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RECORD STORE DAY 2020: OUR PICK OF THE BEST RECORD STORES

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This year, Record Store Day has become Record Store Days, with exclusive releases set accross three different days; August 29th, September 26th and October 24th.  With over 200 Record Stores invovled it brings about a great opportunity for those keen on getting their hands on some unique releases whilst also supporting independent record stores.

This event brings together artists, fans and independent record stores from around the world, and the decision to spread this year's Record Store Day accross three dates was an effort to offer more support to participating stores who may be struggling given global circumstances relating to COVID-19. As organisers affirmed in their statement, "This current RSD 2020 plan to spread the spotlight and the support over three months, was made with as much available information as possible, and gives the largest number of stores a chance to participate globally in the strangest Record Store Day ever".

Whilst many record stores have had to temporarily close their brick and mortar shops, you can still shop their latest releases and discography on their website. So, we've reached out to Audio Networkers across the globe to create an international list of record stores which you can browse for the best exclusive releases from this year's Record Store Day. From London to Sydney, find out our favourite spots:

London

1. Sounds Of The Universe

"Eclectic London institution with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Their in-house label, Soul Jazz, is full of highly rewarding releases. "

2. Eldica

"Well stocked soul, jazz and reggae spot. Cheap and obscure records can be found here."

3. Crazy Beat

"All the way out in Zone 6 but worth the trip. The proprietor, Gary Dennis, is a legend of the London soul and jazz scene."

4. DNR

"The best place to find second hand UK garage and bass music. "

5. Yo Yo Records (fka Cosmos Records)

"Ran by half of the Cosmos Records crew from Toronto, this is a haven for rare OG pressings of speciality jazz, funk, soul, weird electronica and a lot of library. Also pro-tip, they stock the best plastic sleeveas around."

6. Atlantis Records Hackney

"Beautiful little new shop and you can shuffle through records collections sold by the likes of Thurston Moore and Jarvis Cocker and if you're lucky brush shoulders with them while digging."

7. Jelly Records

"Tucked away underneath an interiors shop on Chatsworth Road, this place has a great collection of old school garage, electronic and techno records at really competitive prices."

8. Music & Video Exchange Notting Hill

"Great place for drum n bass, jungle and garage mainly for back catalogues and second hand. Always find a rare one on the walls in here

9. Sister Ray

"Another great one for the UK underground bass music scene. Much better for newer "

10. Phonica

"Their Soho shop is a good place to find the latest Electronic/Techno releases"

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Paris

11. Walrus

"The perfect place to grab a drink and dig some records"

12. Balades Sonores

"Lots of choices with an eclectic selection" 

13. Le Silence de la Rue

"They have everything and especially world music and indie rock music"

14. Betino's Records

"Best selection of second hand Vinyls"

 

US

15. Amoeba Records

 “One-stop shop for new releases and bargain bin deals." 

16. Deep Cut Record Store

"An incredible independently owned record store. The owner, Brandon, is so knowledgeable and just has a really cool collection." 

17. Captured Tracks

"These guys have been purveyors of the best new music since 2008, championing releases from the likes of Mac De Marco, Wild Nothing and DIIV"

18. Rough Trade

"An International favourite that needs no introduction"

19. Academy Records

"One of the best places in NYC to get your hands on some second hand Classical vinyls"

20. Good Records

"Large selection of hard to find records." 

21. Josey Records

"One of the original record stores in Dallas." 

22. Waterloo Records

"The go-to record store in Austin."

23. All That Music

"One of the few record stores that are still expanding"

24. Permanent Records

“Carefully curated selection of new and old, along with hard to find rarities.” 

25. Halsey & Lewis Records

"A Black owned business which supports it's community by running fundraising initiatives from their store"

26. Serious Sounds Etc. Record Store

"Around for 29 years, this store's focus is to 'Keep the History and Legacy of Black Music Alive'"

 

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27. Red Eye Records

"The biggest independent record store in Sydney, a great place for those looking to get their hands on rare collectibles"

28. Jet Black Kat Music

"Shannon is a massive supporter of local artists and pre-COVID held regular in-store appearances for emerging musicians"

29. Greville Records

"Based in Brisbane, this store promises a great selection of records from local labels"

30. The Analogue Vault

"Broad selection of Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern Classical and Experimental music!"

31. Northside Records

"A great place to discover new releases"

32. Egg Records

"A family-owned business, this place is a hidden gem!"

33. The Basement Discs

"Vintage clothing, live music... this record store has it all"

34. MOJO Record Bar

"Records AND cocktails - say no more"

35. TITLE Store

"Browse for books and music simultaneously."

36. Uptown Records China

"Records and imported draft beer"



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