Mr. Scruff DJ Kicks

Mr. Scruff DJ Kicks



DJ-kicks starts off its 25th year with Mr Scruff, a selector who’s been doing his thing for even longer. A true giant of the underground dance world and the original ‘Jazz Potato’ himself, his 31-track masterclass which includes one new and exclusive track, lands on March 27th. Spanning the decades like a funky timelord, Scruff brings some of the world’s best analogue and digital musicians together in a head-spinning melange – ably blending many varied elements into a nourishing whole.

The ever-cheery MC Kwasi opens proceedings, then it’s straight down to business with an ethereal number from Iona Fortune, before Equiknoxx and Black Pocket bring some percussion to the party, leaving the door ajar for Vernon Maytone, who slides in with a serious bit of dancehall business before the decidedly less serious vibes of Tiger’s classic ‘When’. Lingering in the shadows, DJ Nervoso’s nagging slo-mo take on Kuduro introduces Max Graef’s deliciously grainy Andreya Triana re-work. The sly, lop-sided acoustic vibes of Sudan Archives conclude the opening quarter. Emilio Santiago cheers things up with ‘Bananeira,‘ and fellow Brazilian Rosa Maria steams in with a frankly ridiculous funk-samba monster. That is followed by an unrecognisable Laurel Aitken, riding an afro-disco rhythm before New York based afrobeat outfit Antibalas burst through the fire exit with an elephantine horn section. They are happy to share percussion duties with the originator Tony Allen, who pops up for a cameo and is soon joined by Natural Self, who toughens things up further with the furtive, funereal funk of ‘The Sound’.

Dobie, Errorsmith and the exclusive cut from Mr. Scruff vs CyberPunkJazz (AKA 潘PAN) are oddball bangers. ‘3001 : A Space Disco Remix’ has been a staple in Mr Scruff’s recent DJ sets. He has this to say on it:

"There were some really fierce elements in the original version. 潘PAN’s vocal has a great tone, and the synth sounds are very aggressive. I knew that I could turn it into something very different, but still with an abrasive edge. I picked all the elements that I liked from the original, added a ton of other ingredients and created a mutant beast of a remix.”

Next up, Ding Dong’s rowdy ragga anthem rides over the industrial beats of Fats Comet. Enter Manc pioneer-of-weird Paddy Steer with his slightly woozy ‘Loufoque,’ and Andy Ash’s previously unreleased ‘Ease Yourself’, a left-footed, fluty stepper from the outer reaches of the smoking area. Next up is Scruff himself, supplying tough beats and urgent strings on ‘Where Am I?’ Max Graef appears again in a more familiar guise, dropping compressed, filtered b-boy house to keep up the pressure, before Andy swerves the obvious with a new-wave John Coltrane cover. It’s now back to 1984 with Hashim’s ‘We’re Rocking The Planet’. Zongamin, Bumcello and Archie Pelago pull us back towards the leftfield, before Seiji & Lyric L show up with the ever awesome ‘Loose Lips.‘ We’re then shoved aside for the veteran Essex DJ and percussionist Snowboy, and the carnival vibes continue, building to an exotic crescendo with a stomping tropical finale from North Wales’ finest Drymbago. The last word goes to Kwasi, bookending this snack-size Scruff session and thanking the appreciative crowd for the temporary loan of their wide-open ears.

DJ Dates

6th March - La Rumba, Sheffield, UK
7th March - Inner City electronic, Leeds, UK
20th March - Southport Weekender, Bognor Regis, UK
4th April - Badaboum, Paris, France
11th April - BMX Warehouse, Pembroke, Malta
12th April - Liverpool Disco Festival, UK
30th April - Auditorium Fausto Melotti, Rovereto, Italy
1st May - Palazzona Di Maggio, Ozzano dell'Emilia, Italy
2nd May - Bagni Miramare, Albenga, Italy
9th May - Nitsa, Barcelona, Spain
22nd May - TBA, Lyon, France
5th June - E1, London UK
6th June - Band on the Wall, Manchester UK
12th June - Drift Festival, Netherlands
27th June - Jazz:Re:Found Festival, Italy
18th July - Llangollen Fringe Festival, UK
19th July - The Beat-Herder Festival, UK
20th July – TBA, Ghent, Belgium
24th July - SuncéBeat, Croatia
21st August - We Out Here Festival, UK
29th August - Moovin Festival, UK
30th August - Maiden Voyage Festival, UK
11th September - Bird, Rotterdam Netherlands
12th September - Into the Woods Festival, Netherlands

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