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More cuddly tunes from Manchester's favourite fishmonger.listen to mr scruff audio feature
There's something inherently jolly about Andy Carthy's tunes. His last album Keep It Unreal is Ninja's second biggest selling record to date (behind Roots Manuva's Run Come Save Me). It's still adored by those who don't take their music too seriously and admired by those who do.
The new album, Trouser Jazz, is kind of more of the same, if slightly more grown up. Funky beats, catchy samples and canny arrangements designed to keep your toe tapping and a cheeky grin on your gob. Vocal talents on display include Grand Central's new songstress Nico, UK rapper Braintax and Homelife singer and angel from outer space Seaming To (listen to her on Beyond above). It's fun and likeable, packed with licks you'll find yourself humming whether you want to or not.
Scruff's sound remains fresh because he doesn't try too hard, and he freely admits there's no great concept behind the album. Instead, it's "a collection of little moods that all fit together". And the fixation with fish? "I've resigned myself to doing a spoken-word aquatic ditty on every album. People do like me for my daft side". And why not. AL 06 September 02.
Trouser Jazz, released 09 September 02 on Ninja Tune.
mr scruff's top 20 tunes1. Mr Scruff, Trouser Jazz, Ninja Tune
2. Quantic Soul Orchestra, Something That's Real, Tru Thoughts
3. The Cinematic Orchestra, Horizon, Ninja Tune
4. Suba, Tantos Desejos remixes, Ziriguiboom
5. DJ Vadim, USSR: The Art of Listening, Ninja Tune
6. Mr Lif, New Man Theme, Def Jux
7. Lightning Head, Studio Don, Sonar Collectiv
8. Jehst, Return of the Drifter, Low Life
9. Mark Rae, Lavish, Grand Central
10. Joseph Malik, Remixed, Compost
11. Jazzanova, Days to Come, JCR
12. Brother Man Tel, Golden Bucky, Codek 13. James Hardway, Speak Softly, Hydrogen Dukebox
14. Shaboom, If You Need Me (Phillip Charles remix), Shaboom
15. Fragile State, The Facts and the Dreams, Bar de Lune
16. Budnubac, Eight, Budnubac
17. Deadly Avenger, We Took Pelham, Illicit
18. Impossible Beings, Too Late, End Recordings
19. Capoeira Twins, Messin' Around, Tru Thoughts
20. Susuma Yokota, King of Darkness, ExceptionalThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
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