Listen To This Rare Mr Scruff DJ Set

Immerse yourself in his 'Trouser Jazz' era...

Mr Scruff has shared a fantastic archive mix over on MixCloud.

The producer and DJ is known for his quick mixing and frenetic blends, fusing breathtaking technical skills with a keen ear for rare beats. 2002 album ‘Trouser Jazz’ is a landmark, a dense, breathlessly entertaining array of ideas.

Set to be given a new vinyl pressing, Mr Scruff sat down with the Vinyl Factory recently to reflect on the making of ‘Trouser Jazz’. “The album is a real mixture of moods and tempos, just like my DJ sets, twisting my influences and inspirations into different shapes. It was also the time when I started to develop my low-end addiction.”

Rifling through his archives, Mr Scruff has uncovered a five hour mix recorded during the Trouser Jazz tour. It’s a terrific listen – expanding on the ethos of the album itself, he touches on some formative influences in the process.

Continually challenging himself, Mr Scruff leads from the font – his mosaic-like approach to DJ sets has been much imitated, but never bettered.

He comments…

A 5+ hour set from my Manchester Music Box tour date on the 2002 Trouser Jazz tour, building from dub through soul, broken beat, latin, reggae, hip-hop, breaks, disco and house and whatever else I could stuff into my long-suffering record boxes.

I played at the Music Box every month for nine years, setting up a Funktion One system in the legendary sweaty basement for my six-hour sessions. This residency gave me the chance to flex and stretch all over the place, with a brilliant crowd of regulars offering a mixture of support and heckles.

A real moment in time, you can check out the mix below.

Order ‘Trouser Jazz’ via Mr Scruff’s official store – the new vinyl edition lands on July 28th.

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