Russ Ryan

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


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


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


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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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


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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In Conversation With VIP Record Fairs’ Director, Rob Lythall


Since its humble beginnings in the early 1980s, VIP Record Fairs have grown from strength to strength, now drawing dealers from across the world and running 50+ events across the UK annually. With the ever-growing trend of online delivery, record fairs like VIP reinforce the value of community amongst the record industry whilst offering serious […]

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Top 5 Listening Bars In The UK


Long gone are the days where club sound systems reign supreme. In recent years we’ve seen a wave of obsession-fuelled, hi-fidelity sound installed in cafés and bars across the UK. Paving the way for sound and music conscious diggers to enjoy records in more comfortable surrounds. Since their infamous inception in Japan, listening bars’ primary […]

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Unearthing OG Boogie, Melodies Meets Don Blackman


Queens native, pianist, singer, songwriter and 80s soul hero Don Blackman created arguably one of the greatest soul LPs of his generation in the self-titled, Blackman. 2019 has thankfully seen, by a domino of chance, his slept on 2002 boogie cut “Just Can’t Stay Away” re-emerge via London reissuers Melodies International. Cutting his teeth as […]

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