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tâ€™s a new Mr. Scruff album and you know what to expect, right? We widdle on about sexy potatoes and bouncy bacteria offering you a cup of tea, you have a little chuckle and actually make a brew, you stick on the album andâ€¦ hold on. Because you see, quietly and without a lot of fuss (cos thatâ€™s not the way the Stockport Strepsil rolls) Mr. Scruff aka Andy Carthy has been evolving and developing his music.
So yeah, you can still count upon a shedload of gritty funk and stony soul (not sure where this metaphorâ€™s going..?) but the new record displays a stripped back musicality, a depth that maybe hasnâ€™t been there before. Itâ€™s been coming across his last few releases, but this is the most complete, sustained exploration of where his music is at right now. In Carthyâ€™s own pithy words itâ€™s â€œtougher, sparser, less samples, more bass. More vocals and collaborations and shorter tunes.â€
If this record proves anything, itâ€™s that thereâ€™s more, much more to the work of Andy Carthy than dancefloor grooves and funny cartoons.
Donâ€™t worry though â€“ it is still one sexy potato.
1. Stereo Breath (Feat. Denis Jones)
2. Render Me (Feat. Denis Jones)
4. Thought to the Meaning (Feat. Denis Jones)
5. Friendly Bacteria
6. Come Find Me (Feat. Vanessa Freeman)
7. Where Am I?
8. He Don't (Feat. Robert Owens)
10. We Are Coming
11. Catch Sound (Feat. Denis Jones)
12. Feel Free