There's no shortage of great record shops south of Oxford Street, but despite its famous neighbors Phonica still stands out. Opened in 2003, the store quickly established itself as a new star on the Soho music scene, particularly in electronic dance music genres. Part of this meteoric rise can be attributed to the fact that Phonica is owned by The Vinyl Factory, a prestigious record manufacturer whose vinyl pressing equipment formerly belonged to EMI records. That's some pretty impressive pedigree, but Phonica isn't one of those record stores where you're not allowed in unless you can alphabetically list the top-ten most influential baile funk artists from '85 to '90. Phonica may be a little more manicured and spacious than your average independent record store, but the atmosphere is very relaxed. Although this is definitely a paradise for electro-heads, other genres are also well represented, from folk to hip hop to soul and funk. If you're not sure what you're after, the staff is cool without being too cool and will happily recommend records for you to try out on one of the eight listening stations. We also recommend keeping an ear out for Phonica's frequent events and party's. The DJ line-ups and sound-savvy crowd usually makes for one of the best music nights in London.Show lessRead more

    51 Poland Street , London


    Books & Music


    Public Transport
    Oxford Circus (Bakerlo, Central, Victoria)

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