Gift Guides: Beats Department

It’s gift-giving season, and we at the record store naturally feel that the gift of music is one of your finest options. But with so much out there, choosing the right record for someone can be daunting, so we’ve come up with some genre-by-genre recommendations from folks that spend far too much time thinking about such things!

Our Beats Department columns are devoted to a wide swath of music, from straight up rap, through all manner of contemporary dance music, on to experimentalist beat composers. And if that sounds like he sort of thing you need tips on for the record collector in your life you came to the right place. From the casual teenage rap fan to your turntablist DJ pal, here are our beats recommendations:

For Newbies

Tips for those just starting their collections or just getting into a new genre. (Click for our reasons)

For Collectors

Options for the fans of the genre that might just already have the most obvious choices on their record shelves already. (Click for our reasons)

For Experts

Some exotic tips for those that are just in too deep. (Click for our reasons)