The world has changed in a lot of different ways over the past 2 years. The pandemic forced many of us to adapt to the new way of life taking on the unexpected challenges and that is exactly what the record store Yoyaku is doing. After a year of having no one able to visit and appreciate in-person music, they are launching their next project, AZE, a new digital platform dedicated to the discovery and sale of electronic music.
Following the growing crisis, AZE will change the way we enjoy and buy electronic vinyl by adapting to the increasingly online world. The Parisian record store and label, Yoyaku has a loyal following that not only puts out release after release of top quality content, but a record store known for their wide selection of unique vinyl. AZE will offer a French alternative to large international platforms and provide the in depth curation that vinyl shops are known for within their digital world. Exclusive digital releases that were only available on vinyl will become available as digital releases all in the WAV format to ensure the highest quality of sound. Yoyaku will continue producing over hard copies of vinyl which eclipses approximately 120,000 records per year.
Special releases that are only available on vinyl from a talented array of artists such as Maceo Plex, Ricardo Villalobos, Dewalta, Seth Troxler, and Craig Richards are now available as digital releases. To kick start Yoyaku’s new chapter they will be celebrating with a party at their very own record store located in the Chapelle XIV art gallery on December 16th.
If the lockdown taught us anything, it’s as important as ever to support small, local businesses especially when it comes to music. This will enable them to continue releasing the outstanding content they are known for. We urge you all to give Beatport a break and purchase your next exclusive release on AZE.
Words by Gabrielle Runzer