Record Store Day 2017 \\ Our pick of the best releases
Record Store Day, the UK’s annual celebration of vinyl, celebrates 10 years in 2017. On 22 April, over 200 independent record shops come together to co-host one of the biggest music events in a collector’s calendar. Hundreds of records will be released, with events held across stores and venues. Many of the records will be limited to one pressing, so be prepared to set your alarms.
To get you ready for some well informed crate-digging, we’ve carefully selected some of the most significant Record Store Day releases from across jazz, electronica, soul and spoken word.
Arthur Verocai \\ Arthur Verocai
Guitarist, producer and arranger Arthur Verocai originally released his self-titled album in 1972, inspired by film and Brazilian culture. Its become a classic for Brazilian music fans ― and a JS favourite. UK label Mr Bongo are releasing 1000 copies of the album at half-speed, mastered at Abbey Road by Miles Showell. Sleeve nerds can revel in the accompanying booklet featuring photography from the recording session.
Bill Evans \\ Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
LA label Resonance Records are dropping a live recording by the Bill Evans Trio. Bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette recorded with pianist Bill Evans in Hilversum, Holland, at the Netherlands Radio Union in 1968. This Record Store Day exclusive marks the recording’s first release.
Cocteau Twins \\ Milk and Kisses
Cocteau Twins ― the collaboration of vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, bassist Will Heggie and guitarist Simon Raymonde (from 1983 onwards) ― developed one of the most distinctive sounds of the eighties. Cocteau Twins’ voluptuous synthesised chords and dreamy vocals can easily be held responsible for birthing today’s dream-pop scene; would Grimes and Chvrches bear the same daydream landscapes without this Scottish band having laid down the bedding? Cocteau Twins originally released Milk and Kisses on Universal in 1996. It would turn out to be their final studio album together.
The Comet Is Coming \\ Death To The Planet
NASA have revealed a string of potential habitats for life, most recently announcing that there could be life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. What we’re trying to say is that not only is The Comet Is Coming‘s new release a progressive, cosmic romp – it’s kind of on trend, too. Death To The Planet will be released digitally but for now, electro-galactic sound waves rising from bright orange wax will be the only way to hear the entire EP.
Nigeria Soul \\ Soul jazz records
Soul Jazz Records drop a limited-edition soul 7″ box set for Record Store Day this year. Featuring tenor saxophonist Roland Alphonso and vocalist Larry Marshall, this is a collectable item for those who value everything between Nigerian 70s funk through to afro-disco. Limited to one purchase per customer ― contain yourselves.
Gold Panda \\ Kingdom
A ‘Peckhamite’ by birth, producer Gold Panda went on to live in Essex, before having an extended stint in Japan. The sonic influence of the country is prevalent throughout his discography, but doesn’t stay in the far East; Kingdom EP was released digitally in 2016 as a response to Brexit. It makes its way to press for the first time for Record Store Day‘s tenth birthday.
Kate Tempest is one of the UK’s most prolific spoken word artists, accenting her rhythmics truths with ear-catching instrumentation. For Record Store Day, Fiction release a double LP ― one black and one white ― with beats on one and vocals on the other.
Prince \\ Various 12″ singles
Almost a year since the death of Prince, a number of 12″ singles are being pressed for Record Store Day in celebration of his incredible career. Sign ‘O’ The Times, I Wish U Heaven and I Could Never Take the Place Of Your Man are amongst the releases.
Sun Ra \\ Hello Mr. Schimmel
In 1990, Sun Ra improvised a solo piano piece during an interview with DJ Jez Nelson on JazzFM in London. Nearly thirty years later, the performance is being pressed to vinyl for the very first time thanks to Gearbox Records. Jazz In The Round are hosting a launch event for the release in London on 24 April.
Thelonious Monk \\ Les Liasons Dangereuses, 1960
What do Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones have in common? They’ve all recorded film soundtracks. Les Liasons ― a provocative Fresh feature ― was the only film that Monk recorded for.
\\ Soho Scene ’65 Jazz Goes Mod
Imagine a jazz club scene in 1950’s Soho, London. For many, the archetypal jazz fan is an older guy in a suit and cravat. But there was another scene that embraced jazz; the mods. Phoenix in Cavendish Square and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club were popular hang outs for a collective who were recognised for their distinctive style as much as their (pretty dope) taste in music. This Rough Trade release takes us back to 1965 with staples from the London circuit like saxophonist Tubby Hayes (best friend to musician and club owner Ronnie Scott) and the Dave Lee Orchestra.
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JS | Tina Edwards