As I flick on my vintage, yellow warm gay bar neon – a total score from a garage sale, mind you – I sink into my reclaimed, faux leather BarkaLounger and let my Rega Planar needle make contact with the vinyl. The sultry sounds that emanate from the grooves of my records coupled with the immersive flavours of my Balvenie scotch – it’s the ultimate sensory escape from the chaos of the outside world.
Last year, as well as the start of 2023, has been rough on all of us, but especially our queer and trans community. That’s why I’ve been turning to these phenomenal albums as a form of refuge – an outlet to lose myself in the beauty of the art and forget about the troubles of the day. Whether you’re looking for an escape or a new favourite record to add to your collection, these tunes will surely hit the spot. So sit back, relax, and let the music take you away.
Hippo Campus, ‘LP3’