We look at why record sleeves are so important to the music and why everyone should pay more attention to them. With the resurgence of vinyl, it’s not only the music that’s being discovered again on a larger format but also the beautiful works of art on the record sleeve. With CDs and downloads, you usually only get a small view of the art that accompanies the music whereas … [Read more...] about The Beauty Of The Record Sleeve: Why They Matter
Halloween is nearly upon us, so we’re sharing with you our picks of some of the best scare-mongering tracks that will have you dancing like a zombie all night long. These songs are perfect for a Halloween party, just enjoying by yourself, or with the family on the scariest (and most fun) night of the year. Michael Jackson - Thriller Why not start off with a … [Read more...] about Halloween Playlist: Keep The Party Going With These Ghoulish Tracks!
When the time comes to buy a record player, whether this is your first venture into a decent turntable set up or you’re upgrading to a new system, of course you want to buy the best for the funds you have. Often this means buying second hand. In reality, with a turntable setup, the technology hasn’t really moved on much in the last 20 years. This means there's a massive amount … [Read more...] about A Guide To Buying A Second Hand Record Player Setup
Recently I took a two-week trip to Vietnam. I’d been desperate to visit for ages, hearing only good things about the country’s friendly people, its amazing scenery and a rich but troubled history. As I’m always up for a bit of travelling, my girlfriend and I decided to start in the south of the country, and gradually make our way up to the north, taking in the sites and sounds … [Read more...] about My Vietnamese Vinyl Adventure
We take a look around If Music and speak to owner Jean-Claude about the vinyl industry, his record store philosophy and the future of music. If Music is a special place. It feels different from other record shops in London; there’s just something about it. When you first ring the doorbell to gain access to its ‘off street level’ premises in Soho, it already seems … [Read more...] about Vinyl Thoughts: An Interview with Jean-Claude of If Music
Music is a funny old business. Trends come and go, bands are hot then not, and the ways we listen to music constantly change with time. If you told someone in the 60s that in the future we’d have tiny devices we carry around with us that send thousands of songs instantly to your ears, they’d have thought you were smoking something. On the other hand, if you’d asked someone from … [Read more...] about Vinyl vs. Streaming: Should There Be A Competition?