VINYL ME, PLEASE

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Thecultur -

Af­ter suf­fer­ing an al­most-painful dip in sales in 2006 when dig­i­tal plat­forms dom­i­nated the in­dus­try, sales of this bor­na­gain for­mat hit a 25-year high in 2016, and is still the clos­est to lis­ten­ing to your favourite mu­si­cians in real life. So, lift that nee­dle, put your prized turntable to work, and get those LPs spin­ning. Whether you’re a jazzed vet­eran or a newly minted fan, BAZAAR’s got you cov­ered with Kuala Lumpur’s top vinyl haunts. Hard Graft Records (www.hard­graftrecords.com), an in­de­pen­dent fuss-free record store that of­fers a well-cu­rated range of new and old vinyls, is home to a vi­brant mix of hip hop, metal, and rock. Per­fect for low-key vinyl en­thu­si­asts look­ing for a laid-back af­ter­noon, this hide­out will take you back to sim­pler times. On the other end of the spec­trum, hus­band and wife Radzi Jasni and Linda Hat, pas­sion­ate own­ers of Teenage Head Records (www.face­book.com/teenage­head­records), veer to­wards al­ter­na­tive and elec­tronic mu­sic, of­fer­ing lo­cal and re­gional re­leases. An added bonus is the oc­ca­sional in-store gig, where you’d be able to meet like-minded vinyl hunters. If crate­dig­ging is more your style, then Cross­roads Records (www.face­book.com/cross­road­srecord­sncafe) is for you. The ex­ten­sive in­ven­tory might re­quire you to work a lit­tle harder, but pre­pare to be sur­prised while you’re on that chase to ac­quire. And if you needed some guid­ance set­ting up your own vin­tage turntable set, look no fur­ther.

Azo-be, 2016, by Cecê No­bre

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