Transition Records and Inbound Records

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It’s easy to miss this pair of stores full of hard-to-find wax.

Inbound Records and Transition Records share a modest, first-storey space above bustling James Place in the Adelaide CBD. In recent years their signage has been swallowed by the mass of sandwich boards put out by cafes along the strip. But the diehards – mostly DJs and collectors – know where to look.

Inbound stocks exclusively drum ‘n’ bass records. Owner Simon Ingels has been in the business for more than a decade and says he’s “probably the only all-D‘n’B store in Australia”. Customers regularly travel from Sydney and Melbourne to flick through his racks.

Hans Kempster’s Transition Records occupies the adjacent room (you can browse from one to the other) and specialises in house, techno and chill out. Most of his stock is imported from the UK and Europe.

Kempster and Ingels joke that theirs is an “arranged marriage”. The pair agreed to share the retail space based on a recommendation from a mutual friend, and analogous musical tastes. They met face-to-face for the first time on the day Transition moved in. Many years on and they’re going stronger than ever.