What seems like a lifetime ago, but was in fact March of this year, Metropolis in partnership with Mastercard UK hosted Record Store Day ambassadors The Big Moon to record three tracks direct to vinyl, with a live audience alongside them in the studio.
Originally fast tracked through the pressing plants and scheduled to come out on April 18th as part of Record Store Day celebrations, the release was moved to August 29th to coincide with the first of the Record Store Day Drops, due to Record Store Day being pushed back as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans will be able to buy the release on August 29th from a participating independent record shop either in store from 8am or from an independent record shop website at 6pm. On the recording are brand new versions of Your Light and Waves and an exclusive cover of Fatboy Slim and Camille Yarbrough’s Praise You. These recordings are only available on the vinyl release in a limited run of just 650 copies.
Recording ‘live to vinyl’ is the original process that artists used to record music for public consumption. There is no modern technology involved, it’s just plain old playing and recording. In today’s digital age, the art of capturing music live to vinyl has long been forgotten but we have recreated the experience using our unique vinyl cutting lathes. Part of the magic of recording music in this way is that the artist have to get it right first time… And The Big Moon did exactly that!
Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 230 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. Due to COVID-19 pandemic Record Store Day 2020 in April was postponed and will now take place as part of 3 ‘RSD Drops’. The exclusive release list has been split into three with products either available on 29th August, 26th September or 24th October from participating shops.
A full list of releases and their release dates can be found on www.recordstoreday.co.uk.