Welcome to the Guide to the Week of Music, a round-up of music news, media and releases from the wide musical world. This week, we look at Mark de Clive-Lowe’s personal new release, Heritage, dip into new sounds and visuals from a variety of artists and also tip our cap to an app aiming to make your crate digging experience a little more fruitful.
It’s a scenario most diggers and second hand record collectors will be aware of: you’re in a shop, garage or lock-up crammed with records, you pick out an item that looks like it could be a gem, but without a record player to try it on, any sleeve notes to guide you or any discogs listing audio to confirm your suspicions, you take a punt and buy it blind. You rush home, excitedly throw your new discovery onto the platter and… sheer disappointment. No tasty samples for your next beat, no lowkey grooves for your next vinyl-only bar session, just a quirky cover and a lingering bitter taste.
If you’re all too familiar with that outcome, then you’re the intended audience for the new Disco FM app, which aims to pull audio from across digital platforms, to give you the best chance of streaming a rare or unusual record before you buy it. The idea is to fill the gaps between Discogs, subscription streaming services and platforms like YouTube and Dailymotion, so that when you scan a barcode or photograph a cover, you’ve the best possible chance of being able to sample snippets from the record before committing to buying it.
Read a bit more about the app here and check out Adam Kvasnica’s super cool ‘crate digging in London’ mix below.