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EAD Records
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Los Apson?
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Sub Store
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Beams Records
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Dub Store
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Big Love Records
Tokyo

SouthSpace's Top Tokyo Record Shops

South Space Records are a collective of musicians and visual artists from South London. Earlier this year, Finbar and Stan decided to take a trip to Japan to connect local Tokyo producers with London producers. The end result of this will be an album that connects two underground scenes from opposite sides of the world through music. Hear more about their trip and check their vid out here. Stan describes Tokyo as "a place we’ve taken a lot of inspiration from and that has intrigued us over the years. We knew we had to visit and experience it for ourselves". Below are their favourite record stores in Tokyo.

South Space Records are a collective of musicians and visual artists from South London. Earlier this year, Finbar and Stan decided to take a trip to Japan to connect local Tokyo producers with London producers. The end result of this will be an album that connects two underground scenes from opposite sides of the world through music. Hear more about their trip and check their vid out here. Stan describes Tokyo as "a place we’ve taken a lot of inspiration from and that has intrigued us over the years. We knew we had to visit and experience it for ourselves". Below are their favourite record stores in Tokyo.

EAD Records

"This store is tiny. Rare memorabilia all over the walls, my favourite being the Pink Floyd incense. They have a small listening area at the back where you can play records before you buy which meant I went a bit crazy with digging out a load of their house classics, Jazz funk and rare groove records."

Los Apson?

"I don’t know if you could even call this place a record store, it’s more like if a pirate who was really into techno decided to hide his stash of records and souvenirs down a sidestreet in suburban Tokyo. Couldn’t recommend this place enough."

Sub Store

"Sub store felt like the kind of place I could go to to get a load of work done or have meetings, they had a great bar and a small snack menu with thai style dishes and a couple little tables inside. The soundtrack to our visit was great, some sort of japanese folk music, perfect vibes for a green tea and smoke."

Beams Records

"Beams is a record store that sits right next to the Beams Japanese fashion store. The place is super small with a range of Japanese comic books, CDs, headphones, retro CDJs and slipmats on display. This place had a real professional feeling to it, you could tell the person on the counter really knew their stuff, they made some amazing recommendations. We had a great chat with one of the staff when we went, he turned out to be an ambient tech producer.

You’ll see the best DJ’s in Tokyo visit this store for their musical groceries."

Dub Store

"The Dub Store was amazing. Everything from rare reggae 45s from 70s/80s to new dubstep releases from our Reprezent Radio family back in London (Zha + White Peach Records). This is one of the only outlets in Japan that imports wax direct from Kingston, Jamaica. I picked up some wild records from all over, Japanese reggae being one of the strangest genre blends I’ve ever heard! Total diamond mind for any DJ or producer looking for some dub sounds."

Big Love Records

"Big love are a proud family run business, and it really shows. The owners are engaging and interested, all they want to do is help you find what your ears need. On our first visit after having a great chat with the guys behind the store about our antics in London and plans for Tokyo, we were on our way out the door and we heard a voice behind us shout “wait!!”, we stopped and there was the owner with 2 Big Love Records vinyl bags insisting we take them for free and spread the love. This really summed up the feel of the place. By the way, they do the best gin and tonic you’ll have in a long time."