- Apr 18, 2021
- Montclair, NJ
FYI, I made it back this week and with a couple extra hours in the afternoon hit up Sister Ray, Reckless and Sounds of the Universe. Super impressive. Didn't find exactly what I was looking for but spotted a couple of (unaffordable) gems that i hadn't seen in the states in a while. I almost walked out of Sounds of the Universe with a couple records but had the sense to check the exchange rate first and quietly slipped them back in the stacks for next time...Yeah, there's quite a few in a short walking distance in Soho. Sister Ray and Reckless cover most styles, both new and used. Sounds of the Universe specialises a bit more in Soul, Funk, Jazz, both new and used. Phonica is more of an EDM specialist, mainly new if I remember rightly and IF Music is a quirky one that you have to buzz for entry to and also specialises more towards the jazzy end of thing, pricey but has lots of rare pieces. I haven't been but I think there's still a Third Man shop there now also.
Camden has a few rock/punk specialists I think but not really my scene so I couldn't vouch for them.
If you're more in the City/Shoreditch area, Rough Trade East is pretty varied and I think there are a few other little ones towards Hackney.
I stumbled on this by pure chance last week on Discogs that lists loads I wasn't even aware of too and splits them up by parts of the city you're in. Good luck and have fun in the best city in the world.
But thanks for recommendations! Will be back! And Yoyo next time I hope!