Our neighbours across the Causeway always seem to one up us on things, with the vinyl boom over in Singapore shrooming up before it spread over to us here in Malaysia. Luckily for the Malaysian scene, Mohd Radzi grew disenchanted with what he was doing down south and decided to spread the love over here on the fertile grounds of Subang Jaya. Together with his collection of classic reads and vinyls carefully collected, curated and cared for over the years, the former revenue executive made the move to Klang Valley to set up shop with his wife and daughter.
The bright yellow signboard above the storefront stands out among the numerous bak kut teh eateries and motorcycle dealerships along the main streets of SS14, and contrary to its name, isn’t just for teenagers. Radzi’s passion for music shines through his store, packed to the gills with stacks of records ranging from the obvious must-haves for everyone up to the latest, freshly minted discs for your perusal. With much of the stock coming from his personal collection, found Aretha Franklin and The Clash sharing space on a shelf along with a blue vinyl or two, something that you’re unlikely to find almost anywhere else locally. “At the end of the day, the dream would be to spread the enthusiasm that a few of us have for what might seem to be an outdated format of music to the masses, and this is where it begins,” says Radzi.
Bringing the spirit of Record Store Day to Malaysia is also high on Radzi’s list. He’s got plans to get several exclusive releases direct from the States as well as some performers from around town and Singapore for the special occasion. “It’s something that has definitely increased the exposure and awareness of vinyl to the masses, and while a lot of it is concentrated across the sea, I don’t see why we shouldn’t try to start up a culture here. Over there, you’ve got lines of people queuing up to get a look in on the stores, and hopefully that will happen over here someday, somehow.”
With plans to open up on Saturday 5 April (by the time you read this piece, it might just be opened for business), Radzi intends to make the dedicated concept store one unlike any other. So hop on over to the store and have a cup of coffee while admiring your latest purchase, listening to the tunes of a live acoustic performer or two when you’re free. It’s unlikely that you’ll find a man as passionate about vinyls as this man who’s ever ready to chew the fat with you about your scavenged collection of used LPs and 45s, and JUICE thinks he’s made the right choice to plant his feet on Malaysian soil.