If there is any indication of the return and continuous growth of vinyl as a physical medium for music releases, consider this…. in the year 2022, there were 50 – yes, you read that right – independent releases on vinyl whether via 7,10, or 12-inch.
That is not counting the reissues by the major labels who are merely cashing in and do not really care for the industry.
What we like in the independent sellers and labels is how they do it right. Meaning – outstanding printing of the jacket in standard or gatefold form with pictures, liner notes, inserts, stickers, pins, booklets, and whatnot. They take the time to remaster them specifically for vinyl and they make proper remuneration to the artists.
That is why the indie movement is more meaningful. The resurgence of vinyl is mainly because of these independent stores and artists themselves.
We saw that even at the start and height of the pandemic, sales of vinyl – both foreign and local did not slow down at all. It even increased meteorically. And the buyers of these titles aren’t necessarily the same as the others. Not everyone will purchase, say indie rock as opposed to metal. Each band, each genre, has its own audience.
Not all digital music listeners will purchase physical copies. It is the same with vinyl enthusiasts – not all will patronize the digital versions.
Furthermore, the sales were not just on a national level, but also international. And this helps push Filipino music out there.
This 2022 is the first time since 1991 where we have seen voluminous vinyl production locally.
The indie sellers and artists have their music pressed either in the United States, Eastern Europe, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
Here’s the list:
- Dawn of Cataclysm – Ataul
- Kitchie Nadal
- Six True Mentals Vol.3 – Six the Northstar
- Filipino – Dong Abay
- Sleeper’s Paradise – Various Artists
- Locked Down Since 2002 – Various Artists
- Autonimbus – Nonentities
- Haru Kaze – Victor MKII
- Discotrillion – Narda
- Alert Level – Various Artists
- Pagbigkas – Dicta License
- The Jerks
- The Jerks Live – The Jerks
- Brain Salad
- Blunt Instrument – Kapitan Kulam
- Parallel Uno
- What Mek Rasta – Sistah Lore Meets Soulsteppa
- Culture Cow – Tarsius
- Sudden Pictures – Polyphonic Vision
- New Wave 1986-87 Recordings – Ethnic Faces
- You Look So F***ing Empty Without Me – Space-Ta with Tarsius
- Critical Times – Ras Taro/Red-I
- Dubplate Pressure Records: Macka B, Ranking Joe, Earl Cunningham, Red-I.
- Fatigue – Assembly Generals
- Affinity – Johnny Alegre
- The Bones We Used to Share – Brick City
- Dead Girl – Noa Mal
- Laurent Legs – Space-Ta
- Pirata – The Youth
- 98-05 – Eggboy
- Then & Now – Betrayed
- Greatest Hits – Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas
- The Class
- Tales from the Alley – Lampano Alley
- Pilipinas Hardcore III – Various Artists
- All This Time – Itchyworms
- Habangbuhay – Ebe Dancel
- Weld – Squid 9
- From Fiery Tongues – Basalt Shrine
- Fuzz Sounds – Spacedog Spacecat
- Sitcom Theme Songs – The Geeks
- Don’t Blame the Wild One – Ena Mori
- RJ and the Riots
- The Awakening – Kiss the Bride
- Papuri Kay Sathanas – Kambing/Ebwa
- Fundamental Task – Rastaveli Meets Red-I
If 2022 was massive for independent artists and labels, 2023 is going to be even bigger.