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Killer Collections in! Plus a Top Ten from Tommy Stupid/Klute!!!

Yo from Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of::

Mad week! Lets get goin….

This is what we bought:

  1. Scott bought another massive Dance collection – over a thousand titles. Late 80s, early 90s Chicago and Detroit, 80s US original Electro. Loads of rarities and amazing records. I haven’t actually seen this collection as I am off with a mashed up back but believe me Scott sounded happy about it.
  2. Loads of Reggae LPs and 12″s – mixture of Roots, Dub, Lovers, Dancehall, Rocksteady – loads of originals. Generally pretty good condition too – with titles from Black Uhuru, Nicodemus, Barrington Levy, Alton Ellis, Peter Chemist, Jah Shaka, Johnny Osbourne, Carlton & The Shoes, Freddy McKay, Freddie McGregor, Courtney Melody, Al Campbell, Horace Andy. All the right stuff. Plenty of Wackies titles too. Roughly 200 titles all together.
  3. A good pal of mine brought in just under 100 records over the weekend. Tonnes of great and weird oddities – as well as loads of new (in the last few years anyway) Reggae reissues. Lots of reissues of really rare £100+ tunes – from Dancehall to Roots. As well as those there were a lot of Ambient, Jazz, Prog Rock, Kosmiche, Modern Classical and Avant Garde titles. Very nice! Some notable titles from Horace Tapscott, Eek-A-Mouse, Carlton & The Shoes, Alpha & Omega etc.
  4. Another pal who comes in every Monday brought in a top notch stack with several Stereolab originals, a few Punk 45s, Throbbing Gristle and Afrobeat CDs, Psych comps and a few DIY Industrial LPs, Also LPs from AMM, Terry Knight and the Swell Maps.
  5. And yet another pal brought in some sick records for cash – and ended up taking mostly trade (due to there being a lot of dope records in the shop atm). Several underground Avant Rock, DIY, Ambient titles. Some were really rare. I’ll put them up on our Instagram when they go out.
  6. With all the Reggae vinyl coming in it was nice to have some Reggae CDs come in – and quality ones too. Loads of Blood & Fire and that kind of gear came in this week too.
  7. More bits came in from another regular seller: Numero titles, William Onyeabour, Deep House, Shackleton, Raime, Answer Code Request etc. Real mixture.
  8. Nice bit of Indie/Folk came in from one seller: Bert Jansch, Jean Claude Vannier, Isobell Campbell, Arctic Monkeys, Dransfields etc.
  9. Some cool CDs from one seller: Ace titles, Psych comps, Ramones, Gravy Train, Them etc.
  10. Lots of new Electro Poppy vinyl from artists like Fever Ray, Robyn, Kylie Minogue, The Knife, Simple Minds, Royksopp, Moby. All clean as a whistle or sealed. Some rare bits.
  11. Gnarly Drum & Bass as always – this time: Source Direct (including various aliases), Moving Shadow and Certificate 18 titles.
  12. Plenty of random Classic Rock LPs from Led Zeppelin, Hawkwind, Kate Bush, Jethro Tull, Captain Beefheart, The Beatles, Queen, The Smiths, Thin Lizzy, Abba, Eric Clapton etc.
  13. Serious Heavy Metal on CD – including full runs of Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest and Slayer.
  14. Lots of New House and Techno. As ever going out seriously cheap.
  15. First press Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd came in with a few other rare bits including a Japanese Bruce Springsteen 45 that is very sought after.


Loads of wicked bits have gone out this week

A) Hundreds of 45s – Psych, Folk, Oddities, Rock/Pop, Anarcho Punk, Rap, Soul, Reggae. All across the board

B) Classic Rock vinyl – including tonnes of big ones.

C) Reggae LPs and 12″s

D) Soul/Funk LPs

E) Death/Black Metal CDs

F) Jazz CDs and Vinyl

G) Indie Rock Vinyl

H) Heavy Metal Vinyl

I) Drum & Bass Vinyl

J) Loads more House & Techno 12″s and LPs

Plenty more collections coming up in the next few weeks watch this space! Also watch out for our special new window display which was illustrated by our friend Edwin Pouncey aka Savage Pencil!


This week we have a Top Ten by one of my absolute favourites…!

Yes thats right its Tommy Stupid AKA Klute!!!!

Imagine being in one of the greatest UKHC bands ever as well as making some of the most forward thinking killer Drum & Bass of all time? Over to you Tom!

Reckless Records has played a BIG role in my addiction of acquiring music for decades now, weather it was Soho, or Islington, Chicago, even San Francisco where i remember visiting when i stayed at the Maximum Rock N Roll headquarters around the corner from Haight Street and finding an original copy of the Stimulators – Loud Fast Rules 7” for $2. My host Tim Yohannon absolutely freaked out as it was a major hole in his ginormous green tape bound record collection (I traded him for a mint copy of the Minor Threat 7”) – which made me momentarily think about writing a top ten bargains ive found at Reckless over the years – but i’d hate to gloat…….
Instead i will list my top ten favourite purchases ive bought from the various Reckless locations of the years – in no particular order and from a very hazy memory:
1. The Outsiders – Close Up – Raw Edge Records
Im a big Adrian Borland fan, the first two The Sound albums are amongst my favs from that era so I was excited to learn about the Outsiders, previously assuming they were a 60’s garage band. I prefer the sleeve to their debut album Calling On Youth but musically this one is better and shows their direction coming from their punk roots.
2. Phantasm – Original Soundtrack – Gem Records
Soundtracks have always been a big influence on the sound of Klute. Fortunately I was lucky to catch the horror soundtrack bug in the late 80’s when you could pick up video nasty soundtracks for peanuts. This is one of my all time favs as its actually really good and really captures the essence of the movie – which is an all time classic. Unfortunately my missus wont let me play whenever shes about.
3. The Scientist – The Best dub Album In The World – JB Music
In the early 80’s I was subjected to dub & reggae in a big way simply going to parties in London with my big sisters, and after a few years of hesitation I started to listen closer and eventually started buying it in abundance.
This isnt the greatest dub album in the world but for me its certainly one of The Scientist’s best. Its definitely my favourite sleeve.
4. Various – Techno Classics Volume 1 – Rising High
This was a CD purchase from the store in San Francisco and i mention it because this was a major gateway record for me. Living in the US at the time i was mostly hearing Euro techno trance and these guys brought something much dirtier from London.
This is a desert Island disc for me and The Hypnotist – House Is Mine and Project One – Smokin are amongst my all time life changing tunes.
5. D.O.A. – Hardcore 81 – Sudden Death
More than anything I wanted the Stupids to sound just like DOA until i realised no one else sounds like DOA, the greatest band to ever come from Canada. Hardcore 81 was a call to arms and underlined the name and time of what we were all following.
Both their first 2 albums are equally essential but this ones got “I Dont Give A Shit” on it so it just pips it to the post.
6. Various – This Is Boston Not L.A. – Modern Method
One of the greatest Hardcore Comps of all time, coming out of Boston, one of the most intense scenes in the US in the early 80’s. Absolutely blistering tunes from Gang Green before they went to total shit, Jerry’s Kids, The Freeze, The Proletariat, The F.U’s. all amazing stuff smacking you right between the eyes. Nothing could compare in the UK at the time. A great account of some of the best music out of the Boston area, sadly missing tunes from SS Decontrol, D.Y.S and more obscure bands from the suburbs like Deep Wound & Impact Unit.
7. Noise Factory – Urban Music – Limited E
This is the tune that famously sampled Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight which i first heard in a record shop in 92 and stupidly didnt buy because it took me ages to find it due to the chaotic nature of Limited E – random cat numbers and using the same coloured labels for different releases – which sums it all up for me really – the way it should be, anonymous and faceless mysterious jungle transmissions from the dirty city. Completely random as if they sampled anything they could lay their hands on. A big influence on Klute
8. Suburban Knight – Art Of Stalking – Transmat
Possibly the greatest track ever made by one of the greatest producers from Detroit. James Pennington is a massive influence on me, both musically and his attitude. If you dont own this then you should feel ashamed of yourself.
9. Skanna – Find Me – Skanna
An absolute gem of a tune, totally timeless, underrated at the time and I still feel is largely ignored. Definitely one of the best examples of atmospheric D&B from the mid 90’s. Intricate funky breaks, lush pads and beautiful melancholic female vocals. Find it.
10. Siege – Drop Dead – Deep Six
A relative late comer for USHC, originally released as a cassette only in 1984. In 1985 the Stupids were getting into full swing and we were tape trading throughout the world and this is when we first heard Siege, through badly dubbed copies of this insane and blistering set. Thing was, they had already split up and there was no way this was ever going to get a proper release…..There have been some bootlegs and poor cd issues over the years but it wasnt until Deep Six issued this properly on 12” that it felt that justice had been served to one of the greatest hardcore recordings of all time.


Thanks so much Tom!

And thanks to you for reading!

Till next week



Pre Halloween Special!!!! Including a spooky Top Ten from Thogdin Ripley

Hello there!

This blog was written whilst listening to…

Crazy week !! Super, super busy. Plus we got a ramp downstairs to skate on check it out…

Expect some of us to have broken bones over the next few months. All the reductions have been done now, and they are really flying out. We still have loads to put out and we will keep topping them up as they sell.

What we bought::

  1. The nice chap who sold us a load of decent Metal LPs came back and this time had even better stuff. Lots of killer Death, Thrash, Speed and Heavy Metal!! Titles from Coroner, Deceased, Destruction, Hadez, Slayer (Arizona), Strife, Budgie, Samurai, Kreator, Metallica, Saxon, Mass, Helstar, Armoured Saint etc. We are big fans of Metal at Reckless so we are very happy to get these in. A batch of these have gone out already!
  2. My pal who comes in every week popped in with another great mixed bag of Punk, Reggae, Psych and DIY. With a few rarer titles this time including an original colour vinyl issue of Emperor Tomato Ketchup by Stereolab as well as bits from The Door & The Window, Big Youth, The Stoat, Stiff Little Fingers, Psych comps, Delta 5, The Only Ones, Spherical Objects, Frank Zappa, Kaleidoscope, Modern Eon, Throbbing Gristle, Clock DVA, Slab etc.
  3. Various deluxe editions of titles by Pearl Jam, Pavement, Cavern of Anti Matter and titles on Blue Note. All vinyl.
  4. 10 Hip Hop 45s including a few rare ones from Guru.
  5. Big whack of Reggae and Soul including a few rarities from Dawn Penn, Tonto Irie and more 80s stuff.
  6. Another pal brought in more of the usual Italo Disco with the added bonus of some Detestation and Gasp LPs!
  7. Loads more Classical titles came in (this time from Pakistan!). A few rarer titles than the last batch.
  8. Ultra rare copy of Water on cassette by Conor Oberst (from Bright Eyes). This has sold for over £300 in the past!
  9. Loadsa Beatles! Including some rare foreign colour vinyl issues (official don’t worry) and a Wedding Album box which we haven’t had in for ages. We also bought a load of standard LPs and 45s.
  10. More Hip Hop including titles from Black Moon, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube etc. All OG.
  11. Mixed bag from one seller: Baroness, The Horrors and various titles on Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  12. Toru sold in loads of mad stuff this week, including lots of Jungle, lots of Jazz and loads of Soul. Also lots more Japanese titles.
  13. Someone who sold us a load of bog standard Rock and Pop vinyl also sold us a rare Prince 45.
  14. Some nice CDs from The Go Betweens, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Robin Williamson and The Beatles.
  15. More from another regular this time LPs and 12s from ESG, The Damned, The Animals and Serpent Power.
  16. Another regular brought in a top batch including LPs from Jimi Hendrix, Psychmagik, Flying Lotus, Otis Redding, Numero, Light In The Attic, Dirtbombs, Bo Diddley, Belle & Sebastian, Rodriguez,  Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Jorge Ben and The White Stripes.
  17. Tom has sold in loads of records to make some money for his trip to Japan. LPs from Husker Du, Slayer, The Replacements, Fucked Up, Velvet Underground, The Sweet (the amazing Identity Crisis LP), The Exploited, Electro Hippies, Art Ensemble Of Chicago etc.

Some wicked bits have gone out this week::

Loads of reductions and cheap stock, we have been working through our basement to make room for the ramp and got rid of loads of things. They’re flying out.

90s Techno, Deep House, Tech House, Acid, Trance – all that business. Loads of really rare titles, priced to sell.

Indie 45s – loads of them!

Rock and Pop 45s – standard titles but clean.

Classical – bags of it.

Hardcore Punk – loads of wicked titles.

Downtempo/Trip Hop LPs and 12″s.

Classic Rock from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Cream etc.

More Jazz.

Aggressive Dubstep.

This weeks Top Ten is from Thogdin Ripley

Thogdin’s one half of Hexus Press, who’ve just released Oliver Zarandi’s book of ‘tender body horror’ Soft Fruit in the Sun. When not squinting at books he co-runs Norwich’s finest (also: only) krautrock, prog and experimental disco night, Long Swords.

 1. O Thanatos Tis Baby Jane — Giorgos Hatzinasios

Nikos Nikolaidis’ 1987 sci-fi film Morning Patrol sits somewhere between the soul-crushing ennui of Stalker and the greasy neon of the original Bladerunner. The soundtrack takes a sort of a sub-Hovis commercial refrain and repeats it, bleeding through its pastoral suggestiveness into — perhaps unsurprisingly —territory that’s firmly Vangelis.  By the time this wonderfully titled track appears, everything in the film is doomed (but of course), and the original refrain has been reduced to little more than a mournful electronic wash over some spidery synths. The perfect soundtrack for simply trying to survive in a crumbling and ruined city ruled over by a totalitarian state.

2. Bei Mir — Turo

Starting just as grimly as Thanatos & Baby Jane left us, Turo’s post-Krautrock track develops slowly into something warmer and beautifully avant-pop. In my mind this is the wonky, slightly queasy background music to the best sleep it’s possible to have.

3. Etude No.3 — Henry Warwick

Originally released on cassette in in 1987, Canadian soundscapist Warwick’s collection of evocative instrumental tracks are available as pay-as-you-feel through his bandcamp page, and amazingly hasn’t ever seen a vinyl issue. Of them, Etude No.3 is my favourite, with its quietly sighing Korg and deeply meditative structure, reminiscent of the slow and resonant formation of crystals. It’s only a shame it doesn’t last for another 40 minutes or so.

4. Selig Die Barmherzigen, Denn Sie Werden Erbarmen Finden — Hubert Bognermayr & Harald Zuschrader

Ex-Eela Craig, Bognermayr and Zuschrader’s extraordinary Bergpredigt is a concept album based around Christ’s sermon on the mount. And why not? Praised at the time by Wendy Carlos for their veracity, I came across this LP earlier this year, and it’s been driving my better half mental ever since.  This is perhaps the ‘easiest’ track from it, but the whole thing hangs together as a sort of a rambling, episodic and repetitive descent into a kind of a Christian computer music that I didn’t know I loved ‘til discovering it. My copy has a promotional sticker declaiming it  “1. Preis des Internationalen Christlichen Radiofestivals”, which can’t be said for any of the other LPs in my care. Is their really any higher praise?

5.  Go — Kashmir

What better than the sound of heavy steps through cold rain on these sodden October days?  Kashmir’s late (1979) entry to the annals of French prog is a pretty solid LP, containing at least three (!) good tracks.  Go encapsulates everything I like about their sound — combining as it does a certain cheesiness in the keyboards with an otherworldly vocal, which manages to suggest that they really do take the whole thing very seriously. Expansive and, on record (and maybe most importantly), still relatively inexpensive.

6. Ressurector —  Bernard Szajner

Szajner’s perhaps most famous for inventing the Syeringe — the laser harp that Jean Michel Jarre grandly postured at for his stage shows — but is also well known in recordmen circles for releasing that ‘is-it-terrible-or-not?’ Visions of Dune LP under the simple moniker of Zed. This, from his excellently titled Some Deaths Take Forever, sounds like it could almost be a harsher outtake from Eno’s Before and After Science, and deals with a prisoner’s dream of escape from his cell.

7. Mass — Mass

A good friend turned me on to this earlier this year, and it’s been a soundtrack to my singe-handedly renovating a house for the last few months. DIY is not my forte, alas, so the yelped refrain of “Heeeeeelp… is on it’s… waaaaaay”, when it *so clearly isn’t*, has become an ironic rallying cry for me as I saw through a water pipe, or electrocute myself, or accidentally knock down a load-bearing wall.

8. Music to Kill Your Parents By — B.E.F.

Did I mention that it’s my childhood home I’m renovating? My dreams have been filled to brimming with a certain Oedipal sizzle, naturally, and what better than this sparse and spooky bit of electro from two of The Human League to really drive in that nail?

9. Rhapsody in Druz — Robbie Basho

I’ve been revisiting this a lot of late. Basho, who sounds like nothing else, excels even himself on his Persian-inspired LP, Zarthus. The whole LP is utterly transporting — and sounds like he’s reinventing music from some distant star — but it’s this closing, twenty-minute long epic that really blows me away. Merging religious iconography with tales of high romanticism, Basho showcases a deliberately ham-fisted, muddy piano playing that’s a counterpoint to his more familiar guitar style, and which perfectly suits his booming, unapologetically operatic delivery. It’s overblown, in some ways kitsch as all hell and strikingly bizarre, yet when he sings “If you break my heart… I will die”, Basho leaves the listener with no recourse but to believe him absolutely. Utterly astonishing from start to finish.

10. Un Jour… La Mort — Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes

Another totally deep-fried epic, as close to the sound of ecstasy itself as the agit-punk-hippies Ribeiro + Alpes ever got. Un Jour… La Mort deals, as the title suggests, with an everyday expiration — but subverts it. The narrator, stalked by that “great demonic woman”, death, manages to seduce her would-be captor by poetically describing the wretched state of the world, resulting in the closing, whirling passage that makes up the last five minutes of the song: the sounds of new birth, and the terrible crow-calls of death, defeated. Dear listener, If you actually manage to sit through the last two songs on this playlist uninterrupted, and without being reduced to tears — or indeed rubble — then I can only salute you.


Thanks Thogdin!!!

And thanks to you for reading,

till next week.

Major Reductions!


This Blog was written to the sounds of..

Really busy at Reckless this week as per usual. Most of the week was taken up with the reductions. So everything that had been out for a while got the price slashed. Some titles had serious price reductions!! The cheaps are now overflowing with great records and cds and are flying out… We also have a massive reserve to keep topping them up so I recommend popping in a lot if you are after a bargain. Sections which got the most major reductions were New House/Techno, 2000’s Drum & Bass, US House, Indie Rock, Rock/Pop, Electro/Old School Rap, 60’s, Folk, Trad Jazz and 70s Singer Songwriter. Lots of titles that are £20+ on Discogs are now out in the racks for £1-£4.

As well as doing the reductions we’ve also been setting up a few collections for the future and preparing the basement for our new halfpipe!!

Whats come in….

  1. Big R.E.M. vinyl collection – with all sorts of rare and obscure bits. Including LPs, 12″s, 45s, remix 12″s and all sorts of compilations. Some have a bit of sleeve damage but most are ok.
  2. Fairly regular buyer and seller brought in a sick pile of records from: Commodo, Derrick Harriott, Spacemen 3, Factory Floor, Chris & Cosey, Ramadanman, Afrobeat comps, Dub LPs.
  3. More from another new regular seller: 90’s Drum & Bass/Jungle : Reinforced, Good Looking, Moving Shadow: Paradox, LTJ Bukem, Manix, Danny Breaks, The Invisible Man, Ratty….
  4. Some Top Notch Classic Rock from Van Der Graaf Generator, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin, Colosseum, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, The Who. All original LPs.
  5. Nice Indie/Post Rock CD collection featuring artists such as Grouper, Wilco, Swans, Will Oldham, Cat Power, Dirty Three, The Wicker Man soundtrack, Chromatics, Susumo Yokota etc.
  6. Big collection of Beatles and related LPs and Box sets. Loads of really nice titles. Also a bit of Neil Young, Captain Beefheart, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead.
  7. Little smattering of Folk LPs and a few Caravan titles.
  8. Some absolutely filthy wobbly Dubstep on the Tempa label.
  9. Good pal of mine brought in a nice box with some Roots Reggae 45s, LPs from Pete Townsend, Vangelis, Exotica, Classical.
  10. Toru sold in a load more great records featuring some Roots Reggae 12″s, Japanese Jazz LPs, some House and Techno and a few Exotica LPs.
  11. Another seller brought in a huge pile of wicked records which included US and Classic Indie, Soft Machine, Big Star, Bert Jansch – and many more great titles.
  12. More CDs from another seller. Lots of new releases including artists such as Thee Oh Sees, Iron Maiden, Magma, Spirit etc.
  13. One for the rockers a small pile of LPs from Queen, Kiss and Orange Goblin.
  14. Nice pile of Modern Composition LPs and CDs from artists such as Steve Reich, Alva Noto, John Cage and Philip Glass.
  15. Big pile of Korean LPs, Arthur Russell LP and a Smiths promo CD box set from one seller with a varied music taste.
  16. Various LPs from smaller purchases including artists such as Casper Brotzmann, Dead Kennedys, The Deviants, T Rex, Metallica, New Order, Steve Marriott, Container, Roky Erickson, Michael Mantler, Chris Farlowe, Bob Dylan, Blue Cheer etc.


Despite us doing the reductions loads of new titles have still gone out this week….

A) Jazz, including rare originals and reissues of rare spiritual Jazz titles

B) Classic Rock LPs

C) Death Metal CDs

D) Drum & Bass

E) 90s Techno

F) CD Box sets

G) Jazz CDs

No Top Ten this week

Here’s a picture from a collection I bought a few weeks ago (from which loads of titles are still yet to go out)

I’m off to watch The Dead Zone.

Till next week!




All Across The Board – and a Rory Milanes Top Ten!

Howdy from Reckless!

This was written to the sounds of..

Another jam-packed week! Lets go! What came in…

  1. Tom was out at a big Jazz CD collection in West London. There are roughly 1500 titles, which include an awful lot of ECM titles in great condition (with the slipcases!).
  2. Very big Classical collection (I believe it was around 800 titles) came in. These are mostly very clean indeed and very much priced to sell. Plenty of titles on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
  3. One of our regular sellers popped in with a great batch of LPs and 45s. The better titles were a few rare Reggae 45s from Val Bennett (the amazing “The Russians Are Coming” backed with the Caribeans “Butterflies”) as well as some great ones from Junior Delgado, Bob Marley, Burning Spear etc. Also a few rare Soul and Funk 45s and some LPs from Sun Ra.
  4. Another solid regular popped in with some excellent CDs (Punk, Ambient, Psychedelic, Reggae) as well as some great Punk 45s (The Dils, Court Martial, Blitz) and plenty of Psych and Afrobeat LPs.
  5. One of our regular shoppers brought in a few piles of decent LPs to trade which included lots of Garage Revival LPs, The Pink Fairies “Never-Neverland” (an original issue with the plastic outer!), Dan Melchoir, Stetasonic, Julianna Hatfield, Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, New Age Steppers etc.
  6. Charles brought in a load of really killer CDs which included loads of Improv and Jazz (including AMM, Evan Parker, Stan Tracey) and the amazing ECM Art Ensemble Of Chicago CD box set.
  7. Someone brought in a big pile of newish titles on LP from James Blake, David Bowie, Connan Mockasin, Girls, Ariel Pink, Fat White Family, Yeah Yeah Yeahs etc.
  8. Fantastic 60s EP collection came in – which consisted mainly of foreign picture sleeves. A mixture between very cheap and expensive – but they’re all really nice. Aretha Franklin, The Doors, Jethro Tull, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple, The Who, The Move, Small Faces, Fleetwood Mac. There are also quite a few French artists EPs.
  9. Nice pile of Jungle and Drum n Bass from 93-98. Loads of Reinforced/Formation/Suburban Base titles: Paradox, Manix, Nucleus, Andy C (the rare Bass Logic EP), Tango, Seba, Danny Breaks…
  10. More Indie rock titles that are pretty hard to find on vinyl from The Wedding Present, Suede, Oasis, The Field Mice etc.
  11. The seller who the previous week had brought in all the classic West Coast titles was back with a big batch of LPs from Janis Joplin (and Big Brother & The Holding Company, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Friends Of Distinction etc.
  12. Another copy of Horror Business from The Misfits turned up (the Yellow/Gold vinyl issue). Apparently a bunch were left int he UK after their infamous trip to the UK which was referenced in the track “London Dungeon”.

Some amazing titles went out this week (as well as a lot mentioned above)…

A) An awful lot of House, Techno and UK Garage (including loads more rarities and Detroit Techno biggies)

B) Insane amount of 45s – including lots of Indie Rock (all the Stone Roses titles for example).

C) Lots of really interesting titles on the Avant side: William Burroughs, Stockhausen, Coil, Steve Reich…

D) More original Warp promos from Aphex Twin, LFO, Autechre.

E) Major Classic Rock LP bits from Yes, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Cream…

F) More Death and Black Metal CDs and Tapes.

G) Jazz LPs

H) Big 90s and 00’s Indie LPs from Radiohead, Oasis, Air, The Dandy Warhols, Goldfrapp etc.

I) Loads of Beatles and Apple Recording artists.

Plenty more wild and interesting collections coming up watch this space!

This week we have a Top Ten from our friend Rory Milanes!

Wicked DJ, amazing skateboarder and all round top geezer!



  1. Romanthony – The Wanderer (Black Male). Deep deep record! I have the “prescription” copy. “Journey Man Thump” is my most loved tune on this record. It has that amazing intro of him playing the guitar. It’s like a proper blues track – a black man singing his heart out. The lyrics really strike you. “There’s nothing left for me, no matter where I go. I’ll just keep on wandering until I loose control” “The cd Remix” I absolutely love that track too.
  2. Jeff Mills – Humana (AXIS). This record is so incredible. From the start to finish. I like how there’s the short ambient opener and then “Gamma player” drops. It really hit’s you in a powerful way. This was the first Jeff Mills song I had ever heard. Gamma Player is a masterpiece, and Jeff Mills is still the king!
  3. Maurzio – Domina. The Maurizio mix – “Um TIS um TIS um TIS um TIS”! What an absolute banger! Sounds so good every time. I love this shit!
    The Carl Craig remix on the flip side. “Domina, Domina, Domina… then the bass kicks in OH MY GOD!!!!
    The tittle comes from an old Manuel Gottching track called “die dominas” which doesn’t sound like the original at all but it’s so sick how he turned it into this track. I love this era of Carl Craig.
  4. Rhythim is Rhythim (Transmat)- Kaotic Harmony. “Kaotic Harmony” I feel is a masterpiece too. There’s nothing on the planet like it. He’s a bloody genius! It was really amazing to see the keyboard in Submerge that he used to create all his amazing records with. Those strings you hear; you just know it’s Derrick May. My favourite thing about this record is that it was his last record (in 97 or something) and he just went out with such an amazing tune. I really really rate that.
  5. Robert Hood – Movable parts chapter 2 (M-Plant). It’s hard to pick my favourite Robert Hood record. He made so many amazing tracks and still seems to be putting out more. I first heard the the Untitled B1 tune on a Spencer Kincy mix. It’s quite a crazy track but I love it how the bass comes in and out. When I found the record and listened to the other side at home; I was completely blown away by the tune on the other side “The Grey Area”. It’s so dark and weird at the same time. It has such an epic intro. I love all the unusual sounds in it too. This is my favourite Robert Hood 12”!
  6. Underground Resistance – World 2 World (UR) How could I even begin to pick my favourite UR record? This was the first UR record that I heard, so that makes it special. I remember first hearing it… “WHAT”S THAT??”! It’s so quality! All the tracks are different, but all still have that classic UR sound.
  7. Claude Young and Terrence Parker – 4 play EP (DOW). Banging collaboration! Banging label! Two of some of my favourite producers making music together. So killer!! Every tune is next level.
  8. Phuture Acid tracks – “Acid Tracks”!!! I love that it just starts like a basic house tune and then gradually all the acid sounds come in and then it’s just going completely mental all of a sudden. Then on the B side “your only friend”. Everyone loves this track! How could you not? Crazy vocals; it’s like it’s the devil speaking! The baseline is so hard. Marshall Jefferson always had banging baselines. I love playing this out to wake people up!
  9. Aaron Carl – Crucified (soul city). I can’t even go on about how deep this record is. “Begging for attention from a world who doesn’t care, those who loved me also lied… I might as well be crucified”. Aaron Carl forever! RIP
  10. Ron Trent and Braxton Holmes – 12 Inches of pleasure (clubhouse). “Ron’s Foreplay” is my favourite from the EP. It’s so stylish. It always puts me in a good mood when I hear it. “Intercourse” to be fair, is just as amazing. I love those clicks and everything about it! It sounds so good coming in to another record.

Thanks Rory!!!!!!


And thanks to you for reading, till next week!





Back In The Day


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Massive week !!!

This is what we bought:

  1. I bought an absolutely killer collection from an old friend of mine (we used to work together in Nottinghams’ Selectadisc a long time ago). I reckon it’s just shy of a thousand titles – and covers most genres going: Freakbeat, Soul, Funk, Indie, Britpop, Breaks, Jungle, Drum n Bass, Hip Hop, Reggae, Dub, Classic Rock, Sixties, Mod, Library, Exotica, Garage, Punk, Easy Listening, Trip Hop, House, Metal, Psych, Hard Rock – you name it! Some examples of some of the artists: Queens Of The Stone Age, PJ Harvey, Eek-A-Mouse, The Creation, The Who, Small Faces, Leftfield, Johnny Clarke, Nine The Observer, The Prodigy, Black Sabbath, Soledad Brothers, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Krome & Time, Neil Young, Remarc, Turbonegro, Motorpsycho, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives,  Supergrass, Black Keys, Devendra Banhart, Zakary Thaks, Love, Muddy Waters, Blowfly, Probot, Foo Fighters, The Zombies, The Attack, Sex Pistols, Dennis Brown, Big Youth, Sly & The Family Stone, Lyn Collins, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, Velvet Underground, The Seeds, Suicide, Dr John, Atomic Rooster, 13th Floor Elevators, Mount Eerie, Pink Floyd, The Charlatans, The Monks, The Stone Roses and millions more. There are tonnes of Breaks/Soul/Funk compilations – including some pretty collectable ones! There are also lots of Funky/Easy/Exotica/Library comps which you don’t see much these days. It’s an absolutely killer collection – and I’ll write a bit more about it as we get it out.
  2. Toru bought a small but great Jazz collection in South London. It included several really rare titles from Ian Carr/Don Rendell (as well as one titles just credited to Don Rendell called Roarin’), Tubby Hayes, John Coltrane, The New Jazz Orchestra (featuring Neil Ardley, Michael Gibbs, Henry Lowther etc), Ronnie Scott, Miles Davis, Harold McNair, Nucleus etc. Large portion of these have already gone out and sold – but we’ve got a few more to put out. These titles never last long in the shop – a testament to how good they are!
  3. Large pile of Finders Keepers and related bits came in – including lots of great reissues of interesting obscurities as well as some contemporary titles.
  4. Tom was out at another Metal CD collection – I believe it was mostly contemporary/alternative Metal. There were also some more standard Rock LPs.
  5. Lots more alternative Indie/80s bits in this week from The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, The KLF, New Order and Joy Division. LPs and 12″s – flying out.
  6. More Jungle and Drum & Bass – this time including several rare Congo Natty LPs.
  7. Big stack of Beatles LPs came in this week from several different sellers. UK and US pressings, originals and older reissues. One of the sellers also sold in some super clean Classic Rock from Kate Bush, Cream, Tracy Chapman and Blind Faith.
  8. Nice little pile of 45s from Aretha Franklin, Fairport Convention, The Byrds, Otis Clay, The House Of Love, Francois Hardy, Cat Power, Lee Perry, Art Blakey from two different sellers.
  9. Another friend of mine brought in the usual mixture of Punk/Psych/Reggae – LPs, CDs and 45s. Some Riot City 7″s.
  10. Talking of Riot City 45s Tom also bought in some along with a great pile of Power Pop and Punk rarities – and also a Headcleaners 45! These should be going out sometime soon.
  11. We bought tonnes of tapes this week – from Classic Rock titles to Avant Garde (Lustmord, NWW etc) to Drum & Bass tape packs (a lot of One Nation and Innovation packs).
  12. Yesterday a very nice chap was over from France with an absolutely amazing pile of records to sell. It was a mixture of Detroit Techno, Dub Techno, House, UK Electro Techno, Ambient, Industrial, C86, Industrial, Folk, Noise…with titles from Felt, Shirley Collins, Underground Resistance, Deepchord, Davina, William S Burroughs, Organum, Mississippi mix tapes, Clock DVA, Vox Populi, Current 93, Coil, Pan Sonic, Stasis, Asmus Tietchens, Model 500 etc. These should be going out soon.

Also plenty of vinyl from David Bowie, Joe Gibbs, Elvis, Bauhaus, Stereolab, Thomas Leer, UFO, Bob James, Blur, Madonna, The Cure, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Talking Heads, My Chemical Romance, Porcupine Tree, Fleet Foxes, Gandalf, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Arctic Monkeys, Boards Of Canada, Neu….

We’ve got loads of great stuff out this week:

A) Classic Rock LPs

B) Reggae and Dub 12″s and LPs

C) Death and Black Metal CDs and Cassettes

E) Punk LPs (including a perfect Buzzcocks debut with the outer bag)

F) Psych LPs

G) Tonnes of Jazz

H) Loads of Techno/House (including lots of rarities)

I) A lot of Trance 12″s

J) Lots of new Cheaps

K) Rock and Pop CDs

L) Avant Garde LPs

M) African LPs


This weeks Top Ten is fromDavid “Toast” Rumsey! Dave plays Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady and Soul records and is from Ramsgate. He also writes the Zine “Spirit Of 69” – which I can highly recommend! Heres an introduction in his own words… “Cheers bit of background, been a skinhead since 79 got into ska reggae via two tone, did a fanzine in late 80s which got me a job with one stop music, worked on mail order, written sleeve notes for a number of releases mostly punk and oi, but most recent was for Trojan’s first monkey business cd, which is now out on LP. Started DJing off and on around mid 90s, but around 98 got asked to DJ at a ska punk club in London, called sublime, which ran until 2003, played ska and us punk, but used to seek in studio one classics now and again.  Started dj authentic tunes in Margate around 2008, set up a small club, called the ska shack, which grew to small but regular events. Now have skagate a three day festival in Margate, and our Christmas cracker. Do an online radio show on dance web radio, on a Thursday night, 7.30 till 9.30 playing a mix of old and new, ska reggae,dub roots etc. Produce a fanzine called spirit of 69 for skinheads and lovers of the scene.”


Here we go…

Reckless Top Ten

Slickers, Nana, Blue Cat, BS 134, A Side, £60

One of the cheaper more popular Blue cat, a great Riddim, which Lee Perry also used as a basis for Dollar In The Teeth.

Audrey, Love Me Tonight, Downtown, DT414, A Side, £60

A Great sticky tune, produced by Brother Dan, which is of course is Dandy Livingstone, so English produced. It’s a stomping tune, that never fails to fill the Dance Floor. Audrey later become a Lovers
Rock Singer.

Maytals, Night and Day, Trojan, TR7711B, B side, £3.50

This B side is a big dance floor filler, it seems that not may know about as its over shadowed by the A side which Is Monkey Man. A single most self respecting Reggae Fans should have in their collection. Flip it over and check out Night and Day.

Audrey And The Dreamers, I second That Emotion, Downtown, DT408, A side, £25.00

English produced by Dandy Livingstone, and sung by the legendary Audrey. A Cover of the Smokey Robinson and the miracles Motown classic. Its a simple Reggae tune, that has a great Bass line.

Reids All Stars, H.E.L.L.5, Torpedo, Tor 23, B side, £149.00

A fast fighting Reggae tune, chunking bass line, its skinhead reggae at its best. I picked this up in the 80’s from oldies unlimited, 50 reggae singles for a tenner, 20 of them were on the Torpedo label, but most were pretty bland. With Mafia on the A side a great double sider.

The Sensations,I’ll always Love You, Gas, 118, B side, £110.00

1969 produced by Winston Riley, who founded the Techiques in 1962 one of the greatest rocksteady bands. He is best know for producing the most sampled Riddim “Stalag Riddim”. The Sensations also went under the name of the Mad Lads, who they were im not sure. This is again a B side but the a side is just as good “Wanted” By Baba Dise.

The Tennors,Cherry, Crab 36, B side, £80.00

I love this early reggae tune which has a Rocksteady feel. The Vocals are magnificent, its a joy to behold blasting from the speakers..

Winston James and the Hot Rod All-Stars, Gal I think your nice, Tor 4, A side, £80.00

Produced by Lambert Brisco who ran the Hot rod Sound System in Brixton a great producer of Skinhead Reggae. The Hot Rod All Stars who featured some of the Cimarons. His tune uses the great Jesse James riddim. The flip is a nice Skinhead Reggae Instrumental as well.

Thanks Dave!!


and thanks for reading, till next week!


Mega House & Techno collection – plus much more!

Salut from Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of..

This Blog was written in the middle of the Cotswolds – in the aftermath of two good friends getting married! Congrats to Lucy and Ren!

This week was mostly taken up by one big purchase (for me anyway) so lets get started on this weeks purchases..

  1. One of the biggest and best Dance collections we’ve bought for ages came in last week. I had to be up at the crack of dawn and trek across London to a beautiful flat in sunny Richmond. A long time collector/journalist (and much more) had a massive collection (I think its around 5000-5500 titles). It is mostly Electronic music – including a lot of premium House and Techno. There are a lot of white labels as they got sent a lot of titles for free – some of them have handwritten notes from top producers and label heads such as Mad Mike. As you can probably guess there is a lot of Detroit Techno and Chicago House. The Detroit Techno is absolutely top drawer: Underground Resistance, Moodymann, Robert Hood, Carl Craig, Drexciya, Model 500, Jeff Mills. As is the Chicago: Trax, Ron Trent, Prescription, Boo Williams, Relief Records, Dance Mania, Chez Damier. There is also a lot of Classic Electronic music from artists like Global Communication, Aphex Twin (including white labels of classic titles from Polygon Window and Gak), Leftfield, Underworld, Daft Punk, The Black Dog, Reload, Likemind titles, Autechre. Some harder Trance/Techno/Acid – including a lot of very collectable titles from Spiral Tribe, Laurent Garnier, Basic Channel, Acid Junkies etc. Lots of amazing UK Garage – including a few really rare ones (from artists like Ordinary People, Industry Standard, Confetti Records, Anthill Mob…). Lots of Boys Own/Balaeric stuff and Classic UK House. Also a tonne of Jungle/Drum n Bass – including original Metalheadz/Moving Shadow/Good Looking promos and a lot of super clean LPs. The rock stuff was decent too – Stone Roses, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Slowdive etc. The condition is mostly really good although a few of the LPs have a big of sleeve damage. There are also a lot of much cheaper titles as you always get with every collection so be sure to check the Cheap Dance section – as there will be some really good budget 12″s and LPs going out very soon. All in all it is a proper amazing collection and I’m so happy we bought it. These are going to be slowly going out over time but there should be something new for you every time you come in. As ever I will try to keep on top of getting bits on our Instagram so you can see when a big batch has gone out. Some of the rarer titles went out on Saturday morning.
  2. Ben bought in several batches of MPB/Tropicalia this week. Nothing too rare but some decent LPs from Tim Maia, Ellis Regina, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento etc. I believe these have all gone out now.
  3. I bought in a decent stack of LPs and 12″s for trade from someone – nice titles from The JB’s, Aretha Franklin, De La Soul, Bootsy Collins, Curtis Fuller, Flora Purim and the great Beat Classic Electro comp which I played to death when it came out thanks to the recommendation from Rachel at Selectadisc.
  4. Plenty more Chinese/Singapore/Malaysian LPs came in – more Surf, Sixties, Beat titles – as well as a nice batch of Highlife LPs including an E.T.Mensah LP which was really good and a decent Fela Kuti LP.
  5. Another big batch of LPs from one of our pals – including a mixture of Indie Rock, Garage/Psych revival (Thee Oh Sees, Plastic Crimewave, Jay Reatard), Modern Classical, Thai Funk compilations, modern Electronic 12″s, Punk LPs and a series of Demdike Stare mixtapes.
  6. More Jazz from a regular seller including original titles as well as various reissues of incredibly pricey titles.
  7. 100 interesting CDs from one seller which included titles from Thee Oh Sees, The Fall, Creation Rebel, Acid Mothers Temple, Fennesz, Ornette Coleman, Les Rallizes Denudes etc.
  8. Pal of mine popped up and traded in a pile of Hardcore/Jungle and some Pop/Rock including titles from Madonna and The Doors.
  9. Big ol pile of Prog reissue CDs including titles from Affinity, Forest, UFO, Pink Floyd, July, Faust etc.
  10. Nice pile of Reggae including the Trojan Dancehall box set, Ken Boothe, Burning Spear etc.
  11. Also plenty of King Crimson CDs, Numero compilations, more Psych comp LPs, Queens Of The Stoneage LPs, Will Oldham/Palace LPs, Scout Niblett titles, rare colour vinyl Dead Kennedys, Prince Buster LPs, Miles Davis LPs, loads of Motown reissue 45s,

So much good stuff went out this week::::

A) Tonnes of the Metal CDs and Cassettes – these are flying out

B) Lots of new House and Techno

C) More Folk LPs

D) Lots of “cool” LPs including reissues of rare Soul LPs, German Ambient, Post Punk, UK Dub…

E) More Indie and Pop/Rock 45s (Including a tonne of Kate Bush 45s)

F) Some good 80s Indie Rock from Sarah Records to Felt

G) More Drum n Bass

H) Reggae/Ska CDs

I) More brand new Reissues including the Rodriguez titles – Oasis titles are back in this week!

J) Reggae 45s (mixture of Reissues and Originals)

More big collections up this week! Keep checking the Instagram or even better pop in the shop!

This weeks Top Ten is from Dan Burrows AKA DJ Drexl! Quite simply if it wasn’t for Dan the only nights out in Canterbury would be Jump Up DNB. And he’s only gone and done us a Top Ten music videos…

  1. Danni Minogue – Baby Love

Super cheesy pop video choreography. Everyone looking way too good for it to be acceptable. But it’s ok, Steve Hurley’s smashed in a tonne of swing, a sick lately bass sequenced throughout the whole thing, all of the m1 piano and a divine chorus.


  1. Sueño Latino Feat. Carolina Damas ‎– Sueño Latino

A visual representation of dreamy Italian, saxed up, whispery vocal deep house.


  1. Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song

I wasn’t going to put this in but there’s a parrot on a flute and Frankie is just so damn happy.


  1. Nicole May – Runnin’ Away

Like a lot of 90s RnB singles, the house mixes tend to be produced by either Steve Silk Hurley or E-Smooth. In this case it’s E-Smooth and it’s a thing of splendor.


  1. Lidell Townsell – Nu Nu (Club Mix)

Questionable subject matter but worth watching just for the sweet 90s street wear inspiration. Sick chorus too, ‘mmm mmm yeah yeah’.


  1. MCB feat. Daisy Dee – Crazy

Crayola bubble text by Daisy Dee’s 6 year old niece and that classic 90s music vid montage with all the out of the box effects turned up to ten. Surprised the chorus hasn’t been sampled more, so damn good. The ‘Dizzy Mix’ on the 12″ single is the one though 👌.


  1. Crystal Waters – Makin Happy

Not just a one hit wonder.

This video does the track justice. Very much of the times, but without that familiar ‘My first home editing kit’ production quality. Love the possibly unintentional splice of Gypsy Women as an intro.


  1. Deee-Lite – How Do You Say…Love (A Delicious Pal Joey Dub)

Remix by the legend Pal Joey.

No doubt an influence for ‘Cloud 9 – Do You Want Me’. Art direction massively stands out when considering what was being made at the time. Very Deee-Lite 60’s pastiche.


  1. A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray

An absolute anthem and also an incredible video. They’ve totally nailed that Len Lye Colour Box aesthetic.


  1. Lil’ Louis and the World – Club lonely

Shivers. Everytime. I want to go down to that club right now, and see if there really is a bouncer called ‘Charles’.

Merci buddy!

See you guys next week!


EVIL DEATH METAL!!! and plenty of cheerful music too


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Wicked week at Reckless this week – another seriously busy week (despite an expected quiet Monday). The racks are absolutely rammed with amazing records at the moment, some of the best for sometime. Lets look at what came in this week::

  1. Tom was out at a top Metal collection this week. Several thousand CDs and Cassettes. The seller was mostly into underground Death and Black Metal but also liked a bit of straight up Heavy Metal and Doom. The collection has a mixture of underground titles – from artists we hadn’t heard of to artists who have since become huge despite a cult beginning. Artists such as Suffocation, Necromantia, Blasphemy, Undergang, Death, Warning, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed, Sarcofago, Tomb Mold, Taake, Napalm Death, Immortal, Marduk, Akitsa… lots of titles on Nuclear War Now too. There are also as well as being proper albums a lot of demos – including a few vintage ones. These are absolutely flying out.
  2. Pal of mine was in yesterday, one who sells in most weeks. He had his usual big stack of Punk, Psych, Noise and Reggae to sell in. Included were a few decent Punk 45s – including some originals on Riot City and a few reissues of LA classics. Decent stack of Reggae and Ska CDs including a few out of print Trojan box sets. There were also a few Industrial comps – including a fairly rare one with the Boredoms, Hijokaidan etc. Far out!
  3. Another friend was in with a great stack of Avant Garde LPs. Lots of super obscure but sought after titles – a lot of French records if I remember correctly. I will be pricing these up over the next few days so they should be out by the weekend.
  4. Lots of great titles came in from members of staff this week as it seems everybody was having a clear out: loads of Reggae reissue 45s (Digikiller etc), The Chills, Manuel Gottsching, Herbie Hancock, Jazzman Spiritual Jazz comp, Japanese Jazz, The Move, Blue Note CDs, Rock and Pop cassettes (Michael Jackson, The Beatles, John Lennon, Gong, Brian Eno, Teardrop Explodes, Judas Priest, Steve Reich, The Rolling Stones, Dr Feelgood, Madonna etc).
  5. 50 Calypso and Island LPs and 12″s.
  6. Another regular seller sold in: Alice Coltrane, Kenny Graham, Donald Byrd and a few more nice Jazz titles.
  7. Nice stack of RnB titles from Destinys Child, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu etc.
  8. Nice stack of Jungle 12″s from Shy FX, Potential Bad Boy, DJ Trace, Voyager, Foul Play etc.
  9. Another pal who seems to have started selling in every week brought in a huge stack: Electronic, Afrobeat, Techno, Garage Punk = Powell, Billy Childish, Plastic Crimewave, Max Richter, Kompakt, William Onyeabor, Chris & Cosey, Madlib etc.
  10. Lots more classic titles from: The Beatles, The Clash, Lewis Capaldi, Disco Inferno, Andrew Hill, Iggy Pop, Blur, The Specials…

Some amazing stuff went out this week (stuff not mentioned above):

A) Loads more Indie and Rock and Pop 45s

B) Classic 90s Hip Hop LPs and 12’s

C) Jazz – including a lot of reissues of rare titles

D) Cassettes

E) Sixties Psych CD comps

F) More interesting Soundtracks and Exotica

G) Lots of Avant Garde and Modern Classical LPs

H) Detroit Techno and US House

I) More Psych and West Coast originals – including all the Byrds UK originals in amazing condition

J) Decent batch of new records from throughout Africa – including some Fela Kuti LPs

K) Some newish House and Techno – priced to sell!

L) Some amazing UK Garage and Grime that was in rough shape – straight out in the £1 section

Theres loads more too!

Several interesting collections up this week – watch this space and keep checking our Instagram.



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Heavy week at Reckless! —

This is whats come in::

  1. Toru was out at a great collection in South London. There were thousands of records – he returned with just under 400 excellent titles (sadly the rest were destined for the charity shop!). It was a typically interesting South London collection – lots of very interesting records: Modern Classical, Reggae, Jazz, Post Punk, Exotica, Avant Garde, Bollywood Soundtracks, Funk, Dub, Rap and even a smidgen of Death Metal! Titles from artists as diverse as Martin Denny, Family Fodder, James Brown, Napalm Death, Les Baxter, NWA, David Tudor, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Big Youth, Arne Nordheim, John Cage, The Slits, Richard Youngs… you get the idea.
  2. I was out at a collection in North London at a very beautiful house ! I was out in the garden shed for a few hours going through a wicked collection that was a bit like going through my own collection at times. Roughly 400 12″s – pretty much all Jungle and early Drum n Bass – Metalheadz, Moving Shadow, Lucky Spin, Skanna, Basement Records, Adam F, Intense, Bukem/Good Looking Records, Source Direct (loads..), Jack Ruby, Oblivion, Ed Rush, DJ Trace, Nookie, early Ram…all in much better shape than usual. As well as the vinyl there were quite a few CDs – mostly popular 90s stuff – lots of UK Garage, Rap, some great DNB/Jungle ones (Paradox, Bukem etc – loads of CDs you just don’t see) and a hell of a lot of Tapes. The tapes were absolutely wicked – mostly Metal tapes – but also a load of Rap and Jungle (Dreamscape, World Dance, Ed Rush then Fear Factory, Morbid Angel, Carcass, Entombed, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Lemonheads, Method Man, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Cypress Hill, Monster Magnet etc). I also got a few old mags like old Eternitys, some issues of The Face and a couple more old DNB mags.
  3. Luke bought in a top collection of mostly reissues. Pretty much all Indie Rock and Classic Rock – David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine, Psychic TV, The Beatles, 13th Floor Elevators, Fifty Foot Hose etc.
  4. A nice geezer popped in several times this week with a killer Electro and Rap collection. Mostly classic titles with a few really rare bits thrown in – more 80s than 90s but theres a few 90s bits. Titles from Stetasonic, MC Shy D, NWA, Hashim, Beastie Boys, The Egyptian Lover… all super clean and US issues.
  5. A dude who’d sold us his Hardcore and Jungle collection ages back has started to bring in a load of Chinese records – lots of amazing looking titles. Lots of therm sounded a bit like The Shadows…and they have amazing sleeves. He said he has hundreds more. These might take a while to go out as they all need cleaning.
  6. Somebody also brought in a huge pile of Bear Family box sets! As you may know these are super high quality – and pretty hard to find. Mixture of Rock n Roll, Honky Tonk, Rhythm n Blues and Country.
  7. The rest of this weeks buying was all in smaller amounts – but there was loads: Techno 12″s, Experimental, Talk Talk LPs, Prince, loads of Beach Boys, Frank Zappa (loads of LPs too!), Jan and Dean, more U2, Depeche Mode vinyl box sets, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Queen, Noise bits (including quite a few Wolf Eyes titles), Elton John Japanese CDs, Reggae 12″s and some really good RNB and Neo Soul LPs and 12″s.

And of course loads of good stuff went out this week::

A) Lots of Jungle.

B) Plenty of standard Rock and Pop CDs

C) About 8 Rita Lee LPs

D) 60s 45s

E) Some great Punk LPs and 45s

F) Classic Rock – an awful lot

G) More great Jazz

H) A lot of Downtempo and Acid Jazz

I) West Coast Psych LPs – more clean US originals.

J) Some great Exotica LPs

More big collections up this week – keep checking in!

Thanks to everyone at Contrapop last week I had a great time! It’s such a great festival and I highly recommend it.

This weekend is the It Came From The Sea festival in Margate

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Ox is also playing carnival – you know you don’t want to miss that! Busy weekend!

See ya next week!


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We’ve been working seriously hard this week – and have got absolutely full to the brim racks to show for it. Some seriously cool bits have gone out this week!! Lets have a look:::
A) More of the big West Coast / Psych collection went out; some super nice copies too! Titles from artists like Family, Moby Grape, Neil Young, Steppenwolf, Vanilla Fudge, Taste, Spirit, Mountain, The Nazz, Art, The Savage Rose, Clouds, Edens Children, Third Ear Band, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Gram Parsons, The Downliners Sect, Fat Mattress, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gene Clark, Mad River, Bonnie Dobson, The Who, Small Faces, Love, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Guess Who, HP Lovecraft etc. Loads more of these to come!
B) Hefty amounts of Classic Rock and Pop – from ultra clean original issues to lightly marked reissues (and everything between)! Plenty of The Beatles, Spencer Davis Group, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After, Gong, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Abba, Depeche Mode, Sex Pistols, Free, John Martyn, The Kinks, Motorhead, David Bowie, Mott The Hoople, Dr Feelgood, R.E.M., Led Zeppelin, Adele etc.
C) More Reggae 45s went out, a mixture of Greensleeves classics, 80s Dancehall bits from Barrington Levy, Yellowman et al and some Sixties Ska originals.
D) Loads of George Michael 45s – including lots of rare US Jukebox titles – the only way to have some of them on 45s.
E) Some great DIY Indie, Post Punk and Punk 45s (as well as some 12’s and LPs). Including several rarities.
F) Nineties Techno – some very cool and obscure titles.
G) Loads of Soul, Jazz Fusion and Jazz Funk from the collection we bought last week. Lots of bargains to be had.
H) More high end Jazz reissues – plenty of decent Strata East titles  and records from artists like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Archie Shepp, Clifford Jordan, Sun Ra, John Coltrane etc.
I) Quite a few great Bollywood soundtrack LPs – and various fantastic records in and around that section.
J) Mountains of Psych reissues and compilation LPs – Pebbles, Mindrocker etc.
K) Quite a few records for the Soundtracks and Trunk/Finders Keepers corner.
L) As ever more Hardcore, Jungle and Drum n Bass. Few biggies from people like Lemon D, Bizzy B and Orca.
M) Some excellent Folk LPs – including a load of titles from Nic Jones, Sandy Denny and Peter Bellamy.
N) Some heavy Rap from Raekwon, The Notorious BIG, Nine, Wu Tang Clan, Nas….all da biggies.
As ever some grand buying this week..
1) The chap who posted the wicked 70s Clean Classic Rock to us last week was so happy with his offer he sent us his 45s too! Some really cool singles, and in great shape: The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd (nice copy of Arnold Lane), Nirvana, Zoot Money, The Who, The Artwoods, Small Faces, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Animals – and a very rare Dave Davies EP!
2) Some simply excellent CDs – Velvet Underground CD box set, Steve Reich CD box set, Keiji Haino, Diane Cluck, Dick Boggs, the Brown Bunny Soundtrack CD by Vincent Gallo and many more.
3) Again on the CD front – we bought in that huge beautiful Sandy Denny box set. It’s absolutely massive – but if theres one artist that you need everything from its probably going to be Sandy Denny isn’t it.
4) I was feeling the pinch of a few big bills so had to sell in quite a few decent records: some nice Reggae, some very clean classic Punk LPs, Francois Hardy LPs, a few Trunk bits, Terry Riley, some newish (but out of print) Jungle, Kraftwerk reissues, Droppin Science 1, decent Jazz and Prog bits too.
5) I believe Toru also sold in some wicked bits this week – including a load more Japanese titles – some seriously dope bizniz from the King.
6) Fairly interesting selection of 45s from one regular seller – all Soul and Reggae – Jazzman, Latin bits, Dangerdoom picture disc, Contemporary, Mummy, Lovers Rock, Supermax. Damn, thats funky!
7) The insatiable Tom was out at a CD collection and in it was a lot of Rock and Pop – but also quite a few decent ECM CDs that he was very, very happy with.
8) A very good friend of mine popped in to trade a load of heavy bits: Loop, loads of Psych/Garage/Freakbeat comps, Syd Barrett, The Flies compilation and an interesting Improv Jazz LP.
9) One dude popped in with a seriously balling collection – Philly Blunt, UK Garage, Chronic, Biggie Smalls LP, filthy Drum n Bass. In the pile of records was a seriously dope Robocop poster.
10) Another regular seller and friend of the shop was in with a large bag of great records from around the world – lots of Folkways. You know the score these bits do not last long.
11) Big pile of “modern music” – on vinyl! Bits from Radiohead, The Cribs, Slaves, De La Soul, Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, The Libertines etc.
12) Plenty of other wicked bits came in this week too from Spiritualized, Queen, Bunny Lee, Elvis Presley, Michael Chapman, Oasis, The KLF, The Misfits, Carcass, Girlschool yadda yadda.
We’ve got some new limited edition T shirts coming in this week so watch this space!! As ever keep checking the Instagram for a seriously up to date idea of whats going on.
This weeks Top Ten is from man like DJ Steve Woodward! Some have said he is Folkestones answer to DJ Hype, and I can only agree. Playing anything from Soul to Jazz to Jungle (and everything in-between) he is regularly seen playing in and around town. As Steve has a new Jungle night coming up I asked him to do a Jungle Top Ten.

Here are my Top 10 Jungle tracks from my record collection.

1 – Leviticus – Burial
Big, bad and heavy! To me this record epitomises the whole Jungle sound and was rinsed
everywhere in 94/95. It’s the perfect combination fat bassline, Ragga vocal taken from ‘My sound a
murder’ by Jigsy King and Tony Curtis and a drum break sampled from Lyn Collins’ “Think”. I first
heard this tune at a night on Hastings pier and it stuck with me ever since. It never leaves my record
box and regardless of where I’m playing, it never fails to win the crowd. I especially love when the
lyrics are mistaken for “Big, Fat and Hairy”.

2 – DJ Mayhem – Inesse (Ray Keith remix)
This track was huge but never really had a mainstream presence, which is a good thing but meant
that it took me an age find out what it was called. The original track was great but Ray Keith took it
to another level and in my opinion is one of his finest remixes. Inesse has it all, choppy Amen drums,
dark and moody synths, huge amounts of bass and euphoric vocals. Spine tingling stuff!

3 – Tayla – Bang The Drums
It took me a long time to really get into the “intelligent” side of jungle/DnB and I’m glad in a way, as I
now have this brand new genre and an entire back catalogue of amazing music to sink my teeth into.
Aside from Apollo two’s “Atlantis”, Good Looking Records was pretty much unchartered territory for
me and seemed like good starting point. What can I say? Ground-breaking stuff! The production of
these tracks was so far ahead of its time. It’s really hard to pick a top track but I think, for me, Tayla’s
“Bang the Drums” just pips it. This is often on loop in the car and makes even the most mundane
journey a joy. I do regret shunning Bukem playing in room 2 for the main room back in 95’ though.

4 – Dillinja – Sovereign Melody
This track has everything – A stone cold classic! This is not just one of my favourite Jungle records
but one of my favourite records, period!

5 – Oaysis – Open Secrets
The Guinness track!!! I first heard this around 93/94 on a mix-tape by a local DJ which was doing the
rounds at the time. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow it through a friend and run off a copy for
myself, it remains today one of my favourite mixes ever. The standout track for me was this dark,
moody and atmospheric track, which sampled a Guinness advert from around the same time and
had the line “If you keep an open mind, you’ll discover dark secrets” voiced by the late Rutger Hauer

– RIP, spoken over haunting whale song. I had no idea what the track was called and didn’t find out
until many years later. I only managed to bag myself a decent copy this year!

6 – Origin Unknown – Valley of the shadows (Long dark mix)
31 Seconds. Guaranteed carnage on the dancefloor! I first bought this in ’96 when the Awake 96 mix
came out, with the original on the flip. This was it for me, the ultimate tune! A masterpiece! I’d been
searching for over the few years previous and now I had it. A fairly simple roller, that samples an old
BBC documentary on out of body experiences and space launch audio, to perfection. I now several
different versions of this but I think my favourite has no be the Long Dark Mix, with the additional
vocal samples and stretched out bells. Timeless!

7 – DJ Solo – Darkage
Ultimate Hardcore/Jungle crossover track from ’93. This has it all going on. The track starts out with
a dark hardcore vibe with sped up vocals and synths, and then steps it up a notch with a more ragga
jungle sound, sampling Tristan Palmer’s ‘Joker Smoker’ and vocal from MC Conrad. This is one of my
favourite records to DJ with and is great for chopping in and out of the mix.

8 – Danny Breaks – Droppin Science Vol.1
For me this record is all about ‘For the thinking positive Crew’- Huge Amen breaks crash through you
and keep you moving until the vocals and slowed down synth from Patti Day’s ‘Right before my eyes’
hit you like a good pill and a blast from a Vicks Inhaler on the breakdown….Oooh babyyy!

9 – Deep Blue – The Helicopter tune
One of the first Jungle tracks I ever bought and still one of the best. I picked it up during my first ever
trip to the legendary Blackmarket records, which as a 15 year old from the Kent coast, was equally as
terrifying and it was thrilling. I remember standing in the basement next to the huge JBL speakers
and hearing the intro propellers…then boom! A simple, steady bubbler that has influenced the
whole genre and sounds incredible when played very loud. Classic!

10 – Trip – Special Toke (The 'erb remix 3)
Absolute Jungle madness! This is Ragga Jungle/hardcore, with Topcat vocals and samples galore,
everything a good jungle record should be. It’s bonkers but it’s so much fun and pure dancefloor fire!

It’s all happening in Kent this weekend as I will be playing records throughout the day in Ramsgate at Contrapop with famous Scottish DJ Fielding Hope.

Many thanks for reading.


Far Out

Yo from Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of:

Mega week at Reckless with three major purchases….lets get busy!

  1. I was out at a collection the week before last and its absolutely wicked. Roughly 1000 records – probably about 90% reissues (in fantastic shape) and 10% originals (from Fair to EX!). It’s very clear that the top geezer who previously owned these records at quite simply fantastic taste. The bulk of the collection came down to; Jazz (lots of Strata East reissues, rare Soul and Spiritual Jazz titles, Jazzman, lots of original titles on Impulse, original Archie Shepp, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Superfly high quality reissues, John Coltrane, Blue Notes, tonnes of new UK Jazz including a few out of print titles etc), Stoner Metal (lots of titles on Rise Above, lots of titles from Earth, Sunn o))), Melvins), Grunge (Alice In Chains, Temple Of The Dog, Nirvana, Soundgarden), Hardcore (Fxxked Up, Converge, Crossbreaker, All Pigs Must Die), Hip Hop (Madlib, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Ghostface, Souls Of Mischief, Kanye West, The Notorious BIG etc) and a lot of great Soundtracks. There were also loads of random bits that are pretty collectible. These titles will absolutely not last long so I advise getting down the shop immediately!!!
  2. We were posted several hundred titles midweek and were very happy when we opened the boxes. Lots of very clean Classic Rock – including a lot of original pressings. Titles from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Move, The Police, Roxy Music, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, Sex Pistols, Van Morrisson, The Doors, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, The Who, T Rex etc. Several slightly more left of centre records too.
  3. Dunk was out at a collection midweek and I’m simply just going to mention some of the artists: The Byrds, Kaleidoscope, Led Zeppelin, Art, World Of Oz, The Downliners Sect, Grateful Dead, Mad River, Fairfield Parlour, Love, The Nazz, The Beach Boys, Gandalf, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention,The Left Banke, The Rolling Stones, Quicksilver, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Buffalo Springfield, Pink Floyd etc. Theres about ten boxes and they are nearly all original UK or US copies (it mostly comes down to country of origin). They are also pretty much all very, very clean. This has got to be one of the best Psych collections I’ve ever seen all together. If you like the West Coast sound you couldn’t do much better… I’ll try and go into the collection a bit more over the next week because I’ve only actually seen one box!).
  4. Very regular customer decided to sell to us rather than buy from us for the first time in ages – and it is all quality: Loop, Adrian Sherwood, The Heptones, Fuzz, The Heads, Napalm Death, several Afrobeat comps and more cool bits.
  5. Big stack of Psych and Prog CDs from Soft Machine, July, Nuggets, Tim Buckley, Nucleus, Chocolate Soup….
  6. The dude that sold in all the 90s/00’s Indie Rock came back with a small pile of cool stuff from The Veils, Dead Meadow, The Smiths, The Chills…
  7. One of my pals was in with a decent pile of Reggae CDs (U Roy, Keith Hudson, The Skatalites, King Tubby) and various LPs from Ralph Records, Fad Gadget, Psych bits, Head Of David etc.
  8. As usual we bought tonnes more Drum n Bass, Hardcore and Jungle this week…theres so much good gear out atm.
  9. Small but ultra clean pile of classic Disco – if you need a classic thats as new come down.
  10. Another mate of mine brought in a wicked pile of Hardcore, Punk, Grindcore, Black Metal, Folk, Prog bits…from Iron Lung to Hawkwind.
  11. More Metal came in too – this time Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead, Angel Witch…and a few classic Punk bits too.

We’ve managed to get thousands of CDs and records out this week – as well as a load of the stuff mentioned above:

A) Masses of U2 records after the U2 man came back in – sections bulging.

B) Hell of a lot of Reggae 45s – from Ska to Rocksteady to Dancehall. We’ve also replenished the cheap Dancehall 45s.

C) 90’s Techno and Hardcore have seen a lot of new additions – including a fair few rarities.

D) Loads of Football 45s.

E) Masses of Classic Rock.

F) Quite a few choice Punk 45s.

G) More African compilations as well as several original titles.

H) Signed David Sylvian LP.

I) Hell of a lot of Jazz.

J) Some Italo Disco.


No Top Ten this week but waiting on a few good ones!

Loads more potential collections up this week so keep an eye on our Instagram and get down the shop.