Review: Tom Major
THE Solid Steel soul train keeps on rolling - but this time it's
Mr Scruff who's in the driver's cabin.
In a departure from the usual format, this mix is the first in an on-going collection from Mr Scruff, intended to reflect the vastly varied music of his own 'Keep It Unreal' club nights.
Although there is no specific musical plan for the series, this
first CD covers reggae, classic hip-hop, deep soul, rare funk,
dancefloor jazz, heavy beats and leftfield electronic nuggets.
The set kicks off with some Scottish reggae from Mungo's Hifi
in the form of 'Ing' before moving on to a sensational
'Back in the Day' mix with Erykah Badu on vocals.
The whole CD is peppered with hard to find but brilliant cuts; from the classic hip hop of UTD, Showbiz and AG and The Demon Boyz to the UK street soul gem 'Tell Me How' by Sarah Winton. There's rare orchestral funk by the Peddlars and Luis Enrique and handpicked selections plucked from the archives of micro independent labels like Omniverse and Orange Egg.
This mix is one that will entertain anyone from the most hardened of trackspotters to the most newly initiated Mr Scruff fan - it's his skill as a selector, programmer and presenter of music that enables him to transport one and all on his musical rollercoaster with him.
Watch out for the vinyl release - Scruff wants you to own these tracks in their original, pristine showroom condition, so Ninja have packaged up the tracks unmixed.
And look out for the Faberge designed jewel-encrusted box-set* to put them all in when he's done.
*Box set design may vary.
Vinyl Track listing:
Mungo's Hifi "Ing"
Big Youth "Waterhouse Rock"
Eighth from the Egg "Black Milk"
Ultramagnetic MCs "Ego Trippin"
Demon Boyz "Recognotion"
Showbiz & Ag "Bounce Ta This"
Microdisiacs "Deep Water"
Madkap "Dopest Verse"
2Day & 2Moro "Disney on Acid"
Stone Alliance "Sweetie Pie"
Pharaoh Sanders "You've got to have freedom"
The Peddlers "Impressions part 3"
Chocolate Milk "Time Machine"
UTD "My Kung Fu"
Luis Enriquez "Carrefour"
Spaghetti Head "Funky Axe"
Dred Scott "Check the vibe"
Sarah Winton "Tell me how"
Papa Austin with the Great Peso "Wrong Girls to Play With (Dub)"
Release date: 13th September 2004