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 (RIP).
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.
UPDATE: As Hip Hop Rally no longer exists, we’ve decided to post the list here to save you a click.
- Mesi Meso Japanese Vinyl: this is a collection of Japanese records
- Ill Tal Beats: some of the best classic hip hop records are all categorized and credited
- Socrates VD: a great collection of 60’s era records
- Ciabbill: foreign records. I’ve founds some cool sounds here
- Jaffas JazMan’s Vault: jazz fusion records. If you’re into unique sounds, check this out
- Polido Nobre: a great collection of bossanova and easy listening music
- Smell The Crates: high-quality records in here, buncha good ’70’s stuff
- The Soulparanos: an interesting collection of rare soul-funk and disco records
- Elements Breaks: funk, soul, sountracks, this guy has it all.
- Palacio Farnesio: a dope collection of international records.
- Pharomba: if you like trippy sounds to sample from, this is your spot.
- The Coffee Shop’s Room: another pretty cool collection of international records.
- Turquoise Hexagonable: the records speak for themselves.
- Soul On Your Side: if you like soul records. This is that deal.
- Psychedelic Guy: psychedelic rock: synths, guitars, drums, organs. Trippy
- 60 Otaku 3: random name, random records. You’ll find a bit of everything here.
- Vinyl Frontier: I’ve been exposed to some awesome music here.
- Under the Radar: great quality records, and the history of the artist and albums
- Blaq’s Lossless Worldwide: lossless 12″ records of all genres.
- Soul Funk 80’s: soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B from the 70’s and 80’s
- Into the Rhythm: lot’s of Jazz records. But really a bunch of everything.
- Lossless World: jazz, blues, you name it. They got it.
- Never Enough Rhodes: dedicated to the Rhodes Piano: chords, keys, etc.
- Derek’s Daily 45: the entire blog is dedicated to cool singles.
- Vinyl Genius: a bunch of gems.
- Funk My Soul: another great resource.
(Also check 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.