Russ Ryan

Articles by Russ Ryan

The Best Record Stores in London

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London’s rich melting pot of cultures, inhabited by nearly 9 million residents, has created one of the most musically diverse cities on the planet. The capital city’s entrenchment in music history — from the new to the old to the rock to the reggae — has spawned, across the decades, one of the world’s digging […]

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Meet Night Dreamer, the Direct-to-Disc Vinyl Recording Specialists

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Based in London, record label Night Dreamer works exclusively putting out releases that are recorded direct-to-disc (a single-take performance cut directly to acetate) at their partner studio, Artone, in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The young label started in late 2019 and has already played host to some of the great and good of world music. From […]

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Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown Talks Starting Out, ’90s Clubland, and What’s Next

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Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown is a founding father of underground garage, a true heavyweight of the United Kingdom’s dance scene, and, last but not least, a Discogs Seller supremo. From an early love of music to cutting his teeth in the studio backroom to seminal productions, he played a pivotal role in evolving garage from […]

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Dave Lee’s First 7 Records: The Foundation of Z Records

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“People say I first heard Larry Levan play it. I first heard it in Boots, Colchester” A true originator and statesman of the United Kingdom’s house and disco scene for over three decades, Dave Lee celebrates 30 years of his label, Z Records, in 2020. All this time, he has been producing seminal singles, remixing, […]

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Inside Vinyl.EU, One of Europe’s Largest Vinyl Warehouses

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A truly gigantic collection, dynamic operation, and one of Discogs’s finest, Vinyl.eu (formally 1207vinyl) has grown over the decades, evolving from humble beginnings into a modern-day digger wonderland based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Vinyl.eu is one of the largest sellers here at Discogs, with the operation making up one of the largest vinyl warehouses in Europe! […]

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Tips for Successfully Pivoting Your Record-Selling Business, According to Other Sellers

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So far, 2020 has delivered the most unexpected of circumstances for the industry to hurdle, from artists to music lovers and everyone in between. With baby steps now being made (certainly in the EU) in the right direction to some form of new normal post-COVID 19, we wanted to shine the light on a handful […]

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How to Make Room in Your Collection for Records You Really Want

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As a record collector, sometimes you take a chance on a fancy cover that turns out to be dud. Other times your tastes evolve. As a result, you can find yourself with pieces that don’t necessarily touch you in the same way they previously did. There’s always someone who wants something in your collection, from […]

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Purveyors Of Premium Laid Back Beats, Chillhop Music

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“The home of music to chill you out” Whilst forging its own genre since 2012, Chillhop Music’s listenership has continued to snowball. Having drawn influence from mid naughty-esque instrumental hip-hop, the label has forged its own signature & atmospheric sound for emerging and pro producers alike to shine in. Alongside the legions of students & […]

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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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