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What happened to Record Store Day 2020, our Record Store Day 2020 recommendationsand RSD 2020 new dates

The music industry has been a mess in the spring of 2020 and the unparalleled global events. Venues closed, live streaming, online shopping only, release dates delays, support campaigns, all of these marked the music insiders and lovers in the long spring days of lockdown. The good news, however, are that we have a steady stream of upcoming valuable releases set to come in almost half-an-year period of time in the Records Store Day 2020 release dates and most of them also available online.

Here is the Laterna Guide through the Record Store Day 2020 releases, our choice of 15 records (ok, maybe more) worth your attention and money.

Record Store Day 2020 Drop Dates

Due to the unprecedented worldwide events from the spring of 2020 the initial date for Record Store Day 2020 was postponed to the 20th of June. Sometime after that the RSD organizers decided that the situation demands further changes. The changes materialised in the idea that the RSD releases will be available in the participating record stores in the so-called “drops” at the designated “drop” dates.

At the time of writing the drop dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, 29 August
  • Saturday, 26 September
  • Saturday, 24 October

What happened to the postponed date?

A lot of labels and artists decided to release the records they’ve prepared for Record Store Day in June without waiting for the drop dates or the initial date and they were dropped off the updated list of RSD. Some releases continue to be advertised as RSD 2020 with release date of 20th of June. To complete the whole frenzy the date of July 17th started to appear for releases still participating in RSD.

In the Record Store Day 2020 Releases: The Laterna Guide we will try to cope with the tedious task to showcase a few releases that are worth having along with their expected release dates and the hectic schedule of RSD releases.

Record Stored Day Releases: 12-26 June 2020

These releases should already be in a record store near you or expected soon, do not miss them out.

Roisin Murphy – Incapable – Skint (Picture Disc)

Release Date: 12 June 2020

If you are a fan of Roisin Murphy like us and enjoy the respectful and classy remix work delivered by Dimitri from Paris and Aeroplane, this one is for you. Apart from the heavily-photoshopped picture of Ms. Roisin Murphy this is a truly collectors item that does justice to the initiative heralded by Record Store Day.


DJ Cam Quartet – The Essential – Diggers Factory/Inflamable/Attytude (Green Vinyl)

Release Date: 26 June 2020

For the first time on vinyl we have some of the best tracks from ‘Rebirth of Cool’ and ‘Diggin’, LPs that are out of print for a long time and the added bonus of a few exclusive tracks and the green-coloured vinyl.


Dalvanius and the Fascinations / Golden Harvest – Voodoo Lady / I Need Your Love – Re:Warm (7″)

Release Date: 26 June 2020

Two über collectable tracks from New Zealand on a nice 45-er. Full of soul, sun and freedom these two tracks will take you to another place.


Record Stored Day Releases: 10-31 July 2020

This is not an official RSD drop date but seems to make its way as such with a lot of releases from the RSD list announced for that date. Here are another three of our recommendations.

The Psychedelic Furs – Made of Rain

Release Date: 31 July 2020

Almost three decades after their last album one of the most iconic bands in the post-punk era returns with a new studio album and it seems promising to their high standards.


Alain Goraguer – La Planete Sauvage OST (Translucent Yellow Vinyl) 

Release Date: 10 July 2020

Constantly reprinted and still in high demand, this beautiful and weird work assembles new accolades for more than 40 years. Since the time of its composition in the early 70s it continues to influence another forward-thinking musicians from Air to Madlib and is on par with the movie quality. The movie and its soundtrack make for one of the cultural achievements of the 1970s. Now available for the first time in Europe on coloured vinyl.


Kamaal Williams – Wu Hen – Black Focus (Colour Vinyl)

Release Date: 24 July 2020

Each outing by Mr. Kamaal Williams receives a warm welcome in the jazz, urban and groove scenes. The Peckham maestro and his wu-funk will be meeting their own standards again.


Record Stored Day Drop Day 1: 29 August 2020

The first of the official Record Store Day 2020 drop dates. Hope these records will not mess with the budgeting of your vacation so start planning now.

Marcy Luarks & Classic Touch – Electric Murder – Kalita

A holy grail boogie record from Nigeria! First vinyl reissue by the mighty Kalita Records out of the UK: Marcy Luarks & Classic Touch’s Electric Murder’.


Aashid Himons – The Gods And I – Music For Dreams

Impossible-to-find Dub/Reggae/Boogie-Funk from 1984! Two tracks taken from the very rare album ‘Kosmik Gypsy and a lovingly remastered Fyraften version of ‘The Gods and I”. 


Chet Baker Trio – Mr.B – Tidal Waves Music

Rare but not so popular masterpiece by the Chet Baker and his trio published in 1984 and recorded in The Netherlands. Eight brilliant tunes composed by some of the best jazz composers of all time: Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, David Brubeck and interpreted with religious dedication by Baker and his all-star trio: Ricardo Del Fra (Ennio Morricone), John Engels (Toots Thielemans, Dizzy Gillespie) and Michel Graillier (Magma, Steve Grossman). 180-gram vinyl with OBI strip, limited to 500 copies.


Gaston – My Queen – Soul Brother Records

A probable reissue of this ‘holy grail” has been on the radar of the collectors for more than year after the rumours about it started circulating around. Gladly, it is now confirmed and the info from the label says it all: “Soul Brother Records are delighted to reissue on vinyl for the first time one of the most in demand and best ‘Holy Grail’ Soul and Funk albums for RSD 2020.’My Queen’ by self contained band Gaston was recorded in North Carolina in 1978 for the independent Hotlanta label and has been in demand for the last 30 years.The album consists of seven excellent Soul and Funk tracks including ‘Clap Song’ sampled by Sporty Thievz in 1998 and the also sampled two stepper ‘My Dreams’.Original copies are rarely seen and command £500 on ebay.This limited edition of 1500 hand numbered copies is likely to be very popular with Soul collectors and sell out fast.LTD 1k RSD 2020 release. Machine Numbered Sleeve. “


Record Stored Day Drop Day 2: 26 September 2020

The second RSD drop date gets us to a reissue of one of the most expensive records in Discogs and the usual holy grails.

Willie Tee – Teasing You Again / Your Love, My Love Together – Gatur Records (7″)

A beautiful modern soul anthem out of New Orleans, originally released in 1972 and bringing soul vinyl collectors to the brink of madness as this was usually in one of the most expensive records sold on Discogs. A new release was about time.


Human Race – Human Race / Grey Boy – Gem Records (7″)

Rare, rare, rare Miami ’71 funk with mesmerising chords and rhythm work that you may not even know but should.


Sammy Massamba – 1990 – Beni Soit Ton Nom – SM Productions

Essential afro-disco LP blending Congolese rumba, soukouss, boogie and funk with and with unforgettable vocal work too.


Record Stored Day Drop Day 3: 24 October 2020

Third RSD drop with some tunes more suitable for the summertime that will bring you the summer vibes again.

High Frequency  – Summertime – Nia (7″)

Leroy Burgess & The Fantastic Aleem Brothers produced this disco wonder and here is its first reissue just in time for its 40-years anniversary. A limited 7″ release for all collectors out there.


Lee Alfred – Rockin – Poppin Full Tilting – Cancer Records (7″)

Forty-years old disco classic that got reintroduced to the world by Midland who sampled it in his club classic “Final Credits”. Remastered and ready for your collection.


Mickey & The Soul Generation – U.F.O. / Hey, Brother Man – GC Production (7″)

Fully remastered reissue one of the rarest Texas funk 45’s.


Honorary Mentions

Here are another three recommendations that we know you will be enjoying and that will sit well in your collection.

Various Artists – Brazil 45s Boxset – Mr Bongo (Curated by DJ Format) 

Release Date: 29 August 2020

The lovely folks at Mr. Bongo are notorious for their Brazil 7″ reissues and often surprise crated diggers and collectors with their amazing work. This time they bring in the legend that is DJ Format to curate a reissue for them with 5 x 7″ in a clamshell box that will be a collectors item for years ahead.


Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face – West End Records

Release Date: June 2020

The definitive collection of all meaningful versions of one of dance music’s most interesting releases – soul, disco, boogie and funk that shake the dancefloor and your heart at the same time. Masterful versions added by Kon and Masters At Work. Essential!


Taana Gardner – Taana Gardner – West End Records

Release Date: June 2020

Taana Gardner and her classic album, produced by Kenton Nix, mixed by Larry Levan. Real disco music pressed on two slabs of wax with the full 12″ versions for your delight. Remastered by the original sources.


Thank you for reading the “Record Store Day 2020 Releases: The Laterna Guide”.

Happy listening and digging!

The publication Record Store Day 2020 Releases: The Laterna Guide was updated on 15.07.2020 with information about the Gaston – My Queen reissue.

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