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Martin Morales’ Top 5 Music Venues and Record Shops in London

Martin Morales, founder of Ceviche and Andina, shares his top five music venues and record shops in London. He has recently opened London’s first Peruvian bakery in Notting Hill.

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Pure Vinyl. Martin says, ‘I’ve got a soft spot for Brixton, it’s where I did my first ever DJ gig after starting out at clubs in Leeds. Pure Vinyl, run by DJ, record collector and true music lover Claudia Wilson and music-obsessed partner Mark, started off together with a small stall in a Brixton Market alleyway and now have a lovely premise. Selling strictly vinyl soul, jazz, reggae, funk and world music, it’s a great place to hang out and discover new music.’

Pure Vinyl, 246 Ferndale Road, SW9 8FR


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Total Refreshment Centre. Martin says, ‘Spencer and Alex are jazz heads at heart and they produce one of London’s most exciting music events every few months. It’s called the Church of Sound, it’s in a church in Clapton and we’ve served food from Andina there. These are truly special one-off nights and each night the atmosphere is electric. But for a regular location where you can hear the very latest cutting-edge music from any genre head to their TRC. The curation is eclectic but never disappoints. It also has rehearsal spaces and recording studios.’

Total Refreshment Centre, 2 Foulden Road, N16 7UR


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Soul Brother Records. Martin says, ‘Soul Brother Records in Putney has served many of the world’s best Djs for over 20 years. This is my go to place to buy 7 inch vinyl of Latin, jazz, Brazilian, Nigerian, Colombian, Peruvian, Ethiopian, funk and northern soul. It’s my guilty pleasure and if I pop in, it’s impossible for me to leave within 3 hours. With founder Laurence’s help as well as Johnny’s, they find, dig and suggest musical nuggets as well as being the friendliest people in any record shop in the world.’

Soul Brother Records1 Keswick Road, SW15 2HL


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Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Martin says, ‘Ronnie’s was the first ever venue I went to when I first came to London aged 16. It’s right across from Ceviche Soho so I often pop in after work to say hi to the guys on the door. The venue is all about the music and boy have I seen some gigs there! Of late, Chaka Khan, Chucho Valdez, Billy Cobham and Marlena Shaw to name a few. I once worked with Joss Stone and this is where we did her first ever press gig when she was 15!’

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club47 Frith Street, W1D 4HT


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Village Underground. Martin says, ‘Just down the road from Andina in Shoreditch is VW, where most of my team head to after work to watch a variety of alternative artists. The club hosts live music and regular club nights, and I’ve also been there to award ceremonies. I just like the vibe; you find creative and interesting people and music and it has been a real focal point for Shoreditch’s music community thanks to Founder Auro’s drive and determination to keep the curation away from the mainstream.’

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ