April 16th will see the annual record jamboree take place at record shops across the globe and predictably features a selection of exclusive releases. Make sure you get there real early to bag some of these must-have records this year.
Alan Partridge – ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’
Released on: Exclusive Picture Disc
What’s so special about it? Partridge’s deplorable radio banter can now be immortalised in your esteemed record collection. Lucky you.
Chase & Status – ‘London Bars’
Released On: Heavyweight 12” Vinyl
What’s so special about it? It’s the first time the London drum’n’bass duo’s collaboration with Grime heroes Giggs and Novelist will be available on physical format.
David Bowie – ‘The Man Who Sold The World’
Released on: 12” Picture Disc
What’s so special about it? Several of his singles have been previously released on picture disc, and now this underrated gem will join the collection.
The Doors – ‘Live at the Aquarius Theatre Vol 1’
Released on: 3 x 12” Blue Vinyl
What’s so special about it? This 1969 show will be available on vinyl for the first time on RSD and features both hits (‘Back Door Man’ and ‘Soul Kitchen’) and some album deep cuts (‘You Make Me Real’).
The Flaming Lips – ‘Lightening Strikes The Postman’
Released on: CD
What’s so special about it? It’s a reworking of their seventh album ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’ and is accompanied with a comic by Wayne Coyne too.
Fleetwood Mac – ‘Alternative Tusk’
Released on: 2 x 12” LP
What’s so special about it? An alternative cut was released as a part of the ‘Tusk’ Box Set last year, but now you can grab the collection on its own.
Florence + The Machine – ‘Delilah’ / ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’
Released on: 12″ Blue Vinyl
What’s so special about it? The release will include both an album and demo version of Flo’s 2015 single ‘Delilah’ alongside a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ on the B-Side.
Foals – ‘Rain’ / ‘Daffodils’
Released on: 7″ Vinyl
What’s so special about it? Side one is a previously unreleased track ‘Rain’ and the flip is their hypnotic and groovy cover of Mark Ronson’s ‘Daffodils’.
Funkadelic – ‘One Nation Under A Groove’
Released on: 12″ Red Vinyl
What’s so special about it? It’s arguably one of funk and hip-hop’s most important albums and George Clinton’s seminal record has been a noted influence on Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre among others.
Ian Brown – ‘Solarized’
Released on: Single 12″ Vinyl
What’s so special about it? For the first time, Ian Brown’s 2004 solo album which features a collaboration with Noel Gallagher on ‘Keep What Ya Got’ will be pressed to vinyl.
Interpol – ‘El Pintor Remixes’
Released on: 12″ LP
What’s so special about it? 2014’s ‘El Pintor’ was a return to form for the post-punk trio and spawned some slick remixes from Panda Bear and Factory Floor.
The Isley Brothers – ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’
Released on: 12” Vinyl
What’s so special about it? The album, which turns 50 this year, was the first the group released on the world-famous Motown record label.
Jay Reatard – ‘Blood Visions’
Released on: Gatefold Red LP + Bonus White 7″
What’s so special about it? The garage rocker’s debut album will be reissued in full alongside a bonus 7” of ‘Blood Visions’ demos.
John Williams – ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Released on: 10″ Picture Disc
What’s so special about it? The Millennium Falcon could well be flying into your record collection, if you’re lucky to bag this 2-track 10″.
The Libertines – ‘Live’
Released on: N/A
What’s so special about it? Camden’s finest will be joining in the fun with live versions from last year’s triumphant tour. No track listing just yet, but a mix old and new will no doubt attract high demand.
Manic Street Preachers – ‘A Design For Life’
Released on: 12″ Vinyl
What’s so special about it? ‘A Design For Life’ turns 20 years old in 2016 and the record’s artwork has been crafted especially by British designer, Mark Farrow.
Mac DeMarco – ‘Another One Demos’
Released on: Black Vinyl
What’s so special about it? Last year’s mini-album was a sheer delight and now we’re going to be treated to some unheard demos of the album’s tracks.
Nirvana – ‘Live On Kaos FM, Seattle – 1987’
Released on: 12″ Coloured Vinyl
What’s so special about it? Bootleg versions of this early Nirvana set have been floating around for years but it will finally be released officially on April 16th, featuring early versions of tracks that would eventually to feature on their 1989 debut ‘Bleach’.
Outkast – ‘Elevators (Me & You)’
Released on: 10″ Fluorescent Green Vinyl
What’s so special about it? To celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘ATLiens’, the group have reissued the album’s single with four different mixes on groovy glow-in-the-dark vinyl.
Skrillex & Diplo – ‘Where Are Ü Now?’
Released on: 12″ Piss Yellow vinyl
What’s so special about it? This banger featuring Justin Bieber was the soundtrack to clubs worldwide last year – and you bloody loved it…
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
Released on: Hot Pink Coloured Vinyl
What’s so special about it? Slaves’ debut comes jam-packed with nine extra tracks, including their vicious cover of Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’ and fan-favourite ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’.
The Weeknd – ‘The Hills’
Released on: 12″ Vinyl
What’s so special about it? The finest moment from 2015’s ‘The Beauty Behind The Madness’ gets the remix treatment.