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DJ Kicks - Mr Scruff

    DJ-Kicks starts off its 25th year with a selector who’s been doing just that for even longer than we’ve been going. A true giant of the underground dance world, we proudly present the original ‘Jazz Potato’ himself: Mr. Scruff!  His 31-track masterclass features one new and exclusive track and lands 27th March 2020. Spanning the decades like a funky timelord for our special mix, Scruff brings some of the world’s best analogue and digital musicians together in a head-spinning melange of sinuous groove – ably blending sometimes disparate elements into an aurally nourishing whole - courtesy of two of the safest DJ hands you’ll ever have the pleasure to be in.


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    Matt says: Everyone’s favourite party potato Keeps It seriously Unreal to celebrate 25 years of DJ-Kicks, seamlessly blending thirty one disparate tracks in an hour long display of total decks-terity. Nipping from South America to South Africa, spinning electric soul, eclectic reggae and euphoric house, Mr Scruff imbues every minute of this mix with his freestyle musical mantra while placing ultimate emphasis on the shelf wobbling bass. Push back the sofa and turn off the lights, your house party soundtrack is here!

    TRACK LISTING

    CD Tracklisting:
    1. Iona Fortune - Da You
    2. Equiknoxx - The Link
    3. Black Pocket - Thank You And Credits
    4. Vernon Maytone - Old Pan Sound
    5. Tiger - When
    6. DJ Nervoso - Kuia
    7. Andreya Triana - Gold (Max Graef Remix)
    8. Sudan Archives - Wake Up
    9. Emilio Santiago - Bananeira
    10. Rosa Maria - Samba Minerio
    11. Laurel Aitken - Sexy Boogie
    12. Antibalas - Si Se Puede (Battle Of The Species)
    13. Natural Self - The Sound
    14. Tony Allen - Gbedu B
    15. Dobie - Magenta
    16. Errorsmith - My Party
    17. Mr. Scruff Vs CyberPunkJazz - 3001: A Space Disco Remix (DJ-Kicks)
    18. Fats Comet - Dub Storm
    19. Ding Dong - Badman Forward Badman Pull Up
    20. Paddy Steer - Loufoque
    21. Andy Ash - Ease Yourself
    22. Mr. Scruff - Where Am I?
    23. Max Graef - No 5
    24. Alexander Robotnick Feat. Stefano Cocco Cantini - Love Supreme (Extended)
    25. Hashim - We're Rocking The Planet
    26. Zongamin - Nonstop
    27. Bumcello - Frbom
    28. Archie Pelago - Brown Oxford
    29. Seiji Ft. Lyric L - Loose Lips
    30. Snowboy And The Latin Section - Carga Tu Bateria
    31. Drymbago - Chupacabra

    Vinyl Tracklisting:
    A1. Andreya Triana - Gold (Max Graef Remix)
    A2. Sudan Archives - Wake Up
    A3. Tiger - When
    A4. Ding Dong - Badman Forward Badman Pull Up
    B1. Mr. Scruff Vs CyberPunkJazz - 3001: A Space Disco Remix
    B2. Max Graef - No 5
    C1. Andy Ash - Ease Yourself
    C2. Zongamin - Nonstop
    C3. Alexander Robotnick Feat. Stefano Cocco Cantini - Love Supreme (Extended)
    D1. Drymbago - Chupacabra
    D2. Paddy Steer - Loufoque
    D3. Emilio Santiago - Bananeira
    D4. Rosa Maria Samba Minerio

    It’s a new Mr. Scruff album and you know what to expect, right? We widdle on about sexy potatoes and bouncy bacteria offering you a cup of tea, you have a little chuckle and actually make a brew, you stick on the album and… hold on. Because you see, quietly and without a lot of fuss (cos that’s not the way the Stockport Strepsil rolls) Mr. Scruff aka Andy Carthy has been evolving and developing his music.

    So yeah, you can still count upon a shedload of gritty funk and stony soul (not sure where this metaphor’s going..?) but the new record displays a stripped back musicality, a depth that maybe hasn’t been there before. It’s been coming across his last few releases, but this is the most complete, sustained exploration of where his music is at right now. In Carthy’s own pithy words it’s “tougher, sparser, less samples, more bass. More vocals and collaborations and shorter tunes.”

    If this record proves anything, it’s that there’s more, much more to the work of Andy Carthy than dancefloor grooves and funny cartoons.

    Don’t worry though - it is still one sexy potato.


    TRACK LISTING

    01. Stereo Breath Feat. Denis Jones
    02. Render Me Feat. Denis Jones
    03. Deliverance
    04. Thought To The Meaning Feat. Denis Jones
    05. Friendly Bacteria
    06. Come Find Me Feat. Vanessa Freeman
    07. Where Am I?
    08. He Don't Feat. Robert Owens
    09. What
    10. We Are Coming
    11. Catch Sound Feat. Denis Jones
    12. Feel Free

    "Ninja Tuna" sees the triumphant aquatic-themed return of the reigning yet uncrowned world champion of fish-related cheekiness. Yes, Mr Scruff is back with a long player that's packed with pure funky loveliness from start to finish. The set opens with b-boy hip hop cut "Test The Sound" before heading straight into current single "Music Takes Me Up" featuring Alice Russell ("Donkey Ride" and "Kalimba" also feature), while other special guests include Roots Manuva, Quantic and Andreya Triana. As ever with a Scruff long player we get a nice mix of wobbly bass, funky breaks, jazzy grooves and soulful touches - sometimes all in the same song!

    At last, Mr Scruff's 1997 self-titled (although often referred to as "Mrs Cruff") debut album gets re-issued! It's a fantastic collection of instrumental tracks indelibly marked with Scruff's sampladelic cheekiness and fat, deep BASS heavyness. Opening with the soundsystem-like "Sea Mammal", the album works its way through head-nodding hip hop breakers like "Bass Baby" and "Bonce", via the warm jazz moods of "Jazz Potato" and "Night Time" to the funky jazz-breaking "Crisps" and club smash "Chicken In A Box", setting out a statement of intent (fun, funky and fat) for all his future tracks. A welcome return of this northwest classic, I remember obsessing about Scruff early on in my music discovery and I'm proud to see after just over twenty years I wasn't wrong! - this still sound mega today! (not something that can be said about all of Matt's furtive musical steps... - ed).

    TRACK LISTING

    A. Sea Mammal 8:18
    B1. Bass Baby 5:54
    B2. Limbic Funk 5:28
    C. Chicken In A Box 8:24
    D1. Jazz Potato 6:03
    D2. Bonce 4:58
    E1. Night Time 5:58
    E2. After Time 2:30
    F. Crisps 6:25

    Mr Scruff

    Keep It Unreal

      Scruff's debut for Ninja Tune, and it's just one of those essential LPs for fans of quirky, jazzy upbeat downbeat grooves. Includes the massive trad-jazz-house anthem (and advert favourite) "Get A Move On", as well as "Honeydew", "Jus Jus" with Roots Manuva and the silly "Shanty Town" and "Fish".

      A product of post-acid house Manchester, Mr Scruff is a complete one-off; a cheeky innovator. His debut album is a bold statement, distinctive and confident. "Keep It Unreal" oscillates wildly between opposing styles - one moment Scruff's in deep, down-tempo dinner jazz territory, the next he's in Coldcut mode, chopping out superb big beat breaks with naughty hooklines to get you pogoing. At one extreme is the wacko humour of Spandex Man, bolshi breakbeat and a hooky 1920s jazz loop that'll make you grin. And then there's the even more ridiculous "Shanty Town", with samples of a Jacknory story about a whale. At the other end of the scale, is Scruff's accomplished acid jazz - like the serene, trip-hoppy "Midnight Feast" or the smoothie cocktail number "Honeydew", with it's loungey female vocals. This man is out there, the Salvador Dali of beats and breaks.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Is He Ready..... Feat. Mary Ann Hobbs 'The Breeze Blocks'
      2. Spandex Man
      3. Get A Move On
      4. MIdnight Feast
      5. Honeydew
      6. Cheeky
      7. So Long
      8. Chipmunk
      9. So You Hear?
      10. Shanty Town
      11. Jus Jus Feat. Roots Manuva
      12. Blackpool Roll
      13. Travelogue
      14. Fish


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