East London set for new hotspot for music lovers


A new record shop is set to open in East London this weekend, offering plenty for fans of black plastic to get excited about. Hence the name.

Love Vinyl aims to be a mecca for dance music lovers, apparently irrespective of whether their ears are more tuned in to house, techno, or vintage underground disco gems from the 70’s. Spearheaded by four music lovers with a long history in London clubs, it’s safe to say they know their tunes and the city’s scene in and out.

Stuart Patterson, James Manero, Zafar Chowdhry and Jake Holloway have over a 100 years of London club and music history between them and aim to bring their experience, love and knowledge to customers via this new enterprise, with the concept being a music emporium that will be split equally between new releases and collectable, rare, used vinyl. Full details below on exactly why these chaps are cut out for the job, and more details are available over on Facebook, as per.

Love Vinyl? Meet The Team

Stuart has been a DJ, producer, promoter, record label owner, programmer and venue owner. Stuart co-ran  London’s Faith parties which were widely acclaimed as the best in the city in the early 2000’s and went on to run his own permanent venue East Village in Shoreditch for over 5 years. Stuart was also responsible for compiling and mixing five well received DJ compilations in the naughties. He still promotes major parties in London and DJs regularly in the city and worldwide.

James Manero is head honcho of big London party outfit ‘Another Party’ which has brought major international talent to London over the last year including Kerri Chandler, Martinez Brothers, Sven Vath and Moodyman. He also owns the late night shabeen this is Manero’s, 2 minutes from the Love Vinyl shop and one of Kingland Rd’s favourite bars.

Zafar Chowdhry aka The Mighty Zaf brings some heavyweight London record shop history to the table being co -owner and manager of Soho’s popular Reckless Records from 1988 until 2006. DJs from all over the world have traded or bought records from Zaf. He has a reputation of being one of the most knowledgeable dealers in the UK. Zaf owns www.zafsmusic.com the premier website for exclusive disco, soul, funk rarities. Top djs, producers and collectors worldwide buy records from Zaf and his esteemed website. He will now be incorporating this into the vintage side of the shop. Zaf has also entered the compilation market compiling the whole of the P+P series on Suss’d and further releases via the Deep Disco Culture series and the highly respected BBE label. He has is a resident dj at The Sunsplash festival in Turkey and a guest at some of Europe’s most discerning music clubs. Like Stuart he also holds down a monthly radio show on the every growing www.mi-soul.com

Bringing further record shop and digging history is Jake Holloway who owned the Village Vinyl shop in Walthamstow where he served up a whole lot of beautiful jazz, funk, disco, soul, afro and latin treats to his loyal band of customers.  He often travels far and wide, digging worldwide crates to add to his collection and shop stock. He’s also a bit partial to a bit of graphic design and art direction, producing artwork for a number of clients, including the influential BBE Records, and one of our best-loved independents Wah Wah 45s. As an avid record collector he has accumulated an enviable selection of killer tracks to draw upon when he often DJs in the capital. He now has a fortnightly radio show on back2backfm.net.