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Some Fresh Island Funk and plenty more

Aloha from Reckless!

This Blog was written looking out to sea on the Kent coast whilst listening to:

Very busy week this week; and lots of working late. Hopefully as a result we will have something for everyone! Lets get started:

  1. I spent yesterday in Surrey going through a massive collection of really interesting records. I had been in conversation with the family for sometime and wasn’t sure if the collection was going to go ahead or not, but they just wanted some time to catalogue it and get some idea of the value; so I was a little surprised when about 8 months later I get the call! I had only been sent a partial list but from what was there I knew it would be worth going to. The collection is absolutely blinding, there are so many interesting records there. Not every record is worth a lot (in fact about a third of them went to charity) but they are art the very least very interesting titles! It is a collection of Island Funk, Reggae, Soca, Soul, Pop, Funk, Lovers Rock, Rare Groove, Jazz, Disco, Latin etc. Lots of Soca especially! Titles from Lord Kitchener, Shadow, Mighty Sparrow, The Rebles etc. Lots of Straker’s Records. Loads of killer Reggae, from Lovers to Roots to Dub: Scientist, Dillinger, Mabrak, Keith Hudson, Johnny Clarke, Big Youth, Al Campbell, The Techniques, Dennis Brown, Aswad, Noel Ellis, Linval Thompson. Lots of original issue JA and US Reggae titles as well as UK originals. Its really nice to see a few Keith Hudson UK originals in there for example. Its nice to see loads of actually proper cool records in there too like Steel n Skin, Eddie Hooper, John Gibbs & The US Steel Orchestra, Cymande as well as a load of pricey Island Funk bits – there are tonnes of LPs and 45s on Wirl for example. There are also loads of killer Afrobeat LPs from Afro Rock, Felt Kuti etc. Loads I’d never seen before. A really amazing collection as far as I’m concerned and certainly not the sort of collection you come across very often. I should also mention that most of these titles are in amazing condition!!!
  2. On Wednesday I also went to a collection, this time in Plumstead not too far from me. It was a super cool house and the room I worked in had a great big cabinet full of Aliens, Chucky and assorted other horror figurines as well as a signed picture of the Pinhead from Hellraiser! The collection was fairly small but really good: Brian Eno (loads of Eno titles), Jon Hassell, Yes, King Crimson, Devo, Yellow Magic Orchestra, New Order, Captain Beefheart, Joy Division, Throbbing Gristle, Pere Ubu, David Sylvian, Kraftwerk, Coil, Xmal Deutschland, Penguin Cafe Orchestra etc. There were a fair few Minimal Synth 45s, one Freakbeat 45 and about 200 Metal and Power Electronics CDs.
  3. Small but cool selection of more dance titles came in: several Lucky Spin Records titles including some DJ Crystl bits, bit of Ellis Dee and some Biggie Smalls!
  4. Really, really cool Classic Rock titles – that were all slightly warped. We have a de-warper and it is working slowly but surely. Some really amazing records from Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin etc. Not all huge bits but mostly UK or US originals.
  5. UK GGGG – nice big batch of UK Garage bits came in – good timing as I’m just reading the start of the new DJ Target book. Generally pretty clean – especially for Garage. Quite a few titles not for sale on Discogs. Confetti titles galore! I’ve seen loads of these sell very quickly.
  6. Some modern day rarities from Pink Floyd – the double pack of their very first recordings: and two really nice Iron Maiden promo cds with banging covers.
  7. Some general trickles of nice bits including Lou Bond, Frank Zappa, Elvis Costello (some nice MFSL bits). Loads more too – stash clearance baby!
  8. Some last minute buying yesterday from an incredibly successful professor who comes into the shop: rare Dancehall, Blackest Ever Black bits, Earth Sound 10″s, rare Psych, Edits…all very powerful music – much like the seller!

It was very nice to make a load of payments this week were everyone seemed happy – at one point someone even said “can you say that again”!!! Plenty of amazing stuff has been going out this week including the first batch of NZ/OZ 45s!!

Heres one of the collections we got this week:

Keep checking with us, we got loads more to go out!








Psychedelia Baby yeah!

Good Moaning!

Its very early and I was up seeing the legendary DJ Kenny White five hours ago spin humble Dubstep tunes to a crowd of 700 screaming bouncers. It was simply incredible seeing a selector go from Shine Anthems to one of the lesser known Forward tunes in a matter of seconds; believe me very few of the crowd had their tops on by the end of the night. But….lets go!

This blog was written to the sounds of:

This week was all about reductions, all sides apart from the Dance side got reduced. So the cheap have got a bunch. We also cleared out a load of bits that have been there for ages. So the racks are looking a little fresher and theres a whole bunch of new stuff in the bargain bins. Reductions are a little dry though so lets go into this weeks buying:

When Reckless invests just short of £10,000 on just 6 boxes of records you can imagine how special the contents are.

A 40 year collection of Antipodean Freakbeat, 60s Pop, Psych and Punk shipped over from New Zealand.
Plus rare Australian and New Zealand issues of artists like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Hendrix and The Who.
A truly amazing collection which took 2 days for our buyers to appraise with a little help from a cat.
It’s going to take a while to process these (Get that ink order in for the photocopier) but look out for some really special 45s hitting the racks over the next few months.
So thats the big news this week. We’ve had loads of other buying this week but nothing that gets anywhere near that. But here you go:
1) Classic Rock – Led Zeppelin, Cream, Groundhogs etc very clean
2) More Jazz from a regular seller – Strata East reissues, Ambient, Japanese Jazz.
3) Indie Rock: Janes Addiction, The Thrills, Athlete, The Vines – all that business.
4) Box Set Business! Loads of huge box sets from people like Frank Turner – a Frank Turner box set – what is the world coming too?
5) Reggae CDs
6) Really nice Reggae 45 collection – tonnes of old Studio One, Alton Ellis, Johnnie Osbourne, The Maytals, The Skatalites etc. All UK or JA originals. Condition up and down but some real killers.
Loads of bits due in – including a huge Reggae and Soul collection that we’ve been chatting about for almost a year.
Have a wicked weekend;

Sun Ra Summer Sizzzzla!

Yo from Reckless!!!

Mega busy week – one of the busiest for ages. Absolutely killer stuff going out, and loads of top notch stuff coming in! Some serious buying this week – plus we are half way through a seriously amazing collection that I can’t tell you about yet!

This Blog was written to this on the way to Bristol for the Carnival!

Lets get started on the buying!! ::

  1. Super clean copy of the second C.O.B. LP! This LPs is Clive Palmer from the Incredible String Band (with a bit of help from his pals) making insane Acid Folk. Its really rare, and actually really good, This looks and sounds os much nicer than that horrid Radioactive boot. It essentially sounds like how Sergeant Howie must have felt when he realised he was due to make his appointment with The Wicker Man.
  2. Some fantastic records came in from the same seller over several days. First the singles, then the LPs and 12″s and wow! There were some very amazing records in the pile! The singles were made up of Post Punk, Indie, Punk bits: with Good Vibrations Records titles, Belfast Rocks 7″, several 45s from The Chills (including the perfect “Pink Frost”), Protex and loads more obscure 45s. The LPs were fairly similar: but included a very rare white label Smiths 12″, an original handmade sleeve El Saturn records Sun Ra LP (its madness!), several very rare Flying Nun LPs, some rare DIY Industrial titles including a wooden sleeve Z’ev LP and many more rarities. Pretty sick having these in the shop.
  3. Full restock of La Vida Es Un Mus titles straight from the source: Los Crudos, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, S.H.I.T. , Good Throb, Rixe, L.O.T.I.O.N. , Limp Wrist etc. Some seriously killer outsider Punk and Hardcore. We also managed to get some Me Saco Un Ojo titles – crushing underground Death and Black Metal!!! From bands like Undergang and Anatomia. In both cases we took some of their distributed stock – so things on Munster, Dark Descent etc. Some freaky music!!! Also on the new tip we got the new Wire reissues in and they’re flying.
  4. Do you miss the days of staying up really late to watch Noisy Mothers? Did you go on surfing holidays in Newquay in the early 90s? If like me you did you will be happy to see a load of 90s Grunge and Metal coming in: Rancid, Korn, Nirvana, Live, Rage Against The Machine, Sepultura, Radiohead, The Stone Roses etc.
  5. Little bit of Prog snuck its way in: Caravan, Uriah Heep, Soft Machine – and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it felt damn good!
  6. Many Indie and Metal LPs came in from a friend of Alans: all in great shape: Nebula, The Darkness, Muse….a huge stack of LPs!!!
  7. Two huge boxes came in – one of which went back – but there were some top Chicago House, New York House, Jungle, Lovers Rock, Dub, Roots Reggae, Dancehall. Stuff on Dance Mania, Keith Hudson LP, Barrington Levy,  loads of Nu Groove, M-Beat….condition was questionable but at least you can say they’ve lived.
  8. Lots of high end Jazz reissues and Box Sets: very nice! Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, EST, Alice Coltrane, Michael Garrick, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon. Mostly in top shape!!!
  9. Toru sold in loads more stuff this week: Aphex Twin, Charles Mingus, JJ Johnson, Surgeon, Oliver Ho, Steve Bicknell… know they’re gonna be good mans got sick records!
  10. Big bundle of bits from a regular: Circle, Germs, Kraftwerk, Islam Chipsy, Sparks, Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Methinks one is a reader of The Wire.
  11. Loads of killer Hip Hop reissue LPs – as well as a little bit of soul and Funk: from MF Doom to David Axelrod to Adonis.
  12. Pal of mine sold in a small but killer pile: Nick Drake “Fruit Tree” original box, Nucleus LP, Utopia LP and another obscure Japanese avant grade LP that I cant remember the name of right now!!
  13. Another friend sold in some great Reggae, Dancehall, Roots bits from One-A-Way, Jah Shaka, Anthony Red Rose, Scientist etc as well as some great Soul 45s, a killer Hector Zazou and a 45 by The Prats.
  14. Big ole pile of Indie and Post Rock came in – all from a semi Spacemen 3-esque zone: Mogwai, Blur, Loren Connors, EAR, tonnes of Psychedelic guitar thunderings. Lots of borderline Electronica. Limited CDrs to large vinyl box sets.

This weeks Top Ten is by Design-A-Wave! Simply one of the best and a very lovely human being.

The Residents – lost someone

Cock Robin – When Your Heart Is Weak

Linda Di Franco – TV Scene (Extended 12 Version)

Antena – Camino Del Sol

Dave Pike – Besame Mucho

Kaoma – Lambada

Innocence – Natural Thing – Collision Mix

DJ Krush – Meiso (feat. The Roots) REMIX by DJ Shadow


Pavarotti – Nessun Dorma Italia 90

If for some mad reason you don’t know Design A Wave you really should:
Thats enough for today! Todays gonna be huge at work – The Cure, Pride etc. Hope you all have a killer time! The Brainiac Five are playing the Gunners tonight if you fancy it!!!
From Reckless

Blue Note, The Beatles and the Blues

Hello From Reckless!!!

This blog was written to the sounds of:

Very busy, very hot week at casa Reckless. We’ve been working very hard to get all of our stock out; several nights I worked till nearly midnight! Loads more of the big singles collection have gone out: including more full runs of several bands. This week some nice bits went out by Steve Treatment, Throbbing Gristile, Travis, Adele etc. Some super pricey bits! Scott also put out a load of the collection he bought last week – including loads of killer Electro and early Rap; including a few rare titles (several pictures of these have gone up on our Instagram). I personally put out loads of classic albums this week – but loads!!! From people like The Verve, Jerry Sadowitz, Napalm Death, Felt, Sleeper, Simple Minds, Red House Painters, REM, The Stone Roses, Fairport Convention, Richard Hawley, The Residents, Virgin Prunes, The Sisters Of Mercy, Bob Dylan etc. Also Kenny got most of the Black Metal CDs out – they ain’t gonna last long baby!

So much stuff in this week lets go!!!!!

  1. Loads and loads of Blue Notes; mostly reissues, mostly Japanese – but all in great shape; and some really amazing titles. I tried to get most of the titles up on instagram but there are records from John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Tommy Flanagan, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Clark, Jackie McLean, Dizzy Reece, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey etc. These are well nice! Selling fast too!
  2. Lots of clean classic ROCK from one happy seller: all pretty clean, mostly US, Canadian or South African copies of LPs from artists like Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed. Loads more; I got about half of these out. The rest will go out midweek.
  3. A few Hardcore Jungle 12″s came in – Wax Doctor, DJ Pulse, Mental Cube. Ideal for playing whilst out of ones tree m’lud!
  4. A rather odd collection – comprising of lots of 78s (of which we only took a few), Folk 45s and a mixture of LPs. The 78s were Traditional Hot Jazz and Blues (Duke Ellington, Leadbelly), Alan Lomax 45s as well as a few Blues EPs, and LPs from Odyssey (the MoWest classic!), Richard & Linda Thompson, Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy etc.
  5. UK Dancehall dancer DJ Skimask dropped in a nice batch of LPs from Helen, Jeff Floyd, Gasper Lawal, Weekend, Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Hiroshi Sato, Mikey Dread, Yellow Magic Orchestra and several other nice bits.
  6. Three fat LPs came in on my day off: Faust, Ice & Henri Chopin. The Ice LP is really obscure – UK Prog – I’ve never seen it before. Henri Chopin and Faust are obviously wicked records.
  7. More Blues Rock – about 200 LPs – some Classic Rock and Pop too – people like Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, The Who, Cream, Savoy Brown, Aynsley Dunbar, Manu Dubango etc. Lots of cheapies in this collection but also a lot of decent stuff. Put about 80 of these titles in the cheaps.
  8. What is this Classic Rock week? More Classic Rock – from a long running collection – finally came in! Nice bits from Pink Floyd, Cream, Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Keith Christmas (the LP that has The Forest & The Shore – a seriously amazing track) and Brian Eno.
  9. Our pal Ilan brought in more bangers: from Italo Disco, to Drone, to Horse Meat Disco comps to Heresy/Infest/Discharge. With some Watchtower thrown in.


No Top Ten this week as its too hot; but I was just listening to this and it sounded nice so I’ll just leave it here.


Have a nice week,











This is armageddon!!!

Yo from Reckless!!!

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Sounds like it was a pretty busy week last week with lots of changes at Reckless. Luckily I was in the Lake District and Milan!

We’ve had new shelving put out to accommodate the huge 45 collection we bought, as well as a new wall of bargain CDs. We’ve also had some really tasty new Reckless bags made!

Our friend Clemence designed them and we think she did a great job. We still have some nice T Shirts and Tote bags for sale if you need them, and will have more designs coming soon as well as hopefully some stickers!

Lots of nice records went out this week – including some really rare 45s. Yesterday Al put out a full run of Kings of Leon and The Killers 45s – including some of their indie releases that go for silly money. Also Keane and Ladytron – take a guess what letters were going through right now. Also a lot more Japanese Pop went out from Torus trip to Japan! The usual UK Techno, Classic Rock, Avant Garde, Roots Reggae, Horror Soundtracks, Indie Rock, Jazz, Blues etc went out too. The racks are looking really good!!! Tonnes of great CDs too!

Loads of buying this week!!! Lets get started:

  1. Yesterday a really old pal of mine brought in most of his Black Metal CDs. Stu buys all across the board and likes music from Mobb Deep to Prince Buster to Sentanced but just decided he didn’t ever really play his Black Metal CDs anymore. He seriously collects really rare cds – so these are nearly all first press – and all in pretty perfect condition. It took me all morning going through them checking the matrix and all of the minor details to make sure they were the correct pressings. As you may know a lot of CDs now go for decent money – but they have to be very specialist – and with artists like Dissection, Mutilation, Watain, Vlad Tepes, Marduk, Mayhem, Beherit, Darkthrone, Blut Aus Nord, Septic Flesh, Masters Hammer, Ildjarn, Enslaved, Satyricon etc you know they are!! From the obscure to the well known – they’re nearly all here, you can tell his collecting is a real labour of love. They’re are some really, really amazing CDs here – hopefully they won’t take too long to go out but I think some are going out today. Doubt they will last long as we haven’t had a collection like this for ages.
  2. Sean bought in some Sun Ra records – I’m not sure what they are as they are somewhere in a huge pile of processing but he said they were really nice and unusual! So keep an eye out!
  3. Scott bought in loads of Jazz Funk – lots of titles. I haven’t actually seen them yet as I was off but keep checking the Instagram and I’ll try and get pictures of it up this week.
  4. Sean also bought in loads of Classic Rock reissues – mostly Music On Vinyl titles so v very nice bits.

I stayed at work till 11 last night trying to make a dent in the Rock LPs – I put out loads of good stuff including a load of Record Store Day 12″s, some expensive Classical Box Sets, Classic Rock, Indie Rock like The Fall, New Order etc as well as a bit of Death Metal and Thrash. I’m just off to a collection now too..

This week we have two Top Tens!

Feral VibrationsSam and Jenna are good friends of ours and now live in Canterbury (Sams hometown) where they have started doing Radio and doing nights in a city where it is super hard to put something decent on. We DJ’d at the last event and it was really fun – and quite gnarly too!

They played a mixture of music from Tropicalia to Bongo-led jams to Italo Disco to some “incredibly Funky Boogie” *Luke Younger voice*.

Here we go!


A mix of what I’m currently listening to and long standing favourites in no real order, some of which
you definitely won’t hear when we play out.
1. BWH – Stop/Livin’ Up –  wirling piano driven stomper to make you fall in love with the world

2. Gaznevada – Special Agent Man –  Killer record, especially
the female version.

3. Jerry’s Kids – Is This My World? – blew my mind apart the first
time I heard this. Drums sound like someone put a cat in a metal bin, good stuff.

4. Sandy Denny – The North Star Grassmen and The Ravens -struggle to think of a more beautiful opener to an album or voice.

5. Jackie Moore – This Time Baby – A current
disco obsession, out to Jim at Canterbury Rock for providing!

6. Barrington Levy – Shaolin Temple –  shout out to my mum.

7. Valerie Dore – Get Closer – introspective banger with super
strange vocals in places.

8. Hawkwind – Space Ritual –  the greatest live record of all
time, from the cosmic warlords.

9. Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby (Hot African Mix)  a
certified floor filler, I will always play this.

10. Bolt Thrower – War Master – Karl from
Bolt Thrower follows me on Twitter and we talked about Microsoft Excel for a bit, went for a pint with someone I know too. Nice bloke.


Loyce e Os Gnomos – Era uma nota de 50 cruzeiros

The Girls- Rocket for Girls

Los Hijos del Sol- Cariñito

Tony Galla – In Love

La Freda Acida – Danza Negra

Dani- La Machine

Teddy and his Patches – Suzy Creamcheese

Lagnonia- Bahí

The Chob – We’re Pretty Quick

Vis-a-Vis – Obi Agye Me Dofo

Thanks guys!

Make sure you check out their next night which is coming up soon. This time they have the main man Dan Burrows (one of the nicest geezers in Canterbury and a wicked DJ!!!!).

See ya soon!



We are (1)38 Berwick Street!!

Hello from Reckless!!

This blog was written to a bit of this:

Intense week as ever at Reckless; the shops been busy as ever and we’ve had some seriously rare titles coming in. We’ve also spruced up the shop a little; new floors and a lick of paint to the front of the shop – as well as some nice flowers above it ! We’re currently trying to make the shop look a little nicer – and to make browsing in the shop a little bit easier. 

Lots of very rare titles went out this week. Some of the biggest were a run of Orange Juice 45s – including “Falling and Laughing”, a rare Josek K title, the very first Joy Division 45 (super clean copy – incredibly rare!), signed James Brown LP, Spirogyras’ first LP (a mad progressive Folk LP – again very rare!), LOADS of Coil 12”s, about 10 LPs from The Fall including one very rare 45, DJ Bizz 12” (obscure and killer Lucky Spin-esque number – very deep and hard!) as well as loads more KILLER Hardcore and Jungle from a collection I bought in Kent years ago (all very clean – Tango & Ratty, Hardcore Rhythm Team, Addiction, DJ Fokus, several Tom & Jerry titles, Slipmatt, Jim Polo, Liquid, Cool Hand Flex, Doc Scott etc).

Some of the big collection we bought in last week has gone out but I think a lot more will go out this week as our 45 man is in for several days. 

This weeks buying was really special; here are some of the highlights:

  1. Three super, killer 45s were sold in this week; two by The Misfits (an original copy of Bullet with the insert and 3 Hits From Hell) and one Blue Sleeve copy of Filler by Minor Threat. These are some of the best Hardcore Punk 45s ever made in my opinion – not obscure by any means but its become almost impossible to find copies of these records – especially in the UK. All three records are in decent shape and are very expensive but Im sure thats no surprise – in fact we’ve already sold one and one is reserved after just putting them up on Instagram so you know how hot these are! 
  2. Another week another big Indie Rock collection! Several hundred really great 80s to 90s indie LPs came in this week. They generally look like they are in really great condition too. Mostly very big and obvious titles but thats certainly no bad thing!!! The Cure, The Sisters Of Mercy, New Order, Felt, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, The Mission, Stereolab, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Chapterhouse, PJ Harvey, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nirvana, The Pixies, Red House Painters etc. Doubt these will last long!
  3. Another decent Reggae haul came in – including a few rare LPs from Ras-I and Augustus Pablo as well as lots more standard but decent LPs from Tappa Zukie, Gregory Isaacs, Jah Shaka, The Skatalites, Barry Brown etc.
  4. Tonnes more Japanese records came in from Toru – including lots of Japanese New Wave/Synth, Pop music, Japanese pressings of big artists like Michael Jackson, Tangerine Dream, The Beatles, Grease OST as well as some Japanese pressings of Jazz artists like Albert Tyler and Ornette Coleman.
  5. More on the Jazz tip Duncan bought in a small collection early 60s UK Jazz LPs – Zoot Sims, Graham Bond etc. Toru also bought in some top Jazz titles from a very nice regular seller – from South African titles to obscure deep French Jazz. Mixture of originals and reissues as always. Very nice.
  6. Sean bought in a TOP NOTCH pile of titles randomly last week. I’ve already mentioned the Spirogyra LP above but also included was Stargazer by Shealagh McDonald (which has also sold), UK original copy of the amazing Bedazzled OST, several Beatles and Mary Hopkins LPs and a nice LP by The Who.
  7. I bought in a load of really nice vinyl box sets by artists like Black Sabbath, REM, The Pixies, Bob Dylan, as well as some records by Talk Talk, Led Zeppelin and Glen Campbell!!!!

Plenty to keep you going there, and we’ve got more records coming in this week so keep checking the Instagram and coming in everyday!

The Lowest Form are playing Milan this weekend with Mother, Khan & Neek, S.H.I.T, Kobra & DJ Scud its madness!!!



This week we bought nearly 50,000 Records and CDs!

Hi from Reckless!

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Incredible week for us here at Reckless; the mood has risen after the flooding last week (which was very quickly sorted out!). The shop is being done up and the shop front repainted – as well as new 45 racks and cd displays being put in. Some seriously amazing buying this week – this week is potentially the largest amount of records we will have ever bought in one week (possibly surpassing the BBC collection we bought years ago!). It’s been very busy in the shop – with lots of titles selling as soon as they are being put out. Scott put out 500 records on Monday – lots of really great stuff for the Dance side – Soul, Chicago House, 90s Techno, Minimal, Jungle etc. We’ve been accumulating tonnes of bargain titles recently and the Bargain racks are being topped up everyday. I must have put out 200 new Bargain titles alone this week!

Yesterday we bought an absolutely HUGE collection; and when I say huge I mean HUGE!!!

20,000 7″ singles

5,000 12″ singles

7,500 CD singles

3,000 CDs

500 LPs

The collection was a real labour of love spanning Indie, Punk and Pop  with a smidgen of Dance, Hip Hop and R&B. From Abba to Gang Of Four to The Zombies! Several of us made the trip to Cambridgeshire yesterday to do the move and it took several trips as I’m sure you can imagine! It’s a seriously amazing collection – with all of the Singles you can tell they had a real ear for a tune. Most of the records were bought, recorded onto tape and filed away. So anything that was bought new is in super nice condition. Some of the  bits they bought second hand are apparently a little bit tatty – and one row of 12″s singles were badly warped (these and quite a few of the CD singles will be given to charity). In general though the collection is really great; and there are some rare items in there from Orange Juice to The Television Personalities to the Sex Pistols!

One of my colleagues who went to the collection yesterday said that there were full runs of 45s by most Britpop artists, from bands like Stereolab, The Ruts, Cabaret Voltaire, Psych repros from Count Five, The Sonics, Wimple Winch; 70s Rock, Rap 45s, Kraftwerk picture sleeves, Grunge, US Hardcore, Velvet Underground, early Electronic music, Kate Bush, Warp Records, US Indie like Dinosaur Jr, The Shins and Modest Mouse. The CD’s are apparently pretty decent too, in a photo I was sent I could make out a Coil one and a Coal Chamber one – two heavyweights of the highest order!!!

As I’m sure you can imagine with a collection like this its going to take loads of time to even get started on it. So please bear with us, but it does mean that we are going to have loads of really good singles going out (and loads of cheapies too!). I’m going to go a lot more into this collection after I’ve actually seen some of it, but needless to say were really happy with the collection (although I imagine the Al, Scott and Kenny are all pretty knackered after all the lifting!!!).

Scott went to another collection earlier in the week – this time it was 600 or so Hip Hop and RNB LPs and CDs. Lots of big records – and lots of cheapies. Some super cool titles from Tribe, De La Soul, Wu Tang Clan, NWA, Snoop Dogg, Common, Ugly Duckling, Dr Dre, Cypress Hill, Pete Rock, Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, Nelly Furtado etc. Also a couple of copies of the Mr Hanky South Park LP lol. All the big singles from people like Beyonce, Nelly, Fatman Scoop etc are all in here too if you have a party coming up.

Tom went to a collection on Tuesday which was pretty great. It was around 2,000 CDs (apparently the CDs are really good – I saw one photo and it looked like lots of Soul Jazz-type titles!) and 500 LPs. About half of the LPs went straight in the cheap but the ones we were left with were really decent. Lots. of US gospel – but the more funky titles – nearly all on Jewel. Loads of James Brown titles including a signed LP and a 78. Four Ike and Tina Turner acetates. A Freakbeaty Stones-y acetate. Lots of good Jazz and Soul – and generally really clean. Most of the titles are still in shrink!!!

Lots of good stuff being bought in over the counter too this week. We bought a really compact but perfect Folk collection. It was about 25 LPs but they were all great, great titles. The collection had about 5 signed LPs – and luckily they were the best titles! The signed titles were Shirley Collins & Davy Graham”Folk Roots, New Routes”, Gordon Giltrap, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick and one more I cant remember. There were some pretty rare Topic titles there too!!

Also over the counter we have bought in titles from Queen, Dick Dale, Ivor Cutler, John Martyn, Small Faces, Simply Red, Fleetwood Mac, Gil Scott Heron, The Skatalites, Michael Jackson, Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Prince…loads more! We also bought another pile of Freestyle/Electro/Disco 12″s.

Loads more collections coming up this week – Scott and me are off to a large (12,000 maybe?) one in Brighton on Saturday which could hopefully be a good one!!!

This weeks TOP TEN is from Archer from popular Synth Punk Rockers Beta-Blockers and Temple Of Coke!

Kool Keith – Sex Style, 1997 – all my lyrics based around this album, and lifestyle in general

Skitsystem – Stigmata, 2006 – Hardest album of all time

Ultra – Big Time, 1996 – best diss album of all time, Keith and Tim complimenting each others styles is perfection

Spooky Black – Black Silk, 2014 – great album to listen to having emotional sexual intercourse

Mel gimpsuit/Hangover Heartattack Split CDR, 2007 – food obsessed grindcore, footy lad leige’s

J Hus – The 15th Day, 2016 – He ripped off my stage presence but seriously bad boy daggering mixtape

Devilman – R.E D.Evelopment mixtape, 2007 – Sent me a signed blank cd 6 months after ordering off myspace, album cover was a still from the playstation 2 game “Hitman”. Absolutely bad boy

Oasis – Be Here Now, 2010 – great stuff

Dismember – Like an Ever flowing Stream, 1991 – pure evil banter

The Killers – Direct Hits, 2013 – 15 anthems in one handy record

If you do not know the Beta-Blockers check them out:


on popular UK music label Static Shock


Till next week!




Wet Week

Hiya from Reckless!

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It’s been a heavy week at Reckless this week. As some of you may have seen we had to shut the shop midweek (don’t worry – just for the rest of the day we are open again now). The masses of rain caused a big leak in the shop – we managed to get everything covered up so there was minimal damage to the stock but it was a pretty stressful day! Theres nothing like rain streaming through the lights above you to make the day kind of a bummer.

Anyway on more of a positive note we bought some wicked records this week.

Some super big hitters on the Rock side: UK original Seeds LP, original Jimi Hendrix titles and US demo issue Velvet Underground came in. These are serious pieces (I think the Seeds has actually already sold) and won’t last long. We also had in a few rare LPs from the Melvins (which certainly don’t come in everyday!).

Lots of Reggae and Soul in this week. From several different collections! One collection had about 100 records; the condition was a bit all over the place but there were decent LPs from King Tubby, Burning Spear, Johnny Clarke, Dillinger, Dennis Brown, Tapper Zukie, Derrick Harriot, Pablo Moses, Bob Marley, Fred Locks, Errol Dunkley, Lee Perry, Ken Boothe etc. Several rare Dub LPs too. The Soul side had some classics from War, Marvin Gaye, The Jones Girls etc. There was another collection of 45s with some good Ska and Northern singles (including a few rare Motown titles): Laurel Aitken, Martha Reeves, Prince Buster, Lloyd Charmers etc.

More Electro and Freestyle came in; lots of not expensive but interesting titles!! All very clean; from a New York DJ! I’ll put some pics up on our instagram tomorrow.

Two TOP Hardcore Jungle 12″s came in from DJ Fokus and DJ Crystl. The Crystl went right away – the Fokus won’t be there long.

Bought a really decent pile of Reggae and Island Funk records off of a friend of ours too but with the flood I haven’t had a proper chance to go through it yet.

Next week we have some serious work cut out for us as we are going to purchase an absolutely HUGE collection – thousands and thousands of records, CDs and Tapes. THOUSANDS I TELL YOU!!!!

Till next week





Bonjour from Reckless!!

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Hope you are all doing good! I’m just on my way back from a quality weekend in my hometown of Margate. We had a top night out on Saturday – the Suk Deck had the geezer Braga Circuit mashing the place up with quality House music for hours. We just sat in the sun sinking beers – the Sun Deck is a killer addition to Margate! Then we went to Adrian Sherwood and David Rodigan at Dreamland and it was a top night out!!! So great for some decent stuff to be going on down here considering how crap it was in the late 90s. Mr Rodigan said that he actually first heard Ska and Reggae in Margate as a child on holiday. He said there was a Jamaican bar there!

Speaking of Jamaica we had another decent batch of Reggae 45s in this week – and it looks like it could be the start of a big collection! Lots of Jamaican originals. Some rare – and certainly several fairly obscure titles. Studio One, Music Works, Joe Gibbs, Jam Rock, Coxsone, Message, Studio One, Vivian Jackson: Cornell Campbell, Augustus Pablo, Big Youth, Soul Vendors, Wayne Wade, Dillinger, Jah Boom, Cultural Roots, Mighty Diamonds, Johnny Clarke, Hard Rock.

One of my pals was going on holiday so brought in a seriously nice pile of records. He’s a killer DJ and had always had a Top Selection. So were super happy to get these in the shop. Its a real mixture of stuff, from Fourth World Ambient to Synth Punk to Pastoral Guitar workouts to Chanson to Free Jazz to Avant Garde to Field Recordings to Late Eighties Avant Boogie House!!! Loads of these titles just don’t turn up in shops normally – so if this sounds like your bag don’t hesitate: Moondog, Suicide, Popol Vuh, Jon Hassell, Sun Ra, Claude Antonini, Christian Vander, Michael Gregory Jackson, This Heat, Vidi Vidi Vici, John Adams, Pep Llopis, Richard Pinhas, Family Fodder, Kraftwerk, Vito Ricci….

Another old friend of mine brought in some really nice records. He’s been buying records for years but rarely sells stuff – unless he’s spent too much cash on beer the month before! Some great records from Peter Lang, Fairport Convention, The Misfits, Chris Clark, Gescom, John Fahey, Venom, Ghost, Caravan, Bonnie Prince Billy etc.

Someone popped in with a pretty much full album discography of Queen – just in time for the film! Condition is up and down but they are all priced accordingly.

On the total opposite side of condition was a pile of pretty much perfect Classic Rock LPs. Everything looks like it would have on the day of release. They’re so clean! Some decent titles from Camel, Barclay James Harvest, Pink Floyd, Oasis, Ten Years After…

Three decent LPs from The Beatles – all original issue – and in much better condition than most!

Scott sold a load of really nice Soul and Disco in and priced them up this week. Loads of US original Deep Soul LPs. Some super nice, top end records – mostly super clean. Some pretty rare Boogie 12″s in here too.

Scott also put out a load of really decent House and Techno – LPs and 12″s. Loads of Relief Records, Dave Clarke, AUX 88, Drexciya, Gemini, Aphex Twin…

Blimey! Plenty more on the cards next week too.
Don’t forget anyone in Canterbury – come to this next week!
Soho Music Month starts next week – lots of super cool stuff going on (I just looked an Jumping Jack Frost is playing!) – check the website for info:
As ever keep checking out Instagram to see what new bits we’re getting out!
Seeing as I’ve just been on an Island here are my Top Twenty Island Records!
John Martyn “Solid Air”
PJ Harvey “To Bring You My Love”
The Skatalites “Guns Of Navarone”
Tom Tom Club “Genius Of Love”
Nick Drake “Five Leaves Left”
Fairport Convention “Unhalfbricking”
King Crimson “In The Court Of The Crimson King”
Nirvana “All Of Us”
Gravediggaz “Niggamortis”
White Noise “An Electric Storm”
Richard And Linda Thompson “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight”
King Crimson “Red”
Wally Badarou “Echoes”
Positive K “I Gotta Man”
Fotheringay “S/T”
Augustus Pablo “King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown”
Aswad “Warrior Charge”
Ryuichi Sakamoto “Riot In Lagos”
The Upsetters “Super Ape”
Guy Cuevas “Obsession”
Till next week!!!!

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Ahoy! Decent week so far. I’m rolling in on an 8 day week and yet still enjoying it. We went to see Jagger DJ with Mark Ernestus this week – both of them smashed it deep; Jagger killing it with some serious Roots and Dancehall – and Ernestus playing Dancehall instrumentals that sounded like Ruff Squad instrumentals made in Space. Toru is over in Japan and is playing a party there in a few days:

Anyway let me get into the new stuff so I can watch Red Scorpion.

  1. Super nice copy of Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake. Like a really beautiful copy. The sleeve and everything. We played it and I think it is one of the best sounding records I’ve ever heard. I have a pretty tatty copy myself (which plays good but not as good as this). We all were very tempted. The other two LPs came in too but were later issues. Also in the same pile was some fairly decent rock: Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, The Only Ones. Al and me also went through about 500 Classic Rock LPs today (and had to turn down about 400 of them!) which included lots of titles from Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Hawkwind, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers etc.
  2. Loads more killer Jazz. A copy of Space Is The Place by Sun Ra – a US copy. Pure insanity. Also more from: Nathan Davis, Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Joe Harriott, Blue Notes (on Ogun), Giles Peterson UK Jazz comp, some Strata East reissues and plenty more.
  3. Lots of great Soul – from Leos Sunship to The Rotary Connection. Also a nice batch of US Soul 45s. Including a few really rare ones (including a £100+ titles from The Ultimate Blacks).
  4. Plenty more Rap 45s – including several Promos from De La Soul, Coolio, Naughty By Nature etc. Very popular!
  5. Moire Jungle and DNB as usual – loads of Moving Shadow, Metalheadz etc.
  6. Some pretty nice House – including a few nite Italo House titles too from Don Carlos and The Bermuda Triangle. There were also rare ones from Trax Records, Matthew Herbert (under the Dr Rocket name), Davina (the UR “Don’t You Want It” – never stops sounding amazing), Mountain People and a rare Armando. Loads of new Dance bits will be going out tomorrow and Monday.
  7. Few Reggae bits – including a bunch of Dub Store reissues. Which are always nice.

Little bit quieter this week on the selling front – Football and Royal Weddings maybe – but its been really good as we’ve managed to get loads more records out. I priced 300 records in the last 3 days – hopefully the racks will be nice and packed soon!

DJing in Canterbury in a few weeks for some pals with DJ Fearbubbler if anyone lives round those parts!

This weeks Top Ten is from the almighty Lucinda Chua! Lucinda made music under the name Felix on Kranky Records and played Cello for Stars Of The Lid for a tour.

“Gladly” Tirzah
I think this the song of emoji heart eyes.

“Skygger” Suokas
This is from Sergey Suokas’ album The New Cycle. The record feels like a collection of bizarro landscapes painted out of bits of techno and orchestra – I am really into it.

“Please Set Me At Ease” Madlib
Ugh, this is so good. When the tempo slows and the piano comes back in, I am turned into mush.

“Nowhere” Nosaj Thing
I love the wooziness Nosaj Thing conjures. It’s like a cross between falling in love and the feeling before you throw up… but it’s a good feeling hahaha.

“Fragments” Skuli Sverrisson & Oskar Guojonsson
The first time I heard this I felt paralysed because I didn’t know how to process it. Like the music felt so good it actually physically hurt a bit. I don’t know if anyone else ever feels this way with certain songs? or maybe I’m just a weirdo!

“What I can See feat. Micachu” Ben Vince
I love this song by Ben Vince, taken from his new Assimilation LP. He creates all these beautiful textures and overtones with his saxophone, it feels like someone is holding your heart in their hands.

“Zodiac Shit” Flying Lotus
Flylo’s music brings so much joy into my life! All that tremolando up in the strings, so dreamy.

“Machinery Responds” Ratkiller
My friend JBH got me into Ratkiller (Estonian musician Mihkel Kleis) a few years back. This track is from his 2016 record Odor Orienting. For me, this is the sound of euphoria mixed with adrenaline.

“My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper” Sons of Kemet
I am so inspired by Shabaka Hutchings. His solo work, The Ancestors, Sons of Kemet… there is so much power and excellence in this music, it has taught me so much – about the past, about the future, about music, about myself.

“Sem Teto” Cinema
Someone posted this on youtube and the comments section reads:











Check out Lucindas music here:


Lucinda is playing this event (organised by the amazing Dohm Shop!) in Nottingham in June. Theres a really killer promotional video for it on Instagram!


Till next week!!!