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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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MHR001, 570 313-1 Scratch Perverts - MHR.EP.01 album art Various L*Chemy (Remixed By The Scratch Perverts) (as The Scratch Perverts) Various - MHR.EP.01(2x12") Mind Horizon Recordings, Mind Horizon Recordings MHR001, 570 313-1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - 20 Degrees album art Jonny L Featuring Silvah Bullet* 20 Degrees (Scratch Perverts Remix) Jonny L Featuring Silvah Bullet* - 20 Degrees (Maxi, Single) XL Recordings UK 1998 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Buttoned Down Disco album art Clinton Buttoned Down Disco (The Scratch Perverts Boil In The Bag Mix) Clinton - Buttoned Down Disco (Single) Meccico, Virgin UK 1999 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - No.9 album art Somatic (4) No.9 (First Rate Remix) (as The Scratch Perverts) and 1 more… Somatic (4) - No.9 (Single) Universal UK 1999 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Still / The Joint : Sugar Hill Remixed album art Various The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel (Scratch Perverts Remix) Various - Still / The Joint : Sugar Hill Remixed (Comp) Castle Music UK 1999 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Hypnotised album art Sacrosanct With Loretta Heywood Hypnotised (Scratch Perverts Remix) and 1 more… Sacrosanct With Loretta Heywood - Hypnotised Chocolate Boy Recordings UK 1999 Sell This Version
DMCDJO7X Scratch Perverts - DMC Presents DJ Only Extended Issue 7X album art Various Button Down Disco Various - DMC Presents DJ Only Extended Issue 7X(CD, Comp, Promo) DMC DMCDJO7X UK 1999 Sell This Version
none Scratch Perverts - Still / The Joint : Sugar Hill Remixed album art Various The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel (Scratch Perverts Remix) Various - Still / The Joint : Sugar Hill Remixed(CDr, Comp) Sequel Records none UK 1999 Sell This Version
Scratch Perverts - Squat! album art De La Soul Squat! (Scratch Perverts Remix) De La Soul - Squat! Tommy Boy UK 2000 Sell This Version
SANCD008 Scratch Perverts - Still / The Joint album art Freddy Fresh The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel (Scratch Perverts Remix) Freddy Fresh - Still / The Joint(CD, Mixed) Sanctuary Records SANCD008 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ASW 69953-2 Scratch Perverts - The Remixes album art Clinton Buttoned Down Disco (Scratch Perverts Remix) Clinton - The Remixes(CD, Maxi, Promo) Astralwerks ASW 69953-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
none Scratch Perverts - 1936 - 2003 Rewind Your Mind album art DJ Oof Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel DJ Oof - 1936 - 2003 Rewind Your Mind(CD, Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (DJ Oof Self-released) none France 2004 Sell This Version
CMB 53 Scratch Perverts - WW III - UNKLE Vs UNKLE album art UNKLE Sounds Unreal (Scratch Perverts Reconstruction) 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 Time Is My Everything (Scratch Perverts Vocal Mix) Scratch Perverts - FabricLive. 22 Fabric (2) UK 2005 Sell This Version
LBDJ-95009-2 Scratch Perverts - Luaka Bop Remix album art Various Button Down Disco (Scratch Perverts Remix) Various - Luaka Bop Remix(CD, Comp, Dig) Luaka Bop LBDJ-95009-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
VVR1041052 Scratch Perverts - Luaka Bop Remix album art Various Button Down Disco (Scratch Perverts Remix) Various - Luaka Bop Remix(CD, Comp) Luaka Bop VVR1041052 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
KFM 028 Scratch Perverts - Fairy Press (Scratch Perverts Remix) album art Penpushers Penpushers - Fairy Press (Scratch Perverts Remix)(File, MP3) Knife Fighting Monkeys KFM 028 UK 2007
none Scratch Perverts - Collected album art Ian Brown Time Is My Everything (Scratch Perverts Remix) Ian Brown - Collected(8xCD, Album + CD, Comp + CD, Comp + DVD + LP, Comp) Fiction Records none UK 2012 Sell This Version