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EVENT: Record Store Day 2014 – Our Selection

Record Store Day is in its seventh year of existence and although the sheen is rapidly wearing thin – largely because of major label re-issue madness – there will of course be plenty of excellent treats to pick up this year.

Our post is slightly London centric and we’re happy to inform you that the likes of; Sister Ray, Sounds of The Universe, BM, Phonica, If, Rough Trade (East AND West), Music & Video Exchange (Soho, Notting Hill and Greenwich) and Soul Brother will all be taking part.

So, to cut through all the crap (we see you Aerosmith, Terminator 2 OST, One Direction and co.), we’ve come up with a list of the Record Store Day 2014 releases we reckon are worth a punt. And we’re doing you a solid, because there’s around 650 official Record Store Day releases (wtf?!);

  • Anushka – Distorted Air EP (Brownswood Recordings)
  • Bonobo – Get Thy Bearings feat. Szjerdene (Late Night Tales)
  • Darq E Freaker – Ironside (Tru Thoughts)
  • Gregory Porter – Musical Genocide (Decca)
  • Illum Sphere – Spectre Vex (Ninja Tune)
  • Jef Gilson et Malagasy – Jef Gilson et Malagasy (Jazzman Records)
  • Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp (Because Music)
  • Mr Thing, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau & Kidkanevil – Nothing Leaves The House (First Word Records)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Commissions 1 (Warp)
  • Robert Glasper – Porter Chops Glasper (Decca)
  • Throwing Snow – Mosaic VIPs (Houndstooth)
  • Visioneers – Mystic Brew (Omniverse Records)
  • William Onyeabor – What?! (Luaka Bop)

The rest are mainly a collection of unnecessary re-issues and legacy back-catalogue – besides the likes of the glow-in-the-dark Ray Parker Jr. Ghost Busters picture disc, which will look good on your wall.

The main point of Record Store Day is to encourage people to support their local record store. I think it’s a shame that it has become somewhat of a parody of itself, with the reams of irrelevant releases. You don’t really need to own a copy of an album you bought 15 years ago just because it’s Record Store Day and is now on green vinyl. Don’t waste your money. Even if you don’t own some of these old releases, you’ll probably find them in your local charity store for a bargain – so go support your local charity store instead!

Naturally I enjoy the existence of record stores and frequent them often, I’m just slightly sad at what this event has become. On the one hand, anything that can be done to encourage people to go to a record store is a good thing, but I’m not sure a bunch of re-issues and a One Direction record are particularly necessary or helpful. For even more depressing viewing, check a lot of the record stores in London and they actually have sections dedicated to left over RSD stock from years gone by. There are so many releases on offer (and more and more each year) that most can hardly be described as “limited edition”. Personally, I think Record Store Day releases should be genuinely special; music that has never been available before and presented in a unique fashion.

Anyway, enough of the negativity. The above list is what we reckon is definitely worth grabbing should you venture out this Saturday for Record Store Day 2014. Let us know what you’re gonna try and get hold of in the comments below.

On a side-note, myself and Ellesbells (of Nothing To Display) will be presenting a special one-off Record Store Day radio show for K2K Radio from 8pm on Saturday: http://ktokradio.com/