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Album Review

The third album from Andy Carthy continues from where 1999's Keep It Unreal left off, with playful grooves and a smorgasbord of daft titles that include "Come on Granddad" and the self-explanatory subsonic rumblings of "Shelf Wobbler." As the down-tempo movement becomes increasingly mature, however, so this irreverence becomes increasingly irrelevant, with Scruff at his best when he keeps his finicky sense of fun in check. Highlights of this work include "Beyond," where Homelife's "Seaming To" soars above breakbeat shuffling, and the impeccable flute-flecked "Valley of the Sausages." "Champion Nibble" steals the show, however, with an emotive funk offering where the samples are gently layered together before lighting the touch paper of an inevitable big beat jam.

Biography

Born: 10 February 1972 in Stockport, Cheshire, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Mr. Scruff's breakbeat noodlings were some of the more playful and summery of the British trip-hop lot. Ultra-clean production and an economic approach to sampling distinguished his music from spliff-tokers and bombasts alike. The authorial nickname of Manchester native Andy Carthy (his neatly trimmed beard being the source), Mr. Scruff attracted the buzz of DJs and critics alike with the 1995 Rob's Records release "Sea Mammal." A semi-veiled tribute to Boogie Down Productions' seminal "My Philosophy,"...
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