Nao and Ryu

I spotted Nao and Ryu, two young buds and college classmates, coming out of HMV in Shibuya with their first records and a turntable in their hands! WOW! “How old are you guys?” “I’m 21 and he’s 22” I think I remember one of them saying. “When you can stream everything, why are you guys suddenly buying records?” I asked. “Well, I tend to listen to playlists on streaming platforms, and that’s fine, but if I listen on a record, then I’ll be forced to listen to the whole album and in the sequence the artists intended. It will be a more intentional way to listen to music.” WOWWOW! I totally agree.

Well, needless to say, I was as stoked to capture these smiling faces and photographically commemorate this memory, as Nao and Ryu were stoked to join the world of vinyl records! Welcome to the club, fellas!

Kool & The Gang – In The Heart
Label: De-Lite Records – 25AP 2711
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Japan
Released: 1983
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco, Rhythm & Blues, Soul

EPMD – Symphony 2000 / Right Now
Label: Def Jam Recordings – 314 562 209-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1999
Genre: Hip Hop

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