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Mr. Scruff DJs at KoKo, London

British phenomenon uses jazz to keep them dancing

Mr. Scruff

While less known to American audiences, the eccentric and lovable British DJ Mr. Scruff has been something of a minor phenomenon in the U.K. While eluding serious mainstream success since he first purveyed his comedic, jazz-infused beats back in the mid-’90s, the Manchester-based DJ has successfully amassed hordes of devoted fans and left an abundance of brilliantly wayward 12″s in his wake. Above all, as demonstrated with aplomb at his latest gig in London, he puts on a great show.

Scruff, aka Andy Carthy, is that rare breed of music alchemist-genre-defying, irreverent and fun. His material is a fusion of wobbly lounge-jazz, swing, Afro-funk, disco, big brass and big bass, with samples pillaged from second-hand record stores worldwide. Accompanied by his DIY, loose-lined animations on giant screens, he prides himself on playing marathon sets that delve deep into his bubbling musical cauldron.

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