Hit the flip: B-Sides of records (part 15)

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Digging deeper into the B-Sides of records and their sonic treasures

As we like to shout, there are two sides to every story.

One of the things that’s always been central to our mission is championing fresh sources of untapped sounds. We like to put in the effort to shine a light onto music that all too often gets overlooked, forgotten about – or simply ignored.

The one place where you’ll find a never ending flow of new and interesting sounds? Tracks that appear on the good old fashined B-Sides of records.

Back in the mists of time when physical media, namely pieces of pressed plastic, ruled the industry, airwaves, jukeboxes and dance floors. There was always a hallowed space for additional music, bonus mixes, additional jams and downright daring to find and make their way into world.

Giving artists and acts the chance to push the envelope and try their hand at something more risqué than a label manager may have wanted – but waved through nonetheless.

If you’ve ever found yourself attracted to a particular songs, it’s often the case that you bought a record and then overlooked what might be lurking on the same grooves on the flipside. However, this is exactly where the fun begins.

Having spent years trawling through dusty bins in record stores, boxes and even personal collections, what we’ve learned is there’s every chance you’ll uncover something that might just have as much value as its A-Sided counterpart, if not more if you’re prepared to dig.

Check our latest finds:

Bicep – DLR (B-Side to Glue)

Simple Minds – A Brass Band in Africa (B-Side to Don’t You Forget About Me)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rat Race (B-Side to Stir It Up)

Kano – Ahija (B-Side to It’s a War)

Grace Jones – Junk Yard

Jeff Mills – Alarms (B-Side to The Bells)