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Reckless Records 2/5/21 New Releases


JOSH ABRAMS – Natural Information LP (Eremite) reissue

2010 album from Chicago multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams. A good deal of the record is centered around the guimbri, a three stringed animal hide bass used by the Gnawa in North Africa in healing ceremonies. The sound of the album is a mix of African rhythms, psychedelics & 60’s free jazz. SANDY BULL is the first thing that comes to mind, mainly because of the Eastern influenced scales but hints of POPOL VUH & even DON CHERRY pop in from time to time.

JOSH ABRAMS – Represencing LP (Eremite) reissue

Second album from Chicago Jazz bass great Joshua Abrams who has played with all sorts of great acts like David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, The Roots, Will Oldham, Neil Hagerty and just about every Chicago jazz muscian. But under his own band he really shines. This really is unclassifiable music. True music made by a true music lover. And what a great band! Chad Taylor, David Boykin, Emmett Kelly, Mikel Avery, Lisa Alvarado, Tomeka Reid, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Stein, Jeff Parker & Michael Zerang. RECOMMENDED!

JOHN CARPENTER – Lost Themes III LP/CD (Sacred Bones) limited red or black vinyl

The legendary filmmaker & composer John Carpenter returns with the third volume in the “Lost Themes” series. Along with his son & Cody & Daniel Davies (son of Dave Davies of THE KINKS), Carpenter started the series as “a soundtrack for the movies in your mind.” Fans of his legendary soundtracks & other 80s sci-fi & horror soundtracks will love this of course. 

DANNY KROHA – Detroit Blues LP/CD (Third Man) limited color vinyl!

Danny Kroha of THE GORIES pays tribute 60s blue & folk with his 2021 solo album “Detroit Blues.” Trad sounds that fit perfectly on Third Man!

ORWELL – ORWELL 1995 LP (Expert Work)

Limited edition & already out of print at the label LP release of the complete recordings by the short-lived mid 90s Chicago emo band ORWELL. The band burned brightly for just a year & then burned out & splintered into many bands over the years like BRAID, HAYMARKET RIOT, HEY MERCEDES, HUBCAP & TRAITORS. The band never made a proper album so all of these songs were released on compilations or never released until now. Features long-time Reckless employee Billy Smith on the trap kit! Fans of 90s Midwest emo & melodic punk will definitely want to check this out.  RECOMMENDED!

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations In The House & Techno Age, 1993-1997 LP/CD (Music From Memory) 

The great Music From Memory label has made some of our favorite compilations over the past few years & for their 50th release they’ve tackled the electronic music that was the response to the raves & wild parties of the late 80s “summer of love.” These electronic sounds were almost the opposite of the music played at all night raves, instead this music was for when you were coming down & or needed that “chill-out” time. Inspired by ambient & new age music, changed the sound of dance & electronic music forever. RECOMMENDED.


ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – Bridge to Quiet EP (12”) Domino

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD – For the First Time LP/CD (Ninja Tune) white vinyl

THE BUG (ft. DIS FIG) – In Blue 2LP (Hyperdub) blue vinyl

COMMON – Beautiful Revolution PT 1 LP/CD (Loma Vista) indie color or black vinyl

EMPEROR – Anthems to the Welkin Dusk LP (Spinefarm) half-speed master

EMPEROR – Emperor LP (Spinefarm) half-speed master

EMPEROR – IX Equilibrium  LP (Spinefarm) half-speed master

EMPEROR – Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise LP (Spinefarm) half-speed master

FOO FIGHTERS – Medicine at Midnight LP/CD (RCA) limited indie color or black with free slipmat while supplies last!

RUDOLPH JOHNSON – Spring Rain LP (Real Gone) remastered

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS – Just Dropped in (to See What Condition my RENDITION was in!) LP (Daptone) RSD title available now on black vinyl!

KILLING JOKE – Singles Collection 1979-2012 4LP (Spinefarm)

BILL LOOSE – Cherry… & Harry & Raquel (Soundtrack) LP (Real Gone) red vinyl

BILL LOOSE – Vixen (Soundtrack) LP (Real Gone) green vinyl

CHARLIE PARKER – Mercury & Clef 5X10” box set (Verve)

PEEL DREAM MAGAZINE – Moral Panics LP (Slumberland) yellow vinyl

SCREAMING FEMALES – Chalk Tape LP (Don Giovanni)

TELE NOVELLA – Merlynn Belle LP (Kill Rock Stars) limited green vinyl

WEATHER STATION – Ignorance LP (Fat Possum) limited silver vinyl