It’s that time of year again where we dust off our record players and head down to local record stores to rediscover the lost beauty of vinyl. We’ve picked our top releases for this year and put them all together in a handy list!
Having supported Record Store Day regularly with Elbow, this year, frontman Guy Garvey has offered up his single Unwind as a limited edition 7”. Taken from his debut solo ‘Courting the Squall’, which was met with critical acclaim, ‘Unwind’ has been described as “some of his strongest work in years” (Drowned in Sound).
See Guy Garvey on 1st July at Castlefield Bowl. Tickets here http://gigst.rs/GuyG
Proving Record Store Day is no longer just for hipsters and unsigned bands, Justin Bieber has release a limited edition picture disc of current album, Purpose. Converting even the most devout music snob with his recent run of popular hits, Bieber has shown even mainstream pop has a place on vinyl!
See Justin Bieber at V Festival. Tickets here http://gigst.rs/V21st
A heady mix of grunge and punk, VANT’s radio hit Fly-by Alien has been released as a special luminous vinyl edition. Drawing comparisons with bands such as The Strokes and Pixies in the music press, VANT’s Record Store Day offering is as melodic as it is energetic.
See VANT live. Tickets here http://gigst.rs/VANT
Unreleased until now, this 12 track acoustic performance at the Greenpeace Palace Concert was recorded in 1992. The limited edition 2LP sleeve features a portrait of the band, details from the tour booklet and a review written for the ‘James’ fanzine.
See James in May. Tickets here http://gigst.rs/JAMES
An unplanned tribute to the late, great Howard Marks, Do Not Go Gentle is a touching spoken word homage to Dylan Thomas’ poetry, performed over an evocative composition, a poignant nod to two legends.
Medlar, one of the three WOLF resident producers has offered up this very limited Record Store Day Release, complete with a hand stamped label and old school promo feedback sheet.
See Medlar at Wild Life Festival. Tickets here http://po.st/WL16GT
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