Music is all around us. As the years go by, music streaming has evolved. Back in the day, turntables are used to play music from vinyl records. Afterwards, people are introduced to cassette players and tapes. Now, music streaming apps are being used such as Spotify, YouTube Premium, and Apple Music.
However, the vinyl scene in Singapore remains alive as more and more youths are starting to get their hands on vinyl records and turntables to enjoy their favourite songs. It is like reliving the past. Old ways of living are becoming trends nowadays and I am living! Let’s look at some of the best record stores here in Singapore!
The Analog Vault
Established in 2005, The Analog Vault offers a wide curated mix of vinyl records and other music and analog goods. This includes books about music and music culture. Focusing on several genres such as jazz, hip hop, modern classical, electronic, world, and local music.
The Analog Vault aims to introduce music that represents good artistry and finesse to a larger audience. They believe that purchasing vinyl records is the best way to show respect and support to music artists. Apart from that, they are also passionate about building, shaping and deepen the music communities in Asia.
You can purchase their vinyl records based on the type of genres you enjoy listening to, the record labels, or choose from their wide range of curator’s picks. Either way, you will surely enjoy the art behind the vinyl scene in Singapore as you take on a vintage turn at music.
The Analog Vault: Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, #02 – 10, Singapore 039802
Operating Hours: 1.00pm – 9.00pm daily
Want to unwind as you listen to the soothing rhythms of music? RetroCrates is the perfect place for you. RetroCrates is an independent record store offering a wide selection of turntables and an even wider range of pre-loved vinyl records all for sale!
The two-storey store not only serves as a place to purchase records, its second storey provided seating areas like sofas, cushions and rugs, allowing their customers to comfortable and indulge in good music.
You get to choose and browse vinyl records from their categories such as Pre-Loved Records, The Jazz Loft and Hardware. Each of these categories will guarantee you the best music, no matter which vinyl record you choose!
RetroCrates: 448a Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427661
Tuesday to Friday: 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Saturday: 11.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Closed on Monday
Known as Asia’s multi-brand retailer anchored in music, Swee Lee began its journey in 1946 when the US was talking over music by storm. They started off by supplying instrument to the military. However, as new artists emerged, they started providing more goods to those who into music, musician and listening.
This all-rounded store offers musical instruments such as guitars and drums, to recording equipment such as microphones, amplifiers, and more. They vinyl record collection is massive, categories by artists and genres from old hits to the current music scene.
Swee Lee: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-07/08/09/10 The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Operating Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm daily
Roxy Disc House
Roxy Disc House was founded in 1994 and they specialise in audiophile CDs and vinyl records. They offer a wide range of vinyl records from a selection of genres such as Soul, Jazz, Pop, Rock and more. Apart from vinyl records, they also offer accessories and turntables.
You can also choose from their wide range of CDs. From languages ranging from English to dialects such as Hokkien and Cantonese, Roxy Disc House definitely offers goods fit for everyone! I am definitely going to check them out!
Roxy Disc House: #03-42 The Adelphi, 1 Coleman St, Singapore 179803
Monday to Saturday: 1.00pm – 7.00pm
Sunday: 2.00pm – 7.00pm
As a huge fan of music, I am thrilled about these vinyl record stores. There is something about them that got me hooked, be it the vibe they give or simply because I am always looking for new music to listen to! With the current pandemic and for all of you doing your part by staying home, check out new releases and discover an old school take on music on their websites today!