That Special Record is a vinyl record membership club for underground electronic music collectors & selectors. For a reasonable monthly fee – 38.99€ (EU members) / 47.20€ (Rest of World members) – they send their members a surprise box stuffed with 2 vinyl records every month by mail. Always 1 LP + 1 EP and bit of everything from leftfield house music projects like The Marx Trukker to obscure ambient music projects like Tim Robertson.
“The idea sort of stemmed from the fact that I was getting a bit frustrated with the process of discovering great records online. As a record collector myself, I realised that if you don’t live near a decent record shop, and can’t afford to jump in your car and drive 200 km to the closest one just to pick a record or two, then you only have one option: to buy records online (via online record stores, ebay or from Discogs sellers).
The problem is that most online stores have way too much music listed and it’s way too time consuming to filter the junk from the good stuff. So you end up missing a good release that quickly sells out everywhere, you’re basically screwed because there’s a high chance that a few copies of that record will eventually end up being listed on Discogs for inflated prices you can’t really afford. This problem inspired me to create That Special Record.” – Miguel Ferreira – Founder TSR
Based in Lisbon, Portugal, what makes this concept so exciting is its part music discovery, part experience. That Special Record is a music club with a difference. Where most subscription services aim for immediate gratification (like sending you music in mp3 format), TSP members receive objects (vinyl records) that actually increase in value over time! Also, interestingly, not all members receive the same records meaning that members who live near by, have the opportunity to share and discover gems from other collectors; building new friendships. The records are always super exclusive too, ranging from pressings of 150 to 400 units, guaranteeing you a unique musical collection.
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