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 →
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 →
“The last shop standing” is about the rise, the fall and the resurrection of independent record shops in the UK. Starting in the 60′s, it tells why nearly 2000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK and asks whether we will be left with no record shops with the continuing rise of downloading. It also gives some hope showing the resurrecting passion for vinyls for it is a unique material and an object of respect which creates a different relationship between the user and the music itself.
Syncrophone is well known by Paris DJ’s and is quite unique in France : at the same time a DJ shop, a record label and a distribution platform for other labels, Syncrophone has survived the crisis of the techno labels and vinyls Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Actually Turntable Lab is now a small chain of 3 stores located in New-York, L.A. and Seoul. The first store was created with the idea of offering great DJ equipment and studio gear that had been “Lab approved” by music working DJs, musicians or producers. Then the concept was extended to records, clothes etc…