Record Store Day and Vans join forces to help support Black-owned record stores across the US with the release of two albums.
With Record Store Day 2021 scheduled to be taking place on June 12th, 2021 (fingers crossed), people have been after more details about the much-loved event. One of the first pieces of news we’ve got is that Record Store Day has teamed up with skateboard shoe and clothing manufacturer Vans to support Black-owned record stores.
The duo has teamed up to release a compilation series called Songs For You, released as two separate volumes. The albums will feature black artists across multiple genres and decades past and present, featuring the likes of Cautious Clay, Amber Mark, Otis Redding, Run the Jewels, Esperanza Spalding, and many more.
The vinyl and black-community influenced cover art was created by visual artist Aamba and will be used on both Vol.1 and Vol.2 of the special releases but using slightly different colours for each.
Record Store Day plans to carry on with its support of local record stores and the vinyl community in general by continuing its great work in increasing vinyl sales worldwide. With the pandemic in full swing last year, the event was split over 3 social-distanced days. Many of the local stores involved were selling their special edition releases online due to physical store closures. The world had to adapt and so did the record industry.
2020 once more saw vinyl sales reach record-breaking levels in both the US and the UK, even though it was a troubled year for many industries with the onslaught of the covid pandemic. It is predicted the strong sales of vinyl will continue for 2021.
You can pick up your own copy of Songs for You Vol.1 and Vol.2 from record stores that will be part of RSD 2021. Check out the official Record Store Day website for more details.