Wednesday, June 10, 2020

V.A. - DJ Kicks: Mr. Scruff (!K7)

When I look at official DJ CD-mixes as releases and whole music-industry landscape: . in recent years fabric's fabric/fabriclive decide to stop at number 100, or Ostgut Ton with Berghain/Panorama Bar series went completely on streaming, also their mixes are for free - just to mention them for example. Yes, there are others, but smaller or obscurer - and even they went, on cassettes or "selectors" put their mixes online, by themself, without any label.

I can say there is only one edition that stays still  And that is !K7's DJ - Kicks, which celebrates 25 years of continuity and quality. I want to say, maybe the success of DJ - Kicks is in two simple things, first: the selection of DJ/producers/musicians, and second: selectors/DJs/producers have the freedom to play their music, but it is not essential to play their usual DJ set. They can play whatever they want. It wasn't surprising for me to see that new release for series was Mr. Scruff aka Andy Carty, one of the funniest and a synonym for fun and happiness on the dancefloor, the DJ with such a broad taste, and playing records that are made for smiling, making fool of yourself, or trying weird dance moves for the first time.

I want to say: every mix so far, I have heard, by Mr. Scruff is stripped down of every feeling of seriousness and moodiness. Every mix is all about pure fun and enjoyment, and again taking things seriously. Check them here, and you will see what I'm trying to say/write.


It is not easy to pin-point what Mr. Scruff plays. Well, he plays everything!!! The word eclecticism... well his mixes are far beyond whenever you say that his/her mix is eclectic.
And to try to review his new official released mix is a perfect example of that. The amalgam of soft ambient harmonies, Soul, Funk, Roots Reggae, Dancehall, soft Indie Pop, Brazilian jazzy Bossa Nova, Samba, Boogie, P- Funk, Afro - (write whatever YOU want and feel), slow lo-fi House, Dub, Breakbeat, Electro, filtered House and Disco, melodic reminiscence of Detroit Techno, Fusion Jazz, Hip-Hop, Garage/Grime, and everything else, in-between, and mentioned up.
The style that is combinations of combinations, variations of variations, melted in one cauldron - mixed on CDJs, turntables, with samples and acappelas - everything cooked on the temperature for perfect tea and served in a plate of your own choice, with forks, spoons or chopsticks. We Love You, Sir!!!

Maybe I shouldn't write all of this, and if you want me to put it in two words: pure fun!


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 - Love Supreme (Extended) feat. Stefano Cocco Cantini
25. Hashim - We're Rocking The Planet
26. Zongamin - Nonstop
27. Bumcello - Frbom
28. Archie Pelago - Brown Oxford
29. Seiji - Loose Lips feat. Lyric L
30. Snowboy And The Latin Section - Carga Tu Bateria
31. Drymbago - Chupacabra

Like every DJ - Kicks compilation/mix, every DJ has an exclusive track for the release, so here is Mr. Scruff vs CyberPunkJazz - 3001: A Space Disco Remix (DJ-Kicks):


If you want to know more about Mr. Scruff check his website, it is all there!!!

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