Mr Thing’s Top 5 (9!) Record Shops

Your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ, the UK’s self-proclaimed Champion Nerd and Cake Connoisseur Mr Thing took some time out this week to lift the lid on some of his favourite record shops.

From early DMC Champion years, Mr Thing has gone on to put together killer compilations alongside DJ Spinna & DJ Premier for BBE, produce great records for First Word Records & beyond whilst playing cuts on various projects, most recently on Rockit as part of Herbie Hancock’s live band.

We originally asked for a top-five, but thankfully we were given a top-nine, so fill your boots, drop into the shops if you’re in the areas, or browse their Discogs Crates if you’re further afield!



Crazy Beat, Essex

A special place for me and not just because of the racks and racks of records and treats to be found in here (also worth looking in the cheap boxes in the street outside too), but also because I met two of my closest friends the first time I ever went. I’m also really glad they bought back the bargain bins as well!



King Bee, Manchester

A Manchester digging institution – very fair prices and awesome selection across the board. Really friendly and helpful staff and masses of records crammed into this quite small shop. Love it!



Real Groovy, Auckland

The very opposite of King Bee – a huge basement space now after it moved a few years back, there are so many records in here it’s pretty insane. I’ve been twice and both times filled pretty big bags, and it’s got great prices as well.



Superfly Records, Paris

One of the first places I make a point of going to if I go to Paris, amazing selection and the stuff on the wall will make you stretch your finances to breaking point. But also has amazing cheap boxes underneath the main racks and plenty of bargains all round.



Rarekind Records, Brighton 

Since I moved down to the coast this has become one of my favourite places to come to, usually for the day. Ewan and crew here are great – brilliant stock that moves quickly so you rarely see the same stuff when you visit, prices are really good and you never know what you’ll turn up in one of the 3 floors!



Reckless Records, London

Been coming here since the late 80s and one of the few shops that’s still here from that time (my uncle took me here on my first ever trip to London and I’ve been going ever since!). Gone through a lot of changes over the years (the old basement room they had was amazing) but great staff and excellent selection that again moves all the time.



Rollin’ Records, West Wickham

Tucked away in between Orpington and Beckenham in Kent is this glorious little shop, mainly a rock and roll spot but always great and interesting jazz/prog/soul records in here too. I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this but in the summer they put a load of cheap records out in the street outside and it’s always good!


Vinyl Tap, Huddersfield 

A two-level shop with new stuff upstairs and an entire lower floor of secondhand underneath. Bring a flask and sandwiches and plant up for the day – I’ve seen people do it! The prices and selection are great and it’s mad what turns up in here. Plus – lovely people.



Human Head, NYC

Don’t get to NYC too often but now I’ve been here a few times I always make a point of it when I do! This place is brilliant and packed with everything – they have fantastic cheap & full price soul/ jazz/Latin and serious Brazilian records, excellent selection – I’ve crossed a lot of my wants list from them when I’ve been in. Lovely people and also – a lovely dog.

If that wasn’t enough, we’re lucky to have Mr Thing selling directly with us on Discogs, and if you’re ever in the Hastings area, go and check his and Adam’s shop linked here. Enjoy!

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