10 Black-owned record shops to support

After social and civil unrest swept across the nation to the point of resonance overseas following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black citizens, the Black Lives Matter movement and fight for racial equality has felt a magnitude of resurgence unseen prior. While people continue to attend protests, make demands, and pursue other forms of activism, the emphasis on re-examining and redirecting lifestyle and financial choices as they relate to bolstering the Black community has grown ever significant.

As consumers turn towards Black-owned restaurants, brands, and businesses, Dancing Astronaut has chosen to focus the spotlight on music-related spaces by curating a list of Black-owned record shops that you can support. The way you utilize your purchasing power can be impactful, ultimately serving as a stepping stone to creating transformative habits. For audiophiles and vinyl collectors, Dancing Astronaut encourage you to make a conscious effort to shop at these stores, online or locally through curbside pick-up, or even purchase a gift card for a loved one or fellow music fan. You can also check out how to support Black artists and DJs through streaming here.

1. Fivespace Shop – San Diego, CA

View this post on Instagram

To Pimp A Butterfly

A post shared by Fivespace (@fivespaceshop) on

2. Moods Music – Atlanta, GA

Donate to the GoFundMe here

View this post on Instagram

Atlanta and @MoodsMusic family a far. WE ARE OPEN 12-5pm daily Closed Mondays. These are very challenging times for us all. Please continue to try to support one of your favorite independently owned small businesses. The government had closed all businesses for a period of time & a lot of us will not survive it. If you don’t want to see your favorite small businesses close for good, please reach out and support them now more than ever. Covid-19 is real and has been devastating for us all. This is why I continue to say support your favorite businesses curbside pick up. Call can call us at (404.653.0724 after 12 noon) place an order pay cash app ($moodsmusic) & we will bring it out to ur car, Or just make a donation to $moodsmusic cash app. We are also offering gift cards at a discounted price. Buy a gift card at $25 & we will give you a $30 card. Buy a $50 gift card & we will give you a $60 gift card. So in other words for every $25 you spend on a gift card We will give you $5 extra. Help us & we will help you. One last way to support us is by donating to our GoFundMe. Link in bio. #supportsmallbusinesses #moodsmusic #moodsmusicstncrstbooks

A post shared by Moods Music (@moodsmusic) on

3. Haley & Lewis – Brooklyn, NY

4. Brittany’s Record Shop – Cleveland, OH

5. Moodies Records – Bronx, NY

6. Re-Runz Records – Orlando, FL

7. Freshtopia – Norfolk, VA

8. Jampac Records – Monroe, NC

9. HR Records – Washington D.C.

10. JB’s Record Lounge – Atlanta, GA

Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

Featured image: Fivespace Facebook

You may also like...