When I was at University, I would get the train to Leeds on many a weekend to soak up the incredible sounds the city had to offer (mainly in the form of Back to Basics , System or Louche, of course!). If I ever got there early enough in the day, I’d sometimes head into Waxwerks (may it RIP), probably one of the most vibrant, creative, inspiring and entertaining spaces I’d stepped foot in. Part record store, part disco area, it hosted loads of fun, free drop in ‘dos during the day, warming us up ready for what was about to unfold on the Saturday night. Whether that be at The Garage, the club it was joined on to, or in one of the many other underground haunts that Leeds is so privileged to have.
After one particularly ace day time soiree, watching the Apollonia crew go B2B in Waxwerks prior to their set at Mint club later that day, I grew sad that there was nowhere similar in Notts that offered the same quality tunes in a casual setting where the music loving community could gather. And I was even sadder when I learned that Waxwerks, and The Garage was to close down in 2013.
However, when I found Plates Records I realised that there are like-minded souls out there in the midlands, striving towards similar goals. Of course there was – I just had to find them! In the same way that Waxwerks brought a certain charm to Yorkshire, it provides its own unique facilities that Notts is truly blessed to have.
Plates Records is a vinyl record store. But not just that, it is also a dubplate cutting studio, and does a lot to add to the music community in the area. Also hosting its own parties, in the day and the night, it regularly collaborates with other local crews such as Leftback Records as well as keeping its website updated with a pretty cool blog. What’s more, it’s running a sampling workshop this month which I will be attending. Bring on those amen breaks.
I urge any one in Notts in need of a mind-lift, a creative boost or an ‘input’ session to head to Plates, located in the basement of the Malt Cross, to see what sounds they discover. Even if you don’t leave with a new record, you can pick up some free independent magazines or night club flyers to learn exactly what’s going on in town that evening and generally soak up some positive vibes. Boredom = busted with a fine helping of underground music culture.
On its website, Plates is described as:
We focus on keeping alive the things that inspire creativity, freedom of exploration and soul within music.
Isn’t that great?