20 Great Resources For Online Crate Digging

This article is part of our That Special Record vinyl resources guide

While we love going to the record store to go crate digging, you can always find some gems digging online. Here are 20 great resources for online crate digging

As vinyl collectors ourselves, we know that there’s nothing better than walking into a record store, browse around a bit, listen to a bunch of records and walk out with a bag full of new records. But how can you dig when your favourite local record store closes? Record stores might be closing all over the World, but new online music retailers seem to be popping up every day.

Online crate digging might be an alternative to record stores, but it has a few challenges. Most online music retailers have so much crap music listed it’s way too time consuming to filter the junk from the good stuff, and there’s also the issue of samples, as in most cases you’re basically listening to 1:30 minute low quality snippets of tracks, which obviously is not the same experience as listening to the whole record in a record shop. With that said, today we’re sharing with you a list of 20 different channels - essentially youtube channels and blogs - for all your online crate digging needs.

This obviously is just a first step to finding great music. Whenever you find something you like online, we’d strongly recommend you to go to your local record shop (if it still exists) or charity shop and maybe scope out that record, or alternatively you can look for it and buy it online via online records shops, ebay or discogs (good luck dealing with crazy inflated prices). Here are 20 great resources for online crate digging:

Youtube Channels:

1. hurfydEverything from lo-fi house to spaced out techno to analogue-rich deep house.

2. kubk0Channel promoting good electronic music. Everything from Detroit techno to cosmic house. 

3. AgnosticRhythmSpecialised in deep house.

4. reshaping channel: Great source for all things dub techno. Lots of old stuff, but stuff that's really good. 

5. JUST A HUMAN: Everything from deep to house to dub techno. Lots of good old classics and forgotten gems.

6. DayOff: A bunch of House and deep house gems.  

7. the29nov films: Cool weird videos and lots of techno.

8. mickooyytechno, techno and techno.

9. MegaDeephouseV: The name says it all. Deep house records.

10. EmpreinteMusicale: Channel dedicated to deep and underground electronic music. A bit of everything from bass music to UK garage to house and techno.

11. Backintday: The name says it all. Classic and forgotten gems from back in the day. From Classic house to acid house. 

12. themathematicalbrain: African Soul / funk records primarily, with extra African electronic flavourings.

RJJNY: Late 80s/early 90s house music.


Vinyl Blogs:

1. Patternburst: Great blog for reviews, inspiring house and techno vinyl tips and occasionally random thoughts on the underground electronic music scene. 

2. bytheinch: Ambient, techno and house from the crate. Mainly interviews and a good mix series. Occasionally also vinyl recommendations.

3. smilecoldanatomy: Totally worth checking just because of the superb anatomy mix series. Also great source for good recommendations on underground house and techno and everything in between.

4. hazil: Nice french blog focusing on new/less known record labels and upcoming artists. Good mix series worth checking out.

5. Vnnyl Paradise: 3 vinyl recommendations every 15 days. Mainly underground house, techno and ambient. Disclaimer: This blog is a little side project of ours.

6. Terminal313Great blog from Estonia. Janno is a techno connoisseur writing about old and new electronic music. Lots of good reviews and recommendations over there. 

7. Undone: Great canadian little blog focusing on underground house and techno music.

8. Leisure Collective: Another great canadian blog. Cool label and artist features. Also worth checking out the Leisure Collective Podcast series.

This should be enough to keep you busy for a while. If you have any other good resources to dig, share in the comments below. Let's make this post a useful resource for crate diggers all over the world.

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Post Written by Miguel Ferreira

Discover and buy vinyl records from a hand-picked list of exciting ambient, drone, house and techno record labels.