Hardcore Business!!!



We have been busy bees at Reckless this week – some staff have been away (Paris, Tokyo) and the collections keep coming in. This blog was written to the sound of the ridiculous Shoegaze meets Black Metal sounds of Alcest. Register to Vote.

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  1. I went to a CD collection in Lewisham. The email had said over a thousand Black Metal and Noise CDs – all as underground as you like; so my interest was high. When I arrived I was given box after box of super extreme CDs (he also had loads of vinyl but didn’t want to sell them yet). Every Box was piled high full of proper full on hardcore stuff. No big league players like Emperor, Immortal et al. It was all super underground French, South American, Japanese, Eastern European hardcore Metal and Noise. So you have CDs by artists like Whitehouse, Vlad Tepes, Profanatica, Nurse With Wound, Ramleh, Thou Art Lord, Abigor, Summoning, Countess etc. There were a lot of rare CDs by artists like Death In June, Throbbing Gristle, Current 93 etc. There was also a load of Dark Ambient, a bit of Goth, some Death Metal and a couple of Punk titles too. This is going to take ages to go through, but some titles went out this weekend and they will not last long at all.

2) Now for something else completely hardcore. Scott went to another Hardcore collection. It was absolutely killer. It was generally a mixture of Old Skool Hardcore, Rave, Drum N Bass, Happy Hardcore, UK Garage and Jungle. But this guy bought all the right titles at the time. From Screwface to Durban Poison. Check our Instagram for some nice pictures of the labels. There were some huge Anthill Mob, Confettis, Torchman, From The Man Like Pennywise, Mega City 2, DJ Lee, Studio 2, Sunshine Productions, Homegrown Records, Kniteforce Records – you name it – it was there. In my opinion one of the greatest pile of records we have had for sometime.

3) We got the start of a massive Old Skool Rap collection on Saturday. Mental thing was – all the titles were in NM at the worst. All in shrink, all with Hype stickers. So many wicked titles – from pricey biscuits to cheap bangers. Loads of killer Electro, and totally random one aways. I think we bought about 10% of it on Saturday and that was a huge pile. Check the Instagram for a video of me flicking through them.

4) I bought in a nice pile of classic titles from this nice bloke on Saturday. This included about 15 Jimi Hendrix titles, some nice reggae (Scientist, Toots & The Maytals, Heptones etc), Public Enemy, Talking Heads etc. All nice condition – mostly original issues.

5) Tom and me bought in a large collection of CDs and Vinyl from someone on Saturday – there was a lot of stuff. In the collection were a few pricey and rare vinyl titles from artists like Elvis Costello, Elliot Smith, Dracula OST, The Smiths etc.

6) Duncan bought in a nice pile of Prog and Esoteric records. It was one of those odd piles where nearly all of the titles had Witchcraft in the titles. This included Saturnalia, Earth & Fire and some spoken word records about Satan and Witchcraft.

7) We got a copy of Anti War Dub

We also bought in loads of Jazz titles on CD, some nice US Soul (which could lead to buying a very big collection), some new House and Techno and some more Classic Rock!

This weeks Top Ten is from Louis Eastwood – the wicked South London DJ who does Rausch Turning with Tris.


  • African Connexion – Midnight Pressure
  • Zarate Fix – Sands of Time
  • Philippe Chany – Cairo Connection
  • Cheb Khaled – Hada Raykoum
  • African Head Charge – Family Doctoring
  • Tolouse Low Trax – Rushing into Water
  •  Dwarfs Of East Agouza- Where’s Turbo
  • Raffaele Serra – Lust For Ecstacy
  • Outer Space – 3332
  • 33.10.3402 – LVIV

Thanks Louis!!! Wicked list!!


Ahoy there from the Reckless Crew!


Another heavy week – more collections, more lates, tonnes more records. Are you ready for the rundown?

This was written to the sounds of Joshua Abrams (whose LPs we have had in a few times recently and are highly recommended)

  1. Firstly – Scott went to a collection this week that ended up being at the Warp Records warehouse. They had tonnes of old stock that they wanted rid of. This included about 500 LPs and 12″s of Aphex Twin, Autechre, Broadcast, Nightmares On Wax, Boards Of Canada, Flying Lotus etc It also included thousands of CDs. Theres a lot to get through here but it will go out as soon as we can physically price it up!!


2) Scott was out again on Sunday – this time to an absolutely wicked collection of Rave, Jungle, Breakbeat, UK Garage and Old Skool. Exactly my type of collection!! 😉 I haven’t seen it yet but I know its pretty big (maybe close to a thousand) and has a lot of big hitters from Hyper On Experience to Confetti Records. Scott sent me a load of pics which can be seen on our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/recklessrecordsuk/

3) Eddie bought in about 50 Reggae and Dancehall titles (with a few Soul too) last week. This included nice Wayne Smith, Junior Delgado, Levi Roots, Jah Shaka, Black Uhuru etc. It was a real mix of pricey and cheap ones. All going out this week!

4) Toru bought in a nice batch of Jazz – all classic artist – all UK titles (mostly UK originals). You’ve got the John Coltrane, the Miles Davis, the Monk, the Mingus. All classics. Deepness.

5) Alan got involved on Friday and bought in a large batch of Sarah Records titles from a Scandinavian Improv artist. Classic Alan. I often see the guy who ran Sarah Records in the local supermarkets in Greenwich – he always brings his own bags – something I respect.


6) I bought in a massive pile of vinyl from someone who had emailed us last Wednesday. This is the just the start of her collection – ad it was killer. Tonnes of white label promos (and standard finished titles) of classic Indie, Shoegaze, Synth Pop, Britpop. Artists like Depeche Mode (the rarest titles in her collection were the DM ones), Ride, The Stone Roses, Chapterhouse, Oasis, The Field Mice (more Sarah Records business) etc.

There are tonnes more collections due to go ahead this week – from an Anarcho Punk vinyl collection, Black Metal/Industrial CD collection, Minimal Techno/Dubstep 12″s. Watch this space!



This week we have MEG WOOF from THE WIRE magazine!!! Meg is an absolute legend – you should listen to her radio show on her Mixcloud at the bottom. Here we go

  1. Alice Coltrane – Turiya and Ramakrishna
  2. Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
  3. Crass – Where Next Columbus?
  4. Camberwell Now – Working Nights
  5. Drexciya – Digital Tsunami
  6. Esoterik – In The Hills
  7. Frak – Synthfrilla
  8. I – F – I Do Because I Couldn’t Care Less
  9. Lee Morgan – Search For The New Land
  10. Talk Talk – It’s Getting Late In The Evening



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It’s been a busy week here at Reckless, lots of new stuff arriving and exciting things going out. One of our buyers went on an epic buying mission to Essex, to give you an idea of what something like that entails I’m posting some photos of the piles of music that our buyer had to wade through:

This is typically what happens when we go to somebody’s house to look at their collection, you’ll be there all day and hopefully you’ll be offered tea. It’s often an exciting process to be able to go and acquire a lot of brilliant things for the shop. It can take a while to filter down and start going out onto the shop floor but when it gets out there the process is complete and you get to sell things to people who say “I’ve been after this for ages, can’t believe I’ve found it.” This never fails to make us smile.

This week has seen some interesting Psychedelic LPs going onto the wall as well as a large selection of Bollywood Soundtracks along with our usuals; lots of classic rock, indie, jazz, reggae, hip hop, house and techno.

A couple of interesting and tasty selections are these two excellent Psychedelic LPs:

Mad River by Mad River is a mega rare UK mono original and features this great track The War Goes On, at twelve minutes long it’s kind of epic but things like that happened then because, drugs. Still well worth a listen if you like your drums heavy and your guitar riff noodley.

Escalator by Sam Gopal has become a somewhat legendary album as it features the first ever appearance by a Mr. Ian Fraser Kilmister better known, adoringly, as Lemmy. This copy is a UK Stable original and it’s in Very Good condition. Here’s a Lemmy heavy track, the opener, Cold Embrace.

There’s a triple barreled assault of Swans LPs out there this week, all are original issues in lovely condition.

Filth, Laugh and Cop. Michael Gira never fails to disappoint with whatever random isht he chooses to put out there. Filth is a firm favourite. The video for the track Stay Here features one of the dustiest dance routines I’ve ever witnessed, watching it makes me want to cough, saying that I do plan on learning it and recreating it all the way down the shop this week…

Here’s a quick look through some New Arrivals and New Reissues from this week:

Blood Lust by Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats also went out this week, another favourite. I’m getting ever more excited about seeing Om on Thursday so will be having a Stoner/Doom inspired week, this will get some rotation. If John Lennon ever made Metal it would have sounded like this…


And sticking with the heavier side of things, here’s a quick look through our Metal section, quite a few nice bits this week.

As already mentioned, we scooped up a bunch of Bollywood soundtracks this week. The artwork on these LPs is beautiful and there are some really interesting pieces in the collection.

More heavy drums here, Mahua, which is composed by Sonik Omi and features the track Sajan Tere Pyar Mein performed by Asha Bhosle. I’d be surprised if this hasn’t been sampled.

Some nice Jazz LPs have gone out this week; The Frank Ricotti Quartet with Our Point of View 1969 UK original, Miles Davis Kind of Blue is a stone cold classic. This is a 1969 CBS Mono press but we always have this album available as a reissue in the shop. Also Miles Davis’ E.S.P, another UK CBD Mono from 1969

Here’s an interesting version of Miles Davis’ Freddie Freeloader with studio sequences and outtakes.

And a quick flip through our Jazz New Arrivals, the New Arrivals sections are updated every day so it’s always worth coming in to have a browse.

On the dancey, souly, funky hippidy hoppidy side of the shop this week, along with our always stuffed racks of Soul, Funk, Disco, Techno, House and Hip Hop, we’ve had a couple of nice 90s Hardcore 12″ come in. Uncle 22 & Navigator Choose One and X Project Walking in The Air which features 4 mixes. Here’s Mix 1. Well lairy and well topical as it’s christmas soon innit!

Some collectible Soul Funk and Disco 7s went up above the counter as part of our “lovely and desirable” display. Disco Dub Band For The Love of Money, Pazant Brothers And The Beaufort Express Chick A Boom (oops, I photographed the B-Side) Mboga-Chakula and James Mason Sweet Power Your Embrace which is a ’77 original promo… fancy.

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Also displayed above the counter this week is this bargain of a box set; The History of The House Sound: Chicago it’s 120 tracks spread across 12 LPs and features the likes of Positive Force, Fat Larry’s Band, Fingers Inc., Marshall Jefferson, Philly Cream plus loads more. It’s jam-packed full of classics that take you on a journey through the history of Chicago House anda bargain at 60 smackers.


As always, all the tracks featured on this weeks blog post can be found as a playlist here.

And as I’m all hyped up on Stoner Doom and Sludge, here’s my stoney doomy sludgey playlist for this week. Get ready for some slow head boppin’

We out!

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Welcome to the new Reckless Records blog. Starting this week you can access this page to find out about exciting pieces and collections that have hit the floor this week. Kicking off with some Jazz followed by some Detroit Techno, Indie, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop and loads more.

It’s been a good week for some choice jazzy bits, we’ve been steadily filling our Jazz LP section with some amazing and rare LPs including this stonker…

Joe Harriot and Amancio D’Silva Hum Dono 1969 Original UK pressing


In case you’ve never experienced Hum Dono, here’s the title track Hum Dono:

Also on the wall this week is the Bill Evans classic Portrait In Jazz, UK Original Press in Mono…


This album includes the beautiful Come Rain or Shine…

On the dance side of things we’ve put out a lot of new Detroit Techno white label promos. Usually we stick to filling the racks with classics, this week, it’s been about new isht. Including these two from DJ Bone and Mr Mendel, The Detroit EP, vol. 1 and Street Edits

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Not much to look at so here’s a taste of DJ Bone with Detroit Is Hard:

The promos are out there with all our regulars; lots of Soul and Funk and some interesting Reggae also. Here’s some of the choice pieces on the Soul and Funk side of things…

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We’ve been putting out a lot of classics this week in the Hip Hop wing and filling the wall with prime choices for your perusal: NWA and ODB, you really can’t go wrong…

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And just because it bumps, all day, everyday…

Also in this week is a selection of Hip Hop cassette tapes. There’s something incredibly enjoyable about playing tapes from a nostalgic perspective, we already busted out some of these on this original Walkman in the shop and it felt good to hear that familiar hiss over everything. Many mix-tapes will follow…

Our Reggae 7″ wall has some new additions: Pupa Freddie Zoo Party original Studio 1 Dancehall, Burning Spear Zion Higher original ’75 Studio 1 Roots, Pat Kelly How Long Will It Take original ’69 Pama, Lizard Catta I/ I And Eye UK Roots press


We have a newly situated 7 inch rack installed in the shop, it features loads of interesting nuggets from a recently aquired collection that’s been going out steadily for a couple of weeks. Featured below are some videos of a quick flip through the 4AD/Shoegaze, Punk and Hip Hop/Beatziziz sections.


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As ever, we have a fantastic selection of classic Rock, Indie, Punk, Metal and World amongst others. The walls are looking delightful as usual, full of lots of interesting selections by our staff for you to have a gander at. We’ve recently put out a lot of contemporary Indie and newer releases that we tend not to get in such bulk so it’s been nice to see the racks filled with so many brilliant albums. All that is out there, along with some rarer and interesting items, plus our usual wide range of bargains and reissues.

Below is a quick flip through some of our New Arrivals. Plus! A 2009 reissue of (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? which we probably get asked if we have in stock at least once a week. Also some other nice bits, come in an take a peep will ya?


We always have a wide selection of brand new and sealed reissues from a variety of genres. They’re all very reasonably priced from just £10 for some classic albums to £30 for some tasty editions.

All the tracks featured on this week’s blog can be found as a playlist here. Plus, each week I’m going to feature a seperate playlist of things that have been making me and other members of staff weak at the knees this week.

Here’s mine to start….

We out!

Second Hand Record Shop in Soho, London