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THE NEW BREED

The music landscape has never been a more diverse yet challenging place, with labels and bands fighting to sell their records on vinyl. Michael Hann meets five figures from different corners of the industry who are finding new ways to get heard

The important thing about the much-discussed vinyl comeback is not to think of it as some unambiguous triumph, like one of those great wildlife success stories where a creature that had been confined to the southeast corner of a desolate marsh spreads across an entire country within years of being reintroduced. Vinyl as a format still needs nurturing. The ecosystem has been shaken by high-street closures, as independents fight on; the vinyl sections in the supermarkets tend to stock the same tiny selections of surefire bestsellers; the vinyl chart is dominated by a strain of rock-tastic nostalgia. There’s the sneaking suspicion it would be easy to slip into a vinyl existence of endless Liam Gallagher albums and remasters of Rumours, but there are still a heartening number of bold pioneers making the effort to find new ways to get different music to fresh audiences – the people for whom making a record is about more than pressing something to vinyl and then sending it to a shop to see what happens next.

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SPEEDY WUNDERGROUND

Speedy Wunderground is the brain child of producer Dan Carey

“It was a way to get over the frustration of not being spontaneous,” says Pierre Hall, the co-founder of the London-based label Speedy Wunderground. “What we do links back to the golden age of rock ’n’ roll: go into the studio, here’s a song, record it. It’s a mixture of that 80s indie thing and the early-50s rock ’n’ roll thing.”

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Issue 24 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Join us as we uncover vinyl’s great lost albums – the 40 essential bootlegs and live records that never got an official release. From David Bowie to Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Kraftwerk, Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z and The Beatles, don’t miss our definitive guide. Elsewhere this issue, Mercury Rev tell us about revisiting Bobbie Gentry’s lost classic, The Delta Sweete, and we speak to Julia Jacklin and Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan about their brilliant new albums. 1980s pop mastermind Trevor Horn talks us through the 10 records that shaped his remarkable career, we meet the punk labels who are redefining the future of vinyl, celebrate Warp Records’ 30th birthday, look back at the work of the great Andy Warhol, and pay tribute to our Classic Album – The Flying Burrito Brothers’ The Gilded Palace Of Sin. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue and gear reviews anywhere on the newsstand.