Russ Ryan

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“Reaching People Through Music” An Interview With The Fenner Frost Foundation & RPM Records

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“Helping people grow through music” is the motto and since 2016 The Fenner Frost Foundation has done exactly that, nurturing confidence and teaching transferable skills to students with learning difficulties by running a record shop with some truly heartwarming success stories.  We visited RPM Records a few weeks ago to get a feel of their […]

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Crate Minds: An Interview With Mike Lewis (Rap & Soul / Lewis Recordings)

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One of London’s unsung music & community heroes, Mike Lewis has been purveying quality records from all corners of the globe for decades. Through the years Mike has gone from retail buying, mail order running through to record label bossing and kindly took time out last week to discuss the inner workings of Lewis Recordings, […]

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Crate Minds: An Interview With Frank Merritt (The Carvery)

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An institution for independent artists and globe-trotting stadium fillers alike, Frank’s Carvery is held in the highest regard amongst a cross-section of musicians. From dubplate cutting, engineering, label running to mastering Grammy-nominated records, Frank kindly took time out earlier this month to lift the lid on all things Carvery. Talk us through where mastering & […]

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Waltham Forrest: London’s Borough Of Culture Where Musical Heritage Meets Guy Fawkes Night

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London is steeped in a rich musical backdrop through a mix of genres, decades and styles. Channelling that melting pot of diversity, this year’s “London Borough Of Culture”, Waltham Forest, connected with Redbull 3Style UK champ Mighty Atom to illustrate its musical depth and soundtrack their Guy Fawkes Night fireworks display.  Hot stepping from Grime […]

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Mr Thing’s Top 5 (9!) Record Shops

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Your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ, the UK’s self-proclaimed Champion Nerd and Cake Connoisseur Mr Thing took some time out this week to lift the lid on some of his favourite record shops. From early DMC Champion years, Mr Thing has gone on to put together killer compilations alongside DJ Spinna & DJ Premier for BBE, […]

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Discogs Presents: ADE Hangover Record Fair 2019

This October was our third collaborative Record Fair with the mighty Amsterdam Dance Event and Into The Woods, which saw over one thousand attendees pass through NDSM-werf to dig & dance! Alongside the cross-section of fantastic records & sellers, this year’s event had a slightly different “spin”- we asked each DJ to play their set […]

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Ladies Love Vinyl: A Digger’s Guide To Copenhagen

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Copenhagen is quickly becoming a must-visit city in Europe in terms of gastronomy, design, and its enormous “hygge-factor” (hygge is the national word for ‘cozy’), but Copenhagen is also more than worth a visit for vinyl lovers. According to Vinylhub, Denmark is home to 58 shops and just 5.6 million inhabitants, which makes it pretty […]

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Crate Minds: An Interview With Julian Gascoigne of Rook Records

Rook Records opened its online doors in 2016 and has since had a meteoric rise through the Discogs seller charts. Specialising in Soul to Afro and Disco to Techno, Julian’s taste was founded & refined in over a decade of digging and now, luckily for us, shared with the world! We paid a visit to […]

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Crate Minds: An Interview With Ewan Of Rarekind Records

Rarekind is a Brighton community pillar and has been for well over a decade, diversifying through trends & generations to meet ever-changing demands whilst staying true to its roots of pushing fantastic soul-drenched records across a cross-section of genres. An OG Art Gallery turned Record Shop, Owner and Manager Ewan has been behind the counter […]

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Retracing Reggae: In Conversation With “Covers” Author, Alex Bartsch

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South London photographer Alex Bartsch spent years researching and documenting Reggae album covers, resulting in his time capsule hardback Covers, now available for anyone to time travel through reggae on their own! Focusing on Reggae record sleeves between 1967-1988, Alex worked in close collaboration with Al Newman, scouting the location of 50+ sleeves whilst tracing […]

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