UTILITY: Back to vinyl

By Jo Phillips

8 years ago more than 700 independent record stores in The United States decided to honour the richness and wealth of the culture they have generated by designating the 18th of April as the Record Store Day. As a tribute to music, art and independent culture, record stores come together and celebrate not only with special music events, performances and meet and greets’, but also unique record releases specially for this day.

Musicians, DJs, artists and store owners across the U.K. also follow this tradition and this coming Saturday 18th celebrate Record Store Day, with many special events happening across the country.

Adam Ant at Record Store DayRecord Store Day 2014, Berwick Street

VOD MusicRecord Store Day 2014, Berwick Street

In the spirit of records, hip hop vinyl fans are in for a treat as USM recently announced a reissue of seminal hip hop albums, all as 180g heavyweight vinyls. The selection of records includes albums by artists such as 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Mos Def, N.W.A., The Game, Redman and LL Cool J.

For those wanting to celebrate Record Store Day on a Funk note, USM also reissued 20th Anniversary edition of Warren G’s ‘Regulate…G Funk Era’ which includes the album along with a bonus 12” featuring Regulate (Destructo & Wax Motif Remix) and Regulate (Photek Remix).  Listening to some of the most influential black records sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Record Store Day, don’t miss it!

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