Streaming subscriptions, yup. But vinyl subscriptions? That’s the idea behind Wax & Stamp, a recently-launched service in the UK that’s pitched as a monthly vinyl subscription club. Fans pay £26 a month, and get one LP and one EP or 12-inch single at the start of each month, with the company picking one record, and a different guest curator each time picking another.
“It could be a DJ, a jazz trumpeter, a singer songwriter or someone else who simply loves music – and they choose their favourite record of the month,” explains the company. Writer and DJ Bill Brewster is the first curator. “When I was younger, I’d walk into our local independent record store on aSaturday afternoon and the owner would start recommending stuff to me from different artists, labels and places I’d never heard of,” says co-founder Josh Lachkovic. “Every purchase was something unknown, something new and exciting. With the internet, that serendipity has disappeared, but hopefully we can bring a little bit of it back.”