1 Grindlay Street | Edinburgh EH3 9AT
Phone: 0131 228 3943
Vinyl lovers of Edinburgh, rejoice! Ripping Records may be gone, but there's a new cat in town looking to flex its LP-sourcing muscles.
Following on from the success of their Dundee store, Assai Records have set up shop on Grindlay Street (y'know, that little street which comes off Lothian Road? By the Usher Hall and the Royal Lyceum Theatre). It's the perfect place to top up on your retro and current music supplies, with a spacious city centre storefront giving you all the room you could need to debate whether you're in more of a sunny-rooftop-vibes or vintage-Alice-Cooper kinda mood. With an excellent selection of vinyls in store, from indie and folk to pop and house, it's the kind of place you could easily lose an afternoon if you're not careful.
The lads behind the desk know their stuff and have music detecting skills even old Sherlock Holmes would be proud of, so rest assured no request will be too grand or obscure. In fact, the more obscure the better. What's more? Assai also run a points scheme and sell their own branded turntables, so really what they're saying is they want to be besties, yeah? They've also got a cracking website if you don't have time to pop in in person. It's early days for the guys at Assai, but with meticulous taste and regular live events in the pipeline, we're predicting that they'll be here for the long run.
Interested in vinyl? You might want to check out our guide to Scotland's best record shops here.