Some nice, new heavy bits!!!!

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Incredibly busy week this week at Reckless. The reductions pretty much all sold in a few days. Like always at this time of year the buying slows down a little but it gives us a chance to catch up on pricing up records from our overloaded storage unit!

Some of the records that went out this week:

1. Loads more Jazz, Blues, Roots, US Folk and Country went out from the huge collection we bought last Summer.
2. As always a hell of a lot of Jungle, Drum & Bass and Hardcore. I believe a load of fresh Source Direct and related bits are in there.
3. Classic Rock – so man of the standard Classic Rock titles sold over Christmas so we’ve been working hard to restock all the usual favourites.
4. More Electro.
5. Lots of weird and wonderful 45s.

Despite the buying slowing down a little what did come in was pretty exciting.

A) Small, but near perfect pile of really rare records from Cressida (an original white label), The Stooges (UK Funhouse), Gary & Stu, Nucleus, Rameses, Kraftwerk, NON, Bryony James, Swegas, Dave Kelly and several more top rarities. These are nearly all in top condition and were purchased from the son of a bloke who used to have his own record shop. He said he may have a few more piles like this so watch this space!

B) More Drum & Bass from a regular seller – Reinforced, Metalheadz, Moving Shadow, Ram…all the usuals!

C) A suitcase of US pressings – all very used, but nice to see. From Soul to Psych: War, Diana Ross, The United States Of America, Sandy Bull, Dionne Warwick, Joe Byrd, Sly & The Family Stone etc.

D) Quite a few Flying Nun and related records. Including some rare comps and The Clean vinyl box set.

E) Bag loads of Classic Rock: The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Love, Deep Purple, Focus, Fairport Convention, The Rolling Stones, Free, Pink Floyd.

F) More interesting progressive bits from Kevin Ayers (an original Joy Of A Toy – such a great LP) and Graham Bond.


Quite a few collections on the horizon; so watch this space and keep checking our Instagram!

This week we have a few Top Tens from the original Kuttmaster K!!!!

A Top 10 of my favourite tunes from my youth – (late 70’s / Early 80’s)

1. A Forest – The Cure
2. She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
3. Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
4. Kings of the Wild Frontier – Adam and the Ants
5. No More Heroes – The Stranglers
6. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Duty and the Blockheads
7. Making Plans For Nigel – X.T.C.
8. Too Much Too Young (live single version) – The Specials
9. Is She Really Going Out With Him – Joe Jackson
10. Return Of The Los Palma’s 7 – Madness

Top 10 Punk

1. Give Me Fire – GBH
2. Dead Cities – The Exploited
3. Religious Wars – Subhumans
4. The More I See – Discharge
5. I Hate People – Anti Nowhere League
6. Psycho Killer – English Dogs
7. Holiday In The Cambodia – Dead Kennedys
8. Conflict – Conflict
9. Bodies – Sex Pistols
10. Broken Bones – Decapitated

Thanks Wayne!!!

You can check out the original Kutmaster K here if you don’t know him already…

Till next week!

Slashed Prices and Sleaford Mods

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What a lovely week – which has been spent mostly going through all of the stock in the shop and reducing anything if its been there for two long. To be fair its good to get rid of stuff thats just been there too long – and we always find missing stuff when reductions are done. I completely redid all of the cheaps – so now there are loads of great cheaps and reductions – plus its hopefully now all in the right place! Reductions and Christmas have had a bit of an impact on the processing but we worked late the other day and the shop is starting to look a bit more spruced up. We don’t generally do this but we put a few bits up on our Discogs from the Reductions so if you feel like theres one that got away check it out – our buyer name is .

Loads of buying this week…

1) Tonnes of newish Rock, Indie, Punk and Soundtracks came in (with some older 80s and 90s stuff thrown in for good measure. Some really cool titles: Guided By Voices, Evil Dead/Aliens/Iron Fist/Gummo/Twin Peaks/various Death Waltz soundtracks, My Bloody Valentine, M83, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, Ride, The The, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Circle…you get the idea.

2) The Bushdoctor dropped in a nice stack of 12″s and Lps – loads of oddities; Ambient, Jazz, ECM, Techno, Synth, Library, Reggae, Hardcore and some record that was pretty obscure that Music From Memory just reissued. Always great records – humming of ganja though as usual!

3) What kind of week would it be if we didn’t have a pile of Jungle come in? Several small collections came in; bits from Logistics/London Electricity/High Contrast/Hospital Records, Danny Breaks, Beats R Us, DJ Trace, SL2, Red Alert & Slammer, Ratty, Dillinja etc. Despite selling loads of Jungle/Hardcore and Drum & Bass we still have loads more going out.

4) More Japanese Jazz titles coming in from another regular, including a beautiful McCoy Tyner! Loads of nice bits on the wall on the Jazz side at the moment.

5) Several interesting CD selections – including some rare Italo House CDs, obscure Funk ones, Shirley Collins and Velvet Underground CD Box Sets – oh and the massive Yo Ho Wa 13 box set too!

6) One of the biggest piles of records that came in this week was one of my favourite ones in a while. A) 40 or so 78s – mostly Jazz from Chet Bater, Lee Konitz, Miles Davis but also some great Folk ones and some killer Calypso ones – which included a few tracks from the London Is The Place For Me comps B) thirty or so gorgeous Arabic 7″s; with amazing sleeves C) 50 or so top tier Folkways, Mushroom Records titles, Folk bits from around the globe. Quite a few pricey titles here – all in amazing shape too D) thirty or so great tapes of music from round the globe. Quite a few really rare bits with big Discogs numbers – none going out for more than a fiver.

7) Rather used Classic Rock collection – bits from The Beatles, Steamhammer, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Yazoo Blues comps, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Sex Pistols, Carole King…. About 150 records – 75 went straight in the cheaps.

8) Tonnes of Stoner, Post Metal and Post Rock. Quite a few really decent ones from Neurosis, Pelican, Daitro, Isis, Mastodon, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Max Richter (the great Blue Notebooks album), Old Man Gloom, KTL, Earth, Converge, Earthless.. Some sought after colour vinyl bits.

9) Some banging Thrash Metal LPs – including rippers from Slayer, Testament, Ludichrist and Venom!


This week we got a special Top Ten – from the man like Jason from Sleaford Mods!! We absolutely love Sleaford Mods – you have to see them if you haven’t had a chance – top geezers!

Dimzy ‘Profit’
67 ‘serious nights’
RV ‘Kodak Black’
Headie One ‘Heavy Metal’
Loski ‘Money and Beef’
Hus Kingpin ‘Coke Casa’
Knowledge The Pirate ‘Wrinkled Feathers’
Roc Marciano ‘No Love’
Giggs ‘Outsiders’
Conway The Machine ‘Air Holez’

They’ve got a new Record out….check it out!

Thanks a lot Jason we really appreciate the Top Ten mucka!

Anyway, I’m off to Rotterdam for my birthday tata

Happy New Year from all of us at Reckless!

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2018 – what a year! Thanks to all our customers and friends for making it a really special year for us; you really did make it the best year for Reckless and we really appreciate you.

Top records for us in 2018….

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: “Talk Tight” EP, “The French Press” EP, “Hope Downs” LP

Richard Thompson: “13 Rivers” LP

Mary Halvorson: “Code Girl” LP

Warthog: “S/T” EP

Ex Terrestrial: “Urth Born” EP

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: :The Complete Lansdowne Recordings” Box Set

Fast Floor: “On A Quest For Intelligence” LP

Thomas Bush: “Old And Red” LP

Peter Broggs: “Jah Golden Throne”

Acayouman: “Funky Reggae” EP

Constant Mongrel: “Living In Excellence” LP

Uwalmassa: “Bumi Uthiri” EP

Puce Mary: “The Drought” LP

MT Rice: “S/T” EP

Amnesia Scanner: “Another Life”

Few oldies/reissues in theres because we literally sit at work all day listening to mostly old music!

Lots of great gigs, books, comics too this year but the best book I read was Viv Albertines’ “Clothes Music Boys” which I can honestly say completely blew me away.

I’m still off for Christmas (in a freezing house with a broken boiler on the Kent coast) so only know about a few things that have come in this week but here you go…

Another top notch Jungle/Drum & Bass collection. Sean said “Ed Rush, Source Direct, Alex Reece, Skanna, Photek and other stuff on Ram, Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware etc”. Nice nice!!!! We can never have enough Drum & Bass if its the right stuff.

Nice original UK pressings from Nick Drake “Five Leaves Left”, The Doors, Love and Neil Young. Sean sent me some pics and these look beautiful.

Some pricey clean African LPs – mostly from Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Signed Indie classic from Oasis, Stereolab and Teenage Fanclub!

I’m sure loads more has come in, but I’ll have to report back next week!


It really was a top year for us – check last weeks blog for a round down of some of the records and collections we bought. This year we hope to step up our game even more so watch this space!

Heres to 2019!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and have a wicked New Years! I myself will be playing records in Glasgow at the Night School New Years party and are really looking forward to playing a very relaxed and melodic set.

It’s been a great year for Reckless, with lots and lots of amazing collections coming in and the ship running smoothly. We lost a Kenny on the way but acquired a few other top members of staff.

We’re hoping for a few changes this year – we just want to make it an even better Record Shop – so watch this space!


We bought some of the best records we’ve ever bought this year, and we bought a lot of them. One week alone we bought nearly 50,000 records!

Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass – 2018 really was the year for these genres for us. We bought in so many amazing collections, including so many deadstock copies, dubplates and full runs. Also so many really, really rare titles. At present we have several rows of this gear in; these records never last long. We had loads of titles that were not even for sale on Discogs they were that rare.

Apple. We got some seriously amazing Beatles and related titles in this year – and we still have loads to go out! From the Paperback Writer demo to rare Yoko Ono 45s to sealed original John Tavener LPs!

Huge Blues, Psych, Prog, Avant collection. This was a really big one for us. We literally drove a mini lorry to the Malvern hills. Lots of real rarities from Battered Ornaments, T2, Blue Horizon titles, Skip James, Velvet Underground, Canterbury, Blossom Toes…you name it it was there.

Seriously mental Heavy Rap – quite a few collections – but one of them was just off the chain. All US originals in shrink with Hype Stickers – and all the dopest titles.

NZ/OZ collection – which featured some rarely – if ever – seen Psych and Freakbeat 45s as well as rare punk such as an original Saints “I’m Stranded”!

Two amazing CD collections off the same guy – one obscure Japanese Hardcore Punk and one all original issue Black Metal titles.

Island Funk/Reggae collection – loaded with Wirl titles, rare Reggae Funk, heavy Dub, rare 45s.

Several collections of unplayed original Rock/Pop/Soul titles. One of which had an unplayed “Licht Und Blindheit” 45 from Joy Division.

Full run of all of The Fall titles – including several copies of some of their really rare 45s.

Huge (as in thousands and thousands) 45 collection featuring most Punk and Indie titles you could possibly think of. Again – this had some rare Joy Division bits and a “Falling And Laughing” from Orange Juice.

Several amazing 90s Indie/Grunge/Alternative collections – with clean Nirvanas sat next to Rage Against The Machine and The Jesus Lizard. Some really amazing records here.

Piles of original signed James Brown (and related) LPs and 78s.

Two huge bags of Dance Manias. Plus a lot of rare Moodymann.

Loads of Improv and UK Jazz (AMM, Michael Garrick, Ian Carr, Nucleus, Mike Westbrook).

So many Blue Note titles – the Jazz wall has basically been Blue Note heavy all year.

Amazing Skinhead Reggae collection – with a lot of top Rocksteady, Ska and Soul 45s. Including lots of rare Prince Buster. We had a lot of amazing Reggae come in this year including another Pempelem, lots of heavy Dub LPs, rare Lovers and Roots 45s.

Several original Misfits, Middle Class, Black Flag, Danzig, X, Avengers, Germs etc 45s. Loads of Good Vibrations titles too.

General rare records from: George Michael, Trader Horne, Frank Ocean, The Pretty Things, Rodriguez, Shelagh MacDonald, Anne Briggs, Trees, Roy Harper, signed Shirley Collins, first Sisters Of Mercy 45, COB, Bedazzled OST, Miles Davis UK originals, Squad 45, David Bowie dress cover, Spirogyra, Sun Ra Saturn originals, loads of Flying Nun, loads of Folkways, Jimi Hendrix UK og, Black Sabbath UK og etc.

Amazing Psychedelic CD collection – covering Disco, Black Metal, Indie and Avant Garde as well.

Top Tier Garage Punk vinyl collection – loads of seriously amazing records.

I could sit here for much longer going into what we’ve had but really we want to get out there and get more records for you so I’ll leave it there!

This week we have another Top Ten from our dear friend James Knight!!! Make sure you check the Low Bias link at the bottom!!

Easy all, apologies for the delay since my last list – life has been occuring at a rate but here I am, better late than never! I really like long extended drone/ambient music so here are ten of my favourite albums from that area of my record collection. I file this kind of stuff under ‘Straight Ambient/Drone’ and the records that end up in there tend to have little in the way of melody/modulation etc (although all them have a lot going on in other ways!). Next month I’ll shift to the next rack along in my collection and look at ten records that fall under what I file under ‘Trippy Ambient/Kosmik’ but for now here are ten straight drone out favourites of mine:

1. ‘The Black Record’ – La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela (Edition X, 1969)

Various non-Western forms of music have utilised held notes and drones for (literally) centuries but La Monte Young and his wife Marian Zazeela helped bring the transformative power of the drone into a Western context from the mid-60s onwards in New York City and have remained committed to the cause ever since. Along with like-minded contemporaries (including at various times: Terry Riley, Tony Conrad, Angus MacLise, Jon Hassell and John Cale) Young and Zazeela’s performed as The Theatre of Eternal Music as well as performing as a duo. Young also performs solo (perhaps most notably his Well-Tuned Piano concerts).

The YouTube link above contains both the A and B sides of the first commercially released material by Young & Zaeela as a duo. The first 25 minutes of the video constitutes the A side of the LP – a recording from a live performance in Munich in 1969 which was part of a longer work entitled Map Of 49’s Dream The Two Systems Of Eleven Sets Of Galactic Intervals Ornamental Lightyears Tracery (Young does a mean line in track titles!) and it involves sine wave drones and Zazeela’s vocalisations. The second 25 minutes is the B-side which is more of a gong workout and is part of a longer work entitled Studies In The Bowed Disc.

Interview footage with Young is rare, he did sit down for the BBC documentary series Tones, Drones & Arpeggios last year although that seems to have disappeared off the iPlayer for now but is worth a watch if you see it pop up again. Here’s some footage of Young, Zazeela and Terry Riley performing with Pandit Pran Nath, who was something of a guide and inspiration to them, in the 1970s:

If you are ever in New York City you can go and visit Young and Zazeela’s home in Tribeca which they call ‘The Dream House’, there is almost always some kind of sound and visual installation going on and it is well worth a visit, more information here:

p.s: OG copies of this LP are hard to come by although there is a moody but fine sounding boot that came out a couple of years back on a label called Oddullabaloo that does pop up!

2. ‘Balsams’ – Chuck Johnson (Vin Du Select Qualitite, VDSQ 021 LP, 2017)

As mentioned in my Alt-Country/Americana Top Ten I have a real soft spot for the sound of lap steel and pedal steel guitars. The noises they make are totally ethereal, other-worldly and transportative to me so finding this LP was a real gift! It contains six tracks that consist of little more than slowly unfolding steel drones with the odd one note bass line dropped in here and there. Heaven. The track in the video is entitled “Labradorite Eyes” but every track on the album is a killer. If you like the sound of the steel – look no further!!

3. ‘Grapes From The Estate’ – Oren Ambarchi (Touch, TO 61 CD, 2004)

Australian renaissance man and experimental multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi has a sprawling and fascinating back catalogue that I’m very slowly accumulating. Much of his work is filled with drones and this album in particular is one I often return to, hypnotically beautiful stuff. In addition to the original CD release on Touch the album was reissued as a double LP with a full side per-track in 2006 by Southern Lord.

4. ‘Four Full Flutes’ – Phil Niblock (Experimental Intermedia Foundation, XI 101 CD, 1990)

Pretty much everything Niblock touches is well worth a listen but I particularly like this album which consists of four twenty minute long pieces of flute drone. He has a particular gift for transforming acoustically produced tones such as these into electric sounding pulses that unfold endlessly. Since the late 1960s Niblock’s NYC loft has been home to the Experimental Intermedia Foundation which he set up and to supports artists, provides a space for their work to be performed, and also act as an outlet for Niblock’s own work. Here is a film that he made of Arthur Russell performing ‘Terrace Of Unintelligibility’:

5. ‘Dropsonde’ – Biosphere (Touch, TO:66 CD, 2006)

The majority of the music I buy tends to be on vinyl purely because I like the format, I’m certainly no format fascist though and I’ve owned a crapload of CDs in my time (Chris can attest to the ridiculous wall of the fuckers I had in Nottingham), over the years I’ve shed a lot of them but there are certain artists who have released a lot on CD only and I’ve never been able to bring myself to shift the shiny silver discs and plastic boxes despite having transferred them all onto a hard drive long ago. Along with a load of Fax/Pete Namlook stuff, Biosphere is one of those artists. I have great memories of putting his stuff on after a hefty raving session and drifting off and this album in particular came out just as I moved back to London and was going out to Plastic People and Mass a bunch. Good times!

6. ‘The Tired Sound Of Star Of The Lid’ – Stars Of The Lid (Kranky, KRANK050 LP, 2001)

Like I said up top – I file this kind of stuff under ‘Straight Ambient/Drone’ and there’s maybe no artist or album that personifies the sound I have in my head when I think about this kind of music than this LP. Ethereal, eternal, endless music that somehow completes itself as it decays. I’ve been returning to this album pretty constantly since it came out almost 20 years ago (!) and I still really love it. Someone has smooshed the whole thing together as a 2 hour Youtube vid on the link above so tune in and drone out! A friend of ours called Lucinda Chua who has released a couple of great LPs on Kranky under the name Felix (go check them and her out!) actually played cello live with Stars Of The Lid on tour with them which I still find a total trip!

7. ‘Empty Bell Ringing In The Sky’ – Pelt (VHF, VHF43 LP, 1999)

Another absolute go to record when my brain thinks ‘drone’. As with many Pelt releases this double LP is made up of recordings of live performances and each side is effectively a different jam but they are all amazing scratchy, scrapey, bowed string work outs of beautiful droning abstraction. These guys literally have not put out a bad record and I’ve said it before in these columns but I’ll say it again: R.I.P. Jack Rose. Here’s 20 odd minutes of Jack playing live solo at the Ecstatic Peace offices circa 2007, we shall not forget:

8. ‘Dreamweapon’ – Spacemen 3 (Fierce Recordings, Fright 040 CD, 1990)

The LP where Spacemen 3 fully let rip and blissed out to infinity. I’ve only ever owned the original CD issue of this which is a single 45 min track recorded live in London in 1988 but the version I found on YouTube seems to have some extra bits at the end – Brucie Bonus! Pete Kember would continue taking drugs to make music to take drugs to and explore the ambient drone zone’s furthest reaches with his E.A.R. records which I dearly love. For all you youfs out there buying DMT on the darkweb – Sonic Boom made a track called “D.M.T. Symphony – (Overture To An Inhabited Zone)” way back in 1993! Here it is in case you need some sounds to help you break through:

9. ‘Consciousness’ – Windy & Carl (Kranky, KRANK045 LP, 2001)

Another Kranky-related record that is right up there in this realm for me. I actually stumbled upon Windy & Carl trawling the Brainwashed site back in the day while looking for Coil and Current 93 stuff and was completely blown away when I finally got hold of this and the ‘Depths’ LP that preceded it. This is another one that is still in heavy rotation to this day. If anyone has a copy of their ‘Antarctica’ LP on Darla hmu, been after that one for ages…

10. ‘Morals & Dogma’ – Deathprod (Rune Grammafon, RCD 2035 CD, 2004)

I have Chris to thank for introducing me to Rune Grammafon and there are a whole load of artists on that label I like a lot but I return to the Deathprod records the most regularly. This album came out a good ten years after his mid-90s LPs ‘Treetop Drive’ and ‘Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha’ and I actually got it in a 4CD box set that collected it with those two albums and some unreleased stuff. They all came in a little black box that has never really left my bedside table. As well as his solo releases he has shared a couple of albums with the aforementioned Biosphere which makes total sense to me. I’ve definitely drifted off to sleep listening to those two artists music more than pretty much all others combined!

If you dig this kind of stuff I play a lot of records in this ballpark in the first hour of my monthly NTS show ( and you may be interested in an improvised live set that I did with my brother that mixed field recordings treated on the fly with records a lot like those described above:

Until next month – cheers!


Some amazing bits in in time for Christmas – from The Beatles to Happy Hardcore!! Top Ten from Bill Steer!!!!

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Insanely busy week this week, up there with the busiest of the year. Lets get started telling you about what has come in this week;

1. Beatles, Beatles, Beatles. Loads more BEATLES! Some super nice bits, including a demo Paperback Writer which is incredibly cool. Also a huge stack of Beatles and related Japanese CDs, rare promos, interview discs and a colour vinyl All Things Must Pass. I’ve noticed we’ve had a lot of people in this week rocking the George Harrison 70s look and I have to say, they look very dope.

2. From one youth movement to another; one huge stack of properly wicked Happy Hardcore 12”s!!! Although I know I am in the minority I do love it; I’m sure if you are a fairly regular customer you would have heard me blasting me out in the shop. Anyway – pretty clean in general; and about 500 12”s. Couple of big ones including Bananaman, Love Of My Life and that 2000 12”. But also all the Fusion 12”s, plenty of Force & Styles (hell yes; loads of the tracks played on their incredible Essential mix are here), DJ Slam, Hixxy, Seduction, SMD, Sharkey, Scooter, Ramos & Supreme (loads from that crowd), Scott Brown. Loads of really great records in all their garish glory. Few Trancecore bits and a couple of Gabber bits too. Also in the same collection was more “classic” Dance music from Aphex Twin, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, Leftfield and quite a few bit Trance and House hits.

3. Another small but wicked collection came in that was the same era bit different side of the school playground; Pop Will Eat Itself, Dog Eat Dog (the classic All Boro Kings!), Metallica, Neds Atomic Dustbin, Janes Addiction, Nirvana, Halloween, Slayer, Nine Inch Nails, Bjork etc.

4. Tom purchased a massive CD collection – thousands of Classic Rock back catalogue. Lots of really cheap but brilliant albums, what more could you want! There were some nice Box Sets in this collection too. Zooming in on the picture I can see cds from Charles Mingus, John Mayall, Nick Lowe, John Martyn, Pulp, Elvis, Mountainn, The Beatles, Public Service Broadcasting, The Clash, Miles Davis, Iron Butterfly, Neil Young, Kate Bush, Al Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Judee Sill, Paul Simon etc.

5. More Drum & Bass and Jungle. Right now we have enough that if you started listening to this at the start of 1992 you wouldn’t be done till it was 95. More Dillinja, Source Direct, Ed Rush, Ram Trilogy.

6. Fairly large Soul and Reggae collection came in today. Several hundred records, plus a load of bargain bin business.Lots of nice Dub, Rare Groove, Lovers Rock bits. Lovers was probably the largest piece of the cake but its back in at the moment so we’re ok with that. Some nice JA originals as well as classics like Tempo by Antony Red Rose.

7. More Reggae; mostly average but a few bigger 45s like Sensi Addict (nice to have a few copies of this classic come through recently). Some rarer LPs from the likes of Antony Johnson, Barry Brown and Lone Ranger.

8. A copy of huge George Michael rarity “Older” on vinyl. As soon as I put this on the gram people went mad and its gone now. Really hard to get an original copy of this on vinyl.

9. I bought an absolutely huge collection on one of our biggest Saturdays in months. It was about 500 LPs and 12”s. Lots of US issues, and loads of promos. There are some really cool records here; from super cool looking lane ranger Country bits to Lovers Rock to JA original Big Youth LPs to sealed Rolling Stones LPs! Some nice Soul and Jazz bits tucked away too including some James Brown US originals in the shrink. Lots of really obscure but interesting records here. The bulk is cool under the radar US Singer Songwriter LPs with amazing sleeves.

10. Last but not least a top notch indie collection. From the amazing Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, Oasis, The Verve, Sebedoh, Dinosaur JR, Ride, Galaxie 500, The Pixies, The Stone Roses to the Throwing Muses. All original copies.

Annnnd relax. Plenty of this stuff has gone out already but some – as ever – will take a little bit longer to go out so please bear with us. As well as a lot of the above this week we have put out:

A) Tonnes more Hardcore, Jungle, Drum n Bass, UK Garage. The sections are bulging with some of the best stock we have ever had in these genres for years. Mostly super clean too.

B) Now Toru is back from Japan the Jazz has been completely expanded – and they are flying out!

C) Classic Rock and Indie – although these are selling incredibly quickly.

D) Rock and Pop CD’s – come and grab a bargain!

E) Indie Pop on 45.

F) House, Electro and Techno 12″s – lots of very clean US originals.

Thanks to everyone that Popped into the shop this week – we know some of you have had to wait a little longer at the counter due to the queues and we appreciate you hanging on!

Please don’t forget we have Christmas Gift Vouchers available!

This week we have a Top Ten from none other than the almighty Bill Steer!!!

You’ll know Bill from Carcass, Napalm Death, Firebird, Gentlemans Pistols, Dissattack and Angel Witch of course!! I remember getting a Carcass LP from a record fair in Canterbury in the mid 90’s and it didn’t leave the deck for months. I finally got to see them at their reunion gig at the Underworld and they destroyed the place – it was amazing! So I’m really chuffed to have Bill do us a Top Ten – thanks again Bill!

Top Ten “power trio” albums of the early 1970s

West, Bruce & Laing “Why Dontcha” (CBS, 1972)
One part Cream, two parts Mountain, this heavyweight supergroup released a couple of studio albums and one live record. All of these are great, but the debut is hard to beat. From the gritty hard rock of the title track to Jack Bruce’s spectacular vocal on “Third Degree”, the whole thing is delivered in a spontaneous manner that has been rarely heard since.

Groundhogs “Hogwash” (United Artists, 1972)
The work of Tony McPhee and the Groundhogs has always been hard to categorise. Some insist on filing them away in the blues rock pigeonhole, others think of them as progressive. There have even been admirers from the anarcho-punk corner, impressed by McPhee’s early disdain for animal abuse. Ultimately, the Groundhogs always refused to be part of anyone else’s thing.

James Gang “Thirds” (ABC, 1971)
Before Joe Walsh went on to fame and riches with a notable solo career and The Eagles, he was already a respected guitarist, songwriter and vocalist with the James Gang. Many folk consider their second LP, “Rides Again” to be the band’s peak, but surely this album would be the connoisseur’s choice. The lead break on “Midnight Man” counts among Walsh’s finest.

Beck, Bogert & Appice “BBA” (Epic, 1973)
Another union of acclaimed players. Like WBL, this outfit didn’t quite reach the heights expected of them – and there is an superior, unreleased second album doing the rounds as a bootleg – but even so, there is enough quality music here to justify your attention. Their rendition of “Superstition” is a masterclass in hard rock rudeness.

Grand Funk Railroad “E Pluribus Funk” (Capitol, 1971)
Michigan’s GFR emerged in the late sixties, releasing a string of iconic albums that showed little in the way of production values but huge amounts of energy, heart and soul. By 1972 they had added a keyboard player, Craig Frost, and went on to develop a slicker sound that would yield some infectious hits. But the raw power contained on these early records was never to be re-captured.

Trapeze “You Are The Music” (Threshold, 1972)
Interesting how Trapeze remain somewhat overlooked, even now. Within a year of this recording Glenn Hughes would become a member of Deep Purple Mk III, and his voice remains a thrilling instrument to this day. On “Music”, the three modest Midlanders show their class with a versatile collection of songs.

Stray Dog “Stray Dog” (Manticore, 1973)
Snuffy Walden was one of the finest guitarists of his time, yet somehow this remarkable album slipped between the cracks. Perhaps the ELP connection – Greg Lake signed the band – misled some people, creating expectations of decadent symphonic rock rather than the blues-drenched heavy swagger contained in these grooves. All the same, Stray Dog’s debut remains a classic of its kind.

ZZ Top “Rio Grande Mud” (London, 1972)
Speaking of stellar guitar pickers, ZZ Top’s second release was – and still is – a strong showcase for the talents of Billy Gibbons. He even wields a competent harmonica for the Little Walter tribute, “Mushmouth Shoutin”, and “Chevrolet” was irresistible enough for the aforementioned Mr Walden to tackle a cranked-up cover just a few months later.

Budgie “Budgie” (MCA, 1971)
The majesty of Shelley and Bourge. Not an easy task to select just one album from Budgie’s rich catalogue, but their first certainly merits close attention. Even at such an early stage the band were unafraid to mix primal riffing alongside tender ballads, with inspired lyrics throughout.

Johnny Winter “Still Alive And Well” (Columbia, 1973)
OK, I realise that strictly this would be considered the work of a solo artist. But following the disintegration of the group known as “Johnny Winter And”, JW pared down his line-up to a trio and returned with arguably the strongest album of his career. Sonically it doesn’t get much more honest than this. There’s scarcely any overdubbing, it’s all about performances.

Loads of top gear for Christmas!

Hi from Reckless,

This Blog was written to the sounds of…

1) Tom was out in Charlton this week at the weeks top collection. The collection consisted of several thousand CDs, and a few hundred LPs and 12”s. The whole collection is pretty avant rock – bit The Wire, bit ATP, bit MOJO. Lots of obviously really amazing albums from Suicide to Sunn O))). There are quite a few wicked box sets from artists like Henry Cow, William Oneyabour, Buzzcocks, John Cage, Can and many more. There are also quite a few rarities and out of print titles from artists like The Saints, Tim Buckley and The Pop Group. I priced up some of the records today and to give you some idea: Green River, Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Brains, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Faith No More etc were all there. So yes – lots of cool stuff!!!

2) A long time friend of the shop has been selling in some decent stuff recently and today we bought a stack off him. There are around 5-600 titles; and its all Jazz or Classical. There are loads of Blue Note titles for a start (again mostly Japanese pressings strangely enough). Lots of titles from Wes Montgomery, Bud Powell, Hank Mobley, Kenny Burrell, Larry Young, Ike Quebec, John Jenkins, Elmo Hope, Grant Green. I priced up some of the Classical titles today and they were mostly Beethoven String Quartet LPs.

3) Nice big bag of 60’s Pop and Psych came in yesterday. Little pile of LPs and a big box of CDs. Rare original LPs from Barry Melton, The Moon, Kevin Ayers, Country Joe & The Fish and loads of top CDs from The Hollies (their more Psychedelic era!), Silver Apples, Soft Machine, The Beatles, The Zombies, The Monks, The Byrds, The Left Banke etc.

4) Some honking Classic Rock and Cosmic Psych LPs from Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Hawkwind and the Dukes Of Stratosphere. These were in well used condition and a lot of them ended up in the cheaps! So grab yourself a bargain as copies of The Wall rarely end up in the cheaps.

5) Scott went to a small but cool Hip Hop collection again with all of the usual people: Gang Starr, Big L, Eminem, Bush Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy etc. Mixture of reissue and original but mostly originals. We also bought loads of mint copies of one of the latest Run The Jewels LPs so grab it off us for cheaper than online.

6) Another week another pile of Drum & Bass. Bit more on the newer side this week but quality gear from Hospital, Metalheadz, Ram etc.

As its that wonderful time of year we’ve put out all of our Christmas stock. As we’ve bought so many killer collections this year we actually stockpiled some top Christmas bits. One collection I went to had 50 Christmas Reggae LPs alone – including some pretty rare ones!

Lots of great stuff has gone out this week –

A) Loads more Hardcore and Jungle – including a lot of rare titles.
B) Classical – and loads of it.
C) Classic Rock – we’re really getting them all out there now!
D) Indie 45s – the sections are bursting!
E) More Garage Revival LPs
F) Indie/Punk/Avant CDs
G) House and Electro vinyl
H) Nice 4ad and Grunge LPs and 12″s

Tom has ordered in loads more new reissues this week including loads of top sellers from Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Type O Negative, The Misfits as well as new titles from Kendrick Lamar and David Bowie (old recordings obviously!). We pretty much always have classic titles in stock – and you can choose between an original or a nice new reissue. We also sell Gift Vouchers if you want that special someone to choose their own records or cds. We’ve had a lot of people coming up and asking for some advice on Christmas gifts and we are always happy to help!

No TOP TEN this week as we’re waiting on a load – everyones busy !!!


Ahoy there!!

This week I have mostly been listing to :

Horrid weather this week, but we’re still here. Scotts had a particularly busy week thats for sure.

1. Massive, banging, House, Techno & Electro collection. Scott was down in South East London a couple of days ago buying 700 or so 12”s. These are nearly all US imports and are in top condition, in shrink, correct sleeves, hype stickers etc. The collection is essentially early 80s Electro through to Chicago House, some Rave, Freestyle, Boogie and then into the start of Detroit Techno. Tonnes of Egyptian Lover, Chris The Glove Taylor, Shannon, C-Bank, Gherkin Jerks, World Class Wrecking Crew, Derrick May, Fast Eddie, MK, Cybotron, Zest, Bobby Konders, DJ Pierre, Sha-Lor. Tommy Boy, Dance Mania, Trax, Shut Up & Dance, Strictly Rhythm, Nu Groove, Fourth Floor, Def Jam, Tuff City, Next Plateau, Cutting Records, Bay City, Gherkin, Warp, Alleviated, DJ International. Proper, proper party music. From more common but seldom seen US original classics in top nick to super rare Boogie Bombs baby!

2. We didn’t think we’d be seeing another Hardcore/Jungle collection like the one we got last week in a hurry but sure enough another banging one came in. About a thousand titles: Tom & Jerry, The Gambino Family, Bay B Kane, Bizzy B, DJ Rap, Nookie, Fast Floor, Bass Selective, Tango, Anthill Mob, DJ Fokus, Peshay, Danny Breaks, The Invisible Man, Photek, Origin Unknown… lots of really great records, including a lot of rare and expensive titles. Odd to think at one point last week we had three copies of The Gambino Family 12!!! We’ve got so much Hardcore Jungle in right now – and it never really turns up in this condition all in one go – it isn’t going to last long.

3. More Jungle/Drum & Bass came in from another regular seller; still more Metalheadz/Moving Shadow/Reinforced!!! Endless. Quality though.

4. Another regular seller brought in a much bigger pile of records than usual – loads of music from around the globe. I’m never sure how to describe collections like this as World Music seems like a bit of a weird term so lets just say Folk music from around the globe; Iraq, Turkey, Japan, USA, lots of records from all across Africa, Brazil, Tunisia, Ireland. Loads of Folkways titles in particular. Quite a lot of these seem very sought after. We’re expecting another big pile of these to come in soon.

5. Some House/Techno reissues from a pal of ours – plenty of Detroit; Shake Shakir, Derrick May, UR.

6. Loads and loads more Japanese records from Toru – including lots of cool City Pop titles (that sold instantly), Anime soundtracks, Maki LPs and lots of oddities.

7. We seem to have suddenly bought in a lot of Classical titles. Some Avant Garde stuff from Reich, Ligeti etc but a lot of Bach, Beethoven, Shostakovich. Racks (and bargain racks) are full to the brim – and more is coming.

8. Tom has ordered loads more top notch new vinyl in – including the long awaited reissue of Bloody Kisses from Type O Negative, the Kate Bush reissues, Queen, new Bowie thing, Misfits reissues.

We had our Christmas meal this week which was very nice and well behaved. It was in a fantastic Punjabi restaurant in Covent Garden. I ended up at the Flower of Kent in Lewisham and listened to Steve McQueen by Prefab Sprout on my brothers sofa till very late.

This weeks Top Ten is from Taylor from Rapid Tan!

Top 10 Middle Names EVER!
Hello! My name is Taylor Stewart, and these are my top 10 middle names EVER:

10 – Anne
So many people have the middle name “Anne”. It’s amazing! Think about how many people you know
with the middle name “Anne”… I bet it’s a huge number! A simple yet effective name… Lovely stuff!
9 – Paul
Paul! What a middle name. Sean Paul, Pope John Paul… the list goes on! Paul is number 9 on this list!
8 – Dean
An unconventional one! This one is the name “Dean”.
7 – Jane
Another popular one! Jane can be attached on to the back of multiple names, and it always just works!
It’s a great name, and an even better middle name.
6 – Graham
Now this is a middle name I’d be proud to have on my passport or drivers license. Heard of Alexander
Graham Bell? Well, this guy invented the telephone! Chances are you’re reading this on one of those
right now, and that wouldn’t be possible without this guy. I tip my hat to you, Mr Bell.
5 – Gaz
This is one I have thrown in as a suggestion. I think it’s got a great ring to it, but I don’t know anyone with
this as a middle name. If anyone reading is expecting, maybe consider the name “Gaz” as a middle
4 – Claire
Claire is a beautiful name! One of my favourites. Have you seen the Bon Apetit YouTube channel? Well,
one of the people on there is called Claire, and she had a video where she made Kit Kats from scratch.
You should watch it! She inspired this nickname choice, among some other good Claires I have met in
my life.
3 – Lucy
Another beautiful name! I think if I were to have a wee lass at any point, I would want to call her Lucy.
2 – Gordon
I have chosen this name as a joke! It’s a boring middle name.
1 – Thomas
I have chosen Thomas as the number 1 middle name for many reasons. Number 1 being that it’s a
beautiful name, and number 2 being that it is my very own middle name, so I am very fond of it!
Thank you for reading this list of the Top 10 Middle Names EVER!

Well thank you Taylor for your Top Ten middle names!

You can check Taylors band Rapid Tan here:

I would also suggest you check his fantastic YouTube channel!

Nice one!

See you next week!


Hardcore Sound

Word up!!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of::

Proper Bumper week here at Reckless this week….here we go!!

1) One of the most bad boy Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass collections we have had in for a very long time came in. Four thousand or so killer records – not a duff one amongst them. Most records are in unplayed condition – and there are loads of White Labels and Test Presses. It seems to cover 1992 through to about 1998 but with 1993-1996 taking charge. There are several titles where there are multiple copies too – such as Source Direct “Secret Liaison”. There is a huge pile of pretty much everything on Good Looking Records – unplayed copies of Piano Tune for example. There are several Tom & Jerry titles, Lucky Spin full run, rare Orca, DJ Rap, Tomba, DJ Monk, Dillinja, Mafia, Congo Natty, Marcus Intalex, Noise Factory, Photek, Lemon D, Bizzy B, DJ Massive, On Remand, Ellis Dee, The Diplomat, Tango & Ratty, Remarc, Sound Clash, Austin, Jungle Warrior, Jack Ruby, Nookie, DJ Devine & Essence, Love Dove Jay, DJ’s Flynn & Flora, over 50 Metalheadz promos, Moving Shadows…this is all from the first two boxes and there are lots and lots of boxes. There are also loads of really nice UK Garage 12″s; loads of rare ones (Anthill Mob white labels, EL-B, Jeremy Sylvester, Sly Paul etc) as well as standard but super clean ones. Basically a load of really, really good records here.

2) Whilst Scott was buying in the big Rave collection I was at the Barbican buying a top notch Jazz Collection. I’d already seen the Tubbys Groove so I figured if you have that and live in the Barbican it’s got to be worth a home visit and it was. Lots of UK original Jazz titles – including loads of Miles Davis titles, Stan Tracey “Under Milk Wood” a personal favourite, Yusef Lateef, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Morgan, Tubby Hayes, Zoot Sims, Billie Holiday, Charles MingusSonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Joe Harriott, Roland Kirk and about 20 LPs from Chet Baker! There were also loads of much cheaper Jazz titles – but plenty of oddities – including some more obscure UK Jazz that seemed pretty sought after. There were also some great Brazilian LPs from Gilberto Gil, Baden Powell; several LPs from Serge Gainsbourg, some contemporary Classical LPs from Steve Reich, Philip Glass etc as well as some top quality pop from The Beatles, Joni Mitchell etc. It was really nice to be in their lovely warm home going through their records as they told me about seeing Don Rendell, Stan Tracey, Joe Harriott at their friends house.

3) Lots of high quality Classic Rock and Indie came in from one chap for trade for a much, much bigger item (Please, Please Me original): Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Serge Gainsbourg, APhex Twin, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon/Yoko Ono, Prince, Primal Scream, New Order…lots of very limited issues. Also some high quality Japanese Beatles CDs.

4) More Raggamuffin Hardcore Jungle!!! From another regular seller; this time a few cheeky White Labels, more Photek, Suburban Base, lots more Moving Shadow, and a bit of Ram Records.

5) A decent pile of Indie and Post Rock CDs which I heard was good but I have not seen them myself. So it is a mystery!

6) If you have not forgotten the 80s then a large pile of “classic” 80s Hard Rock/Pop 12″s, Picture Discs and LPs came in, but all either still sealed or unplayed. Including sealed Meatloaf LPs (it was very hard to stop Scott from buying these but the customers come first!), Kitaro, Def Leppard, Tigertailz, Scorpions etc. Simply glorious music.

7) These may have come in with the huge pile of Fall 45s last week – and if they didn’t it would just be weird but: more cool Punk/Post Punk 45s and LPs from The Adverts, Stress, Throbbing Gristle, John The Postman, Flux Of Pink Indians, Mau Maus, Modern Art etc. Some really interesting records here, all DIY all the time.

8) Loads of Metal CDs – apparently lots of Relapse titles. Sometimes when I am driving down the motorway in my BMW I like to slip on some Nile and relax and think about Indiana Jones.

9) Loads of Noise, Noisey Techno and Avant Garde LPs and 12″s. From Actress to Wolf Eyes. Ideal if you like to move to groovy beats but you also have an aggressive side.

10) A good mate of mine sold in a load of class Jazz, Ethnographic and Progressive LPs. From Blue Note to music from Tibet. Also a lot of really nice Jazz and Reggae CDs from Dadawah, Paul Gonsalves, Dennis Brown etc. Some wicked records and CDs here; I’ll try and get some pictures up on our Instagram asap.

11) Our very own Toru (or as he demands us to call him the T Dog) came back from Japan with loads and loads of wicked Records. He had been out there seeing family and DJing loads including at the Palace Skateboards opening! As ever – he’s come back with so many amazing records. Lots of Japanese Jazz, Anime Soundtracks and Japanese pressings of Classic Rock and Jazz.

12) Little sputtering of Reggae this week – but when among them are a Studio One Alton Ellis and a Catch A Fire by The Wailers you know things are gonna be alright.

No Top Ten this week but we have some good ones coming up.

Plenty of collections on the horizon.

Go to this Brainiac 5 gig!

Till next week


From Punk to Funk – plus a Junior Tomlin Top Ten!

Allo Allo!

This weeks Blog was written to the sounds of…

Plenty of goings on at Reckless this week! Heres what we bought:

1) Some seriously rare Punk/Hardcore/Power Pop/Mod 45s. They were bought in as trade towards the really rare Joy Division 45. So we have the Glenn Danzig “Who Killed Marilyn?” Purple vinyl 45 on Plan 9, X “Adult Books” on Dangerhouse, The Middle Class “Out Of Vogue”, Deiter Meier “Cry For Fame” a killer Punk single from the Yello member as well as 45s from The Cigarettes and Llygod Ffyrnig. I believe one or two of these have already sold and we don’t get as much high end Punk bits in as we’d like (apart from weirdly a decent amount of Misfits originals in the last few years) so these won’t last long.

2) Huge pile of singles from The Fall; including several really rare ones! I think the rarest title is Marquis Cha Cha with the mispressed b-side. There really isn’t much better than a 45 from The Fall.

3) Some days are just a bit odd – you don’t see something for years and then several copies turn up on the same day. Last week we had a day where tonnes of Improv came in – all from different sellers! As well as some really nice Jazz titles. Some of the Improv LPs that came in were from Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, The Music Improvisation Company, Evan Parker…Plus some nice Impulse and Blue Note titles from John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Archie Shepp. Plus on the same day a chap came in with a copy of Tubbys Groove from Tubby Hayes; and he’s got a sizeable collection that I am going to go to next week. Fingers crossed!

4) Loads and loads of new stuff came in this week. Loads of sealed new Indie, Pop, Rock, Rap titles. The New Arrivals section will I’m sure be full to the brim by now. Stuff from Kylie, Cat Power, Animal Collective etc.

5) An excellent mix from someone with fine taste – mostly all original issues too; 45s from Devo, Patti Smith, The Residents; LPs from Nina Simone, The Beatles, Graham Bond, Groundhogs, Dr Feelgood, Scott Walker, Pj Proby, Bob Dylan, Mort Garson. Plenty more – an eclectic selection.

6) Tonnes more brand new stock that we get in from the distributors – including the new Beatles White Album box sets!

7) One of my pals came in with a decent selection. About 20 House records – Chicago Acid, some deeper House and some French titles; some Brazilian LPs and 12″s, some Classic Rock from King Crimson, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival etc and a bit of Disco/Cosmic/Library.

8) Several members of staff sold in a load of bits this week so we had loads of decent Punk/Hardcore and Bestial Black Metal! As well as a load more Hawkwind titles. Nice to have LPs from Blasphemy, Holocausto and Hawkwind in the shop.

9) Some rarer Rap LPs came in with some equally rare Gospel records! I remember that there were two rare LPs from Busta Rhymes and Bone Thugs & Harmony in there. The Gospel LPs had to be funky ones.

10) We couldn’t have a week going by without some wicked Drum & Bass coming in – more of the usual Formation, Reinforced, Metalheadz gear as well as another collection of post 96 Drum & Bass. This had a couple of harder to get titles from DJ SS and DJ Hype as well as loads of cheaper white labels.

11) Great copy of the fantastic Trader Horne LP – with the inserts! This came in with a load of Blues and Classic Rock. Haven’t seen a copy of this for ages.

12) Scott just purchased a really great collection that consisted of 200 7″s and 1100 LPs. All Soul, Funk and Reggae and weirdly enough like that collection last week they were all unplayed! Loads of Promo copies too! I haven’t actually seen the collection but it sounds like its really great – lots of top 70’s and 80’s titles.


Gone out this week:

Rare Punk/Hardcore 45s
Loads of ultra clean Soul/Funk LPs – mostly unplayed, promos and with Press packs
Japanese Hardcore/D-Beat CDs
Trader Horne LP
More Garage Punk/Revival – including loads of LPs by Thee Oh Sees
Some seriously top end Hardcore Jungle – Tom & Jerrys etc
Loads of Lovers Rock 12″s and Classic Reggae LPs


Plenty of collections coming up this week so I would keep an eye on the Instagram or better still – get down the shop!!


Huge Top Ten this week
I’m well chuffed that this weeks is from the legend Junior Tomlin!
I’ve always loved his artwork for some of the best Raves ever – plus he did the artwork for one of the Cancer LPs.

Johnny Jungle – Flammable
4 Hero – Mr Kirks Nightmare
Frequency – Kiss The Sky original mix
Terrace – Bassi(n)c on d jax upbeats
Hyper On Experience – the tango mix
Clementine – The Opening
Future Forces Inc – Dead By Dawn
Photek – Ni Ten Ichi Ryu
Super Kids – The Tragedy (don’t do it)
Run DMC – Daryl and Joe

Thanks Mr Tomnlin!

Till next week!

Ocean Songs

Ahoy there!

Hope you are all well. Sorry about the delay in getting this one out to you – I was moving back down to Kent.

Currently listening to this (which I got from Low Company) and looking out to sea:

I was only in for a few days last week but those two days were very hectic – and I’ve been told its been pretty much the same all week. Monday was a really mad one in particular!

Heres what we bought this week:

1) Absolutely massive Reggae and Soul collection. Thousands of records!! Lots of very good classic LPs from people like Eek-A-Mouse, Barrington Levy, Israel Vibration, Junior Delgado, Bob Marley etc. Then loads and loads of wicked Lovers Rock 12″s. Some really cool obscure ones too. From the super rare and expensive to the cheap and interesting. Some top Dancehall records too – both on 45 and 12″. I finally got a Sensi Addict on a single – I know its not hard to get I just never saw one!! Loads of cheaps in this lot too – so check the Bargain Reggae for a bargain!! There was also an incredibly rare Mariah Carey LP in here.

2) At the same time that all that was coming in I was buying in a seriously wicked CD collection off one of my friends (the same friend that sold in the amazing Metal CD collection several months ago). This time it was the D-Beat, Japanese Hardcore, Swedish Hardcore, Mangel, Burning Spirits stuff. With some War Metal thrown in for good measure! As always everything was in top condition. Lots and lots of very rare Japanese CDs too. Artists like: G.I.S.M., Lip Cream, Outo, Disclose, Kuro, Blasphemy, Archgoat, Anti-Cimex, The Shitlickers, Gai, Confuse, Totalitar, Black Witchery, Death Side etc. Amazing to see these come through a shop – not an everyday occurrence!!

3) Also at the same time the main man Duncan was buying in a really nice (and super clean) Classic Rock collection! Lots of really decent titles – Classic, but more on the Progressive side of things. So Jimi Hendrix, Hawkwind, Genesis, Yes, Traffic, Neil Young, King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Beatles, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd. It really looked like some of these were unplayed they were in that nice condition.

4) Two absolutely amazing Jungle/Hardcore collections came in this week. One was about 40 classic titles on Formation/Reinforced/Metalheadz/Moving Shadow. Some serious smashers here – all well played but play fine. The other collection was seriously one of the best collections in that style we have had in for ages. Check the pictures on our Instagram. Several hundred; including so many banging rare white labels and small pressings. Tom & Jerry, Roni Size, Point Blank, Ratty, Sunshine Productions, Orca, Adam F, Tayla, LTJ Bukem, M Beat, DJ Vibes, Slipmatt, From The Man Like Pennywise, DJ SS, Krome & Time, DJ Spinback, Bizzy B, Naughty Naughty, DJ Gwange, Remarc, DJ SY, PFM, Doc Scott, Ruff With The Smooth, Darkman, DJ Crystl etc. These are absolutely flying out. Check out very own Oxman playing at the Rupture this weekend with Crystl, DJ Lee and our mate Tim Reaper.

5) Sean was out at a collection on Friday. The chap had been in the shop with his grandson months before and was happy with the offer so had us round to look at the rest. Several thousand unplayed (and a lot of promos) Classic Rock, Pop, Soul, Disco records. From the 60s to the early 90s. I put loads of pictures up from the Soul side on the Insta. Loads of sealed titles too. There were also some really rare Iron Maiden bits in here.

6) As I was moving I sold in loads of records myself: Autopsy, MF Doom, Graham Collier, Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk, Youth Of Today, Equinox, DJ Seduction, Deathprod, Dr Strangley Strange, Proclamation, Sex Pistols, Ennio Morricone, Bjork, Stars Of The Lid…. sometimes you just gotta let go!!!

7) Loads more wicked Punk came in this week too – mostly 45s.

It was a pleasure to have the almighty Billy Bunter and the Fat Controller in the shop this week!!!

No TOP TEN this week – waiting on about 25 though so keep your eyes peeled.

I’ll leave you with this for now as it seems pretty appropriate!

Second Hand Record Shop in Soho, London