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Mr. Scruff Presents Keep It Solid Steel CD

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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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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00009WW1P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Ing - Mungos Hifi
3. Waterhouse Rock - Big Youth (Groove Corporation Remix)
4. Black Milk - Eighth From The Egg
5. Going Way Back - Just Ice
6. Time Machine - Chocolate Milk
7. Flashback - The Arsonists
8. Back In The Day - Erykah Badu
9. My Kung Fu - UTD
10. Ego Tripping - Ultramagnetic MCs
11. Wrong Girls To Play With - Papa Austin With The Great Peso (Dub)
12. Tell Me How - Sarah Winton
13. Recognition - Demon Boyz
14. Check The Vibe - Dred Scott
15. Funky For You - Deadbeats (Mark Rae Remix)
16. Dopest Verse - Mad Kap
17. Disney On Acid / Learn To Be Strong - 2day & 2moro / Cappo
18. Impressions (Part 3) - Peddlers
19. Carrefour - Luis Enriquez
20. Funky Axe - Spaghetti Head
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Keep it Solid Steel Pt 1 from Mr Scruff is the first of possibly four releases by him for the Solid Steel radio show. As ever, it's eclectic but the theme is definitely dancehall inspired with a bit of hip-hop thrown in. Thirty-something tracks, a few of which may seem tricky to mix are blended smoothly for a CD that is not chillout, not danceable, but designed for that bit of the day before a big night out.

There are no "big tunes" as such but so many un-earthed gems that rarely see the light of day anymore such as BDP's cohort and ragga hip-hop pioneer Just Ice's "Way Back". Erykah Badu makes a welcome appearance with "Back in the Day" as do the Ultramagnetic MCs on "Ego Tripping". Back to the oldskool ragga and stalwarts of seminal UK hip-hop label Music of Life, the Demon Boyz, raise a smile with their big single "Recognition". Towards the end, things get more contemporary with upcoming UK hip-hop act Border Crossing's "Searching for Mr Manuva" and Warp's blip-hop crew Prefuse 73's "Detchibe" taking things up a notch.

Keep it Solid Steel Pt 1 is another triumph in the popular series and another great mix album from one of the most respected underground/overground DJs in Britain.--David Trueman


"A joyous celebration of great, soulful music, regardless of genre. . . peerless." -- IDJ

"Hotter than a tasty beverage. . .a special brew indeed" -- GQ

"If it’s the mastery of a world class DJ you yearn for – let your searching end here!" -- Blowback

"Scruff’s impeccable taste and sensibility shine through undimmed. . . deserves your ears and your respect. . ." -- Undercover

"The DJ’s DJ takes you on a wild trip from Scottish reggae to orchestral funk." -- Observer Music Monthly

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee J. Garrington on 10 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the first mixed CD from Mr Scruff as far as I know and its been worth the wait! Anyone who has heard him live will know what to expect. Its a diverse selection of Ragga and Reggae, Hip-Hop, Deep Soul and Funk with a touch of Jazz.
The track selection is a mixture of the well known and obscure but the music is very accessible throughout. Highlights for me include the Spiritual Jazz of Pharoah Sanders, the tough Ragga vibes of Big Youth and the digital soul of Sarah Winton. I would have liked to hear some Latin though.
This brings back some great memories of chilling out at Mr Scruff's tea shop at this years Big Chill. A proper brew!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SullDaBull on 29 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
"This is the kind of thing we do in a nightclub" proclaims the intro to this CD. Perhaps not every DJ does this but certainly Andy McCarthy a.k.a Mr Scruff does. I can imagine Mr Scruff sat at home with his check list planning his 7 hour DJ sets. Yes 7 hours. Dub. Check. Ska. Check. Hip Hop. Check. Soul. Check. Check. The guy is truly eclectic. By any means don't expect to your hear your standard Moneypennys/Gatecrasher/Hed Kandi/insert generic compilation here/etc. mix. Nice to hear a few of the classics (Ultramagnetic MCs, Erykah Badu, Soul II Soul) and my personal favourites (Funky Axe by Spaghetti Head & Flashback by The Arsonists). Mixes such as these do more than entertain. They also educate, make you scratch your head and think "Who the hell is that?!?" and then you get off your backside and seek some of that particular artist's stuff. Mr Scruff once again proves to be a refreshing change from the normal dance DJ snobbery. He sums it up himself with his liner notes "Although I am a fairly technical DJ, it is vital to remember that the most important DJ skill is to play great records in the right order. Many of my favourite DJs don't even mix." Heknowsit...... Get out, buy it and prepare to be entertained and educated in equal amounts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "duttski" on 23 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
First I will reiterate what was said earlier, this isn't Mr Scruff's own songs.
This is a mix tape from the excellent solid steel range.
Difficult to review in comparison to the rest of the solid steel range, which are all brilliant. I do have to remember that this album is the first one off the range i bought and that it was an excellent introduction, made me go out and buy the rest.
Take Mr Scruff's own albums, step towards Mr Scruff live, then take a step further and this is roughly where you find this album.
Alot more vocal and less of the wall than his own songs, this album is an excellent listen. Keep it Solid Steel takes you through reggae, hip hop, funk, jazz and more in a seemless mix of songs that sound like they have classic status but are not known to most people. A great way of discovering new artists, or even a new taste in a different style of music.
This album is light on the ears but still has a great deal to offer, which is what makes it so brilliant.
If you listen to this album for the first time with a preconception based on Mr Scruff's other albums, you may be dissapointed. This aside, it is well worth buying if you are not hung up particular styles of music and welcome some fresh sounds.
I realise this review is a little sweeping, but I think going through giving points out of ten for different aspects of the album would not do it the justice it deserves, so I tried to give a feel for what you might want to expect. Hope this helps!
Thoroughly recommended (along with the rest of the solid steel range).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "oookiezooo" on 26 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
First off, if you've navigated your way here after hearing any of Mr. Scruff's prior albums, expect something a little...different. In no way am I saying that you won't like this album. It just may not be what you were expecting.
This album follows a very similar pattern to his live shows. Starting off nice and slowly, chilled with a hint of reggae. As the album/ night builds, so does the bass and the beats. Then it adds some great old school hip hop and you begin to grin like a idiot.
Admittedly this album doesn't contain as much of the jazzy, funky and sometimes silly sounds that many have obviously come to expect from this artist, yet it csn still be found in tracks such as "Tell Me How". Half of the fun of these solid steel mixes is finally getting inside the head of your favourite DJs and trying to understand what they were attempting with their previous solo albums.
It also seems that Mr Scruff has attempted to group and mix consecutive songs in terms of content as well as sound, for example, track 2 "ing" describes the modern world, with themes such as terrorism, money and marriage etc... then note the next few tracks; "Going way back", "Time machine", "Flashback"... notice a pattern?
To be honest I haven't picked up what the overall message is (if indeed there even is one) but this type of mixing takes real skill, it was popular in the 70's with DJs like Steve D'Acquisto. It's not something you see so much today as DJs just try and build the tempo up as quickly as possible, with little regard for the content of the music (or the energy levels of those on the dance floor). Thats what makes me love this CD more, it has a great, lazy build up.
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