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!

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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.

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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!!!”

LOEFAH – JUNGLE INFILTRATION

COKI – STUCK

MALA VS JOHNNY CLARKE – SINNERS

SKREAM – REPERCUSSIONS OF A RAZOR BLADE

BENGA – WALKIN’ BASS

KROMESTAR – MENTAL UNIVERSE

N-TYPE – WAY OF THE DUB

MAGNETIC MAN – GETTING NOWEHRE

HIJAK – DAILY

BENNY ILL VS HATCHA – CRAZY INTRO

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!

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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.
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G) A hell of a lot of Classic Rock

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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!

Getting ready for Record Store Day!

Yo from Reckless!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of..

I must listen to this Harold Budd CD three times a week – it’s the best. Especially if you’re going back and forth from Kent to London as much as I have to!

OK lets get started…

1) Absolutely killer Golden Era Hip Hop 12″ and LP collection from a long time collector and ex member of staff of the wicked Mr Bongo shop. Pretty much all 90s, but with a smidgen of 80s too; Lord Finesse, EPMD, Redman, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Diamond D, The Beatnuts, Black Sheep, The Alkoholiks, The Pharcyde, Gang Starr, Kool G Rap, Cypress Hill, MF Doom, Ultramagnetic MCs, Fat Joe, Main Source, Wu Tang Clan. You name it. We’ve had so much Rap in recently but this is a really good collection – they are not lasting long so don’t be too chill in getting down. Lots of them in great nick, in shrink with the hype stickers. You can tell a lot of love went into this collection and now its your turn to enjoy it!

2) From another seller a load of newer Hip Hop – Freddie Gibbs, Tyler The Creator, Travis Scott…you know the deal. LPs and CDs.

3) Lots of really rare bits came in this week – but most of the super rare bits were in pretty rough shape (and priced accordingly!). Things like Mono UK first Fairport, gold Please Please Me, Shirley Collins “No Roses” and amazingly another Jackson C Frank! Quite mental to get another copy of that in as it is so rare. If you’re happy with a copy that gets a bit crackly (but is a small fraction of the price of a clean one) then now is the time!

4) About 30 45s from The Fall came in including another copy of the really rare Mous Cha Cha 45. These are generally in really nice condition and all went out a few days ago. If you like The Fall and don’t have these what are you doing with your life.

5) Kris was on a buying spree on Sunday and bought in hundreds and hundreds of CDs. The largest most interesting collection was a Classical one, albeit mostly modern Classical. Lots of Minimalism and Avant Garde from Ligeti, Part, Reich, Glass, Stockhausen as well as more common titles from Beethoven, Holst, Dvorak, Mozart etc. A lot of these went in the cheaps but there are also some rarer titles snuffled away somewhere. Most of these have gone out already.

6) I bought in a nice selection of 60s Ska and Rocksteady (with the odd 80s Dancehall bit too), mostly UK or JA originals from The Hippy Boys, Prince Buster, I Roy, Derrick Harriott, Stranger Cole etc.

7) Toru was also buying in some nice Reggae and Soul this week from artists like Augustus Pablo, Evans Pyramid, Tommy McCook, Shadow. All the cool bits !

8) One of my good pals brought in 4 big bags of 12″s and LPs at the start of the week – nearly all Italo Disco! Some top biscuits in here – they should be going out in the next few days. We don’t get enough Italo in so you better be quick!!!

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Gone oooot:

1) Hundreds of Indie 45s including lots of full runs (PJ Harvey, Mansun, The Hives, Mega City 4, Monster Magnet, Manic Street Preachers). The singles guys have obviously reached M in the big collection we bought.

2) Tonnes of Rap – two full rows now.

3) Classic Rock and Punk LPs – loads, some a bit scruffy, some top tier.

4) Most of the rest of the Detroit collection.

5) Loads of Soul and Funk LPs.

6) Lots of Psych CDs.

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We’re getting ready for Record Store Day and have done a pretty big order this year. We’ve got some of the big ones too that everybody wants!

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This weeks Top Ten is from our pal Leigh from Extravision!!!

1. Shirley Collins and Davy Graham – Hares on the Mountain

2. Sister Irene O’Connor – Fire

3. The Singing Nun – Dominique (1963)

4. Rory Gallagher – I Fall Apart

5. The Street Band – Toast

6. Quango – Fatality

7. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – The Night

8. Susanne Rosenberg – Vallåtar från gammelboning

9. Mrs. Miller – Mrs. Miller’s Greatest Hits

10. Rihanna – Anti

Check out Extravision here if you don’t know them already:

https://extravision.bandcamp.com

Thanks Leigh!! And thank you for reading!! See ya next week!

Reckless

EU won’t believe what we’ve had in this week!

Yo from Reckless!!

This blog was written to the sounds of…

I’ve just got back from a trip to Belgium and spent a lot of time walking round beautiful cities listening to this. I had a chanced to check out quite a few record shops when I was there and can recommend Music Mania, Hors-Serie, 72 Records and Veals & Geeks especially! I wish I’d had a car because I could have bought so many records and things from the flea markets too!

Despite being away my colleagues kept me in the loop with top descriptions, photos and videos of what was coming in…so lets get started!

1) Three mega rare pop LPs came in – “The Rainbow Children” and “Musicology” LPs from Prince and “Older” from George Michael. These are decent, clean original copies. They go for a horrendous amount of money, and we paid a lot for them but I think they are priced fairly. We did have a copy of “Older” not too long ago but it was £200 less and in much worse shape.

2) Another fairly large UK Garage collection; mostly classic titles but with a few obscure bits too. A smidgen of rare ones an all! Todd Edwards, Brasstooth, MJ Cole, Sticky, New Horizons etc.

3) Scott was out at a collection over the weekend. The collection consisted of 90’s Rap, Mod and Soul. The Rap titles were really top tier, loads of rare 90s LPs (in varying condition) from Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, NWA, Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, Da Lench Mob, Souls Of Mischief, Mad Lion, O.C., The Pharcyde, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Wu Tang Clan etc. Serious heavy hitters, LPs and 12″s. The Mod bits were fairly decent – Weller related. The Soul was great too; from Aretha Franklin to the 3 Pieces. I was back in yesterday and I noticed loads of this gear flying out.

4) Sean bought in a few Fela Kuti LPs this week; I think one or two have sold but theres still one left on the wall – I have no idea why as everybody needs these.

5) Two sellers brought in some pretty funky, house-y, disco-y, jazzy bits; quite a few records – and all decent: Wolfgang Dauner, Jeremy Spellacey, Lianne La Havas, Joey Negro, Kiki Gyan, Arthur Russell, Kerri Chandler, Womack & Womack etc. Some very good records here, from originals to reissues.

6) One of my pals brought in a load of Cosmic, Afro, Reggae, Post Punk LPs and 12″s too. A lot of chuggers.

7) Quite a few sealed Indie LPs came in yesterday; Elliot Smith, Kings Of Convenience, Radiohead, Beach House, Deerhoof etc.

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Some wicked stuff went out this week too…

A) Tonnes of 45s; from foreign picture sleeve 60s classics (The Beatles, The Move, The Who etc) to Indie Rock to NWOBHM.

B) More Blues LPs from the big collection – the more you buy the more we can get out!

C) Lots of Indie Rock LPs and 12″s, including a hell of a lot of 12″s from The Smiths.

D) Lots of the Rap and Soul collection.

Plus much more I’m sure, but I wasnee there!

Tonight the UK Rock Gods Blocked Toilet play The Gunners – I was witness to their band practise last night and I have to say I was stunned.

A lot of records in – blimey

Hi from Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Heavy week this week, some really top buying! Plus we were even busier than last week!

OK..

1) Killer box of heavy Roots, Dancehall, Dub, Reggae 45s. Roughly 100 titles, US, UK and JA pressings. Nearly all first (and mostly) only pressings. This collection was exactly my era, and it was tough to not get a load of them believe me (so I just bought one!). In the collection: Yabby You, Telford Nelson, Augustus Pablo, Little Kirk, Don Carlos, Hopeton Lindo, Dennis Brown, Alpha & Omega, Dub Judah, Jah Shaka, Yammie Bolo, Nitty Gritty, Mighty Diamonds, Barrington Levy, Anthony Red Rose, Rod Taylor… Lots of really top titles. Beautiful labels. What more could you want?

2) Flashforward ten years and Dancehall changed a lot. We bought roughly a thousand 90s-Noughties Dancehall/Bashment 45s on Saturday. So many records. Tonnes of Luciano, Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Mavado, Ghost, Sean Paul, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Ninjaman… There was the odd repressing in there (several Studio One titles, and a few 80s) but this is heavy on the lots of tunes on the same riddim. If this is your bag then we will soon have loads of these for sale.

3) Duncan brought in four top UK Jazz titles from The Mike Westbrook Concert Band over the weekend. Both the Marching Songs (I love both of these records so much), Celebration and one of my top ten LPs of all time “Love Songs”. Everyone goes on about Original Peter (which I agree is absolutely amazing) but its Love Songs No.2 which gets me every time. Ideal Summer country walk and a pint music. One of my favourite sleeves ever too.

4) Dunk also brought in a load of top Avant Rock from the 60s and 70s, Captain Beefheart, Van Der Graaf Generator, Patti Smith, King Crimson, Kraftwerk, Neil Young, La Dusseldorf, Amon Duul, Terry Riley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Grateful Dead, Brian Eno etc. Condition is a bit iffy, but they’re all playable. Plus, at the price they’re going out at they will not last long at all!

5) One of our regular Jazz sellers brought in loads of stuff this week; from Blue Notes to reissues of rare Israeli Jazz Funk monsters. Theres a lot of records here, I put pictures of them all up on our Instagram. Check it!

6) Luke bought in some wicked Library bits over the weekend; and not the usual guff either, some really rare sought after ones. They seemed to sell super quickly but I did notice that some of them had been used for Dawn Of The Dead which is pretty dope. Weirdly we still have Rubber Riff the Soft Machine one which is absolutely wicked.

7) I bought in a top pile from one of my pals; lots of 80s obscure Thrash Metal, Italo Disco, Disco from Malaysia, Loefah on DMZ, some Library reissues, Power Violence etc.

8) Lots of new stuff came in this week; mostly from journalists. I remember some 60s soundtrack reissues, Brian Eno, Psych reissues, cool comp CDs (Scottish Indie, Hungarian Ye-Ye).

9) Stacks and stacks of Drum & Bass – including loads of really cool titles from Calibre, Paradox/Alaska, Seba, Bukem….all the right stuff!

10) Several rare Grime CDs came in – I do not know who they were by and I had not heard of them.

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Lots of amazing stuff went out this week from our storage:

A) NZ/OZ LPs, including a lot of NZ and Australian pressings of rarities from Downliners Sect, The Monks, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones etc.

B) Indie Rock 10″s – stacks of them. Also loads of wicked 90s and 80s Indie LPs and 45s.

C) Hardcore and Jungle – a lot of it.

D) Lots more Blues, including more Python LPs.

E) Loads of Reggae – 45s and 12″s.

F) Tonnes of White Stripes stuff – which sold in hours.

G) Big 45 rarity from The Jellies – in the original sleeve!

H) More and more of the Detroit Techno collection – which is not hanging around lol!

Don’t forget we have the new Brainiac 5 CD in stock!!

No Top Ten this week.

I’m away this week but will be keeping all the interesting bits going up on the Instagram via the shop so keep checking, and as you know get down the shop for first dibs!

Team Reckless

Wicked selections this week! Plus a Top Ten from DJ Sherrine!

Hello!

This blog was written to the sounds of…

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.

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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

https://en-gb.facebook.com/djsherrine/

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Hello!

This blog was written to the sounds of…

What a lovey sunny day to listen to it too.

What we have bought this week;

1) An absolutely huge collection from a lovely chap and his sausage dog in North London. There were a few thousand LPs, 12″s and 7″s here. Lots of titles in immaculate condition as they worked in the music business. Its a collection that spans Classic Rock, Rave, Electro Pop, Indie, Rap, Reggae, House, Experimental..you name it (apart from Jazz, he kept his Jazz records!). Lots of rarities too from artists like The White Stripes, Vincent Gallo, David Bowie, Lemon Jelly, Fugees, Radiohead, The Strokes, Depeche Mode, David Axelrod, Massive Attack, REM, Beastie Boys, The Roots, Kool Keith etc. Lots of rare Noughties Indie Rock, not always expensive, but lots of small run records. There was also a lot of old school classic dance titles; from Chicago to Detroit to Manchester to Paris. Lots of really good Rave business here too; Suburban Base, DJ Hype, The Prodigy, Slipmatt, LTJ Bukem, Meat Beat Manifesto etc. Overall this is a really smashing collection; with so many great tunes. Some of them are quite rare and expensive (although I think we’ve priced those titles fairly – and loads of them have sold already so I think you guys must agree) but on average there are so many brilliant but average priced bangers.

2) Sean was down in South London (we’ve swapped now I have moved back to Kent it seems!) last week to buy part of someones collection. He had been weeding out bits from a huge collection and if the stuff we got is what he doesn’t need I want to see his other stuff! I think it was about 1500 titles in total with about 500 LPs. The LPs I saw were lots of great Classic Rock, Folk, Blues, Reggae, Punk, Synth. Some really good titles from Devo, Michael Prophet, Scientist, Pentangle, The Monkees, John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Barrington Levy, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Bert Jansch, Muddy Waters, Can, Jethro Tull etc. The CD’s looked excellent too – I had a look in one bag – lots of Garage comps (Pebbles, Rubble etc), Prince Buster, Serge Gainsbourg, Martin Denny etc.

3) Lots more Jazz came in this week; lots of Blue Note reissues, more UK Jazz titles (albeit cheaper ones from John Surman, Stan Tracey), Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Jimmy Smith, Etta James, Horace Silver…

4) One of our regular sellers was back with more Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Prog; Riot, Y&T, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions. I’m sure like us you love the Riot covers. I actually banged a bit of the Riot stuff on and it was wicked.

5) Some modern Rap and Trap LPs came in, some of which were super expensive; Travis Scott, Tyler The Creator etc.

6) Lots of Metal CDs in this week too; Napalm Death, Iced Earth, Deicide, Fear Factory, At The Gates, Emperor, Nile, Isis, Satyricon. You know the score!

7) I bought in huge pile of rather tatty (at times at least) Classic Rock yesterday. Lots and lots of Rod Stewart, Simon & Garfunkel, Black Sabbath, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heap. In the pile was a fairly rare Post Punk/Minimal Synth compilation thats on the wall.

8) On the dance side a pretty steady 80’s/90’s collection came in that straddled the points in-between Rave, EBM and New Beat. Lots of European 12″s with garish covers – a lot of obscure stuff as well as a lot of Front 242!

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Lots of great stuff has gone out this week too: (most of the above), a lot of Indie Rock 45s (full runs of The Coral, British Sea Power etc), Soul/Funk/Disco, Jazz, Hip Hop, Classic Rock, Grunge, Drum & Bass…

Static Shock was an absolute blast and Tom is off on a well deserved break. Many highlights for me but I really enjoyed DJing with OX and it was great to see such an amazing reception for the always incredible Warthog.

No Top Ten this week! Still waiting on a few!

Till next week!

The Reckless Records Blog – Static Shock Special!

Hello from Reckless!

We hope you’ve all had as good a week as we have. This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Incredibly busy week here, with lots of buying and an awful lot of selling. It’s becoming really hard to keep certain titles in the racks for an hour never mind a day. But at the same time you always want certain Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd records out there. Luckily we keep buying great collections with these sorts of titles in.

1) Huge Classic Rock Collection; lots of original US presses in varying condition. I think there are close to 500 pieces and there are all the classic albums from artists like Tom Waits, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Captain Beefheart, Soft Machine, Caravan, Fairport Convention, Miles Davis, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, XTC, The Walker Brothers, Osibisa, Quicksilver, Led Zeppelin, Dr John, The Allman Brothers, Small Faces, Sandy Denny, Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen, New Order, Talk Talk, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, King Crimson, Lou Reed, The Cure, The Police etc. So as you can see it is a pretty exhaustive collection! We’ve managed to get about a third of it out already and believe me, they won’t last long!

2) Duncan had a family drop off a small but incredible Jazz collection at his house. From rare Improv to UK Impulse originals; it is the business. The rarest title is a John Taylor LP on Turtle that even Duncan hadn’t seen in real life before. We played it, and I could really understand why it goes for so much money, it is brilliant. There were also a few Alan Skidmore LPs, John Surman LPs, The Trio LPs, Archie Shepp, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Mike Osbourne. All UK originals. The collection also had about 40 Jazz eps, including several very collectible titles. I priced up most of the UK titles on Monday.

3) An excellent Grime, Drum & Bass and Dubstep bag came in the other day. It was about 30 12″s and featured people like Wiley, the Grime Rephlex comps, Spooky, Zomby, Andy C.

4) Another similar pile of Jazz, Funk, Disco, House and Rap came in on the same day. Titles from James Brown, Kerri Chandler, Francois K, Larry Levan, Ray Munnings etc.

5) Sean was out at a collection yesterday; an extremely Classic Rock collection! 600 LPs from The Beatles, Groundhogs, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Devo, Elvis Costello, Buzzcocks, The Byrds etc. There were also 300 singles and 400 CDs.

6) A few interesting Reggae 45s and 12″s came in this week too from Desi Roots, Johnny Osbourne, Niney etc.

7) Yesterday was CD day with hundreds and hundreds of CDs being sold in – it looked pretty “Classic” but there were some interesting titles int here too from heavy Prog to 90s Techno.

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This weekend is the legendary Static Shock Festival that Tom organises. If you don’t know it its an international Punk and Hardcore festival with this year having Warthog, Arms Race, Uranium Club, The Number Ones, Career Suicide etc. It’s always one of the highlights of the year for me so I asked Jonah from Fucked Up, Game, Career Suicide et and Joe Briggs of Scrap Brain etc to do me a Static Shock themed Top Ten.

Jonah Falco

Static Shock top ten

1 – Warthog and their putrid new ep. One of the most electrifying performances of static shock’s recent history has been bifurcated in my memory between drummer Ryan Naideau’s intimidating drum fills during that one song that sounds like the Melvins taking a holiday in an early 80s finnish hc themed holiday camp, and walking into the “electro room” at New River during Chris Bress’ set to see every last person moving and then instantly spotting Naideau speed skanking, only for him to spot me, stop, give the wink and gun and continue dancing. Breakneck to say the least.

2 – Diat “Positive Disintegration” LP
Notably absent from any modern gathering of the faithful surrounding punk, including this weekend, but an unforgettable and perfectly crafted “post punk” band. They have Whodini’d their way out of he chains of faux disco and the emanations of a deflating bagpipe and instead blasted out a second LP of magic drab. Drummer Iffy’s record shop in Berlin – “Static Shock” – has surely provided better living for record collections across Europe.

3 – Ibuprofen – don’t leave home without it.

4 – Heavy Sentence
A perhaps undervalued band from Sheffield who have cracked one of the many codes of playing great heavy metal, which is to have a perfect punk drummer. The kind of thick pneumatics of Motorhead over the cooly shaded histrionics of guitars freely moving in space. The sound of smelling good while looking rough. Sturdy, crunchy, a sea of axes.

5 – Beaconsfield Hotel and The Happy Man
Both more or less inconveniently out of walking distance from the gigs without having to miss an act, but both a place for a swift sip of down time. The former a poetically neglected Victorian interior with drunken postal staff and local pool sharks haunting he premises, skunky pints, and high ceilings yet still worth your time. The latter a diamond in the diamonds.

6 – The Annihilated
Vaulted secret musical project of Reckless staff member Tom Ellis. Blink and you’ll miss it. Rumour has it the only existing physical record of his sole current musical output is on a dub plate in NE London somewhere with the words “Songs for a Shropshire Christening” stencilled on the sleeve so no one will ever listen it. Sunday Night’s performance by “Boss” will also debut the soon to be classic tribute song to Tom, “Mad Mad Ellis.”

7 – Sial s/t LP

A masterstroke of contemporary punk, full stop. Singapore’s Sial are a seamless melding of form, content, intent, and execution. The music is relentless hc punk but should be especially noted for upgrading the pseudo standoff of punk versus the mainstream via the language they sing in, Bahasa Melayu (Malay), which is the language of Singapore’s indigenous minority. This seemingly small challenge of communication speaks volumes to the gestures of importance and meaning that can be foundationally present in an ever diluting notion like punk. They blast off on Saturday evening.

8 – Snatch “All I Want”
Judy Nylon’s perfect punk single from 1978. Not only is she credited with more or less providing the context in which “ambient music” was born (a questionable pursuit but a big one), but she’s also crafted some significantly perfect punk rock. There are two versions of this single and song, much like other important decisions you’ll know you’ve made the right one when you hear it. Nothing to do with this weekend but enjoy yourselves anyway.

9 – Nekra
Four of the most solid musicians on the London punk scene creating a crushing off the rails shove on the chest to all in their presence. LP en route with velvety steely guitar and pummelling vocals. Not only that, but the four women who make up the band are the human crossroads of much of London’s brilliant contemporary punk output, their junction forking outward to the thundering and polynational Forra, the uplifting melodic pogo of Pesadilla, the exhilerating electric depressant of Sarcasm, and the constructivist slam dance of Child’s Pose. The banks of the Thames are alive with Music.

10 – I’m playing five sets and doing a dj set so shout out to myself for intruding on everyone’s cool bands and good time. See you for a Bloody Mary on Monday.

Joe Briggs

Top 10 Records by bands that have played or are playing at Static Shock Weekend:

Static Shock Weekend has provided me some of the most memorable times of my life. Some of the best bands I’ve ever seen. And also some of the biggest mad ones I’ve ever experienced. In 2015 I got so cXnted I forgot how to speak. This year I am looking forward once again to seeing mates from around the world and meeting a bunch of sick punx. I’m also incredibly excited for my band to play it for the first time (Scrap Brain: 3:50 Friday matinee at New River before Chain Cult), and I’m also very excited for Geld, Warthog, Boss, Sial, Heavy Sentence and many many other banging bands, and of course the traditional Friday night Bad Boy Bress DJ set. See you in the pit.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads – Go Home

21st century New York’s answer to the Mummies released their third album in 2018 and it rips, but their 2012 debut remains special. While garage-punk as a term tends to conjure up images of identikit Burger Records bands chugging through mediocre riffs, Hank Wood’s approach revels in the grot and grime and the weirdness of punk, realising that more interesting than aping the Ramones riffs, is digging into their oddball city urchin mentality, the pain and the mental pressure. Repetitive lyrics of frustration and fury. Most of the tracks have simple refrains that build and twist in on themselves, growling and snapping at you, twitching inwards and out with raw raw firehose power, like the song My House which consists almost entirely of the line “HEY YOU! GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!” like that point of utter dissolution in an argument that ends a party or relationship when you just hang on to one phrase repeating it with machine-malfunction rhythm again and again and a-fucking-gain to the slippery point of semantic satiation because it’s that now-or-never separation you need right now, not any sort of showdown, not any sort of explication of issues and history you just need the lonesomeness and you can’t see anywhere, think of anything, but that repitition and the respite it seems to shape. This album is about those wormy twin feelings of city living, where you despise the alienation and industrial numbness of these human-factory farms (“I don’t belong here.” broods Snide…Petty…Fools) but also revel in the badass ice-eyed streetwise fearless cynosure cXnt you cut yourself into in order to survive. This whole record, from the clanking sewer-noise of its untitled track, to the redneck rumblings at the start of Bad Things which quickly devolving into another growling stompy scratching-at-the-seams mess, is a jittery uncomfortable grumble on urban rot and the Mega-City Dredd attitude it cultivates inside us that boots up against our smarts and dreams and failing stars and tussles there til we drown it with alcohol or cyborg drugs or abandon the fight, the blame and the corruption, for the quieter apocalypses of suburbia.

Playing in 2014, the Hammerheads, live are a writhing insistent mass of panicked guttural twitchings, those isolated breakdowns become roaring shoutalongs, flung about in deadly release.

Dawn of Humans – Slurping at the Cosmic Spine

The apogee of 2010s freakpunk. Scuzzy guitar dragged over pogothump rhythms runs Slurping at the Cosmos Spine, strapped up equally ready for an imbecilic slamdance or fresh aperture gouged into your third-eye. The vocals are the most divergent instrument here, snapping lizardbrain warbling and strained whinnies, inane whirling ditties with the cadence of playground taunts, deep dogbitten threats, panicked jolts and spasms. There’s the tapewhine and flickering spitshake of Possibility Box, the rattling of Secretion, the fleshy vellication of Painful Mountain, the restless clamor of Dug Hole, the pumpfake slobbering dronedrawl of Horseblind, slipping down into dark. All the way through to the pressing freakstamp of Foundation, Dawn of Humans snatched songs from fragments and shards. Gnomic visions of a world in flux, half-glimpsed through a mucal veil. Oblique gerunds trailing off, “As we stand on firm ground, we sink in, callousing” on Horseblind, Fixation’s repetitive sneer of “Always bending”, Dug Hole “Creeping, seeping, crawling”, Possibility Box “Knowing, not knowing”. This album tricks out the scribbly essence of thought, coalescing and tearing, tumbling off into the ether. It’s a world of traps and terrors, fears lurking beyond or within, their clammy tendrils brushing against up against you as you surge bodily and stumblemosh in the gloom. Jump-up music for aborted seances, busted headcult punks in primordial movement, dancemoves and directions sucked greedily straight from the collective unconsciousness of the puerile choir immaterial.

They played in 2014 with Emil adorned in a homemade armour made of a broken mirror, bungee cords and duct-tape, partway through their set he leapt into the pit and opened up his hat to take out bits of paper which he passed out exhorting the wildly pogoing punks to CHANGE or GROW. A mate of my received one of these after smashing his first gary and I think his head hasn’t been the same since. Meanwhile, I went home with the mirror that was hanging off Emil’s cock and it’s still on my wall.

Good Throb – The Queen Sucks Nazi Cock

Watching a band grow is one of the greatest joys, while Good Throb were already a great band when I first saw them in Power Lunches supporting White Lung a good five or six years ago, over the course of their lifespan into one of the best punk bands in the world. Their final (for now) record, features their timeless mix of scalpel sharp lyrics, sneering soul-snatching vocals, clattering drums, intricate spiky guitar, pumping bass. Best British punk band since Crass.

They played a bunch of times, but from being a fairly early Friday night band in 2014 when half the people are still hungover to one of the Saturday night main events in 2017, where people back the gigroom 30 minutes before and the air pulses with anticipation, as more and more people got caught up in the Throb, this band have never failed to kill it live.

S.H.I.T. – What Do You Stand For?

Consistently making some of the best hardcore punk in the world since they got together almost a decade ago, their first LP is rushes and reaps, ready to rearrange face and brains, fit for blowing up rooms. Vocals dragged roughly out of the depth the throat, but imbued with less echo and blunt purpose than their earlier EPs, retching over the collision of body and society, mind and matters, writhing and snatching clumsily in flat bursts of alienation. Pressing onwards, crashing forwards. They played two sets in 2014, an absolutely terrifying Friday night one which destroyed one of the speakers and ripped off the top half of Colin from Disguise’s ear, and a slightly less insane but maybe more joyous Saturday night.

Game – Who Will Play?

Though they’ve only been going a couple years, Game’s collective members who’ve played in bands like Fucked Up, Violent Reaction, Career Suicide, Arms Race and many more, have probably got a good couple thousand gigs under their collective belt. While there is an incredible joy in seeing a rough and ready bunch of kids working out their way around their instruments with simple, there’s an equally special feeling when a bunch of hardcore/punk lifers take their experience and talent and commitment and pool it into a complete hardcore statement like Game do. Actually calling to mind true greats like Gauze and other bands that people claim their band sounds like while missing by a mile, Gauze. Astonishing riffs, bloodied vocals, perfect hardcore. They played the last one and they’re tour-tight and on the main stage at this one.

Una Bestia Incontrolable – Observant Com el Món es Destrueix

It’s rare to find a hardcore band with so few direct forebears, Una Bestia Incontrolable’s shares little in common with most adherents of the genre, maybe only in the percussive seductive weirdness of Hungary’s Vágtázó Halottkémek can you find such a melding of danceable rhythms and scratchy uncomfortable noise. Also, while most hardcore bands, like Hank Wood, focus on the urban, UBI often draw on the deep terror, the choking awe of nature’s darkness, to infuse their songs, the childhood fear of the woods run through rumbling hardcore punk, dirt-infected guitar tones. Pernicious smirking forest knifepucks, or a deadfaced stalker, unseen, always pacing behind you with the rustle of brushes, the whip and crack of branches and twigs. An endless evil in the woods, deeper than the roots of the biggest fuck-off trees. Fuck the communion with nature, fuck the Growth of the Soil, don’t trust the earth. This album is the sound of cold streams, mini-eschatons, phobias of the dark that stretch back further than childhood, stretch back right into some deeper human dread, primal terror, shadowy places that have existed for a long-ass time. It’s an album of fire, winds and flamewhips. Echoes. Shit. Crepitations. Threat. Pounding rocks, nasty fucknoise built into looming boulders and packed into mud since the coalescence of the earth. Violence until now. Let us in. Let us out. We were right to be afraid.

UBI played their first gig ever at Static Shock 2012 and returning as headliners in 2015, a set I actually didn’t enjoy because I was absolutely off my tits and 5 minutes before they played Tom Ellis informed me I was going to go on stage and talk to 500 people immediately after their set so I spent the entire set completely freaking my nut out. Thanks for that, Tom.

Kriegshog – s/t

For my money, the best album released by La Vida Es Un Mus, the greatest punk label in the world. In the myriad forms of Japanese hardcore, from the sweeping solos of Death Side, the whipcrack fury of Gauze, the monomaniacal d-beat of Disclose, Kriegshog mine the particular of the likes of Crow and their crusty thunderous take on Motorheadesque rock and roll. Burn in particular is one of the best hardcore songs of the last 25 years. A hypnotic propulsive fury, pulling you into the murk. They headlined in 2016 and tore up both the Dome and the Unicorn. I remember most of both sets.

The Number Ones – Another Side of the Number Ones

Four songs of absolutely timeless power-pop, feeling less like they were written but plucked fresh and complete from some ineffable romantic ether, but that’s how it goes with perfect pop songs, golden tunes, wry lyrics, melodies smooth as a white lie, if everyone could write songs this good, they would. The effort and talent that goes into crafting these tunes as good as anything on any Powerpearls comp is elided by the finished product, and its irresistible charm. The Number Ones have played SSW multiple times. From their Saturday afternoon in 2014, where it genuinely looked like Cian was gonna puke for half the set, to the 2015 aftershow, which I have absolutely no recollection of despite there being documentary evidence of me being there (apparently my trousers fell down in the pit) the lads seem to be able to dig deep within themselves and conjure up those sweet melodies and harmonies and despite the fact that they are invariably either absolutely on it or struggling through a thick fug of a hangover. This year they close out the festival on the Sunday evening. Good luck, lads.

Uranium Club – All of Them Naturals

Meticulously-crafted post-punk dispatches from a strange alien world of workplace paranoia, a fully-realised conceptual approach to the surreal despair inherent in the corporate psychological landscape of late American capitalism, like Devo covering David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. They smashed it up in 2016 and will be doing it again this year on Friday night.

Bib – Moshpit

Plaintive piano into what is basically the Leeway intro, absolutely massive fuckin hardcore, riffs that sound they were played with a brick, songs constructed purely to stomp your head in. Pure mosh tempting even the most retired old-punk back into the pit. They played 2017 and it was almost too hot to breathe. The closest I’ve felt to death during a punk gig. Incredible stuff.

See you next week if we’re still alive!

Loadsa Records!!!! Plus an all Goldie Top Ten from Marcus Barnes!

Hello from Reckless Records!

This weeks blog was written to the sounds of:

Super busy week as always, with quite a bit of buying. Here’s just a little bit of what we bought:

1) Clean Classic Rock; a really nice collection with plenty of 60’s-80’s titles. Most titles are EX at least and the sleeves are in great condition too. Pentangle, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Devo, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix, Grace Jones, B52’s, Nazareth, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Only Ones, Joni Mitchell, Sex Pistols etc.

2) Nice little batch of Jungle CDs, all unmixed, with quite a few tracks that weren’t released in any other format! These will really not last long!

3) Couple of Donald Byrd originals, from his Jazz Funk era. Places and Spaces already sold! Which is no surprise as we were just saying how this just doesn’t turn up like it used to!

4) Whole big bunch of Prince tapes! About 15 in all.

5) UK original Esquire Moondog LP. This is seriously rare! Plus it has a really beautiful sleeve.

6) Little batch of Classic 90s Hip Hop – A Tribe Called Quest, Fugees, Run DMC, 2Pac etc. Also quite a few RnB 12″s from top artists like Aaliyah.

7) Top Reggae/Dancehall/Ska collection. Several original 60’s Ska/Rocksteady titles, some heavy 80’s Roots and loads of killer Dancehall. Luckily the Dancehall titles are strong; not the usual Bashment cheapies (not that theres anything wrong with them!). Yabby You, Little Kirk, Dennis Brown, Barry Brown…

8) More killer Drum & Bass / Jungle from a new seller. Lots of killer 12″s here, even more Good Looking Records titles, Ratty, Foul Play, Dillinja, Goldie, DJ SS, Krome & Time…

9) Decent Beatles White Album with low number 0001862. Quite a few Beatles (and related) titles went out this week too).

10) Small but great Anarcho Punk collection came in; Amebix, Crass, Disrupters, Dead Kennedys, Blitz.

11) Another regular seller brought in several piles of Japanese Fusion / Yacht Rock, as well as a rare MC Solar LP and a Scandinavian Prog rarity from Splash.

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A lot of really great stuff went out this week too;

A) Several rare Punk 45s, including the rare self released debut single from Charge.

B) Plenty of rare Psych and Prog titles, including several Dandelion Records titles.

C) Plenty of Calypso and Soca, including a few more collectible titles.

E) Even more Drum & Bass! Loads of rare ones too!

F) Lots and lots of 45s, Al was really smashing it this week.

G) As much Classic Rock as you could possibly want.

H) Several rare Pink Floyd vinyl box sets (as well as a load of 45s).

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This week we have a Top Ten from Marcus Barnes, author of “Around The World In 80 Record Stores”. I have to say I’m super chuffed and really loved this piece being a huge Goldie fan myself! Thanks Marcus!

Goldie was an idol of mine when I was a teenager (and I guess he still is now)

Goldie was (and still is) an idol of mine when I was a teenager. In my naive teen bubble I felt like I had so much in common with him as a mixed-race kid who was into graffiti and drum’n’bass. His music was part of the soundtrack to my youth, a difficult time when I was starting to work out who I was and what this strange thing we call ‘life’ is all about. Drum’n’bass was my life from the early jungle days up to the early 2000s. There are too many names to mention but Fabio, Grooverider and Bryan Gee were very influential during this time…

Rufige Kru – Menace
The intro to this one sends shivers down my spine. I quite like a pitched up vocal and this one (sampled from Urban Soul’s ‘Always’) gets me every time. This predates the early years of jungle/drum’n’bass, when the British spin on hardcore was in full flight. This is what the UK does best, proper!

Goldie – Sensual
Another cut that has a tingle-inducing intro. I love that b-line and the sombre keys, then the wistful vocal clip comes in and gets your hairs standing on end. I’ve honestly had days where this was on repeat for hours and hours, without any other tune interrupting it. Classic.

Rufige Kru – Terminator
Another early Goldie release, proper darkside business. If you put this on and actually play some of the action scenes from the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger film it works quite well. Besides that, this is another great tune from Goldie’s early catalogue.

Goldie – Kemistry
First of all, RIP Kemistry. Goldie and Kemi were in a relationship for a while and this is, of course, dedicated to the beautiful woman herself. A pioneer in the drum’n’bass scene, Kemi’s contribution will be remembered forever and this is a timeless tribute.

Goldie & 4 Hero (Internal Affairs) – Hands To Heaven
4 Hero are UK legends with a decorated past that includes their hardcore releases, early jungle, drum’n’bass, jazz and much more. They have innovated constantly, and this vintage cut made with Goldie really does take me back to my youth – I remember Bryan Gee playing on this on Kool FM one Sunday night. I still have the tape as well!

Goldie – Angel
One of Goldie’s key collaborators in the early period of his music career was the late, great Diane Charlemagne. Her distinct voice works so well in tandem with his often stark instrumentals. The juxtaposition between the deep, stirring soulful nature of her vocals alongside the rugged, dystopian atmospherics is beautiful.

Goldie & Noel Gallagher – Temper Temper
In the mid to late nineties Goldie became the first (and maybe only) drum’n’bass superstar… he mingled in celebrity circles and dated a few famous women (Bjork, Naomi Campbell among them). Noel Gallagher became a friend, too and he got busy on the guitar for this killer track. Check the video for Goldie letting loose with a baseball bat…

Goldie – Letter Of Fate
Like a lot of Goldie’s work, this is deeply personal. The lyrics for ‘Letter Of Fate’ are taken from a suicide letter he wrote as a youngster. I still remember hearing this for the first time and having a huge lump in my throat.

Goldie – Mother
Perhaps Goldie’s longest recording, and undoubtedly one of his most personal and ambitious. ‘Mother’ is just over an hour long and fuses classical with electronica – this may sound a bit passe by today’s standards but at the time (1998) it was still very much an avant-garde experiment to meld an orchestra with synthesisers. Always pushing the boundaries, Goldie’s ‘Mother’ absolutely blew me away when it came out and the VIP Vocal Mix is out of this world, too.

Goldie – Inner City Life
I guess it couldn’t be a Goldie top 10 without this one. Like the album it comes from this is absolutely timeless. The soundtrack to summer 1995 for me and so many others, everything about this cut is spot on, and it will remain an all-time classic forever. Nearly 25 years since it came out, it still has the same impact on me.

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Or possibly from a more Independent supplier!

Lots coming up for us at Reckless this week, several collections on the horizon and several of us are playing at Toms festival Static Shock next week which will be quite something I’m sure you’ll agree!

Till next week!

Reckless

Basement action, lots of Rap and a Top Ten from Richard Morton Jack!

Hello!

This blog was written to the sounds of

As you can imagine its been a pretty hectic week here at Reckless. We moved all of our stock (over Twenty Five Thousand Records!) from our storage unit in North London into our basement which had just been done up and made suitable for storage.

It’s going to take us about a week to get the basement into shape, but we’re still managing to process some great new Records and CD’s. We’ve also managed to get out to a few collections. As you can imagine we’re all very tired and achey this week!

And now on to the buying;

1) I’m not sure if you saw the post on our Instagram but we bought a really great Hip Hop collection from a friend of mine who I used to work with in Selectadisc in Nottingham. Lots of classic titles on 12″ and LP. Plenty of original issues too! Artists such as Wu Tang Clan, Dr Dre, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, MF Doom, Ghostface Killah, Nas, Pete Rock, J Dilla, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Eminem, The Notorious BIG, Aim, Taskforce, Roots Manuva etc. Mostly in great condition too.

2) I was out at a small but excellent Goth/Punk/Punk collection on Monday. Sadly the titles weren’t in as good condition as I hoped but I suppose that means they were very much enjoyed! Most of them still play fine regardless and are out for very cheap! Titles from The Birthday Party, The Sisters Of Mercy, Fields Of The Nephilim, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Dinosaur JR, Nick Cave, Faith No More, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Cure, Fugazi, The Meteors, The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Strawberry Switchblade, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, The Clash, Dead Can Dance, Depeche Mode, Madonna etc.

3) Nice little batch of great Indie titles featuring some Sarah Records titles, Ministry, more Dinosaur JR, Sonic Youth, Happy Mondays (including some nice US issue 12″s), The Fall, The Breeders etc. Incidentally I found a lot of similar stuff when I was sorting the basement so please expect more of this kind of gear going out soon.

4) Some incredibly clean Classic Sixties Rock titles. All UK originals, and the front laminate flapback sleeves honestly look they would have done on the day of release. Titles from Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Cream, Chris Farlowe, John Mayall and several others.

5) Toru had a fair bit of buying this week; some really nice titles from Theo Parrish – including some rare in the Sketches series. Loads of Aphex Twin, including a bunch of Analord titles. Plus last night lots of big selling now classic titles from Four Tet, Skream, more Good Looking titles including Seba, Blame, Bukem etc. We’re expecting a fair bit of buying this weekend including two potentially big Dance collections!

6) More weird and wonderful titles from two friends and regular sellers; including lots of records from around the globe, synth oddities, library titles, ambient and dub.

In light of the new much bigger expanded Galactic Ramble – which is honestly one of the best music books I own (I actually have the older edition but am awaiting delivery of the new edition!) I asked Richard Morton Jack the editor of Galactic Ramble amongst many other things to do us a Top Ten!

Ten 60s / 70s albums with prominent sitar

Although many British albums flirted with Eastern Sounds in the 60s and you, not many featured the sitar throughout. Here are ten of the best

CLEM ALFORD
Mirror Image
(Columbia SCX 6571) 11/74
Misleadingly sub-titles ‘the electronic sitar of Cleam Alford’, this late addition to the UK Into-Jazz canon effectively showcases the man on the earlier Sagram and Magic Carpet LPs (see further down the list…). Side one is occupied by the titles track, which also features Indian guitar wizard Amancio D’Silva. It’s slow to start, but eventually locks into a superb groove, with tight drumming and funky electronic piano spurring on the duelling sitar and guitar. Side two is closer to traditional Indian music, and not for fusion fans, but the LP will certainly appeal to admirers of Ananda Shankar, Okko and the like.

JOE HARRIOTT & JOHN MAYER
Indo Jazz Suite
(Columbia SX / SCX 6025) 4/66
Having pioneered free-form / abstract music at the start of the decade, in 1965 the great Jamaican-born altoist Harriott was paired up with Indian Classical composer-arranger John Mayer by the eminence rise of British Jazz producers, Denis Preston. The first of the three LPs they made together blends a standard jazz line-up with various Indian instruments to create a shimmering, exhilarating blend of styles.

THE INDO-BRITISH ENSEMBLE
Curried Jazz
(MFP 1307) 5/69
Although this appeared under a crass title on a budget label, it’s extremely well-conceived and performed, with jazzers including Kenny Wheeler, Jeff Clyne and Chris Karan melding Indian musicians on four mellow, gentle swinging tracks. Producer Victor Graham described the result as ‘happy exotic music’ on the back cover, which just about sums it up. It’s gratifyingly easy to find, too.

THE INDO JAZZMEN
Ragas & Reflections
(Saga FID 2145) 1968
Another budget LP, this isn’t as tacky as the nude model on the cover might suggest. Like Curried Jazz, it offers four long pieces arranged for both jazz and Indian instruments, and clearly takes its lead from John Mayer and Joe Harriot’s Indo-Jazz Fusions. It’s smooth and hypnotic stuff, and a must for fans of the style. Other than Tara Kapur (sitar) and Krishna Kumar (tabla), the musicians are uncredited, but they’re clearly seasoned players, and the tracks credited to ‘Isaacs’, indicating veteran guitarist Ike Isaacs.

CHIM KOTHARI
Sound Of Sitar
(Deram SML/DML 1002) 11/66
The trend for all things occidental in 1966 led to a rash of ‘sitarsploitation’ records, effectively easy listening with sitar on top. This early Mike Vernon production was supposedly the work of ‘a young Ugandan virtuoso’, Chiman K. Kothari, and serves up hackneyed numbers like Winchester Cathedral, The Carnival Is Over and Strangers In The Night with decidedly average sitar on top. Unsurprisingly, the best cuts are his own two compositions, Barsaat and Bhigmangon Ka Mela. As Beat Instrumental commented at the time: ‘it’s a pity Mr. Kothari has had to be somewhat cheapened by the pops in order to bring his sitar skill to the ears of record buyers.’

LORD SITAR
Lord Sitar
(Columbia SX / SCX 6256) 7/68
This set of so-so orchestrated pop instrumentals was the subject of a mischievous marketing campaign encouraging speculation as to Lord Sitar’s identity, inevitably leading to rumours that he was George Harrison. In fact, it comes as no surprise to find that prolific man ‘Big’ Jim Sullivan (see elsewhere in this list) was responsible. He tackles hits by the Beatles, the Monkees, the Who and others (including producer John Hawkins and the ubiquitous Kim Fowley). The latter’s involvement gives a fair idea of the project’s integrity.

MAGIC CARPET
Magic Carpet
(Mushroom 200 MR 20) 6/72
Promo material called this ‘an Indo-European fusion which distills four diverse experiences into a timeless delight as universal as the sunrise’. That might be a little hyperbolic, but it’s a gentle, mellow and melodic set of ballads by the pure-voiced Alisha Sufit, with backing from Clem Alford (see elsewhere on this list) and tabla master Keshav Sathe. Sufit sings in an appealingly plaintive voice, and the songs are short and sweet, if a little repetitive. I certainly disagree with the grumpy Disc reviewer who called it “Yet another contrived Western sitar record, totally unreal, right from Alisha Sufit’s quavering, whining vocals to Clem Alford’s twinky-twanky sitar’.

JOHN MAYER
Radha Krishna
(Columbia SCX 6462) 7/71
Yet another overlooked winner from Dennis Preston’s ‘Record Supervision’ stable, this rare Indo-Jazz concept album from the Indo-Jazz pioneer tells the tale of the milkmaid Radha’s passionate and jealous love for the god Krishna. Spoken narrative and quasi-operatic vocals are interspersed with superb instrumental sections featuring sitar, flute, tabla, double bass and percussion instruments. The uncredited band cook up some sublimely funky passages, as well as more pensive, classical moment, while the libretto packs in a striking number of references to breasts.

SAGRAM
Pop Explosion Sitar Style
(Windmill WMD 118) 1972
This budget release is even more misleadingly-titled than leader Clem Alford’s subsequent Electronic Sitar LP. Though the cover pledges to deliver ‘the essential flavour of the instrument, with the heavy rhythms of the rock era’, it is in fact a straight collection of classical Indian pieces performed by Alford, with Jim Moyes (guitar) and Keshav Sathe (tabla). It’s a fine, intense LP – just don’t expect to have your mind blown. The sleeve – which depicts a droopy-moustachioed gent cross-legged in front of a hookah, being caressed by scantily-clad women – is a classic. As a final insult, it was issued without the trio’s knowledge, and their real name, ‘Sargam’, was rendered incorrectly.

‘BIG’ JIM SULLIVAN
Sitar Beat
(Mercury SML 30001) 1/68
Although ‘Little’ Jimmy Page is generally reckoned to have been the first British pop musician to own and play a sitar (well ahead of George Harrison), his fellow session man ‘Big’ Jim Sullivan wound up playing it on more British records than anyone else. This LP is a restrained instrumental collection of curry-powdered contemporary standards and originals, with a pinch of electric guitar thrown in here and there. The better tracks include the amiable, jazzy The Koan and droning Flower Power, but the best-known number is the funky, fuzz-tinged Tallyman (by Graham Goldman). It’s all played too safe to be called psychedelic, but is too good to be dismissed as mere exploito. There’s flute on most tracks, but the musician is sadly uncredited; I suspect Harold McNair.

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Till next week!
Reckless

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