Malaysian independent record shop gets on board Cassette Store Day 2014 celebrations with exclusive tape compilation.
Stop. Pause. Fast-forward. Rewind. Mohd Radzi, the owner of independent music store Teenage Head Records, loves the whirring sound of a cassette deck roller. He can spend hours fixing up and respooling battered cassettes and running them through his 1990s-era tape player at his record store in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
“Cassette tapes are still a big deal to some music fans. I love them! Cassettes were easily tossed aside when people switched to digital music formats and today they have disappeared from music store racks completely. Major labels here started phasing cassettes out from 2009. Yet the tape format has garnered a cult following with DIY labels like Noisemongers and Cactus Records here actively putting out new releases on tape,” says Radzi, who mentions that his store will be taking part in the international Cassette Store Day celebrations this Saturday.
This Saturday, marks the second annual Cassette Store Day, a worldwide spin-off on April’s increasingly popular Record Store Day. Over 300 exclusive cassette releases are planned for this year’s edition, which will be celebrated by nearly 250 independent stores worldwide, mostly from the US and Britain.
In Malaysia, Teenage Head Records will be part of this global cassette-loving party with its own exclusive cassette release – the Tales Of The Insomniac Raksaksa tape compilation.