Rathdowne Records

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Rathdowne Records


What sets your store apart from other record stores?Deep crates.  I’ve tried to strike a balance for collectors, bargain hunters and DJs and I spend literally all my time playing, grading and pricing new arrivals and I try to source the best value press for the best price.

Do you specialise in any particular genres? There’s half a room for jazz and another half a room of hip hop. There’s tables of soul, funk, disco, house and techno. One wall is dominated by tropical, anime, library, Japanese and Euro grooves. Our collection of rock, metal, indie and punk is two tables full, not to forget soundtracks and classical.

What’s been the best record find you’ve ever made? Signed records from people as varied as Jeff Buckley, Wayne Shorter and  Gene Krupa.

How do you source your records? A trade secret, but I look out for original US presses in hip hop and jazz and ‘70s Japanese pressings across the board, not to neglect local vintage pressings too.

Are you holding any special events for Record Store Day? We’ve got all day DJs to soundtrack your digging, including PBS’ DJ Coco Brown and Joshua Hodson-Smith. We’ve even spread to Bar 303 across the road where Lake Minnetonka are performing a Rathdowne Wrecka Stow Day from 4pm so you can party on into the evening.

How many records do you generally stock?There’s around 10,000 records and a backlog of over 7,000 records.