The name YAM has been a familiar one ever since their inception in 2014 but it wasn’t until I had my first Workshop Radio show on Balamii Radio, which is sitting right across the corridor in Peckham Shopping Centre, that I got to go through their collection of records and it couldn’t have been a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Offering anything from jazz and hip hop to techno and progressive rock, not to mention all of the new releases from local labels and artists at very decent prices, YAM is an absolute must check out if you are passing though the beautifully diverse Peckham. Also there’s a great story about, Detroit pioneer DJ and Producer Marcellus Pittman recently turned up for a Balamii Radio show with no records, so picked and bought 40 LPs from YAM and played them on the show. Safe to say, there's a pretty good selection!
Last purchase I made there was : Jeen Bassa - Time Waves
Visit YAM records on 11-14, Holdron's Arcade, 135a Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
Probably the record store I visit most often, Sounds of the Universe is an eclectic mix of worldwide sounds from Ethiopian Jazz to Nigerian rock to Israeli disco and all the way back to contemporary hip hop and electronica. There is no better place to find that weird record Four Tet played in that Boiler Room set once.
On top of this, their affiliation with reissue masters Soul Jazz means you can find all the must have jazz and soul records at a very decent price. They also have a basement downstairs, where they offer a selection of very rare, second hand records with a big focus on jazz and progressive rock for the more purists of the collectors.
Last purchase I made there was : James Mason - Rhythm of Life
Visit Sounds of the Universe on 7 Broadwick St, London W1F 0DA
Lucky Seven is the first record store I bought a record from in my early days of getting into DJ-ing and just like when Ross first set eyes on Rachel, it was love at first sight. It is a great place for beginners in the record shopping world, and it’s set on the beautiful Stoke Newington Church Street, so in case you’re not happy with it you still didn’t waste the trip there.
Walking in you can find two big rooms filled with racks and stacks of old records some for as cheap as 3 for £1. This is definitely not the place for a quick shop, it’s more of a taking your time for a digging session kind of place but hey where’s the hurry?
Vinyl’s been with us for a long time and it looks like it will be here to stay.
Last purchase I made there was : Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
Visit Lucky Seven on 127 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0UH
Speaking of records, we've been hosting Workshop Radio on Balamii Radio Station in Peckham for the past few months, click on the image bellow if you want to check out the previous shows and if you feel you want to bring some records along and join us for the next show please email email@example.com
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