Tomorrow is Record Store Day and we thought you might like a few tips.The next 48 hours are going to be a whirl of excitement (we hope), instagram posts of queues, boxes, Ninja Tunes and bottles of beer. Here are ten releases that we highly recommend, essentially, if we had less scruples the stuff we'd have already stashed behind the counter for ourselves...
1. William Tyler - Deseret Canyon
The first collection of largely solo guitar-based composition by William Tyler. Originally released in 2008 by German imprint Apparent Extent under the moniker The Paper Hats. Now reissued under Tyler’s own name.
2. Various Artists - Ork Complete Singles
16 x 7" Box
At the epicenter of New York's most significant music scene was an instantly-forgotten record label; Ork Records, the first punk label and the original "indie." For the first time ever, the monumental output of this explosive imprint's 1975-1979 run is all in one place.
3. Lord Sitar - Lord Sitar (Stereo)
Lord Sitar was the alias for renowned session musician and guitar virtuoso Big Jim Sullivan who, in 1966 and 1967, found himself in the enviable position of being the only established session guitarist in England to own a sitar
4. Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians
Reich himself has admitted that Music For 18 Musicians marks a “high point” in his career. “It’s undoubtedly one of the best pieces I’ve ever done. 'There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them.’ - The Guardian
5. Amon Tobin - Dark Jovian
A totally original vinyl product, unparalleled in design: 2 white vinyl 12"s with etched markings are encased in a white, branded, rubber wheel and presented in a clear Perspex box. Design by Alexander Brown - This is seriously another level.
6. Graeme Miller & Steve Shill - The Moomins Theme
7" with Fuzzy Felt sleeve
In a lost music investigation that dates back to the inception of the label itself, Finders Keepers Records are finally able to bring you the fruits of a ten-year dedicated truffle hunt that spans the undergrowth of four distant countries bringing some indefinable musical treats that unite the unlikely bedfellows of New Age electronics, ethnological influences, soundtracks and DIY punk - all wrapped up in a gigantic fuzzy ball of nostalgia. Behold the previously unreleased soundtrack to the 1983 UK broadcast version of The Moomins.
7. Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions II
As a companion to Commissions I (2014), composer/producer Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) offers a new selection of commissioned works from the artist's diverse creative projects.
8. Various Artists - Heavenly 25 Box Set
7 x 7"
Now in its 25th year, THE AWARD WINNING Heavenly Recordings have created a series of limited edition double A-sided split 7"s to mark this year‘s Record Store Day. The 7‘s, which feature most of the labels current roster, include a number of exclusive cover-versions, remixes and hard-to-find tracks. All gathered into one box.
9. Red House Painters - Box Set
6 x LP
Red House Painters‘ boxset contains the band‘s first four albums, originally released between 1992 and 1995 - Down Colorful Hill, Red House Painters (Rollercoaster), Red House Painters (Bridge), and Ocean Beach (which has been reformatted to now be a double 12" to also include the Shock Me EP). Big white flip top box... opens like a massive pack of fags.
10. Doug Hream Blunt - Gentle Persuasion (Remix)
12" + 90's deadstock porn Magazine
You might ask what’s next after Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor project, Doug Hream Blunt! As a preamble here is a very limited pressing of two stellar sonic prognosticator’s take on the legendary Doug Hream Blunt’s “Gentle Persuasion.”