Record Store Day, the annual celebration of local indie music shops and the vinyl revival, takes place this Saturday and once again there are hundreds of exclusive CD, cassette and vinyl releases on offer. Here are a selection of releases you should try and get your mitts on.
Releases are full-length unless noted otherwise.
Tamikrest – Taksera on Glitterbeat
Taksera (meaning ‘a celebration with music’ in Tamashek) is the first live album from the Songlines Music Award-winning group, recorded in summer 2014 during their Chatma tour.
Martin Carthy – Martin Carthy on Topic
The English folk singer’s eponymous debut record from 1965 is getting a 50th anniversary re-release.
Sun Ra Arkestra – Planets of Life or Death on Strut
The first release of a live Sun Ra performance from Amiens, France in 1973.
Orlando Julius & His Modern Aces – James Brown Ride On (7”) on Vampisoul
This reissue of Orlando Julius’ 1970 single captures highlife coming full circle. An homage to the godfather of funk from an Afrobeat legend whose musical forefathers laid the foundations for funky music to flourish all over the world.
Various Artists – Thai Pop Spectacular 1960s-1980s on Sublime Frequencies
Another gorgeous double-LP heavy gatefold vinyl release compiled by Alan Bishop and Mark Gergis, featuring a host of major stars including Pumpuang Duangjan, who was dubbed ‘the queen of luk thung.’
Jah Wobble – Merry Go Round / Lets Go Psycho on Cherry Red
Four brand new tracks from Mr Wobble, featuring a reimagining of the Public Image Limited classic ‘Public Image’ and a dub mix of ‘Merry Go Round’.
Piers Faccini – Work Songs on Beating Drum
Beating Drum releases four new songs in a limited edition 12” vinyl with album artwork made using linocut prints by the English singer-songwriter and guitarist.
The Bombay Royale – Wild Stallion Mountain / Khubsoorat (7”) on HopeStreet Recordings
Two disco tunes on white wax, taken from the Australian group’s second album, The Island of Dr Electro.