Whilst it's lovely to see all of the social media posts this week about Record Store Day Drop 1 this coming Saturday (12th June), having done some data analysis a couple of months ago on the gender (im)balance of the list of releases, all the photos of the exclusive releases cropping up this week have been quite the reminder of how overwhelmingly male the list is.  

What's interesting to learn though, via a post on the Record Store Day UK website this week, is that vinyl purchasers are getting younger, and more women are buying vinyl.  It would be nice to think that this change in consumer demographic may help bring about change in the gender balance and genres of releases on the Record Store Day list for 2022.

In the meantime, if you are planning on visiting your local independent record shop on Saturday, here's a snapshot of just some of the great reissues by women that are on the list for Drop 1...

Warpaint - The Fool. Andrew Weatherall Sessions.

Marika Hackman - Sugar Blind & Deaf Heat EP

Kristin Hersh - Wyatt At The Coyote Palace

Maria McKee - High Dive and Live In Hammersmith

Roisin Murphy - Crooked Machine (vinyl follow up to the digital release in April which was featured on the blog then)

Toyah - Four From Toyah and Mesmerised: Rarities & Remixes 87-94

Amy Winehouse - Remixes (released as part of a CD box set last year and featured on the blog then)

Joni Mitchell - Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 - Highlights

Belly - Bees

Happy shopping!