LILLE BEST RECORD SHOPS

porn to rock

Ok my friends, you probably don’t know Lille yet, except if you’re French or Belgian. But besides being the third biggest city in France, Lille has a great record in electronic music and was instrumental in the development of techno in France as a gate to Belgium and the host of the famous – but now closed – record shop USA Import.

Lille has a lot to offer and may well surprise you. Particularly 3 very different and complementary great record shops … Continue reading

INTERVIEW OF MUSIC BLOG SODWEE ’S CREATOR

Sundaze 35

BMS : hello Ben, you’re Sodwee’s creator. How did the whole story start? What gave you the idea to start Sodwee?

 

Ben : At First, I was asked by the pub chain I was working for to take care of the music programming and started picking up music tracks and making playlists then. I then moved on, worked for Emirates (the airline) as a Stewart based out of Dubai, that’s when I started a blog about travelling. On top of each post, I was including a music track or dubbing my videos with tracks I really liked, followers/readers started talking more about the music I featured than the actual posts. So, I stopped posting travel blogs to start Sodwee as it is known now when I came back from Dubai 3 years ago, for the record, “Sodwee means ‘Sound Of Da WEEk” Continue reading

LONDON’S BEST RECORD SHOPS

Time Out has drawn a pretty comprehensive list of London’s best record shops. You’ll find the main descriptions and comments below. More details are available by clicking on the links. I’ve added some pics to add some life and help you figure out what each shop is really about. Needless to say that my heart goes to BM Soho, for his fantastic selection of fresh electro in all its forms including house and drum ‘n’ bass, the UK specialities. Continue reading

BMS PODCAST SERIES #2 : LEGENDARY SLAM KICK-START A PODCAST

Let’s start with who Slam is and why it’s an event that they are starting a podcast with free Dj mixes. I guess most of you, dear readers, have at least heard once about the legendary label Soma – the Scottish one, not the American one. Co-founded in 1991 by the electronic music duo Slam Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE FREE DJ MIXES ON TRAX MIX APP

Trax is a French magazine 100% dedicated to electronic music culture. It was created in 1997 and has offered since then top quality content about DJs, events, music and everything that affects electronic music.
They’ve launched an I-phone and Android free app early 2012. Continue reading

ISHKUR, YOU’VE MADE AT LEAST ONE HAPPY MAN

Ishkur took the challenge to make a tutorial about electronic music history and definitions of all genres and sub-genres, the result is an interactive and funny website.

The history part is detailed and – probably – accurate, and told with humor. Actually, Ishkur has his own peculiar sense of humour, you may like it or not, and the design is kinda 80’s, but it’s working, and you see the guy really worked the map!

What I find really awesome is the electronic music mapping. Continue reading

LOOKING FOR TOMORROW’S TRENDS ? GO TO COLETTE

Colette is one of the hottest concept stores in the world, period.

But do you know that they also display a weekly refreshed selection of music? From electro-pop to Japanese minimal or indie-rock, there is no limitation but one single and strong mandate : it has to be hip and fresh! This, plus Colette’s team great talent and the shop unique creative atmosphere, make this shop one of the best record shops in France and a great music experience. Continue reading

TECHNO IMPORT, LIVING LEGEND

The fact that Maz opened his shop in the Bastille area to start his revolution is probably no accident. The story starts in 1992 when Maz and friends start unofficially dealing hardcore and trance records. At this time the techno revolution is starting to shake the underground culture in France and Europe, free parties and raves are thriving illegally thanks to mythic collectives like Spiral Tribe or Heretik System. Continue reading

FLUR, THE HOTSPOT IN LISBON

I discovered this store around 2001 when it opened, and I have been often thankful for that day since then.

At that time, Lux Fragil, my favorite club in Lisbon ( www.luxfragil.com ) was the hottest and I was very often hanging out there to listen to great international DJs.

Continue reading