Manchester-based Mr Scruff has long been one of my favorite DJs. Not only does he have funky grooves, he produces fantastic hand-drawn animations (often about pie). I got to see Mr Scruff twice about a decade ago when he came out to Santa Monica. Scruff is best known for his electro-jazz anthem “Get a Move On” featured in numerous car commercials.
Mr Scruff “Get a Move On”
As with a lot of great songs, “Get A Move On” is rooted in a classic jazz song. The melody is directly from “Bird’s Lament (In Memory of Charlie Parker)” by Moondog. Known as the “The Viking of 6th Avenue”, Moondog was a blind eccentric New York street composer who dressed as a Norse god and invented and played his own instruments. He had a unique style of minimalist percussive jazz that ranges from piano to saxophone to his own Trimba drums – all of which are ripe for rediscovery and reinvention.
Now for dancing, I still love to have a female lead. Most of Mr Scruff’s work is instrumental, or at most full of short samples about fish. Then in 2008, he released “Music takes me up” , an ode to music with soulful vocals by Alice Russell. Plus the music video has dancing fruit – I would always love to see a pole dancing banana. So I present the dance song of the day.
Mr Scruff with Alice Russell “Music takes me up”