sweet as the scratch


The title of this website is taken from Iceberg Slim's Pimp: The Story of My Life (1967). In the novel, Slim reflects on the best advice ever given to him on how to survive in the criminal underworld: "So Slim, be as sweet as the scratch, and no sweeter."

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Our monthly video podcast features selections and commentary by bert and torp. We peruse the vast expanses of new music online to bring eight tracks that were released within the last two weeks, and two throwbacks that are essential listening, so every episode will deliver fresh music. Songs range from ones that immediately catch fire on the web to obscure releases from across the world.


Occasionally, we write about regional sounds and the social, cultural and material conditions connected to them, providing a dj mix with rare selections.

About us

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