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Where Is The Love?

Yo! From Reckless!!!

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One of my favourite CDs. I’ve been doing a lot of travelling back and forth from Kent this week, and if I’ve not had a pint this is the best travelling music ever. If I’ve had a pint it has to be Tango & Ratty.

Work has been one of the busiest weeks of the year so far as you can imagine. No surprise with Christmas and the amount of solid, amazing stock thats out at the moment! I’m back in for the last push tomorrow; its going to be carnage!

We are all going to the Hinge Finger night tomorrow; you should come too.

Lots of amazing records in this week. Biggest biscuit came in all on its own (the guy had been saying for sometime how he was going to bring a copy in). Glen Miller “Where Is The Love” UK Doctor Bird. Proper, proper UK original, centre intact, decent enough condition. This has become a hugely sought after record, and for good reason. Its a proper crossover Rocksteady / Soul tune. Obviously Rocksteady is Soulful – but this pushes out even further into a tune that gets played regularly at big Soul nights around the country (if the DJ can find a copy!). It really is one of the best 45s ever made if you ask me.

Carrying on the Soul Tip – a huge pile of Soul and Funk 45s came in this week. All original issues, all in decent shape! Lots of Rare Groove and Breaks too. Rare and sought after platters from Cymande, Kool & The Gang, Black Heat, Irma Thomas, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown etc. We haven’t had a decent pile of Soul singles in for some time so I have no doubt these will fly out!!

One of our friends was over from his home in Berlin to see his family for Christmas and brought in about 500 heavy, heavy records. We’ve known Steve (Heatsick) since around 2001 and he’s always bought killer records. So we were more than happy to buy loads off him! There was a lot of Noise and Avant Garde, some newish Techno, Reggae, Afrobeat, Musique Concrete, Electroclash, Punk, Indie Rock, Hardcore, House….you name it. Some very rare Vinyl and CDs in this collection. Fushitsusha, Peter Brotzmann etc.

Lots more killer Kosmiche / Krautrock coming through. The same guy came back with some Cosmic Jokers, more Ash Ra well as some HP Lovecraft, Current 93, Kraftwerk etc. So clean too. This is definitely the start of what I think is going to be an amazing collection.

We’ve got loads more killer records due to come in this week, and still have some really killer records in – so wether you just want something for yourself or you want to get a last minute Christmas present I’d get down pronto! Don’t forget we also sell T Shirts, Gift Vouchers and Tote Bags!!!


This week we have a Top Ten from a really old friend of mine who’s been in loads of killer bands over the years but is currently fronting Margate Doom Metal Gods Ohmms!! Paul got me into so much killer music over the years from Beat Happening to Thrash Metal to mental Lo-Fi bands like Savage Malignant. So he’s probably partially to blame for me being here writing this today!

Oddly here is a picture of him with my old Housemate (Henry from Moloch who I had no idea he knew !)

1. The Wicker Man – Magnet & Paul Giovanni (1973) Creepy and classical folk music which perfectly matches the visuals that it accompanied. It’s the soundtrack I always come back to & I now probably listen to it more than I watch the film. It’s spellbinding.

2. Hellraiser – Christopher Young (1987) It’s cold and clinky in places & feels a bit scratchy even though I only have this on CD. Again another work of art that perfectly accompanies the movie which also happens to be my all time favourite film.

3. Creepshow – John Harrison (1982) I only recently bought the ‘waxwork records’ Vinyl rerelease & it took me back instantly to when I was a kid & watching this flick on video on a daily basis. Whilst I can’t say that weaker moments such as ‘They’re creeping up on you’ will stay with you until the day you die, the pulp feel throughout this score is certainly a sublimely crafted one plus the artwork & booklet inside is proper ace. It’s a fan treat.

4. Alien – Jerry Goldsmith (1979) Another one that I only have on CD and it’s still the same copy I’ve had since I was a kid. The scene at the beginning where the camera pans around the ship is so wonderfully scored by Goldsmith. The subtler moments on here are the key to building upon the feeling of oncoming dread in the movie.

5. It Follows – Disasterpeace (2015) The popularity of what I call synthwave but the rest of the world seemingly calls darkwave or vaporwave means that there are so many 2nd & 3rd rate protects in the mix that I can’t be bothered to sift through the mire any more. Remember what happened with grunge. Well, just like that. This one tho, this shone bright & can stand up in its own right as a great album. The fact that it scored one of my favourite films of the last few years is simply a bonus.

6. Day Of The Dead – John Harrison (1985) Great synth work yet again (although I could really do without the vocals on the terrible ‘If Tomorrow Comes’) especially on the bookended tracks. The ‘Waxwork Records’ reissue is, once again, vinyl perfection.

7. Poltergeist – Jerry Goldsmith (1982) This one is a real beautiful movie score but the big Spielberg budget means that the music feels over produced & overly sentimental in places. Saying that most of the time you can hear where that MGM dollar went. The sweeping strings & sharp crescendo’s are nothing but epic. Years later I bought the ‘Basic Instinct’ score he made & felt the guy had totally lost his edge, it was bland & predictable, no heart on the whole thing.

8. Under The Skin – Mica Levi (2014) The best movie of the last decade as far as I’m concerned & thankfully this otherworldly soundtrack adds to the intense visuals that appear in the screen. Its creepy & ominous from beginning to end & sounding lo-fi yet lush at the same time is a difficult balancing act to achieve. The reason it’s so low on my list is that it just puts me on edge every time I listen to it. So I tent not to come back to it much. It’s freaky as hell.

9. Trick or Treat – Fastway (1986) This is the only song based soundtrack on my list & it’s utter 80s hard rock perfection. I don’t know much about Fastway except there is an ex member of Motorhead in the band & that this soundtrack is a beat of album. Regardless, I’ve listened to this since I was a child & I continue to do so to this day even though the movie itself is a piece of crap (all be it a thoroughly enjoyable piece of crap).

10. The amitiville Horror – Lalo Schifrin Get it for the title track alone, this kept me up at night as a nipper. It’s got young kids singing a demonic chant & a nails down a chalkboard motif that begs you to lift the needle from the album. It’s horribly wonderful. The rest of the score over uses this initial melody but why not when it’s this good.

Thanks Paul!!! Killer list!

If you don’t know Ohhms you certainly should!

It’s Nearly Christmas!!!!


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Theres been some absolutely killer buying this week; lets get started!

  1. This nice geezer has started coming in with some really killer records. The first batch included a UK original Pick A Dub from Keith Hudson, original Scientist LPs, Misty In Roots – and some rare Moodymann LPs and 12″s. He was obviously super happy when we managed to give him some serious money so he came back a few days later with some super rare Rap (Raekwon, Dr Octagon, DJ Shadow, Ol Dirty Bastard, Deep Puddle Dynamics) and some proper heavy UK Roots (Jah Tubbys, Disciples, Jonah Dan, Dubkasm etc). Hopefully we will be seeing more of him as the records are totally killer!! Good taste!!

Loads of nice new Reissues of Rap, Hip Hop, Soul and Funk came in this week. Some funky library bits too. This included a load of new Now Again Records releases, Wu Tang Clan 7″s, Pharcyde 7″s, Dinosaur L 7″. Wicked!

I bought in an absolutely amazing pile of records from a nice bloke from Essex this week too. About 50 records. Seriously amazing titles: Popol Vuh, Can, Kraftwerk, Guru Guru, Amon Duul, Necromandus, Zoundz, The Adverts, Bow Downes (including the really rare Vertigo Records title). As you can see some really amazing titles. The condition is variable; but mostly they are in pretty amazing shape. These really won’t last long!!!

Plenty more Kosmiche titles came in this week too! It felt like Christmas had come early when another seller came in this week with a load of killer Ash Ra Tempel, Motorhead, Ozric Tentacles, Voivod, Fela Kuti, Caravan, The Velvet Underground etc. All in Near Mint condition – or above. Seriously!!!!

Some of our friends are expecting and decided to have a big clear out so we bought loads of wicked Hardcore Punk LPs and 45s this week. From Power Violence, to Garage to Thrash. Bands like Dead Dirg, Charles Bronson, Indian Summer, DS-13, Assfactor 4, Discharge, Germs, Negative Trend, Drop Dead, Los Crudos. You know the score! Actually quite a lot of out of print Scream too – I did wonder if those records would ever be worth anything!! Should have kept all that Witching Hour stuff!!

I started the week on a small lorry looking through about a thousand Drum & Bass / Dubstep 12″s. It was a seriously heavy collection – but one of those collections where there are loads of Triple Packs with Two 12″s in – but we managed to match them all up. Lots of killer Ram Records, Quarentine Records, Renegade Hardware etc right through to Metalheadz, Moving Shadow etc. Also a tonne of DMZ titles including some really rare ones. Full run of Analords from Apex Twin too. Yeah baby!

Had a few old friends pop in to sell records this week and they sold some heavy, heavy records. First pal: UK original Velvet Underground, Davey Graham; Phil Collins Box Set, Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Ariel Pink, The Chills etc. Very cool. The Chills wrote one of my favourite songs.

Second pal: heavy, HEAVY rare Jazz titles; bit of Funk, bit of Reggae. Loads of very expensive titles – in amazing condition. Strata East, Art Farmer, Carol Of Harvest, Holger Czukay, Laaraji, Abdullah, Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikah, Shawi, Ali Farka Toure, Ned Doheny. don’t think there is anything there below Near Mint. Some very rare Jazz and associated here.

Lots more amazing stuff came in this week – bits from Chrome, DNA, Sub Love, Patrick Cowley, The Troggs, Dance Mania bits, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Aphrodites Child, Julie Driscoll, Scott Walker, Archie Sheep, Yuseff Lateef etc. Keep checking the Instagram.

If you are looking for a decent Christmas Gift we sell Gift Vouchers – any amount and they never go out of date (whilst we are still here!). 


This weeks Top Ten is from Kevin from Black Impulse (and loads of noisy bands!!). Its a list of records he’s been playing loads of recently. Thanks for bringing a bit more noise to Margate dude!!


-The Saints- Eternally Yours

Drunk In Hell-Drunk In Hell

Lower Slaughter-What Big Eyes

Funkadelic- Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic

Dead Neanderthals -Womb Of God

Blue Cheer- Insideoutside

King Ayisoba- Wicked Leaders

Amon Duul ll- Wolf City

Lothar and the Hand People- Presenting…

The Fugs- It Crawled into my hand, Honest


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Very Much Buying was had!

Hello from Reckless!

This post was written to the sounds of this killer LEGOWELT jam:

Crazy, crazy buying this week. More than we have bought in quite some time. Lets get started!

Wowza, we bought some seriously rare 60’s (and some 70’s) 45s this week. Loads of very in-demand rarities. Pretty much all come with the original Company Sleeve, and most are in very decent shape! We bought them from a regular who always has killer stuff and has been buying and selling with us for years. In the collection are tonnes of demos too! Artists like The Yardbirds, Small Faces, Gracious, The Undertakers, The Measles, Brian Poole, Rare Bird, Zoot Money, The Pentad, Rockin’ Horse, Fairfield Parlour, Toe-Fat, The Mastermind, Glass Menagerie, Denny Seyton, The Alan Brown Set, Spooky Tooth, Sam Apple Pie, Skid Row, Sounds Incorporated, The V.I.P.’s, The Zephyrs, Mayfield’s Mule, Trendsetter Limited, Opus, Brainbox, Aubery Small, Writing On The Wall, Tony Knight, Danny Storm, Dave Lee, Judas Jump yadayadayada. Some seriously Freaky Bits!!! Certainly not records you see everyday!

Loads of Reggae in this week! Several DUB LPs from Scientist, few Dub ones from Studio One, Some Greensleeves Barrington Levy, Tommy McCook, UK original of Symarip on CLEAR VINYL (very rare!), some Skinhead singles, several Lee Perry LPs and 12″s. We also had loads of Reggae CDs come in this week. There were quite a few Out Of Print Trojan Records titles in there.

Loads of KILLER Disco also came in, I put loads of pictures up on our Instagram. I was off sick that day and it was pretty exciting getting constant updates of the killer biscuits rolling in. From P&P Classics like Cloud One to Hudson People to rare The Rah Band. All the Spacey titles too. These seem to be actually flying out the door. Some very rare titles in this lot too.

I bought in a really killer Free Jazz and Improv collection at the tail end of last week. Some seriously beautiful Records here. Love it. From underground US Free Jazz to Hardcore Improv – lots of players from all around the world: Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Paul Bley, John Surman, Matthew Shipp, Michael J Smith, Steve Beresford…These are from the late 70s right up to early Noughties.

More rudeboy Jungle and Hardcore went out this week. Lots of Killer tunes. A real mix of old classics and high quality reissues (on labels such as Sub Logic and Ninety Two Retro). There were tunes from Babylon Timewarp, DJ Crystl, LTJ Bukem, Basic Rhythm, Xenophobia, Foul Play, The Moog, Acen, Nookie, Bay B Kane etc. Love it!!!

The guy with all the 80s records from last week with a huge pile of records for us (he must have a massive collection lol!). This time there was a lot of Psychedelia, Punk, Post Punk, Noise, Indie Rock… Some super nice titles from The Saints, 13th Floor Elevators, Brian Eno, Devo, Iggy & The Stooges, Sparks… Always killer never filler!

The CD team had a massive shake up the other day, you may notice the CD side have a load of new Sections. They have also reorganised the cabinets and the new Recommendation Wall! The Tapes are also all in the same place. They did a great job! They also bought in a seriously mental amount of CDs this week. Today they bought in about 300! Today some really nice Japanese CDs came in, a great mixture of Easy Listening/Exotica and Jazz. Some really rare titles there!!

Duncan was in on Monday and bought in a load of really nice 70s titles. This included original albums from Cream, Fotheringay, Sandy Denny, Clark Hutchinson, Fairport Convention, The Beatles, David Crosby. Loads more, all original!

We have our Christmas Party on Friday so please be nice to us on Saturday!

The Brainiac Five have a gig coming up!

Our friend Tommy Shotton (who used to work in Beanos!) from Man Diamond (and he was also in Do Me Bad Things and many other bands!). Gave us this Top Ten. Thanks buddy!

1. AL Lloyd – Leviathan! Ballads and Songs of the Whaling Trade
2. Captain Beyond – Lost and Found: Demos 1972-73
3. Billy Harper – Soran Bushi
4. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock ‘n’ Roll
5. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun single
6. Locklatar och musik pa horn och piper: Ancient Swedish pastoral music
7. Death – Individual Thought Patterns
8. AOR Global Vol. 1
9. Steve Winwood – While You See a Chance single
10. Spiritual Jazz Vol 7: Islam


Thanks Tommy!

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Rap, Punk, Drum & Bass in a Christmas Stylee!!!

Salut from Reckless Records!!


This Blog Post was written to the sounds of Israel Vibration. For me, a real perfect track.

This week has been insanely busy, stock has been flying out the door quicker than you can even imagine! Theres been some serious buying this week however, so fear not! As you probably know we have a pretty quick turnover at Reckless. Usually if we put something out we expect it to sell within a week. Its fairly rare that stock doesn’t go that quick. Lots of people have started buying Christmas presents from us; we got tonnes of nice bits in right now; and if you can’t find anything we also sell Gift Vouchers!

Talking of Christmas, I will be pricing all of the Christmas Vinyl up tomorrow in time for December the 1st. We are also planning on reorganising the CDs tomorrow and sprucing it all up a bit.

Tom bought in an absolutely wicked CD collection this week – a few thousand CDs. Its a real mix of stuff like Jazz, Rock, Indie, Soundtracks, Punk, Techno, Soul etc but the best stuff has to be the huge amount of KILLER 90’s Rap CDs. There are loads of really rare titles, the guy had amazing taste: UGK, Mobb Deep, Intelligent Hoodlam, Public Enemy, Group Home, Helter Skelter, Gang Starr, Spice 1, The Notorious BIG, Nas…..

About 100 of these CDs are going out everyday; and they are selling super quick. These CDs are all in perfect condition too. We only sell CDs that are near perfect unless they have Marked But Guaranteed stickers (and even these should be in great condition!

I bought in a real stonking 80s collection from a fairly regular seller on Tuesday. He always sells in killer records and this was no exception. There was nearly an entire collection from The Cramps (surely one of the greatest bands of all time?), all The Ramones, Dead Boys, Richard Hell, Radio Birdman, Circle Jerks (one of the best 12″s ever;  just perfect), The Misfits, The Velvet Underground, The Meteors, Shockabilly, Husker Du, The Clash. You know the score. There were also a few US Roots (and US Roots revivalists!) titles in there too. Just listen to how killer the Circle Jerks were:

Rinsing out!! Scott bought in a load of biddy-biddy badboy Drum & Bass this week. All the classics mate. Half of it went straight in the cheap (a whole new row!) and half is getting processed. Loads of Good Looking Records, Hospital, V, Ram etc. Some huge records here.  We also bought in quite a few Drum & Bass LPs this week. Plus we have a copy of the latest 12″ from the always killer Tim Reaper.

Lots of Jazz came in this week too; Blue Notes especially. I’ve been trying to get as many pics up of all of the Jazz on our Instagram so its a good idea to keep on top of that if you want first dibs, Loads of Herbie Hancock in this week especially. I also bought in a fair few Improv and Free Jazz titles that I will get out tomorrow hopefully.

Quite a few interesting 60s titles this week too; including a nice White Album and a very rare Picture Disc from The Beatles. There were also rare LPs in decent condition from Nico, Small Faces, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd.

The Brainiac Five have a gig coming on the 15th of December with The Green Ray and Jessie Pie! Don’t miss out!


This week we have a Top Ten from the coolest man in Dublin Eddie Kenrick. Eddie is in The Number Ones and The Pacifics – he also played in Crowd Control and DJs Reggae regularly in Dublin! Eddie gave us a much larger Top Ten which I appreciate.


Kleenex/LiLiput – Hitch-Hike

The Bats – Made Up in Blue

Arthur Comics – Isgodaman

Shonen Knife – Cycling is Fun (‘Yama-no Attchan’ version)

Television Personalities – The Glittering Prizes

T.S.U. Tornadoes – Got to Get Through to You

Stalag 17 – Doomsday Machine (‘From Belfast With Love’ demo version)

Arthur Russell – What It’s Like

Gang Starr – Work The La’s – Looking Glass

Charlene and the Soul Serenaders – Love Changes

Van Morrison – Jackie Wilson Said

Efialtis – Na’sai

Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

Gene Pitney – It Hurts to Be in Love

Aslan – This Is

The Vapors – News at Ten

Gun Outfit – Legends of My Own

The Blades – Hot For You (demo)

Thane Russal – Security

The Freshmen – You’ve Never Heard Anything Like It

Toy Love – Don’t Ask Me

The Beatles – There’s a Place

Phats and Small – Turn Around

That Paul McCartney and Nirvana song that sounds like Wolfmother


I recommend you watch this video from The Number Ones; I actually think its the best music video ever made. Thank you for the music!

It Was All A Dream!!!

Yo! From Reckless!!!


This Blog was written to the sounds of The King Of Queens.

Its been another busy week. Sorting this horrible leak has been taking up most of our time again. We’ve gone through it so hardcore just because we don’t want anyone getting even 1% affected stock and we’re happy we’ve done a thorough job!! It’s been incredibly busy this week, with loads of stock flying out at a superhuman speed. The Progressive/Psychedelic collection absolutely flew out. There are still some really good bits from it going out so keep checking. We also found a few hundred Jungle/Drum & Bass 12″s that have been going out, as well as more of the UK Garage. I have been jamming out loads of Classic Rock this week; just to make sure we have all of the staple titles in the racks for the run up to Christmas. I also priced up a load more Black Metal and Black Metal titles (I think thats the last of them now).

Some great stuff in this week. Firstly I bought in a load of really great Experimental titles from one of our regular sellers (himself a famous artist/musician/journalist). This included nearly a full run of the large oversize Mego Records cds. Mego was a killer label from Austria that was responsible for artists like Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke, Pita, Hecker, Fransisco Lopez, Merzbow, Peter Rehberg, Russell Haswell etc. Lots of great glitchy electronic sounds. I remember these sounds incredibly futuristic at the time. It really felt that they were doing something different. From the same collection came a few hardcore Improv LPs. Please note: due to the awkward size of these CD sleeves they are on display next to the Jazz.

From an old friend (and notorious Italo Disco promoter) I bought in some really tasty records last night. It was a wild mix of super rare Technical Death Metal LPs, Modern Italo rarities, very expensive Computer Game soundtrack LPs, Cosmic 45s, Post Metal/Post Rock standards from artists like Jesu, Isis, Earth etc. There are some super cool records here.

To go along with all of the Rare Psychedelia and Progressive Rock we bought in this week we bought in a rare Daddy Longlegs LP this week. Its their last LP, Shifting Sands, from 1972 on Polydor. We have the UK original. No youtube clips from this LP so here is one from one of their other ones:

Lots more great CDs in this week. A whole bunch of really great Japanese Progressive Rock / Classic Rock titles. Artists like Camel, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Genesis, Wishbone Ash. You know the score! Classic albums, and probably one of the best ways to hear them with the right stereo. Lots of very rare Indian CDs also came in this week. We have been playing through these and a lot of them are actually amazing. Tonnes of rare Beat/Psych CDs too: from the UK to the USA to all over the world.  Loads of killer Reggae CDs; including a really nice collection of late 80s Dancehall titles. Rare to come through on CD.

Also on the Reggae front – some nice LPs and 12″s came in this week. Lots of classic titles (including loads from Bob Marley), classic Roots tune “Light Up Your Spliff” from George Nooks, plus some super obscure titles such as Roar Oh Lion from The Ventilators.

We also bought in some killer 90s Rap titles this week: original US copies from Nas, The Notorious BIG, Scarface, Wu Tang Clan, DJ Shadow etc. Condition is variable but these are hard to find in any condition these days!!!!

We also bought in a huge pile of P-Funk and James Brown/JB’s titles this week. Like about 50 titles!!! You just can’t mess with these records.

I also bought in a copy of this weird Post/Punk Indie 12″. Its really, really rare. Has a bit of a Felt/The Cure vibe. Its really good actually.

I better stop here as I’m just off to a collection in Peckham!

This weeks Top Ten is from the Lord of the Memes; the POUNDLANDBANDIT!!!



10. Product Of Waste – You won’t Take Me Alive; Fast, pissed off hardcore, one of the best to come out in recent years. RIP Terry.

9. Milk Music – Beyond Living; stupidly good garage/fuzz punk from Olympia, Washington, listened to this EP more than I can count since it’s release.

8. Battery – Only the diehard remain; one of the best straight edge bands ever, period.

7. Moss Icon – Lyburnum Wits End; One of the emo-hardcore pioneers, super raw with weird and wicked lyrics.

6. Special Move – Curse of the black water; Makes me want to spin kick everyone in the entire world at the same time. Essex’s finest.

5. Orchid – Chaos is me; proper 90’s screamo, not this b*llocks your 15 year old nephew listens to.

4. Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down; wicked pop/emo-punk when it was still fast and everyone wore chunky skate shoes. Know most of these songs off by heart

3. Misfits – Static Age; one of the first albums that got me into hardcore/punk and it’s a timeless banger.

2. Depeche Mode – Black Celebration; Only like this to impress moody birds who wear all black

1. Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality; Come on mate I don’t even have to explain.

(Bonus Entry – My Chemical Romance – I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love; legitimately ones of the best emo punk albums ever and I know every song)


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Cheers geezer!!!!!!

Let The Progression Sessions Begin!!!

Salut from Reckless!!!


This blog was written to the sounds of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno.

It’s been a really full on week so far. Exactly what didn’t need after Static Shock Weekender (which was absolutely amazing by the way!).

Firstly there was a huge leak from upstairs over the weekend. Loads of water was streaming in as we opened the shop, and a fair bit of stock was damaged. So this week has mostly been taken up by assessing the damage and clearing out any wet stock. This has obviously been a right nightmare so we needed a few things to boost the staff morale. This came with a collection from Kent. An absolutely banging collection of all things weird. There were about 1500 titles in total – split between CDs and Vinyl.

The collection spans Progressive Rock, Psychedelia, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Kosmiche, Garage, Canterbury, Folk, African, Funk, Fusion, Jazz, Avant Garden. Just here in my pricing pile are classic titles from artists like: Frumpy, Agitation Free, Uriah Heep, Spooky Tooth, Kingdom Come, Taste, Man, Three Man Army, Incredible String Band, Cream, Country Joe & The Fish, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Ragnarok, Colosseum, Led Zeppelin, Family, David Bowie, The Who, Sweet Smoke, The Pentangle, Caravan, Atomic Rooster, Jefferson Airplane, The Savage Rose, Brian Eno, King Crimson, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Janis Joplin, Yardbirds, Groundhogs, Lord Such, Ginger Baker, Felt Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Exuma, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Vanilla Fudge, John Martyn, The Pretty Things, Robert Wyatt, Jobriath, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, The Beatles, Ravi Shankar, Can, Kapingbdi, Kevin Coyne….

Its a really cool collection. Quite a few of the titles have really interesting Psychedelic scribbling on the inner sleeves (only if they are plain sleeves) – some of them are really cool. There are a lot of super obscure records in here too; from all genres. Lots of beautifully garish sleeves. The CDs are totally similar, and include lots of nice Box Sets as well as some DVDs. Its a really great collection and will go out as soon as we can price it up!

We had a nice small selection of Punk records come in yesterday: all very clean. Cock Sparrer, Sham 69, Sex Pistols, Cockney Rejects, The Business. These will go out ASAP.

Loads more of that UK Garage has gone out this week. As well as a lot of Jungle and Drum & Bass. Scott was also pricing up some original Rap rarities; including titles from Souls Of Mischief, De La Soul and Lord Finesse.

Some more Metal has gone out this week (and also a fair bit has come in!). The stuff coming in has mainly been Relapse-ish Doom-ish bands like Rwake, High On Fire, Sleep – and some more Black Metal.

Probably one of the rarest records we had in this week was a UK original copy of Distance Between Us by Don Bradshaw-Leather. This is an absolutely mad LP. Championed by the underground. Its a wild wall of sound that takes you on all sorts of journeys. I don’t know if its on the Nurse With Wound list but it has that vibe. Also in the same collection were rare titles from Richard Thompson, Mythos, Krokodil, Ike Quebec, Betty Davis, Ash Ra Temple etc. Unusual pile of LPs!!!

Lots of interesting collections coming up. I’d get down the shop – and fast!

This weeks Top Ten is from Walter Garber AKA Veloziped! Thanks Walter!!!


1) M People – Moving On Up (Unreleased KDJ Edit) (NDATL)

2) Black Boxx – Final EP (Ferrispark)

3) Secret Society – Lonely Hearts Club (Secret Society)

4) SW./ SVN (SUED 18)

5) DJ Fett Burger – Track One (Mongo Fett)

6) KH – Question (Text)

7) The Disciples of Jovan Blade – Take Me Away (Mojuba)

8) Tolouse Low Trax – Rushing Into Water (Themes For Great Cities)

9) Young Seth & Omar-S – Deep (Tuskegee Music)

10) Funkadelic Vs. Moodymann – Let’s Make It Last (Westbound)


Static Shock Festival and loads of vinyl!

Hola from Reckless!


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Feel the rush!

OK cool. This week has been a little quieter; which to be honest is no bad thing. We’ve had a bit of time to catch up after the last few months. You may have noticed that they are re-jigging the whole of Berwick Street. They are putting down a new (much larger) pavement so hopefully it will be a lot nicer once its all done. This work is meant to take about another week, so if you want to sell us your collection this week call us first and we will work out a way for you to get here easier (or maybe even come to you!).

We’ve been focusing on getting lots of super nice bits out this week. Loads of Punk and Hardcore went out in time for Static Shock; including records by Wire, Crisis, The Clash, Undertones, Bold, Poison Idea, Conflict, Crass, The Boys, Cabaret Voltaire, compilation 45 with The Execute, Concrete Sox etc).

Loads of really nice Soul came in this week – lots of nice original issues too. There were titles from artists like Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Gil Scott Heron, Shuggie Otis, Edna Wright, Ann Peebles etc.

Some great original Blues LPs came in this week; Magic Sam, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny Young etc. Lovely condition.


We had a decent pile of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae 45s too. Really rare ones from Prince Buster, Dandy, The Skatalites, Andy Capp, The Dials, Derrick Morgan, Joya Landis, Lloyd Parks.

Loads of Rare Jungle, Hardcore and Rave going out at some point this weekend. We have some big boys from people like Orca, Acen, DJ Crystl, Remarc, Congo Natty, FBD Project, Ratty, LTJ Bukem, Slipmatt, Photek etc.

The racks are properly bulging at the moment – insane amount of killer records in right now from Apple Acetates to Rare UK Jazz to Original JA Dub to rare Banksy sleeve Blur 7″s. Absolutely mental amount of Classic Rock and UK Garage also went out this week so come check the sections whilst its quiet!!!!

We will be operating on a skeleton staff this weekend as loads of us are playing, DJing or organising (Tom!) Static Shock Festival. 21015957_10159121270920431_1434514061191003354_o.jpg

This is going to be really killer. Toru and me are playing a proper Hardcore/Acid/Jungle/Techno set on Friday night.

This week we have a Top Ten from our friends at Hot Salvation! Hot Salvation is a killer shop in Folkestone, Kent. George and Nat have both worked in record shops for ages and really know their stuff. Last time I went there I got some really killer records and had a few beers with the whole family after! Top Ten picked by George, hopefully we can get Nat to do one soon too!


1)Mariah – Utakata No Hibi (Better Days/Palto Flats)

2) Alice Coltrane – The Ecstatic Music Of (Luake Bop)

3) Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)

4) Happy Meals – Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony (Optimo/OM SO LOW)
5) Brian Eno/David Byrne – My Life In The Bush of Ghosts (Sire)
6) Siouxsie And The Banshees – JuJu (Polydor)
7) Coil – Horse Rotorvator (Force And Form)
8) Terry Riley – A Rainbow In Curved Air (Columbia)
9) Lungfish – The Unanimous Hour (Dischord)
10) The Sods – Under En Sort Sol (Medley)
Thanks guys!

Tidal waves of vinyl crashing down on the Isle of Reckless



This post was written to the sounds of Paul Hardcastle.

It’s been really mad at Reckless this week. So much buying came in that we were constantly making trips to the bank to get more money! Apart from the huge collection I bought a few months ago this must be the most vinyl that has come in to the shop in years. Hopefully this will continue! Lets get started!

  1. I went to a collection at the end of last week in South London to look at a pretty big collection of Metal and Noise/Industrial. I had been to the house a few times and bought a lot of stuff, this time – he wanted to sell everything that was left (including a lot of the best stuff!). All in all I purchased about 400 Black Metal, Death Metal, Industrial and Noise LPs, 800 CDs, 200 7″s and 40 Cassettes. There are so many killer bits here: artists like Blasphemy, Volahn, Suffocation, Atrax Morgue, Con-Dom, Abigor, Mystifier, Incantation, Ildjarn, Whitehouse, Malevolent Creation, Immolation, Necromantia, Emperor, Immortal etc. Some very, very underground titles here as well as the slightly more famous artists listed above. Super kult! Great to have such an underground collection in.

2) Two HUGE collections of UK Garage came in this week. Plus someone has started bringing in about 20-30 Killer UKG titles a week as well. The guy who is bringing in the smaller amounts is bringing in super clean rarities from labels like VIP, Confetti and Cash Trax. The first collection was about 300 titles, and had a mix of UKG, Grime and Hip Hop. The second collection was a bit larger (about 500 records) and had a lot of decent UK Garage. The collection went from clean but standard titles from Locked On to really rare ones from people like EL-B and Anthill Mob. Loads of these records will be going out this weekend. We haven’t had much UKG in for a while so pretty bonkers that it all came in at the same time.

3) One dude has been coming in twice a day most days this week selling his Metal, Garage, Punk and Rock bits. Its always a mix of vinyl and CD. To sum up what kind of bits are coming in his last pile included rare LPs from Pop Punk artists like Pennywise and The Offspring, loads of rare Sub Pop 45s, Autopsy CDs, Fat Wreck Chords titles on CD, Nashville Pussy/Turbonegro Garage rock singles and an LP by Part Chimp thats gone out of print. He says he has thousands more titles for sale; fingers crossed he has a load of unplayed 80s NYHC lol.

4) Classic Rock records have just been coming in by the boatload. I feel like Ive paid out thousands and thousands of pounds this week on Rock vinyl. Quite a few collections have come in:

A) 400 70s and 80s LPs from artists like Led Zeppelin, Motorhead, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Lloyd Cole, Elvis Costello, Hawkwind, Cat Stevens etc

B) about 1000 80s titles, Synth Pop/Indie/Rock from people like The Art Of Noise, Julian Cope, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Felt, The Smiths, The Human League, Spandau Ballet, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Tears For Fears etc. Some more obscure titles too. The collection included a fair few long out of print and slightly pricey titles from Kitchens Of Distinction, Marc Almond and Tony McPhee!

C) About 150 amazing condition Classic Rock and New Wave titles from artists like The Clash, The Vapors, Elvis Costello, The Undertones, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Devo etc.

D) More bigger name rock LPs from artists like The Cure, The Electric Prunes, The Who, Suicide, The Rolling Stones, Television, The Ruts etc

As a result of buying so much Classic Rock I also refilled all of the bargain vinyl – I probably put out about 150 Cheap (but really good) titles. These have been flying out so get in quick for a bargain!

5) Just the other day I bought a huge pile of really great Bollywood and Indian titles. There are great soundtrack LPs with Indian Disco nuggets as well as traditional Indian Classical music. These are in varied condition but maybe a little nicer than the average Bollywood/Indian collection! There are about 75 titles so these will take a little while to get out in the racks.


6) Saving the wildest Reckless purchase for sometime until last. We bought some super, SUPER rare Apple Acetates from Cat Stevens and Argent. Our in-house Beatles Expert had this to say about them:

“These are 3 of the rarest records we’ve ever had at Reckless – acetates cut in the Beatles’ own mastering room on the top floor of 3 Savile Row aka the Apple building, business HQ and scene, as any fule kno, of their final public performance together in 1969.
The Beatles had a studio in the basement at Savile Row which they would hire out to other bands when not using it themselves, and a production suite on the top floor, overseen by the legendary George “Porky” Peckham, where acetates would be cut for the Fabs and others. In this case, one features a collection of songs by Cat Stevens, some of which were unreleased at the time, and the second comprises 2 one-sided acetates featuring both sides of Argent’s prog banger “Circus”. How rare are theses Apple acetates? Well, in the 30 years that the shop has been open, this is the first time we’ve ever had any for sale. So quite rare, in other words.”
This weeks Top Ten is from Wull from legendary Scottish band The Hollows!
10- the dukes of stratosphear – chips from the chocolate fireball……..this is produced to sound like a 60s record and it f*cking delivers man!! It’s the band XTC doing their own version of sgt pepper and it’s f*cking glorious!!! Look out for the track collideascope, the vocals are amazing!!
9- Ryan Adams – Gold….blew me away when I first heard this, some f*cking gems on this, rich as f*ck writing and his vocals and lyrics are spot on with the times, he’s a f*cking great songwritier, he’s took the “American country” genre to new heights!!! Honourable mention -demolition
8 – black rebel motorcycle club – BRMC……first album, they’ve never been sleazier than this, the f*cking drums alone on “love burns” first track sets the tone of this and as soon as everything comes in it sets you up for a f*cking dirty ride on the rest of the album!! Honourable mention baby 81
7 – the la’s – la’s…….lee mavers is a f*cking genius, 3 minute pop songs at their very best!! I’m actually glad they only ever done 1 album because they done everything on the 1st album!! They leave you wanting more which is in my opinion is just the way to go out!!!
6 – the jam – the gift….I f*cking know….how not all mod cons or setting sons or sound effects….well this was the first jam record I bought and it’s close to my heart, when growing up my da played those aforementioned albums to death and he never played the gift….i love those other records but I always felt as if the gift that piece of my heart!! Ghosts is still in my top 5 tracks of all time!!!
5 – Simon and Garfunkel live at Central Park…… this is an album I’ve had in my ears and on the vhs since I can remember, since then I’ve obviously checked out their albums and I love everyone of them but I don’t know how many nights I’ve had with my uncle Dek and we end up sticking this album on and we sing our f*cking nut of to this gig!! It’s all about that album taking you back to those memories!!!
4 – the Beatles– magical mystery tour…. the very first Beatles record I bought, strawberry fields forever i still listen to this day and find something new, I love the Beatles, every album they have done I love, I picked mmt just for sentimental reasons but I could have had 4 of my top 10 filled with Beatles albums!!!
3 – the coral – the coral…..I seen the coral live in king tuts before their album came out, I went there with zero expectations and by the f*cking sword of he man I was a fan by the 1st f*cking note they played!! I seen them live another 2 times before the album had even hit the shelves, I couldn’t wait on this album coming out!!! Once it did it changed my whole way of songwriting and song structure!! I love this f*cking record, the playing the voice the f*cking scally madness of it!! Love everything about this mob!!! Honourable mention night freak and the sons of Becker!!!
2 – ocean colour scene – Mosley shoals……a f*cking perfect record in my opinion, this album changed my life, every song on this is f*cking huge even the slower more melody driven tunes are higher than the f*cking sun!! It’s my shadow gets a special mention because it’s just f*cking perfection!! This album never tries too hard and it shows, it’s just f*cking genius songwriting, amazing execution on all fronts!! Honourable mention- marchin already…one from the modern!!!
1 – oasis– definitely maybe…..this album changed my f*cking life!!!! Without this I know for a fact I wouldn’t be who I am man!!! I heard this when I was 14 year old and by f*ck it was like a bolt of lightning hitting me and f*cking instantly changed as a human!!! It made me pick up the guitar, it made my whole point of view change on what a f*cking no hoper like me at the time could be!! They came from the same schemes that I was growing up in and gave c*nts like me hope!! I can’t praise oasis enough for what they have done for me!!! Obviously morning glory and be here now would be in my top 3 but I had to change it up a bit haha!!!
Thanks Wull!!! Check out The Hollows here:
Also check this amazing video of The Hollows doing a cover of Born Slippy!

The night of Samhain is round the corner!



Welcome to the ultra spooky Reckless Blog. This week we have been buying loads of Halloween based records. Spoken word LPs from Crowley, hellish sounds from Current 93, the ultimate grandness of 666 by Aphrodites Child; and of course it wouldn’t be halloween without something by The Misfits.

Luckily we had just enough time to buy some other stuff which I will go over below. I have to say right now we have some seriously banging stock. The racks are proper bulging, with loads of killer and interesting records. We really do have something for everyone right now.

Toru just bought the last bit of a massive House / Techno collection. There were about 800 titles in total, some has already come in, but about another 440 came in today. A quick glance at all the boxes and I saw records by Moodymann, Herbert, Mr G, Joe Smooth, Automation, Frankie Knuckles. This is s a pretty killer collection and will be going out ASAP.

DR Alimantado popped in this week; its always a pleasure to see him! We have restocks of all of the LPs he has reissued plus a repress of the killer Greensleeves 12″ “Born For A Purpose”. As luck would have it we also bought in a load of Alimantado the week before – so if you prefer an original – we have them too.

Heavy Metal stormed its way into the fortress Reckless this week. Several decent piles of records came in. We bought in about 20 Black Sabbath LPs last week! Also records by Rainbow, Savatage, Metallica, Scorpions, AC/DC, Van Halen. I am also going to look at 300 Black Metal LPs in South London tomorrow!

We bought in a fair bit of classic Punk this week too. This included a few really rare and expensive LPs from The Stranglers and The Cult. Also lots of different issues of LPs by the Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash.

Sean bought a massive collection from someone in North London over the weekend. Its a really decent and varied collection – with lots of cool records!!

  1. Loads of Reggae – a real mix, some pricey, some standard. Pick of the bunch come from Mikey Dread and I Roy.
  2. Loads of Brian Eno (and related, Harold Budd et al). Mostly in really good nick.
  3. African records – including a few really rare ones! Also lots of LPs from India.
  4. Tonnes of really good new wave; Talking Heads, Blondie, Devo, Can (later Can), SPK.
  5. Some heavy 90s LPs from Hole, Nirvana, Suede, Donald Fagen.
  6. Some heavy prog from Steamhammer, Budgie and High Tide.

We also bought in a TOP TEN PUNK classic this week – the amazing “No Town Hall” 45 from Crisis. In a few weeks Tom is putting on the Static Shock weekender (with Punk and Hardcore bands from all round the world). For this we will put out some really nice Punk and Hardcore records so watch this space.

We put even more Japanese records out this week. This will probably be it until Toru gets back over to Japan! Speaking of Toru he has been buying in loads of really nice Jazz, Soul and Funk this week. Lots of rare Euro Jazz; including the usual ECM titles and some more unusual ones. Lots of £30-£50 LPs. All pretty rare. Toru will be joining me to DJ for the Static Shock festival.


Thanks to Will Bankhead for doing the Poster!


I covered for Bahamian Moor on NTS this weekend. You can listen to it here:


This weeks Top Ten is from a real old-school regular! Shaun Whitbourne has been buying records from Reckless for years and DJ’s all the time. He always buys killer records – from Freakbeat to Stomping Soul. Thanks a lot Shaun for giving us a list!!


The Kingstonians “Hold Down”

The Maytals “54-46 Was My Number”

School Boys “Guilty Of Love”

Elgins “Heaven Must Have Sent You”

Sugar Pie Desanto “Soulful Dress”

The Dynamics “Misery”

Small Faces “What You Gonna Do About It”

High Numbers “Zoot Suit”

The Game “Gonna Get Me Someone”

The Action “I’ll Keep Holding On”


Thanks Shaun!!



A Mountain of Vinyl!!

Ciao from Reckless!!!


Some seriously good stuff in this week! Really eclectic too. I’ll go through it all below. Thanks to the man Reggie Dokes for hitting us up with a Top Ten!

This blog was written to the sounds of Sun Ra.

A) I just came  back from a really great collection in deepest South London. A few weeks ago this really nice guy came in with a whole bunch of Lee Perry and Upsetters bits and said he had a load more records for sale. Anyway – I’ve just come back from his house and have a tonne of records with me. It was a really wild mix. Loads of Reggae (all the classic titles, nearly all original issues and in great condition. Classic LPs from Bob Marley, Augustus Pablo, Peter Tosh, Dr Alimantado, The Jolly Boys, Black Uhuru, King Tubby, U Roy, Jah Thomas etc. About 50 really decent Reggae LPs. The rest of the collection was also great. Lots of Henry Cow/Slapp Happy/Here & Now (and a load of solo records. Classic rock from Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson. Loads of Canterbury (Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper). Some decent New Wave (Brian Eno, Blondie, Talking Heads). Some nice Avant Garde/Improv (Dashiell Hedayat, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith). Also lots of Jazz (including some Sun Ra, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook), Classical, Blues and Punk. There were also some Diamond Galas cds and some unusual Private Press 45s (Reggae and Punk). Super nice collection – these will be going out ASAP!

B) Another really great collection also came in this week – again really eclectic. This one was also pretty massive and featured lots of Folk music from around the world, Blues, Avant Classical, ECM, Jazz, Experimental, Highlife, Latin, Post Punk etc. You could tell the seller was a friend of the owner or Reckless! Some seriously good records in this collection: John Cage, Willie Colon, Don Cherry, Philip Glass, Ali Akbar Khan, Ali Hassan Kuban, Chet Baker, Archie Shepp, Bernie Wallace etc. This collection was pretty big and will take some time to go out. There was also a lot of Classical in this collection – all across the board but mostly the weird stuff!

C) One of our really regular sellers (and a famous DJ!) sold in a really great bunch of Detroit Techno/Chicago House/UK Techno this week: Terrance Parker, Model 500, Scan 7, Dance Mania, Metroplex, Drexciya. These have been flying out.

D) Also on a Detroit Tip – we bought in a few hundred 12″s of Detroit House/Techno, Rare Tech House, UK Electro, Deep House. Lots of really rare 12″s (keep checking out Instagram to see whats up). Lots of rare ones from Shake Shakir, Callisto, Convextion, The Black Dog, Projam, Autonomy, DJ Rasoul, Underground Resistance, Red Planet. You know the score!!! There a also a few hundred of these that just got cheap stickers whacked on them as they weren’t worth much – but you may find a bargain!

E) We bought in a fairly well used copy of the Counting Crows LP – which has shot up in value. “I can’t say I’m surprised, I love it!” Scott Fergusson.

F) Rare copy of Earl Cunninghams “Don’t Let Me Wait In Vain” on Yellow Vinyl just went out. Killer tune; sampled by Breakage.

G) We got a restock of all of the available titles on the always killer Static Shock Records (run by Tom our CD head honcho). These always sell super quickly. We have the Sheer Mag LP.

H) A whole bunch of classic Heavy Metal and Hard Rock came in on Friday: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Rush, Scorpions, Def Leppard. Iron Maiden are still one of the greatest bands in the world.


I) Bidddy Bidddy Blip!! Large box of proper Drum & Bass in this week as well. Proper nice condition. Loads of classics. Little big of Jungle in there too; pretty much all post 95 though. Metalheadz, Reinforced, Hospital, Renegade Hardware, Good Looking Records, V, Philly Blunt, Ram. These are all vintage but look like they were just released. I also bought in a decent pile of Drum & Bass/Jungle CDs this week – some of the rarer unmixed Jungle comps, the Torque 2xCD (just one of the gnarliest albums ever – pure darkness), Teebee, DJ Hype, Photek, Source Direct.

J) You never see these in record shops but for some reason we get these in every now and then: another full run of Bandulu screen printed sleeves. Hefty Bristol Grime/Dubsteap from Kahn & Neek, Gemmy, Boofy etc. Wheel up selector!

K) A HUGEEE pile of Manga/Anime Soundtrack LPs (we also have a load of 45s to go out too) will be going out in the next few days. Some of these go for a fair bit of wonga.

L) Teenage Fanclub are an amazing band. It doesn’t really get much better than cracking open a can and cycling down a hill listening to Bandwagonesque. We put out nearly all of there records yesterday.

Loads more due in – wicked.

This week we are blessed with a Top Ten from the almighty Reggie Dokes!!!



1. The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Bach To The Blues
2. Claudja Burry
Boogie Woogie Dancin Shoes
label: Chrysalis
3. GQ
Disco Nights
label: Arista
4. Peter Brown
They Only Come Out At Night
12 inch
label: Columbia
5. Pattie Brooks
Our Ms Brooks
label: Casablanca
6. George Benson
label: Warner Brother Records
7. Introducing Jonathan Butler
label: Jive/Arista
8. Ray Charles
A Man And His Soul
label: ABC Records
9. Peter Brown
Baby Gets High
label: RCA
10. The Detroit Sex Machines
The Funky Crawl
label: NowAgain Records
Thanks Reggie!!! Big fan right here!!!