Crate-diggers and audiophiles, here's where you can get your hands on vinyls and turntables in Singapore
Sure, everyone’s on Spotify (us included) and we all love rocking out to live music, but the old school vinyl is far from obsolete. There’s something rather seductive (and hipster) about removing a giant black disk from its sleeve, placing it on a player, gently dropping the needle onto the record, and taking in the warm, glorious sound bellowing from the speakers. Below, we dish out fifteen record stores in Singapore for your analogue aural fix.
The Analog Vault
The brainchild of vinyl maestros Vinylicious Records, book collectors The Arkivist and independent online magazine retailer Magpie Magazines, The Analog Vault caters to the digital-weary soul. Switch off your phone (or at least close your Spotify app) and wile away the afternoon with the well-stocked racks of hand-picked vinyls, and shelves of crisp, paperback reads.
The Analog Vault, Esplanade Mall, #02-13, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802, Open Mon-Sun 1pm-9pm.
Take a trip down memory lane at this vintage collector’s wonderland. Though tiny, the store houses a formidable trove of second-hand LPs of various old-school genres including ’70s pop and ’60s jazz (look out for the limited edition Duke Ellington and John Coltrane releases). Tip: These vinyls make great nostalgic presents for the parents (especially for this writer’s antique-hogging dad).
Memory Lane, The Adelphi, #B1-17, 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 17980, Open Sat 1pm-5pm.
House of Turntables
For those who need more help in turntables, make a beeline for this sleek spot, which boasts a sophisticated range of amplifiers, speakers, and players for the ultimate sonic experience. More than 10000 used and new vinyl records are also on sale, making this store a one-stop sanctuary for all audiophiles.
House of Turntables, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-42, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596.
Crate diggers, this hole-in-the-wall establishment is the place to be if you’re on a supper hunt in Bedok Simpang. This one might be a little out of the way for non-Easties, but we’d reckon a trip to this quaint shop is well worth a post-prata visit for its treasure trove of old-school records and vintage turntables.
Zennaudio Electronics, Bedok Shopping Complex, 292 Bedok Road, Singapore 469448, Open Tues-Sun 1pm-8pm, Closed on Mon.
This modest establishment stocks more than 3,000 titles spanning an eclectic mix of music genres – from electronic to jazz – with new albums added every week. Besides new, used and rare singles, EPs and LPs, audiophiles can also find turntables and cassette tapes in store.
Vinylicious, 3 Coleman Street, #03-01, Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore 179804.
For The Record
Rummaging through the piles of records at this shop feels like a step back in time, thanks to its unfussy, ‘80s-like interiors and signboard, and the hefty collection of old records from names like Billie Holiday, Rolling Stones, Beatles and Francoise Hardy.
For The Record, #04-28, Peninsula Shopping Centre, 3 Coleman Street, Singapore 179804, p. 9189 9530, Mon-Sun 1230pm-8pm.
There aren’t many places in Singapore where metal heads can get their fix, but who’d have thought that a vinyl store would be one of them? Despite its small size, Inokii offers a sizeable collection of vinyls spanning various rock and dark metal sub-genres for you to brood to. But if you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, the store also stocks an ample selection of pop releases.
Inokii, Far East Plaza, #03-30, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213.
Not only does this record store offer a well-curated range of vinyls and cds, it’s also an ardent supporter of local and regional music – there’s the occasional gig to help promote homegrown bands, and an in-house label to help emerging talents such as plainsunset and Force Vomit produce their albums. Music merchandise and even screen-printing services are also available.
Straits Records, 11 Balestier Road, Singapore 329675
If you’re on a hunt for indie music on vinyl, this little Tiong Bahru hangout is probably your best bet. There are over 1000 records to dig through, and recent additions include Morcheeba’s Head Up High, Ingrid Michaelson’s Be Ok, and Stardeath and White Dwarf’s Wastoid. It sure sounds like Laneway on vinyl to us.
Curated Records, #01-53, 55 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 160055, p. 6438 3644, Open Tues–Sun, 1pm–8pm (closed on Mon)
Roxy Records & Trading
Established some 50 years ago, Roxy Records is a family-run business with an impressive selection of vinyls, CDs and cassettes that had DJs and music lovers coming back for more of both its rare and mainstream titles. Can’t find what you’re looking for? They’d be glad to place an order for you.
Roxy Records & Trading, #02-15, Excelsior Shopping Centre, 5 Coleman Street, Singapore 179805, p. 6337 7783.
Aside from its impressive catalogue of jazz and classical music vinyls, what sets this place apart from its contenders is its goldmine of low-cost, yet surprisingly reliable turntables. Expect to see entry-level ones (from reputable brands like Rega) priced as low as $400.
Simply Music, The Adelphi, #03-46, 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803.
In between browsing through its seemingly endless selection of vinyl stocks, stop by the listening corner at this gem of a record store. Plus, don’t miss out on their collection of music-related books.
Hear Records, #01-39, Burlington Square, 175 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189651, p. 9646 0648, Open Mon-Sat 11am-7:30pm, Sun 12noon-6pm.
The latest radio hits, obscure indie rock sit side-by-side with ’70s pop songs and vintage Chinese records at this boutique, which also offers amazing turntables, amplifiers and speakers to satisfy your aural cravings.
Retrophonic Records, #02-08, Chinatown Plaza, 34 Craig Road, Singapore 089673, p. 6220 8489. Open Tues-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
Located in the AV-dominated mall that is The Adelphi, the unassuming Vinylucky stocks over 13,500 records of the ‘60s to the ‘90s, and provides record cleaning service for serious vinyl collectors. Spend more than $250 (not that hard, really, considering the huge selections available) on regularly priced vinyls, and get 20% off your bill.
Vinylucky, B1-42, The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803, p. 6336 9071.
Red Point Record Warehouse
Love music from the ‘60s to the ‘90s? Carpenter and vinyl-junkie Ong Chai Koon’s warehouse at Tai Seng might have just the record you want amidst its sizable collection of records across genres like classical, electronic, Chinese and indie music.
Red Point Record Warehouse, #06-11, Kapo Factory Building, Blk B, 80 Playfair Road, Singapore 367998, p. 63833955.
Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee
Founded by longstanding DJ collective, Matteblacc, Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee champions soul music and fresh beans. Come in for a brew and don’t expect to leave in a hurry – you’ll want to wile away the afternoon with the well-stocked racks of vinyls and street merch. We hear the store-slash-cafe frequently organises impromptu vinyl sessions too, so keep clued in by following them on their Instagram page.
Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee, 486 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218151.