A new record shop is opening in downtown Los Angeles, run by Rolando Alvarez and Eddie Vela, the duo behind the city's Dialogue and Midnight Lovers parties.
The pair launch Chapter One Records — a store they say specialises in "rare vinyl" — alongside their new vinyl-only record label, Dialogue Records.
Vinyl sales contributed £86.5 million to the UK’s recorded music revenue in 2020, a new report from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has revealed.
4.8 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in 2020, a 10% increase from the previous year, and the highest number in 30 years. Meanwhile, the number of CD sales in the UK fell by almost a third to 16 million in 2020.
Someone has designed a fully functioning set of DJ decks made of Lego.
Inventor and musician Look Mum No Computer, who you may remember as the creator of the organ made of Furbies, is behind the design. Apart from circuit board and mixer, the DJ set-up is made 100% out of Lego and is, remarkably, totally operational. It even has two Lego slipmats.
Vinyl sales increased by 40% in 2020, Discogs reports.
As part of its annual report, The State of Discogs, the online vinyl marketplace has revealed that 11,961,998 records were sold through Discogs in the last 12 months, up 40.75% from 2019.
CDs and cassettes also reported similiar growth in sales, which were both up over 30% from 2019, and Discogs also broke down the most-collected and best-selling releases of the five most popular genres in the Database: rock, electronic, pop, jazz, and funk/soul.
A new turntable makes your records appear to float.
Developed by Seoul-based designers Jihyo Seo and Jimin Hwang, the turntable, dubbed the Levi, is a new concept design inspired by Harman Kardon which allows records to "float" as they play.
Designed with four different listening modes — soothing, refreshing, sweet, and bittersweet — that adjust the height of the platter, and also features a chick dial to move between 12 rpm or 17 rpm.
The appearance of the "floating" records is made possible by an electromagnetic drive and coils, and features a neon orange arm.
Sven Väth has announced a Cocoon Recordings 20th anniversary compilation.
After celebrating its two-decade legacy on the White Isle back in 2019, Sven Väth's irrepressible Cocoon Recordings imprint is set to release a vinyl anniversary box set featuring 15 tracks that encompass the energy and vibes of Cocoon.
Rough Trade has announced plans to shut its NYC store.
In a statement on Facebook yesterday, record store chain Rough Trade announced that its flagship NYC store in Brooklyn would be closing after eight years.
Speaking about the decision, Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade co-owner said that the pandemic had given the team a chance to “rethink our approach, giving us the opportunity to reconsider how best to serve the rapidly increasing number of vinyl lovers in New York - that in spite of the adverse conditions surrounding the pandemic, demand for vinyl is positively booming."
A new book celebrates the rich diversity of London's record shops.
Written by music journalist Garth Cartwright, and featuring shots from photographer Quintina Valero, London's Record Shops is a compendium of some of the city's most loved outlets.
While no specifics have yet been confirmed, the book will feature record shops in areas such as Hackney, Peckham and Soho.