It's that time of year again when music labels release exclusive material on vinyl or other hard to come by media, artists play intimate in-store shows, and every passionate crate-digger heads down to their local record shop to hunt for a shiny piece of sleeved treasure.
Record Store Day 2016 takes place this Saturday 16th April, with hundreds of exclusive releases and reissues filling up shops over the weekend. Find your local participating store here.
What use are records without a record player? This years limited edition turntable is a Rega RP1 designed by iconic Sheffield artist, Pete Mckee. The turntable will go on sale in Record Store Day participating stores and Rega dealers on Saturday 16th April.
Only 500 RP1s with the ‘Club Rega’ design have been made, making it a very limited and much-desired collector’s item. Check out the amazing graphic in all its glory below:
Record Store Day keeps getting bigger and better, now in it's 9th year the creativity behind some of the exclusive items available is second to none.
The most notable example this year would be Run The Jewels VRTJ Viewer (pictured below). The critically acclaimed Alt Hip-Hop Duo are releasing a fully-immersive virtual reality music video for their hit song 'Crown’.
It gives fans the chance to experience the video in 360 style with a fully customized Run the Jewels virtual reality viewer. For the viewer to work, all you need is a smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc). As the VR format becomes more popular, the viewer can also be used for watching future virtual reality content including 360 videos.
Now, on to the music...
John Cooper Clarke - Ou Est Le Maison De Fromage
Taken from the Rabid Records archive tapes and released the way the label had originally planned - with extra tracks and new sleeve artwork.
1000 units only for RSD 2016, printed on180g Orange vinyl with gatefold sleeve.
Blossoms - You Pulled a Gun on Me
This 7” vinyl pressing of the track contains the band’s original version while the flip features a live version of Electronic’s late - ‘80s classic ‘Getting Away With It’, recorded live at their sold-out October 2015 show at Manchester’s The Ritz.
Ian Brown - Solarized
Coming on the heels of the critical and commercial success of Ian Brown’s landmark ‘Music Of The Spheres’, ‘Solarized’ hit the ground running with its lead-off single ‘Keep What You Got’. Bringing together two generations of Mancunian indie legends its unforgettable video saw Noel Gallagher playing guitar on a street corner Ian Brown upfront singing and swaggering in his inimitable style. There were other treats aplenty throughout the set but no vinyl format for ‘Solarized’ was forthcoming. Until now, that is, and this heavyweight vinyl pressing lands in time for Record Store Day 2016 with matt finish printed inner bag and download code.
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
A 12” picture disc LP of 'The Man Who Sold The World' by the late, great, David Bowie. Using the very fitting German cover and featuring the 2015 remastered version of the albums songs.
PINS - Trouble
Dot To Dot alumni PINS for RSD 2016 will be releasing a limited edition 10" red vinyl on Bella Union. Recorded at Strangeways Studios in Salford with Martin Hurley. Check out the video of their performance at Dot To Dot below.
The Fall - Bingo Masters at The Witch Trials
2000 units only in orange 180 gram vinyl with gatefold sleeve. Described as a cool release for vinyl by Mark E Smith in 2015 this is a storming 14 track 1978 live recording including one of the few live recordings of Bingo Masters Break Out. Check out our video of them performing 'Dedication' at Sub-Sonic Live in 2015 below.
The Isley Brothers - This Old Heart Of Mine
While already regarded as one of the seminal Detroit groups of the era, The Isley Brothers’ ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ was their fourth studio album and their first for the legendary Motown label. The majority of its tracks were written and produced by the unstoppable Holland-Dozier-Holland production team and the title track would go on to be the biggest hit of the Isleys’ early period. Reissued in its original form for Record Store Day 2016 for the album's 50th anniversary.
Buzzcocks - More Product In A Different Compilation
More Product in a Different Compilation showcases the best of The Buzzcocks' recordings for United Artists Records on two coloured LPs - limited to 2,000 units worldwide. The compilation covers the short time span between 1977 and 1980, when the band released three albums and some thirteen singles. Check out them performing the classic Ever Fallen In Love at Sub-Sonic Live below.
Slaves - Are You Satisfied
The explosive Top Ten / silver-certified debut album from Slaves was given a special Deluxe Edition revamp in 2015 for their Mercury Music Prize nomination. The extra tracks on the package included the sought-after Radio 1 Live Lounge covers including ‘Shutdown’ and ‘Daft Punk is Playing At My House’ as well as new tracks and live favourites ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’ and ‘White Knuckle Ride’. Especially for Record Store Day 2016, these 9 tracks receive their first vinyl release, in hot pink, along with a slipcase to insert the original vinyl album.
The Charlatans - Trouble Understanding (Norman Cook Remix)
Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) delivers a stunning Balearic take on The Charlatans “Trouble Understanding” for Record Store Day 2016. A lush sweeping Remix perfect for the long summer nights ahead. “Trouble Understanding is taken from the critically acclaimed album “Modern Nature”. The 12” is limited to 1500 copies World Wide.
Check out The Charlatans performing at the 60 Years of Fred Perry Show back in 2012 below.