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Scritti Politti: Smooth Pop and Hip-Hop

Green Gartside is the driving force behind the various incarnations of his band Scritti Politti, which has been making music on and off for 35 years. Driven by Gartside's childlike voice and uplifting melodies, Scritti Politti's smooth pop sound surfaced on the Top 40 with 1985's hit "Perfect Way," but has mostly been heard on pop culture's margins.

Originally involved with the late-'70s post-punk scene in London, Gartside released several albums in London and toured with Gang of Four. After traveling to the U.S., he was heavily influenced by soul and hip-hop, which inspired Scritti Politti's 1985 album Cupid & Psyche 85. The band's most recent disc, 2006's White Bread Black Beer, made the shortlist for the Mercury Prize.

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