I am a contributor to Record Collector magazine, the Rare Record Price Guide & uDiscover. I previously wrote for The Tip Sheet.

I have had regular shows on four radio stations (most recently Cowbell Radio) and am a resident DJ for The Perfumed Garden tent at the Beat-Herder festival. I have DJ'd on line-ups with Jerry Dammers, Don Letts, Norman Jay, System 7, Richard Norris, Deadly Avenger, DJ Derek, Fat City All Stars, Gideon Conn and the Colman Brothers, among many others.

I previously played in Heffalump Trap, Blowjangles & Poco Loco, contributed music to Astral Social Club releases, was part of The Termite Club committee in Leeds, have occasionally released other people's stuff on a small scale and have spent much of the rest of the last 30 years doing other bits & pieces to do with music.

Since the death of Simon Morris from the Ceramic Hobs in December 2019, I am spending a lot of time dealing with his 'archive', arranging release and distribution of his work, etc.
I have been collecting an extremely wide variety of music, especially from the outer edges, since 1989. Myself & my girlf now have c. 12,500 records, CDs, pre-recorded tapes, etc (increasingly including official promo MP3s tbf), collectable & otherwise, over 1,500 of which I've added here as new entries :-). I'm not too bothered about format & will happily just have most things on MP3 if they're hard to get, but I found like many people that my sound files got in a tangle & I ended up not listening to new ones consistently, so I've gone back to collecting physical items en masse! I will also confess to a love affair with vinyl though, particularly 7"s & 10"s (3" CDs are pretty smart as well!).

I am mainly here because of my discogs wants list, which is the very tip of the iceberg in terms of records I'm interested in, but which is basically the stuff I am hunting with vigour & which I have generally been after for quite some time now or have recently found on here & never previously knew about. Having said that, despite what people will tell you, most things crop up at a sensible price if you look for them long enough, so I don't believe in paying obscene amounts. Hence, feel free to offer me things from my wants list, but keep the prices sensible if you are going to do that. Also, my collection is deliberately kept private most of the time (unless I've opened it for someone to look at basically), so unless I've listed it for sale, I'm not planning on selling it. Hence, you're welcome to ask questions but you're probably not going to twist my arm (well, if you're offering three figures on an item, maybe we can talk, y'know, but otherwise...).

Rating system, as nicked & adapted from ProgeriaYouth...

1 - Pretty terrible. The sort of thing I wouldn't touch with a barge-pole (ie really limp boy bands / girl bands etc). Also, Neo-Nazi music, homophobic ragga, really badly pressed records, etc.
2 - Very unoriginal or fails to do what it by rights should (ie the better end of boy band/girl band stuff, the limper end of RnB, bandwagon-jumping generic stuff, very poor releases by bands I usually like etc).
3 - Nice enough & I'll support anyone getting a 3, but not spectacular (ie standard releases in genres I like).
4 - Great music (all styles).
5 - Amongst my (long list of) favourites (all styles). Plenty of stuff gets a 5, but usually because its very exciting, very beautiful or very original.

I've pretty much decided that...
God Is My Co-Pilot & The Ceramic Hobs are my favourite bands,
Aphex Twin my favourite solo artist,
The Only Ones' "Another Girl Another Planet" is my all-time favourite song,
De La Soul's "3 Feet High & Rising" is my favourite album,
and R&S '90-'94 and Shut Up & Dance '89-'91 are possibly my favourite labels...
but these aren't necessarily representative of my taste...

Genres of particular interest to me include
dancehall reggae/ragga jungle/bashment (see my lists on here);
gabba/hardcore techno/hard acid/speedcore/etc;
noise/experimental/noise rock/avantgarde;
UK Garage (all styles from 4x4 to jackin);
Washington DC go go;
music hall novelties &
music from the Fylde & from the English fens (see my lists on here)...
...but then I've also got more indie, hip hop, drum n bass etc etc etc than you can shake a stick at...

I'm also interested in strange vinyl pressing ideas that affect the audio (as opposed to cosmetics like picture discs or concentric grooves, all of which are nice but which I'm not looking to go out of my way to obtain any more of), ie; locked grooves, multiple centre holes, playable etchings & new records pressed into old records...
As of May 2020, the items listed below are the ones NOT on Discogs that I'm also very much after & would be very keen to pay/trade for...I have to say at this point that whilst Discogs was always very helpful to me for many years even before I became a member, I am now VERY impressed with how encyclopedic it has become, at the point at which there are only 10 recordings in the world that I'm this keen to get hold of & aren't listed on here, over half of them being releases by a guy who sang at an obscure flea market in the US & probably largely just sold his records there! Well done everyone...I hope it never disappears into the ether...

Buddy Max - Rainbow & Pot Of Gold (Pic. Disc, 2002), America's Singing Hillbilly Flea Market Cowboy (1991) LP & Tell Me (1988) 7" on Cowboy Junction,
Gold Record Award Winning and Orange Blossom Special (1990) CDs,
Tribute to Challengers Crew of Seven & Apollo Moon Capsule's Crew of 3 tape - country.
C'mon, someone just upload the stuff from America's woefully obscure "Flea Market Cowboy" to the web...I STILL only have a coupla MP3s plus one great CD that came via Theme Park Records in the mid-nineties. UPDATE: I have sadly finally sussed out that Buddy is no longer with us: http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/settlement-spells-end-cowboy-junction-opry-house

Po! - Live In Leicester (RUTT11, 1992) tape (Rutland)
- twee.
Most of their obscure output is gradually getting listed on here, but this one must be pretty rare...originally listed I think on their own website before it packed up...

Jah Scouse - RAP/Bombay Mix 7" (051)

Space Records SPAC 7 (as yet unidentified item)

Stormed - New Revolution tape (1989) - indie ska.
An old favourite band from Cambridge...onto the bits & bats now I've got one single & a dub of the other.
And A Coupla Books/Mags I’m Also After…

Martin Barker - Action-The Story of A Violent Comic (Titan, 1990, hbk)

Black Giantess zine issues 1 (1995)-7+ (c.2003)

Albert Goldman – Disco (Hawthorn, 1978)

Shut Up, Little Man! comic

Diz Willis - The Terrible Funeral & After (Wild Pigeon Press, 1968)
Recent Activity
added Various - Tunnel Of Terror to their wantlist. about 12 hours ago
added Jam & Spoon - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) to their wantlist. 3 days ago
added New Limit - Smile to their wantlist. 3 days ago
added MPIA3 - AVN #005 to their wantlist. 12 days ago
added 88 Mindcraft - Extreme Acid EP to their wantlist. 14 days ago
added No Artist - Free Programs For BBC B/Electron Spectrum 16K Commodore 64 Dragon 32/64 to their wantlist. 14 days ago
added PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love - Demos to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Mimosa (2) - It's So Cool to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Nasen - Give It Up to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Mulhouse - Rave In The Jungle to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Vince B - I Need I Want to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added DJ Skryker - Impact to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Jog - Future to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Kontrol - Interactive to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Kuantize - Overflow to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Celestial (2) - The Light to their wantlist. 17 days ago
added Classic Stage - Music For A Found Harmonium to their wantlist. 17 days ago
posted a comment on Jah Man - Original Sell. 21 days ago
Classic anti-prostitution ragga: "If mi die with mi hood ina mi pants, mi nah go buy no nasty pussy".
posted a comment on Bach*, Karl Richter - Organ Recital. 21 days ago
Top-drawer orange LXT pressing. Highly recommended, sounds immense cranked up.
submitted Johnny Hailstones - Cigareet Smokin' Blues. 21 days ago
added All Soundbwoy Out - Asbo to their wantlist. 23 days ago
posted a comment on Little Kirk - Can It Be Me. 25 days ago
Hmmm, well, it certainly isn't a work of genius, although it is pleasantly varied. There's a couple of cuts on familiar riddims, including A2, which is on Gun In A Baggy.
added Traxman - Westside Boogie Vol. 3 to their wantlist. 26 days ago
posted a comment on Lukie D / Cecile* - What A Night / Cherry Pie. 26 days ago
Both sides recorded on the Glue riddim, boom boom boom.
posted a comment on Danny Vibes / Jah Warrior - Now Is The Time / Now Is The Dub. 26 days ago
Not so into the vocal, but the Declaration of Rights dub is HOT!
added Bliss Inc. Featuring Carlotta Chadwick - (With A Little) Faith to their wantlist. 27 days ago
posted a comment on Artemisia* - Bits And Pieces. 29 days ago
As previous reviewer says, other tracks never mentioned - only picked this up recently (obviously for the A), & the whole 12 is nicely varied & well worth further investigation.
posted a comment on Sugar Daddy - Are You Ready?. 29 days ago
It's not THAT bad! I wouldn't seek it out & its no work of genius, but the bassline is upful & it is of its time. Can imagine it working for retro Euro dancefloors.
posted a comment on Other People's Money* - Love Rush / One Giant Step. 29 days ago
This one seems a little under-appreciated - I was too young for raving at the time & always naively presumed that the B being picked up for the Skin Beat comp meant that it was some massive smash. Nice, spacey, slightly proggy house.
added Top Cat / Troublesome - Tell Me Weh U Want / Can't Stop Now to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
added Dusty Angel - Fuck All Ya! to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Deseo - Summer Breeze. about 1 month ago
Rather good Italian Balearic one. Video here, c/o myself: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158416642361278&id=656081277
added Shu-De - Kongurei to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
added Inca Eyeball - Barry White Comes to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
added Various - Go Go - The Sound Of Washington D.C. to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
submitted DJ Scott (3) & Jake Nicholls - Uprising V Hanger 13 8.5.04. about 1 month ago
added Various - Wigan Pier Presents Bounce 2 to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Westbam - Wizards Of The Sonic. about 1 month ago
The Westbam mix is a bit of an emotive 4-beat happy hardcore feature from the time!
posted a comment on Various - The Rebel Presents.... about 1 month ago
Quite good comp of the Deluxe street soul guy trying out different aliases for that & vintage house stuff. Video here, c/o myself: https://www.facebook.com/philreadsbooks/posts/10158417563506278
added Various - Hard Bass Power to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
added Various - Titans Playground Of The Gods to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
added Pressure Head* - The Underground (Live 60 Minute Mix Cassette) to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
added Kongar-ol Ondar* - Echoes Of Tuva to their wantlist. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on Mantovani And His Orchestra - Waltzing With Mantovani. about 1 month ago
I was never that keen on Mantovani (although I like a lot of easy), but Charmaine LEAPT out of my late grandfather's collection at me...If you've never put it on, do so...you will probably recognise it from adverts & the like, beautiful piece of music.
posted a comment on The Woodshed - Tales From The Woodshed. about 1 month ago
Unexpected, pitchable Goa pick on B1 for the win here!
posted a comment on Ill Logic & DJ Raf - Water Torture / Mind Tricks. about 1 month ago
Quite good millennium DnB, with Star Wars "Not the droids..." sample on B.
posted a comment on Flyer (4) - Heaven. about 1 month ago
This one is rather under-appreciated - sorta proto-happy hardcore, European but with piano & breaks. Can't put my finger on if I've heard the vocal/piano elsewhere - "Take meee to heaven....". Still sounds OK pitched-up as well - hook one!
posted a comment on Reggie Stepper - Dead A Soundboy. 2 months ago
Obscure Reggie soundbwoy killa! Unrelated & hot Answer riddim scratch mix dub on the B!
posted a comment on Disco-Tex - Vol 4. 2 months ago
Track B2 samples Space Princess , by Lonnie Liston Smith.
posted a comment on Kate Mosh - Untitled. 2 months ago
One of my very favourite noise/speedcore crosssovers - beatz framed against slithery soundscapes. Massively underrated.