Recently got home from a three day trip to Spain and the beautiful city of Barcelona. Coming from the northern part of Europe it was a blessing to have sun more than four hours a day and a decent temperature. Since I live in Stockholm, Sweden, the temperature in January is usually below zero, whereas in Barcelona it was well-over ten degrees. No further explanation needed.
But Barcelona is more than sweet climate and thoughtful architecture signed Antoni Gaudí. It’s also a city for hunting reggae records, and prior to my journey I had conducted some research which showed that Barcelona still has some record shops. King Atupali Records looked particularly tasty since it stashed lots of reggae. A pity though that it was closed the three times I walked by.
I visited about eight stores focusing mainly on rock and dance music in the El Raval and the Barri Gòtic areas, and it actually shocked me that I wasn’t the only customer in the store. It seems that people in Barcelona actually still buy physical records – both CD and vinyl. They’re probably the only ones left doing so. Well, me too. And I managed to pick up four LP’s – the recently reissued In the Kingdom of Dub by Scientist, Prince Ras Murray’s Militant Dread, Kayawah & The Movement Band’s Culture Rock and the various artists’ compilation Rockers Vibration, the only original of the bunch.
Speaking of originals, most of the reggae I found was reissues, mostly from Kingston Sounds/Jamaican Recordings. These guys must have an insane distribution network. I tend to find their material everywhere I go.
Anyhow, there wasn’t much second hand vinyl, which is a pity. I had high hopes to score some gems. But then again, I didn’t have the time to visit all the stores I had looked up, so I might be in for a great surprise when I visit next time.