Eight years ago, VMP boxed up our first few records by hand and sent them out to a small group of people who adore music just as much as we do — all in the hopes of creating a deeper connection to music through vinyl, together.
Three additional tracks, over 500 store exclusives, an ever-growing community, and countless indispensable stories later, we’re celebrating our 100th Essentials Record of the Month: M.I.A.’s Kala. To honor this milestone, we’re repressing some of our most beloved ROTMs: ten titles to explore together that are just as vital to your collection now as they were when we first featured them. We’re also launching the first iteration of our new series, Inside Listening, which highlights the story of one of our longtime members.
The VMP community has expanded over the years, and we thought of no better way to celebrate this moment than to revive 10 fan-favorite ROTMs from VMP’s past. Now’s your chance to round out your collection with these heavy-hitters.
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Introducing: Inside Listening. In this new series from VMP, we’ll be holding up a lens inside the sacred listening spaces of various vinyl collectors from all over, one collection at a time.
In the spirit of VMP 100, we’re kicking things off with one of our longest Essentials members, Desuana Dubose, who has 88 of 100 of our Essentials records. Take a visual tour through her space, and learn how Desuana has grown her collection with VMP and the impact her listening rituals have had on her life over the last six years.