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Ninja Tuna

Mr. Scruff Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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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 (6 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B001G4C9SU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Test The Sound
2. Music Takes Me Up
3. Donkey Ride
4. Hairy Bumpercress
5. Whiplash
6. Nice Up The Function
7. Bang The Floor
8. Get On Down
9. Hold On (Acappella) - Andreya Triana
10. Give Up To Get
11. Kalimba
12. This Way
13. Stockport Carnival

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"Everyone's favourite tea-drinking über-jock returns with yet another uplifting, nugget." -- DJ Magazine

"Probably his best work to date, and that's a pretty big claim." -- Times

"Scruff proceeds to whip up one infectious mess after another from his larder of breaks, synths and jazz loops." -- Independent

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be true 10 Dec 2008
By Jamie
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to write and describe just how enjoyable this album is. It deserves awards and accolades far greater than I can provide. It constantly surprises and shifts your expectations.

Apart from a disappointing opening track, there's no other bad elements.

The music is enticing, enjoyable and at times eclectic. Whenever the eclecticism seems as though it's going to overpower, the funkiness returns and ensures you've just enjoyed another track.

'Music takes me up' is a joyous piece of uplifting and soulful house music. 'Donkey Ride' has a tremendous jazzy underlay.

Even Roots Manuva's track is a surprise in itself. I rarely find myself drawn to this kind of track but this is good.

One track I have to mention is 'bang the floor'. At first I was not drawn to this, it seemed almost out of place on the album as a whole. My advice, though, would be to give it another listen, it rewards you.

Of the remainder, 'get on down' with it's quirky breaks and funky jazz style beat is a definite highlight, 'give up to get' takes a while to build up into a classic ultimately surprises yet again and 'this way' is sheer class.

I can recommend this album to you completely and utterly without any doubt whatsoever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than is made out. 12 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
Well, the Mancunian maestro has done it again. Another simply stonking album, tracks 2 and 11 in particular being the stand-outs. This is a very ecclectic album that takes in more genres than say, Keep It Unreal. It's a combination of breaks, hip-hop, electro, soul, jazz and funk but so wonderfully Scruffy you can't help but fall in love with it. He has (bar the title) ditched the references to fish, and IMO thats a good thing because, if we're all honest, the joke was wearing a bit thin.

A bold statement coming up, but this is perhaps his most accomplished album as it probably best sums up what makes Mr Scruff so marvellously quirky and fresh.

The music really will take you higher. Buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toe-tappingly tremendous! 7 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Scruffster is back and he's in great form. I rate this more highly than Trouser Jazz, which had some excellent moments, but Ninja Tuna feels like a consistently better album to me. There's no Fish on here but musically it's the best thing he's done and if it has the same effect on you as it did me it'll have you bopping happily through the housework.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Scruff to his full glory 28 Jan 2009
By Max_24
Format:Audio CD
I rarely write reviews on this website but after purchasing the CD, my natural instinct was that I could not contain my excitement about it just to myself (apart from tackiness of the first track).

Mix of broken beat, soul, some classic house music (creating the New York house music vibe that existed before house became 'funky'), hip-hop and even elements of salsa. But most importantly almost all the tracks have the signature Mr Scruff undertone style that distinguishes him from many other DJs who have attempted to succeed as produced but often failed.

The queues for Mr Scruff's night in Music Box, Manchester will no doubt go back to its glory as a result of this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again... 2 April 2014
By Tomsk
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mr. Scruff never fails to deliver the ultimate in feel good smooth grooves....the fore-father of electro-swing does it again; another wonderful album! ..so glad i bought it!! ...hope you do the same!! thank you mr. scruff!!! <3
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music for a wet Monday 2 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
There's a wide variety of styles on this album, and each track rewards a careful listen in a different way. What they all have in common is an infectious optimism. I can't imagine anyone not feeling cheerful after listening to this for a few minutes.

It's a cleverly produced album with a lot of good ideas. My only criticism is that some of the instrumental tracks don't develop beyond repeating a riff - often a strong or hypnotic riff, but one that would have been better used a launching pad for a solo. A bit surprising, as Mr S obviously likes jazz.

Don't let that minor gripe stop you from buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 1 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
this album is awesome best in my collection yet!
recommend this album to anyone without a doubt.
amazing all round love Mr.scruff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Scruff 20 May 2011
By Victor
Format:Audio CD
If you already know Mr. Scruff's music, get this album - it's definately a good addition and features some great tracks. If you don't know his music, it may not be the best to start with, I would suggest "keep it unreal".
Always been a fan and not disappointed by this album at all. Get it now + price is great too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical find!
Ninja Tuna Looking for something new to add to my music collection i stumbled across this GEM of an album. A sumptous mix of frayed around the edges D&B/funk/light jazz fusion. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2009 by S. J. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars love mr scruff
love this cd, as always not dissapointed...... good background music when friends are around and love it in the car!
Published on 18 Sep 2009 by baaar
5.0 out of 5 stars More Scruffy brilliance
Ninja Tuna is a superb album, a little more grown up than some of his previous albums and maybe lacking some of the wit, but still great. Quality.
Published on 30 Aug 2009 by Hugh Janus
4.0 out of 5 stars D.I.Y. Teabag Kid Does It Again
Mr Scruff ( nee Andy Carthy of Macclesfield ) has a singular musical vision.
A bit cut and paste, a bit worn around the trouser bottoms but never less
than entertaining... Read more
Published on 26 July 2009 by The Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars fish!
this is more eclectic dance from mr.scruff.

it gels better as a whole than previous albums, but never quite reaches the peaks of silliness that he has done before. Read more
Published on 19 July 2009 by twanky
4.0 out of 5 stars for mr scruff fans its great, for anyone else its well worth checking...
Okay, I'm not the worlds biggest Mr Scruff fan, but here I have to give him his dues (and his collaborators). Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2008 by Mr. J. J. BURTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Ninja on the Decks
Mr Scruff is back, and his new album - Ninja Tuna is a perfect mix of jazz, funk, breaks and hip hop, with collaborations with Latin maestros Quanitc, UK hip-hop legend Roots... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2008 by DL Productions UK
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