June 11, 2021
Essential selects from over 500 exclusives.
Record Store Day is back in 2021, spread across two ‘drops’ – on Saturday 12th June and Saturday 17th July.
Read more: Record Store Day 2021 official releases
To help you navigate the 538 exclusives on offer, we’ve dived into the releases available on each drop day.
As with past instalments, reissues once again take centre-stage on RSD, with new releases following behind.
Sadly, female artists are still far less represented than male artists amongst all of the RSD 2021 releases, though it’s admittedly more balanced than in previous years.
Drop 1 sees familiar jazz faces – with Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, and Arthur Verocai all receiving reissues.
Elsewhere, highlights include the first release of Steve McQueen’s stellar Small Axe soundtrack – “love letters to Black resilience and triumph in London’s West Indian community”, a new Nubya Garcia remix EP featuring reworks from her debut album Source, remixes of Shygirl’s Alias EP, and the return of Fela Kuti’s Open & Close.
Shockingly, Sun Ra – omnipotent and seemingly ever-present deity of Record Store Day – is absent from the 2021 selects, thus far.
Check out our list of favourites below, and let us know what you’ll be buying from your favourite local record store.
Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers
(Tidal Waves Music)
(Far Out Recordings)
Candi Staton / Chappells
‘Now You’ve Got The Upper Hand’ / ‘You’re Acting Kind of Strange’
(Deptford Northern Soul Club Records)
Open & Close
Live At The Warsaw Jazz Jamboree 1991
(Who’s Who In Jazz)
The Future Sound of London
We Have Explosive
(Jumpin and Pumpin)
Seeking Thrills (After Hours)
Incredible Bongo Band
Naima / My Favorite Things
Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1
‘Straight Out of The Jungle’ / ‘Black is Black’
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Love Spit Love
Real Gone Music
Source ≡ Our Dance
Send Them To Coventry
Salab Ragab & Cairo Jazz Band
Live & Kickin’ [2021 Mix]
Small Axe soundtrack
Willie Colon & Celia Cruz
Celia 7 Willie
(Concord / Craft)
Stay tuned for the best of drop 2, incoming this July.