Held every third Saturday in April is Record Store Day (taking place on Saturday 16th April this year). Physical formats are very important to us, and with RSD approaching, we wanted to properly celebrate the all mighty vinyl record. So in the lead up, we decided to catch up with a few of our favourite record labels to discuss their cherished memories with the medium, and the RSD release that catches their eye the most. Today’s label in focus is Sexx Tapes.
Written by Sammy Clarke, Founder of Sexx Tapes.
“After making friends with so many great new bands from promoting shows in Margate the most obvious thing for me to do was start a label. I opted for cassettes because they are tangible while also being affordable but one day we hope to venture into the big bad world of vinyl too! The most important thing to us is that we release bands and music that we absolutely love and that Keith Miller one day asks us to curate a ‘Label Mates’ stage at The Shacklewell Arms. Sexx Tapes is now co-operatively run by my friends Harry Hayes and Ryan Debling and one of our proudest releases was a Margate Vs New Paltz compilation that we released with Team Love Records. It featured Indoor Pets, Gang, Fuoco, Ray Gun, Quarterbacks, Fraternal Twin, Pecas and Guilt Mountain and was great fun to organise.
One of my most treasured records is an original pressing of Orange Juice’s ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever’. I found it in a ‘Bargain Box’ sat outside a junk shop for £2! At that point I had only ever heard ‘Rip It Up And Start Again’, and so quite naively I thought that I had the full measure of Orange Juice. I was obviously left dumbfounded and in awe as my bedroom began to fill up with this scratchy disco funk that also harnessed Motown and Velvet Underground influences, all sewn together with the needling guitar lines that would go on to forever epitomise the ‘Indie’ sound. Edwyn Collins’ velvet falsetto was dripping in soulful romanticism and poetry of unrequited love. He sung about unrequited love, longing and being a sensitive young man in a modern world in a way that I had never heard before and to me that felt quite liberating. Obviously at that time every love song ever written was about the object of my affection and so hearing Edwyn Collins proudly boast “I’ll never be man enough for you” in ‘Consolation Prize’ felt like a huge triumph as I punched the air to the song’s joyous cacophonous confetti cannon crescendo and let the musical notes rain down upon me to soothe my yearning heart. Edwyn Collins was my soul mate after that.
I’m a bit dubious of Record Store Day these days since a lot of the Majors just use it as an excuse to reissue their back catalogues. The vinyl resurgence is wonderful but I fear that we’ll burn out resources if the Major’s carry on capitalising on what small record stores and independent labels have been busy resuscitating since the 90s. So I will choose a few of the records that I am most excited to purchase over the coming year. I’m very excited about Parquet Courts ‘Human Performance’, Oscar’s debut full length ‘Cut and Paste’ and whatever the ace Beech Coma release next. Most of all, I can’t wait to hear The Sans Pareil’s ‘The Future Ooze’ LP which comes out on Folkestone’s Hot Salvation Records soon. I’ll be purchasing these from Margate’s newly opened Transmission Records and Folkestone’s Hot Salvation. It’s a Record Store Life for me.”
For more on Record Store Day, visit their website here.