By BE-AT.TV Staff
Features · 07 June 2017

Session Victim Select: Record Stores

Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling aka Session Victim burst onto the scene with their bedroom-produced first album ‘The Haunted House Of House’ in 2012. And even though a lot has changed since they stepped in the spotlight, their passion for crate-digging and sampling forgotten house and disco jams hasn’t. 
Boasting over 20 EPs, and three brilliant albums, released on Jimpster’s imprint Delusions Of Grandeur, the Hamburg natives have earned a reputation of prolific producers. Their latest long-player ‘Listen To Your Heart', which’ saw the light of day last week, has come only as another to affirm their studio might. With tracks like ‘Moons and Flowers’ and ‘Shadows’ on the tracklist, the album will surely rank among 2017’s best house records.
Aside from production masterminds, the Berlin-based duo have also made a name for themselves as live performance virtuosos. Having played Printworks London, Watergate Berlin, Sugarfactory Amsterdam, Badaboum Paris and Corsica Studios London in 2017 alone, Session Victim have stolen the hearts of house and disco heads around the globe. And with gigs at Glitterbox Ibiza, Contact Tokyo and Love International lined up for the summer, the future looks bright for the German duo.  
Just before they play our Wax Hounds series at the OYE Kreuzkölln record store Prenzlauer Berg this Thursday, the boys have made a shortlist of their favourite record stores in the world.

Oye Records, Berlin

Hauke Freer: Our homebase in Berlin - and a great example of how a record store should be run. Very friendly vibes, great broad selection from jazz to dance and simply the nicest and modest people selling records. Even when something is not in stock, they are superb in getting you the records ordered, so I can avoid buying online most of the times. Since they opened the second store in Neukölln really too close to my home, this is the place I spend most of the little free time I got. They run a little distribution handling my XK label besides many other like Box aus holz and Torben.

Oye Records Berlin

Vinyl Dreams, San Francisco 

HF: Mike Bee is one the main figures for dance music in San Francisco. His record store is an important fixture for the scene over there. We got to know him when shopping over there and then this led to us playing regular in-store sessions there, that turned into memorable parties. Met many people at these occasions that became friends. It's not easy fighting the dotcom gentrification in SF as a record store, Mike deserves the most respect for keeping it real.

Vinyl Dreams

Revolve, Sydney

Matthias Reiling: This is a fantastic store in Sydney, always one of the first places we go to when we go to Australia. We have pulled so many treasured things out of there in the last years. One time Matthias was asking for the “Morning Of The Earth” soundtrack, and the owner pointed to an older construction worker in uniform who was digging on the other side of the store: “He bought my last copy just a few days ago.” They started talking to each other about it while two more dudes came into the store joining the conversation. Then they started calling people to see if someone around might have a spare copy, and, as they couldn’t get hold of one, recommended a lot of similar stuff from that time, some of which we bought then. I will never forget that moment when Hauke was browsing through a crate and suddenly held the Express Rising LP in his hands.

Revolve Sydney

Smallville, Hamburg

MR: Now if you’re in Hamburg and looking for anything house or techno related, this is the place to go. Great backstock, always lots of new stuff. Of course we have been friends with the guys for a long time, so it’s also just a place to hang out. They recently moved the store a few hundred meters closer to our studio, so you know where we spend most of our production breaks.


Death Of Vinyl, Montreal

MR: A brilliant, quite large, used only store in Montreal. They also sell some gear, too. We have been there three times and always carry great stuff out, definitely not overpriced. The staff is very friendly and helpful too. Highly recommended, especially for sample digging. I came across this Jean Pierre Ferland Album ‘Jaune’ there. Check out the crazy ‘Le Chat du Café des Artistes’.

Death Of Vinyl

Listen to and buy Sessions Victim's brand new 'Listen To Your Heart' LP, out now on digital and vinyl through Delusions Of Grandeur.