From the vinyl turntable to the iconic Walkman, our listening mediums have constantly evolved. And within the present ever-growing digital age, streaming is now most of our go-to ways to experience our favourite tunes. It makes sense, subscription streaming services—such as Spotify and Apple Music—are easy, convenient and immediate.
Despite this, the popularity of the vinyl turntable still remains today. It's because vinyl appeals to multiple senses and creates a both unique and extensive music listening experience with undisputed sound quality. Also it's the novelty of buying and owning your own phonograph. Anyway you look at it, the vinyl revival is here to stay. So check out where to buy the best physical records in Singapore, with our curated list.
White Label Records
Located within the bustling neighbourhood of Ann Siang Hill lies White Label Records. An unparalleled record store by day and impressive bar by night, it's a go-to spot if you are looking for a cool hangout to brush shoulders with an array of music enthusiasts.
Upon entering White Label Records, you’ll be notably impressed with its sleek aesthetic and laid-back vibe. And aside from the impressive bar menu and delicious comfort food, it stashes an impressive vinyl collection.
Here, selections are constantly updated, with the chance to purchase an array of local and regional records from various eras. Whether you are a dedicated collector or just starting, White Label Records will surely impress.
White Label Records is located at 28 Ann Siang Rd, #01-01, Singapore 069708.
Established alongside the quaint Tiong Bahru heritage estates is Curated Records, Singapore’s esteemed indie record store. At Curated Records, you will be presented with an attentive selection of vinyl records. And within the stores quaint walls amassed an impressive selection of over 2000 records.
Reason for Curated Records making the list? Its democratic approach to genres and artists. Head in-store right now and encounter the likes of The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: Music from the Star Wars saga alongside records such as Orville Peck's Pony.
Curated Records is located at 55 Tiong Bahru Rd, Singapore 160055.
Available in almost every genre—from pop, metal, punk to 80s rock—Vinylicious Records welcomes all vinyl enthusiasts. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with a whiff of nostalgia, by its intimate and transformative space.
Vinylicious Records believes in the eradication of the CD (look it up, Millennials) so the store is fully dedicated to digital and vinyl-only. Also, it is a great spot to head to if you are looking for any modern tracks. Our favourite part of visiting Vinylicious Records? You can listen to any track off a vinyl before purchasing, creating an even more tangible experience.
Vinylicious Records 1 Coleman St, #B1-41 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803.
The Analog Vault
Enjoy the multisensory experience of hunting for a new vinyl? Or the feeling from the moment you lower the stylus onto your new record? Either way, The Analog Vault has you covered with an online and offline retail establishment.
At The Analog Vault, you’ll be able to sift through a wide, yet tightly curated mix of vinyl records—alongside other musical and analogue goods. Aiming to be a music discovery platform for all vinyl collectors, The Analog Vault offers an extensive range of jazz, hip hop, modern/experimental classical, electronic, world, and local music genres too. If you are looking for a store which supports artists that advocates vinyl music, head to The Analog Vault.
The Analog Vault is located at 8 Raffles Ave, #02 – 10, Singapore 039802.
A popular store choice for music lovers—and voted one of the best record stores in the world by Vinyl Factory—is Hear Records, who offers a particularly refined and curated collection. Alongside the option to purchase second-hand vinyl’s, you can also pop in monthly and purchase new records, which are shipped in from the US, Europe and throughout Asia. It's an exciting and unique spot to shop indeed.
Hear Records #01-18, Burlington Square, 175B Bencoolen St, 189651.