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Mr. Scruff: DJ, Producer & Cartoonist

As a DJ, Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record sleeves and CD covers, and usually accompany him at gigs as live animated visuals.

Carthy’s first encounter with mixing was as a 12 year old in late 1984, when a friend played him some of his uncle's electro records, notably the Streetsounds LP Crucial Electro Volume 1, opening his eyes and ears to the art of mixing records. Soon after he was constructing his own crude pause-button mixtapes, inspired by the electro compilations and various radio shows on stations such as Piccadilly, Radio Lancashire & Southside that exposed him to electro and hip-hop, soul, reggae and early house music. Shouts to John Peel (of course), Greg Wilson, Robbie Vincent, Richard Searling, Stu Allan, Lee Browne, Ranking Miss P, Scotty, Tony the Greek, Steve Barker, Gary Hickson, Sam Brown & Waxmaster.

Little by little Andy was building a collection fuelled by this knowledge, all the while improving his DJ skills. By 1987 he was proficient at turntable mixing and editing, although he was still using primitive home hi-fi gear. His first break came in 1994, when he met Barney Doodlebug, a DJ/Doodler who gave him his first Manchester gig, on a Sunday night in a venue called Dry Bar. He also passed on a demo tape to local label Rob's Records, which resulted in them releasing the first Mr. Scruff 12" single.

A regular on the Manchester scene through ’94-’95, he released a string of 12”s on Rob's Records subsidiary Pleasure, as well as sides for Echo Drop, Grand Central & Cup of Tea. His work for Grand Central with Mark Rae inspired some four-deck club performances, including friendly “battles” with DJ Food, which introduced him to the Ninja Tune fold.

Gigging across the UK (with Electric Chair, Off Centre, Fat City and Tru Thoughts) and Europe (with Grand Central), Mr. Scruff signed to Ninja Tune in 1998. His debut album Keep It Unreal arrived a year later, featuring the certified classic "Get A Move On", kick-starting his Manchester club night of the same name, borne of a desire to play exactly what he wanted, rather than having to fit in with the music policies of other club nights.

These were the beginnings of his famed “all-night-long” DJ sets cheerfully spanning blues, jazz, soul, funk, 60s R&B, disco, boogie, deep house, reggae, ska, rocksteady, dancehall, electronica, electro, hip hop, African, Latin, drum & bass, breakbeat… and bolstered his standing as a passionate, digger, collector and, above all, an unrivalled selector of the good stuff.

Trouser Jazz (2002); the epic mix CD Keep It Solid Steel (2004); and Ninja Tuna (2008) cemented Scruff’s rep as a premium freaker of frequencies, the latter featuring collaborations with the likes of Quantic, Danny Breaks, Alice Russell, Andreya Triana, Pete Simpson, Kaidi Tatham and Roots Manuva.

A fistful of EPs and singles populated 2009-2013 including Wobble Control (2011), Feel It / Bounce (2011) and Be The Music (2012).

In 2010 Big Chill Festival invited Mr. Scruff to host his own tent, testament to his inimitable raw dancefloor magnetism as are his regularly rammed-to-the-rafters Keep It Unreal sessions at Band On The Wall (Manchester) and KOKO (London).

After receiving a mighty nudge by the giant elbow of Ninja, the majority of 2013 was spent in the studio recording new album Friendly Bacteria, featuring Denis Jones, Matthew Halsall, Phil France, Vanessa Freeman & Robert Owens.

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Mr. Scruff: DJ, Producer & Cartoonist

As a DJ, Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record sleeves and CD covers, and usually accompany him at gigs as live animated visuals.

Carthy’s first encounter with mixing was as a 12 year old in late 1984, when a friend played him some of his uncle's electro records, notably the Streetsounds LP Crucial Electro Volume 1, opening his eyes and ears to the art of mixing records. Soon after he was constructing his own crude pause-button mixtapes, inspired by the electro compilations and various radio shows on stations such as Piccadilly, Radio Lancashire & Southside that exposed him to electro and hip-hop, soul, reggae and early house music. Shouts to John Peel (of course), Greg Wilson, Robbie Vincent, Richard Searling, Stu Allan, Lee Browne, Ranking Miss P, Scotty, Tony the Greek, Steve Barker, Gary Hickson, Sam Brown & Waxmaster.

Little by little Andy was building a collection fuelled by this knowledge, all the while improving his DJ skills. By 1987 he was proficient at turntable mixing and editing, although he was still using primitive home hi-fi gear. His first break came in 1994, when he met Barney Doodlebug, a DJ/Doodler who gave him his first Manchester gig, on a Sunday night in a venue called Dry Bar. He also passed on a demo tape to local label Rob's Records, which resulted in them releasing the first Mr. Scruff 12" single.

A regular on the Manchester scene through ’94-’95, he released a string of 12”s on Rob's Records subsidiary Pleasure, as well as sides for Echo Drop, Grand Central & Cup of Tea. His work for Grand Central with Mark Rae inspired some four-deck club performances, including friendly “battles” with DJ Food, which introduced him to the Ninja Tune fold.

Gigging across the UK (with Electric Chair, Off Centre, Fat City and Tru Thoughts) and Europe (with Grand Central), Mr. Scruff signed to Ninja Tune in 1998. His debut album Keep It Unreal arrived a year later, featuring the certified classic "Get A Move On", kick-starting his Manchester club night of the same name, borne of a desire to play exactly what he wanted, rather than having to fit in with the music policies of other club nights.

These were the beginnings of his famed “all-night-long” DJ sets cheerfully spanning blues, jazz, soul, funk, 60s R&B, disco, boogie, deep house, reggae, ska, rocksteady, dancehall, electronica, electro, hip hop, African, Latin, drum & bass, breakbeat… and bolstered his standing as a passionate, digger, collector and, above all, an unrivalled selector of the good stuff.

Trouser Jazz (2002); the epic mix CD Keep It Solid Steel (2004); and Ninja Tuna (2008) cemented Scruff’s rep as a premium freaker of frequencies, the latter featuring collaborations with the likes of Quantic, Danny Breaks, Alice Russell, Andreya Triana, Pete Simpson, Kaidi Tatham and Roots Manuva.

A fistful of EPs and singles populated 2009-2013 including Wobble Control (2011), Feel It / Bounce (2011) and Be The Music (2012).

In 2010 Big Chill Festival invited Mr. Scruff to host his own tent, testament to his inimitable raw dancefloor magnetism as are his regularly rammed-to-the-rafters Keep It Unreal sessions at Band On The Wall (Manchester) and KOKO (London).

After receiving a mighty nudge by the giant elbow of Ninja, the majority of 2013 was spent in the studio recording new album Friendly Bacteria, featuring Denis Jones, Matthew Halsall, Phil France, Vanessa Freeman & Robert Owens.

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Dorian Concept is a Vienna based composer and musician, a child piano prodigy who went onto study music composition in Salzburg. He has released a string of extraordinary singles and EPs on Affine Records and Kindred Sprits, most notably the 'Trilingual Dance Sexperience' release in 2009.

He is currently one of the most exciting artists working in electronic music; his fusion of jazz, electronics and club music is as exciting as it is unique. He was asked by Flying Lotus to play at his Brainfeeder Event in London in 2009 and joined his band on keyboards for his latest shows. He also submitted an original track to the Ninja Tune XX releases and collaborated at the Royal Albert Hall Ninja Tune XX show with an ensemble including members of the London Metropolitan Orchestra.

Dorian Concept’s ‘Her Tears Taste Like Pears’ EP is out soon on Ninja Tune.

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Dorian Concept is a Vienna based composer and musician, a child piano prodigy who went onto study music composition in Salzburg. He has released a string of extraordinary singles and EPs on Affine Records and Kindred Sprits, most notably the 'Trilingual Dance Sexperience' release in 2009.

He is currently one of the most exciting artists working in electronic music; his fusion of jazz, electronics and club music is as exciting as it is unique. He was asked by Flying Lotus to play at his Brainfeeder Event in London in 2009 and joined his band on keyboards for his latest shows. He also submitted an original track to the Ninja Tune XX releases and collaborated at the Royal Albert Hall Ninja Tune XX show with an ensemble including members of the London Metropolitan Orchestra.

Dorian Concept’s ‘Her Tears Taste Like Pears’ EP is out soon on Ninja Tune.

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Richard 'Sticky' Forbes built his reputation as one of the countries leading club music producers at the height of the UK Garage scene. His distinctive sound not only made his music unavoidable in the clubs during this era, but also launched the careers of a number of the UK’s leading talents including the Mercury Music Prize-winning Ms. Dynamite (the pair's collaboration "Booo!" is regularly cited amongst the greatest of UKG club classics).

Sticky has had an endless numbers of club and chart hits featuring artists including Kele Le Roc, Stush, Tubby T and Twista. He has also remixed the likes of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Sugababes, Hot Chip, Erykah Badu and Tulisa, consistently making music which has you smiling as well as dancing.

In late 2011, Sticky signed with Big Dada. His first release with the label was the digital-only "Pedal Riddim," in December 2102. He is due to release his first album with the label in 2013.

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Richard 'Sticky' Forbes built his reputation as one of the countries leading club music producers at the height of the UK Garage scene. His distinctive sound not only made his music unavoidable in the clubs during this era, but also launched the careers of a number of the UK’s leading talents including the Mercury Music Prize-winning Ms. Dynamite (the pair's collaboration "Booo!" is regularly cited amongst the greatest of UKG club classics).

Sticky has had an endless numbers of club and chart hits featuring artists including Kele Le Roc, Stush, Tubby T and Twista. He has also remixed the likes of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Sugababes, Hot Chip, Erykah Badu and Tulisa, consistently making music which has you smiling as well as dancing.

In late 2011, Sticky signed with Big Dada. His first release with the label was the digital-only "Pedal Riddim," in December 2102. He is due to release his first album with the label in 2013.

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Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image. 

Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout.

Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language.

The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited.

Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence. The machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user.A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. 

Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

R.I.P Music 2014.

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Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image. 

Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout.

Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language.

The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited.

Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence. The machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user.A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. 

Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

R.I.P Music 2014.

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WERKDISCS are proud to announce the debut EP - Never Sleep - from London based producer Moiré.

This is the result of a lack of sleep - the obsessive expressions of a mind inspired by the city and the scene that has surrounded him for a long time. 

The lead track on this release, LOSE IT - the result of a collaborative effort between Moiré, Lessons and singer Heidi Vogel - is described by Moiré as that instant of losing and finding yourself, the moment you are walking through a club and everything is blurry then something clicks, changes, and the music becomes clearer and louder. 

What follows is a track that can only be described visually as that surreal moment when you are on a roof top looking across the city at 5AM and the sun rises before you – DRUGS, a track that grabs you unsuspectingly and refuses to let go. 

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The final track - INTO (Digital Only) - is something that takes you deep. Beautiful, intense and uncompromising sounds are layered into a cacophonous, shimmering wall that taps into that raw sound of the city that inspires this EP. 

This release signals the arrival of a talented artist pushing his creative boundaries.

Moiré photo - Barbora Mrázková

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WERKDISCS are proud to announce the debut EP - Never Sleep - from London based producer Moiré.

This is the result of a lack of sleep - the obsessive expressions of a mind inspired by the city and the scene that has surrounded him for a long time. 

The lead track on this release, LOSE IT - the result of a collaborative effort between Moiré, Lessons and singer Heidi Vogel - is described by Moiré as that instant of losing and finding yourself, the moment you are walking through a club and everything is blurry then something clicks, changes, and the music becomes clearer and louder. 

What follows is a track that can only be described visually as that surreal moment when you are on a roof top looking across the city at 5AM and the sun rises before you – DRUGS, a track that grabs you unsuspectingly and refuses to let go. 

Then comes Actress' remix of LOSE IT. After his first listen of the track, WERKDISCS boss Actress was inspired and with imperious form, deconstructed and twisted the track into a dancefloor roller, completely different to the original, showing that distinctive character that is so pervasive of Actress' style. 

The final track - INTO (Digital Only) - is something that takes you deep. Beautiful, intense and uncompromising sounds are layered into a cacophonous, shimmering wall that taps into that raw sound of the city that inspires this EP. 

This release signals the arrival of a talented artist pushing his creative boundaries.

Moiré photo - Barbora Mrázková

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Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image. 

Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout.

Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language.

The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited.

Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence. The machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user.A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. 

Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

R.I.P Music 2014.

Actress

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Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image. 

Where the demands of writing caught the artist slumped and reclined, devoid of any soul, acutely aware of the simulated prism that required breakout.

Four albums in and the notes and compositions no longer contain decipherable language.

The scripts now carry tears, the world has returned to a flattened state, and out through that window, the birds look back into the cage they once inhabited.

Spitting flames behind a white wall of silence. The machines have turned to stone, data reads like an obituary to its user.A fix is no longer a release, it's a brittle curse. 

Zero satisfaction, no teeth, pseudo artists running rampant, but the path continues.

R.I.P Music 2014.

Actress

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Born in the late 1970s on an unfathomably snowy night in Miami, Michael Johnson began life somewhat auspiciously. Transplanted to rural panhandle Florida at a young age and later exiled to inland Gainesville as a teen, Michael was lucky to not get sucked into the world of baseball and 4-wheel drive, sinking instead into fascination with Circus Psych, Trumans Water tribute and Alt-something-or-other.

Michael signed to Sub Pop with fellow Floridians Holopaw in 2002, recorded with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Caifone), toured with Iron and Wine and Fruit Bats, and developed an entirely unhealthy method of making music, dubbed 'wino-synthesis'.

In 2003, locked safely away in a back room in Pensacola, Florida, Michael completed his first solo release, 'Nonsense Goes Mudslide', for Must!Delicious Recordings. Nobody noticed its primitively ambitious, sprawling but touching collision of acoustics, electronics, vocals, layers, space, and frenetics.

Transplanted to Philadelphia, Michael squandered time and money on his mid-twenties until eventually lucking into a job at a music university replete with arcane wall-tall analog synthesizers and hirsute student body. Michael persuaded Holopaw to record their second full, 'Length Quit +/or Fight', in a modular box in Brooklyn, NY, aided by the mastery of Michael Pecchio. Electing at first to fight, Holopaw embarked on a tour for which Michael insisted Daedelus support as opening dandy.

Leaving Holopaw shortly thereafter, Michael began simultaneously smashing toms for Philly funnyman Kurt Vile, playing with Floridian chums Human Television, and entering into unholy union with Kurt Heasley and his Lilys. Rapidly gaining knowledge of what to do and not do, Michael Johnson joined the Lilys on their album 'Everything Wrong is Imaginary' and tour, shared stages with countless lovely individuals, and returned finally to his lonesome guitar and delay.

Providing refuge for a wayfaring Daedelus in 2007, ideas were exchanged. Michael supplied guitars, synths and disembodied vocals for Daedelus' 'Love To Make Music To' album, released to acclaim in 2008; Daedelus provided a viable outlet for Michael's then yet-to-be recorded opus, which would soon share his collaborator's home of Ninja Tune, on its Counter Records imprint.

Alone in a university studio in the summer of 2007, as professor and head technology monkey, Michael conjured his second solo release, his first recording as Ape School, a more cohesive, dramatic and accidentally lyrical love affair between machines and, less so, American whitey. Again with the help of Michael Pecchio as head research mixologist, Ape School has become reality. With a live band now featuring members of the aforementioned Lilys, Holopaw and Human Television, Ape School is purging alumni and accepting new enrollment.

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Born in the late 1970s on an unfathomably snowy night in Miami, Michael Johnson began life somewhat auspiciously. Transplanted to rural panhandle Florida at a young age and later exiled to inland Gainesville as a teen, Michael was lucky to not get sucked into the world of baseball and 4-wheel drive, sinking instead into fascination with Circus Psych, Trumans Water tribute and Alt-something-or-other.

Michael signed to Sub Pop with fellow Floridians Holopaw in 2002, recorded with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Caifone), toured with Iron and Wine and Fruit Bats, and developed an entirely unhealthy method of making music, dubbed 'wino-synthesis'.

In 2003, locked safely away in a back room in Pensacola, Florida, Michael completed his first solo release, 'Nonsense Goes Mudslide', for Must!Delicious Recordings. Nobody noticed its primitively ambitious, sprawling but touching collision of acoustics, electronics, vocals, layers, space, and frenetics.

Transplanted to Philadelphia, Michael squandered time and money on his mid-twenties until eventually lucking into a job at a music university replete with arcane wall-tall analog synthesizers and hirsute student body. Michael persuaded Holopaw to record their second full, 'Length Quit +/or Fight', in a modular box in Brooklyn, NY, aided by the mastery of Michael Pecchio. Electing at first to fight, Holopaw embarked on a tour for which Michael insisted Daedelus support as opening dandy.

Leaving Holopaw shortly thereafter, Michael began simultaneously smashing toms for Philly funnyman Kurt Vile, playing with Floridian chums Human Television, and entering into unholy union with Kurt Heasley and his Lilys. Rapidly gaining knowledge of what to do and not do, Michael Johnson joined the Lilys on their album 'Everything Wrong is Imaginary' and tour, shared stages with countless lovely individuals, and returned finally to his lonesome guitar and delay.

Providing refuge for a wayfaring Daedelus in 2007, ideas were exchanged. Michael supplied guitars, synths and disembodied vocals for Daedelus' 'Love To Make Music To' album, released to acclaim in 2008; Daedelus provided a viable outlet for Michael's then yet-to-be recorded opus, which would soon share his collaborator's home of Ninja Tune, on its Counter Records imprint.

Alone in a university studio in the summer of 2007, as professor and head technology monkey, Michael conjured his second solo release, his first recording as Ape School, a more cohesive, dramatic and accidentally lyrical love affair between machines and, less so, American whitey. Again with the help of Michael Pecchio as head research mixologist, Ape School has become reality. With a live band now featuring members of the aforementioned Lilys, Holopaw and Human Television, Ape School is purging alumni and accepting new enrollment.

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