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“My Favorite Record Stores” by LEXIS (MIMS)

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 LEXIS‘s personal favorites.

Favorite Hometown Record Store : Aux 33 Tours

@MIMSLexis: 33 Tours is definitely the healthiest record store in Montreal and it’s been great to see it grow. Really inspiring to go on a wednesday at 2pm and see it full of people. It does however represent pretty much the complete opposite of a “DJ” focused store, which is what i’m used to and love. Not really a “dusty digging” kind of vibe. It’s more focused on the audiophiles who want to listen to records at home. But that’s not a bad thing of course… just great to see a store always filled with people actually paying for music. But big shout out to all the MTL record stores still doing their thing, especially Death of Vinyl & Phonopolis.

Favorite International Record Store : Sounds of The Universe (London)

@MIMSLexis: London is such an amazing place to buy records. I think my Visa card suffered for months after my visit. Lots of amazing stores like Honest Jons, Rough Trade, Blackmarket, Vinyl Junkies (RIP) but there was one store which I was so happy to finally visit because it is also the home of Soul Jazz Records which I adore. Sounds of The Universe is a great little store tucked away in Soho where every single record feels like it was meant to be discovered. Highly recommended!

R.I.P – Record Store I Miss The Most : Inbeat Records

@MIMSLexis: Every time I walk past where Inbeat used to be I feel a little pinch in my heart. That place meant so much to me and my development as a DJ / music lover. It was open for over 20 years and was mecca for “cutting edge dance floor music” as was written in the window. I was the youngest guy working there in the last few years and I consider myself very lucky for having gone through that school. Much respect to Christian Pronovost, Francois (Dr. Love) and all the Inbeat fam.


Lexis is one of the most eclectic minded DJ’s out there and is absolutely obsessed with music research; always excited to discover new and old treasures. He founded MusicIsMySanctuary.com in 2007 and has now seen it grow into one of the go-to websites for lovers of next level music. It now reaches over 50,000 people a month from all over the world. He also started the24HoursofVinyl.com project, a 24 hour marathon featuring only vinyl records which is turning into a worldwide adventure.

His monthly radio show has been steadily growing over the past years and every episode is now listened to by approximately 10,000 people. His last few shows managed to make it to #1 on the very popular Mixcloud.com platform who also voted his show as one of the best. Last year, the 5th anniversary of “MIMS” was presented by the Montreal Jazz Fest on the very last night of the festival in front of a packed house.

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