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on 10 December 2008
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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on 12 November 2008
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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on 7 November 2008
I think I agree with previous reviews. I wasn't going to buy this but having heard a couple of the tracks, my Mr Scruff collection remains complete.

This certianly feels more mature, but not to the detriment of the album. It has a a more hip hop feel to it, but there is still a certain sense of fun that comes through and still that "thing" that is unmistakably Scruff.

My fear is that Scruff goes too far down this path and ends up doing commercial rubbish. However, I doubt this and look forward to his next being as different from Ninja Tuna as this was from Trouser Jazz!

Why only 4 stars - Nothing outstanding but a very, very good, solid, way above average album.

To all Scruff/Ninja Tunes/Good music fans, I say "Enjoy!"
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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 and infused with generous good humour.

'Ninja Tuna' reminds me of the busker I saw in Canterbury this morning.
The handwritten sign attached to his guitar case read :
"Granny Kidnapped By Ninja - Money Needed For Karate Lessons".
Getting my drift ? No ? Listen to this perky little release
and it will all fall into place.

The fourteen tracks are a real mixed bag.
Stripped-down lo-fi drum and synth compositions like 'Nice Up The Function'
stand shoulder to shoulder with more sophisticated arrangements such as the
fluidly jazzy 'Music Takes Me Up' with its fine central vocal performance
by the redoubtable Alice Russell.

'Hold On', a soulful sunny summertime collaboration with Andreya Triana,
is another delight despite the synth bass needing a little love and attention
in the tuning department. (If the effect is intentional I apologise to its creator
but still think it detracts from an otherwise terrific number).

'Kalimba' is a funky little treat which chugs along nicely, going
nowhere in particular but clearly enjoying the journey.
The string synth intrusion halfway in is a nicely executed surprise.

The shuffling latin rhythms of 'Stockport Carnival' with its
hilarious vocal hoots and whoops and slinky trumpet and flute solos
is perhaps the album's most musically satisfying highlight.

The true pleasure imparted by this music comes from its lack of pretension.
Guileless and determined to have a good time Mr Carthy's labours deserve
our attention, appreciation and affection. Crikey ! You can even dance to it !

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on 7 October 2008
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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on 28 January 2009
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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on 10 December 2009
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. All the tracks wend their way on a sometimes unseen path but their destination is ultimatly a happy one. Some tracks took a few listens to but its all strangly addictive. A big thankyou Mr Scruff.
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on 20 May 2011
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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on 19 July 2009
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.

someone has already summed it up better than i (so rate their review, not mine!); "perfect music for getting ready to go out to a club".
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VINE VOICEon 21 November 2008
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 Manouva and Danny Breaks, a veteran of the dance scene.

The best track on here for me is with Quanitc - Donkey Ride just has this quality about it, and the heavy Latin chords really make this perfect. The beats slide in there and the whole track makes you feel giddy with excitement.

Another fine moment is the collaboration with Roots, his lyrics still raw, and Scruff's soundscape fitting well with the darker side of hip-hop

This album is a bit more varied than the other offerings from Scruff, but it's not as wide as people would like to think - but this isn't a bad thing as Scruff does it well, tracks like Whiplash with it's classy use of jazz just makes it sublime.

Excellent - well worth listening to.
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