Friday, July 15, 2005

Funky Friday's Tasty Chicken In A Box

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Andy Carthy AKA Mr.Scruff is a unique talent in the world of instrumental electronica. His tracks are typically lush, jazzy-breaks driven grooves festooned with strings, quirky loops and lots of goofy vocal snippets. There is also a rather odd fascination with fishies and large sea mammals that permeates all of his records. I have found the albums to be very entertaining, going from mellow downtempo chill out tunes to uptempo dancefloor fillers. The fine folks at NinjaTune records have just reissued his first album, Mrs.Cruff. It's a collection of assorted 12"s, and was originally released in 1997. It's very typical Scruff fare, and the track Chicken In A Box is the prototypical Scruff tune. It starts with the looped riff of a flute - Irish sea shanty or Indo-raga? - then those beats kick in, topped off with some gorgeous strings and a chunky bass riff. It's melody is beautiful, as much of his music is. I love it, and the rest of the record is pretty damn groovy too.

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