music.
Right, we’re here. What do you want? Records? We have them. Loads of them. Never ending amounts of the things. Big ones, small ones, multi-coloured ones. Anything you want… apart from the ones which have sold out like Death and Vanilla. You can’t have that one. But you can have all these.
Future Brit award winners?
- Lake Ruth should appeal to fans of Broadcast. Not many left (Lake Ruth records... not fans of Broadcast - plenty of those still around).
- Serial facepainter Fever Ray makes like Su Pollard and takes the plunge.
- Palm play skewed avant rock and one of the best things this week.
- Insecure Men. Imagine being so messed up you actually get kicked out of Fat White Family?
- The Low Anthem. Their loveliest work yet.
- Just think… if Go Kart Mozart wasn’t the guy from Felt.
- Elephant9 shame Robin into misspelling Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
- If you can't get enough of Colin Stetson then try Jason Sharp.
- Molly Drake. As much as I love my mum her lost recordings wouldn’t be as good as this.
- Mamuthones squash Talking Heads and Miles Davis and end up sounding like Can.
- Frigs are the 15717th band to channel the sound of Women.
- Lo-fi veterans Refrigerator still do what they do. Good on ‘em.
- Pinkshinyultrablast have literally just got here.
- Alela Diane. Cue ‘snow-covered cabin’ backstory.
- Mint Field are a spindly shoegaze band from (yes) Mexico.
- The Lovely Eggs had better buy their child some super strength earmuffs.
- Thick Syrup document ‘Living in Leeds’. It’s not all rain and concrete y’know?
The overspill bit….
Lionlimb make whispery pop like Elliott Smith, Phobophobes are influenced by both Wall of Voodoo and the Magic Roundabout, Virginia Trance is a Psychic Ills chap channelling his inner Neil Young, Olden Yolk make lovely hazy Clientele influenced music, pastoral folk beauty comes from S. Carey, calamitous chord churn and yelpy vox come from Death Pedals, Tre Oui make lovely and shambolic indie pop, lushly wrapped indie exists as Totally Mild, and robust rock is here to stay from an ex Poppy & the Jezebel as Table Scraps.
Coming to a Butlins near you.
- Spacemen 3. The foyer years.
- David Bowie classics ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’ re-done.
- Martin Newell created his masterpiece only for Clint to pick at it 25 years later.
- Noisy people Jawbreaker get B sides and rarities re-vamped.
- Remember when Eleanor Friedburger hung out with her lunatic brother as The Fiery Furnaces?
- Future Islands. Basically a cough over a New Order B side.
- How much Felt can you take? All of it hopefully.
Ant’s Electronic Round-up:
His three kids are nicknamed ‘The Trilogy Tapes’.
- The Other People Place - Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café finally re-pressed (again) on Warp. Every man, woman and child should own a copy.
- Hieroglyphic Being ‘The Red Notes’ album of techno/house mutant jazzers.
- Ryuichi Sakamoto’s ‘async’ gets remodelled by Arca, Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Alva Noto, Yves Tumor, Jóhann Jóhannsson etc.
- Spellbinding piano led ambient from Taylor Deupree with modular and Moog synthesizers, tape machines and the occasional guitar. CD on SPEKK.
- Jonny Nash / Lindsay Todd use the island of Bali as their instrument, mapping flora and fauna for an LP of ambient soothers.
- Yoga inspired, hazy pink ambient from Terekke on Music From Memory.
- Limited edition, snazzy Other Lands 12” on Firecracker in fetching screen-printed attire.
- EP on -OUS of NHK yx Koyxen’s delightfully off-kilter approach to familiar techno tropes.
- Eternal Chicago acid house classic alert: K. Alexi Shelby’s ‘All For Lee-Sah’ re-pressed on Derrick May’s Transmat. I proper love it, me.
- Mannequin celebrate 10 years with ‘Waves of the Future’ 2LP incl. Silent Servant, Not Waving, Ron Morelli, Beau Wanzer, Illum Sphere, Willie Burns, Shawn O'Sullivan and An-i & Alessandro Adriani.
- Icy, brutalist analogue synth action on Polytechnic Youth from MIDDEX.
- Darren Nye lands on B12’s FireScope label for an EP of classic ‘Artificial Intelligence’ vibes.
- U.S visions of Berlin school / kosmische > Splendid retrospective from Philadelphia / New Jersey synth explorers, The Nightcrawlers.
- Cheeky Detroit scamp Omar-S in classic house music mode on FXHE with ‘Your Socially Awkward Criminal’ feat. Diviniti sounding not unlike Paris Grey.
- Sub Rosa compile Otto Sidharta's 'Indonesian Electronic Music 1979-1992'.
- T.J. Hustler ‘Metaphysical Synthesized Orchestra’ ultra-rare private press LP reissued.
- Yann Novak meditates on our relationship with time. CD edition of 500 on Touch.
- NYC’s Levon Vincent drops another already sold out at source Novel Sound 12” of hypnotizing club tackle.
- Dust off those leather trousers and cop D.A.F.'s ‘Gold Und Liebe’ reissue.
- EP of sounds for strobe lights and dry ice on L.I E S. from Tel Aviv duo TV.OUT.
- San Francisco’s Matrixxman completes his Sector series on Dekmantel with an EP exploring varying shades of techno.
- Trippy debut LP from duo Garland on Lullabies For Insomniacs.
- MJ Lallo disco/boogie rarities reissued on Invisible City Editions sister label Seance Centre.
- Yotam Avni and Alessandro Adriani nailers on Stroboscopic Artefacts.
+++ Sign Libra LP on Antinote, Giuseppe Leonardi EP on Second Circle, Prins Emanuel repress on Music For Dreamz, Angophora LP on Ken Oath, Nathan Fake keeping it real on Ninja Tune, 30/70 'Elevate' LP re-pressed on Rhythm Section International etc.
Once again our Jack has the monopoly.
In case you were wondering…...
…..aaaaaand relax. See you next week.
Team Norman x
Words: Clint, Robin and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and an entire star war.
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