The full Record Store Day Release list can read like a war memorial of bands, reissues, and compilations. Unless you've wasted the best part of an hour going nodding or shaking your head at each release you may be feeling a little lost. There's a ton of great stuff this year, too much, but what's worth getting up early and standing out in the cold for? Here's what we think you should pick up on April 19th.

What's that? Are these genuine recommendations, or are just red herrings to free up what we want to buy? Err... you decide.


Various Artists - A Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood

I won't be queuing on Record Store Day - though I might head to Berwick St to soak up the atmosphere conjured by their street party - instead I'll probably scour the record shops the following day where I can take my sweet time browsing the racks for leftover RSD releases (Rough Trade usually have plenty). I'll hopefully walk away with something that I've never considered listening to before, like the Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood. Hopefully more of you will do the same, because I think it is important to remember that record shops aren't here to sell you over-priced 'limited edition LPs' and will not be saved by a heavily commercialised, celebratory 'day' (there's a One Direction RSD release, need I say more?). Record Stores are where you go to browse, chat to knowledgeable staff and discover music that you'd never have considered before. No online algorithm will ever be able to match that, so appreciate it and utilise it while you can. - Robert Whitfield

Ringo Deathstarr - God's Dream

I'd have Ringo Deathstarr, God's Dream. Got titles like 'Bong Load' and 'Flower Power', so I think they've been on the shrooms and I don't think they're taking this 'God' business very seriously. - Chris Lockie

Metronomy - 'Love Letter (Soulwax Remix)'

This year's list of RSD is an absolute smasher; choosing one track is reducing me tears, especially as that list features artists like Grace Jones, William Onyeabor, John Martyn, Robert Glasper, Omar Souleyman, The Specials and Villagers. But hot damn, if the Soulwax reworking of Metronomy's awesome track 'Love Letters' (taken from a new album of the same name) isn't getting you hyped then you are DEAD inside. The Belgian sibling remix duo can take a dry Robbie Williams track ('Lovelight') and turn it into a killer Rapture-meets-Tiga rave jam, so just imagine what's possible with a prime cut of fresh new electro-pop from Joseph Mount and crew. In fact, you don't even need to imagine: the track has been out for a few weeks on Soundcloud. That sweet bassline, clattering percussion, the signature Soulwax build up, harmonies to melt the coldest of hearts - it's all here, in six and a half minutes of future disco. A beautiful meeting of musical minds. Happy Record Store Day you lovely lucky people. - Lyle Bignon

Fela Kuti - 'Se E Tun De' / 'Waka Waka'

For me it's got to be Fela Kuti's Se E Tun De/ Waka Waka. His pioneering afrobeat vibes provide exactly the type of organic and authentic sound you want on vinyl. You can hear decades of innovation in the way he meticulously orchestrates each individual instrument, like a prized chef preparing the King's banquet. Providing a delectable cocktail of Jazz, Psychedelia, Funk and Soul, Fela Kuti's rhythmic hypnosis demands and deserves every meta-morsel of your attention. An influence to artists from James Brown to J.Cole and everything in-between, quite frankly it would be rude not to give him some of your precious time. - Mike Walmsley

Of Montreal - Satanic Panic in the Attic

What I'd like to get my grubby little mitts on this record story day is the green 10 year anniversary remastered edition of Of Montreal's 2004 corker Satanic Panic in the Attic. I've enjoyed dipping in and out of this record over the past ten years (that made me feel old) and this double-vinyl release has a second disc containing unreleased tracks from those sessions and a 7" that contains the new song 'Jigsaw Puzzle'.

This multi-faceted record was a coming of age of sorts for this band. Barnes' lyrics remain confuted and surreal and the feel psychedelic but this record felt stripped back. It's as though Of Montreal were finally revealing the appealing raw wood after a few over varnished records. In essence, with this LP Of Montreal provide the most melodiously appealing misery around. Get it. - Kerry Flint


Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Fair enough the likes of Aquemini and Speakerboxx/Love Below had critical acclaim from elsewhere other than just the hip-hop community, and Stankonia brought the Atlanta duo commercial success. but it all started with Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Not only is it my all time favourite Outkast album, it's one of my favourite albums full stop, across all genres. The ridiculously good title-track aside, this record includes 'Players Ball' and 'Ain't no Thang (but a chicken wing)' one of the greatest song titles of ALL TIME. - Kris De Souza

MØ - 'Say You'll Be There (Spice Girls cover)'

MØ is a badass and this nostalgic cover is amazing. - Alex Vickery

Joy Division - An Ideal for Living

One of the best reissues for this year's Record Store Day is the Joy Division EP An Ideal For Living. First recorded in 1978 after the band shredded their original name, Warsaw, the EP has never been officially available to buy until now. The band's long­standing engineer, Frank Arkwright, remastered the record at Abbey Road Studios and the EP will be decorated with new artwork, as opposed to the brilliant yet controversial original which depicted a young drummer boy of the Hitler Youth.

The EP sounds as fantastic today as it did almost 35 years ago, as raw and urgent as ever, and it will be interesting to hear what has been done by Arkwright to enhance its snarling beauty. At four tracks and twelve minutes long, it is a punchy, no­-holds­-barred slice of punk rock majesty. There are no highlights: the whole thing is vital. The songs have been covered by artists as diverse as LCD Soundsystem and John Frusciante, and are still as important and captivating today as they have ever been. For the Joy Division fans that appreciate their calmer, dreamier numbers like 'Atmosphere', just listen to Ian Curtis bark through 'Failures' and tell me that doesn't make you wanna rip someone's head off. Remember, first and foremost, these young Mancunians were a punk band. - Luke Allen

Notorious BIG - Life After Death

I was in Southsea filming the Record Store Day documentary for The 405 last year, so even though I was up at the crack of dawn with everyone else - I wasn't able to actually queue for any releases. I'm a huge hip-hop fan and Biggie is King. I had resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't get hold of last year's gold plated oh-so-fly reissue of Ready To Die, little was I to know that my awesome girlfriend was back in London and up at 3am queueing with the vinyl junkies on Berwick St. to secure me a copy. This year I aim to be there to pick up Life After Death myself. Unless you want to go again, honey? - Stephen Bevan

Gloria Jones - 'Tainted Love'

Much loved, much covered (it's hard to ignore that Soft Cell version) but I feel its imperative that you have this track in your collection. It's basically a true classic and one that you probably already know all the words. 'Tainted Love', released in the sixties, seemingly excelled all expectations of what was being produced by other artists at the time - you just have to get this in your record collection! - Ryan Cahill

Merchandise/Milk Music/Destruction Unit split - Emma Garland

Tame Impala - Live Versions - Lee Wakefield

Clint Mansell - Filth OST - Nicholas Glover

Ásgeir - Heart Shaped Box 7" - Larry Day

Robert Glasper - Porter Chops Glasper - Ott Ilves

Illum Sphere - Spectre Vex - Jake Wright