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Baker's Dozen

Untidy Selections: Mr. Scruff's Favourite Albums
The Quietus , May 8th, 2014 06:49

Ahead of his new album, Friendly Bacteria, out on Ninja Tune this month, the tea-loving master of the marathon DJ set pens us his own Baker's Dozen, picking the top 13 records out of his crate


Fingers, Inc. - Another Side
Like many young Mancunians in the late 80s, I religiously tuned in to Stu Allan's weekly show on Piccadilly Radio, where he played the latest soul, dance, hip-hop and house releases. House-wise, Larry Heard and Robert Owens’ Trax releases always had something about them, a very accomplished, musical sound without sounding too clean, or losing any of the robotic, alien oddness that other, rawer house releases had. I remember buying this from Spin Inn in Manchester when I was 16. They did a PA in the tiny record store, which spilled out into the precinct. Fingers, Inc. was Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers) with vocalists Robert Owens and Ron Wilson. In my mind, the first proper house music album, and one that has never been bettered for quality and consistency. I was fortunate enough to work with Robert Owens last year.