There are a lot of things in everyday life that we have missed since being in lockdown such as going to the pub, dancing in a nightclub and eating in nice restaurants. But for those of us that enjoy rummaging through hundreds of dusty crates filled with new and old music, the closure of record stores has been tough. Now that normal life is on the horizon again here in the UK, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the go-to places for some dance music discs in the latest edition of our Top 10 series.

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Rubadub – This famous Glasgow based record store has a rich history in the world of electronic music. Known for its roots in techno, the record store has great staff involved in running labels, parties, and production so it is safe to say good advice is in abundance here. Wether its new records or a new synth, Rubadub is a trusted source.


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Eastern Bloc – Manchester record store Eastern Bloc is owned by 808 State’s John Berry and has been a driving force in electronic music within the city since the 80’s. They also host in-store events for many local nights and are big supporters of grassroot promoters (we even ran a pre party there in 2019).


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Piccadilly Records – Piccadilly Records is a well-known establishment within Manchester. When it opened in the back end of the 70’s it was a punk paradise, but now it tends to cater for more music across the board. Covering many genres including indie, disco, funk, techno, ambient to name a few, as well as having super friendly staff, it’s no wonder this legendary institution has survived so long.

Phonica records – This popular London record store has become a go to destination for the city’s natives, with some big names coming and going through its doors. The shop was founded by Simon Rigg, Tom Relleen, and Heidi Van Den Amstel (who would later find fame as electronic artist Heidi). With over 300 in store mixes as well Phonica is definitely not one to be missed.


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Kristina Records – Kristina records opened up in 2011 and since then has become a popular spot in the English capital. The store itself is beautiful in terms of how the shop looks and its music collection. These guys sell a broad range of electronic music as well as hosting in-store events.


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Palace Vinyl –  – Situated in the heart of Crystal Palace Triangle, Palace Vinyl have been trading for over 20 years. These guys are underground dance music specialists and are especially strong in the house and techno departments.


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Spillers Records – Spillers is the oldest record store in the world, and with around 120 years in business it’s safe to say these guys know what they are talking about when it comes to quality music. The store covers more genres than just dance music, but with such a rich history it would be silly not to have them in here.


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Idle Hands – Based in Bristol this record store has been a central figure in the city’s electronic musical evolution. They also have a record label which is ran by former employee and dancefloor shaker Shanti Celeste. Started by Chris Ferrell in 2011 was inspired by the already thriving music scene within Bristol. With that in mind its not too much to expect some key genres to the city here such as techno, electro, garage, house, breakbeats to name a few.


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Tribe Records – The city of Leeds has made amazing contributions to the UK scene throughout the decades with legendary institutions such as the now deceased MiNT club (MiNT warehouse is still going). Founded in 1995, the store has become the go-to hub for electronic music in the city as well as having a crucial role in successful parties such as Subdub. A popular destination from many in the scene.

Belfast Underground Records – The youngest entry on our list Belfast Underground started back in 2015. With their Cloud 9 recording studios on the floor above and their radio show mixes, BUR is the perfect melting pot for the musically minded within Northern Ireland’s capital.

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