Here’s our selection of the best records to choose from for Record Store Day 2013, with some essential oldies to boot.
Tomorrow is the biggest day for music retailers (who actually stock vinyl). Record Store Day started back in 2007 as an “internationally celebrated day observed the third Saturday of April each year”. Every year, music acts give away special releases for RSD and this article will show you some records we think you should keep an eye out for. But, Record Store Day isn’t just for the new stuff. If you ever needed a time to start crate digging, tomorrow’s one of the best days to start so we’ll throw in some old classics you’ll want to pick up.
(If you’d just prefer to see the full list, check out the Special Releases page on the RSD website)
TR-909 – Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession: V.2 TR-909
Now that’s what I call a throwback! This one comes with a 20-page book on the Roland TR-909 Drum Machine, containing everything from pictures to original advertising. It also comes with 2 flexidiscs with TR-909 sound effects and the voice of Schoolly D.
The Beat Junkies – Picture Disc Collection
Picture discs are always great assets to have in your record collection, and this one is no exception. The World Famous Beat Junkies are world famous for reason, having won a plethora of world DJ titles, collaborating with the likes of Madlib and Cypress Hill and repping for the West Coast. The picture disc record comes with songs from projects Beat Junkies have been a part of. Whether you’re a Beat Junkies fan or just an admirer of the history of DJing, you might want to grab a copy.
Black Milk – Synth or Soul
This one goes without saying. Black Milk’s Synth Or Soul, which you can stream on Soundcloud, shows the Detroit MC/producer at his very best, flipping some fine synth-laden and soul records into a well-rounded release. All that’s missing is the crackle of vinyl to go with it. A must buy.
Bonobo – The North Borders
Bonobo’s latest album is winning many plaudits and for good reason as the British DJ/producer has really set a high benchmark for electronic music. Inside the 10″ Vinyl Box Set comes the album on vinyl, the CD album and a special booklet. This is what Record Store Day was made for.