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Electronica for audiophiles (Part 10 – Berlin record stores)

  • The Hof? Not David Hasselhof, Knight Rider, but the German word for ‘yard’. Put Hinter on the front – Hinterhof – and we have ourselves a backyard. Berlin’s most talked about record store, Hard Wax, asks its visitors to journey through one back yard, then another and then up six flights of dimly-lit stairs to reach its front door. But just as Hard Wax isn’t just about techno, Berlin’s electronic music vinyl scene isn’t only about Hard Wax. Record stores dealing in techno, ambient, trance, house and dub/step are sprinkled far and wide, some with unassuming street frontages and signage, others part of larger commercial operations.

    In this video, I tell the story of ten of my favourite Berlin records stores through ten vinyl records, all featuring some form of electronic music. Think of this as the latest in the ‘Electronica for Audiophiles’ series. A few are what one mightly crudely call ‘club bangers’ but most are conducive to home listening.


    Hard Wax

    Aleksi Perala – Paradox

    Spotify

    Tidal


    Sound Metaphors

    Plastikman – Closer

    Spotify

    Tidal


    Jackson Records

    System 7 – Alpha Wave (Plastikman Acid House Mix)

    Spotify

    Tidal


    Berghain / Ostgut Ton

    Barker – BARKER 001

    NOT ON STREAMING SERVICES


    HHV

    Holovr – Anterior Space

    NOT ON STREAMING SERVICES


    Power Park Recordstore

    Mouse on Mars – Radical Connector

    Spotify

    Tidal


    Audio-In

    Kraftwerk – Aerodynamik

    Spotify (edited)

    Tidal


    Space Hall

    DJ Hell – Car Car Car

    Spotify

    Tidal


    Saturn

    Autechre – Tri Repetae

    Spotify

    Tidal


    Dussmann

    Booka Shade – Movements

    Spotify

    Tidal


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    John Darko

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has also contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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