Vinyl Sales, as you may have heard, reached 10 year highs last year, as more people enjoyed the enduring pleasures of the oldest format. Big hitters like Arctic Monkeys and Daft Punk may have accounted for the lion’s share of the sales figures, but one thing about the old acetate that continues to intrigue is the capacity to unearth or rediscover hidden gems. Outside of the relentless carousel of up to the minute dance music releases, there is always a treasure trove of music being thrust back into the spotlight through re-issues every month. Starting off in the latter half of 2013, obsessive record collector and Hyponik scribe Patrick Henderson has been shining a light on his favourite re-issues, delivering a consistent selection of rediscovered classics and obscure oddities for our listening pleasure. Here with his round up of the best last year had to offer, he supplies a rundown that includes everything from incredible Soul music to pounding lo-fi Techno. Enjoy, then head down to your local record shop and start making your own discoveries.
The Ganges Orchestra – The Dream (Emotional Rescue)
Indian raga combines with European rhythm structures. It’s definitely a bit of culture shock, at least for myself, but it’s utterly compelling.
Vangelis – Bladerunner OST (Audio Fidelity)
Sampled by everyone from Theo Parrish to Zomby, this is the definitive movie soundtrack for me. Worth every penny of the weighty price tag.
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Better Than Good Time [Walter Gibbons Mix] (Unofficial)
Impeccable disco edit from the master Walter Gibbons. When the bass kicks in I defy anyone to not throw their hands in the air in giddy euphoria.
Various Artists – Classic EP (Serious Grooves / Inner Child)
Does exactly what it says on the tin. Stone. Cold. Classic.
Master Plan Inc – Something To Be Done (Soul Spectrum)
These guys have got a lot of love on the re-issue front this year, with the LP on PPU being the obvious choice. But I’m a pretentious bugger, so I’m going for this superlative little single.
A Number Of Names – Sharevari (Unofficial)
Killer proto-techno about bread, cheese and fine white wine. What more could you ask for?
Irma Thomas – In Between Tears (Alive Records)
Heart-wrenching soul music from the heart that also has artwork that somehow toes the line between totally amazing and totally shit.
Ü – Great Dose of Monotonous Techno (Digitalis Records / Börft Recordings)
The title is actually pretty accurate, but don’t let that put you off. Get into a high-tempo techno trance and become one with the kick drum.
Finis Africae – El Secreto De Los 12 (EM Records)
Wonderfully dreamy atmospherics from one of the original dons of Ibiza. I’d like to see this get played out there today, just to see the denizens of Essex be baffled as they can’t find a beat to shuffle to.
Gherkin Jerks – Stomp The Beat / 1990 (Alleviated Records)
Slamming floor work-outs from Mr. Larry Heard. Not especially clever, but definitely big.