Record Store Day is the nightmare of every piggy bank in the world.
It is undeniable that the vinyl records market went up in the last few years and the Record Store Day is a proof of that. Is it just a trend? Is it real love? It is too early to say that, but we are glad that initiative like the Record Store Day are taking place again, because they are occasions to bring music lovers together.
Born in 2007 in the United States of America and with many international collaborations that extend to the UK, Germany, Mexico, Italy, and Spain, the Record Store Day is a celebration of the independent record stores – and their staff, customers, and artists – that gets to its eleventh edition this year, on Saturday, April 21st.
With its series of records pressed exclusively for the occasion, the event has become a must if record lovers want to get their hands on rarities and special editions.
The complete list of the UK event has been finally published, and apart from sharing the full list with you at the end of this article, we have selected 20 records that really thrilled us and that we believe are worth getting up very early in the morning to go queue at your favorite record store.
We hope you have been feeding your piggy bank, because the time to smash it has come.
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown / Jojo / What Can I Say (12)
Why: God (or whoever for it) bless disco! This white guy with a black soul knows how to make your booty shake. All tracks of this 12 inches taken from the masterpiece ‘Silk Degree’. ‘Lowdown’ was about to be included in the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack, but Scagg ended up declining the offer. Who knows if that story went another way, we may be singing and banging to Scagg’s music with our grandparents.
António Sanches – Buli Povo! (LP)
Why: It’s Cabo Verde, it’s 1983, synths are all over the African content, but rhythm was there since day 0, rhythm was born in Africa. One of his songs was reissued on a compilation by Analog Africa called ‘Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed’, but it was not enough. The original issue being sold for around 300€ on the web, this is a true gem.
Cheikh Lô – Né La Thiass (LP)
Why: Another reissue, this time from Senegal and originally issued in 1996, Cheikh Lô seems to carry with him the story of the African masters. Melancholic and elegant at the same time, with Cheikh’s guitar moaning throughout the record, this will make any fan of King Sunny Ade happy.
The Cure – Mixed Up: Deluxe Edition
Why: The original issue was pure poetry and drove many to see The Cure from a perspective they were never looked at from. More raw, more danceable, but with their recognizable watermark. An almost 8 minutes version of ‘Lullaby’ with added synths is every 20 years old dream. We can be nothing but excited that there will be a deluxe version.
DJ Pierre Presents – Acid 88 Vol. 2
Why: ACID! ACID! ACID! After all, everybody loves to jack. If the second volume is just the half as good as the first volume, released in occasion of the Record Store Day 2017, this release will be full of 4AM gems.
The Durutti Column – Another Setting (LP)
Why: Do we really have to say why? Turn off the light but light up a candle, sit, close your eyes, and put this record on. You’ll be the one asking us why you didn’t do that before.
ESG – Come Away With ESG (LP)
Why: No Wave at its best. What happens when punk meets dance? ESG happens! Half of the indie-rock bands we’re enjoying so much today would not exist without them. When James Murphy sings “I was there!” in LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Losing My Edge’, that’s where he was. Glad their debut album from 1983 is being reissued.
Late Night Tuff Guy: First Choice / Double Exposure – Dr. Love / Everyman / Love Having You Around (Late Night Tuff Guy ReWorks) (12)
Why: LNTG’s reworks are among the best disco edits lately. Smooth, groovy, and adding just that little magic touch to dance classics without making them lose their original vibe. Additionally, it comes on the legendary Salsoul Records. You will have to get up and dance.
The Future Sound Of London – My Kingdom (LP)
Why: This seems to be the year of 1996 reissues. That’s when this album was originally issued. Eclectic as they are in exploring the realm of electronic music, TFOL have been around now for almost 30 years. There’s no other word to describe them but pioneers and this album is just another proof of that. The reissue comes in a 180g 12 inches.
Jah Wobble & MoMo – Maghrebi Jazz (LP)
Why: Public Image LTD’s own Jah Wobble is one of our favorite bass players ever. He has been pushing the boundaries of World music since the 80s. We are really looking forward to see what he can do with northern African sounds of Maghreb.
Joey Negro presents – Remixed With Love (12)
Why: The ‘Remixed With Love’ series is Joey Negro’s own way of delivering some of the best dance music around. We are sure that this release, containing 3 remixes, will bring the usual groove to the table.
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On: 45th Anniversary Edition (LP)
Why: do we really have to add anything else? It’s Marvin Gaye, it’s the 45th Anniversary Edtion of ‘Let’s Get It On’.
Laraaji – Sun Transformations (LP)
Why: This album will contain remixes and, as the title says, transformations by famous djs and producers of works by the electronic music guru Laaraji. Mystic and ambient music simply taken to the next level.
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Expansions / A Chance For Peace (12)
Why: Funk classics! Both sides of this 12 inches are smooth as silk. Flutes, guitars, cowbells, bongos, everything we like to ear at home and on the dance floor.
Odyssey / Phyllis Hyman / Keni Burke – Native New Yorker / You Know How To Love Me / Let Somebody Love You (Dimitri From Paris Special Re-Mixes) (Double 12)
Why: The original version of the songs in this 2×12 inches version are in the disco music hall-of-fame. We are anxious to hear Dimitri from Paris’ own interpretation.
Osunlade – Same, Same… / Music Had Appeal (7)
Why: When you say Yoruba Soul you say Osunlade. We are ready to bet that this 7’’ will be unforgettable.
Soul Jazz Records Presents: Congo Revolution – African, Latin, Jazz And Funk Sounds From The Two Congos (1957-73) (7 Box Set)
Why: The cultural melting pot in the 1957-73 years in Africa brought up lot of interesting music. This compilation seems to unravel some of the artists that were overlooked but that defined the 60’s sound on both sides of the Congo river.
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels (Mark Barrott Remixes) (12)
Why: With its original video filmed in a library, ‘Head Over Heels’ is an 80s classic. This album will contain the remixes by the balearic master Mark Barrott, and we’re sure that a little Ibiza touch added to such a classic will be awesome.
Yazoo – Situation: Francois K Remixes (12)
Why: The french DJ and producer with armenian origins Francois K has been making the most renowned dance floors around move (Paradise Garage, Studio 54, to name a few). If he believes that something can be added to this Yazoo’s classic to make us dance even harder, we must trust his judgement. This edition will contain remixes made by Francois K made during the eighties and the nineties.
I-Robots – Turin Dancefloor Express presents: Svengile E.P. 1977 – 2017: 40th Year Anniversary (12)
Why: The Italian label Opilec Music has been delighting us with plenty of awesome and dance floor-oriented releases lately, and we especially enjoyed the series by Gianluca “I-Robots” Pandullo. If you want to find rare Italian electronic music, this is the label for you. Svengile is just another artistic name of Luigi Vengoni. Also known as Stratosferic Band, his song ‘Splashdown’, a cover of Space’s ‘Magic Fly’, appeared two years ago on another compilation curated by I-Robots.
Various Artists – Motown Funk Vol. 2 (Double LP)
Why: The cover says 19 PIPIN’ HOT FUNK JOINTS and then it mentions Dazz Band, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Commodores, Earl Van Dyke, and Eddie Kendricks, what more could one ask for?