Record Store Day 2023: Phonica Records’ essential picks

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Including Jorja Smith, Happy Mondays, Bloated Dummies and more.

The annual vinyl and record store culture celebration, Record Store Day, is fast approaching on April 22. There is an overwhelming collection of RSD exclusive vinyl releases coming our way, so we’ve drafted in some of our favourite record stores to help you wade through all the options and uncover some treats.

Read more: Phonica Records’ Record Store Day event returns this Saturday

Following Sounds of the Universe’s far-reaching selections yesterday, we’re closing out a week of Record Store Day recommendations with largely dancefloor-focused choices from our friends over at Phonica Records.

Head here to check out all of our Record Store Day 2023 coverage so far.

Jorja Smith & Joy Orbison

Rose Rouge


Joy Orbison hops on Jorja Smith’s cover of “Rose Rouge” by St Germain. Lush UK garage sensibilities meld with Smith’s rich, familiar vocals for a remix well worth rediscovering.

Happy Mondays

Balearic Beats

(London Records)

Four Happy Mondays reworks on one disc. Featuring iconic remixes from Paul Oakenfold, Terry Farley and Pete Lorimer, Balearic Beats is one for the ’90s heads.

Blunted Dummies

House For All

(Definitive Records)

Blunted Dummies’ ’90s anthem “House For All” has its first-ever 12″ vinyl reissue this Record Store Day with the original mix sitting alongside four remixes. Pure bliss, just in time for summer.

Various Artists

Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage


A must-listen collection of Salsoul classic hits, powerhouses and deep cuts, Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage features original Larry Levan remixes and an exclusive new artwork.

Bark Psychosis


(Rolling Heads)

Bark Pyschosis’ 1993 single “Scum” is remastered and reissued for Record Store Day. Improvised and recorded live in St John’s Church, “Scum” is an exercise in dynamics, moving slowly through the extremities of loudness and silence, melody and discordance. An absolute gem.

You can find Phonica Records at 751 Poland St, London W1F 7ND. Find out more about their Record Store Day ’23 collection here.