The Best and Worst Releases of Record Store Day 2017

The Best and Worst Releases of Record Store Day 2017
7. Swet Shop Boys
Sufi La

With their incredibly underrated full-length Cashmere last year, Swet Shop Boys penned bars about everything from life as a South Asian man in a post-9/11 world to their love lives. Now, former Das Racist MC Heems, English rapper/actor Rizwan "Riz MC" Ahmed and producer Redinho are set to trade the political fare for the party life on new EP Sufi La. A six-track collection of all-new material, the EP is said to feature "an ode to the Mughal pastime of birdwatching" and a track that sounds like "Sugar Hill Gang inspired by Brandy and Monica's 'The Boy Is Mine.'" Sufi La will arrive on 12-inch white vinyl in a limited run of 1,000 copies, and if their cleverly penned debut was any indicator, no one should sleep on this second chance to broaden their hip-hop horizons. (Calum Slingerland)

6. UGK
Too Hard to Swallow
(Get On Down)

UGK are no strangers to Record Store Day, having released a Texas-shaped picture disc of their "Int'l Players Anthem" team-up with Outkast for RSD's Black Friday event in 2016. Now, the duo's 1992 major label debut Too Hard to Swallow is set to come to wax for the first time in a run of 1,000 copies to celebrate its 25th anniversary, presented as a 2xLP set on clear vinyl. This one should be a no-brainer for students of the game to pick up, with Bun B and the late Pimp C now revered as Southern hip-hop legends by old heads and current titans of the genre alike. (Calum Slingerland)

5. Spacemen 3
For All the Fucked Up Children / Playing with Fire / Recurring
(Space Age)

While recent years have been kind to Spacemen 3 fans thanks to a series of vinyl reissues, much of the legendary space rock group's material has still remained frustratingly hard to get on wax. This RSD that will change somewhat, thanks to not one but three vinyl reissues. Celebrating the much-loved project once helmed by Spiritualized's Jason Pierce and Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember will be vinyl reissues of their first-ever recording session from 1984, For All the Fucked Up Children, as well as the brilliant latter-period albums Playing with Fire (1988) and Recurring (1990). Mega bonus points go to these actually be official reissues. And hey, if these are cool enough for Homer Simpson, they are definitely cool enough for you. UPDATE (4/20, 12:40 p.m. EDT): Despite our excitement for these Spacemen 3 releases, the band have now urged fans not to buy these reissues. You can learn more here. (Brock Thiessen)

4. Coheed and Cambria
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness

Though it contains their biggest hit, "Welcome Home," Coheed and Cambria's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness has long remained their only studio full-length that was never treated to a vinyl edition. That changes this Record Store Day upon the arrival of the record as a 2xLP set, mastered from the original source recordings and pressed to eye-catching splatter vinyl. HiFi-obsessed neo-prog acolytes will surely find comfort in air-guitaring their way through the third instalment in the band's ambitious Amory Wars tetralogy from the comfort of their living room. (Calum Slingerland)