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Record Store Day: this year's best buys

Over 600 limited-edition releases hit the racks of London's record shops for Record Store Day 2014


‘Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide’

David Bowie

Seven-inch picture disc
A cross-Atlantic double release celebrating the fortieth anniversary of two tracks, each on limited-edition picture discs. The UK gets ‘Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide’, while the US gets the funky ‘1984’. Both still sound awesome, of course.


‘Hey Now’ (remixes)

London Grammar

Ten-inch vinyl single
You’ve got to feel a little sorry for mellow-indie types London Grammar. Last week, they received the traditional kiss of death when David Cameron told the world he was a fan. Expect to see the PM out on Saturday, therefore, hunting through the racks for this rare ten-inch remix single which features a bubbly house rework by Bonobo.

‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ OST

Brad Fiedel

Seven-inch single
This scary-looking single contains four tracks from one of the most iconic soundtracks of the ’90s, including composer Fiedel’s industrial-edged main theme. The main reason to buy it, though is the awesome sleeve, which is made of embossed silver foil. Check carefully that yours isn’t a T-1000 in disguise.


‘Me! I Disconnect from You’

Grace Jones

Twelve-inch single
Speaking of unstoppable machines, here’s Grace Jones. Everyone’s favourite Amazonian new-wave queen recorded this stonkingly groovy Gary Numan/Tubeway Army cover back in 1981 as part of the sessions for her iconic ‘Nightclubbing’ album, and now it’s getting released on twelve-inch alongside the new reissue of the LP.

‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)


Etched twelve-inch single

The Soulwax brothers
flex their remix muscles – a rare treat these days – on this rework of the title track from Metronomy’s ace new album. Expect a slow-burning disco refix that’s fiery enough to command the dancefloor but still with Metronomy’s wonk-pop stamp for melodic relief.


‘Say You’ll Be There’

Seven-inch single
Spice Girls superfan Karen Marie Ørsted (aka MØ) pays tribute to Geri and crew, here giving their 1996 hit a 2014 makeover, complete with slightly freaky cover art (see above). MØ brushes the Spicers’ glittery chart fodder with icy, melodic electro-pop, retaining the original’s playful mood.


‘The Long Goodbye: Live at Madison Square Garden’

LCD Soundsystem

Five-LP box set
Due since 2011, when the generation-defining disco-meets-punk band played their last ever gig (and recorded all four hours of it for live-album posterity). It seems LCD leader and king o’ the nerds James Murphy has been tinkering and tweaking with the audio ever since, so this luxurious vinyl package will sound extra lush.

‘Live at the New Empowering Church’

Melt Yourself Down

Seven-inch picture disc
The title might make this sound a bit like the last recording of a late ’60s suicide cult (which wouldn’t be out of the question as a RSD novelty release), but the most dangerous thing about this record is its explosive funk. Recorded at a show in Hackney last November, this might be the last release for a while by London Afro-jazz-funk-punk collective Melt Yourself Down, who made one of the best albums of 2013. Snap it up and get down.

Record Store Day events

Special events, gigs and workshops will be taking place at many of London's record shops, and one-off albums and promotions are available exclusively on RSD

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By: James Manning
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