Record Store Day 2017 - Our Picks
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Like the vinyl equivalent of Christmas where the day isn't ruined by your drunk uncle, Record Store Day comes all but once a year. Up and down the country avid collectors rub their hands with excitement about what rarities they can spend their hard earned cash on, while eager U2 fans queue up outside Rough Trade because they simply do not have anything better to do with their time. Whether you're playing or digging, partying or spending, make this Record Store Day one to remember.
Opened by a crew of ex-ravers, DJs, journalists and music enthusiasts, their yearly Record Store Day party is always one for the calendar, and of course their 2017 edition is no exception. Afrobeat icon Dele Sosimi will be performing live, while disco edit king Luke Solomon, Pete On The Corner of Worldwide FM and perhaps some very special guests will be joining the party throughout the day. So, grab yourself a tinnie, spill out onto the streets of Hackney and celebrate the 12” in the way it should be celebrated: drunk.
RSD has become synonymous with middle-aged, goatee donning white men queuing up for hours on end, but if you like yours a little more relaxed then head down to the Vinyl Pimp all-dayer. Rave icon Luke Vibert and Ray Keith man the decks while rising Parisian hip-hop/techno producer Bambooman will be performing during the day. Vinyl Pimp neighbours Crate will be pumping the good stuff (beer) right into your mouths and PEARL will be providing the hot dogs to enjoy with your hot wax selections.
Representing the sounds of Brixton - from reggae and grime to dubstep, before it became the god awful 'wob wob' music we know and hate today - Container have become one of south London's most respected record stores. For their RSD celebrations the Container crew welcome a hand-picked selection of London's best collectors and independent sellers to bring you rare cuts from every single genre under the sun.
We hear you, parents. You want to enjoy all the revelry of RSD but because you're middle-aged and responsible now, you have kids who, for some reason, aren't interested in your collection of rare Latin records from Brazil. Well, all is not lost for you as BBE music takes over The Institute of Light in London Fields with Yoruba labelhead Osunlade and Boddhi Satva. Kids welcome, so bring them along and let them do their thing.
Let's face it, Record Store Day can be a bit non-offensive. Thankfully, London's Inperspective Records bring something different this year with the very first Drum & Bass and Jungle only record fair. Metalheadz, Function, Distant Planet, Offshore, Reinforced Records, all the greatest labels catering to tougher tastes will be here flogging their wares, with everything from old classics to rare dubplates on sale throughout the day. Avoid the hordes at Rough Trade and head here for a taste of the old school.
Record Store Day wouldn't exist without record stores, so make sure you keep on spending all your hard-earned disposable in these retro institutions. And for us, very few record stores in London are more eclectic, more charming or more downright fantastic in every single way than Eldica Records in Dalston. Eldica is an Aladdin's cave of tropical wonders, featuring funk, soul, reggae, new beat, calypso, soca, kwaito, British R&B, roots, and much more. So do yourself a favour and pay it a visit. After all, in Eldica, every day is record store day.