I am a contributor to Dig!, Record Collector magazine, uDiscover, Headpress and Palgrave. 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.
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I have been collecting an extremely wide variety of music, especially from the outer edges, since 1989. Myself & my girlf now have c. 13,000 records, CDs, pre-recorded tapes, etc (increasingly including official promo MP3s tbf), collectable & otherwise, over 1,800 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...

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 (see my lists on here);
gabba/hardcore techno/hard acid/speedcore/etc;
noise/experimental/noise rock/avantgarde;
the UK Garage-derived scene (all styles from speed garage through grime to nu UK garage) (have recently been working with Karl "Tuff Enuff" Brown to tool up his discography & that of his label on here);
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...
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As of Jan 2021, 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 less than 10 recordings in the world that I'm this keen to get hold of & aren't listed on here, 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) LP on Cowboy Junction, &
Gold Record Award Winning and Orange Blossom Special (1990) CDs - country.
America's woefully obscure "Flea Market Cowboy"...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.
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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
posted a comment on Unknown Artist - Feel Good EP. 2 months ago
Obscure & varied rave EP. Two mixes of one tune on the A, with that "Something going round inside my head" hook used on NOW 'Aftermath' - piano hardcore & then more acidic & bleepy. More laidback Italo/Balearic tune on B1, B2 is a fairly full-on (for... See full review
posted a comment on ASBO (3) - Pubfight. 3 months ago
Very obscure (nothing on the web) sorta Danny Dyer-esque aggy novelty grime, I THINK, from the credits, by rappers English Frank & (now famous actor) Skrein, with a sorta early dubstep mix from Wonder & a darker, electroy UK funky-esque mix from lewi,... See full review
submitted ASBO (3) - Pubfight. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Red Dragon / Flourgon & Sanchez - The Agony / Dungle Lover. 3 months ago
Both cuts are on a dancehall version of the Take It Easy rocksteady riddim.
posted a comment on Captain Remo - Bun Him Back. 3 months ago
This is recorded on a dancehall version of the Take It Easy rocksteady riddim.
posted a comment on Captain Remo & Lizan - I'll Always Love You. 3 months ago
Dancehall cover of the Dolly Parton classic, on the Action riddim.
posted a comment on Daddy Blue & Robert Ffrench - Take It Easy. 3 months ago
Dancehall cover of the Hopeton Lewis rocksteady classic, in a pre-reggaeton style.
posted a comment on Mortal - Psycho. 3 months ago
This is an under-rated retro prog house bit , IMHO .
posted a comment on M To The Jay* - Baby When The Lights Go Out. 3 months ago
Guetta & Cascada donk remakes from the Blackpool area .
posted a comment on Captain Barkey - Dead Wah. 3 months ago
Sort of answer record to Tiger's "Yu Dead Now", about Tiger's accident, on the Pepper Seed riddim. Mega version side.
posted a comment on Reggie Stepper - Little Miss. 3 months ago
This is recorded on the Poco Man Jam riddim, a foundational riddim for reggaeton.
submitted Limousine (9) - The Boy With The Firework. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Brushy One String - Chicken In The Corn. 3 months ago
On the What Are Girls For dancehall reggae riddim track.
posted a comment on Bounty Killer / Don Youth* - Long Story / Pressure Dem. 3 months ago
On the Death In The Arena dancehall reggae riddim track.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 3 months ago
submitted The 83rd - The Resurrection. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Junie Ranks - Licence Yuh Man. 3 months ago
This is recorded on the Punanny dancehall reggae riddim track.
posted a comment on Prince Allah* / Tristan Palmer - Let Jah Fire. 3 months ago
Loose cover version of Let The Power Fall On I.
posted a comment on Beenie Man - If You Live By The Gun. 3 months ago
Smart Beenie conscious version of Ba Ba Boom on the A, smart digi-style semi-a capella obscurity on the B.
posted a comment on Richie Stephens - Here & Now. 4 months ago
This is recorded on the Punanny dancehall reggae riddim track.
posted a comment on Capleton - Babylon Judgement. 4 months ago
This is recorded on the War dancehall reggae riddim track.
posted a comment on Red Dragon - Monster. 4 months ago
A side is recorded on the Death In The Arena riddim.
posted a comment on Franky Sly* / Steely / Mafia / Fluxy* & The Mule - Watch Dem Man / Perfect Dub. 4 months ago
Another cut on the "Pretty Looks" Studio One riddim, same version as Lt Stitchie & Papa San's "One More Request".
posted a comment on Hey-Z & Chatty-J - Party Time. 4 months ago
Rather sweet Japanese version of the Heptones classic: singer/deejay combination, with almost smooth jazz touches on the instrumentation, and heavy-enough bass.
posted a comment on Lenny Hyde / Sister Ruty - Gal Yu Hot / No Vampire. 4 months ago
I THINK Sister Ruty is the same act as Rutie.
posted a comment on Saba Tooth - Gal A Pose. 4 months ago
This is recorded on the Wicked Man riddim, which usually seems to be favoured pitched up a bit.
posted a comment on Zonia Almond Must Try Harder - Oz Oz Alice 6. 4 months ago
This is now available digitally from the Poot bandcamp site.
posted a comment on Super Morris - Hell & Powder House. 4 months ago
Recorded on the Cough & Spit Out dancehall reggae riddim.
posted a comment on Jigsy King - Bawl It Out Loud. 4 months ago
Recorded on the Cough & Spit Out dancehall reggae riddim.
posted a comment on Frisco Kid - Matey Careless. 4 months ago
This is recorded on the Fire Side Jam dancehall riddim.
posted a comment on John Mouse - Gun Talk. 4 months ago
Recorded on a version of the Punanny dancehall reggae riddim.
posted a comment on Various - Mampi Splif. 4 months ago
A Ba ba Boom one riddim dancehall reggae album .
posted a comment on Pan Head - Pussy Printer. 4 months ago
Nice variation on Punny Printer from the late deejay .
posted a comment on Nanjaman - Gangsta 893. 4 months ago
This is recorded on a version of the Bam Bam dancehall riddim.
posted a comment on Pappa Biggie* - Back To Yard. 5 months ago
This one seems to be popular with the reggaeton crowd .
posted a comment on Lorna Gee - Nice. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Bam Bam dancehall reggae riddim.
posted a comment on Crime Stoppa - Influence. 5 months ago
This is recorded on a James Bond-influenced version of the Bam Bam dancehall reggae riddim.
posted a comment on Lecturer - Dem Tie. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Dem Bow foundational reggaeton riddim.
posted a comment on Della Grant / Dani Spencer - Watch Dem / Musical Drill. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Bam Bam dancehall reggae riddim.
posted a comment on Taxman And Anthony Melody - Raggalove. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Bam Bam dancehall reggae riddim .
posted a comment on School Girl - Crushed On You. 5 months ago
Reggae record which is popular with the reggaeton crowd .
posted a comment on Pan Head - Fu Funky Man. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Dem Bow foundational reggaeton riddim.
posted a comment on Rutie - Satan. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Bam Bam dancehall reggae riddim track. I THINK Rutie is the same act as Sister Ruty.
posted a comment on The Stingers* - Cecelia. 5 months ago
This is recorded on a version of the Poco Man Jam foundational reggaeton riddim.
posted a comment on Scorcher D - Caan Believe . 5 months ago
This is recorded on a version of the Poco Man Jam foundational reggaeton riddim.
posted a comment on Thriller U - This Time. 5 months ago
On the Hot This Year dancehall reggae riddim track, popular with the reggaeton crowd.
posted a comment on Tumpa Lion - Tight Like A Virgin. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Punaany dancehall reggae riddim track.
posted a comment on Grindsman - Tan So Forward. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Poco reggae dancehall riddim track.
posted a comment on Flourgon - Come A Me. 5 months ago
This is recorded on the Poco reggae dancehall riddim track.
posted a comment on Teddy Banton - Bad Mind People. 5 months ago
On the Yu Dead Now reggae dancehall riddim, popular with the reggaeton crowd.
I do not own this record, I have just heard it!!