April 21st is all about celebrating the existence of record stores around the world and all the staff who make it possible for vinyl lovers to discover new music. On this day you'll find our 17 exclusive titles in a store nearby. We're releasing six singles, two EPs and nine LPs as limited editions on coloured vinyl.
April 21st is all about celebrating the existence of record stores around the world and all the staff who make it possible for vinyl lovers to discover new music. On this day you'll find our 17 exclusive titles in a store nearby. We're releasing six singles, two EPs and ten LPs as limited editions on coloured vinyl.
For our 7" singles we dive into the past, starting with the session musicians from The Mohawks, who recorded their single The Champ 50 years ago. This Hammond infused dance groove went on to be one of the essential Hip-Hop samples of all time, used by artist like: Nas, MC Hammer, De La Soul, Dj Shadow and Mobb Deep. Another great single from the past is the one the Toy Dolls recorded in 1982. The punk rock band released their single hit Nellie the Elephant, which is based on the children's song written by Ralph Butler and Peter Hart. The Toy Dolls version is much sharper and focuses on the humoristic side of music. The four track single Kjoe Bloes recorded in MONO by Q65 consists of three covers and one original by the band. Q65 is often considered one of the more prominent bands associated with the "Nederbeat" sound that took place in the 60s.
Another 7" is Teenage Lobotomy by The Dutch psychobilly band Batmobile. The single includes their songs "Teenage Lobotomy" (The Ramones) and "Frankie got a Quiff" (Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers). Get your copy of Demon Fuzz' 7" I Put a Spell on You to feel the power of the mash of Afro-Latin funk and psychedelica. The two other songs on the single are the deep and groovy "Message to Mankind" and the rhythmic shifts of the lengthy instrumental "Fuzz Oriental Blues". Our last 7" is L.S.D. (Got A Million Dollars) by the legendary Dutch blues and rock band Cuby + Blizzards. The single was first released in 1966 and is a retrospective of the Dutch "Nederbeat" sound, made popular by illegal pirate radio stations and live-performances by artists and groups from Holland.
The first of the two EPs we're releasing is the brand new The Calling by the Iranian-born Dutch artist Sevdaliza. She amassed millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify and her debut album Ison, released in 2017, received rave reviews from around the globe. The other EP is Mystery of Love, which features the three songs indie star Sufjan Stevens wrote for the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated movie Call me By Your Name. Another soundtrack release is the LP Sucker Punch, which consists of re-recorded and mash-ups of songs by among others Emily Browning.
As we're looking to our LP releases we should talk about the famous Dutch band Shocking Blue. Their Single Collection consists of 28 of their songs, including the single hit "Venus" and powerful B-sides like "Fireball Of Love" and "Hot Sand". Another famous band from the lowlands is the Golden Earring. Their acoustic live-album Naked II features classic rock songs like "When The Lady Smiles", "Buddy Joe" and "Bombay". For energetic live recordings be sure to get your copy of Herman Brood & His Wild Romance's album Cha Cha. The album is one fast trip to the world of "the greatest and only Dutch rock 'n' roll star", as he was once called.
One of the most influential producers of all-time, Sir George Martin, recorded some instrumental compositions to the music from the films which stars James Bond, the composer Bach and songs by The Beatles. They're brought together on Beatles to Bond and Bach. The drama queen Jobriath became known as the first openly gay musician to be signed by a major record label. His debut album by the same name is an exploration through the world of science fiction and sexuality. After the Dutch pioneering Hip Hop artist Brainpower performed in Jamaica with Yellowman he wanted to create a record with reggae versions of some of his greatest hits. They can all be found on his Dub & Dwars album.
The collaboration between Sly & Robbie and Junior Natural led to their album Militant Dub. On board of the album are living legends like Robbie Lyn on keyboard and Dalton Browne on guitar. It's a fusion between rock, reggae and funk music. Our last Record Store Day release is the great Remix Collection which features different and exclusive versions of the greatest hits by Urban Dance Squad. Songs like Ego", "Demagogue", 'Fast Lane" and "Happy Go Fucked Up" can be found on the double LP.
We wish everyone an unforgettable edition of Record Store Day. Support your local store and enjoy all the special performances. Be sure to get your favourite records at a participating store nearby.