The sun shone over Soho yesterday as record lovers, and music aficionados in general, took to the streets and the vinyl stores to celebrate Record Store Day, an event which grew into a carnival atmosphere as shops turned the speakers designed for the in store DJ sets out to face the roads. The queue, stretching out of Sister Ray and around the block, for collectors looking to get their hands on the pieces of limited edition wax that were being released specifically for the day is testament alone to the fact that vinyl is a medium far from dead, as if to back up the media claims of record sales growing in recent years.
From seasoned collectors picking up Miles Davis and Bob Dylan one offs, to electronic music fans grabbing James Blake or Ed Rush records before quickly heading over to D’arbley street to take advantage of BM Soho’s free cocktails, the crowd was varied but united in a passion for black acetate. Hip Hop was well represented with a limited edition Ready to Die reprint on white wax, The Roots reissuing Things Fall Apart and UK heads Jehst and Rodney P both releasing exclusive 7″s. A fine testament to the continuing love for music, respect for vinyl and willingness to party that prevails in London, Record Store Day 2013 could hardly have gone better.