With Christmas less than a week away, we’ve been frantically scouring the web to find inventive gift ideas for the musically inclined. Take in the fruits of our labour before and thank us later, because there’s now most definitely no excuse for giving your nearest and dearest a pair of socks this holiday season…
It’s been a long wait, but D’Angelo is back, better than ever, just in time for Christmas. Hear our thoughts on the record here.
littleBits DIY synth kit – £102
Give the gift of geek. As demonstrated wonderfully by Reggie Watts over here.
This huge 360 page book documents Disco record cover designs from the 70s to mid 80s, featuring over 2000 albums and numerous interviews with artists, label profiles and much more. Other great book options include the Trouw book, Der Klang Der Familie and Dust & Grooves.
For those not familiar, African Apparel is an awesome clothing brand from Bristol, run by a bearded Frenchman called Cedric. You’ll see the likes of Hudson Mohawke and Surgeon wearing their threads. They recently released Mineral Techno, the new collection that celebrates the “ancient electronic underworld” – the ideal way to offload that stash of Xmas money. Elsewhere, Turbo Island and Nottingham’s Wigflex (in collaboration with Zeke Clough) have released some great stuff this year.
J Dilla figure – $60
Although this little fella isn’t available until Feb 2015 why not put in a pre-order for your favourite Dilla disciple? The J Dilla Figure is an official Pay Jay Productions release, created under the oversight of the Estate of James Yancey. RIP.
Finding Fela DVD – £11
We saw the new Fela documentary when it arrived in London earlier this year, and can promise it’s a good watch. Warm someone’s Christmas with some Afro-Beat energy…
We’ve been looking forward to the new edition of ‘Check the Technique’ since we first mentioned it a few months ago. Essential material for any Hip-Hop fan.
Novelty Slipmat – £18
Something perfect for the vinyl snob we all know. Grab a pair in Soho’s finest Phonica Records…
Not the cheapest vinyl boxset, but definitely a fun one to draw for at the next b2b session. Spread across three colour ways, featuring from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Tyler The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Flying Lotus and Yeasayer.
Know someone looking for a new pair of headphones, look no further!
Know a crate digger who spends their time travelling on the hunt for music? This portable turntable could be perfect…
zweikommasieben Magazin #10 – €12.00
During the summer we spent some time talking to the duo behind the bi-lingual print magazine zweikommasieben. The latest edition is the perfect gift for anyone interested in design, photography and underground electronic music.
Turntable timer – £7
Ideal for those competent mixing both records in the club and ingredients in the kitchen, this timer from Gama Go will keep the Christmas cooking in time.
Hip-Hop ice cube maker – £5.50
If the timer doesn’t make you’re kitchen cool enough, surely a set of Hip-Hop ice cube moulds will.
Tess Redburn Christmas Card – £0.70
Its no secret that we’re fans of Ms Redburn’s work, as we revealed here. Might be cutting it a bit close to the 25th, but she has some awesome cards up on her website.