Record Store Day 2014

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SO, with only a few days to go until April 19th, Record Store Day 2014 is officially upon us. For those not familiar with it, now in it’s seventh year, the event is a celebration of local and independent record shops in which exclusive new slices of divine vinyl hit the shelves. According to RSD UK co-ordinator Spencer Hickman. “The whole idea behind Record Store Day is try and attract new and different customers into the world of independent record shops”.

The longlist of exclusives this year is over 600+. A little daunting to read? Possibly, that why we at Headfunk have gone through and marked out some of the releases that are of interest to us, and that we think might be of interest to you too.

Long-time fans of Headfunk will know that we have an ardent love for Afrobeat, so we’re thrilled to announce that Fela Kuti’s ‘Se E Tun De’ will be getting a 7′ re-release with ‘Waka Waka’ as the b-side. Both tracks were recorded whilst Fela was performing with his Koola Lobitos band, arguably one of his finest arrangements. Also on the world music front is Omar Souleyman’s ‘Jazeera Nights: Folk & Pop sounds of Syria’, as well as Horrace Andy’s ‘Zion Sessions’ LP.

Friends of the Headfunk show, Hackney Colliery Band have a 7′ inch split with Henri-Pierre Noel that showcases the Scrimshire remix of their take on “All of the Lights”

Iconic filmmaker turned experimental electronic music guru David Lynch will be releasing an LP titled “The Air is on Fire” in addtion to a remix EP of material from acclaimed album ‘The Big Dream’. This will be dropping alongside Sunday Best labelmates Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip’s dark ode to love, loss and scorched earth “You Will See Me”, which will be getting a release on 7″.

Next up, for those into chiptune, Anamanaguchi’s FANTASTIC soundtrack to the ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ video game will be made available for the first time on a physical format. It’ll be a 12inch on thick-gage yellow vinyl, with sleeve art from Scott Pilgrim’s creator, Bryan Lee O’Malley. Also coming out on yellow vinyl will be hyperdub boss Kode9′s ‘Memories of the Future’. For any dubstep fans, this is bound to be a treasure.

For those of you into The Beach Boys (like our visualizer general, Tim) you’ll be happy to hear their 1962 debut ‘Surfin Safari’ will be getting a re-release on an LP remastered from the original tapes. Another one of Tim’s favorite acts, acoustic troubadour ‘Beans On Toast’ will be doing a 300-press run EP presenting a collection of his favorite compositions on 10″.

Sure to be a popular release, Bonobo will be releasing his cover of Donovan’s ‘Get Thy Bearings’ on transparent vinyl. Previously only available as part of his ‘Late night Tales’ mix-tape, the production carries his trademark luscious warm tones, and a fantastic guest vocal from Szjerdene.

For those in need of a classic rock fix, Capt. Beefheart also makes an outing with ‘Son of Dustsuck (The Roger Eagle Tapes)’, alongside a newly pressed collection of singles from Creedence Clearwater Revival. Grateful Dead also get the re-release treatment of their 1979 ‘Live At The Coliseum’ LP. Proto-punk’s Hawkwind are also joining the party with a 2xLP remaster of 1982′s ‘Church of Hawkwind’

Into your punk? We can definatly recommend the the box set of 7″ singles from The Dead Kennedys, ‘Original Singles Collection 1979-1982′, which will contain the likes of ‘Too Drunk to Fuck’, ‘Holiday in Cambodia’ and ‘Moral Majority’.

Those unfamiliar with the now sadly defunct American outfit ‘The Dresden Dolls’ may wish to remedy this with the 2xLP rerelease of their 2003 self titled debut. It contains some of their best work including ‘Girl Anachronism’ and ‘Coin Operated Boy’

Having been onboard since the start, one could say that The Flaming Lips are something of the RSD house band. A Flaming Lips release is always an interesting affair, and the psychedelic warriors have done it again with an 80-minute redux of their 24 hour magnum opus ’7 Skies H3′. No word yet on whether or not this version will also be encased within a human skull…

There was much sadness when LCD Soundsystem bowed out at Madison Square Garden back in 2011. If you couldn’t make it to that gig, relieve it with the lavish (and frankly, slightly gregarious) 5xLP box set.

Those seeking heavier faire won’t be dissapointed either. Rammnstien, Mastadon, Opeth, Machinehead, Linkin Park & Jay Z, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus and Motorhead all bring the noise in various releases.

Chic frontman Nile Rodgers’ hit ‘Do You Wanna?’ gets remixes from Bestival chief and Radio 1′ resident leftfield guru Rob Da Bank, and house prodigy Eats Everything.

Film soundtracks are getting a strong outing this year, including two entries from Oscar-winner Clint Mansell (‘Into The Wall’ and ‘Filth’), alongside the bombasic score for the 1972 version of Last House on the Left by David Hess, Walter Rizzati’s ‘The Bronx Warriors’, Nico Fedenco’s effort for the ‘The Violation of Emmanuelle’ and Nicola Piovani’s score the ‘The Perfume of the Lady in Black’

Alot to take in there, you can find the full list of UK RSD releases on their website, and if you fancy joning in with the festivities, the folks from Ventnor Fringe will be hosting a garden party in conjunction with Red Squirrel Studios (spiritual home of The Bees), and if you fancy catching the ferry, Pie & Vinyl in Portsmouth will be hosting a full day of live sessions and DJ’s featuring the likes of The Young Knives.

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