Record Store Day – Must Have PurchasesThursday, April 16th, 2015
Saturday 18th April marks the 8th annual Record Store Day, when independently owned record stores up and down the country come together with artists and labels to celebrate music. Exclusive vinyl releases and rarities will be released on the day, and we asked Olivia Swash to pick out 10 essential purchases.
1. SENSIBLE RECORD LABELS (Compilation) by Various Artists
This corker of a compilation is a ten-part collaborative effort from the UK’s best indie labels. From FatCat to Bella Union and Alcopop!, ten labels at the forefront of new music have offered up never-before-heard exclusives from their rosters to create this extra special limited release. The likes of Alvvays, Joanna Gruesome and Menace Beach grace each of the 500 unique colour-splattered LPs, along with a download card featuring hundreds more songs. At just a tenner, this is an unmissable RSD bargain!
2. HONEYBLOOD – No Big Deal/The Black Cloud
This double A-side 7″ from the Glaswegian duo is brimming with jangly riffs with a fuzzy, grungy sound. Both songs have a more energetic buzz than their debut album, was released last summer. Watch Honeyblood in session for Amazing Afternoons
3. COURTNEY BARNETT – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
A new addition to the RSD list, Courtney Barnett’s fantastically witty, debut album, perfectly showcases her introspective story-telling and observational humour. You’ll no doubt recognise her Aussie drawl and distorted guitars from Pedestrian at Best along with ten other tracks all packaged neatly into a double LP on orange heavyweight vinyl.
4. SHURA – Indecision (Jungle Remix)
One of Amazing Radio’s tips for 2015, Shura has handed over her breathy synth-pop singleIndecision to funk giants Jungle. The product of such a pairing could only create something brilliant. The catchy melody is enhanced by touches of Jungle’s signature bass and riffs thatNile Rodgers would be proud of. This heavyweight 12″ also has Shura’s original version on the B side.
5. DENAI MOORE – Blame
After we tipped her for 2014, Denai has spent the past year making a name for herself having played our stage at The Great Escape and releasing her Saudade EP. Blame is a heart-wrenching track with stunning harmonies showing Moore’s maturity beyond her young age. The release is a blue coloured 12″ with a Mr Mitch Remix on the flip side.
6. THE WYTCHES & HOOTON TENNIS CLUB – Wastybois/Barstool Blues
Heavenly Recordings bring us this gem of a split double A side, with Amazing Radiofavourites The Wytches putting their dark surf-psych to 7″. Label-mates Hooton Tennis Club’s slack-rock cover of Neil Young’s Barstool Blues is on the flip side.
7. RUN THE JEWELS - Bust No Moves E.P.
Also known as El-P and Killer Mike, the US hip hop duo release a four track picture disk featuring the unreleased Bust No Moves featuring SL Jones,Pew Pew Pew (European edition of their self-titled debut album), Love Again (second album) andBlockbuster Night Pt. 2: a bonus track from Run the Jewels 2 Feat. Despot and Wiki.
8. FIELD MUSIC – Music For Drifters
Mercury Prize nominated brothers Peter and David Brewis bring to the table a cinematic score composed to accompany Scottish filmmaker John Grierson’s pioneering 1929 silent film Drifters, which followed fishermen in the harsh conditions of the North Sea. The concept was originally commissioned by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival a couple of years back, and audiences can soon experience the accompaniment to the documentary live in cinemas around the UK. Alternatively just pop on this silver coloured LP and let Field Music’s two sides of rhythmic instrumental wash over you.
9. JAGAARA – In The Dark
London based Jagaara offer up this brand new track on black 7″, with the haunting vocals of sisters Ruth, Jane and Cat echoing Kate Bush. The B side is a remix of the stunningHeartbeats by Edwin from Foals.
10. SLOW CLUB – I Swam Out To Greet You
We’ve supported Slow Club since the very beginning, and following the success of their album Complete Surrender last summer, we’re eager to hear that Sheffield duo Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson are releasing a collection of exclusive covers put to 12″ black vinyl. We’re most excited for their interpretations of Pulp’s Disco 2000; The Eagles Desperado and Future Islands Seasons (Waiting on You).
Words: Olivia Swash