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As a DJ, Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record sleeves and CD covers, and usually accompany him at ... Read more in Amazon's Mr. Scruff Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00IPXO6EU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stereo Breath (Feat. Denis Jones)
2. Render Me (Feat. Denis Jones)
3. Deliverance
4. Thought to the Meaning (Feat. Denis Jones)
5. Friendly Bacteria
6. Come Find Me (Feat. Vanessa Freeman)
7. Where Am I?
8. He Don't (Feat. Robert Owens)
9. What
10. We Are Coming
11. Catch Sound (Feat. Denis Jones)
12. Feel Free

Product Description

It's a new Mr Scruff album, hence a new Mr Scruff PR and you know what to expect, right? I widdle on about sexy potatoes and bouncy bacteria offering you a cup of tea, you have a little chuckle and actually make a brew, you stick on the album and… hold on. Because you see, quietly and without a lot of fuss (cos that's not the way the Stockport Strepsil rolls) Mr Scruff aka Andy Carthy has been evolving and developing his music.

So yeah, you can still count upon a shedload of gritty funk and stony soul (not sure where this metaphor's going..?) but the new record displays a stripped back musicality, a depth that maybe hasn't been there before. It's been coming across his last few releases, but this is the most complete, sustained exploration of where his music is at right now. In Carthy's own pithy words it's "tougher, sparser, less samples, more bass. More vocals and collaborations and shorter tunes."

Carthy puts down a lot of this development to his spending more time working and jamming with other musicians. Scruff first came across Denis Jones, who sings and plays on a number of tracks, supporting Amp Fiddler in Liverpool five or so years ago. The pair often meet to jam and share germs and the results are immediately apparent from the first track on the record, "Stereo Breath," where Jones' tightly harmonised, soulful vocals rub up against a classicaly huge and unstable, unquantised bassline. Other vocalists on the record include another long-term friend Vanessa Freeman, who adds just the right amount of smoothness to the 2step shuffle of "Come Find Me" and the one and only Robert Owens. As Carthy puts it himself, "What can you say?!" In an atypical setting Owens lays down a fragile, beautiful vocal. In addition, Scruff worked with musicians Matthew Halsall, Andy Kingslow, Kaidi Tatham, Sara Dowling and Taz Modi, plus the bass sensation Phil France who, while local to Scruff, is best known internationally for his work with Cinematic Orchestra.

The results are, frankly, splendid. "What?" fires jazz-scronk up against a b-line that shows his common lineage with longtime chum and collaborator Roots Manuva. "We Are Coming" is a re-imagining of the intersection of early techno, electro and acid, the groove emerging like morning sun. "Feel Free" featuring lovely trumpet work from Halsall, Dowling's cello, and the thrum of France's double bass, is just dripping with beautiful regret. If this record proves anything, it's that there's more, much more to the work of Andy Carthy than dancefloor grooves and funny cartoons.

Don't worry though - it is still one sexy potato.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Bennett on 2 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A very different approach from Mr Scruff. A much harder, humourless set of tracks that unfor'tuna'tely don't sparkle. The first half of the album is listenable enough without really grabbing attention, other than making me think 'is this really Mr Scruff?' The album title gives no indication of just how harsh sounding this album is in comparison to his previous work. I kept expecting some trademark Scruff tunes, but they didn't come. Andy, stick to what you're good at. Experimenting is good, to a point, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
The second half sounds like a bunch of half-baked ideas (with the except of He Don't with Robert Owens) in some kind of attempt to underline a new direction for Mr Scruff. Sadly it didn't raise any smiles with me. For the best Scruff album, look no further than Ninja Tuna, an absolute joy from start to finish.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
One of the best among many best things about Mr Scruff is that you
never quite know where he might be going next and Andy Carthy
(as he is more commonly known to his family and friends) doesn't
disappoint with his thoroughly splendid new album 'Friendly Bacteria'.

Can you dance to it though?

Well....yes you can but you might just want to blob out in an armchair
with a mug of strong tea and a box of Malteesers and twitch and tap
away to your heart's content far away from mirrorball's distractions.
This is interesting music and it stands up to close scrutiny very well.

There are twelve numbers in the set. Funky, soulful (in a very English way)
and with the kind of tunes which stick in your head and won't go away.

Best among them would have to include two of the collaborations with
singer Denis Jones; the dangerously infectious 'Render Me' and the
simply lovely 'Thought To The Meaning', which throws a nod and a
wink backwards in time to the best work of John Martyn (I can imagine
him smiling in the wings) but a big bruiser of a composition like title track
'Friendly Bacteria' spins off into entirely different territory with its grinding
bass line and stuttering synth decorations (think The Clangers!) and
messes marvelously with our expectations. Top of the pile, however, is
the delightfully fluid 'Come Find Me' with its deliciously jazzy vocal
performance from Vanessa Freeman skipping in and out of the beats.

Intriguing, entertaining and curiously mind-expanding. A total treat in fact...

Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andy bunyan on 17 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was hoping for some more of the same kind of catchy tunes and riffs from previous albums, sadly I was disappointed. He seems to have taken a new avenue with too much attention to guest vocals and not enough on his trademark catchy tunes.
His previous albums 'Keep it unreal' 'Ninja tuna' and Trouser jazz' were beautifully crafted with catchy tunes and melodic vocals.
I personally think anyone expecting the same from this new album will like me be slightly disappointed.
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By Jim Smith on 21 Jun. 2014
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Dirty beats. Killer tunes . Awesome album. Great collaborations. Mr Scufff is a highly talented fellow and a jolly nice chap.
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Mr. Scruff are you the reincarnation of J.C.?
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