Discos Paradiso: A vinyl Paradise in Barcelona

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It is been a long time since I wanted to write a post about one of my TOP favourite record stores. What can one say about this legendary record store? A place of people rubbing together, producing endless waves. At Discos Paradiso you will find the crème de la crème of all kinds of music. Artists from all over the world have visited this avant-garde record store in Barrio Gotico between Raval and Plaza Catalunya, right in the heart of the beautiful city. Friendly atmosphere, always with good vibes and you never know how your day will end up by visiting this place. One thing is for sure; you will definitely pick at least one mind-melting record.

Whilst I am writing these words I bring to mind those days when I lived in Spain and I started visiting Discos Paradiso every week. I spent endless hours in there and the guys always happy to help, to offer some beers and that was all… all you needed to feel like home, feel like being in Paradise! At that fantastic place, I met some of the best DJs and artists of the city and I made friends. A territory of exchanging ideas and music. A place where you can be musically educated. Discos Paradisos it is far more than a record store, it is about promoting new ways of existing. It is a lifestyle.

This is what makes Discos Paradiso the best record store in Barcelona and one of the best ones in the world, in our own humble opinion.

As electronica is our soft spot, there you will find an exquisite collection of all subgenres from Acid Techno to Detroit, Industrial, Deep House, Dub Techno, Bass, Noise and Experimental. Needless to say, you will also find a great selection of other genres such as Disco, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Indie, Rock, Folk, Synth-Pop. Remember to dig deeper and check all the offers as the hidden gems are waiting for you.

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Live gigs and events that took place at this friendly space had marked my taste and certainly opened my musical horizons.

That is a quite different and emotional post but I think this is the real way to support, through pure love and personal experience.

Miss you guys. Warm and musical greetings from Bristol!

Location Ferlandina 39, Barcelona
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Record stores: Meditations, Kyoto, Japan

One of the treasures we discovered during our stay in  Kyoto was the Meditations record store.

Somewhere close to the Imperial Palace you will see the sign that leads you to the magic world of Meditations.

This is a unique space with exquisite minimal & ritualistic atmosphere something like ….meditation.

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Spirituality comes together with good music,  a rich selection of tapes, local labels and world music. All genres from ethnic, jazz, experimental, abstract, noise, psychedelic to of house and techno.

It seems that nothing is random in this place, our beloved Japanese way!

Amazing service in a absolutely clean place with its little buddhist  corner transmiting tranquility for mindful and focused listening.

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Great decoration accompanied by  bizarre religious items, symbols and many stickers exposed on a big table in the middle of the store.

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We discovered the Japanese label Flau and many local artists. We received good vibes, and energy from its owner.

With this post we say thank you for this spiritual and full of good music moment.

Highly recommended for freaks of avant guard sound and seekers of spirituality through music.

As we have been told this is one of the best record shops in Japan.

You will find Meditations at the following address:

Japan
〒602-0862 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Kamigyo Ward,
Demizucho, 253
春日ビル 3F

Playground Record Store’s tales (GR)

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If you sometimes find yourself in  Thessaloniki, Greece, don’t miss the opportunity for a proper dig in Playground record store.

Hidden somewhere in the side streets of the city centre representing 100% vinyl culture and pure quality.

Elias, the owner was there to assist us. Low profile but at the same time really friendly. Chatting with him about the past and the current local scene was a happy moment.

A small but well-equipped store with interesting offers and a big selection of house, electro, ambient, new wave and of course…techno. There’s a separate section with really good stuff from local artists and also labels from all over Europe we really appreciate. Delsin, Clone, FXHE, Dolly, Field etc.

Playground is preserving,  in a nostalgic way, the atmosphere of the good days of the house and techno scene in that city of the North of Greece. Good memories from those underground beautiful nights with Elias on the decks of Zenit bar, transmitting all his passion for the music to the floor. A man that definitely marked the local scene with the Playground Store, its records and his own style.  A pretty nostalgic moment for me going back there after two years.

Our analogue camera just captured the warmness of the place.

Our full support to Playground  Record Store. 

T.O.P.!!!

Thank you Elias!

You will find Playground record store on:

Nikiforou Foka 27, 

Thessaloniki , Greece

Space is the place, space is where good records are.. Madrid 2014

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My last trip to Madrid brought me to the 6th floor of a building somewhere in Gran Via.

Space is the place is  definitely one of the best record stores in Spain. Good staff, nice environment with an amazing view to Gran Via street with some Donato Dozzy records playing in the background. Listening records on these decks makes your day!

Good job!

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Space is the place is on Gran Vía 40, 6º 1.