Bring Me The Horizon, Bicep and other vinyl releases you need this week

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In this fast-paced musical landscape, where it’s so easy to simply put a playlist on shuffle, nothing compares to putting a record on, sitting back and enjoying all it has to offer in full (or at least until you have get up again to flip it over).

Every week, we here at NME round up the best vinyl releases, available to buy or pre-order via Norman Records. Here are the latest picks.

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Post Human: Survival Horror’

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“Cyber-punk energy meets lockdown metal” on BMTH’s latest project. As we wrote in our review upon its release last year: “The Sheffield rockers are following the genre-exploding triumph ‘amo’ (which crash-landed at Number One) with a series of gnarly, experimental EPs.” Read our review in full here.

Norman Records say:

Shapeshifting alternative metallers Bring Me the Horizon plan to keep busy with a series of four releases throughout the year, all of which will come out under the ‘Post Human’ heading. ‘Survival Horror’ is the first and it sees the Sheffield racketeers in full-throttle mode.”

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Bicep – ‘Isles’

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The second LP from dance pair Bicep is full of “trippy electronic tales that transcend the club world”. As we write: “The DJ-producer duo’s introspective yet hard-hitting second album shows just how affecting dance music can be, even (or perhaps especially) right now.” Read our review in full here.

Norman Records say:

‘Isles’ is the second album by London-based electronic duo Bicep. It follows on from their 2017 eponymous debut, an album which was a success both critically and commercially. ‘Isles’ features the singles ‘Apricots’ and ‘Atlas’, and generally fronts more festival-ready tech-house euphoria.

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Rhye – ‘Home’

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We hailed Rhye’s last album for its “magnetic vocals, unshakable melodies, arrangements that are both delicate and robust”. Now the Michael Milosh-led project is back with an album that keeps its lushness, tones down the lust and focuses on the topic of belonging.

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Rhye is the project of Canadian songwriter Michael Milosh who, after years of being a wanderer, has now settled into a creative domesticity in Topanga. His new album ‘Home’ continues his exquisite form of home-made music, full of piano and orchestral touches all topped off by his eerily genderless vocals. To add some shine to it, this was mixed by Alan Moulder (U2, the Killers etc).

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Infest The Rats’ Nest’

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Upon its release back in 2019, we said of this LP: “The Gizz go full-blown metal with an environmental message. At times it sounds like ‘Master Of Puppets’-era Metallica playing at a climate change convention”. Read our review in full here.

Norman Records say:

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are probably the most easily distracted band in the world. After having fun with microtones and boogie woogie on ‘Infest The Rats’ Nest’ they’ve turned to the darkside for a bit of good old fashioned thrash metal. Fair play to them, they’ve done a decent job of evoking the golden years of the likes of Metallica and Slayer. I wait with baited breath for their first opera.

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Still Corners – ‘The Last Exit’

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We recently said of Still Corners’ latest: “The American-British duo’s fifth record sees them fire up the jalopy once again, exuding dustbowl chic, noirish sounds and pandemic-inspired dream-pop.” Read our review in full here.

Norman Records say:

‘The Last Exit’ is the fifth album by London dream pop duo Still Corners. It is their third album for ‘Wrecking Light’, following two they recorded for Sub Pop. The band consist of producer and songwriter Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray. Their sound lands somewhere between that of Mazzy Star and misty Laurel Canyon-based songwriters of the 1970s.

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Mount Kimbie – ‘Crooks & Lovers’ (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

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Since their 2010 debut, Mount Kimbie have gone on to work with the likes of King Krule, Slowthai and, of course, their longtime pal James Blake. But its perhaps their landmark LP, which came just as the post-dubstep scene was starting to splinter and expand, that remains their strongest work.

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Hotflush marks the tenth anniversary of Mount Kimbie’s debut album ‘Crooks & Lovers’ with an expanded reissue, one which features the duo’s 2009 EP ‘Maybes’ on a bonus 12”. Released in 2010 as the post-dubstep scene was really hitting big, Kai Campos and Dom Maker’s first full-length statement is an undisputed genre classic. Filtering hip-hop, jazz, techno and soul through a widescreen bassweight sensibility, ‘Crooks & Lovers’ truly had its finger on the pulse of London’s contemporaneous scene.

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cktrl – ‘robyn’

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cktrl, AKA Bradley Miller, has worked with the likes of Sampha and recently cameo-ed in Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ visual album. New EP is all about heartbreak and is “a journey of losing a love but it ends with optimism as you find strength to love again”. So obviously it had to be named after everyone’s favourite sad-banger hitmaker.

Norman Records say:

London-based contemporary classical musician Bradley Miller’s latest release as cktrl is a six-track EP. Working with fellow underground luminaries Duval Timothy, Coby Sey and Purple Ferdinand, ‘robyn’ is a heartfelt and direct examination of love expressed primarily through clarinet and sax.

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Kuupuu – ‘Plz Tell Me’

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This Finnish artist describes her music as “sparkly disjointed pop”, but this new release definitely leans more towards the ambient and avant-garde than straight-up pop. It is, however, slowburning and enthralling.

Norman Records say:

Gorgeous, whimsical psych-folk stylings from Kuupuu here. Rich with murmured vocals, backwards noises and muffled percussion, ‘Plz Tell Me’ resembles an intricate music box. Despite the weirdness, it still sounds enjoyably homespun and intimate. There are also hints of dub, electronica, ambient music, and as they say, all that good stuff.

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Eddie Chacon – ‘Pleasure, Joy and Happiness’

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A comeback album from a neo-soul idol that never quite was, ‘Pleasure, Joy and Happiness’ has plenty of pathos and proves that Chacon (of Charles & Eddie fame) is more than a one-hit wonder. As Mac DeMarco once put it: “Eddie Chacon is planet earth’s number one musician. Yesterday, today, and forever.”

Norman Records say:

‘Pleasure, Joy And Happiness’ marks the return to music of Eddie Chacon. He discovered worldwide fame as one half of Charles & Eddie in the early Nineties, scoring a massive hit with ‘Would I Lie To You?’, but by the middle of decade the project had sputtered out. Tragically, Chacon’s partner Charles Pettigrew died of cancer in 2001, after which Chacon retired from music to become a photographer. Almost two decades later, the pain and memories of those times are channelled into an album of cathartic soul and fleet-footed grooves.

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Demos Volumes 1 & 2’

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard are known for being prolific – they’ve released 16 (yes, sixteen!) studio albums since 2012, after all. But that’s not all, they recently released a 28-track demo collection to Bandcamp too, and that’s now arrived on vinyl.

Norman Records say:

Twenty-eight tracks are present on ‘Demos Volumes 1 & 2’, a collection of – yep – demos from Australian psychedelic rock overlords King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Recorded between 2011 and 2020, these recordings capture some of the group’s massive catalogue in rough sketch form – a real treasure for KG&TLW super fans!

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