Glide’s Record Store Day Black Friday Top Picks

As the holiday season approaches, retail stores are replacing beach chairs with inflatable turkeys and Santa Clauses. As the rest of the world gears up for family reunions and high-calorie meals, music lovers and audiophiles are putting together a list that completely ignores the spirit of the season. Record Store Day Black Friday is just a few months away and yesterday (September 14) the release slate was revealed. Much like a Christmas Day giveaway, vinyl collectors see this list and immediately start jotting down the titles they’re looking to grab on Black Friday. They skip the long lines at Best Buy and walk past the crowded mall to sit outside a record store overnight in hopes of grabbing the last possible RSD exclusive.

Record Store Day is the annual celebration of independent record stores around the world. Labels and artists will come together to create exclusive pressings of classic albums and modern releases to drive fans to their local record store. Whether it’s exclusive colored vinyl or fresh cover art, these releases are going to fetch insane prices on the resale market, so it’s important that fans get there as soon as possible in order to secure their entire wish list.

Following on from this year’s list, Slide went through and picked the ten releases we’re most excited about. We’ve detailed five hip-hop releases and five rock releases that should be at the top of everyone’s wishlist.

Check out the full list here and slip top 10 below;

hip-hop

5. The div – Division Pac

– RSD Exclusive

For years, West Coast hip-hop group Pac Div have released some of the most underrated music to hit the California rap scene in years. Their breakthrough album, first released in 2011, finally gets the shine it deserves on this pushback. This pressing is accompanied by 2 LPs and it is the first time that this project has been pressed on wax.

4. CU4TRO – Run the jewels

– First RSD release

Pioneering hip-hop duo Killer Mike and El-P have been one of the most exciting and innovative projects to come out in recent years. On this release, their fourth LP together, 2020’s RTJ4, is reinvented in a whole new light. The duo enlisted Latin American producers to reconfigure the songs for their critically acclaimed album. The double disc also includes the newly created instrumentals and a newly imagined artwork.

3. Medicine show n°11: Low-budget Hi-Fi music – Madlib

– RSD exclusive version

In early 2010, Madlib set the ambitious goal of releasing a full instrumental album once a month for the entire year. Not only did it achieve this impressive feat, but it also topped it by exploring a different genre/culture with each release. In the 11th episode of this series, Madlib took her back to her roots as a pioneering hip-hop producer. Hi-Fi music on a budget features close Madlib collaborators like MED and Guilty Simpson and reminds us why Madlib is one of the most sought after producers for any rapper. This pressing is done on a pretty pink wax that will not be available anywhere else.

2. Digi Snacks – RZA as Bobby Digital

For the very first time on vinyl, RZA’s third album under the Bobby Digital moniker is out in good standing. As one of the most influential producers in all of music, Bobby Digital is a side project that allows RZA to break free from all standards and express themselves to their fullest creativity. Originally published in 2008, Digi Snacks is a perfect example of RZA’s diversity and ability to create instrumentals outside of the grimy beats he’s created for the Wu-Tang Clan over the years.

1. Yancey Boys Instrumentals – J. Dilla

The Yancey Boys consist of legendary producer J. Dilla and his brother Illa J. This was also Illa J’s debut album and was originally released in 2008. To honor the legacy of the late J. Dilla , his family decided to release the album’s instrumentals through Delicious Vinyl. This pressing comes in an exclusive undisclosed colored vinyl that is promised not to be reproduced after it is sold on RSD.

Rock

5. To wish (30th Anniversary Edition) – The Cure

– RSD exclusive version

Morose rock legends’ classic album The Cure celebrates 30 years since its original release. The Grammy-nominated LP is now reworked by Robert Smith and Miles Showell and is pressed on an RSD-exclusive two-LP picture disc set.

4. metaphysical graffiti – The Dead Milkmen

– First RSD release

The Dead Milkmen discography has stayed too long in the recesses of punk rock. The band’s comedic approach to songwriting has earned them a cult following in their hometown of Philadelphia, and one of their best albums is in for a new pressing. This pressing includes the album’s remastered audio, a 7-inch bonus disc, and a copy of the original promotional coloring book that was never commercially available.

3. Self-titled title – Gladys Knight and The Pips

– RSD-exclusive version

For the first time since its original release in 1965, the classic Motown legends album is being put down. This reissue features the original recordings pressed on 180 gram thick colored wax. What makes this RSD release so appealing is that the album is not currently available on streaming services, making it a must for fans of classic soul music.

2. We’re all going to the world’s fair (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Alex G

-First RSD release

For the soundtrack to this spooky horror movie, Alex G crafted an equally terrifying and ambient soundtrack. For the first time on vinyl, this soundtrack features the Philadelphia native’s bedroom pop roots mixed with spacious instrumentals that accompany the film. There’s only a limited amount of these hitting stores, so if you see them, be sure to add them to your cart.

1. Live at Library Theater ’83 – Nico

– RSD-exclusive version

After a different live album from the always charismatic Nico completely sold out during RSD ’22, they’re back with another recorded performance that features even more accoutrements than the first. It’s the first time Nico’s 1983 performance at the Library Theater has been pressed on wax and features obi tape, yellow-tinted vinyl and a unique album cover. Given the speed of Nico’s latest live album, only the lucky ones will be able to walk away with this pressing.

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