This week I am going to let you all in on a little secret, possibly the best kept secret in East London. Eldica Vinyl & Retro.
Fast becoming my favorite record store in London, Eldica is hidden away on small side street in Dalston. With the focus on 2nd hand vinyl, Eldica specializes in Funk, Soul, Disco, Boogie, Hip Hop and Jazz, but you'll also find sections featuring Reggae, Calypso, Latin and African grooves.
Drawing me to this store is not just the great music on the shelves but the way the shop is run. The thing that frustrates me about digging for tunes is the attitude you can get from staff in record stores. Eldica couldn't be further removed from this. A small family business run by record collector and enthusiast, Andy Westbury, you can expect to find a warm and friendly atmosphere. Andy is always willing to sit and chat about music, dig out records for you to listen to and even play you rare cuts he's just found for his personal collection. If you have a want list, email it to him and he'll keep an eye out for whatever it is you after. I have even had a text message telling me he has a 12" that I'm after!
In no particular order, here are my top 10 tunes found in Eldica -
1. Odyssey - Don't tell me tell her
2. Toney Lee - Reach up
3. Sugar Hill Gang - Passion play
4. Eastbound Expressway - Never let go
5. Spyder-D - Rapple (Big Apple Rappin instrumental)
6. Jean Wells - I just can't stop dancing
7. Herbie Hancock - Ready or not
8. Eddie Cheba - Lookin' good (shake your body)
9. The Gap band - Shake
10.Juggy Murry Jones - I'll see you through
Eldica Vinyl & Retro
8 Bradbury st
LONDON N16 8JN