A gift card-style Record Token scheme is set to make a return to independent record stores in the UK this May to cater for a new generation of vinyl collectors.
During the ‘90s similar schemes were worth millions and its hoped that a new, more modern scheme will be able to tap into the resurgent vinyl market.
Like a credit card, the gift cards can be used at participating independent record shops to purchase vinyl, CDs and cassettes.
Fatboy Slim will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his classic ‘You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’ album with a vinyl reissue.
Set for release via BMG on 16th March, the album will be available in a deluxe double LP or in a limited edition ‘meal deal’ package. The ‘meal deal’ LPs come delivered in a very snazzy, stencilled pizza box. It will also come with a t-shirt made in the same design as the original album’s cover star, replacing the caption “I’m #1 So Why Try Harder” with “I’m #20…”.
Discogs have released a comprehensive list showcasing the most collected records of 2017 by genre.
With lists spanning from Electronic and Experimental to Folk/World/Country to Hardcore, it all adds up to quite the goldmine. Under the Techno heading of course, there were some superb releases on the list among some interesting inclusions.
It’s no secret that the vinyl resurgence has been under way for some time now. Although much of this is attributable to classic album re-issues, vinyl as a medium is as popular within the electronic music sphere as it has been since the turn of the millennium.
Technics unveiled their “most premium turntable ever” during this week’s CES Conference in Las Vegas. The equipment is a revival of the brand’s SP-10 player that originally debuted in 1970.
Carrying the SP-10R name, the new turntable and its $10,000 price tag, is aimed at the wealthy audiophile searching for the premier in home hi-fi listening.
4.1 million vinyl records were sold in the UK during 2017, reports BPI. That tops all sales marks dating back to 1991.
While vinyl sales continue to climb toward pre-digital-era heights, they still only account for 3% of all music consumed.
Additionally, the vinyl resurgence hasn’t meant a boon for new or emerging artists. 14 of the top 20 vinyl records of 2017 were reissues, with Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ landing within the top 5 for a third consecutive year.
Frank Ocean's 'Endless' album is coming to vinyl and VHS in the new year.
The 45-minute visual album — which first landed in August last year — will be available in three different physical formats from Ocean's Blonded store in January.
The LP will be available on vinyl and VHS (alongside CD and DVD releases) catering for all those Ocean fans old enough to still own a VHS player!
Theres also two doubled-sided posters being made available via the store, including a never before-seen image of Ocean from the album's production period.
The Ransom Note is set to unveil a record shop on Saturday 2nd December in East London’s Forest Gate neighbourhood. The physical retail location is being launched in partnership with dance music journalist Aiden d'Araujo.
The Ransom Note premiered late last decade as a digital magazine and hub for “acid house-obsessed” musings on music, film, books art and culture. d'Araujo has been a contributor since 2014.
VinylHub have created a crowd-sourced map that pinpoints all the best record stores on the planet.
Ever been in a foreign country and not known where the best places to shop wax are? Us too! But with the vinyl traveller map you'll never have that problem again.
According to its website, it’s "like Discogs, for record shops and record events."
And the best thing is, if your favourite record shop isn’t on there, you can just make an entry for it.
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.