Rough Trade Essential

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Rough Trade Essential: Debut Albums

Let's take it back to the start.One of the most significant moments of any music career, a debut album is the first opportunity for an…

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The most influential, seminal and timeless releases, transforming the boundaries of genre, paving the way for artists to come.Rough Trade Essential. The title awarded to…

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In Profile: Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul

“I felt like what I wanted to say, I couldn’t say it in no two minutes and 30 seconds, because I wanted to speak through…

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Rough Trade Essential: Women in Music

This International Women's Day, we join our community in celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women by highlighting favourite Rough Trade Essential albums…

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Rough Trade Essential: Goth Before Goth

The likes of Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy and The Cure summoned the darkness inside all of us through cold industrial sounds, gruesome imagery and lots…

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Rough Trade Essential: East Coast Hip Hop

"Now honeys play me close like butter play toast / From the Mississippi down to the East Coast"A mix of slick rhymes, conscious lyrics and club…

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In Profile: De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising

"De La Soul told you the nineties were going to be very different to the eighties."Bob Stanley Psychedelic, undeniably funky and underpinned by elements of…

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In Profile: William Onyeabor

"He always made sure he got the outcome he wanted, whether it was by asking something outright, or by playing these invisible chess moves. It was…

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Rough Trade Essential: Debut Albums

We all have to start somewhere. From solo breakthroughs to classics, from fresh-faced but soon-to-become mainstays. Here are 20 Rough Trade Essential debut albums that should…