Digging Deep: Paris record stores guide

    We are back on the road looking for the best vinyl outlets in the world and we just had to stop off in Paris. France as a whole has always been at the heart of electronic music and with the country producing some of minimal and micro houses’ most iconic venues, artists and labels this is a city that demands to be heard.

    Yoyaku Records
    Being such an important name on the world minimal and microhouse scene the top of this list is the only place for Yoyaku to be placed. Due to the sheer quality of the artists that perform at their instore events, Yoyaku has essentially set the barometer of in stores. This is also nothing to say about the ridiculous selection of records that they have in stock either both in-store and online. If you visit one vinyl outlet while in Paris it should be this one.
    Facebook | Website | 74, rue des cascades, 75020 Paris

    Techno Import
    As you might have guessed from the shop name this store deals exclusively in electronic music and you will be glad to know that it doesn’t only specialise in techno. Readers of this article will be very happy to learn that both the physical store and online version both have sections dedicated to minimal and micro house. For those reading from outside of Paris but still in France they offer free delivery on orders over €100.
    Facebook | Webshop | 16 rue des taillandiers, 75011 Paris

    Another pillar of the Paris vinyl scene, its massive selection of house and techno will see you lost in a sea of wax for months. Being in operation since 2005, this store pre-dates many of the current stores and way outdates many of the current music trends. Synchrophone is also a very well respected label of the same name as well as offering distribution for the likes of Adult Only, Apollonia, Bass Culture, Concrete Music, Rex Club Music, Robsoul and Rue De Plaisance. Also known for their finely curated instore events, this store should rank very high up on your vinyl hit list.
    Facebook | Discogs | 4-6, rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris

    Bigwax Records
    Founded in 2012, this modern-looking store bucks the trend of dark and dingy vinyl outlet and offers more than your average light in which to peruse their massive vinyl collection. As is the case in many record stores the world over they don’t just offer electronic music, but this section is finely curated by the 3 friends that run the store. Big Wax also makes full use of their large premises by running in-store events on a regular basis.
    Facebook | 72 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11th arr

    Vinyle Village
    From the minds of two combined collectives – Increase the Groove and Parallel comes Vinyle Village. A unique and creative venture where like-minded souls can enjoy art, music and fashion in a warm and friendly environment. Not so much a record store but more of a travelling hub, Vinyle Village sets up shop at various locations around Paris and when the sun is out is the best time to head down to Vinyle Village. The next event will take place on Sunday, September 22nd.
    Facebook | Various

    A relative newcomer to the Paris vinyl store scene having only opened in February has slotted in nicely to the city as an exciting music hub offering. Also, acting as a bar, café and workshop Dizonord provides a wide selection of both new and used records and with a full event schedule, this store has already made a name for itself as an integral part of the community.
    Facebook | 9, rue André Messager, 75018 Paris

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