On a balmy Indian Summer kind of day the Brits descended onto Brooklyn. With a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and a whiff of hipster in the air, the annual Brooklyn Flea’s Superstar DJ Record Fair set up camp.
This patch of NYC usually plays host to a sprawling flea market of a weekend, but for one day in October, the reclaimed trinkets and typical treasures made way for a new breed of bounty… records! To celebrate its 4th year, The Flea invited the newly established Independent Label Market for a play date over the pond. Only launched in London this May, the ILM brought over 20 heads of independent record labels, removing the middle man, to re-connect with the buying public and share some of that raw passion and rare finds with people who appreciate it most. With the likes of Jonathan Galkin from DFA, Laurence Bell from Domino, Nick Catchdubs from Fool’s Gold, XL, Mexican Summer, 4AD and far too many others to list, the day felt like one big hang out. As if over 20 vintage record dealers and another 20 labels wasn’t enough, the crowd were treated to a soundtrack powered by MTVHive and live sets from Eamon Harken and Justin Carter (of Mr. Saturday Night fame), a performance from Neurotic Drum Band, a special DFA set and a live MPC set by Party Supplies on Fool’s Gold. All that and not a single anorak in sight!
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Text and Photography: Bex Wade