Mr Scruff Keep it Unreal returns to Band on the Wall on Saturday 5th March, after February’s sold out night with Alexander Nut of Eglo Records. Mr Scruff will get behind the decks once again for five hours of back to back tunes, spanning funk, soul, house, reggae, latin, hip hop and much more. Ahead of the night, Mr Scruff hits us with five of the funkiest selections for your pre-party delectation.
Brother Soul – ‘Train Song’
Rattly, uptempo ghetto funk from 1972 with massive horns, fat congas & party chatter. Messy good fun from the band behind the classic ‘Cookies’ breakbeat.
Bonnie Blanchard, Andy Aaron & The Mean Machine – ‘You’re The Only One’
Truly outstanding soul music…fat drums, raw vocals, gorgeous horns. Intense, emotional & bittersweet, like all the best soul music. B-side is a killer funk tune.
The Peacemakers – ‘Don’t Push Your Luck’
Straight up low down party funk with a downright ugly groove. Simple & devastating, reminds me a bit of Mickey & the Soul Generation’s classic ‘Iron Leg’, which is also a straight up weighty slab of filth.
Santiago – ‘Feeling Good’
Neftali Santiago of Mandrill released this corking little discofied number around 40 years ago. The original is very pricey, but the lovely Fryer at Athens of the North has kindly reissued it so we can all enjoy it for a decent price.
Various – ‘The Light & Sound of Mogadishu’
Killer reissue of a 70’s compilation originally released by Mogadishu based Light & Sound label as a showcase for their single releases. They were pretty much the only label releasing singles in the area at that time, and this is a fascinating document of this little heard music from 1970’s Somalia. Some great funky tracks from the Sharero Band, as well as this haunting number from Magool.