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Van Morrison ‘Astral Weeks’

Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks' is a transcendent masterpiece, blending folk, jazz, and soul into a poetic journey. Its ethereal melodies and introspective lyrics create a timeless and captivating musical experience.

My Bloody Valentine ‘Loveless’

My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' is a seminal shoegaze masterpiece, blending ethereal vocals, swirling guitars, and hypnotic rhythms to create a transcendent sonic experience that defies conventional boundaries.

Behind The Counter UK 2023: Ventnor Exchange, Isle of Wight (Episode...

“It’s kind of a feedback loop. Somebody comes in and says “Oh, do you have this?" Then you start playing it in the shop and people go “what’s this, this nice music?” And then it starts feeding back into one another.” Marty Stevens, Ventnor Exchange

Behind The Counter UK 2023: Truck Store, Oxford (Episode 11 of...

“It’s an oft-used word, community, but it really, really is. Musicians meet each other, artists meet each other… and it really is a real, proper community”. Gary Smith, Truck Store.

D’Angelo ‘Voodoo’

‘Voodoo’ is more than just an album, it's an experience. In this in-depth exploration, we'll delve into the making of this masterpiece, its impact on music history, and why it remains a touchstone for generations of music lovers.

Behind The Counter UK 2023: 81 Renshaw, Liverpool (Episode 10 of...

“I think that’s the thing about record shops that people don’t realise, we’re part of the local music scene. We sell records to people who spend money, every week, on music.” Al, 81 Renshaw.

Nightmares on Wax ‘Carboot Soul’

'Carboot Soul', released in 1999, is a seminal album in the trip-hop genre that seamlessly blends elements of soul and jazz to create a laid-back and atmospheric sound. Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy digs deep into the story of the album.

Behind The Counter UK 2023: Sound Records, Stroud (Episode 9 of...

“I think in this community a record shop’s really important because it enables people to come together, share music and turn each other onto music… to form those relationships that lead to the creative hub.” Tom Berry, Sound Records.