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

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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

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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





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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!!!


Big Mish Mash of stuff rolling into Reckless

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Just walked around Greenwich Park listening to this Bad Boy and can safely say it sounded First Class!

I’m back from Holiday and it seemed last week was a little bit quiet but this week has been wicked. Loads of buying, lots of selling and its been good vibes everyday. Don’t forget to check the end of the Blog where we have the next Top Ten from the one and only James Knight!

Lets get in to the buying!

  1. We went to a pretty bit collection on Friday – it was just under a thousand records. It was a big mixture of stuff – from Ken Dodd to Slowdive to Ragga Jungle. There were some pockets of really good stuff in. there – especially the 80s Indie! The Indie stuff was all the titles you want: The Smiths (literally so man Smiths records here), Morrissey, The Stone Roses, The Pixies, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Moose, Chapterhouse, Swervedriver, The Fall, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Galaxie 500, Ride, Cocteau Twins, Spiritualized, Saint Etienne, Happy Mondays, Joy Division…. There were also a hell of a lot of Madness records! Like about 40. I didn’t even realise there were that many Madness records. Lots of Classic Dance too – from House to Acid Jazz to UK Garage to Jungle. Loads of super cheap bits too – so check the Bargain Section as its got loads of new bits in it!
  2. Scott bought in about 100 Drum & Bass 12s – loads of good bits. Nothing super, super rare but banging twelves nonetheless. Metalheadz, Exit, Moving Shadow, Ram, Hospital, Prototype, No-U Turn, Quarentine etc. I think a bunch of these went in the cheap too.
  3. The almighty Oxman bought in some killer Reggae too this week. Some great LPs – more classic titles; and some more unusual 45s. The Silvertones, Bob Marley, Johnny Clarke, Bob Andy, Leroy Smart etc. A few very expensive Roots 45s.
  4. I bought in a whole bunch of stuff this week – one really nice collection with loads of Folkways titles. Including some really hard to get ones! We seem to be getting a lot of these at the moment! Another collection was a really good Post Punk/New Wave/Classic Rock collection – with lost of super clean US/Canadian and British pressings of titles from James White, UT, Neil Young, The Seeds, Pink Floyd, Dead Kennedys, Husker Du….
  5. More Rare Jungle and Hardcore came in this week. Another favourite: Legend Records 003: Tango/DJ Lee/Gwange. The almighty Solutions/2 Deep 12″. Both sides on this just absolutely destroy..RIP Tango. Another big one was 28 Gun Bad Boy by A Guy Called Gerald. some Criminal Minds, some Dillinja. One of the sellers also sold in a load of Deep House including Sleep D, Giegling, Minimal Techno, Detroit. You know the score.
  6. Scott bought in a load of Freestyle and Electro from an ex member of staff (I believe they were his wife!). Nothing expensive but loads of clean US 12″s – they all look absolutely wicked!!! We played through a few and there were loads of really cool ones. I put loads of pics up on the Instagram – I would check it ASAP!!! They won’t last long!
  7. Some really nice (and pricey) Reggae and Soul CDs came in and went out too!

Loads of other nice bits went out this week too – including a few really expensive Vinyl/CD Box Sets from the Leaf Label, Editors and Manic Street Preachers.

Loads more collections coming up!

OK, heres the next Top Ten from the manlike James Knight of Low Bias!!!

Oioi, back again! Biggup everyone that reached out after last month’s alt-country/Americana list to say they dug it. I was a bit surprised and really touched by how into some of those records a few people who got in touch with me were, they are all ones that mean a lot to me so it’s wicked that a few other people dig them and checked out a few bits they hadn’t checked out before. Nice one!


This month I have gone for ‘Throbbing Gristle and related’. I know that some people might have beef with me lumping Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound in with TG and while I’d agree that those three bands/artists do stand apart they all sit together in my record collection and there is enough of a shared set of influences and constituent members to jam them all together in a single list I reckon!


In terms of background and/or further reading Cosey Fanni Tutti released her autobiography last year which gives a good overview of her perspective of COUM, TG and her work with Chris Carter subsequent to TG. If you can find a copy for a reasonable price, Simon Ford’s Wreckers of Civilisation is another good overview of COUM and TG. If you have even a passing interest in Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound, I cannot recommend David Keenan’s England’s Hidden Reversehighly enough. It’s one of the few books about music that I have read more than once and Strange Attractor have published a second edition now so you can get hold of it for a fair whack here – It is a wonderfully written evocation of a truly unique cluster of artists and if it is music that you have given a go but not quite clicked with it might just radicalise you! That axis of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound represent a version of that unique, eccentric, psychedelic, pagan version of Englishness that is connected to the land, nature and the mystical tradition and one that I might actually somehow be proud of.


“E-Coli” – Throbbing Gristle



I guess it makes sense to start with TG as the constituent members went on to be a part Psychic TV (Genesis and, initially at least, Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson), Coil (Sleazy after leaving Psychic TV) and, of course, Chris and Cosey. Both John Balance (who went on to form Coil with Sleazy) and David Tibet (who has created music under the moniker Current 93 since 1983) were also early members of Psychic TV. SO, the only artist on this list with no real direct link to, or involvement with, TG is Nurse With Wound’s Steven Stapleton, very fitting as he is and always was very much his own man!


Anyhow, this one is taken from the 1978 TG LP, D.O.A. The third & Final Report. It is less hectic and overtly confrontational than a lot of their other studio and live material and showcases the more brooding take on electronic ambience that the members of TG would go on to explore further in all of their subsequent project. It consists of little more than a menacing, pulsing bass frequency, a few swooping screeds of violin and a recording of the audio of what is probably a contemporary TV news report about the E-Coli virus. What more do you need? Here is a live version from a TG performance at The Crypt in London in 1979 that was originally released as Industrial Records Cassette 16, it’s a bit longer a punchier:


“How To Destroy Angels” – Coil


Of all of the artists on this list Coil are something truly special to me. I have found solace, inspiration, elevation, annihilation, escape and oblivion in their music again and again and again over the years. I was lucky enough to see them live a couple times which certainly felt like a privilege at the time but it is in their recordings that you can really get lost. “How To Destroy Angels” is the very first Coil release and was conceptualised by Balance before Sleazy turned up with his machines and it features little more than some bullroarers and what sounds like some swords! It sets the tone for the recordings which were to follow and you honestly cannot go wrong with any of their very many releases. From the unhinged energy of Horse Rotorvator to the dark opiated pulsing of Love’s Secret Domain to the creeping dark ambience of Musick To Play In The Dark. You could honestly just work through the lot chronologically and you’ll struggle to find a dud as far as I’m concerned. Due to the limited nature of the physical copies of many their releases and the messy and unresolved nature of the copyrights to the recordings a huge amount of Coil material is available on the Internet Archive:

However, I would actively encourage people to keep an eye out for physical re-issues of Coil material which are being released the right way on labels like Cold Spring, Optimo Music and Dais. And of course, if you get down to Reckless regularly enough you will be able to pick up copies or both original pressings and re-issues. I got a nice copy of the Important re-issue of their 1984 split with The New Blockaders in the Reckless racks just a few months back – seek and ye shall find people! This is a tongue in cheek, and very amusing, short feature on the band from 2001:


“Ooooh it’s the sound of Satan’s hooves in my skull!”


And another slightly less silly interview with a fluttering jawed Balance from the 1988 documentary The Sound Of Progress:


“Chewing On Shadows” – Current 93


I am pretty sure that it was none other than the Bad Boy Bress himself that introduced me to Current 93. I had encountered Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV by the time I moved up to Nottingham but Chris definitely opened my ears to C93, Coil and Nurse With Wound and I haven’t looked back since so really this list is thanks to him in large part! Current 93 are many things, again a slow trawl through their discography shall not leave you anything other than staggered I’d hope but this track  encapsulates everything I like about the warm, gentle, haunting acoustic music David Tibet tends to make in collaboration with Michael Cashmore on records like Soft Black Stars. As ever, Tibet’s mysterious, naked and brutally honest vocal can’t fail to move you. Unless you find it a bit weird and funny – which it can be at the same time! Here is Tibet interviewed in ’88 again excerpted from The Sound Of Progress documentary:



“Rites Of Reversal” – Psychic TV


Since the dissolution of TG, Psychic TV has kind of acted as a vessel for whatever Genesis has wanted to do musically. This has led to a whole bunch of records including some good and not so good acid house and the more recent iteration of PTV as a kind of tripped out psychedelic biker band. In amongst the 80s PTV records though is some real gold including the ‘Themes’ series which constituted recordings PTV made for film and TV projects. These recordings tended to be extended and abstract and this recording in particular is from Themes 2 released in 1985 and was commissioned by Derek Jarman for a short film of his. Personally, I am not so keen on the cult of personality propagated by Genesis from that period until, well, now really, however, the music has always kept me coming back and my thoughts are with Genesis as they fight perhaps their toughest battle yet. As this short TV spot from 1984 shows Gen has never been shy of a battle and being “the bull in the china shop” so here’s hoping they pull through:


“Thunder Perfect Mind” – Nurse With Wound

As mentioned above Steven Stapleton stands somewhat apart from the other artists in this microcosm and the music he makes as Nurse With Wound, both in collaboration with others and alone, is utterly idiosyncratic, unique and genuinely beyond meaningful description. Stapleton’s age dictated that his roots are perhaps more in the psychedelic underground and counterculture borne of the late 1960s than many of the other artists in the early industrial scene that Nurse often get lumped in with. Throughout the mid to late 70s Stapleton was dedicated to unearthing the strangest records he could find and he travelled across Europe with what would become the original Nurse lineup – his friends John Fothergill and Herman Pathak – hunting and amassing a collection that would provide the source material for the legendary Nurse With Wound List ( ) that accompanied the first NWW LP, 1978’s Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella. With such diverse and interesting influences combined with a complete lack of any training or experience playing any instruments or recording in a studio it is perhaps unsurprising that Nurse music came out sounding so unlike anything else! I’ve picked a Youtube smoosh of both of the tracks (“Cold” and “Colder Still”) that make up 1992’s Thunder Perfect Mind as it remains perhaps the most definitive version of what I hear in my head when I imagine Nurse music. In terms of personnel it involves the trio of Stapleton and his most frequent collaborators: Current 93’s David Tibet and Colin Potter who has engineered a huge amount of Nurse material over the years.  Current 93 recorded a ‘sister’ album of the same title which is also one of the very best C93 releases:


This short 30 minute documentary that was originally created by the folks allows an insight into Stapleton’s life in Cooloorta, Ireland where he has lived for many years and created an isolated environment where he can, live, work and create with the freedom he requires:


Thanks not only for the records and all the amazing art but also for being you Stapleton, you are a true inspiration!


“Time To Tell” – Cosey Fanni Tutti:


I finally got a copy of Cosey’s autobiography for Christmas and it was a good read. I actually found the stuff detailing the ins and outs of TG the least interesting parts of the book as Cosey’s descriptions of both her early life in Hull and her work in the sex industry were so fascinating. By working as a striptease artists and posing both for pornographic stills and films Cosey was able to explore a multitude themes in her fine art practice and that work remains extraordinary. This track allows Cosey to give her perspective on these actions over a pulsing track that she produced and originally released on cassette in 1983. Another particularly inspiring individual to me, biggup Cosey!


“Time Machines” – Time Machines


Coil used several aliases to explore music that they felt at the time did not quite fit under the Coil banner. Of all of their many releases this is possibly my favourite. It consists of four tracks each named after a the chemical names for four psychedlic substances as described by the grand magus of psychedelic chemistry, Alexander Shulgin in his defintive books on the subject PIKHAL and TIHKAL which stand for “Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved” and “Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved”. The liner notes included with Time Machines explain the music as:


“4 tones to facilitate travel through time”


Balance and Sleazy were never ones to shirk away from the possibilities offered by the chemical alteration of the senses and the substances described in the track titles could theoretically have both inspired the creation of the music and/or enhanced the ability of the music to facilitate travel through time. Either way I was very happy when Dais pressed the four tracks onto a double LP last year. Here is some footage of them performing Time Machines at Sonar back in 2000 in their wonderful furry bear space suits:


“Space Music” – Nurse With Wound


Sticking with the tripping through the ambient infinite theme here’s another of my absolute favourite NWW releases. It’s a relatively recent one from 2009 and I knew as soon as I saw the sleeve I’d love it. Stapleton doing his take on this kind of thing is like manna to me and it is a perfect encapsulation of the kind of stuff I like to play in the first half of the show I do on NTS. The music was originally commissioned by the Melbourne Planetarium and the hype sticker on the original CD release reads thus:


“Be warned the sounds you are hearing are NOT marmots eating your tweeters though you are best advised to apply volume lightly at first. Stapleton’s Astral Weeks have been distilling sounds into sipping moonshine. LITERAL Moonshine. After a viscerally present launch cycle the Voyager Nurse Module is designed to be piloted by the out-of-body listener. With Lilith-like subtlety, the concrete powered craft makes it way ever closer to the edge of the galaxy. Which one? Who Knows? Whichever it is, Vaclav Helhybel (OUTER SPACE: MUSIC) and Frank Perry (DEEP PEACE) are there waiting”


Love it!


“Dancing Ghosts” – CTI


I could have chosen any number of Chris & Cosey tracks but this one probably shades it as my all-time pick. It’s so many of my favourite things at once that it is almost too much! That they recorded this in 1982 never fails to amaze when you consider the records that would begin emanating out of Chicago and Detroit a couple of years later. This was originally part of a soundtrack for a one hour video entitled Elemental 7 that Chris & Cosey made with longtime COUM associate John Lacey and it was later released as an LP in 1984. One day I shall get hold of a copy, they all turn up eventually!


“Janitor Of Lunacy” – XTG


The TG reunion of the late 00s ended before all four members could complete the final project which Sleazy had envisaged: a track for track cover of Nico’s 1970 LP, Desertshore. With Genesis no longer willing to participate Sleazy, Chris and Cosey regrouped as XTG and enlisted a whole raft of vocalists including Marc Almond, Sasha Grey, Blixa Bargeld and even Gaspar Noe to complete the recordings. The opening track, “Janitor Of Lunacy”, features Antony and is an incredibly haunting send off for Sleazy for whom the project meant so much but sadly he would never hear finished as he passed away in his sleep at his home in Thailand in November 2010.


R.I.P. Sleazy. R.I.P. Balance. Reunited in the infinite.


Until next month!


p.s: if reading this has whetted your appetite and you live in London, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound play a relatively rare London show on Saturday October 13thand there are still some tickets left:


I will be there!

and maybe I will to!

You can listen to James and Robins radio show here:

I had the pleasure of DJing with James last week for Heresy and we both loved it.

Thanks Jam!!!

and thanks to you for reading!

Till next week!





Sizzling with Sizzla!!!

Oi From Reckless!

This blog was written to the sounds of the Time To Tell reissue LP from Cosey Fanni Tutti which I got in the post this morning. I’ve probably picked it as a tune before but I’ve been listening to it all day – its so killer.

Bit late this post as I was away walking in the Lakes (which was absolutely wicked). It’s been mega hot so it was good timing to get some…

  1. Killer Reggae Business in – some serious 60’s / 70s LPs – lots of classics. A mix of Original and early issue LPs. From Dub to Ska to Roots. Several original Blue Coxsone LPs, Trojan comps, great Dub LPs from Scientist, Joe Gibbs, Augustus Pablo, Dee Jay LPs from U Roy and Dr Alimantado, all time classics from Lee Scratch Perry and Bob Marley, Studio One biscuits. We also bought hundreds of banging Dancehall 45s. We played through a load of them today (how can you not when you have Toru, Ox and me in the shop on a hot day) – and there are some right rippers there. Ox was pulling out so many top tier titles! Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Ghost, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Cocoa Tea….mostly bargain titles but a few slightly rarer titles too.
  2. Some nice and rare Classic Rock titles from Black Sabbath (nice Early UK Vertigos), MR Fox (rare Progressive UK Folk), GTO (Frank Zappa related oddball sounds), very clean Neil Young originals, David Bowie, Rod Stewart etc.
  3. A whole heap of UK and US Motown 45s. Some Demos too. Nearly all Company Sleeved up – some of the sweetest, hardest music ever made.
  4. More ultra clean LPs from The Beatles.

Loads of cool stuff has gone out this week:

Rare Depeche Mode SACDs

Loads of Nice condition UK Punk and Post Punk

Some Big Indie LPs

More Hardcore LPs

UK Garage

Tonnes of US House – including Chicago, Detroit and NY

More Jazz (including more Japanese Jazz and Blue Note titles)

Decent LPs from Dr Dooom, Dom & Roland, Johnny L, Beastie Boys, Kenny Larkin, Aphex Twin…

Lots of buying on the cards this week

This weeks Top Ten is from THE GEEZER – the legendary Lukas Wigflex!!!! Lukas has been smashing nights in Notts for years now – from promoting the best nights to killing it every time he DJs.

1.Boothroyd – Pure Country (Happa Remix) – Fnord Communications

2.Docile – Empty Fury – The Trilogy Tapes

3.Prime Minister of Doom – Tribal Days Part 3 – Planet Uterus

4.Bibio – Zen Drums – Warp

5.Nils Fram – Human rage – Erased Tapes

6.Randstad – Glasbak – Pinkman

7.Upsammy – Another Place – Nous’flaer

8.Alias – Blaps Mix 2 – Real Records

9.Steve Bicknell – Patterns of Suppression – 6Dimensions

10.Me & Meds – Radcliffe on Reek – Me & Meds








EZ Now!

This post was written at Tarn Hows in the Lake District whilst listening to:

Record Store Day was a seriously busy day for us. It was cool to see a long queue to get in to work was there before I was! We sold out of all of the stuff we ordered – and it flew out! There were a few scrambles for the Abba 45 – but other than that it all went swimmingly! I have to say I actually really regret not picking up the Pink Floyd “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” now after reading about how good it was meant to sound. Thanks to Pizza Pilgrims and Tommi’s for the food to keep us going throughout the day – we really needed it!!

On Record Store Day we actually bout in a few decent things – the best was a huge pile of David Bowie LPs – including a first press of Hunky Dory – with the laminate sleeve!! This is going to sit very well alongside our copy of The Man Who Sold The World dress sleeve we have in right now!!!

Lots more in this week…including:

  1. Large box of excellent Punk / Post Punk / Rockabilly singles – as well as some Reggae and Funk. The Punk ones included a really rare King Kurt 45 with a handmade sleeve, Wire “Mannequin”, X Ray Spex, The Lurkers, The Wasps, The Valves, The Adverts… on the Reggae side we had a huge one from Willie Lindo; I Roy, Niney, Eddy Grant (on a Funk tip), Roots, Barrington Levy etc.

2.   Classic Rave – some really killer titles. Basement Records, Lucky Spin Records, rare Aphex Twin, Source Direct, Photek, Fugitive, early Trouble On Vinyl. Most importantly for me was a copy of one of my favourite Jungle / Drum n Bass 12″s of all time “Intalect”. This is simply amazing, it pretty much flew out – but it went to a good home! I think it one of the most perfect Deep Hardcore 12″s of all time – and it just sends me sideways every time I hear it. Even listening to it up here in the Lakes.

3.   Duncan bought a really good Traditional Jazz collection – but all the cool titles. Mostly UK originals – artists like Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane. I put a picture up on our Instagram of about half of them.

4.  Lots of Modern Soundtracks also came in this week. The usual high quality Double or Triple LPs, Colour Vinyl – very over the top. Interstellar, Moon, A Scanner Darkly, Fight Club, Susperia. Also with the same collection were some new-ish Indie and Pop titles from people like Daughter, Angel Olson, The National etc. I recently checked a load of these bods out and was actually surprised how much I enjoyed listening to them. From another collection were a few more pricey new-ish Indie bits from The Czars and The Middle East.

5.  Finally (well there was loads more buying but this is the Cream); some really clean 60s Beatles titles and some proper Blues: Otis Rush and John Lee Hooker. Nice, nice. Very nice.

Waiting on a load of Top Tens so heres just a few tunes  I have been wigging out too:

  1. Hampshire & Foat “Call Of The Forest”
  2. Antonio Sanches “Buli Povo”
  3. Malebu Satari “Smile”
  4. Soggy “Waiting For The War”
  5. The Assailant “One Spliff A Day”
  6. Dee Sharp “Rising To The Top”
  7. Roger Webb “Moon Bird”
  8. Graham Lambkin “Attersaye”
  9. Seba & Lotek “So Long”
  10. Reich Orgasm “Juan 40”


Till later in the week!



Mega-Buying! Loads of Huge bits! Plus: Record Store Day!!!

Salut from Reckless!!!!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Along with Nights in Egypt by The Jones Girls, the perfect sound to the start of the Summer!

As you must know tomorrow is Record Store Day 2018; it’s going to be boiling hot and we are going to be very busy. We are going to open at 10am as normal and have the following titles available (in limited quantities of course!):


Hell yes! We don’t normally get busy until the afternoon – so if you’re planning a more chilled RSD this year you know where we are. I actually think there are some pretty great titles out this year. The Gordon Beck LP, Wire 45 Box Set, The Vaselines, Sun Ra, Creation Rebel etc.

The Buying has been INSANE this week. We bought 1500 titles on Sunday alone. We weren’t buying a load of rubbish either – its all seriously high quality.

  1. Yesterday morning somebody brought in an especially Top Notch pile of records. In. the pile was an original “Dress Cover” of “The Man Who Sold The World” by David Bowie. As you know this is really, really rare. We haven’t had a copy for a few years. Its a proper UK original from 1971 and plays amazingly. We sat in the heat yesterday nursing a beer after work and listened to the whole thing and it sounded incredible. As well as that huge one the same chap had several original UK Ian Carr and Nucleus LPs, original UK Vertigo Kraftwerk LPs, Miles Davis UK original Bitches Brew, Suicide US original, John Cale LPs, Iggy Pop and many more. Hopefully it will be the start of a great collection as he was very happy with the money he got!
  2. Another huge rarity; big Skinhead/Mod/Ska 45 from Azie Lawrence – the mighty “Pempelem”. Huge, huge tune. Original UK Blue Beat in great condition, with centre! The dude also had several other Blue Beat 45s – and some Prince Busters so lets see what else he has eh?
  3. More Hardcore Punk – this time from one of our friends who was moving house. Loads and loads of cheap titles (check how big the Cheap section is right now) but also some really cool older titles from SS Decontrol, Agnostic Front, Vice Squad, Anthrax, Onslaught, Concrete Sox. Also lots of Power Violence and Sludge – including some Circle related bands.
  4. Another pal of ours – Ilan from Hypnotic Tango – sold us a load of Italo Disco and some Edits. There were also a few Thrash and Death Metal bits. Some super cool records here!!! Check the Realm album on the wall; that Beatles cover is first class.
  5. A full collection of Judas Priest reissues – including some well out-of-print colour vinyl issues. Bang dat bonce!
  6. Huge (several hundred) collection of 78s. Probably the best 78 collection I have ever seen. About half of them were tough to sell – but the other half rules. Original Jamaican Calypso, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock N Roll. Bill Doggett, The Shirelles (THE Shirelles – on 78!!!!!), Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Lord Kitchener…..
  7. Some rough-n-ready Classic Rock – but with some super cool titles: Tim Buckley, Judee Sill, Manfred Man Chapter Three, Sex Pistols, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, The Clash etc.
  8. About 200 cheaps and 20 ok titles of Classic Rock from another gentlemen; all the usual titles: David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell.
  9. An amazing collection of SUPER clean Classic Rock, Punk, |Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Everything was exactly as it was the day it was issued – so every insert, bonus Flexi, Hype Sticker. You name it. Pretty much entire discographies from The Clash, Scorpions, Heart, Meatloaf, Stiff Little Fingers, Anti Nowhere League, Magnum, Bon Jovi, Blue Oyster Cult. He’s bringing in his colour vinyl and picture discs soon.
  10. Huge pile of original Japanese Jazz – all pictured on our Instagram. Check it!!! All are out now!!
  11. Massive Blues and Folk collection – including some lovely titles from Son House (nice UK original), Folkways, Howlin Wolf, Richard & Linda Thompson, Airport Convention, Irish Folk, John Fahey. Loads of stuff!!!
  12. Some more WICKED Jungle and Hardcore!! DJ Crystl, FBD Project, Aphex Twin, LTJ Bukem, Goldie, Peshay. Ooof!!!

So; loads of bits out. Now I’m gonna go sit int he park and chill in time for tomorrow.

This weeks Top Ten is from our pals Kevin and Matt from Tome Records. Tome have just relocated up to 234 Graham Road, Hackney Central, E8 1BP. Get up there as soon as you can as their shop rules and they are very nice people indeed!


1. Roland Young – Hearsay I-Land

A jazz clarinettist who was a 80s NYC club kid makes music that pisses off the jazz elitists and confuse but gets embraced by the club.

“Isophonic Boogie Woogie”?

Plato Flats found him.

2. Love Joys  “Lovers Rock”

“One Draw” over and over again.

3. Land of Giants “Cannibal Dolls / Seven Men”

1982 upbeat Minimal Wave rarity from Canada. Pitch down a tiny bit for more edge.

“Pull my fingers from my knuckles”

4. Steve Roach “Empetus”

Got in to this record accidentally at wrong speed got in to it even more at the correct speed.

5. Grupo Alegria de Augusto Bernardillo – Estilo Inconfundible

Hit and miss Cumbia with wonky guitars and bad-meaning-good vocals. My favourite sleeve in the shop at the moment.

6. The Kicking Mustangs – Kickin’ / Take A Miracle

100 mph funk A-side which is alright but the sweet soul jam on the B-side is an absolute banger.

7. Lantei Lamptey – Komi Ke Kenam (Fish & Funjee)

Wicked afro-funk track with the worlds wonkiest drum break

8. Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 1975-1982

An excellent collection from the Cameroonian multi-instrumentalist and sonic experimenter.

9. Various Artists – Tempa Allstars Vol. 1

This makes the top 10 for the Artwork track ‘Basic G’ which still sounds like nothing else 15 years after it was made.

10. Camp Lo – Luchini Aka (This Is It)

The sun is out so obviously this is getting played at least 3 times a day.


Thanks for reading – till next week!!!!




Busy Business!!!

Yo from Reckless!!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Insane week so far. It has just been so busy.

The Reductions are flying out, but we still have some left. I would not sleep on it! Lots of killer Noise, Black Metal, Reggae, Punk, Drum n Bass…..

Some big titles have been slashed in half – loads of titles that are like £40 on Discogs are out for like a fiver.

Only wrote one of these the other day but loads has come in and I missed the one last week so here we go:

  1. Scott bought a big collection (500 titles) of really killer LPs and 12s. Loads of great DNB, UK Hip Hop, lots of Warp titles – including Aphex Twin, The Bug, Ceephax Acid Crew, Squarepusher, Autechre, B12; rare Jungle bits, UKG. Condition is a little iffy at times but the titles are top notch. There is also a really rare Scratch Perverts comp – with a Banksy sleeve. These are basically selling as soon as they hit the floor.
  2. I bought in a huge pile of records and CDs from this nice dude yesterday. Loads and loads of killer Hardcore, Straightedge, Metalcore and Emo. Bands like Title Fight, Bane, Turnstile, Chain Of Strength, Youth Of Today, Warzone, Converge, Carry On, Champion, Down To Nothing, Violent Reaction, Glassjaw, Brand New….loads of colour vinyl titles. Mostly in really amazing condition.
  3. Very exciting future collection on the horizon: a very nice Grandfather and Grandson came in the shop yesterday with about 40 60s, 70s and 80s LPs. Generally left-of-centre titles – but all pretty much as new. Super, insanely-clean titles from people like Freda Payne, Jimmy Webb, Pet Shop Boys, Slade, Manu Dibango, John Lennon, The Beatles, Linda Lewis, Rage Against The Machine, David Bowie, King Sunny Ade, George Harrison, Johnny Harris…I cannot speculate enough how clean these are.
  4. From one of our regular sellers we had a nice new batch of LPs – and as well as all of the new titles there were lots more Ethnographic LPs including some harder-to-find Hugh Tracey recorded LPs.

RSD is a week today – and as I said the other day – we have ordered so much stuff this year. Purely because theres actually some wicked bits out this year. Soho is gonna be a laugh on Saturday I reckon – come down and have a beer!

This week we got a Top Ten from the legendary Alex Tsigdinos! Puggy Boy Alex played some records with our very own Kenny White in Dublin a few weeks ago – and was raging apparently!

Synth Pop Heaven

Oi! From Reckless!

This Blog was written tot he sounds of:

Little late this entry as we were in Belgium playing some gigs – which was very entertaining!

You can watch a video of us playing on the Ancienne Belgique website (as well as the Facebook page for the event).

A lot happened when I was away. Firstly the Reductions were done. There were plenty of interesting pull outs. We now have a bumper Black Metal, Hardcore Punk and Noise reduced section.

There was loads of buying this week – from Rare UK Garage to Reggae to Punk Rock.

But I’m going to focus on yesterday as we went to two collections yesterday.

  1. Al went to a small but cool collection in the East End. He pulled out some very standard but decent LPs as well as a few Top 45s. Including some rare Freakbeat and Rocksteady from The Score, Alton Ellis, Pink Floyd, Monty Morris and Owen Grey. Two untouchable genres from the golden era.

2. Tom and I went to a huge collection in Berkshire. Tom had been in contact with the seller for a little while and we popped over there first thing yesterday – and WOW! We knew it was a big collection – but we weren’t quite expecting this.

It was a comprehensive collection – covering Synth Pop, New Wave, Goth, Post Punk, C86, Indie Pop, EBM, Industrial, Soundtracks, Punk, Minimal Synth, Techno, Experimental etc. All loving stored in homemade cabinets and sealed in a plastic sleeve. The condition is near perfect throughout too.

The Vinyl

Lots and lots of ultra High End reissues of classic Synth records; Kraftwerk (including all of the Box Sets), hundreds of Depeche Mode and Erasure titles (including a lot of originals), loads of Front 242, Nine Inch Nails, all the Radioheads, Smashing Pumpkins, Front Line Assembly, Moby, B12, all the Boards Of Canadas, Autechre, The The, Manic Street Preachers, Solid Space, very expensive and large Superpitcher box, Helena Hauff (and other new bits from people like Floating Points, Forest Swords etc). Lots of very good 45s, including several Synth obscurities. Plenty of Shoegaze/Indie bits – many C86 artists.

The CD’s

Walls and walls of CDs; over 5000 cds in total. Plus loads of ultra High End CD Box Sets. Every Synth Pop CD, including many rare Depeche Mode SACDs and Box Sets, every Erasure, lots of different pressing of big albums, Coil titles, a wall of Soundtracks, loads of killer Techno mixes – including some rarer Techno/Trance ones, lots of Brian Eno/Harold Budd, Japan, lots of Rare Minimal Synth, The Chameleons, My Bloody Valentine, Simple Minds, David Bowie, Cluster, Harmonia, Neu! etc Basically every nice version of every killer 80s album – and several different mastered issues too.

There were also a few rare Minidiscs, some really cool tapes (including loads of back-in-the-day Camden “live” tapes). Also a lot of the titles are signed by the artists – the lovely chap we bought the collection from is a real true Music Fan.

This is such a brilliant and huge collection – we are so happy to get it!! We will be getting this out as quick as we can.

Record Store Day in a few weeks – we have ordered loads more titles this year. This is just because we honestly liked some of the titles this year so we wanted them in the shop!


This weeks Top Ten is from the almighty Paul Camo. Paul is a Top DJ who had me going mental to some Disco in Cliftonville last year.

You should check out his NTS show here:

Buy local.

As a record collector, nothing beats finding good records for cheap.  And although I do buy a lot online, it just doesn’t compare to getting out there and having a good ol’ flick. I especially enjoy buying records locally, I always have. Perhaps I’m a bit lazy like that.

I recently moved to Margate and although I haven’t put as much effort into searching out records as I have in the past – just not enough time in the day between being a parent and designing – I have managed an occasional dig. So here’s my top ten Margate / Thanet record finds. All pretty cheap (most were under a fiver) and any that cost more than that were nowhere near as expensive as the cheapest copy online. It shows there are still records out there to be found if you get off your arse.

Eugene McDaniels – Outlaw

A classic Lp by one of my all-time favourite artists. I was understandably surprised to come across this because you just don’t see it out and about and if you do it ain’t going to be cheap. I have my own copy but there was no way I was going to leave this, especially for the price I got it for. Instead it made for a very nice birthday present for a good friend of mine.

The Mike Sammers Singers -Hymns A’Swinging

Found this for 2 quid in a brick a brack shop. I had seen some records in the shop one Sunday afternoon but the shop was closed, so I was surprised to see it there waiting for me a week later. If you don’t know this lp, it’s versions of religious hymns; basically jazz/ cheesy/ slightly easy-listening in places. It also has Tubby Hayes playing on it, who I’m a fan of. ‘He Who Would Valliant Be’ and ‘Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken’ are the stand out tracks.

Beast – Beast

Just took a punt on this. Pretty much standard stuff with the exception of ‘Floating’ and ‘(Strange Places Like) Santo Domingo’ which are more to my taste.

The Mud Hutters

Another cheapy I bought based on no knowledge at all. Went for it solely based on the record sleeve; I’m a sucker for hand written text on sleeves. It’s a fairly solid post-punk listen with a few stand out tracks.

Folk Music E.P.

I got this one along with the above Mud Hutters, again because of the sleeve. I was expecting it to be folk music, obviously, but was pleasantly surprised when I got home and played it. It’s a solid lp, listen to the youtube tracks and decide what genre it is for yourself. Comes with an insert stating the production cost for the record which is a nice touch.

Can – Ege Bamyasi

This was an interesting find. It was sitting there, partly poking out of a box high up on a shelve. It wasn’t a super cheap purchase like most of the other records in the list but a OG UK copy for 25 quid, can’t grumble with that.

Roxy Music – Sultanesque

Not a rare one but a lesser known Roxy Music listen, this slow-paced instrumental is the flip to ‘Love is the Drug’.  I’ve had a battered copy for a long time but never bothered to get a clean version. I found this whilst flicking through a pile of mostly crappy pop 7’s.

Babylon -OST

This nice cheap find was dug out of a box in the back of a shop selling mostly old tat .

Jah Woosh – Chalis Blaze W/Lbl

Pretty rare to find anything of permit in charity shops these days. So as you can imagine I was happy to find this for a couple quid. The perplexing thing is how only one record like this finds its way into a box of mostly crap records. Of course I asked if they had anymore reggae records like this at the back to which the shop assistant replied “all the records we have are out”.

Folk 77 – I Have a Dream

Didn’t know anything about this one when I found it. I was taken by the very lo fi sleeve design: Borderline awful by certain standards but badly designed record sleeves with great music inside is almost as appealing to me as brilliantly designed sleeves with great music. The nice thing about this record is that it really captures the essence of my top ten. It’s an independently released record by a Deal based label, recorded in Westgate, and sung by singers from a church in Broadstairs. It seems this lp was recorded as a result of a well-received performance the group made at The Winter Garden for the Queens Silver Jubilee.


Thanks Paul! Hopefully see you in Thanet soon! 🙂

Will do another one of these later in the week as theres loads coming in this week!!!