Ten of the Best Vinyl Record Subscription Services in 2021

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Across the vinyl community, there is a shared appreciation for the experience of collecting and playing records.

We all have an affection for the physical product and the extra dimension it brings to the music we love.

As an increasing number of music fans discover the joy of vinyl, there is a growing number of vinyl record subscriptions and record clubs available that can add to the overall experience and help to grow your collection.

Here’s our pick of the best vinyl subscription services (each with their own merits) to help you discover a world of new music on vinyl.

The best vinyl record subscription services

1. Vinyl Me, Please (VMP)

The World’s Leading Premium Vinyl Record Subscription

VMP is perhaps the most widely known and established record club out there.

With their core “Essentials” package, you will receive a deluxe edition vinyl each month, plus a collectible art print, and exclusive liner notes.

Alternative options include the “classics” package for the best Jazz, Blues, & Soul. Or, the “Rap & Hip Hop” package, which features a broad range of artists and styles from across these genres.

Monthly releases are announced before your record ships, so you can easily swap your record option if you’re not “feeling it.” Membership starts at $33 per month, and they will ship internationally (although the cost does increase a little).

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Check out our full review of VMP including a video unboxing


2. Wax and Stamp

Discover New & Obscure Records

Wax and Stamp are inspired by how record stores used to be — before the internet — when much of the music we discovered came through chance or a recommendation from store staff.

Subscribing to this UK-based service gets you two new or obscure records each and every month, starting at just £27 per issue.

Keep an open mind, as they’re always a complete surprise.

Most of the records are chosen by the Wax & Stamp team with the occasional guest curator. Over a year, you’ll discover 24 brand new records across a broad range of genres.

Shipping is free to the UK, with a small fee applied to international orders.

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We recently sampled the Wax & Stamp offering, check out our full review, here.


3. Vinyl Moon – Delux Vinyl Subscription Box

Art & Vinyl Records

If a broad range of new music combined with beautiful art sound appealing, then Vinyl Moon is the vinyl record subscription box for you.

Best described as a “mixtape on vinyl”, each release includes up-and-coming musicians pressed to beautiful colored vinyl with unique artwork created by a visual artist.

Each package is truly a work of art and a great way to celebrate and play with the vinyl format. At $34 a month (or $31 a month for an annual subscription), subscribers receive a Deluxe Discovery Vinyl, a booklet of lyrics, plus art and info on the bands.

Shipping is free to the USA, but they will ship internationally for an additional fee.

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4. The Retro

Classics & Hidden Gems

The Retro originally started out specializing in vintage vinyl records, but have since branched out.

These days, The Retro team works with independent record stores to collect a huge variety of records spanning decades and genres.

Subscribers can save themselves hours of crate digging and receive three hand-picked classics and hidden gems each and every month.

Simply let the team know about your musical taste, and they’ll do the crate digging for you. It’s like having your very own personal vinyl shopper. Prices start from just £24.95 a month.

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5. Stylus Vinyl

Vinyl & Wine Experience

The concept behind this one is near and dear to my heart. Stylus combines excellent music with a carefully selected bottle of wine.

I’ve long held the view that listening to music on vinyl helps to rekindle much of the experience we’ve lost with music in the digital age. In a similar vein, we’ve seen a huge resurgence in craft beer and consumer interest toward artisan products across the board over the last 10 – 15 years.

For £45 a month, you will receive a 12″ vinyl record, a bottle of wine from their curated selection, and exclusive access to their online magazine and regular playlists.

The wine is chosen by industry experts to match each month’s music. Alternatively, if you don’t want the wine, you can choose to receive two 12inch records instead.

Shipping is available across most of Europe.

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6. Vinyl Wings

For the Jazz & Soul Enthusiast

Vinyl Wings is a UK-based record subscription service for anyone passionate about jazz and soul. More recently, they’ve also expanded into rock and blues.

I was lucky enough to sample a Vinyl Wings subscription box and I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to further explore my growing love of the rich world of jazz.

The records were well-curated and came with insightful descriptions designed to pique your interest and allow you to delve right in. Being new to the market, Vinyl Wings do not currently ship outside of the UK, but according to the company founders, US expansion could be on the table as the start-up grows in popularity.

Check out our full review of Vinyl Wings to learn about their particular model for musical discovery.

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7. Turntable Kitchen

Music & Food Lovers Rejoice

Love music and food? This vinyl record subscription box is for you.

Turntable Kitchin offers a curated food and music discovery experience, delivered directly to your door. Subscribers can expect a monthly exclusive 7inch single, a digital mixtape, and the best seasonal recipes with 1-2 premium ingredients included.

So if exploring great new music and unique monthly recipes is the experience you’re looking for, you’ll be dancing around the stove before you know it. A subscription will set you back $25 plus shipping to your country or region.

Fairly recently, Turntable Kitchen also released a coffee and vinyl service + their signature ‘Sound Delicious’ monthly exclusive LP record club.

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8. Vnyl

Vinyl Record Subscription for the Digital Age

Vinyl without the “i” is a vinyl record club for the social media generation. Connect your Spotify, Soundcloud, Discogs account and more to help the Vnyl team hand-pick new albums based on your music profile. Hooking up Discogs is a great way to ensure you don’t get shipped anything you already own.

The team also include monthly picks, which you can select using “vibe hashtags” (yes, hashtags). Selecting a #vibe gets you that particular pick on vinyl.

A subscription to Vnyl will set you back $39/month to bag three hand-curated records. Shipping is free to the USA.

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9. Third Man Vaults

For Everything Third Man Records

Jack White (The man behind Third Man Records) divides opinion among record collectors, but one thing you cannot question is his unwavering dedication the vinyl format.

His no-nonsense music sensibility is a huge draw for many, and a subscription to the quarterly Premium Vaults Club could be just the ticket if you’re a fan of both White’s broad range of projects, and the artists he endorses.

A Platinum Vault member will receive a package of limited edition, exclusive vinyl four times a year. Other contents of the package vary from pins and posters to patches and photo books.

Another huge bonus is the 75% discount on a TIDAL HIFI subscription. Sign up today at $65 a quarter.

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10. Flying Vinyl

Re-Launching In 2022

Based in the UK (but available internationally), these guys assemble the best new alternative music and press them to 7inch singles.

For £20 (or $30 a month), you’ll receive five exclusive 7″ records, an artist info booklet, and occasionally some bonus items (which have previously included unique prints, polaroids, and stickers).

Update: As of July 2021, the Flying Vinyl service is paused until January 2022. As this time, Flying Vinyl will be relaunched as a single monthly 12” compilation LP featuring the same great new music with artwork made in collaboration with incredible designers.

Sadly, ongoing issues with vinyl pressing lead-times combined with difficult trading conditions have made their original model unsustainable.

Flying Vinyl is a superb service, and we look forward to seeing the re-launch next year.

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Bonus: Gone, but not forgotten…

Feedbands

Feedbands vinyl service was a listener-voted curation of the best independent music, pressed to vinyl and delivered to your door each month.

Sadly, after releasing 76 artists on vinyl over six years, feedbands declared it financially unsustainable to continue releasing an artist on vinyl every month and discontinued the service back in July 2019.

It’s a shame, as the concept was great. Members would vote on the music, and the top voted albums were pressed to vinyl for the first time. Each release was an exclusive first pressing and a genuine one-off limited run. All-in-all, it was a great way of supporting the next generation of musical talent.

  • Vince Moran-McHugh says:

    What about Rough Trade Club – (https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/membership)?
    It’s one of the first subscription services I remember seeing and by all accounts they have an eclectic CD or LP of the month sent to you. Not sure whether they ship internationally but shipping in the UK is included in the price.

    • soundmatters says:

      Hey Vince. Yes, good call. I really like what Rough Trade do, and their stores just get better and better.

    • Livingston Scott says:

      RT is a decent club but I was bill for 6 months before I even got a record and once I got it I had to find out I was billed for all those months without getting anything from the club (I thought my membership just had not gone through and I did not check my CC regularly, until after that discovery). They sent me a rap record and I was dumb founded.
      Stay away from RTClub but I enjoy buying from them directly.

  • Be sure to also check out Vinyl Wings –

    Every month, we bring a set of two specially-curated vinyl records from your choice of genre, and the back story to each album and artist right to your doorstep.

    http://www.vinylwings.co.uk

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  • Matt says:

    Unfortunately, Stylus only offers wine, and not beer, as suggested above. Still a good list.

  • Jennifer says:

    Vnyl is great if you’re looking for pop, rock or hip hop but I felt like of the few records I received, they were just OK. I also wasn’t thrilled with their process for skipping a month. They tried to still charge my account after I sent an email which made me wonder if anyone actually reads the emails sent there.

    I’ve actually really loved being a part of the Magnolia Record Club, which you didn’t have on your list. Their monthly selections are top notch and usually limited or club only editions and if you choose to, you can either skip or switch out the record of the month. I’ve been able to get some records that are on my “wishlist” through them as well as being introduced to artists I now love but were not on my radar before. I would definitely recommend it.

    • Thanks Jennifer. Yes, I always think any subscription service should make it simple and easy to skip a month or cancel altogether.

      Thanks for the recommendation of Magnolia – I’ll check them out.

  • Emily Duncan says:

    This is great! Don’t forget Vinylmnky too. I joined their service over a year ago and I’d say about 80% of their “breakthrough album of the month” selections have been great. For the few others I haven’t vibed with, they allowed me to do a “BROTM swap” to replace with an LP from their online store. But really they have some great pre-order stuff that I don’t often find elsewhere. So I primarily use my membership for the 15% discount on those. My boyfriend and I have also used Gold Rush Vinyl in the past but we were less impressed. They spotlight some smaller known artists which is a great concept but the selection hasn’t really meshed with my taste and the overall experience wasn’t as good. I’ve heard decent things about Vinyl Moon as well!

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  • Joshua says:

    Vnyl recently sent me two useless titles that anyone looking at my profile would never have sent me unless they intended to upset me. Thoughtless selections. Refused my emails and phone calls for followup too. Avoid…buyer beware.