It’s that time again people! Record Store Day is a day of celebration amongst music fans, digital lovers, and hard core diggers alike. YES, it can be argued that prices maybe a little higher than usual, and YES it seems mad standing in the cold for hours for something that you can normally buy with no wait time for the rest of the year, BUT, it’s these days that create the necessary buzz to keep the vinyl industry alive, and flourishing. SO, as with last year, we have cherry picked some of the most Wordplay-head-friendly releases, to start your checklist off in style. It’s done in alphabetical order, and we hope you join us for a spot of digging and a bacon sarnie on Saturday 16th April 2016!
Eric Lau, Tall Black Guy, Kidkanevil & Mr Thing – Nothing Leaves The Archive
First Word Records
How better to complete the trilogy, than for these production heavyweights to enter the chambers of John Peel! The “Nothing Leaves The…” series are beautiful, and super soulful instrumentals, which started in 2014, and we can’t wait to hear the next installment! Check out the promo video to find out a little more:
Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove
12″ red vinyl
Limited to only 2000 copies, this vinyl brings the opportunity to hear all 4 mixes of Funkadelic’s legendary “One Nation Under A Groove” in one place. Pressed on a red vinyl and featuring artwork from Pedro Bull and the complete lyrics, this is WELL worth finding!
Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing
12″ Gold Vinyl
After a rather long time (2007 to be exact!) Hot 8’s infamous cover of sexual healing gets the RSD treatment! Dropping on Tru Thoughts with a gold vinyl, with a deluxe pantone gold sleeve, and featuring brand new remixes from Ibibio Sound Machine, Maddslinky (AKA Zed Bias), Werkha, J-Felix and more. Cop a chunk of New Orleans vibes!
J Rawls – The Essence Of… Fifteenth Year Anniversary Redux
After being an underground king for years, and producing for the likes of Kweli, Beastie Boys, Mos Def, and of course the incredible Lone Catalysts and Jay Are projects, J Rawls is hidden musical gem, and The Essence Of… is no exception. Whether you’re new to Rawls or a seasoned listener, this is definitely worth copping, though it maybe a little more tricky to find than some of the other releases.
Jehst – Reel It In f. Strange U & Lee Scott
This one has already been doing the visual rounds, but with Mo Kolours on production and Billy teaming up once again with Strange U, this is another Jehst Record Store Day gem.
J J Dilla – The Diary
Mass Appeal / Pay Jay Records
Limited 12″ LP and CD
Need we say more?!!! After 14 years of legal battles with MCA, the long awaited Dilla vocal album is finally unleashed! Featuring stone cold classics like Fuck The Police, alongside more recent releases like Trucks and Diamonds, this will be an instant posthumous classic.
Outkast – Elevators (Me & You)
12″ glow in the dark coloured vinyl
2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of Outkast’s platinum album and classic ATLiens with this special Record Store Day release of the first single “Elevators (Me & You).” Now making its first ever appearance on vinyl as a glow-in-the-dark alien green 10″, including Crazy “C” & ONP 86 Remixes and Instrumental & Acapella Mixes and it’s limited to 5,000. so cop it quick!
Pete Rock – Give It To Y’all f. Roc Marciano & Trife
This is the vocal version of the original beats on Petestrumentals in 2001. Now re-released in vocal form with 2 of hip-hop’s stalwarts, and the flip featuring the original instrumental, this is a sure fire DJ set killer!
Roots Manuva – Switching Sides
Switching sides is the 5 track EP that Mr.Manuva is dropping for RSD. Featuring Crying, taken from the rather fresh Bleeds album, the project is entirely produced by With You a new production team formed by Switch and Daouda Leonard and assisted by Stabber. The EP was recorded in LA whilst recording the Bleeds Album.
Run The Jewels – Crown – VRTJ Viewer
Mass Appeal / Sony Red
Man, you gotta love RTJ for keeping it fresh and ahead of the game! Just at Google begin to roll out their viewers, and Virtual Reality begins to take it’s place at the forefront of the tech game, with HUGE things happening over the next 12 months, RTJ step in and keep it hip-hop with their own custom viewer! Featuring the rather fresh Crown, in an emersive music video format, this is something different to add to your collection AND, if previous RSDs are anything to go by, RTJ products go seriously quickly go grab those quickly!
SO! That our round up of some hip-hop beasts (and a little bit of funk!) to watch out for. If your itching to get more, also keep a look out for –
– The Lafontaines – Paper Chase / Class
– The Levellers – A Weapo Called The Word
– Linkin Park – Road To Revolution Live At Milton Keynes
– Quincy Jones – The Dude
– Sun Ra – various releases
– Thelonious Monk – London Collection, Volume 3
– Soul Jazz Record Presents New Orleans Funk – New Orleans: The Original Sound Of Funk
– Atjazz presents 22015
Have an amazing Record Store Day gang, and let us know what you got!
Words by Vice beats