Labels are reporting major vinyl production delays. R&S stating the current delay at French vinyl manufacturing facility MPO is the “worst they’ve ever seen”.
MPO is one of Europe’s largest and oldest vinyl production facilities. While delays are not uncommon, the ongoing spike in consumer demand for vinyl has meant the current delays have been particularly disruptive for labels such as R&S, Kompakt, Hotflush and трип.
Vinyl's very real revival as a music format is continuing, according to new figures from the British Phonographic Industry.
Over the last decade, sales of tracks on black plastic have increased by an unarguably impressive 1,500%. Earlier in the year we reported how the associated industry was predicted to break the $1billion mark internationally, including turntables and accessories, with 40million records expected to be shifted between January and December 2017.
Technics are a company re-born, having come back from the brink of death only two years ago with the high-flying SL-1200 remake. Many DJs were disappointed that the iconic model number was re-appearing on a turntable that was out of the price range of most of their DJ user base.
Danish vinyl accessory company AM have relaunched their classic range of vinyl cleaning products.
Inspired by the recent boom in sales of vinyl and turntables, the Danish brand has updated and relaunched its original record and stylus cleaners, vinyl brush and anti-static mat, as it aims to show a new generation of vinyl fans how to look after their records.
Ahead of this month's Record Store Day, Curbed Detroit has created a handy map out every single record shop in the city that sells vinyl.
Many of the shops featured on the interactive map will be hosting special Record Store Day events this weekend (Saturday 22nd April).
Wax addicts will find an extensive list of stores that stock everything from Detroit techno to R&B and everything in between.
Vinylised is a new vinyl production company helping small labels press records.
It provides imprints with a complete end-to end service and the process is simple for getting your music pressed.
Here's how it works: Labels add their catalogue to the Vinylised website for free with a minimum target of orders. Once the minimum is reached, Vinylised will look after the manufacturing, from mastering to pressing.
They also pack up the release for you and ship the orders direct to the consumer, cutting out expensive distributors and cash-grabbing middle men.
Spotify is prepping a new Hi-Fi-style membership tier, that includes all premium features, lossless CD quality audio and a discount on limited-edition vinyl.
According to Reddit, users of Spotify's Android app received a notification asking to upgrade to the lossless tier for an additional $7.50 a month — indicating the new subscription may have entered BETA testing.
Carl Craig has revealed details of his upcoming release via new Detroit vinyl pressing plant, Third Man Records.
Founded by The White Stripes frontman, Jack White, the factory opened last weekend (25th February), and marks the first new vinyl plant to open in the city since 1965.
Third Man Records’ pressing plant opened over the weekend (25th February) with an opening party selling releases by Derrick May and Carl Craig.
The new operation was founded by Jack White (of The White Stripes) and is the first new vinyl pressing plant in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing opened in 1965.
The 10,000 square-foot Third Man Records factory will be taking outside orders, is able to press up to 15,000 records a day and has 16 full-time members of staff recruited from the Detroit scene.