Hidden in the rear of a courtyard car park in Kreuzberg sits the legendary Hardwax record shop. But Hardwax is much more than just a record shop: it is also the home to the legendary Basic Channel, Rhythm and Sound, and Chain Reaction record labels as well as the renowned Dubplates and Mastering.
The shop is small but brimming with vinyl from all over the world, with a focus on dance music sorted by sub-genres (house, techno, UK bass, Chicago house..). You won't find every release here, but the collection is finely curated. I flipped through the 'news' (new releases), and appreciated that I could listen to any release on a nearby turntable. A rare luxury where I come from.
It's also worth noting that most everyone working here is a DJ, producer, or promoter, and deeply knowledgeable about the stock. Asking the staff for tips and recommendations is definitely suggested.