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Skalpel (Marcin Cichy, Igor Pudło) (8070626592).jpg
Background information
Origin Wroclaw, Poland
Genres nu jazz, jazz, electronica, downtempo
Years active 1998-2006, 2012 (reunion),[1] 2013-
Labels Ninja Tune
Associated acts DJ Vadim
Members Marcin Cichy
Igor Pudlo

Skalpel are nu jazz DJs and musicians, Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło, from Wrocław in Poland. Their musical style is a distinctive blend of hip hop beats, laced with samples lifted from the rich seam of Polish jazz records of the 1960s and 1970s.


In 2000, after interviewing DJ Vadim for a Polish hip hop magazine, Skalpel discussed samples, obscure breaks and the Polish music scene with him. That led to a combined tour with Skalpel and Vadim's live band, The Russian Percussion, during which they performed with four turntables. Later that year, Skalpel released a demo CD entitled "Polish Jazz", which gained praise from the Polish music press, and they were subsequently picked up by the UK independent record label, Ninja Tune.

In 2001, they released the "Virtual Cuts" mixtape, which was composed of two live sessions. Between 2002 and 2004, five of their live DJ mix sets were aired on Ninja Tune's Solid Steel radio show.

Skalpel aim to resurrect the spirit of 60s and 70s Polish jazz, using samples to re-work it.

"The Polish music scene is very poor at the moment. Nothing really interesting happens. The majority of music on TV and radio is kind of 'World Idol'. Very little individuality - just copies of American music."


Skalpel's 2003 EP, "Sculpture" sold out upon release. It also led to a nomination for the prestigious Polish culture award, the Paszport Polityki.

Skalpel has released two albums. A self-titled album was released in 2004, followed by the double-album "Konfusion" in 2005.

In May 2014, the duo released a new EP, "Simple".[3]


  • 1999: Virtual Cuts (CDR)
  • 2000: Virtual Cuts (MC)
  • 2001: Polish Jazz EP
  • 2003: Sculpture
  • 2004: Skalpel POL #12[4]
  • 2005: Break Out (LP, 12")
  • 2005: 1958 Breaks POL #25[5]
  • 2005: Konfusion POL #17[6]
  • 2014: Simple EP

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