Mr Scruff’s record box: Preachin’ house and primal samba rhythms

Well into its seventeenth year, Keep it Unreal rolls vigorously on, with Mr Scruff continuing to bring us the tastiest tracks from all corners of the globe. This month, his pre-party record box picks get serious; some tracks suffused with social sentiment, others just unrestrained groovers! Check out Mr Scruff’s selections and comments below, and put a date in your diary for Keep it Unreal on Saturday 1st April.

Peter Croce – Revival (Rock Steady Disco 12″)

‘Detroit producer Peter Croce takes Rev. Dr William Barber II’s 2016 DNC speech, and weds it to a killer, stripped down house track. Not the first, and surely not the last speech on a house beat, but the message is especially relevant in this day & age, and just happens to rock the club in an incredible fashion too.’


KC & the Sunshine Band – Let It Go (Danny Krivit Edit) (TK Disco 12”)

‘Great to see a lot of Henry Stone’s Miami-based TK label getting some much deserved attention again! Danny Krivit connects with his B-Boy roots on this cut up of the classic uptempo breakbeat. Fat 12” pressing too. The re-edit is not on Youtube, but the original will give you an idea…’


Windy City – We Party Heavy Up In Heah (Innovation II 7”)

‘Sublime uptempo Chicago soul business from 1975. A beautiful, very addictive tune that has a unique, slightly odd quality about it.’


Sergio Mendes – Pomba Gira (A&M LP)

‘Killer percussive jam from the 1972 album Primal Roots. Escola de Samba-style vocals, and relentless, angular stripped down percussion. A chant, a beat & a clap. That is all you need! I often mix this tune with UR style detroit techno.’


Mongo Santamaria – O Mi Shango (Vaya LP)

‘Heavy, heavy Afro-Cuban funk. The drop is incredible when the bass & trap drums come in. And those horns & vocals! Slippery, bass-heavy & essential.’


The Children – Freedom (DJ interantional 12”)

‘Classic Adonis production from 1987. Unfortunately, the lyrics ring as true today as they did 30 years ago. ‘No acceptance for those who are different’.’


The Honeydrippers – Impeach the President (Agala 7”)

‘No explanation needed.’


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Saturday | 01.04.17

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