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A highlight of Ninja Tune's first decade, Mr. Scruff's second album tackles the same range of styles for which his marathon DJ sets are famous: a mix of soul, hip-hop and jazz instrumentals with a light, easygoing vibe. Scruff flirts with all manner of tempos, from slowed-down house ("Cheeky") to laidback hip-hop ("So Long", "Travelogue"), but it's the silky melodies and light-hearted samples that make this perfect for the acid-jazz set. Standouts include the flapper grooves of "Get a Move On!" and "Jusjus", featuring amped-up rapping from Roots Manuva.


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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