Words: Chester Cornford
Palais de Danse has recently opened its doors. The second-hand record store is tucked away on the top floor of an inconspicuous block of shops located at 118 Sauchiehall Street. As you climb the stairs, the 4/4 of a kick drum increases in volume. It feels like you’re approaching the door of an after-party.
It could easily be someone’s attic. The aesthetic is deliberately make-shift and not overly polished. Bright white walls and tropical décor creates a balance between a DIY home project and a ‘palais’ feel. On the right there is a booth area with decks set up, where Dennis Seltzer-Grant, the owner, is found flicking through new purchases; currently an odd house compilation, seeming to focus on 90s acid house with a strictly Mediterranean feel.
On the left, the records cover the entire wall’s width. At first, the collection seems small, but when flicking through it's clear Palais de Danse has accumulated a good amount of stock to dig through. The categories are wide, including traditional house and techno, as well as genres including dubstep, reggae and 80s pop. Few would leave due to a lack of choice.
On a time constraint, I stuck to just the classic and 2000's house, plus a quick browse through disco, leaving with a Fudge Fingas 12” I had been after and a Chicago Trax Classics EP - all for a tenner and in great condition.
The aesthetic and prices at Palais de Danse are key. The aim is to "provide an alternative place to dig for records” says Dennis. “We hope to create a relaxed and chilled atmosphere, a place where you could get lost for a day, searching for those tracks to help make your mix stand out, or to bring a bit of the past into the present.’
The shop aims to be more than just a retailer, however. Palais de Danse will eventually encompass a club night, label and a mix series.
The mix series will involve two parts. First, local artists will be invited to showcase their collections and skills. Secondly, local talent will be invited to the store and asked to record a mix with tracks they’ve picked out from the shop’s catalogue. All of the music in these mixes will be available to customers to purchase from the store, but due to the nature of second-hand record shops, you’ll have to be quick to nab the goodies.
Here is the mix I recorded in-store during my visit and using only records from the shop:
Palais de Danse is located in the attic of 118 Sauichehall street. It is closed on Mondays, open 10-6 Tuesday to Thursday, 10-5 Friday, 11-4 Saturday, and 12-4 Sunday.