Osaka’s quirky nature of offering hard to find gems isn’t exclusive to Especial Records but it is one worth finding, if not for the bizarre architecture directly opposite then for the jazz, salsa, funk and soul vinyls in this record shop. It’s about as big as a shoe box but don’t let that fool you because the music selection is as deep as the ocean.
There’s a focus on rhythmic funk, jazz and some excellent deep house. Yoshihiro Okino, the owner speaks a little English, is typically hospitable and is chill enough to just let you dig and spin as you need while even pointing you to his suggestions.
Especial Records is located at:
4-9-2 Minami-Senba, Chuo-Ku
+81 6 62410366
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