This week we invite Songwriter, Producer, DJ and one of the men behind the superb record labels Wah Wah 45s and Albert's Favourites.... Scrimshire to the Dusk Dubs family.
"Adam Scrimshire was 14 when he started making music on an Amiga 500
with a Yamaha Tone Generator and an 8-Bit Sampler. Surrounded by his family’s love for vinyl and dancing he was, perhaps surprisingly, the only one to decide he wanted to make the stuff.
Wah Wah 45s signed Scrimshire in 2006. A perfect fit with music steeped in jazz, soul and funk, with a nod to contemporary sounds, and strong in popular song writing sensibilities, resulting in 3 albums....Along Came the Devil One Night, The Hollow and Bight.
A seasoned vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Adam Scrimshire is also a fine DJ. His open musical tastes, sublime skills and penchant for sultry soul music make him a natural.
As an extension of his DJing, Adam has produced two volumes of edits lending his talent to Merry Clayton, Soul II Soul, Margie Joseph, John Martyn, Stevie Wonder and many more: That’s over 40 tracks and 8 vinyl releases.
Engineer and Mixer
Since the release of Bight, Adam has focused on more projects away from “Scrimshire”. Making time to develop as a studio and mix engineer, he has taken on projects with Bastien Keb, Daudi Matsiko, Leisure, Cathy Tornbohm, Jack Watts and more.
He has also become the regular mastering engineer for a number of artists and labels.
In 2011 Adam became an owner and director at Wah Wah 45s and Wah Wah 45s Publishing. Working alongside Dom Servini he has signed and delivered huge albums from artists including The Gene Dudley Group, The Milk, Dele Sosimi, and Paper Tiger.
As an artist himself he has been able to work hard on delivering ever more artist friendly systems and approaches at the label and takes great pride in focusing on the details of artist development.
In late 2015 he fulfilled a lifelong dream of founding his own label Albert’s Favourites, named after Adam’s grandad. With co-founders Dave Koor and Jonny Drop, Adam has overseen all releases including the exceptional debut from Hector Plimmer, Sunshine.
Albert’s Favourites is set to release a new collaborative project with Adam’s long-time musical partner Dave Koor. Modified Man has already put out a six-track EP, remixes for Dele Sosimi, Amp Fiddler, Makadem among others, and delivered a massive three-hour live and DJ mix for Boiler Room".
You can find him HERE
Adam provides us with an emotional collection, comprised of songs from some of his favourite and worst moments in life.
Songs of comfort, love and inspiration.
1) Terry Callier - What Colour Is Love
It’s possible my brother first introduced me to Terry Callier properly, I was aware but certainly one of the first times I got to know him properly, Terry that is, not my bro, was seeing him play an acoustic show at Union Chapel in London, which was Matt’s idea. Pure magic. But here’s the thing, Terry was the subject of the first decent conversation I had with the woman who is now my wife and Terry Callier live at Shepherds Bush Empire was the first gig we went to, which turned out to be our first date, though I don’t think either of us thought it was. So Terry is a very important man in our home.
2) Rustin Man - Sand River
When me and my wife met, we were working at the same company in Putney. I also met an amazing, funny, fascinating bloke named Dougal there. And apart from some incredible trolling of “african prince” scammers, he had stunning music taste, I gradually discovered over pints in the evenings. We chatted a lot about The Roots, which is how I discovered. But he introduced me to this Rustin Man album which features Beth Gibbons of Portishead fame. This has become one of my all time favourite albums. It is MADE for the Autumn in particular. It’s a warm bath or a cosy fire for the ears. Heavenly writing and production. This song absolutely floors me over and over.
3) Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know, You Know
This song is so important in so many ways. It’s a later discovery for me, maybe in the last 6 or so years. Obviously there is the famous sample Massive Attack grabbed for use on Blue Lines, which is a very important album to me, coming at a time when I was beginning to immerse myself in production. Unfinished Sympathy was massive for a lot of people my age I guess. But years later as I was undergoing a bit of a change of heart and mind with music, I really began to understand Mahavishnu and a lot more free music/jazz with it.
Part of that understanding came through hours and hours of prolonged exposure to it while I was living with my Albert’s Favourites and Modified Man partner Dave Koor. I’d begun listening to more Mahavishnu anyway, but we really dug into that and a lot more in that vein as a part of our journey into discovering different approaches to composing and producing. This remains one of the most powerful quiet songs you’ll ever hear though.
4) Stevie Wonder - You’ve Got It Bad Girl
My mum and dad both loved Stevie Wonder, so there was a lot of him in the house growing up. Musiquarium got played A LOT. Songs In The Key too. As I got to my late teens I dug more deeply into the early 70s albums Innervisions and Talking Book in particular. Golden Lady blew my mind, but this remained the heart wrencher for me. The Moog bass, the Rhodes, those Arp/Moog leads and flutes (not sure which synth they are, sorry). This is still probably, noticeably, a blueprint record for my music. I could pick 10 Steve songs for this, but I will probably always head to this if I have to pick one.
5) Hector Plimmer - Sunshine
A release I was involved in here. This is the sort of music I dream of releasing. These are the records you get in to running record labels for. It captures so much of what I care about, but gave me goosebumps first time I heard it.
We’d been over at Jonny Drop’s house discussing tracks that were potentials for Hector’s album and he mentioned he had some other bits he hadn’t sent, he pulled this up on his computer and played it, saying it still needed work. It wasn’t specific if it was for this project or not and I didn’t want to push but I wanted it immediately. Even off the demo. When it finally came through I was just staggered by how beautiful it is. More people need to hear this.
6) The Milk - Darling What’s Wrong
Another one from my own label here. This one from Wah Wah 45s. This is pretty much my favourite track off The Milk’s 2nd album Favourite Worry. I’m so proud to have been involved in getting this album out. Proper modern soul music. An incredible vocal reminiscent of Ron Isley or Darondo, rolling beats and bass and real emotion.
We all worked so hard to get this record out and it’s an important moment I think in the label’s history but for everyone personally too. So much went on throughout the process of getting this to the public.
7) Prince - Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
The Diamonds and Pearls album was colossal when I was in my early teens. At school I did a lot of dance - contemporary, jazz, ballet - and my teachers and most of the main hardcore dance/performing arts students were equally mad about Prince. It’s totally where I discovered him. We did a lot of ballet to Sign Of The Times. But when this album came along, it was barely off my hi-fi.
But this track in particular (although I’d easily have picked Diamonds & Pearls itself) is a bit of an indicator of longer term tastes, including tracks later on in this mix. I know this is also a huge tune for Dom Servini. One of those important tracks where we 100% match up on tastes.
8) Steely Dan - Deacon Blues
My Dad loved Steely Dan and Donald Fagen. I’ll be honest, I didn’t get it when I was a kid. Although, something about The Nightly seeped into my consciousness.
Whatever happened, I love Steely Dan these days and Aja has been an important part of my adult life. I’m lucky enough to not feel like too much of a loser these days, thanks in part to marrying an incredible woman and being eternally grateful and happy for that. If I WERE more of a loser, this would be my theme and I definitely could die listening to this and drinking immense amounts of whisky.
9) Rae & Christian - All I Ask
My brother is definitely responsible for letting me know about Rae & Christian. I wasn’t massively involved in contemporary soul and jazz music when this came out. But he was up in Nottingham at uni and getting to know a few interesting musical people up there.
It totally makes sense that we’d be into this music when you consider the music we heard as kids, Stevie, Incognito, Jamiroquai, Herbie Hancock, Freeze… Northern Sulphuric Soul is a hugely important UK soul moment in my opinion and I fell in love with this record. Another one that really impacted how I made music. I’m always grateful for this intro from my bro.
10) Kai Alce - Simbaz Groove
Davey Koor to blame for this one again. In amongst all the free jazz we were ploughing through in the few months we lived together, this was another side of our listening.
It’s a bit of a blueprint for early Modified Man. If you listen to Modification 1 you can totally hear where we came from. That and for me, the really important brit funk records I was getting played loads of when I was about 3 or 4 years old. This still remains a reference when we’re over complicating things in the studio. Get back to playing music together, stood at a keyboard each, trying to create a vibe instead of cutting and pasting.
11) Modified man - Thorns
So I think it makes sense to include some Modified Man here. Not a direct correlation from Kai Alce, but I believe this captures a lot of what we’re about and I’m immensely proud to have made this track with Dave. We’d been doing a lot of remixes and wanted to make some noise and noises instead. I remember we weren’t getting very far that day and Dave went downstairs to make some tea. While he was gone I started playing around with an arpeggio on his new Prophet synth.
I recorded the 3/4 time signature take of evolving arpeggio and filter playing over about 5 mins, when he came back up we were feeling suitably inspired and as the sun went down over the insane view of London he has from up on the hill in Thornton Heath, we finished this track off, grinning in wonder.
12) Ahmad Jamal Trio - Poinciana
This is taking it back home really. I love Ahmad Jamal. I love trios. As far as Jazz goes I’d say the trio format is my favourite. Albums like the Jazz Hip Trio are undoubtedly in my top 10 favourite albums. But this one is pure sentimentality. I remember sitting around the dinner table on Saturday nights, with my Mum, Dad, Brother, Nan and Gramp (Albert of Albert’s Favourites fame) and listening to this. And I remember specifically that my mum said she loved it so because of that final floor tom hit at the end of the drum phrase. It is a lovely hit, there’s no denying.
13) Cannonball Adderley Sextet - Planet Earth
I’m ashamed to say I discovered Yussef Lateef through this track and that was only 4 years ago. The other track by Lateef on this album is called Syn-anthesia and it was hard not to select that, but this is the one. Beautiful. In another life, I hope I’m making music like this.
14) Beck - Nitemare Hippy Girl
Little departure here. Beck changed my life. When I first got given a cassette of the Mellow Gold album, it freaked me out so much, a combination of the cover and the lyrics on the inside of the insert, so much so that I didn’t listen to it for months.
When I did eventually take the plunge I couldn’t believe my ears. It was like a portal to another dimension for me at the time. This and New Forms by Roni Size pretty much soundtracked my move to London. Along with a mate of mine at the time we basically drank and smoked too much, giggled endlessly at this record and made bizarre avant garde, electro, noise, indie, hip-hop nonsense on a mini-disc player and my Amiga 1200. I realised there probably weren’t as many rules in music making as I thought there were.
15) Bjork - Unison
And the other person responsible for that is Bjork. I love her. After my wife and my mum she is probably the most important woman in my life.
Her endless pursuit of new, her constant drive forwards, it’s a rock in the world of music that I have clung too. There were moments in Post that completely rewired how my brain thinks about music. She never fails to surprise and leave me in awe. I’d say between her and Beck I’ve been ruined. It’s really difficult to be as diverse and weird as they’ve both been and make it work, but I keep trying. I mean, I’m nowhere close to them, I’m not suggesting that. But they’ve set the bar for me.
Bjork got me through many things. Vespertine was one that really saw me through a dark time, so I often come back to it. But I could do this entire mix from Bjork tracks. Mutual Core is at the very top of the list. But Unison just captures the epic, the warmth and the hope that she can create a cocoon around you with.
16) Margie Joseph - Let’s Stay Together
Well, this was the first dance at my wedding. Maybe I don’t need to say much more. But this, for me, is the definitive version. Margie’s ability to capture emotion in her performance is second to none, and if you haven’t heard her before, begin putting that right immediately.
There was a point I was playing this twice a night in DJ sets. It’s heaven.