Phonica Record Store Day 2023

Phonica Record Store Day 2023 Basement Sets

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To say “Record Store Day 2023 was a big one” would be a huge understatement! 2023 saw our first fully fledged event since 2019 with not only our shop floor open but saw a return to the basement, taking us from daytime into evening with huge sets from artists like Sherelle going b2b with Special Request, party energy  from Krystal Klear, heavy tech rhythms from Manchester selector Willow and loads more!

Opening at 9am, we saw a large line of people queuing up along Poland Street to buy exclusive releases and reissues of much sought-after rarities. This year saw great titles from the likes of Joy Orbison’s collaboration with Jorja Smith, a Floating Points remix of Herbert, Happy Monday’s “Balearic Beats” featuring classic remixes from Paul Oakenfold, Terry Farley & Pete Lorimer and many more great titles.
By 11am the shop was packed and we were treated to upstairs sets (unfortunately not featured here) from Kylin Tyce and Chuggy of Emotional Response!

Then, the basement doors opened for the first time since 2019 and, thanks to the team at Vinyl Factory, we were streaming live…….here are those streams for you, 7 hours of the best music……

First uof us to mention, even though it was the last set of the day was the unique B2B from Sherelle and Special Request !! The pair stepped up for a no holds barred back-to-back filled with ghetto-house, hardcore, old-school drum’n’ bass and jungle. This set was not only relentless but it gave the crowd a proper workout! A truly phenomenal pairing that has definitely placed a crown on one of our best Record Store Day events ever!

Manchester based Workshop-affiliate Willow played off the high energy of the crowd, giving an all vinyl set of rolling dubby house, thoughtful techno and obscure tech-house, putting the Master Sounds system through its paces and projecting to a room full of people lubricated by copious amounts of Vapoura Rum & Two Tribes Beer!

Dublin’s Running Back representative Krystal Klear stepped up with nothing but pure feel-good disco and house, mixing in his own edit of Madonna’s ‘Into The Groove’, alongside a choice Andres classic, which the crowd rightfully lost there minds to.

NTS’ Anu & Eglo’s Shy One came in hot with an impromptu B2B filled with hip-hop, disco, funk and soulful house bringing a fun and playful sound to the room.

Black Artist Database head NIKS definitely created some of the first real dance-floor moments of the day with some suspenseful build-ups and satisfying drops!

Breakbeat and bassy tech sounds filled the air from Lithuanian DJ and producer Pletnev.

System Olympia was the first of our special guest DJ’s to warm it up. Moving through disco, italo, soul and electro sounds which getting the basement filling up nicely!

Our Record Store Day event was in association with Vapoura & Junction 2!

Many thanks to Pawel, Kelly and Becky at The Vinyl Factory for helping us out with getting the day streamed!


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