And in Brum too, Massive had a store there. Last time I went in though it was MASSIVELY overpriced, and totally empty. They tried to diversify too much imo, as opposed to staying true to one or two genres, they just churned a load of average music out.
Tempest Records in Brum is the only shop I'll shop from in person, even though they're a bit more expensive sometimes you just find those quality tunes more easily than you could ever find them online, so it's worth it. Last time I went in there I spent fucking £80 ¬_¬ Wanted to spend 3x that much, spent an hour just listening to tunes!
Whenever I have the cash, I check out
Intense (sign up and you get 10% off! Which almost covers VAT, so that's nice)
Redeye (another very good dubstep retailer)
I refuse to shop at Chemical or HTFR (especially HTFR), they're just way too expensive. Blackmarket (BMSoho now after their license to use the Blackmarket name ran out) is just plain boring, nothing particularly interesting about that shop at all - and they don't even seem to get in the latest stuff that fast either, at least from the web site.
Intense isn't too far away from where I live when I'm not at Uni either, so it's the closest and best thing to shopping locally for me
The majority of top name dj's that are record label owners tend to still use dubs - they can't expect people to go out and buy vinyl if they're not going to bother playing it themselves!
@ Xen - BM Soho's website isn't updated that well because they sell out so quickly of the latest releases/ promos in the shop. Not to mention that a large majority of their stock is put aside for some dj's and regulars who have been using the shop weekly for years - that means that their stock available to the public is reduced, and even more so for the net users
wow, seen as its all dance music i thought i'd offer a serious comment on why the record shops have shut, and an example from a similar genre - which i have 1st hand experience of. i don't do dnb parties much anymore - not like i used to.
i don't really like dnb anymore anyway so just for your info i don't really give a fuck what fucking dnb is up to either.. not that it matters.
however i'd rather carry a bag of cd's than a bag of vinyl any day of the week. you would have thought they'd invent a superlightweight alternative to vinyl by now - or maybe its just not worth it.
i still use vinyl though - i didn't spend all that money on my oldskool collection to watch it gather dust.