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Hope you have all had a top week. It’s been cracking at Reckless this week; a little quieter in the shop (apart from an extremely busy Saturday) but loads of really top notch records have come in. Lets get started!
1) Scott was out at a collection on Saturday, and – boom – what a collection it was!! 500 or so killer Techno and House 12″s – mostly from Detroit. So as you can imagine there are a lot of rarities here from Drexciya, Dopplereffekt, Claude Young, Underground Resistance, Basic Channel, Moodymann, Derrick May et al. Also lots of top records that aren’t rare from Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Robert Hood – all the staples basically. Some of these went out yesterday and they were nearly all snapped up right away – so I suggest getting down the shop pronto if you need any of these (and unless you have them already then you really do).
2) An absolutely lovely lady popped in yesterday who used to run a very famous Folk club on Greek Street and sold us a small pile of LPs. In there was her own copy of Jackson C Franks LP, the UK original. It was absolutely battered but its amazing to have in the shop as she was close friends with him. I sat in the shop last night and played it through and it wasn’t too bad to be honest, just the odd crackle one or two “crunches”. We had a nice chat about Nick Drake, Davey Graham and all the rest of them playing there it was pretty amazing.
3) On one of the most horrid days (it was pouring with rain right at the wrong time!) someone brought in boxes and boxes of House records. Nearly all of them were destined for the cheaps but in there were several hundred decent UK Garage 12″s. Lots of classics from Anthill Mob, Grant Nelson, Tuff Jam, MJ Cole etc. The condition was a bit up and down but isn’t it always with UKG.
4) Three Hardcore/Jungle collections came in over the weekend. I had a look in one bag and there were some killer 12″s in there – Tom & Jerry, Red Alert & Slammer, Citadel Of Kaos, Slipmaster J, Dillinja, Swift & Zinc, Orca, DJ Trace, Ratpack, Kid Andy, DJ Vibes, Nino, Ellis Dee, Omni Trio, M Beat, Foul Play, Mickey Finn, Defender etc. The one bag that I had a look in looked well clean too!
5) Luke bought in a really nice pile of records from a fairly regular seller the other day too – lots of really great Psych, Garage and Indie. Garage comps (Back To The Grave, Girls In The Garage…), Soft Machine, Teenage Fanclub, The Stairs, The Sonics, Spiritualized, Funkadelic etc.
6) Lots more great Jazz came in this week too – Blue Note reissues, UK Jazz bits from Stan Tracey, some more Polish Jazz.
7) Al bought in a load of singles this week – some decent Reggae, Mod, Freakbeat, Punk, Post Punk from artists like Prince Buster, The Pretty Things, The Fall, Throbbing Gristle etc.
Plenty more collections coming up this week – watch this space! Also we will be announcing a temporary Pop Up shop sometime soon where we will be putting a lot of sale items out for super cheap!
And now on to this weeks Top Ten! This weeks Top Ten is from DJ Sherrine!!
Being asked to give you my top 10 reggae tracks presented me with an extremely hard task.
Narrowing my choices down, from the many subgenres and reggae eras that have influenced my
versatile taste and I am lucky to have in my record collection, has required some tough choices! Growing up in a house filled with reggae I was fortunate to be introduced to this fantastic sound and rhythm that moves my soul completely – even before I was born. I tend to buy vinyl purely as this is my preferred physical format to play.
Bunny Wailer – Rise and Shine
I’m starting with this one because I remember hearing it when I was a teenager played by my
Great Uncle Ivor. I had forgotten it as the years in my life moved forward, only to be reunited with it when I was given his record collection a few years back. The joy I felt when I recognised the green sleeve and put the needle on this original pressed cut wax! It has to be this epic roots record Rise and Shine by Bunny Walier released in 1981. ‘Rise and Shine’ speaks volumes: the earthiness of the roots chants, as the words tell a deep story. Close your eyes, let the empathy vibrations move your aura and connect to the underlying beats.
Koffee – Raggamuffin
This starlet is a little firecracker and plenty of good things are coming for this gifted lady. So I’m choosing her first hit ‘Raggamuffin’, I first heard this tune on 1xtra and I was truly hooked and had to find out more about this artist. The beat defo gets you swaying your hips and your head nodding. This is a floor filler for sure.. “When the music hits me.”
Salute/Room In The Sky – Catch the Dub
I bought this record originally for the A side by Little Roy, who I love. Then I flipped the record over to the B side and I discovered the dub version in all its glory. What’s not to love? It jumps right in with the drumming rhythmic beats, the frenzied siren, and gradually takes you on a journey, with the echo screaming out and then dubbing throughout. A well-constructed tune.
Marcia Griffiths – Where were you
Marcia Griffiths is an all time favourite artist of mine. She has a catalogue of records that are true classics but the one record that I love would have to be ‘Where Were You’. With the blaring whizzing trumpet intro and the percussion of the drums, it drops into that nice reggae rhythm beat as her voice glides over the hypnotic and heightened sounds as the brass takes centre point and the rattle… rattles!
Little Roy – ‘Come As You Are’ (from the album ‘Battle for Seattle’)
I was truly impressed by this album, it was introduced to me by my work colleague Denise. A
fantastic cover of Nirvana, it has that old time feel to it, with each instrument taking centre stage and building up layer upon layer of tight reggae and ska influenced sounds, produced by Prince Fatty and arranged by Mutant HiFi. Little Roy did a brilliant job on this album and made it his own. Uplifting.
Aisha – The Creator
Aisha, what an empress! Her voice is mesmerizing, compelling and this is a big tune released in the mid 80’s, The Creator! She defo knows how to hold your attention with the flicker of her distinctive voice. With a driving beat and a relentless rhythm that is timeless classic, this has been held up as one of the greatest reggae tunes and ahead of it time, from the Ariwa records label.
Doreen Shaffer – This Love
Now this song sings sunshine to me and is perfectly formed for chilling on a Sunday. It takes me to my happy place. The song is called ‘This Love’ and it makes me fall in love without being in love – thanks to its delicate light touches and simple flowing, grooving sounds. The arrangement of the 4/4 beat and her beautiful tones complement each other superbly. Great Lovers Rock record.
Impact All Stars – Ordinary Version
You defo want to slide into the rhythm when you hear this B side of a Lloyd Parks song cut at
Randy’s. I love how they leave the introduction of studio talking on this record. It gives great depth, with the cheeky whistling and the build-up, operating the bass, then dropping the drums and bringing the guitar in. ‘Ordinary Version’ is the recipe for a great reggae tune.
The Dynamics – Seven Nation Army
Another cover version. ‘ Seven Nation Army’, was a brave choice to take on, doing a classic cover of this highly recognisable White Stripes record. They have treated it with respect and twist on modern reggae sounds. Playing it simple and flaccid at the beginning with the bass and drums and then rippling into a tangent and structuring the lashing reggae beats. Great combo and respect to this song for pushing the boundaries.
Sonya Spence – Peace and Unity
Her words speak volumes, openly, with the lyrics: ‘So come on brothers and sisters, let’s join hands and hearts.’ It’s something to guide you on the road of peace and uniting together, a message to the people, with a slow mesmerizing melody and the pace of the rolling bass and the ghost notes of the drums, graceful played, finely in tune with each other. Released in 2013.
Martin Campbell – Got to Pray
This old time tune had me hooked from the beginning. It was not regarded as a classic when it was first released in 1991 and was not well received in the reggae world when it came out. What madness! this is a fantastic reggae tune that is not trying too hard to be something that it is not, while taking its easy with its rhythmic ingredients in reggae resonance. I love the expression in his voice entwining it all together. It is perfectly balanced.
With special thanks to everyone who supported and loves the music I play, + keep supporting all the record shops
and thanks going out to Angus Taylor.
Thanks so much Sherrine!! Love it!!
If for any reason you don’t know Sherrine you need to rectify that and check her out here:
Bi -Weekly Radio Show on VDUB Radio Monday’s 7 pm – 8 pm Reggae Collection Show