March 4, 2017
A basement of wonders.
Every week, we pick out one must-visit spot from a different city around the world with photos and a little bit of history. Think of it as a kind of 1000 places to see before you die but for record shops.
Location: Maastrichter Str. 49, 50672 Köln, Germany
Go for: Hip-hop, beats and samples
What’s the story? The oldest record shop in Cologne, Groove Attack has been peddling wax since 1992, a year that still informs much of its most crucial stock. Although Cologne has a rich and varied selection of shops, Groove Attack stands out for its hip-hop focus, which is extensive and well curated.
Like all good record shops though, it understands the context of the music it sells enough to pack the rest of this spacious basement with new and second hand funk, soul, disco, soundtrack, Latin, jazz and just about anything else you can imagine might have been sampled at some point since ’92 (and before).
A pillar of the city’s strong music scene, Groove Attack is little harder to find than most if you’re visiting as it’s now located in the basement of menswear retailer Monsieur Courbet, in case you fancy picking up a shirt on your way out too.