Welcome to the Praxis Online Shop!

Praxis is a record label dedicated to

experimental hardcore, electronic

weirdness, breakcore and noise since

1992 - this year it's 25 years!

We are also producing datacide - the magazine for noise and politics since 1997, first from London, now from Berlin

This is our shop. It's the direct source for our productions both for mail order and distribution, as well as offering a comprehensive selection of breakcore, speedcore and many other types of experimental electronic music. 

We also offer a high quality selection of drum'n'bass, dubstep, hardcore, acid and hardtek.

Over the last months and years we considerably extended the book store within our shop, with many new titles in English and German, as well as second hand books mainly in German.

Since the beginning of 2016 we now also sell coffee which is 100% fair trade, actively supporting radical production cooperatives in Chiapas (Mexico), Honduras and Costa Rica.

SPECIAL DEAL - ORDER NOW AND GET A VOUCHER FOR 10% OFF ON YOUR NEXT ORDER! [there are only few vouchers left!]


Visit our Store in Berlin!

Praxis Records & Books

Lenbachstr. 9

10245 Berlin

Opening Times Tuesday-Saturday 15-19h

Phone +49 (0)30 2977 2260

Easy to get to - right by Ostkreuz Station

 

NEW NEW NEW - ships on or around November 27 - Click on images to get to the product page:

 

PLEASE NOTE:

praxis has a new web address:

http://praxis-records.net

and this shop as well:

http://praxis-records.net/shop

please update your bookmarks and links, the old addresses are now obsolete!


 

These are our most recent productions:

Blog:

2017! - Shop Newsletter March

2017!

25 years ago this autumn/winter the first two 12"s on Praxis appeared: The Scaremonger EP (written by Christoph Fringeli) and Bourbonese Qualk's 'Kneejerk Reaction EP'. This was the beginning of an exciting journey through the countercultures associated with electronic dance music and raves as well as various aspects of experimental noise. Always trying to develop the sounds further, the label never stood still and never tried to cash in on current trends. This has been artistically rewarding, but also financially difficult, particularly in the last decade or so. 

Times have radically changed. In the early 90s it was possible to come out of nowhere as a 'Noface' and sell more or less the same amount of copies of a 12" as more well known acts. What counted was the suitability of the music for the mix, not the the name or career status. This enabled even quite radical outfits to thrive at the fringes of a wider movement. It also enabled a number of radical and experimental labels to somehow survive. In the early 2000s a shift occured, and a frightening number of labels and artists have been forced out of business or, frustrated by the lack of support, simply gave up.

We're still here.  There are manifold activities: A record label, a shop, events, a magazine - even expanding into book publishing: From the outside it may look like a successful operation. But we have no corporate or institutional funding, nor do we have any other kind of rich backer. This means that, in a capitalist world, the projects have to somehow finance themselves or each other. This has always been very difficult. In the past there were some moments and periods where, for example, the label was able to pay for the printing costs of the magazine, or when fundraising parties actually raised funds. But in recent years the situation has gotten tighter, the overall economic situation is rather precarious, and progress is slow.

We have many plans. There are a number of planned record releases on Praxis, starting with Bourbonese Qualk's Autonomia album, followed by the third volume of the Anonymous Series, a 12" rerelease of bothMaschinenbau 7"s (Eurostar and Total Destruction) by Nomex and Scud, a posthumous album by Nomex, new material by Prole Sector and Psychic Defence and lots more. On the printing front we're increasing the frequency of Datacide to twice yearly and we're preparing several book projects. We urgently need funds to realise these and other projects in the forseeable future!

Please support our activities by ordering from this store, by subscribing to datacide, by attending our events, by visiting our shop in Berlin! Thank you.


Praxis Records & Books, Lenbachstrasse 9, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, near Ostkreuz.

email: info@praxis-records.net / phone: +49 (0)30 2977 2260 / Tue-Sat 3-7pm


 

 

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Praxis Shop Newsletter End of 2016

2016 hasn't been the best year, so much most people we know agree... 

This is true politically and there will be the appropriate analysis in the upcoming issue of datacide (early 2017). But it is also true for the development of the Praxis label and shop. Not because things have gotten worse, but because they haven't gotten better. We were hoping to be able increase the number of new releases. We have a good ten concrete vinyl projects with sensational material - both old and new - but alas the funds that are necessary to realise these are lacking. So the process is slow: In 2016 we released one co-production with Low Res Records from Detroit, Adjust: Titan Remixes (LOW027), and one Praxis record proper, "Skin Craft" - RIND/NOL by Alex Buess and Daniel Buess (Praxis 55). The vinyl (re-)release of Praxis 5, the album Autonomia by Bourbonese Qualk - originally released on CD-only in 1993 - made it to the test pressing stage, but the actual release had to be moved to the new year. In the area of print productions a new issue of Datacide (15) and a new Almanac for Noise & Politics (2016)came out. The next issues of both periodicals as well as several book projects are in the works... 

A more detailed assessment of the year will be posted on our website in the next days.

In the meantime we solved a number of issues to do with the ordering process and postage calculation in our online shop:

Prices, Shipping and VAT - Lower Prices!!!

Some major changes/improvements to the way shipping and VAT is calculated in the Praxis online store.

  • VAT is now charged at the German rate of 7% (books) or 19% (records etc.) for customers inside the EU and is INCLUDED in the prices. Overall prices have NOT gone up for this reason and will in the future only be slightly and partially affected by the new situation.

  • This means that customers from outside the EU now have ex-VAT prices, which means all records just got 19% CHEAPER, all books 7%!

  • NEW BOOKS are now postage free within Germany!

  • The postage for combined orders of postage free items (e.g. issues of datacide) with regular items are now accurately calculated.

And while we're at it:

Support Datacide magazine with a subscription – only 12 euro for 3 issues including shipping to anywhere in the world. Only till 31-12-2016 (EUR 15 after)! - Check the banner towards the end of this newsletter.

And remember if you buy from this store you directly support the release of new exciting records and print productions. There's a lot we would like to realise in the next year - In this sense:

See you in 2017!

 

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OVER 7,500 TITLES IN OUR ONLINE SHOP!

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE ‘PROPER’ PRAXIS ONLINE SHOP IN 2005, OVER 7,500 TITLES HAVE BEEN LISTED. OF COURSE NOT ALL OF THESE ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE, BUT A SURPRISINGLY LARGE NUMBER ARE. THIS IS BECAUSE WE HAVE ALWAYS GONE TO LENGTHS TO RE-STOCK TITLES WE ONCE DECIDED WERE WORTH LISTING IN OUR STORE. OFTEN THIS IS NOT SO EASY, AS A LOT OF RELEASES IN THE FIELDS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC WE COVER ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED.

This is even more the case now than a few years ago – many labels have started to only press extremely limited runs of records, many of which will undoubtedly become sought-after rarities in years to come.

Nevertheless, there is a common perception that most of these records will be easily obtainable for extended periods to come. This impression is aided by the fact that they are listed on different platforms, generating the illusion of an ubiquitous availability when the actual number of copies certain suppliers have in stock is low or even zero. Still, there has been a migration of customers away from the solid smaller stores (who actually support the labels and artists) and towards the big platforms and large stores. Not only that, in general the sales of left-field, unusual and radical electronic dance and experimental music have dwindled over the last decade, especially in the context we are active in.

The international network that allowed small labels’ releases to circulate relatively independently from media hypes and corporate control was cruelly decimated over the last decade, perhaps paradoxically also due to its relative professionalisation around the mid-2000s. switchrec (Peace Off), dswat (Death$ucker), digitalworldnet (Koolpop), Smash Berlin (Sprengstoff), Phuturerave, Possible Music, Subvert, Mad Dog and others, most recently Sound Base Music and Ad Noiseam either ceased operations completely or scaled them down massively, as did a number of record labels. Many ‘real’ record shops closed, many artists ‘retired’. This was only partially offset by the appearance of new labels and distros.

In the last few years there has been, at least statistically speaking, a stunning resurgence of vinyl production and sales. This is primarily true for the corporate market and can be exemplified with the reappearance of vinyl sections in major electronics markets in shopping malls. Even in the context of smaller labels, this trend seems to concern the releases of better known acts or classic re-releases. There may be a silver lining with more experimental techno releases, a resurgence of networks in the hardtek/tribe areas, a burgeoning cassette scene, and a realignment of marginalised countercultural currents.

The role our shop can play in this context is both to provide curated content and to serve as a node in a creative network, a connector and amplifier of exciting radical music, culture and critique. To serve these functions it needs your support!

 

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