4 Record Stores Every Music Enthusiast Should Visit - Jiran

4 Record Stores Every Music Enthusiast Should Visit

Independent shops that cater to avid music collectors

Published on 10 January 2022

Digital streaming platforms allow listeners the luxury of enjoying their favourite artists’ music either for free or with a minimal fee. This led to the sale of physical albums rapidly declining, forcing mainstream record stores to close their doors.

This includes local music store chain, Rock Corner that survived for 28 years before it shut down all its stores in 2018. In the midst of this changing landscape in the industry, independent music stores have survived the storm.

With the closure of local chain stores like Rock Corner, music aficionados are actively shopping at well-curated stores like Teenage Head Records instead. Here are four independent record stores that you can explore to look for old and new vinyl records, cassettes and CDs to fill up your music collection.

Hard Graft Records

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Hard Graft Records first opened its doors in 2012 and is consistently stocked with a formidable and well-curated collection of new and old LPs. The outlet boasts a vast music variety, which includes genres like metal, hip-hop and rock. It also offers classic albums for avid collectors, and primarily sells new releases and reissues rather than second-hand items.

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Customers won’t have to travel all the way to Petaling Jaya to get their hands on the wide range of items from Hard Graft Records. Their extensive catalogue is available on the website and they ship the items locally and internationally. If you visit the store, its owner Nick Mun is always up for a chat on anything music-related and more.

Location: 25, Jalan 52/1, PJ New Town, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Sputnik Rekordz

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Did you know that Pasar Besar Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur has been recognised as the cleanest and safest public market by the Health Ministry? Did you also know that hidden in one of its little corridors is a quaint little music store called Sputnik Rekordz?

The shop was opened in 1997 by Naza Mohamad, a local musician. Naza and fellow music aficionado and writer friend, Adly Syairi Ramly released a book and CD combo called Psyche Oh! A Go Go in 2020. It showcases forgotten Malaysian and Singaporean pop music from the ’60s and ’70s. As an experienced music curator, his store is perfect for those who collect classic and vintage records.

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The store is lined with a variety of records from both international and local artists ranging from Sheila Majid to Morrissey. Needless to say, Sputnik Rekordz specialises in music from the pre-’90s era in the form of vinyl records, CDs and cassettes.

Location: Pasar Besar Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Crossroads Records

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Situated in Kota Damansara, Crossroads Records is well-stocked with a treasure trove of old records. A lot of these gems are from the owners’ collections, while some are imported goods from the United Kingdom. It is a great place to go crate digging for LPs, used CDs and cassettes.

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There are more than just music albums and singles available here. If you’re thinking of starting a hobby of collecting vinyl records, they can also help customers find the right vintage turntable set, which includes the amplifier, speakers and if you’re lucky some freebies on the side too. A bonus for their customers, Crossroads Records also provide record cleaning services. Due to the pandemic, the owners encourage their customers to book an appointment before dropping by the store.

Location: Lot C-106, Palm Spring, Jalan PJU 3/31, 47810 Petaling Jaya

Basement Record Store Bukit Bintang

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The people behind Basement Record Store Bukit Bintang describe their outlet as “a small room called a record store”. This cosy establishment is known to be one of the oldest physical independent music stores in Kuala Lumpur. Formed in 2003, they cater for a niche client of underground music, which includes punk rock, grind and thrash.

The owners who remain anonymous in the public sphere are proud to hold their fort as long as they have. Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s where record stores were the main source of music, opening their own store was a dream that they have successfully held onto until today. Keeping in line with still doing what works for them, they keep their cassette collection well-stocked too.

Location: 3rd Floor, 18, Jalan Beremi, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

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