Russ Ryan

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A Crate Digger’s Guide To Edinburgh Record Shops

The Scottish capital is simply stunning, from medieval lanes to mountainous surrounds shadowed by the beautiful Edinburgh Castle. Beneath Edinburgh’s historically drenched touristic wow-factor lies a diggers treasure trove, with a plethora of record shops scattered across the city that will keep all types of collectors busy. Last week we went on an Irn-Bru powered […]

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First Word Records’ Aly Gillani: “Our Beats Got Soul”

First Word Records Aly Gillani

Since its conception in 2003, First Word Records has grown immensely as a platform for some fantastic artists and projects, culminating in their selection as Gilles Peterson and Worldwide’s Label Of The Year award in 2019. The London imprint turned 15 this year and arguably had its biggest year to date: The Children Of Zeus […]

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Independent Label Market: A Farmer’s Market For Music Lovers

Independent Label Market - London

Since its inception on Berewick Street in 2011, the Independent Label Market has hosted over 50 fairs globally, bringing together over 400 of the world’s independent record labels from London to LA, and from Berlin to Barcelona.  In a world of online delivery and streaming services, the ILM has helped reinforce the value of community […]

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Crate Minds: Gary Dennis Of Crazy Beat Records

Crazy Beat’s doors have been open for many moons and have seen firsthand the record buying evolution, with Gary Dennis at the helm since day one. Crazy Beat is on the surface a brick and mortar record shop, bursting at the seams with vinyl — but a step into the back room opens up to […]

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