The best record stores in Singapore

Expand your vinyl collection with box sets, limited editions and 7' singles from these record stores
White Label Records
Photo: Marc Tan White Label Records
By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Leaving your couch to catch a live band outdoors is great and all, but sometimes staying home listening to your specially curated playlists or records suffice. If you prefer kicking it old school, trailing the detailed sounds of vinyl scratching against the needle of your turntable and those eargasmic sounds emitting from the speakers, it's about time you expand your record collection. Get browsing, dear crate-diggers.

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White Label Records
Marc Tan
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White Label Records

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

Settling into the swish neighbourhood of Ann Siang Hill just fine, White Label Records is a hip record store by day and bar by night. The stylish space is also the perfect hangout for music enthusiasts to kick back and relax over some food and drinks, browse through an endless list of records, catch DJs and live acts.

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The Analog Vault

icon-location-pin City Hall

An audiophile's paradise, the Analog Vault is a cave of vinyls, turntables and other music merchandise, as well as indie hardback and paperback titles for a good read. Similar to its online store, the Esplanade brick-and-mortar carries records in mono and stereo, as well as box sets, limited editions and 7' singles by artists from a plethora of genres, including jazz, electronic, modern and experimental classical, world music, hip-hop, R&B and soul. Don't be surprised to find a local band's LP hidden amongst the many international titles.  

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Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee

icon-location-pin Marine Parade

The brainchild of DJ collective Matteblacc, this music space is more than meets the eye. Besides offering stacks of records for music aficionados to browse through, the laidback store also invites customers to enjoy a cuppa specialty joe and craft beers while copping merch and accessories from your favourite artists, bands and cult streetwear brands. There are also impromptu vinyl sessions in-store, as well as free introductory workshops to vinyl DJing every twice a month to amp the experience of record-shopping.

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Curated Records

icon-location-pin Tiong Bahru

It’s smack in the middle of Tiong Bahru, so you know the kind of Hipster 101 albums this hole-in-the-wall stocks. Still, you’ll be able to pick out a few good finds – albeit at ludicrously high prices – like a rare first-press of Nirvana’s In Utero.

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Red Point Record Warehouse

icon-location-pin Toa Payoh

It’s a crate-digger’s wet dream: more than 10,000 vintage vinyls stack up at this out-of-the-way joint. Red Point is known among music geeks for its varied selection – you’ll find records from ’50s Chinese divas to the golden age of rock ’n’ roll to contemporary indie to bygone Singaporean hits. There’s no question here: if you own a player, you owe it to yourself to check Red Point out.

Vinylicious
Photo: Vinylicious
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Vinylicious

icon-location-pin City Hall

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve scoured Vinylicious, found a record, checked its rarity on www.discogs.org and held an internal debate on whether it’s wise to drop $100 on a first-press of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, The Smashing Pumpkins or other alt-rock legends. We even found a copy of the debut record by ’80s local new wave outfit Zircon Lounge (going for about $300). Although prices are on the high side, the catalogue here is legit. If you’ve got tighter purse strings, there’s a comprehensive collection of ’80s rock records and new indie releases here, too.

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Ravage Records

icon-location-pin Kallang

If you think the vinyl resurgence is only for the hipsters, here’s a store that doesn’t give a damn about Kamasi Washington's ascent to stardom. This is for metalheads only. Besides LP reissues of iconic albums from the likes of Bathory and Emperor, Ravage Records stocks CDs of underground acts and all sorts of black-clad merch.

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Roxy Disc House

icon-location-pin City Hall

First, a warning: it’s incredibly tough to look through the stacks upon stacks of vintage records in this hole-in-the-wall. It’s haphazard, claustrophobic, and albums aren’t sorted by any reasonable order here. But when you do find a diamond in the mess of rock, jazz, blues and soul releases, they’re extremely cheap by local standards. We picked out an (admittedly weathered) Aussie first-press of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here for a mere $10 – can’t beat that.

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HEAR Records
Photo: HEAR Records
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HEAR Records

icon-location-pin Rochor

A vast, curated selection of second-hand records line the walls of this tiny shop. Thanks to owner Nick Tan, most of the stuff here is decidedly cool – we dug up a 1996 reissue of A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory and a limited-edition release of Portishead’s Third, for example. And here’s a tip: sign up for Tan’s monthly newsletter for updates on the crates he hauls back from Japan, the UK and the US.

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Retrophonic Records

icon-location-pin Outram

Less ‘curated’, more ‘mixed bag’ – that’s what you’ll find at this Chinatown record store. The LPs range from the dodgy (Gladiator OST, seriously?) to the hyped-up (Record Store Day back catalogue), and, yes, they come with rather inflated price tags. Look elsewhere if you’re gunning for rare first-presses.

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