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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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