The Top 26 Places For “Online Crate Digging”

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While we always head to the record store to go crate digging, you can always find some gems digging online. Here are 26 great “spots” courtesy of Hip Hop Rally.

There’s nothing better than walking into a record store and feeling the polypropylene record sleeves beneath your fingertips. But sometimes that requires travelling miles and if you’re on a budget, that might not be financially viable. Fortunately, a concept known as “e-digging” exists which is effectively online crate digging. This idea may be frowned upon by some producers due to the quality of the samples but it serves as a means to an end and as long as you make sure samples you find online are AT LEAST 256 kbit/s, it should sound fine. Opinions on that differ, as you’ll notice when reading the article below, but we’ll stick to our guns on that as purveyors of the Sampleface Way of Life. The main places to look are YouTube channels and *vinyl blogs, the latter of which provide albums, usually of the best possible quality and some rarities for sure.

Read the full list at Hip Hop Rally and read our 21 ways to take your e-digging to the next level.

*Please note, vinyl blogs usually provide links to illegally download albums which we do not condone.

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About Luke Alex Davis

Luke Davis is a music producer and editor of music blog Sampleface. In his spare time, he enjoys watching tennis and football and reading.

  • rchecka

    No one calls buying records online e-digging, not one person. That sounds like a buzz word conjured for this blog.

    • We’re not talking about specifically buying records online, were talking about downloadable vinyl rips that are distributed via blogs. It is also not a term we have come up with ourselves.

    • Actually, I’ve been calling it that for years along with many others that I know lol