I where never huge on 45’s and 10″ or 12″ singles. I feel they’re for dj’s and as a regular fan these formats are too inconvenient. I don’t want to get up and change side or disc after every tune.
There is however no doubt that these formats are still big within Reggae and anyone who does not embrace them will miss out. Like the whole, very vibrant and modern UK steppers scene are almost exclusively on 10″ and 12″ discs and there is tons of great European releases that never find it’s way to Lp format.
Artists like Murray Man, King Jamo etc will be lost on you if you don’t embrace this format and labels like “King Earthquake” or “Roots Injection” releases 99% of their stuff this way. Heck, one of the best tunes I ever heard, Senegalese vocalist Daba Makourejah’s “Bamba” is only released as an 12″ on French label “Amoulbay Records”.
It may be a bit inconvenient but don’t overlook these formats as you will miss out on a lot of mind blowing music. “Ernie B’s” where alwaysa great source here in the US and while they are not as good as they used to be you can still find plenty of good releases.
British “Jah Waggy’s” are also a great choice, perhaps even the best. Shipping to the US may be a bit steep though. Other than that you can also find good stuff on Ebay (as usual) and on Discogs. I’m not going to lie, I still buy more Lp’s than anything but I make sure I send of 10″ and 12″ orders a few times a year to not miss out. I got an order of 5 releases coming my way soon and will look forward to indulge in some UK steppers delights.