Due to the Virus, All our Branches Are Closed.
We are operating a full Mail Order Service and look forward to opening the shops again soon. Stay Safe!

Using Lockdown To Make Music To Play Lockdown To

For the last ten weeks, Flashback has been running on mail order only, as the shops have been shuttered owing to the Covid-19 lockdown. As with so many other businesses at present, this clearly places the long-term future of the stores in jepoardy, and even whilst we’re making tentative plans to re-open with social distancing in place in mid-June, it’s likely to be a tough situation for all forms of retail adjusting to the new landscape.

However, Flashback also naturally has more than its fair share of musicians in its ranks, and they’ve come together to create a compilation of transformative sonics to respond to the crisis constructively the only way they know how. The result is this compilation, released on Bandcamp for Friday June 5th, which traverses down a wild variety of stylistic pathways whilst always remaining in thrall to the guiding force of psychedelia. Just as the word Flashback so often relates to a third-eye cleansing experience that unites past, present and future, this collection of tracks forms quite the trip.

These 18 tracks from staff members and their friends alike run the gamut from a whacked-out psych jam from Comet Gain to beatific psych-pop (For Breakfast, JC Flowers, Art Rip & The Static Sound) and all the way to excoriating noise (Elevator Fliid, Fuckers In Flames) The sphere of this compendium is as comfortable with prog-tinged indie rock (Dinted, whose video for ‘Endless Truth’ will also be released in conjunction with this release) as it is with otherworldly experimentation (Swarm Of Bees, Samuel Barton).

There’s heavyweight catharsis to be had here from Burden Limbs, Zantur and Trabazik, coruscating beats and technofied shapes from LexLuthorVandross, Sulaco and Nils Hellstrom, cinematic soundscapes from Deathcount In Silicon Valley and Greazor and mercurial rock from Red Horses Of The Snow.

All of these rare delights - almost all of which are previously unreleased and put together specifically for this collection - is available for £5 - or whatever the buyer feels appropriate - and all proceeds from this release will go towards the shop investing in anti-virus protection materials to make sure that when we do re-open the business it’s the safest possible environment for customers and staff alike.

Thanks to Bandcamp for Waiving Fees this Friday.

Thanks to all the Bands who contributed their excellent Lockdown music to this project, without whom…
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Flashback Islington

The Islington branch was set up in 1997 on two floors in a parade set back a little from Essex Road.

The ground floor has a wide selection of New Vinyl, CDs and DVDs, whilst the basement is a well-organised treasure trove of second-hand and collectors vinyl - a crate digger's paradise.

50 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 8LR.
020 7354 9356

Flashback Shoreditch

The Shoreditch branch was set up in 2014 in a large two floor property on Bethnal Green Road, just at the top of Brick Lane.

Now with a dedicated Soul, Jazz and Reggae basement, the Shoreditch branch rivals Islington for depth and breadth of stock. It also hosts regular instore gigs by well-known and up and coming artists.

131 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DG
020 3780 1900

Flashback Crouch End

The Crouch End branch was the second Flashback to be set up in 2006, taking over from Listen Records who had operated in the same location for many years.

A smaller shop than the Islington branch, the Crouch End branch still covers all types of music, cramming in as much quality stock as possible.

144 Crouch Hill, Crouch End, London, N8 9DX
020 8342 9633