Phonica

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© Abigail Lelliott
Phonica
Soho
The doors are always flung open at this lively dance vinyl hubbub. Recline on the battered leather sofas and egg-shaped chairs that give the chic space a 1970s gangster feel, or finger through rack upon rack of pristinely selected records favouring the deeper and edgier side of club music. The balanced selection journeys around the world taking in nu jazz, krautrock, minimal techno, exotica, dubstep and nu disco flavours, but fluorescent-clad kids best head for the front rack of French electro labels. CDs are displayed on antique wooden tables, boasting the latest alt-indie and electronic releases. Box sets take pride of place in a glass cabinet, while tees suspend above the vinyl racks. The staff – DJs-about-town – are happy to help you dig out a hard-to-find disc.
Venue name: Phonica
Contact:
Address: 51 Poland Street
London
W1F 7LZ
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-7.30pm Mon-Wed, Sat; 11.30am-8pm Thur, Fri; noon-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube
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