Deep in the recesses of Downtown Los Angeles, just before the streets turn from mildly unsafe to fully dangerous, lies a charming record shop named Stellar Remnant. It’s a haven for all genres, subgenres, and obscure classifications of underground dance music on vinyl.
Detroit. Minimal. Trance. Synth-Pop. These are just a few of the dividers nestled between open record sleeves containing wax, ready to be pre-listened to using the in-house turntables.
It’s an electronic vinyl junkie’s dream, and ascending house producer, DJ, and label head, Lubelski, commenced his musical journey on vinyl:
“For me, listening to records is how I got my start. I grew up listening to vinyl, and when I first started DJing it was on vinyl.”
But for Jake Lubell (yes, his artist moniker is an extension of his surname), vinyl is so much more than just a starting point.
It can be an opportunity to break away from the short attention-span culture of streaming services and dive into an album front-to-back—a listening style he describes as, “for the heads.”
It can be a treasure trove of samples that spark productions like those he’s already released on DIRTYBIRD, Gruuv, Desert Hearts Records, and most recently, his debut LP, The Universal Groove, out now on his own imprint, Percomaniacs.
So, naturally, being someone with that sort of poignant connection to vinyl, Lubell is relishing his experience in Stellar Remnant, a store clearly crafted by people who share that it.
“I love shops like these because they really do encompass more than house. Or they don’t just bunch up music into a broad category like “electronic.” Then you don’t know what you’re getting. Here we have drum and bass, techno, house, disco ...
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