Mr Scruff Keep it Unreal returns to Band on the Wall on Saturday 2nd July, after a triumphant 17th birthday celebration at Old Granada Studios, alongside legendary French DJ/producer François K. Mr Scruff is joined by Jon K (Eyes Down/NTS Radio) for a back-to-back session of ever eclectic groovers, bringing music from the far reaches and uniting it on the mobile-free dance floor. Ahead of the night, here are five vinyl picks from Mr Scruff’s record box.
Antonio ‘Straight Realness’ (Natural Sciences 12”)
Manchester’s Natural Sciences label continues their strong release schedule with this crunchy, raw 4 tracker. This one is like an angry STL!
Breakdown Brass ‘Harrow’ (Kept 7”)
Brooklyn has more than it’s fair share of brass action, what with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble relocating there from Chicago a few years back, and now these upstarts, who have been causing quite a stir with their 7” releases over the last year or two. While they, like many similar acts, have been recording some great cover versions, It is great to see them coming with their own compositions too.
Lone ‘Alpha Wheel’ (R&S LP)
A new Lone LP is always a treat. ‘Levitate’ is Cutler in blissed out, hazy rave territory. Kind of like a combination of Underground Resistance’s short-lived Happy imprint from the Early ’90’s, with a good dollop of Luke Vibert. The sound of the summer!
Madteo ‘Voracious Culturilizer Disco Mix’ (M.A.D.T.E.O. 12”)
Tough, bumpy, leftfield re-edit/update of Bohannons ‘Rap on Mr. DJ’. Nightclub mayhem!
Tanya Ria ‘Do The Smasher’ (Afro 7 7”)
Finland’s Afro 7 label specialised in funky music from East Africa. This Nairobi funk masterpiece from 1977 is a massive, slow, rolling funk beast that just leaps out of the speakers!