Review: Mr Scruff - Koko, London

Mr Scruff

Saturday 18th February 2012: A sold-out Koko was treated to a 6 hour masterclass by Andy Carthy, aka Mr Scruff. On a rare trip to London, the Manchester-based DJ brought his unique live show down south for one night only. With a set that ranged from Jungle to Jazz via Motown, the set was intelligently put-together and progressive. 

There were huge responses to Mr Scruff's own Funky House tunes from his seminal albums 'Trouser Jazz' and 'Keep it Unreal'.  A number of his mixes are available online at; check these out to hear an impeccably put-together, eclectic set.

With a career stretching back to 1984, Mr Scruff has become a mainstay of the house scene and as well as DJ-ing, he runs a tea shop and sells his own teas, mugs and teapots (more info at if you're interested. I can recommend the 'Big Chill' tea). 

Koko is a fantastic venue, with many great views of the stage and a fun atmosphere.  One tip though, if you're heading to Koko for a night out, get saving as the drinks ain't cheap.

Mr Scruff will be back at Koko on 19 May and will be playing the Snowbombing Festival in Mayrhofen.

Review by Tom Herne