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Emerging Record Stores // London

June 17, 2014

Love Vinyl? We do!

We all know that Vinyl’s been back with a vengeance for a while now and the good ol’ days of rifling through dusty records in store in the hope of finding a classic Coltrane wax or a dreamy Dilla vinyl are far from over. Physical proof: we’ve caught wind of three new record shops opening their doors… and sometimes their kitchens… to London’s music-hungry creatures.

So for those of you on the prowl for wax, whose natural habitat is East London, check out “Love Vinyl” on Pearson Street in Hoxton which opened on the 14th of June and has had incredible reviews. The store promises an impressive range of house and techno records and describes itself as “a mecca for dance music lovers.” Set up by DJ Stuart Patterson and a posse of music industry veterans, it’s definitely worth the hunt.

Further south, the basement of the Bussey Building in Peckham, currently home to CLF Art Café, is soon to be transformed into “Rye Wax” – panic not, coffee will still be available there during the day at its café, as will both new and vintage records. Opening for business on the 1st of July, “Rye Wax” will turn into a venue at night with a large selection of brand new house, techno, disco, psych rock, garage, afro, and soul. We spoke to Tom at “Rye Wax” who informed us that their launch date is set for the 28th of June, and that, weather permitting, there’ll be a Brazilian style barbecue in the courtyard. Even if it does rain, the brilliant Reginald Omas Mamode IV and many more will be there to save the day.

For the impatient music enthusiasts amongst you, head down to “Vinyl…” in Deptford, which opened in late 2013. It’s not only a record shop but a gallery and a coffee bar with wholesome and comforting food. The owners have put a strong emphasis on their constant turnover of new music, food and art.

Evidently, the vinyl industry is growing stronger… and Kristina Records in Dalston is no exception. Since its opening in July 2011, the store has been absolutely thriving, giving hope of a prosperous future for the rest.