We update our list of the most expensive dance floor records ever sold through the site.
Below are some of the most expensive dance floor records sold between 2017 and 2019.
1080° Snowboarding Original Soundtrack
Nintendo 64 Sound Series
The soundtrack for this 1998 Nintendo 64 video game—composed by Kenta Nagata, who also made music for Zelda and Mario Kart—featured a surprising number of club tracks. The pick of the bunch is "Dance," a house cut that would have set The Sound Factory's dance floor alight.
Elektronik Outboarding Cast, Never Ending Trax
This 1998 release is a classic example of Lory D's energetic techno. Touching on electro and acid, these are the kind of tunes that'll get heads clamouring for track IDs.
Kerri Chandler's gospel-tinged "Hallilujah" is one of the milestones in his storied career. In London, the record was regularly found in UK garage sets, sped up to around +8. UK garage pioneers Tuff Jam loved the record so much they remixed "Hallilujah" on their label Unda-Vybe. The mixes never hit store shelves, which makes this one of the most elusive records of the era.
Juan Manuel Almiñana & Jose Luis Gonzalez
Makina is a mind-bending hybrid of hardcore and acid techno. Originating in Valencia, the style became popular across Spain in the '90s. This genre archetype was co-produced by José De Divina, a DJ who later became a regular at Circoloco and DC-10 in Ibiza.
James "Jack Rabbit" Martin
There Are Dreams And There Is Escape
James "Jack Rabbit" Martin was one of the unsung pioneers of acid house. He released only a handful of records before his untimely death in 1990, but everything he touched was strong. Tracks like "Rabbit Trax I (The Next Generation)" preempted Djax-Up and Underground Resistance's exploration of a darker and more sophisticated acid sound. There Are Dreams And There Is Escape was largely overlooked when it was released in Chicago, but listening back 30 years later, it sounds far ahead of its time.
The Anthill Mob
A Special Collection Of Enchanted Rhythms
Love Peace And Unity Recordings
The Anthill Mob were a cult UK garage act affiliated with the label Confetti Records. They routinely made club smashes and their records, filled with dark basslines and heavily swung drums, were anthems at London spots like The Gass Club. This EP is packed with stripped-down garage tunes favoured by minimal heads (Nicolas Lutz is a fan) and garage nerds alike.
Not On Label
Mala's bootleg rework of Alicia Keys' "Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude)" brought a uniquely soulful energy to dubstep, marking the tune out as a genre highpoint.
Moodymann gave copies of this unreleased album to fans at events in 2018, and there are rumours that the album may never be officially released. To those who cashed in: we hope the money fills the void in your empty soul.
SpeedyQ's & Maxitrait
Slaves Of Devil Our Master
Hardcore scene veterans SpeedyQ's and Maxitrait deliver an ear-piercing slice of harsh electronic music, and nothing sums up the anti-establishment vibe and DIY ethos of the genre like a really expensive piece of vinyl.
This Japanese edition of Discovery features artwork by manga legend Leiji Matsumoto.
The phenomenon of an artist's work posthumously increasing in value is well documented. This limited-edition version of Avicii's biggest hit has sold for higher and higher prices following his tragic death in 2018.
Featuring the same pocket knife featured on the cover, this box set edition—sold in a run of 20 copies only at Mount Analog in Los Angeles—brought Silent Servant's goth techno aesthetic to life.
The Disintegration Loops
Temporary Residence Limited
Sometimes a meme says it all.
Universal Indicator Green
The members of Universal Indicator were ostensibly unknown, but Richard D. James, Mike Cullen and Rephlex cofounder Grant Wilson-Claridge are usually given credit for it. This release comprised three green records of pounding acid and techno. One for the Aphex Twin completists.
This edition of Immersions was manufactured using an innovative and rarely deployed technique that filled the clear vinyl with coloured liquid. Liquid-filled records have also been produced by Gorillaz, Pink Floyd and Jack White.
Funky Groove Records
"I've made money now and I pay ridiculous amounts. I bought this thing called Truth, it's a '90's techno thing, has a blue label, it's a lovely record, I've played it out in some sets... but I paid £500 for it," said Aphex Twin last year.
Kieran Hebden's quirky disco edit was one of the biggest tunes of 2017, and it was easily available as a free download. Despite that, a Four Tet fan dropped big bucks on a 12-inch that was released in teasingly small quantities to London record stores.
Proving that money can't buy taste is Patrol's "Invisible," a $682 Italo record that sounds like a Stock Aitken Waterman B-side.
Du Musst Nichts Sagen
On Du Musst Nichts Sagen the man behind Kompakt and Gas showed a new side to his already formidable list of talents. The record contained handmade artwork in an abstract expressionist style. Only 25 signed copies were ever produced.
Ticker Tape Ltd.
TKOL RMX is a box set of remixes from Radiohead's The King Of Limbs album featuring Caribou, Objekt, Blawan and more. None of the remixes are exclusive to this release, so you're effectively paying $600+ for a cardboard box.
"Blasphemous Rumours" was a milestone in Depeche Mode's career, cementing their move into goth-influenced synth pop and pissing off religious groups in the process. The reason this particular single is so sought-after probably has something to do with the devotion of Depeche Mode superfans. There are at least six versions of this 12-inch to choose from, and the rarest of all—the orange vinyl—fetched nearly $800.
Boards Of Canada
Not On Label
Boc Maxima was the precursor to Boards Of Canada's breakthrough release, Music Has The Right To Children, and featured many of the same tracks. Only a handful of cassette copies were ever released, most of them given to friends and family of the band. Last year a previously unheard-of vinyl version appeared on Discogs. Was it an official release? That seems unlikely. Did it stop someone dropping $795 on it? No it didn't.
Horizons Vol. 7 Galaxi
Library music is made specifically for advertising or broadcasting. It's usually produced in small quantities and not normally sold in record stores. It's routinely awful and occasionally brilliant, which makes the good stuff catnip for record diggers. Sergio Ferraresi's Horizons was presumably made with sci-fi TV shows in mind, but its blend of extraterrestrial soundscapes and synthesized disco had an unexpectedly wide appeal. File this next to the groundbreaking cosmic sounds of Black Devil or Arpadys.
This CD came with a with vintage ID&T and Thunderdome business card from 1994, making it a piece of rave history. It's worth stating: people fucking love Thunderdome and, to date, 1800 people have had the wizard logo tattooed on their bodies.
D.o.A. The Third And Final Report
Early editions of Throbbing Gristle's second album came with a bonus about as unnerving and uncomfortable as the music: a card calendar featuring a photo of the little girl on the cover shirtless on a bed, along with a blank postcard with a picture of her as well. Only 1000 records with these extras were pressed, and finding a copy with the postcard intact is like the holy grail for Gristle fans. "Doubt you will ever see a genuine complete copy again," said the seller.
Leslie Winer traversed the cultural mainstream and underground during the '80s and '90s. She modelled for Valentino and Christian Dior and was on the cover of Vogue, before embarking on a commercially unsuccessful music career. Nevertheless, her debut album, Witch, was a key influence on trip-hop, occupying the hinterlands between soul, hip-hop, dub and punk. This version features artwork by the influential New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a former boyfriend of Winer's.
Through The Looking Glass
RCA Red Seal
Thanks in large part to YouTube's impenetrable algorithm, Through The Looking Glass has spurred a full-on revival and critical re-evaluation of Takada's mallet-driven mysticism. The rediscovery and reissue of Takada's organic ambient LP also came in the midst of a global resurgence of interest in likeminded '80s Japanese acts such as Inoyama Land and Hiroshi Yoshimura. All these factors mean the original 1983 RCA Red Seal pressing is as rare as hen's teeth.
Beer On The Rug
Floral Shoppe is perhaps the ultimate vaporwave release. The work of prolific Portland producer Ramona Andra Xavier—AKA Vektroid, Peace Forever Eternal and PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises—this tape established a style that was, briefly, the toast of the blogosphere.
His Master's Voice
The carefree mood of boogie—the funky, synth-led sound that emerged from disco's demise—complemented the optimistic mood of early '80s Nigeria, then a country on the rise thanks to an oil-fuelled economic boom. Nigerian boogie is unique to begin with, but Only You feels like nothing else from the period. The title track boasts a strange, 303-like bassline, landing somewhere between oddball Chicago house and leftfield pop. The record was engineered by cult producer Tony Okoroji and featured the local synth wizard and engineer, Nkono Teles.
N'Draman Blintch recorded with William Onyeabor and released three albums of quirky disco in the space of three years. After 1980 Blintch seemed to disappear off the face of the earth, and his current whereabouts are unknown. All that's clear is that Cosmic Sounds is full of dubbed-out disco bangers, and Antal, Midland, Young Marco and Motor City Drum Ensemble are noted supporters.
I Was Born To Love You
"I Was Born To Love You" was one of the last tunes ever played at Plastic People. It was a Floating Points staple, though it has been an anthem on the soul scene since the '80s, a legacy reflected in the steep price of original copies.
Only 50 copies of this Japan-only DJ promo were ever produced, making it one of the rarest Kraftwerk records out there.
Orlando Julius & The Ashiko
Love, Peace & Happiness
Orlando Julius fused African styles with American R&B and is perhaps best known for penning the guitar line to Lamont Dozier's 1977 hit "Going Back To My Roots," a classic disco track that was covered by the likes of Odyssey, Richie Havens and FPI Project. (Sadly, Julius's contribution remained uncredited and he never received royalties.) Love, Peace & Happiness was recorded in the US in the late '70's and delivers a fantastic fusion of jazz-influenced soul and Afrobeat grooves. Despite the quality of the music, it was a flop on both sides of the Atlantic and original copies have been near-impossible to procure ever since.
Pedro Santo's psychedelic soul masterpiece is one of the most in-demand Brazilian records. Santos was a percussion virtuoso driven by the spiritual realm, and this record features a unique blend of rhythm and lyrics that touch on morality, perception and existence. Unlike many rare records, it also has strikingly beautiful artwork. Unsurprisingly, Krishnanda has a strong following among diggers like Gilles Peterson and DJ Nuts.
There are a lot of test pressings of Coil's second album, but none of them fetch prices like this 1987 Dutch issue. This one features a press release, flyer and a booklet, and was signed by the late Jhonn Balance himself, who also left a mysterious question: "Where Is The Damingo?"
Patrick Adams was a big-name producer in the '70s and '80s, known for his distinctive synth-drenched sound that powered hits for Leroy Burgess, Inner Life and Salsoul Orchestra. This Adams production sounds closer to Philadelphia soul than his usual high-octane disco, and found a cult following among Northern Soul collectors and beat-diggers like Madlib, who sampled the record on Talib Kweli's "Everything Man." The original was released on the short-lived Patrick Adams Productions label, which is also notable for putting out Personal Touch's "It Ain't No Big Thing."
94 East feat. Prince
Be My Fortune Teller
94 East were a Minneapolis funk band featuring Prince on guitar, and they were dropped by Polydor before their career ever took off. Recorded in 1977, "Be My Fortune Teller" was the band's debut single, and the session was supposedly a challenging one for the record's producer, Hank Cosby, who was uninterested in Prince's ideas. By the end of the year Prince had released his debut album and was on his way to stardom. It was another eight years until 94 East's own debut LP—which included unreleased and unsanctioned collaborations with Prince—saw the light of day.
The Wigan Casino was perhaps the first club to make rare records a selling point. It was the archetypal Northern Soul spot and a place where dancers—powered by amphetamine-laced diet pills—danced to obscure, 140 BPM soul music until dawn. Bernie Williams' "Ever Again" was a huge tune at the club. The song was originally a commercial flop recorded by Gene Woodbury on the tiny Philadelphia label Del-Val. Williams' version, recorded two years later, was equally unprofitable but gained an unlikely following in the rainy towns of Northern England.
You're The Best
The Record Company
LaRom Baker's "You're The Best" occupies the tantalising space between soul and disco. Privately released on a homespun label, this single-track 7-inch has amassed a cult following among lovers of lo-fi funk.
Wall Of Sound
Only 100 copies of this limited edition Röyksopp album exist. That alone would be enough to get collectors excited, but stenciled artwork from Banksy transforms this into an objet d'art. Banksy-related releases routinely go for big cash—his spoof Paris Hilton album recently went for $900. Dirty Funker's Flat Beat, an awful electro house release featuring an unlicensed Banksy image, reached $999. In a world where a shredded Banksy sells for $1.4 million, it's almost logical that bootleg Banksy vinyl would attract eager buyers too.
The Black Album
Warner Bros. Records
The Black Album was Prince's lost classic, destroyed just before it was due to hit stores. When we last checked in, a copy of The Black Album had sold for $15,000. In June 2018 a copy changed hands for $27,590, making it the most expensive item ever sold on Discogs. The record was salvaged from the otherwise-deleted Canadian production run of The Black Album and had lain dormant in the collection of a former Columbia Records employee for nearly 30 years.
The Black Album is the most expensive record sold on Discogs, but it's not close to the most expensive record of all time. Of note is the acetate version of Aphex Twin's Caustic Window, sold on eBay for $46,300. Beyond that is Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, purchased for $2 million by Martin Shkreli. That album now belongs to the US Federal Government after being forfeited by Shkreli following his conviction for securities fraud.