Review: Mr Scruff's Friendly Bacteria album was something of a return to form; a sprawling, soul-flecked concoction full of broken beat, jazz, dub and classic house influences. Here, two of the album's highlights get the remix treatment. On the A, "We Are Coming" - a bumpin', basement-bothering bruk cut in its' original form - is turned into a warm and wide-eyed deep house shuffler by Berlin-based Max Graef. It's an excellent revision, which weaves the original samples and keys into a fuzzy, analogue-sounding groover. On the flip, Scruff himself extends and reworks "Feel Free", turning in a hazy nu-jazz rub built around rubbery double bass and snaking, muted horns.
Review: It's been some six years since Mr Scruff's last album, roughly the average length of one of his marathon DJ sets. Much has changed in the musical landscape since then, but the tea-loving Mancunian is still ploughing his own mixed-up, soul-influenced furrow. That means tracks that comfortably meld hip-hop, dub, jazz, dubstep, downtempo groovery and - most pleasingly - broken beat. It's actually the album's "bruk" moments - the Vanessa Freeman-voiced West London soul of "Come Find Me" and thrilling Robert Owens hook-up "He Don't", in particularly - that really set the pulse racing. Of course, confirmed fans will find plenty more to enjoy, from the baggy sweetness of "Render Me" to the classic Scruff-isms of "What", which sounds like something from his 1997 debut on Pleasure Music.
Review: Tireless DJ he may be, but Andy 'Scruff' Carthy hasn't been all that prolific in the studio of late. This two-track single is his first release for some six months. He's clearly been listening to a lot of new music though, because "Feel It" in particular sounds very current. Combining his usual hip-hop influenced bounce and low-end flavour with vintage analogue bass, touchy-feely chords and old skool vocal samples, it's a slow 4/4 jam with a bit of wiggle around the hips. "Bounce" continues on a similar theme, wrapping Maurice Fulton/Boof style synths and pianos around a weighty midtempo house groove. Check it!
Review: Stockport's one-man-cottage industry, Mr Scruff is back with a new two-tracker on Ninja Tune, again complete with his own trademark cover illustrations. This time round, lead track "Be The Music" goes for a more 4/4 electro-disco sound than you might expect of Scruff - albeit stretched out into an eight minute workout complete with funk bass and hissy hi-hats. Second track, "Nervous Energy", is more what you might expect and features his trademark shuffley beats, analogue synths and quirky sounds left, right and centre!
Review: Culled from the tracklist of Mr Scruff's recent Friendly Bacteria long player, "Render Me" now has a chance to shine in the spotlight, and all beefed up for the dancefloor to boot. It's a pleasantly mixed bag of styles here, with Andres taking the tune into languid and smoothly jazzy shuffle-core, Scruff's own moody, organic 2-step re-tweak and best of all, Royalty and AD Bourke's widescreen electro-pop revision: a total bomb with extra Chicago house fizz for good measure.