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Welcome to The Weekly Spin; the newsletter that celebrates the vast and wonderful world of record collecting. Each week you will find a selection of discoveries, stories, records and features from within the global vinyl community.

RPM SPOTLIGHT: Rosy Ross


RPM Feature
 

Rosy cut her teeth sharing an eclectic array of music for friends at house parties, through whatever medium she could. This naturally led to her expressing her selections in front of a set of turntables.

With this momentum, Rosy founded an open decks club TBAM - the most excellently titled “There’s Been A Mix Up” which is a tongue in cheek reference to the idea of an ‘amateur’ stepping up to the professional-looking (and, frankly, intimidating) DJ booth and taking over for the night.

The night welcomes and encourages DJs of all levels to explore what it feels like to play music out for the first time in front of an audience at venues such us Folklore, Theatre Deli & Off The Cuff Bar in London

 

Rosy also is no stranger to radio - in fact she’s well acquainted, she is senior producer for Threads Radio and also hosts her own shows ‘En Vacances’ & ‘Back To Ours’ on the station.

While En Vacances explores the edges of balearic, disco, italo, synth pop, house and other gems her other show on Threads with Casey Dewhurst “Back To Ours” provides tunes for all stages of the after party.

If that wasn’t enough radio shows to shake a record at, Rosy’s formerly hosted a Disco show on AAJA Radio aptly titled ‘Disco to Disco’ - a deep exploration into the genre and its inspirations and offshoots.

When not on air Rosy’s picked up a steady stream of gigs playing at venues such as Dalston Superstore, Rye Wax and Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, where you’ll find her spinning her signature blend of sounds from boogie, dub, disco, italo, house, chuggers to balearic, & psychedelic sounds flying solo or as a core member of DJ collective Sisu
We caught up with Rosie to discuss some of her favourite records and what they mean to here.. check out the RPM Spotlight below


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COMMUNITY: SELEXTORHOOD
 

Birmingham (UK) collective Selextorhood  is a community of aspiring and practicing DJs / Music Producers for women & gender minorities.

The last past couple of years they have crafting a workshop format which is accessible for every ability and works for any style of DJing.

Originally founded in 2019 by Holly Hollister, the crew have gone on to invite guest DJs to host the workshops, demonstrating how they mix on various equipment and offer informal, 1-2-1 tutoring. Previous hosts include Jossy Mitsu, Roman Candles, Erica McKoy, Re:ni, Romo Weeks and Frenetic.

 
Through their open decks sessions they provide a supportive platform for new DJs. They recognise that change is needed throughout the music industry, as well as at the grassroots level. By putting on talks for a mixed audience with womxn who have experience in the industry, they hope to inspire and empower change in the womxn and men that attend.

Selextors also collaborate with promoters in Birmingham and have held meet & greets at Cafe Artum with Ruby Savage and Eclair Fifi, Danielle and talks with IMOGEN and Yazz Ahmed.
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WATCH: Record Digging In West Africa

Frank Gossner is a German DJ and a Vinyl Archaeologist. Frank has spent years digging, collecting and reissuing some of the most amazing Afrobeat, Funk and Disco records from the western African region.
Vinyl archeologist Frank Gossner's intrepid digs in West Africa
Now based in Costa Rica, he has played at some of the most amazing venues around the globe bringing his collection to people in countries who’ve never heard such music before. By licensing directly from the original African artists, he has re-issued many of the albums he found on record labels in Brooklyn, Paris and London.

This short documentary is an amazing snapshot into the dedication and passion that Frank has for sourcing rare records.
THE GREEN SLEEVE

Bali's new community radio station - made from recycled plastic
 

HEADSTREAM's headquarters are located at the entrance of one of Bali's most iconic beach club venues - Desa Potato Head. The team behind the venue have held sustainability at its core for many years now, so its no surprise the new studio a temple of repurposed materials. A total of 564 kg of recycled plastic has gone into the space.

Housed within 'The Womb' (a remarkable 80 metre bamboo archway, built by revered artist Nano Uhero), the HEADSTREAM space was designed in collaboration with rising Bali-based architect, Zhi Xiong Chan, of ZXC Studio.

A series of panels made from motor oil bottles and mineral water caps collected from waterways across Bali make-up the display window and interior surfaces; all 170 kg of flooring also comes from industrial rubber rejects.

 
LISTEN: Women In Vinyl #13

Podcast featuring Brianna Orozco - Memphis Pressing Plant

One of the first female press plant operators at Memphis Pressing Plants - Brianna Orozco talks to Jenn D'Eugenio about the processes behind pressing records. They talk about centre labels, stampers, PVC, vinyl weight, quality control and everything in between, its safe to say that Brianna has done almost every job at the pressing plant!
 
 
On this day: 1975
Pink Floyd released their ninth studio album Wish You Were Here in the UK. The album which explores themes of absence, the music business, and former band-mate Syd Barrett's mental decline peaked at No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic and went on to spend a total of 84 weeks on the chart.
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