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“My Favorite Record Stores” by ANDY WILLIAMS (Montreal)

In honor of all the great record stores in the world still doing their (essential!) thing. We asked some of our favorite artists out there to give us a little run down of their personal favorites.

Here are some of ANDY WILLIAMS‘ personal favorites.

Favorite Hometown Record Store : Phonopolis, Montreal

Andy: Great assortment of world music,indie,jazz,and probably the tastiest $5 bin,which is something new for me after years of dollar bin picking of library records,and obscure digs. Not too mention the knowledge of the staff to comply to my beck and call.

Favorite International Record Store : Recordmania, Stockholm (Sweden)

Andy: Lars and his staff have the edge over Spruzzi’s MONO RECORDS in Zurich because of their expertise in everything old and new. Their recommendations have always been spot on! For example my first Lorez Alexandria album was highly recommended by Russ Dewbury,and I found it. Also some of my rare STUDIO ONE digs such as Freddie McGregor’s “Bobby Babylon”

R.I.P Store you miss the most : SAM The Record Man, Toronto

Andy: On Yonge & Dundas was a great spot to dig in the mid 70’s ’til it closed.I would rush downtown after basketball practice on Friday to see what was on special, and also return the following day.

ANDY WILLIAMS (Montreal, The Goods)

Andy’s collaborations with various deejays and musicians reach to and from many sources globally: Andy has had the opportunity to grace the turntables with many underground deejays, peers who have the utmost respect for obscure rarities in dancefloor tracks. It wasn’t easy at first playing mediums of ethnic backgrounds such as Cumbia Paseito, Mento, Avant-Garde Jazz, Funk and hard hitting Electro sounds in North America and Europe, but it’s nothing new to intelligent avid listeners since the mid-century.

He is to the Canadian freestyle scene what Jazzanova are in Berlin or Kyoto Jazz Massive are to Japan. He has joined forces with Kevin Moon (a.k.a “Moonstarr”) and works with deejays and musicians who are always ready to push the boundaries: Quantic, Mr. Scruff, Carlos Nino, and many others.

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Montreal-based DJ and the founder MusicIsMySanctuary.com (2007) and 24 Hours of Vinyl (2011).