Record Store Day takes place this Saturday; the seventh celebration of the treasured medium and independent sector. There are hundreds of exclusive CD and vinyl releases on offer, so we’ve whittled down the list to bring you our top ten recommendations.
Releases are full-length LPs unless noted otherwise.
Quantic – You Will Return ft Alice Russell (7”) on Tru Thoughts
The Brighton-based label release this exclusive full-colour 7” edit from producer Will Holland and soul-singer Alice Russell. It’s over 8 minutes of summertime perfection.
Various Artists – Adaptations EP (12”) on Black Acre
Airhorns at the ready. Bristol-based Black Acre showcase some of the talent on this burgeoning label, coupled with some of the best artwork you’ll come across this Saturday.
Bombino – Agamgam on Glitterbeat
Glitterbeat’s first ever Record Store Day offering sees the limited release of the Touareg star’s debut album. Only one per customer, so make sure you get there first.
Criolo – Duas de Cinco + Cóccix-ência (10”) on Sterns Music
Sterns are releasing a limited amount of 10” vinyl editions of these tracks from the Brazilian MC.
Various Artists – A Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood on World Music Network
The big names of Bollywood’s golden age – singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi – all appear on this magnificent compilation.
Various Artists – Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock from Singapore & Malaysia 1964-1970 (2LP) on Sublime Frequencies
The Seattle-based label releases swinging groove sensations from the East. This collection lifts the lid on a little-known culture that was just as significant in the East as its counterpart in the West.
Fela Kuti and his Koola Lobitos – Se E Tun De/ Waka Waka (7”) on Knitting Factory Records.
Following on from last year’s Felabrations on what would’ve been Fela’s 75th year, Knitting Factory release this rare limited edition 7”.
Gilles Peterson & Sonzeira – Southern Freeez (7”) on Talkin’ Loud
6Music’s Peterson has produced a bossa nova reworking of the 1981 hit with collective Sonzeira, taken from the upcoming new album Brasil Bam Bam Bam – an incredible journey through the different flavours of authentic Brazilian music culture. Read more about the new album in issue #101 (on sale June 6).
Nuba Nour – Dessy Lemon/Ready for Drowning (7”) on 30IPS
From the Nubian percussionists, the 7” will include A-side ‘Dessy Lemon’ and a re-imagining of the Manic Street Preacher’s ‘Ready for Drowning’, which is sure to add a vibrant Nubian twist to the 1998 hit.
Various Artists – Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes (2LP) on Transgressive Records
Recorded in Bamako, this inventive project curated by Damon Albarn throws together some of the best in African and Western rock musicians.