Dirty vinyl

Why you should always clean records

7 January 2019

The condition of vinyl records has a direct impact on their sound quality. It’s common knowledge that records need the occasional clean; used record purchases especially should always be cleaned before they go anywhere near your turntable and stylus. Dirty records not only sound bad, but they also exacerbate stylus wear and contaminate your turntable – spreading the muck across your precious vinyl collection.

What isn’t always common knowledge however, is that brand new vinyl needs cleaning too – ideally before it hits your turntable. The reason for this is two-fold: static charge & factory grime.

Ever pulled a new record from it’s packaging and have said packaging sticking to it like glue? That’s because it is statically charged. And that’s bad, not just because they stick to the turntable mat every time you swap sides or remove the record, but also because the static charge attracts all dust and particles in the immediate proximity. It only takes one sharp piece of debris to scrape across the record and your brand new vinyl is damaged before it even gets played!

You might think that a shiny new record will be beautifully clean, but factories are typically pretty grubby places and dust and dirt is easily attracted onto the record surface. Also, the record production process can leave gummy release agent residue on the record surface, which can, in turn, contaminate your stylus and ultimately diminish the sound quality.

A typical vinyl record has around half a mile of grooves; any dirt or debris picked up as your stylus makes its long journey through your record will have an impact on sound quality. Also, just like a dirty or bumpy road will wear your car tyres quicker, dirty grooves will inevitably make life harder for your stylus. Some new records will come cleaner than others, but for the time it takes just to give your record a quick pre-play clean, it really isn’t worth running the risk.

We offer a record-cleaning service at Adventures – £3 for two sides, with a new anti-static sleeve included. It’s not our favourite job, but we realise how important it is! Even better though – the Okki Nokki record cleaning machine produces excellent results, is easy to use and relatively cheap at £435. It’s pretty compact and allows you to clean however may discs you feel like, whenever you want, in the convenience of your own home (or shed😉).

Email to find out more.


Rob’s Albums of the Year

21 December 2018

In no particular order, here’s what’s been spinning on the Adventures’ deck this year. Every one is a treat… in case you’re looking for any last-minute stocking fillers or ways to spend your Christmas vouchers😉🎅:

Parcels – Parcels

The Good, The Bad and The Queen – Merrie Land

Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt

Kurt Vile – Bottle it In

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

The Vryll Society – Course of the Satellite

Florence + The Machine – High As Hope

DJ Koze = Knock Knock

The Coral – Move Through The Dawn

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs

and of course the long-awaited vinyl reissue of XTC – Apple Venus

Eels, Coombes and Biscuits

Eels, Coombes and Biscuits

21 May 2018

It’s getting a little too warm out there for us, so instead of soaking up the sunshine, we’ve been indoors soaking up some splendid new vinyl releases. Music is a personal thing, so no reviews here, but we urge you to check out:

Eels – The Deconstruction

Half Man Half Biscuit – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut

Gaz Coombes – World’s Strongest Man

Vinylfinders Ecton

VINYLFINDERS – A record lover’s paradise

16 April 2018

Our good friend and Hi-fi industry legend, Paul Darwin, realised a lifetime dream yesterday with the opening of Vinylfinders record store in Ecton, Northampton.

Read story

John Bramwell - Leave Alone The Empty Spaces

John Bramwell – Leave Alone The Empty Spaces

10 March 2018

Cheshire’s own John Bramwell has been performing and recording music since the 80s, from his first four-piece band “The Ignition”, to the enigmatic, Mercury Prize-nominated “I Am Kloot”. His latest release, “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces” is poetic, intriguing and uplifting, and acoustically simple yet beautiful; well worth searching out for a listen.

Read story

Embrace Love Is A Basic Need


2 March 2018

Today sees the release of our good friends Embrace’s latest album, twenty years since their epic debut, The Good Will Out.

Love Is A Basic Need is the band’s seventh studio album, and it’s a cracker. Available on all formats including luscious vinyl and 24-bit studio master download

I urge all you Good Good People to check it out .

Read story

Autumn Albums - LCD Soundsystem, Liam Gallagher, Michael Head & The National

Autumn Albums

25 October 2017

Autumn: the season of change, when summer blooms slowly transform through a kaleidoscope of dazzling reds into the bare branches of winter. Fitting then, that some of our favourite albums this season have come from established artists maturing with some dazzling work.

Read story

Glued to our Turntable July

On our decks this month

24 July 2017

It’s been a busy month of gigs for Adventures in Hi-fi. Again.

Live music often influences what we listen to in the shop and this month some of our live highlights have been Radiohead at Old Trafford and James at Castlefield Bowl so The Bends and Laid have been glued to our turntable.

Plus, we just can’t get enough of The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper remaster and we’re still battering Whitney – Light Upon the Lake from last year, with a bit of The Charlatans – Different Days thrown in too.

It’s going to take something special to pry these from our turntable!

Read story