In rotation: 9/22/17

Barcelona record store Discos Paradiso to launch new label, Urpa I Musell: Urpa I Musell, a new label run by the team behind Barcelona record store Discos Paradiso, will reissue El Sueño De Hyparco’s Ambientes Hormonales LP in October. According to the label, the 1990 ambient album was originally conceived as a multimedia performance rather than a recorded release and “represents the mysterious missing link between the ’80s new music movement in Madrid and the beginnings in the ’90s of contemporary electronic music in Spain,” taking particular influence from Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. 500 copies of the LP will be pressed up by the people behind Discos Paradiso, the well-loved vinyl outlet that has been operating for the past eight years in central Barcelona.

Pure Vinyl Records moves to new premises in Brixton with more space for reggae, soul, jazz and world music vinyl: Pure Vinyl Records – formerly of Reliance Arcade – is moving into new premises in Brixton, with the official opening taking place this Friday, 22nd September 2017. The new store is in The Department Store on Ferndale Road, part of Squire & Partners shiny showcase headquarters. Pure Vinyl is the brainchild of Claudia Wilson who has a history in music in the local community. She opened the original Pure Vinyl Record Shop in 2015, where hundreds of soul and reggae records were packed into a tiny space…Offered a very attractive deal to move into The Department Store, the new space will offer far more shelf and display space, with more Jazz and World Music, as well as New Releases in Soul and Reggae.

On the Hunt for Records—and Some Magic—in New Brunswick: NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The interior of Spina Records looks like it could pass for a very over-the-top friend’s basement music collection. Boxes of records fill the room, and more recognizable album covers—from acts like Metallica, The Smiths and Prince—line the walls. Antiques and novelty items, like a ceramic dog and a pair of antlers, fill whatever space is left. And the music doesn’t stop playing. But this subterranean storefront, 25 Easton Ave., is no mere hangout. It represents years of dedicated work by owner Andrew Spina, who opened his namesake shop about three years ago. At Spina Records, he sells the fruits of his ongoing treasure-hunting—but instead of gold, it’s all about gold records.

The Best Record and Vinyl Stores in Cologne: In defiance of the digital age, music lovers still retain their love for vinyl records. Cologne is no exception and long-established record stores in the city stock the must-haves of all genres alongside some rarities. Here are five of Cologne’s best record stores…Frank Schneider has made quite a name on Cologne’s hip-hop scene as DJ Schneider. His store, Early Bird Records is the place to go for hip hop and old school fans. Loyal customers come here looking to expand their second-hand record collection and chat over coffee. Chances are you’ll find some jazz and rock rarities as well.

Sony jumps on the vinyl revival with new turntable: Sony has become another vinyl true believer. It will start making records again next year and has lately unveiled a new turntable, the PSHX500, to celebrate. It’s better looking than anything the company has offered in the past, with the elegant simplicity that has lately become a hallmark of fully manual turntables. At $799 it’s getting expensive for an entry-level offering, and at around the same price you’ll get better sound from a Pro-Ject with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, or a Rega, but the Sony gives you something they don’t: a USB connection to hook in a computer.

Yamaha’s R-N803 stereo receive will please both vinyl lovers and digital fans: The Yamaha R-N803 is well equipped to handle a wide range of listening options, both digital and analog. The receiver touts a 24-bit/192kHz ESS Sabre DAC with support for multiple high-resolution digital audio formats including 24-bit/192kHz FLAC, WAV, and AIFF files, and 2.5/5.6MHz DSD files. In addition, the R-N803 includes a dedicated phono input for vinyl record players, plus two digital Optical ports and two coax ports for other devices like CD players, Blu-ray players, or TVs. Rounding out the connection ports are Ethernet and USB connections, subwoofer out, headphone out, and control trigger.

Mariah Carey to mark 20th anniversary of Butterfly with vinyl release: Mariah Carey will mark the 20th anniversary of her classic album Butterfly by releasing a special collector’s edition 12″ vinyl picture disc in October. The release will feature the album’s original cover photo and a special note from Carey to her fans. Released on 20th October, and available to pre-order now, Butterfly will be released by Legacy Recordings, which is part of Sony Music Entertainment. “Butterfly is my favorite album,” says Mariah. “It’s the most personal work I’ve ever done and will always be a defining moment in my career and in my life. I’m so happy to celebrate this anniversary with such a special release! Stay tuned for more surprises!”

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