Every April a new crop of special releases arrives in London record shops for Record Store Day. While some if it isn’t exactly essential (James Bay on vinyl, anyone?) there are always a few real gems for music fans to snap up. Here are our top ten selections from this year’s Record Store Day special releases. Just remember to ring your local shop and check they’re stocking your favourites before you head down this Saturday.
The best Record Store Day vinyl
‘Where Are Ü Now’ - Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber
Skrillex and Diplo rerelease their massive banger – featuring a certain Mr Bieber – on charming ‘piss yellow’ vinyl.
‘The Music of Twin Peaks’ - Xiu Xiu
The soundtrack for David Lynch’s cult series gets a creepy makeover at the hands of Californian art-rockers Xiu Xiu.
‘Private Life’ - Grace Jones
Grace Jones’s single from 1980 gets a reissue, including her stunning and intense version of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’.
‘Original Ska Sounds’ - The Skatalites
Soul Jazz Records’ new seven-inch box set features ten all-time greats by Jamaican ska pioneers The Skatalites.
‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ - Alan Partridge
This 12-inch picture disc of Alan Partridge’s 1992 chat show will impress your guests and potential love interests.
‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’ - Heaven 17
Heaven 17’s Reagan-bashing ’80s anthem is relevant all over again. Thanks, Mr Trump!
‘Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross’ and ‘Charlemagne: The Omens of Death’ - Sir Christopher Lee
Did you know Sir Christopher Lee made two metal albums about the Holy Roman Empire? Here they are for the first time on vinyl.
‘Sexual Healing’ - The Hot 8 Brass Band
The Hot 8 Brass Band’s epic New Orleans version of Marvin’s bedtime plea is back on seven-inch for the first time since ’07.
‘Songs by Others’ - Ezra Furman
A new collection of glammed-up cover versions – Beck, Arcade Fire and more – by oddball indie genius Ezra Furman.
‘VRTJ Viewer’ - Run The Jewels
Proving Record Store Day isn’t just about dusty old vinyl, New York rap duo RTJ are releasing these nifty cardboard virtual reality goggles. Nab them this Saturday, download the VRTJ app and experience the future of music. Maybe.
Record Store Day 2016 events
The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
This Curtain Road venue is close in style and sentiment to its big sister, The Blues Kitchen over in Camden. Expect, then, a restaurant, bar and music venue with a hefty Stateside influence - from its bourbon and its barbecues all the way to its blues. Music does have a big part to play here. There's live artists pretty much every night of the week, with everything from rock 'n' roll to swing, motown, roots and even gospel complementing all that smokey blues. Keep an eye out for nights where food and music combine in happy harmony - think bargain ribs gnawed to a soundtrack of soul. An in-house barbecue, with meats smoked over fruit woods in their own fire pit, is kept busy - orders of beef brisket, smoked chicken, short beef ribs and burnt ends glazed with a beer and hickory barbecue sauce prove popular. Burgers, chilli, lobster, gumbo and a catfish jambalaya also feature.
Venue says: “'Free wing Fridays' between 5-7pm at the Blues Kitchen Shoreditch. Come down and get your wing on!”