This Christmas, I was kindly gifted a record player. I was over the moon; I’ve wanted a record player for the past couple of years but its always felt like an unnecessary purchase when I have Spotify and Apple Music at the tip of my cursor. For a recent graduate, it felt like an indulgence. However, times are a-changing around here and now I have one, I’m using it every day. I love having physical copies of the albums I love, listening to them chronologically instead of pressing shuffle for a bit of variety. I love the format of the album, and while streaming services are encouraging their slow demise with single-orientated releases, the humble record keeps them alive.
Whilst I already had a couple of records here and there, in frames as decoration or borrowed from my boyfriend, I am still in need of expanding my personal collection. I’m so excited to create a roster of my favourite projects and albums that I feel are not only worth listening to over and over, but also best listened to in the order of the tracklist. Here’s a short list of the records I cant wait to get hold of, that I feel are worthy of becoming my bedroom ambience for as long as they last.
Back To Black – Amy Winehouse
Would I be a proper British city-dwelling woman if I didn’t want to listen to Back To Black every other week for the rest of my life? It’s such a beautiful album, full of soulful pop songs that are perfect listened to as background music or as the main event for recovery post-breakup. Not even just a breakup album! It’s an everything album. In addition, I adore Amy’s songwriting. It’s so frank and understated and avoids falling into pretentious waters like singer-songwriters sometimes do. Basically, I adore this album and I would like a forever copy, please and thank you.
Cerulean – Baths
I listened to this album every week at least in my A Level art class. Someone would connect their iPod to the the interactive whiteboard speakers (don’t tell me you never did this) and we’d work in relative silence as it played. This, Bonobo’s Black Sands and AM by Arctic Monkeys were on repeat in that classroom, and as a result I find all three especially soothing to listen to out loud. Cerulean is a beautiful piece of electronic music and I’m so excited to get hold of it in a physical form.
Good Kid M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
I probably should have warned you that this selection was going to be full of predictable classics, and here’s another album so timeless I couldn’t afford to leave it off the list. I love this Kendrick project so so much, he captures a mood so well and this album balances poignancy, anger and nostalgia so carefully… gahh I sound like such a knobend when I try and analyse hip-hop so just. listen. to. it. It’s magical.
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
I want to listen to Pyramids in all it’s vinyl glory and if that’s not reason enough then I don’t know what is.
Those are the albums on my list so far – I’m starting small, but I can’t wait to have a proper collection. Let me know if you think of any other albums I should invest in! I’m so damn excited to have a record player, I can’t wait to fill it with lovely bedroom sounds for my ears to enjoy.