A Bathfull of Ecstasy

Good morning!

This Blog was written to……

I strongly advise listening to it in its full after reading this and flicking through the magnificent Bicycle Day book !

OK lets get started!

Whats come in this week?

  1. Top drawer CD collection – 500 titles, lots of great Deluxe and Mobile Sound Fidelity titles as well as a lot of Box Sets. Musically a mixture of Classic Rock, Indie, Ambient and Electronic. So; Nirvana, Queen, Porcupine Tree, Harold Budd, Roxy Music, Dolly Mixture, The Jam, Prince, The Beatles, Pearl Jam etc.
  2. Two huge boxes full to the brim of classic Drum & Bass. All in great condition – 95-mid 2000’s. Bad Company, Seba, High Contrast, Marcus Intalex, Ed Rush, Paradox, Reinforced, Good Looking Records, Hospital Records, Grid Recordings, Ram Recordings, Renegade Hardware, V Recordings, Virus etc. Nice to have these in in such good nick – all in the correct sleeves too.
  3. Tom has sold in some nice bits this week which have included titles from Shirley Collins, The Execute, Delia Derbyshire, Mariah, Motorhead as well as some Kent Soul comps, titles on Death Waltz and quite a few Hardcore Punk LPs.
  4. One of our regular sellers was in with his usual high quality Japanese Jazz and Rare Groove titles!
  5. Tom was out at a collection with several hundred CDs and some decent LPs from Senseless Things, My Bloody Valentine, Carter USM, Slowdive, Chapterhouse etc.
  6. Very friendly chap was in the other day with a pile of rare bits from Fairport Convention, Badfinger, Duncan Browne and Atomic Rooster. Apparently he has a lot more titles like this!
  7. Decent smallish collection of Heavy Metal and Industrial 12″s and 45s came in (quite a few were picture discs). Titles from Iron Maiden, Amen, Mortiis, Marduk, Def Leppard, Nine Inch Nails, The Darkness, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Incubus, Metallica, Queens Of The Stone Age etc.
  8. A small spluttering of Reggae, Dubstep and Deep House.
  9. Some unplayed Classic Rock titles – mostly new or reissues from artists like Steve Hackett and Suede.
  10. More Classic Rock – but a little more played! Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, The Stranglers, Fleetwood Mac, Can).
  11. Friend of mine popped in with a nice batch of Psych comps, some Nurse With Wound, United States of America, Punk 45s, some odd Jazz Rock reissues from France as well as some Reggae from The Pioneers and The Maytals.
  12. More Hard Rock and Doom LPs from Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu, Electric Wizard etc.
  13. A small and slightly tatty collection which luckily featured some rare U2, John Surman, The Sound, The Who and Robert Johnson LPs and 45s.
  14. More marked Disco/Rare Groove/Soul/Jazz from a regular seller who must only play his records after a few beers.
  15. More random bits that came in: Fabio & Grooverider comps, new Joy Division red vinyl reissue, Punk 45s, rare Dana Gillespie CDs, 2Pac/Rotting Christ/DJ Screw/Three Six Mafia/Screamers shirts, Rollins Band reissue LPs.

Plenty of collections coming up this week and the racks are looking very full at the moment – so nows the time to get down!


We will be holding another sale at The Ship in Soho in a month or so – this time it will be focussing on Soul and Dance. All records will be a £1, and we have made sure its stacked full of a lot of records worth a lot more. We just need some space!!!












Lots of Japanese pressings just in! – and more!!


This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Some wild weather this week and some wild buying!!

1) Toru is back from his trip to Japan. It sounds like he had a very good time and the DJ sets went well! Naturally he has brought back a lot of Japanese LPs as always. The first batch that he brought in the week was a load of top Japanese pressings of classic Jazz LPs. All top pressings, most of which come with the original obi – and all in high end condition. Some of the artists in the first batch: John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Elmo Hope Trio, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins etc. As always there are plenty more of these to come.

2) Two UK Garage collections came in this week, both verging on the harder almost Grime-y side of things. So lots and lots of records in variable condition but loads of interesting bits from: Nu Birth, Wiley, Todd Edwards, Locked On, Ice Cream Records, RIP Productions, Anthill Mob, EL-B, Roy Davis JR, Skream etc. There are also some dub plates!

3) A really great collection came in for trade on Monday. Exactly my kind of collection: Punk 45s, Reggae/Ska 45s and rare Psych, Prog and Classic Rock LPs. The Punk 45s are killer and feature the Vom single (pre Angry Samoans!), several Wire titles, rare bits from The Cure, The Carpets, Factory Sampler 2×7″, X Ray Spex, Gang Of Four, The Slits, Television Personalities, The Disco Zombies, Kleenex and many more. The Reggae and Ska were predominantly on the Trojan, Attack and Island labels – all 60’s to 70’s, all cleaner than normal. Whilst some of the titles are big rudely classics (Symarip etc) most of the titles were a little bit more unusual and less common (lesser known Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, Horace Andy, I Jah Man, Linval Thompson, The Heptones, Lloyd Parks, The Gladiators etc). The Rock LPs were fantastic too – a proper Wedding Album from John & Yoko, Vertigo Black Sabbaths, Rolling Stones originals, the two classic Wire LPs, US original Suicide debut, Skid Row’s “Skid”, “Grotesque’ by The Fall, Fairport Convention Pink Island, Big’n’s from Black Widow, Bridget St John, Manfred Mann Chapter Three. Really great pile of records and we’re very happy to have them in the shop.

4) Small but perfect Grunge collection: Tad, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Screaming Trees.

5) Nice, small 60’s and 70’s collection came in – generally a little on the tatty side. Some of the titles are tough sellers but deep within it are two nice titles; Trees “The Garden of Jane Delawney” and a nice one from David Ackles. I personally love the Trees LP.

6) More recent material came from another Kentish seller – this time it was Burial, MF Doom, Radiohead, Aphex Twin, loads of Hip Hop LPs and some Dubstep 12″s.

7) Some very nice Scandinavian Beatles picture sleeves case in too – including several really rare titles!

8) One of my oldest pals finally decided to get rid of his CD collection which included: loads of Folk titles (Anne Briggs, Shirley Collins..as well as some more contemporary Folk/Americana/Country artists), tonnes of Finders Keepers related bits (and things like the Blood On Satans Claw soundtrack), various Black Metal masterpieces from Mayhem, Bathory and Isengard, lots of Post Rock and Electronica.

The buying really picked up this week actually, heres some other bits that came in: lots of cool reissues of Japanese minimal music (Midori Takada etc), loads of Fall titles, Stax Soul us LPs, Ash 7″ box set, Damned 7″ box set, huge Trojan vinyl box set, some Philip Glass and Brian Eno, Heavy Metal (Quartz, Motorhead, Judas Priest), Rolling Stones box set, plenty of Dire Straits and Black Sabbath, lots of New Wave and Synth Pop (but slightly cooler than the usual – Residents, Chris & Cosey etc), big Blues collection – mostly CDs, Chrome LPs, Kevin Ayers LPs, Grateful Dead Record Store LP. We also had the new Joy Division cut of Unknown Pleasures and the latest Pink Floyd reissue.


Loads of absolute heat has gone out this week – a large portion of the above and

A) More Prog and Canterbury LPs from Kevin Ayers, Henry Cow, Caravan etc

B) Plenty more Punk 45s

C) Classic House

D) Some Soul and Funk reissue 45s (Athens Of The North etc)

E) Loads more Indie and Post Punk 45s

F) Some good Indie LPs from Guided By Voices etc

G) Lots of the classic 80s LPs from the big collection last week (Siouxsie, Sisters, The Church etc)

H) More Blues LPs – as soon as you think they’re all done we find some more

I) Although we are saving a load of Cheaps for our next Special Sale we put some top notch ones out on Friday – loads of Jungle, Minimal, Boogie etc.


Plenty more collections on the horizon so watch this space!

By the way if you see the new book about London Record shops – we highly recommend it!

Big Week!!!

Yo from Reckless!

Listening to this:

Simply a very busy week, with an awful lot of buying! Letsgeddit!

1) A very good friend of there shop has brought an awful lot of stuff in this week (four times!). It is a real mixture, but all killer no filler: Principe Records, Dean Blunt, UGK, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Paul Blackman (Rockers 12″), King Kong, Barrington Levy, Slipknot (very rare LP!), Tropic Of Cancer, Amerie, Lauryn Hill, Moomins, Patrick Cowley, DJ Hype, William Basinski, Bjork, Keith Hudson, David Bowie, Rhythm & Sound, Black Sabbath, Actress, John Martyn, Tim Reaper, Popol Vuh, Trunk Records, Motorhead, Joy Orbison, Prince etc. Some really cool records here! The Moomins LP gathered a lot of interest thats for sure!

2) Lots more newish stuff and reissues came in this week too. From several different collections!! ‘One collection (a young chap from Kent) was really good and featured Fugazi, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The XX, Big Black, Joy Orbison, King Krule, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Anderson Paak, Blood Orange, Gil Scott Heron etc. Another had a lot more Soul reissues but some corkers from 24 Karat Black, Cymande, The Jackson Sisters etc.

3) The largest collection this week was a bit collection of US and Canadian LPs. These were all pretty much Pop and Rock but they tended to be on the New Wave side of things. So lots of LPs from The Sisters Of Mercy, The Church, Talking Heads, The Feelies, R.E.M., The Undertones, Nick Cave, The Mission, Dinosaur JR etc. There were about 300 of these LPs – clean too!

4) Hell of a lot of Gospel and Blues LPs came in this week – quite a lot of it for trade against the recent stacks of Blues we’ve been putting out. Some great LPs too – some of those US private press ones where they use the same stock image. Love it.

5) Another friend of the shop popped in this week with a bit stack of decent (and some pretty rare) LPs. These included some nice US Motown LPs, Malcolm McDonald MFSL (the one with “I Keep Forgetting”), The Cardigans, The Doobie Brothers, some Hardcore Punk, Phil Upchurch (we had a few copies of this LP come in this week), Nebula Peel Sessions, early Lemonheads stuff, Stooges etc. More cool records.

6) Al bought a nice little batch of another very pleasant regular seller – Sade, Van Der Graaf Generator, Gong, Spirit. He also bought in a nice stack off another regular seller that featured reissues from Anne Briggs, Can, Tuxedomoon, some Northern Soul comps etc.

7) Whole pile of J Dilla LPs came in.

8) On the CD front its still been a little quiet (but that means that more 45s have been going out) but some decent ones came in from The Monkees and Mott The Hoople that were way OOP. It also looks like we bought a bunch of Frank Zappa and Jazz titles in. Bring us more CDs please.

9) Very big crusty pile of LPs came in that were well used – but in the pile were some rare ones including both the Rameses LPs. Its always nice to have a copy of Space Hymns in the shop!!!

10) Other nice bits that came in include very mashed Anarcho and Industrial LPs from The Mob, Chrome, Portion Control, Xmal Deutchland. Some nice Coltrane titles. Some Grunge reissues from Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam etc. Rudolph Johnson LP on Black Jazz. Several LPs from D-Beat legends Doom!


We put so much stuff out this week. The processing was through the roof:

1) Loads of Blues

2) 90s Techno and underground Trance (harder stuff don’t worry)

3) Punk 45s

4) Roots 12″s

5) Indie singles

6) Tonnes of Classic Rock and Prog LPs

7) Psych LPs – og and reissues

8) Lots of newish stuff from bands like Blossoms and Mac Demarco

9) Ravey business

10) Some more Old Time-y Jazz – with some Blue Notes mixed in.

—-Waiting for a tonne of Top Tens – shout us if you want one doing.

Till next week…

House Records, Psych Records & a spectacular Top Ten from Cam Deas!!!

Hi !!!

What gloriously sunny day…

Whats in…

1) Our dear friend DJ Vegetable dropped in several hundred interesting records yesterday. It is always such a pleasure to see him and the simply gorgeous Danny Bushes in the shop. Unlike the last few piles of records Vege sold in before he moved to Berlin these bad boys were more Acid, House, Techno, Italo House, Electronic – but as I’m sure you would guess way more interesting and obscure than you would expect from most collections. Around half of them are being held back for the next bumper sale we have – the other half may take a little while to go out but keep checking the racks and our Instagram!

2) Another good friend brought in a load of wicked LPs earlier in the week which consisted of: loads of Garage comps, loads of Minimal Synth comps (including a few pricey ones), reissues of rare Psych LPs, tonnes of reggae from Burning Spear/Fred Locks/The Metals/The Pioneers, some murky 80s business from Coil/Godflesh/Head Of David/Napalm Death and a couple of Sublime Frequencies comps.

3) Several of us at work have either recently moved or are in the process of doing so so are feeling the burn – which is why there are some great Punk, Indie, Minimal Synth, Cosmic, Post Punk, Kosmiche, EBM records going out…I have personally sold in some decent stuff from McDonald & Giles, Warning, Slipmatt, Hieroglyphic Being, Crass, Stasis, Hawkwind, Soft Machine etc.

4) A young chap came in this week with tonnes of newish stuff (at least from the last ten years) – a real mix of stuff but all super popular bits: Burial, Erykah Badu, Aphex Twin, The Roots, The Drums, Primal Scream, Radiohead, MF Doom, Boards Of Canada, Miles Davis, Bjork, The Pixies, Mutual Benefit, Tame Impala, Nirvana, Mac Demarco, Fleet Foxes, Iggy Pop etc.

5) Tonnes and tonnes of Madonna records have been sold in by loads of different sellers – cest bizarre!

6) A fairly regular seller who used to work for The Rolling Stones brought in some top items by (yes obviously…) The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Twice As Nice.

7) Some fairly nice Psychedelic and Progressive reissue LPs came in from Kaleidoscope, Tudor Lodge, Rainbow Ffolly, Gong etc.

8) Some severely used Anarcho Punk and Oi records came in and went straight in the £1 section – as well as a wonky Wicker Man soundtrack.

9) Several Classic Rock collections came in this week – usual suspects: T Rex, Nirvana, Pink Floyd (including another original copy of Dark Side Of The Moon), Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, U2, Jesus & Mary Chain, Grateful Dead, Queen, Lou Reed, Robert Calvert, David Bedford, The Sisters Of Mercy, Blondie, Judas Priest, Pentangle, Supertramp, The Clash etc. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of these have gone out this week.

10) Quite a bit of New House & Techno came in this week – and will be going out for super cheap so keep your eyes peeled. Plenty of LIES, Aphex Twin etc.

11) Another newish pile of records came in including lots of RSD related bits from New Order, The Mighty Boosh, Florence & The Machine (a massive box set) and a signed Snow Patrol LP. Some of these fetch a fair amount.

12) Tatty pile of rare records came in yesterday from Motley Crue (a 90s one), Radiohead, Guru Guru, Beck etc. Priced to sell!


So much decent stuff has gone out this week I don’t even know where to start, we’ve had a bumper processing week so the racks are full of top bits – get down the shop!


This weeks TOP TEN is from our good pal Cam Deas!

If you do not know this absolute legend then this must be sorted out RIGHT NOW!!! : https://camdeas.bandcamp.com

Rekki Recs Top 10

Gone for a mellow 60/70s top 10 after a heavy bank holiday, I can’t think about anything with a f*cking kick drum right now unless DJ Badboy gives me a gary and puts on Helm – The Sexy Edits 12”.

In no order:

Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru – S/T

Amazing Ethiopian pianist. Started learning some of this on guitar a while ago, beautiful melodies, rhythmically something else, I recommend sticking to her records. This and another EP were made available again by the excellent Mississippi Records, cheers.

Luc Ferrari – Hétérozygote / Petite Symphonie

Mego reissued these pieces last year, nice one. I heard it first on the massive 10cd box of all of Luc Ferrari’s electronic work, also wicked if you can find it. I once fell asleep/into some meditative state to Petite Symphonie on a long hungover train journey with my old ipod shuffle, every time it finished something heavy would come on and wake me up, ended up putting it back about 10 times to stay in that zone.

Shirley Collins – Love, Death & The Lady

Could have picked from a load of Shirley’s records, amazing output for 60 years now… but I put this one because I don’t have a copy and Rekki Recs promised to give me the next one they have in exchange for this top 10, thanks again guys.

Eliane Radigue – Trilogie de la Mort

This is the album I’ve used for years if I can’t sleep. Headphones on, you end up listening to the smallest details of these old oscillators beating against eachother. Can sometimes be slightly woken up in a particularly heavy section and think you’re in some hellscape though.

Robbie Basho – Visions of the Country

Incredible record. Was listening to Basho for about 10 years before I heard this since it was one of the harder to find before it got reissued by Gnome Life, and now it’s my favourite. Opener “Green River Suite” is gonna sort you out when you wake up everytime.

La Monte Young – The Well-Tuned Piano

Catch it while you can on youtube before yr man La Monte reports it and gets it all removed again. Amazing music though, 5 1/2 hours-ish of semi-composed, semi-improvised piano, tuned to perfection.

Bridget St John – Songs for the Gentle Man

Great record with faultless arrangements. Currently chosen as my morning alarm clock.

Robert Wyatt – Shleep

Got really into this one in the last couple years and listened to it a lot more than I ever listened to Rock Bottom. Dreamy vibe with a bunch of great players.

Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum

The walrus man kills it with this classic, it’s another for sticking on the headphones and zoning the fuck out to a ton of weird sounds to fuck with your dreams. Can’t imagine the labour that must have gone into creating something like this in the mid-70s…

Bill Fay – Time of the Last Persecution

I’m not that into everything Bill Fay’s done, but this record is one of my all-time favourites now. Described on the Honest Jons site as “melancholy (borderline morbid) folk-rock that falls somewhere between Pearls Before Swine, Leonard Cohen, and a suicide prevention hotline.” I saw Reckless had a copy recently, went in to nick it but it was already sold.

Cheers Chris!

No problem Cam – Shirley Collins LP is in the post !!!

Till next week!


Loads of great new collections in!

Hello there from all at Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Firstly we’d like to say thank you to everybody who came down to the Sale, we will potentially be having another one in the next month or so. Most of the unsold stock was given to charity and we have a whole bunch of nice new things to go in the crates.

We have bought loads this week!

1) Luke sold in tonnes of gear; over a hundred records and it was as you can imagine – Synth Pop, Punk, Hardcore, Noise, Experimental, Library Music, Techno, Post Punk etc. Lots of good records! Wolf Eyes, Sonic Youth, Depeche Mode, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Beau Wanzer, Chelsea, Discharge, King Crimson, Pangea etc.

2) Toru bought in a great selection of UK Garage 12″s including several top bits from Groove Chronicles, Anthill Mob, MJ Cole, Todd Edwards, Tuff Jam, EL-B etc.

3) I had to raise some cash so sold in some top bits from Kevin Ayers, Heldon, Wackies Rhythm Force, The Move, Gilgamesh, Current 93, Ron Trent, Moodymann etc.

4) Al bought in a really nice pile of records including the Dolly Mixture LP (complete with the signed and numbered sleeve). Demonstration Tapes is such a great LP – and even the reissue goes for tonnes of cash now. Along with this were records from The Jam, Ramones, Death In Vegas, Dinosaur JR, Amon Duul, Chrome, Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth etc. Some top records!

5) Some nice CDs came in this week including one small but perfect Psych collection featuring CDs from The Misunderstood, Pink Fairies, Nuggets, Soft Machine, The Zombies, High Tide etc.

6) Alan also bought in another very good Mojo-esque collection. The collection included an original sold triangle copy of The Dark Side Of The Moon, which was nice. Also lots of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Byrds, Neil Young, Queen, Rush, Blondie, Tom Petty, The Velvet Underground, Electric Light Orchestra, Roxy Music, Abba, Leonard Cohen, Dire Straits, Paul Simon etc.

7) More David Bowie bits came in – including some picture discs and a 7″ vinyl box set. These won’t last long!

8) Tom bought in some nice Dubstep and Jazz cds.

9) Toru sold in some really nice records just before he went to Japan including lots of Carl Craig and some Japanese reissues of Jazz Funk and Jazz LPs. These are all on the wall.

10) Some really nice Soul, Funk and Disco came in again including bits from Marvin Gaye, Cloud One, Shannon, Funk Inc, some Strata East reissues, Motown etc. There were also quite a few decent Boogie 12″s in there (including some really rare ones!).


Some really great records have gone out this week including:

A) Loads of good Reggae – 45s to LPs. As well as a few really nice original Calypso LPs (which were pretty rare).

B) Lots of good Canterbury related LPs – as well as about 10 LPs from Van Der Graaf Generator (including some super rare pressings).

C) Still loads of Indie 45s going out – plus some good Dance and Hip Hop ones.

D) Quite a few EBM 12″ singles.

E) Dubstep 12s and CDs.

F) Lots of Laurel Canyon sound LPs.

G) Big pile of Finders Keepers (and similar) LPs – including Psych comps and oddities from around the globe.

H) Very rare Deep House 12″ from The New Age Orchestra.

I) Tonnes of mid 90s Drum & Bass.


Best 10 things I saw in the cheap sale last week

1) Loads of 12″s on Vibez including ones from Seba and Paradox – clean too!

2) We are IE original

3) So many sealed or perfect Soul LPs

4) Couple of Genesis originals

5) Some rare Dub LPs without sleeves

6) Loads of really cool looking old US House in shrink and in perfect condition.

7) Several De La Soul and Public Enemy 12″s

8) Betty Wright Light In The Attic reissues

9) Lots of great 90s DNB – including lots of Test presses with info sheets.

10) Mint unplayed copies of some unknown not even on Discogs Hardcore 12″s.


Thanks for reading, will be back with you towards the end of the week,


New Reckless Blog! Big Reckless Sale tomorrow (Saturday 18th May)!

Hi from Reckless!

Hope you are all well. This weeks Blog was written to no music at all as I have concussion again.

But here is a song for you anyway:

Fairly busy week as always; lets get started;

1) Decent Soul/Funk/Reggae/Boogie/Rare Groove collection came in this week. Lots of US LPs and 45s in varying condition. Despite the condition being a bit iffy at times there are some great titles here. From Cloud Ones’ Disco Boogie to Shadows’ funky Soca to Mr Fingers bringing the party. One for the rare Soul heads!

2) More new Indie Rock on vinyl; Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Nick Cave etc.

3) 5 Irish pressings of David Bowie 45s – these are loads in the book but won’t be that much in the shop.

4) CDs have been flooding in; from Soul to Latin to Free Jazz.

5) One of my pals brought in a nice and interesting pile of vinyl yesterday. We worked together for a few years in Greenwich and he always had good and interesting taste (and is now a wicked DJ!) so he always brings in good stuff. This time we had a load of Beatles 45s (including some interesting foreign issues), Hector Zazou (and friends) “La Perversita” original issue with inserts – an absolutely bonkers LP – loads of records from around the world; Chinese Folk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Italian Jazz, Exotica. Plenty of rare and obscure records!

6) Another big Hip Hop and R&B collection came in; with lots of big LPs and 12″s. It’s all mostly 90s stuff but it does go into the Jay Z, Beyonce, Cassie thing too. Lots of big dogs from The Notorious BIG, Cypress Hill, Run DMC, Gang Starr, Nas, House Of Pain, Mary J Blige, TLC, A Tribe Called Quest etc.

7) Small but wicked collection of Jazz LPs; several reissues of rarities as well as a few originals from Harold McNair.

8) Top, but small, selection of excellent Reggae records. Burning Horns from Tommy McCook (a lovely copy), some Scientist, Israel Vibration and some Lovers 45s. It’s nice to see a lot more Reggae coming in recently.

9) Several absolute trouser destroying rarities from Frank Ocean.

10) Some really top end Dubstep bits from Coki, Cotti, Cluekid, The Bug, Zomby etc. Lots of tunes I haven’t heard for ages that still sound fresh.

11) Two perfect Folk 45s from Shirley Collins and Anne Briggs. Very hard to find, especially in this condition.


Gone out:

1) Lots of New House & Techno – for outrageously low prices.

2) Some classic Drum & Bass/Jungle/Hardcore.

3) Lots of Sixties and Seventies LPs including a load of Byrds and Frank Zappa.

4) 80s Indie – including a bit more Synth Pop.

5) Hell of a lot of Indie and Sixties 45s.

6) Some premium Soul.

7) More Old School Rap – its a whole row now.

8) UK Garage and Tech House.


Tomorrow we have our very first Sale at The Ship (116 Wardour Street – its just a minute away from the shop).

We have amassed several thousand 12″s and LPs. Everything is going to be £1 (things will also potentially be cheaper later in the day). The records are not just a load of old rubbish. When I looked through the records the other day there were so many good records in there, the sort you’d be so happy about if you found them in a charity shop. We haven’t looked everything up either, so god knows what you could find in there. Fresh stock could be going out throughout the day depending on how much we sell.

It should be starting around 12. The Ship is a great pub if you haven’t been there before. Long standing music pub and one of the last in the area. So buy a pint when you’re grabbing a bargain!

A Synthetic Love Song

Yo from Reckless!!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of:::

You’ve caught me at a good moment as we just got Stereolab tickets for Ramsgate! Horrid wet day today but – Stereolab!

OK…bit of a slow start this week but then it just went bonkers

1) Two really good Synth Pop / Eighties collections came in over the weekend. Both collections were made up of titles from Depeche Mode (a hell of a lot of Depeche Mode records), The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, Soft Cell, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Sisters Of Mercy. As well as all of the standard LPs and 12″s there are also quite a few rarities including 90s LPs, Import Colour Vinyl 12″s and unusual pressings. Fair few of these have gone out – and a lot sold yesterday to one customer! But there are still some great bits to go out.

2) Flash forward 10 years please. Yesterday two very similar collections came in – both very 90s collections! Both featured 90s reissues of Classic Rock, Punk etc as well as rare 90s pressings from artists like The Cure, Uncle Tupelo, The Prodigy, Echobelly, Oasis etc. There were quite a few pricey 90s reissues (from looking online they are considered the best sounding issues – from artists like Marillion and The Cult. Other artists include The Verve, Bob Dylan, Belle & Sebastian, The Doors, Neil Young, The Band, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth e.t.c.

3) Someone who used to have a shop in Camden in the 90s brought in about 800 records yesterday too. The shop obviously catered to the Hip Hop market as there was tonnes of 90s Rap (nothing too rare though), loads of Classic 80s Def Jam, Electro, quite a lot of Rave, hell of a lot of Depeche Mode (it seems this week is Depeche Mode week!) and lots of random bits! There are quite a few random sealed 80s Electro bits here.

4) Alan purchased a nice little clump of rarities that included a live 90s Queen LP that fetches big money, a Rolling Stones US exclusive LP (which also includes a bag as part of the package) and a sealed Sade Audiophile LP!

5) Scott went to pick up a small but incredible collection of 45s (from someone who he had purchased the incredible Detroit collection from several months ago). It consisted of 45s from The Fall, great classic Soul bits from Ann Sexton and The Jones Girls, a few oddities and then a whole heap of killer, killer 80s Dancehall and Reggae 45s. I put up pictures of most of them on our Instagram but there are titles from The Abyssinians, Martin Campbell, Ini Kamoze, Barrington Levy, Yami Bolo, Yabby You, Lloyd Robinson (two different copies of the incredible Cuss Cuss), Dennis Brown, Augustus Pablo, Black Uhuru, Johnny Clarke, Barry Brown, Tenor Saw, The Vice Roys, Trinity, Linval Thompson, Mystic Revealers (the bad boy Got To Be A Better Way), Earth & Stone e.t.c.

6) Tom was out at a big CD collection just outside of London; he came back with a nice big batch of Classic CDs. Lots of top titles; Blues, Rock, Soul, Folk etc. There are also loads of CD box sets!

9) One of our pals brought in a decent selection of Punk and Hardcore – from D Beat to early Sub Pop.

8) Other random bits that have come in this week have been a bunch of Harold Budd and Brian Eno tapes, Stone Roses 12″s and 45s, Amyl & The Sniffers rarity (along with some Jerrys Kids, Crass and Comet Gain records), some Dubstep rarities and another batch of fairly tatty but cheap Hard Rock!!



1) Batch of the Minimalism and Improv titles from MEV, Terry Riley, Stockhausen, Glass, Eno.

2) Rap 45s including some rare ones from Black Sheep.

3) UK Garage, Hardcore, 90s Techno, Hard Techno, Classic House.

4) Blues (including a few super nice UK originals)

5) Classic Rock and Punk LPs

6) Indie 45s

7) Lots of Soul Jazz CDs


This weeks Top Ten is from the Total Control Collective!

1) Chris & Cosey – Heartbeat
2) OMD – architecture & morality
3) Ministry – with sympathy
4) Tears for fears – the hurting
5) Strawberry switchblade – s/t
6) Depeche mode – Black celebration
7) New order – power corruption and lies
8) Soft cell – non stop erotic cabaret
9) Pet shop boys – actually
10) A flock of seagulls – s/t

Bonus singles

Portion control – the great divide
Seona dancing – bitter heart
B-movie – nowhere girl
Camouflage – the great commandment
Eleven pond – watching trees

The four legends behind the Total Control collective have been DJing and putting on top nights recently; from Old Tower to Akitsa to William Bennett! Keep an eye on what they’re doing next here…



Thanks for reading, till next week!

Minimalism Maximumism

Hello from Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of:

Hope you’re all doing well! Another busy week at casa Reckless lets get started:::::

1) Yesterday I was out at a collection in Eltham, it was good to be back in the South East. The collection was just 250 LPs but they were so good we had to get out to it! The collection is predominantly 70s based – but far from the norm. The nice bloke who collected them was initially into progressive rock but in his own words hearing Terry Riley changed the way he listened to music. So from then on he dived head first into absolute zone-out minimalism. So to start with we have Led Zeppelin, Yes, Family, The Amazing Blondel, Hawkwind, David Bowie, Peter Hammill/Van Der Graaf Generator (pretty much all of them, and all originals), King Crimson, Faust, John Martyn, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Quintessence, Joni Mitchell, Matching Mole, Simon & Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Incredible String Band, Genesis, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Kevin Ayers….then Terry Riley, Ash Ra Temple, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Philip Glass, La Monte Young, MEV, Franco Battio, Gavin Bryars, Brian Eno, Laaraji, Harold Budd, John Cage, Erik Satie, Steve Reich, Harry Partch, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Michael Nyman, Howard Riley, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Lou Reeds’ “Metal Machine Music”, Basil Kirchin, Heldon, John Hassell, Tom Dissivelt, Cornelius Cardew, David Toop etc. You get the idea! A really wild selection there, especially the later half. Some titles we very, very rarely get in. Theres something odd about South East London – pretty much every collection I go to has Brian Eno and Harold Budd LPs. I’m a huge fan of both artists myself and lived in the SE for 10 years so I am no different!

2) Several days ago someone popped in with a big batch of records from Egypt and Lebanon. Lots of Bellydance records, and several other genres such as Dalouna and Dabke. There are a lot of records here that I hadn’t seen before but seem very collectible – as well as titles you see (albeit rarely) by Oum Kalthoum etc. When I put these out last night someone grabbed a load of them instantly (and started Discoging them on their phone).

3) A small but decent batch of Library records came in – no big hitters but all cool titles by the right artists (Alan Parker, Keith Mansfield etc). KPM, Music De Wolfe etc. There was also a copy of Dave & Toni Arthurs’ “Hearken To The Witches Rune” there too.

4) One of our regular sellers brought in an interesting mix – Four Tet, Psychmagik, John Coltrane as well as some new House.

5) Alan bought in a really great pile of Metal and Punk titles earlier on in the week. Some great titles from Bolt Thrower, Extinction Of Mankind, Doom, Napalm Death, Turbonegro, Motorhead, Slayer, Dishammer, Voivod, The Exploited, Crass ETC. We don’t get enough of these kinds of records in so they never last long.

6) Duncan bought in a decent selection of UK original Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman LPs; which was nice.

7) Someone brought in some good House and Techno earlier in the week including several rarities on the Headspace Recordings label and some Aphex Twin. We also bought in a copy of Selected Ambient Works 2 this week.

8) A friend of mine brought in a load of Punk LPs from The Damned, Chelsea, Generation X as well as some Psych comps and an original Prince Buster LP.

9) Lots of Classic Indie came in this week – including a decent pile off an old pal of mine; Joy Division, The Smiths ETC.

10) A lot of Drum & Bass came in this week; lots of Hospital, Ram, V and Good Looking titles. For was it not said by the Lord Jesus Himself that over the Bank Holiday weekend we doth listen to the Drum & Bass whilst knecking a beverage in the Sun.


We will be doing a Pop Up in The Ship (https://www.shipsoho.co.uk) in a couple of weeks (May 18th). We are going to have hundreds and hundreds of records here – all for a quid. I was looking through the pile just the other day and there is so much good stuff in there. We have been chatting to the lovely lot at The Ship a fair bit recently about getting a bit more involved – as music and pubs go hand in hand. So watch this space.


This weeks Top Ten is a Top 11 and is from our pal Jim Janco! Wether you know Jim from singing in No or Permission or from absolutely savage DJ sets across London (and beyond) you’ll know he’s a man of good taste! He’s a hard man to find a picture of so here’s a picture of him doing NTS (he is the geezer in the middle if you don’t know him!!)

Top 11 People Drifty brain drillers!

1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=140&v=ckNYSlmfmvo

Iesope Drift – People Drift – Gave the party it’s name. totally idiosyncratic, raw, churning, completely alienated nightmare of a track

2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TwpviXTyLs

Gizz TV & Walker – A2 Bleeping shuddering funk monster on Force Inc, whole EP rules
3: https://excelldoq.bandcamp.com/track/amytal-sodium

Excell – Amytal Sodium – a few years old now, i love all of Excell’s productions. Heavy, grinding but instantly recognisable. Maybe even catchy?

4: https://youtu.be/G8cdBlhMjLQ

Felix Da Housecat – Phamily Radikal Thant (feat. sofie bloo) – Warped, shifting + eternally returning shout out track on Djax – picked this up in Reckless a few weeks ago!

5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=236&v=x1WXAdZiyc8

Chris Sattinger – Energy – So many good Chris Sattinger tracks, this one doesn’t muck about. Warp drive dance material!!

6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCVpiN6f7nM

Falling Apart – 202 A2 – Perfectly executed catchy acid. Falling Apart plays People Drift this weekend don’t miss!!

7: https://youtu.be/l01Sb7tWob8

Faceless Techno Bastards – Trapped – More key PD inspiration. Saw Speedy J play this a few years ago and thought i was raving on the moon. Bleak, love it.

8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phh5Eb9zyos

Sev Dah – Rumble – I really like Sev Dah’s productions. Tight, detailed modern production with old school funk and melody

9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekDZhsoExek

Phosphotaze – Tone Works – wicked Chris Mccormack smasher, breaking down into a 45 seconds of desolate introspection before the hammer starts again!

10: https://youtu.be/iFcXZ5sWMQ4

Akilah Bryant – Untitled – Raw, bad minded Chicago acid on Hybrid – Shout out to Charlie F for the tip on this one

11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwGnbZN903c

Separate Minds – Can you feel the difference? – Early MK production Nasty twisty synthetics. Sounds like somethings about to go very wrong

Check it: https://soundcloud.com/jim-janco

Party this weekend (May 4th) at Venue MOT SE14 5RT – with Falling Apart, Souvenir and Jim Janco.
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1247526 / https://www.facebook.com/events/429149427628355/

We at Reckless suggest you have no doubts about going to this event for it will be absolutely fantastic!!!!!!

Thanks Jim!!!

As ever we are open as normal on Bank Holiday Monday 10am-7pm. Expect a lot of records going out this week.


Rare vinyl! Punk Rock! Highlife! and a Top Ten from Benny Ill!!!!

Greetings from your friends at Reckless Records!!

We’ve had two of the busiest weeks in the history of Reckless – it has been amazing. Thank you to everyone who’s been coming in! Here is a list of some of the collections that have come in this week;

1) An incredible collection of Freakbeat, Mod, 60’s, Psych 45s. Lots of obscure titles, and several well known ones – all rare! We have a lot of call for singles such as these, there is a lot of demand and not a lot of supply! 45s from John Mayall, The Action, Walrus, Octopus, The Creation, Clouds, The Dog That Bit People, The Moody Blues, The Poets, The Flies, The Koobas. You get the idea! These will not last long at all!!!!

2) A small selection of incredibly rare Highlife and Afrobeat LPs came in early in the week (and they are rumoured to be the start of a rather large collection). Some really cool titles here that straddle the Highlife and Disco genres – some were even high on the Boogie scale. Several of these have been reissued by labels such as Mr Bongo – but these are all African originals.

3) Loads of Punk, New Wave and Minimal Synth 45s came in a few days ago – all in top condition! There were quite a few common titles from artists like Kraftwerk, Devo, Cabaret Voltaire, The Ruts, Sex Pistols, Siousxie & The Banshees, Echo & The Bunnymen, Ultravox but there were also a nice batch of DIY rarities. Lots of proper homemade titles that make the early Rough Trade singles look like they were released by Warner Brothers. There were also a small selection of Fanzines and Cassettes – check the cabinet for these.

4) On the same day another nice batch of Punk 45s and LPs came in – lots of titles from Crass, Action Pact, The Ejected, Anti Pasti etc. Again these were in really top nick!

5) Several Psychedelic LPs came in including an original UK copy of Trout Mask Replica from Captain Beefheart, some Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and Beatles. All UK originals.

6) Lots of new stuff came in this week – well sealed at least – from Steven Wilson, Yes, Chris & Cosey etc.

7) Quite a few decent CD collections came in this week including one really good one which combined Canterbury Prog, 90s Hip Hop, Synth Pop, Dub, Jazz, Post Punk and House Music!


Some really incredible records have gone out this week (not including most of whats mentioned above);

A) Lots more of the top collection Duncan bought – so nearly a full run of Caravan LPs, Blue Cheer UK originals, Fairport Convention, Nic Jones, Jimi Hendrix UK originals, Beatles…

B) Lots of Punk and New Wave LPs and 45s.

C) Insane amount of 45s – including a lot of Indie and Garage titles.

D) UK Garage, Jungle, Drum & Bass and Techno 12″s.

E) CD Box sets – all over the place.

F) So much Classic Rock; David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits.

The reductions were all finished this week too – lots of bargains to be had.


This week we are proud to have a Top Ten from the one and only Benny Ill of Horsepower Productions!!! Amazing producer, DJ and all round TOP GENT!!!

Ox on the introduction..

“Hey Reckless massive, Benny the dubstep master who is absolutely ill (pun intended) has made time to draft up his favourite top ten dubstep tracks for us just for you, here goes!!!”











Well thanks Benny!!!! We really appreciate it!!!

Till next week – see ya later from Reckless!

Record Store Day is upon us!!

Yo from Reckless!!

This blog was written to the sounds of…

OK so it is RSD on Saturday and its going to be a busy one…we’ve ordered even more RSD stock than normal – titles from artists like Bob Dylan, Alpha & Omega, Ramones, Robyn, Madonna, Motorhead, The Fall, Twin Peaks, Television Personalities, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Noel Gallagher, Mikey Dread, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison, Basil Kirchin, 13th Floor Elevators, David Bowie, Chic, Idles, Madness, Green Day, Suicide, U2, Weezer, Wipers etc…. thats just a small portion of what we will be stocking.

We advise you get in nice and early!!!

Not only are we going to have all of the Record Store Day bits but on top of that we’ve got loads of super special rarities for you exclusively on the day! They are mostly bits made up from the following recent collections we have bought….

1) Duncan bought an incredible collection this week. Heavily 70’s based but with lots of classic and obscure titles from the Psych, Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Folk, Country, Singer Songwriter and Prog genres. In general most titles veer towards the psychedelic thats for sure! There are some very rare titles here – and ones that are in really nice condition too; several Nick Drake titles, Blossom Toes “If Only For A Moment”, High Tide, various Nico and Velvet Underground titles, Jimi Hendrix first pressings, both of the Bill Fay LPs, clean original King Crimson and Led Zeppelin LPs, Daddy Longlegs, Fever Tree, Dino Valente, Captain Beefheart, Pharaoh Sanders/Cecil Taylor/John Coltrane and original Blue Notes, Bakerloo, Alice Cooper on Straight, both Matching Moles in super condition, Larry Young’s Fuel, Syd Barrett, Nic Jones, Graham Bond (cleanest copy Ive ever seen), Black Sabbath Vertigo swirl, tonnes of original West Coast LPs, Glastonbury 3xLP with the outer sleeve, several UK original MC5 titles, Hugh Hopper, about 6 Townes Van Zandt LPs, Howlin Wolf electric LP etc. There are also a lot of classic but not necessarily rare titles that are lesser seen these days – and all in generally fantastic condition. There are also a fair amount of top Psych represses from artists like Kaleidoscope, Aardvark, The Pretty Things and many more of that ilk. I believe there is more to come from this collection (singles and memorabilia mostly) so watch this space. Its certainly been most enjoyable pricing up so many rarities.

2) A selection of “modern rarities” came in this week. It consisted of quite a few Soundtracks (the deluxe heavy vinyl type), Czarface comic sleeve LP, a rare Sigur Ros title, several Metal LPs, some Indie/Shoegaze (including a few scarce LPs) as well as some modern Pop/Rock titles that were all fairly rare.

3) Another fairly regular seller brought in a great pile of Indie/Folk/Rock titles including LPs and 45s from The Fall, Kathryn Williams, Talking Heads, Bjork, Skunk Anansie, Big Star, Primal Scream… mostly in tip top condition.

4) One of my pals brought in another big box of titles including more Italo Disco, Hardcore Punk, several obscure Thrash Metal LPs, Crusty/Prog titles from Yeti/Dystopia/Tarantula Hawk, Aphrodites Child/EYEHATEGOD/Black Flag/Nas reissues and some House music. As always a beautiful mix of styles.

5) Another friend brought in some really nice bits this week including a load of Afrobeat reissue LPs, Stereolab box set, several Indie CD Box Sets – Liverpool and Glasgow comps, Punk, Psych reissues, original LP from The Herd and a few almost Pre Punk/Pub Rock bits.

6) One of our regular DNB sellers came in several times this week with a about 60 12″s and LPs – lots of Calibre/High Contrast/Seba, Suburban Base, Good Looking Records, Ram etc. All a bit rough but all play fine and are priced accordingly!


Loads of great bits went out this week…

A) More full runs of 45s from bands like Elastica, The Donnas and perhaps the most exciting 45 was “Nuthin But A G Thang” UK 45 from Dr Dre!!!

B) More Blues LPs including several Blue Horizon titles.

C) Loads on the Dance side: Dubstep, UK Garage, Drum & Bass, 90s Techno, Jungle, Disco, Classic House…

D) Quite a few Japanese LPs – many obscure ones – from Ambient to Hardcore Punk to Jazz.

E) Some nice Reggae – including some rare UK 45s.

F) Finally we topped up the Country and Rock N Roll sections with some nice rare bits.
G) A hell of a lot of Classic Rock


OK see you at 10am on Saturday but just before we go we have a Top Ten from Kents wickedest Bad Boy…..of course its Braga Circuit!

10 of my favourite House tracks (all time)

1. Sub-Urban Soul – Domything (TMVS MIX)

2. DJ Spen – Show U

3. JohNick – Good Time

4. The Serious House Mixer – Bardot Swing (Feat. Byrd Bardot) (Cha Cha Mix)

5. Paul Johnson – What Ever You Do

6. DJ Duke Presents Protection – Safe Sex (Dub Mix)

7. Erick “More” Morillo – Dancin (A Little More Dub)

8. Box Of Yummies Whena (Keith’s Klub Mix)

9. Dreddmon – Work It (Dreddful Soul Mix)

10. 24 Hour Experience – Take Me Up To Bed (Filthy dub)

Thanks Joe!!!

Check it

Till next week!

Second Hand Record Shop in Soho, London