From vinyl records and CDs to audio streaming services, the way people consume music has changed significantly over the decades.
Today, everyone’s on streaming platforms like Spotify and YouTube for their daily dose of music. But if you’re old-school (and proud of it!) and prefer to have a physical manifestation of the artist you love, collecting vinyl records and playing them on a turntable is undeniably an elevated experience for listening to music.
If you want to enjoy your favourite tunes the good ol’ way, go forth and get browsing at these record stores in Singapore. They have limited edition box sets, exclusive LPs, 12-inch records and 7-inch singles up for grabs.
1. The Analog Vault
Established in 2015, The Analog Vault is every audiophile’s sanctuary. This store curates thousands of vinyl records across a plethora of genres like jazz, hip-hop, electronic and even local music. Plus, it retails analogue goods like the Audio Technica line of turntables and other music merchandise. So, expect to spend your day digging through well-stocked shelves of 7-inch singles, live albums, limited editions and box sets by artists from a wide range of music styles.
The Analog Vault
Address: 8 Raffles Ave., #02-10, Esplanade Mall, 039802
Tel: 9026 5215
Opening hours: 1 to 9 p.m. (Daily)
2. Retrophonic Records
Getting started with vinyl and in need of a setup? Retrophonic Records is the place to go. This boutique vinyl record store carries multiple turntable brands such as Audio Technica, GPO and Mobile Fidelity (MoFi), all of which you can test out in its store to compare the sound quality and features. It also showcases a catalogue of new and reissued vinyl records featuring over 4,000 titles across various genres like indie, rock, R&B, jazz and mandopop – great news if you’re expanding your vinyl collection. But if you can’t find the records you want, Retrophonic Records can help source them for you.
Address: 53A Duxton Rd., 089517
Tel: 6220 8489
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wed. to Sun.)
3. Curated Records
At Curated Records, you’ll be presented with an impressive selection of thousands of vinyl records across different genres. This includes mainstream pop and hip-hop releases from stars like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Kanye West and JackBoys, as well as music from lesser-known, independent artists across the world. This independent record store is also your best bet for indie music on vinyl.
4. Swee Lee
As Asia’s largest music store, you can count on Swee Lee for a wide selection of vinyl records spanning the music genres of pop, indie, rock, hip-hop, jazz, electronic and more. Think iconic albums from famous artists such as Lana Del Rey, Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky. If you’re looking to purchase a turntable, Swee Lee stocks brands like Audio Technica, Gadhouse Brad and Crosley.
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green., #01-07/08/09/10, The Star Vista, 138617
Tel: 3163 5618
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)
5. Ravage Records Store
Look out, metalheads! Get your vinyl fix at this dedicated heavy metal record store in Golden Mile Tower. Ravage Records offers a sizeable collection of LP albums from Blood Chalice, Sodom, Dark Funeral and more. It also sells CDs from heavy metal acts and all sorts of merchandise, like T-shirts, hoodies, patches and flags.
Ravage Records Store
Address: 6001 Beach Rd., #02-41, Golden Mile Tower, 199589
Tel: 8660 5073
Opening hours: 6 to 10 p.m. (Thu. to Sat.)
6. For The Record
If you’re all about the nostalgia factor – we’re talking tunes from the 50s to 90s, pop by For The Record in Peninsula Shopping Centre. With over 40,000 records spanning big names like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Beethoven and Abba, this vinyl record shop has just about any album you could want. Got questions or need recommendations? Talk to the owner, Mr. Alagiry. He’s got an extensive knowledge of records, so expect good help from him.
For The Record
Address: 3 Coleman St., #04-28, Peninsula Shopping Centre, 179804
Tel: 9189 9530
Opening hours: 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 12:30 to 7 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
7. Roxy Disc House
Founded in 1994, Roxy Disc House retails audiophile CDs and vinyl records for your listening pleasure. Its vinyl LP collection includes a long list of genres, ranging from pop and rock to R&B, electronic dance music and mandopop – so you can expect records by icons like King of Pop Michael Jackson and British rock band Queen. It currently has two locations in Singapore, each carrying a different range of records. Its store in Adelphi stocks the latest and reissued CDs and vinyl records, while its shop in Yishun houses a wide genre of pre-owned vinyl records.
Roxy Disc House
Addresses: 1 Coleman St., #03-42, 179803 / 2 Yishun Industrial St 1., #01-15, North Point Bizhub, 768159
Tel: 9061 3491 / 9844 6775
Opening hours: 1 to 7 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 2 to 7 p.m. (Sun.) / 1 to 7 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
When you step into this record store in Joo Chiat, you can expect new and reissued 7-inch singles and 12-inch records, as well as out-of-print titles to add to your vinyl collection. The selection at RetroCrates covers genres such as pop, rock, jazz and includes well-known artists like Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. But that’s not all, it has classics from the 60s to 90s, too, like LPs by Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Abba and Aerosmith.
Address: 448A Joo Chiat Rd., 427661
Tel: 8718 7370
Opening hours: 12 to 6 p.m. (Tue. to Fri.); 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat.); 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sun.)
9. Vinylicious Records
No matter what genre you favour – be it pop, old-school hip-hop or jazz, you’ll find something of your liking at Vinylicious Records. Renowned amongst vinyl collectors in Singapore, this record store retails chart-toppers like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé alongside jazz legends like Tony Bennett and alternative rock bands like The Smashing Pumpkins.
10. Hear Records
Hear Records is a crate-digger’s paradise. Founded in 2013, this small record shop houses thousands of vinyl records across the classics, old-school jams and latest hits – all of which is shipped from the US, UK and Europe. On top of its refined and curated vinyl stocks, Hear Records sells vinyl display units and is the local distributor of Music Hall turntables and electronics. Looking to get a new vinyl setup? Head down to Hear Records for your accessories.
Address: 175B Bencoolen St., #01-18, Burlington Square, 189651
Tel: 9646 0648
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 12 to 6 p.m. (Sun.)
11. Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee
A quaint vinyl record store cum cafe and bar in Joo Chiat, Choice Cuts is the product of DJs from the Matteblacc collective. Other than featuring an eclectic selection of records on its shelves and racks, Choice Cuts also serves up specialty cups of joe and craft beers alongside all-day breakfast dishes like smoked salmon bagel and smashed avocado toast. It also used to host impromptu vinyl jam sessions pre-covid! And if you’re in the mood to cop some merch, you can find an assortment of streetwear brands and hip-hop inspired lifestyle products and accessories here.
Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee
Address: 446 Joo Chiat Rd., 427659
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.)
12. The Panic Room
In need of a new hairdo and record? Kill two birds with one stone at The Panic Room, a barbershop that doubles up as a record store that sells new and used vinyl records – think LPs and 7-inch singles – as well as all kinds of merch for the music lover in you. Even if you’re here just for a haircut, you can still expect groovy beats emitting through its speakers – all of which are personally curated by the crew at The Panic Room.
The Panic Room
Address: 311A Geylang Rd., 389350 / Yishun Central., #02-233, Blk 925, 760925
Tel: 8228 9063
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.) / 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
By Jayme Chong, August 2021
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