Considering the importance of vinyl in dance music culture, it seems strange that the biggest annual celebration of the format appeared afraid to cater for fans of the genre during its early humble beginnings. But now that its list of releases has grown from just ten on its 2008 debut to over a whopping 600 for this year’s seventh event on April 19, Record Store Day is finally starting to attract everyone from EDM ravers to droneheads with its treasure trove of exclusives, new releases and reissues.
Several of last year’s big breakthrough names are getting in on the act, from Grammy-nominated siblings Disclosure giving the propulsive 4/4 rhythms and floating female vocal loops of “Apollo” its first physical release, to Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES issuing their Recover EP on limited edition 12”, to early MTV revivalists Haim putting out the inspired Giorgio Moroder remix of their debut single, “Forever.”
But there are just as many more established artists contributing to the big day, from chillwave specialist Bonobo’s cover of Donovan’s “Get Thy Bearings” to Colorado producer Pretty Lights’ collection of B-sides and remixes, The Hidden Shades, to chiptune quartet Anamanaguchi releasing their soundtrack to the Scott Pilgrim vs The World video game on vinyl.
Elsewhere, there are pieces of music originally composed for various artwork installations from IDM maestro Oneohtrix Point Never (Commissions) and cult auteur David Lynch (The Air Is On Fire), a brand new double A-side from Australian four-piece Cut Copy (“In These Arms Of Love”/”Like Any Other Day”) and live recordings from the now defunct dance-punk collective LCD Soundsystem (The Last Goodbye) and superstar DJ Zedd (“Find You”).
For the Record Store Day obsessives looking for a something a little more obscure, Strut Records have dug up Misiunea Spatiala Delta from the archives, a 15-minute unused score for a Romanian science-fiction animation composed by electronic psych pioneers Rodion G.A., as well as a previously unreleased gem from ghetto house legend Parris Mitchell on the Dance Mania E.P. Likewise, those who prefer the Walkman to the iPod will soon be able to enjoy Skrillex’s new album, Recess, in all its glory following its forthcoming release on cassette.
It might have taken a while, but this year’s impressive array of goodies suggests Record Store Day has finally woken up to the dance/electronica scene.