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farfetch.com is constantly discovering the most exciting and influential independent retailers on the planet and introducing them to our discerning online community. Now for the first time and for a limited period only, we would like to present to you the best independent record stores around the world; with their unrivalled musical knowledge, and a carefully curated mix of sought-after music products available to shop exclusively on farfetch.com. Learn all about these legendary stores and shop their recommendations below…

    • AMOEBA MUSIC

      Location:
      Hollywood, United States of America

      Established: 1990

      Genred stocked:
      Underground Rock, Hip-Hop, Soul, Electronica, Jazz, World, Roots and Experimental

      About the store:
      Since 1990, Amoeba Music has welcomed independent music lovers of all kinds to its unique stores in Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. Stocking music and movies of all genres, they have the widest and most diverse affordable selection of DVDs and vinyl LPs found anywhere, with a deeply committed customer base and music experts evaluating and bringing trade-ins. The staff at Amoeba Music is an all-star team of music retail veterans and many of them are musicians who make music their lives in one way or another. Amoeba Music is much more than a music outlet; it's a website, a popular performance venue with free live performances every week with acts including Paul McCartney, Ellie Goulding, Flight of the Concords, Mos Def, White Stripes, Blag Flag and Elvis Costello - all gracing the stage. Amoeba Music is also a meeting place for California's most colourful community of progressive and creative minds.

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    • BM SOHO

      Location:
      London, United Kingdom

      Established:
      1990

      Genred stocked:
      Deep House, Soulful House, Minimal House, Tech House, Funky House, UK Funky, Electro, Classic House and Jackin' House, Liquid Drum & Bass, Jump Up Drum & Bass, Tech/Dark Drum & Bass and Dubstep

      About the store:
      Established in Soho London in 1990, the award-winning record store (formerly called Black Market) is London's longest running independent underground dance music record shop. It specializes in cutting-edge, hand-selected House, Drum & Bass and Dubstep vinyl. Owner Goldie McGoldrick and his handpicked expert team of staff are all leading figures in the dance music world covering DJs, producers, label owners and club night promoters. Thanks to this, BM Soho has maintained its cult status as one of the most credible and best-loved record shops worldwide throughout the last thirty years. The store maintains a professional relationship with staff that have their own labels, helping to promote emerging artists who play and release vinyl, with many new artists often bringing in their own music for the shop to hear. BM Soho also holds regular free gigs and events, where DJs can mix and perform. Headliners have included Derrick Carter, Louie Vega, Moodymann, Kerri Chandler, Mark Farina, Andrew Wetherall, Brothers' Vibe, Restless Soul, Cassio Ware, Floating Points, Alix Perez, Dub Police, Demarkus Lewis, Glenn Underground and many others.

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    • FARGO RECORDS

      Location:
      Paris, France

      Established:
      2010

      Genred stocked:
      Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Indie, Soul and Americana

    • About the store: Fargo originated as an independent record label, founded by Michel Pampelune, and operating throughout Europe since 2000. Today the company continues to sell various music related products, including a fine selection of CDs and vinyl, books, magazines, t-shirts, guitars, posters and original artwork. In 2010, Michel decided to open his perfect Indie record store in the heart of Paris, upholding the ethos that CD and vinyl is definitely not dead. As a regular Record Store Day partner, Fargo is lucky enough to receive most of the goodies released by US labels for the international day-long event, and throughout the rest of the year, the store sells releases from the labels they love along with suggestions made by customers - rather than paying attention to commercial buzz. Thanks to the passion and ambition of Michel, Fargo has evolved from a label, to a record store, to a magazine and most recently to a live music promoter, with hosted performances at Paris' club La Flêche d'Or, including Steve Earle & The Dukes, Alejandro Escovedo and Josh Rouse. For every show, a screen-printed poster and collector tickets are made especially, and sold exclusively from the Fargo store.

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    • AVALANCHE

      Location:
      Edinburgh, Scotland

      Established:
      1984

      Genred stocked:
      Scottish Indie, Indie, Metal, Punk and Classic Rock

    • About the store: Kevin Buckle opened Avalanche in a small shop next to Edinburgh university selling new independent releases and second hand vinyl in 1984. Always wanting to work for himself, and with a love for music, he named the shop after the Leonard Cohen song Avalanche, which was the first track on the Nick Cave album From Her To Eternity released that year. After a successful beginning it moved to a larger shop in the same street, then opened another shop in the city centre in the 1990's. In 2010, Avalanche moved to an even larger shop in Edinburgh's famous arts hub – Grassmarket, with Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop. The Avalanche space regularly holds events that include art exhibitions and film screenings, as well as in-store music performances - with a mixture of local, European and international artists. Bands who have played here range from British Sea Power to The Maccabees, along with Scottish bands Idlewild, The Twilight Sad and a host of others. Frightened Rabbit hold the record attendance with 500 people at last year's Record Store Day in-store event.
      Avalanche supports a range of Scottish Indie artists and chooses a range of music based on quality rather than nationality. The store has been short-listed several times for Independent Retailer of the Year by Music Week, but the team is most proud of its international reputation for knowledge and customer service. Avalanche was one of the founding members of Record Store Day in the UK.

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    • DUSTY GROOVE AMERICA

      Location:
      Chicago, United States of America

      Established:
      1996

      Genred stocked:
      Jazz, Soul, Funk, Brazilian, Latin, African, Soundtracks, Vocals, Reggae, Hip Hop, Neo Soul, French, Rock, Avant/Experimental, Country, Folk, Gospel and Blues

    • About the store: Dusty Groove America was founded by Rick Wojcik - a DJ and avid record shopper who spent his days scouring the US for items to add to his ever-growing music collection. The store was an early pioneer in online music retail, selling on the web since 1996, as a response to increasing demand from customers. The store holds an international reputation for classic music, with a huge range of jazz, soul and funk titles - not to mention a great selection of key contemporary music. This includes Neo Soul singers from the American underground, Rock albums and Psyche from the 60s and 70s, obscure Country, French Pop, Avant Experimental music and thousands of examples of rare vinyl and CDs. The team at Dusty Groove has found a great connection to a global market through only selling music they love and care about, and giving every title a full written review online. The store has been cited as one of the best record stores in the US by a wide array of press outlets including Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, NBC TV, The Wire, and many other publications.

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    • RISE

      Location:
      Bristol, United Kingdom

      Established:
      2007

      Genred stocked:
      Rock & Pop, Indie, Dance/Electronica, Jazz, Folk, World, Blues, Classical, Easy Listening, Metal, World Cinema, Film, Art Books and Fiction

    • About the store: Lawrence Montgomery first opened Rise in 2007 in Cheltenham, England. After working in record retailing for five years he gathered a small amount of stock from friendly suppliers to open the store, and thanks to a flier that Christmas, Rise quickly established a reputation as a place where you could grab a bargain and speak to knowledgeable staff. After four years developing the business and maintaining a growing customer base with a superb range of music, as well as complementary book and DVD offers, Rise now has four locations with great teams of staff in Bristol, Cheltenham, Swindon and Worcester. The flagship store in Bristol opened in 2009 and has held gigs with some of the most exciting artists around today, including Laura Marling, The XX, Shabazz Palaces, Gruff Rhys and Josh T Pearson. In 2010, Rise won Music Week Retailer of the Year, along with several other local shop awards, and additionally launched its online store the following year. Rise aims to maintain a consistent quality, value and demand in the stock that it sells, as well as pushing less well-known artists, such as the Soul Jazz Krautrock compilation which sold over 250 copies.

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