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Record Store Day 2020 – 1st Drop
12 vinyl records to look out for
On August 29, 2020 the first of three Record Store Days will take place this year. More than 350 exclusive releases have been announced for this event alone. We have picked out twelve records that we would like to recommend to you.
Text Pippo Kuhzart, Andreas Brüning, Nils Schlechtriemen, Christoph Benkeser, Harry Schmidt , Translation Sebastian Hinz

You can find an overview of all exclusive Record Store releases in our webshop.

And Also The Trees – And Also The TreesVinyl LP And Also The Trees – And Also The Trees (Graveface)
Two pairs of brothers in one band: The constellation of And Also The Trees, founded in 1979 in the British Inkberrow, is similar to that of The National. Their self-titled debut album from 1984 shows the quartet still in close proximity to their sources of inspiration Joy Divison, The Birthday Party and The Cure, whose drummer and keyboarder at the time, Lol Tolhurst, was also the producer of what is now a Gothic New Wave classic. In addition to the remastered original, the RSD double LP release, limited to 2.000 copies worldwide, features six demo tracks co-produced by Robert Smith and Mike Hedges from the 1982 mini-album »From Under The Hill«, previously only available on a rare tape. Harry Schmidt  

Ben Watt with Robert Wyatt – Summer Into WinterVinyl LP Ben Watt with Robert Wyatt – Summer Into Winter (Cherry Red)
Long before Ben Watt became known to the world as producer and songwriter of the duo Everything but the Girl, this EP with former soft-machine drummer Robert Wyatt marked one of the first steps in his career. For RSD 2020, Cherry Red make this soft folk gem, released in 1982, tangible again: The five tracks are cut at 45 RPM on transparent turquoise vinyl, and the 750 copies of the limited edition come in a reverse cardboard sleeve printed with the original artwork.. Harry Schmidt

Billie Eilish – Live At Third Man RecordsVinyl LP Billie Eilish – Live At Third Man Records (Third Man)
Raise your hand if you check the »phenomenon« around Billie Eilish. The US-American has almost as many Grammys over her digital mantelpiece as she is old, but she won’t be allowed to legally go for a drink in her home country for a long time yet, which might be pretty uncool anyway, if you’re wearing Billie Eilish’s oversized sweatshirt. Since she and her producer brother made it out of the Bedroom Studio to the sold-out world tour, such subversive art projects as the acoustic session with abstract cover painting in small editions are like understatement for three-year-olds about the cult of genius. Anyone who doesn’t check it out is listening to Van Halen. Christoph Benkeser

Denzel Curry – Bulls On Parade 7“Vinyl LP Denzel Curry – Bulls On Parade 7“ (Loma Vista)
Whoever has never sipped a bowl of cornflakes in a mosh pit during this song has never lived. Period. Every metal head snorts like a bull in Pamplona after two seconds on this rodeo riff. The fact that Denzel Curry not only pumps the power of Zack de la Rocha out of his lungs, but also dissects the song in such a way, only shows what this guy can do when he’s not busy shoving the Rainbow grill in his face. Therefore: More metal, less curry. Sniff. Christoph Benkeser

The Düsseldorf Düsterboys – Im WinterVinyl LP The Düsseldorf Düsterboys – Im Winter (Staatsakt)
Time to flip up the coat collar and light the cigarette even in a lousy cold and wet headwind: A limited 10inch of the Kölner Düsseldorf Düsterboys is coming, summer was shit anyway, time for autumn. The songs on »Im Winter« are from the sessions of »Nenn Mich Nicht Musik«, one of the best German indie albums of the last few years. These songs just didn’t fit on it. But they are good anyway. More is not known about them. Pippo Kuhzart

Ennio Morricone – OST Peur Sur La VilleVinyl LP Ennio Morricone – OST Peur Sur La Ville (WeWantSounds)
This year’s Record Store Day would not be complete without the Morricone Special Edition, of course. With the 1975 soundtrack of the crime thriller »Peur Sur La Ville« no rarity is being reissued – but this special edition comes with a further record full of bonus material in addition to the original soundtrack. It contains two tracks that have never been released on vinyl before, Morricone’s completeists know what they’re talking about. Pippo Kuhzart

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Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (A. Weatherall 7" Edit)Vinyl LP Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (A. Weatherall 7" Edit) (FSOL)
At the beginning of the year the international club culture lost one of its great masterminds and virtuosos with Andrew Weatherall, a guy who, especially in the 90s, knew how to channel electronic music over and over again like hardly anyone else – even when he tried his hand at production-technical outsiders like The Future Sound Of London. With the remix of »Papua New Guinea«, that euphoric wanderlust classic between breakbeat, new age and prog trance, one of his best works is now available as limited Vinyl 7". Nils Schlechtriemen

John Massoni & Sonic Boom – The Sundowner SessionsVinyl LP John Massoni & Sonic Boom – The Sundowner Sessions (Space Age)
Peter Kember alias Sonic Boom was the spearhead of minimalist psychedelic rock in England in the 1980s with his band Spacemen 3. Later, he worked with the Silver Apples, Kevin Martin and Thomas Köner on his projects Experimental Audio Research and Spectrum. »The Sundowner Sessions« documents Sonic Boom’s recordings on a synthesizer specially developed for the human voice together with the American sound artist John Massoni in 2000. Andreas Brüning

Loleatta Holloway – Cry To MeVinyl LP Loleatta Holloway – Cry To Me (Tidal Waves)
Before Loleatta Holloway, whose career began in the same gospel choir as Aretha Franklin, catapulted herself into the first ranks of disco divas with hits like »Love Sensation«, the Chicago-born singer recorded two albums for Aware, which were largely denied the attention they deserved due to the collapse of Michael Thevis’ label. In particular, “Cry To Me” is a lost Southern Soul milestone that will finally receive its due vinyl re-issue on RSD 2020 – the first since it was released in 1975. Love and its failure on ten songs! Limited to 500 copies in green-black marbled 180 gram vinyl. Harry Schmidt

Nocturnal Emissions – Drowning In A Sea Of BlissVinyl LP Nocturnal Emissions – Drowning In A Sea Of Bliss (Mannequin)
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nocturnal Emissions, »Drowning In A Sea Of Bliss« from 1983 will be reissued this Record Store Day. In contrast to the blissful title, however, the sound collage of the project around London sound artist Nigel Ayers turns out to be a sharp-edged mixture of nervous field recordings, boiling drones, distorted loops and metallic beats, which even in the year 2020 still spreads a lot of mental uneasiness. Andreas Brüning

Penderecki, Don Cherry & The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra – ActionsVinyl LP Penderecki, Don Cherry & The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra – Actions (Our Swimmer)
Krzysztof Penderecki died on March 20 this year. The Polish avant-garde composer had published countless works. For this year’s Records Store Day his live recording with Don Cherry, the unfortunately also already deceased spiritual greatness, will be released – not only in jazz. »Actions« definitely leads into the light. Over and over again. You have to go through enormous storms before that, it’s just part of the program. But then a Loes MacGillycutty closes her voice into the eternal arms of her, again and again, and the way is done. Pippo Kuhzart

Philip Glass – OST Koyaanisqatsi Vinyl LP Philip Glass – OST Koyaanisqatsi (Orange Mountain Music)
More contemporary than ever before, Godfrey Reggio’s »Koyaanisqatsi« is still today an experimental essay-film and documentary art installation of human hubris, standing completely alone on a broad stage. Timelapse image streams, hypnotic nature shots and intoxicating colour floods of a species out of balance allow the film to sink into total transcultural immersion for almost 90 minutes – also and above all because of the masterful score by Philip Glass, who helped musical minimalism to unprecedented epic here. Nils Schlechtriemen

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