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Prime Cuts and Tony Vegas are the Scratch Perverts - a name that has become synonymous with HipHop and battle DJing ever since their formation in 1996. Their reputation as one of the world’s most progressive DJ collectives is unparalleled; two consecutive World DMC Team titles, Plus One's World DMC Champion and World Vestax Champion titles, Prime Cut's back to back World ITF Scratching crowns, and countless showcases and gigs all over the world.

Having won all there is to offer in the competition circuit, the Perverts are ready to enter the next stage of their development as recording artists. As DJs who have contributed countless techniques and pioneered such radical innovations developing the musical language of the turntable, what the Perverts define as HipHop is a long way off what people would expect. “HipHop is a celebration of all kinds of music just by its very nature,” explains Prime Cuts “So it follows that our album is very much a HipHop album in the broadest sense of the term. We’ve tried to do what we see HipHop as being – a celebration of all music, taking on board everything that inspires us and channelling it into our tracks.”

The ideals created by the likes of Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa developed through HipHop’s formative years, originality, dynamism and innovation are all principles that the Perverts have applied to their DJing art and now to their music. "We’ve tried to bring the mentality behind our creativity with turntables to the studio,” explains Tony. “We’re looking to show the same sense of independent thought in our music.” The Perverts have always unselfconsciously embraced and incorporated anything that feels right musically, “HipHop is something that came from a lot of different music,” says Tony. “It was always about the collective energy. It’s not just a rapper that makes a record, a HipHop record is about a vibe – and if a record has that vibe I personally look upon it as being integrally HipHop.”

Although they may have retired from battling indefinitely, the Perverts have lost none of their supercharged competitive spirit. “We still have that proper B-Boy ethic deep down at the core of it all,” explains Plus One. “It’s this need to take someone out, to do better than them,” adds Prime Cuts. “It’s that mentality that drives us, we wanna take on something that we’ve heard someone else do and try to do it better.” These days, instead of spending hours building battle routines to take each other out, the Perverts are crafting beats to do exactly the same thing! “We’re always trying to out do each other,” Plus One says with a grin. “Even though we’re all working towards the same cause, still at the core of it is that energy – I wanna make the best tune this week, I want to have the ideas, and that gives us this immense drive.”

The creative energy and enthusiasm that the Perverts exude is quite something, through all their schizophrenic influences and lofty ideals you get the feeling that they will harness and channel their combined creativity into something very special. “Our challenge is in coming up with something that’s an honest reputation of ourselves,” say Plus One. “Which is quite a difficult thing ‘cos we’re into so much different stuff.” As Tony Vegas sums up; “We’re just trying to true to ourselves, we want people to be left in no doubt whatsoever as to what a Scratch Perverts record is, you can guarantee that we’ll be bringing the same amount of honesty, energy, desire that we have to our DJing.”

For further information please contact Claudia Nicholson: Claudia@anglomanagement.co.uk
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Scratch Perverts - A Bathing Ape Vs Mo'Wax album art James* vs. Nigo March Of The General (as The Scratch Perverts) James* vs. Nigo - A Bathing Ape Vs Mo'Wax (Comp) Toy's Factory Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Orange Dust album art Aquasky Rough (Instrumental) and 3 more… Aquasky - Orange Dust (MiniAlbum, EP) Polydor, Polydor UK 1997 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Raw Skillz / Opaque album art Aquasky Raw Skillz (Da Beatminerz Remix) and 1 more… Aquasky - Raw Skillz / Opaque (Maxi) Polydor UK 1997 Sell This Version
PRT-313 Scratch Perverts - Ape vs Mo'Wax album art Takagi Kan / U.N.K.L.E.* Ape Shall Never Kill Ape Takagi Kan / U.N.K.L.E.* - Ape vs Mo'Wax(12", Promo, Smplr) Toy's Factory PRT-313 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Ape Shall Never Kill Ape album art U.N.K.L.E.* U.N.K.L.E.* - Ape Shall Never Kill Ape (Maxi) Toy's Factory Japan 1998 Sell This Version
TFCK-87939, TFCK-87940, TFCK-87941 Scratch Perverts - Trilogy Box Set album art U.N.K.L.E.* Ape Shall Never Kill Ape (Original) and 4 more… U.N.K.L.E.* - Trilogy Box Set(3xCD, Maxi + Box, Ltd + Comp) Toy's Factory, Toy's Factory, Toy's Factory TFCK-87939, TFCK-87940, TFCK-87941 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Time Machine album art The Psychonauts* Ape Shall Never Kill Ape The Psychonauts* - Time Machine Mo Wax Germany 1998 Sell This Version
NIGOCD3 Scratch Perverts - March Of The General album art Nigo March Of The General (as The Scratch Perverts) Nigo - March Of The General(CD, Mini, Promo) Mo Wax NIGOCD3 UK 2000 Sell This Version
MP228D Scratch Perverts - Scratch album art Various, Doug Pray Various, Doug Pray - Scratch(2xDVD-V, Copy Prot., Multichannel) Momentum Pictures MP228D UK 2002 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - The Original Doctor Shade album art Ed Rush & Optical Get Ill (as The Scratch Perverts) Ed Rush & Optical - The Original Doctor Shade (Album) Virus Recordings UK 2003 Sell This Version
CMB 53 Scratch Perverts - WW III - UNKLE Vs UNKLE album art UNKLE Sounds March Of A General and 9 more… UNKLE Sounds - WW III - UNKLE Vs UNKLE(2xCD, Mixed, Unofficial) Unkle Sounds CMB 53 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - FabricLive. 22 album art Scratch Perverts Get Ill Scratch Perverts - FabricLive. 22 Fabric (2) UK 2005 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Evolution album art TC* Fuck What You Heard (as The Scratch Perverts) TC* - Evolution (Album) D-Style Recordings UK 2007 Sell This Version
DABA02 Scratch Perverts - DJ Hype! album art DJ Hype Fuck What You Heard (as The Scratch Perverts) DJ Hype - DJ Hype!(2xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound DABA02 UK 2007 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Freakshow album art Krafty Kuts Krafty Pervert Krafty Kuts - Freakshow (Album, Comp) Liberator Music UK 2006 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Fuck What You Heard / King Of Africa album art TC* F*ck What You Heard TC* - Fuck What You Heard / King Of Africa D-Style Recordings UK 2008 Sell This Version
PASA005CD Scratch Perverts - Breakbeat Bass Vol. 3 album art Nick Thayer Rough (Inst. Feat. Scratch Perverts) Nick Thayer - Breakbeat Bass Vol. 3(CD, Comp, Mixed) Passenger PASA005CD UK 2008 Sell This Version