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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 (June 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00000J5XW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Is He Ready... - Ninja Tune
2. Spandex Man
3. Get A Move On
4. Midnight Feast - Ninja Tune
5. Honeydew
6. Cheeky
7. So Long
8. Chipmunk
9. So You Hear? - Ninja Tune
10. Shanty Town
11. Jusjus
12. Blackpool Roll
13. Travelogue
14. Fish - Mr Scruff

Customer Reviews

Had to order it online as it wasn't available in stores.
Tonia Morgan
This groovy number makes you want head out to the city to drive by the clubs to experince cool beats and provoking rythms in the privacy of your own mind.
Candida Padilla
That's what the cd really is - another look into nu-jazz as done by Mr. Scruff.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MMF on April 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
mr. scruff, oh mr. scruff...you've made a very nice cd indeed. It has all different kinds of beats, vocals and samples. You not only manage to keep the listener interested, but also keep the songs fresh and innovative. Each track is almost alarmingly different from the others. Truly a fantastic mix mr. scruff. Kudos to the fish.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R Diaz on May 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Two things will stick out after you hear this compilation album by DJ and producer Mr. Scruff: crisp drums and fish songs. The fourteen tunes here are mostly fun, sprightly numbers with some odds and ends thrown in, like a ballad or two. You've probably heard of Mr. Scruff from his hit "Get a Move On," a hopelessly catchy number and #5 on my top songs of 1999 (and featured in a prominent car ad, of course). There are similar numbers, such as the organ pop of "Blackpool Roll" that would fit a Beetlejuice soundtrack, or "Chipmunk," a better version of the track "So Long," which precedes it. "Honeydew" was the other single released off the album, a slower piece that overcomes the somewhat dodgy lyrics with the sultry, husky voice credited to Fi.
Unfortunately, about half the album is respectable filler (the competent "Do You Hear," "Midnight Feast") or skippable (the raga of "JusJus," the cringing echoed voices of "Cheeky"). The aforementioned fish songs "Shanty Town" and "Fish" show that Scruff has an extensive collection of sea narratives and recordings, but their cleverness still only warrants the occasional spin.
This record shows it's heritage as a compilation of his work, its disjointed nature making it an uneasy listen from start to end. But the handful of highpoints (and the fish songs) make this a decent purchase for those looking for something different.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sean on March 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Scruff on MTV with his jazz-sampling 'Get A Move On' and tracked him down immediatly. From the very Massive Attackesque instrumental numbers to the truly bizarre nautical 'Fish' & 'Shanty Town', there are no fillers on the album. He is undeservedly very obscure, so I doubt he'll ever amount to much. However he knocks Massive Attack's, Groove Armada'a, Air's, Orbital's and Underworld's new albums into a cocked hat. Possibly simultaneously.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bordersj2 VINE VOICE on November 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the 1999 release - Mr. Scruff's Keep it Unreal. I remember in 99', Keep a Move on was big in the cafe's, etc. Heck, my first exposure to the cut was on a Hotel Costes cd. However over the past year or so, the advertising execs **discovered** the cut and probably figured the jazzs amples in the cut mixed in with the electronica and beat would be the perfect way to promote the luxury division of Ford, Lincoln, to the new and old school and emphasis the class. I don't know why, but I always get a little disappointed to hear some cuts I like pop up on some commercials like that, but so be it. That's how a lot of others get turned onto the music - if not for the product they're being used for. ("Bossa Per Due", "Rennaisance Affair", "Porcelain", etc.)
But... who can blame Lincoln? It's true! That's what the cd really is - another look into nu-jazz as done by Mr. Scruff. But don't think that that's the only cool track on this release. You have a light intro, followed up with Get a Move On. But Midnight Feast is a solid cut, Honeystew has a pretty fly beat to it, and my favorite cut is the total coolness of "So Long", which is really why I picked this one up. The keyboards and xylophone are great - reminds me of two opposites a London night, or a sun-drenched day lounging at the beach. It's followed up by another sweet nostalgic track with the touch of spunk needed for it's title: "Chipmunk".
So pick this one up! I didn't fall for every track - some of the end songs just didn't grab me. But I'd have to say if you're a fan of Jaffa's Elevator cd, you'll probably dig this one too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "der_bomber" on June 19, 2001
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The opening track (after is he ready) is simply one of the finest musical experiences that i have ever enjoyed. I love this album like it were my son and would have slept with it, if my girlfriend would let me. Get a move on is a superb tune (and is often used in advertising for shows like Newsround and Ally Mcbeal)and when coupled with Blackfoot Roll, the stunning vocals and relaxed beats of Honeydew (i not sure if this is the correct name and can't be bothered to check)and the pure comedy of Fish with the amphibious nostrils and Shanty Town with its whale obsession make this album pure gold dust.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Howard and Shikha on June 3, 2000
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Mr. Scruff takes us on a journey through dim rooms with people chilling on beanbags. With such standout tracks as Get A Move On, Midnight Feast, Honeydew, So Long, Blackpool Roll, and Fish this is one CD that won't be leaving your cd player/changer any time soon. Although most of this CD may be too abstract for wide audiences, seasoned downtempo veterans should be able to open their minds to the world of Mr. Scruff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gidz on January 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mr scruff has released an album less what's considered "dance" and more a sublime concoction of groves and beats.
His classical training as a muscian and extensive collection of vinyl, cleartly influnced this creation.
Ranging from the lushious composition of midnight feats and honey dew to the quirky and downright bizzarre i.e "fish" and "shanty town".
This Album truly is mood music of the highest calibre; warm, pleasant and relaxing...(but don't mistake this for a chill out album). A ray of sunshine for anytime day or night.
somehow 5 stars seems barely adequate.
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