[UPDATES] Cel mai cool colectionar de vinyl-uri

Astazi vreau sa va povestesc pe scurt despre unul dintre cei mai cool colectionari de vinyl-uri din zilele noastre. Steve Kouta – vinyl enthusiast si ambasador Record Store Day.

Steve colectioneaza placi de mai bine de 20 de ani si estimeaza ca are undeva pe la 5000-5500. Holly shit! Cred ca e pur si simplu paradis la el acasa. Daca intrii pe Instagram-ul lui, nu stii exact daca sa te uimesti de frumusetea feed-ului sau sa incepi sa cauti cele mai misto placi pe care le-a afisat. E o combinatie frumoasa intre pasiune si obsesie.

Pentru cei interesati, Steve are urmatorul setup: speakere KEF R100, un turntable blana de la ProJect The Classic. Articolul asta vine cu o surpriza in perioada urmatoare, so stay tuned!

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Released 30 years ago today: Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Lead MC, Chuck D really nails the rhymes on here. The album was produced differently to Public Enemy’s previous album, with the tempo being much faster to replicate the energy of their live shows. Released in 1988 to rave reviews from not only the hip hop/rap community, but also commentators from the broader music industry, 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' spent almost a year in the charts, and is ranked at number 48 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time – the highest ranking of any hip hop album mentioned in the list. Considered a hip hop staple, I can see why it's received so much praise over the years. Easily one of the most politically charged and influential hip hop albums of all time.

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Released on this day in 1987: Prince, Sign 'O' The Times. Every artist who's been in the game for a long time has one quintessential 'magnum opus', a masterpiece that shows off what they're fully capable of. Stevie Wonder had 'Songs In The Key Of Life', Marvin Gaye had 'What's Going On', and Prince had 'Sign Of The Times'. As many of you know, Prince is my favourite artist, and with a career stretching almost 40 years, and 39 albums, it's hard to pick just one body of work that ticks all the boxes – 'Sign Of The Times' is the closest thing to a near perfect album in my opinion. I could write forever about each track on the record, but here are my main highlights: The extended, album version of the title track opens the record, and I never get sick of hearing it. The low-fi vibe makes it sound so timeless, and the subject matter of the lyrics still rings true today. Prince's bluesy guitar work in the closing minutes of the track really take it to the next level. I've never heard such an intricate percussion section tie in so effortless with the constant bass-slapping, and silky vocals heard throughout 'The Ballad of Dorothy Parker'. Definitely a stand-out portion of the album for me. Lastly, 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' has to be one of my favourite songs of all time. Sung in the voice of Prince's alter-ego, Camille, it's so minimal and complex at the same time. Love the lyrics. Like most Prince albums, the majority of tracks on this one are produced, arranged, composed and performed almost entirely by the man himself – and the result is nothing short of brilliant.

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