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Keep It Unreal

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Is He Ready?
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Spandex Man
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Get A Move On!
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Midnight Feast
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Honeydew
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Cheeky
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So Long
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Chipmunk
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Do You Hear?
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Shanty Town
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Jusjus
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Blackpool Roll
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Travelogue
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Fish
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 64:35

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Peter Shapiro

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12.14.10
The first and best album from this endearingly daft Mancunian DJ
1999 | Label: Ninja Tune

Mr. Scruff is the nom de disque of the endearingly daft Mancunian Andy Carthy, who replaces hip-hop's gunplay, label whoring and brandy snifters with wordplay, ichthyology and a nice cuppa tea. Keep It Unreal was his first, and best, album for Ninja Tune, and while under most circumstances the reissue of a 10 year-old dance music album would be as unsightly as your dad in a pair of Cheap Monday jeans, Scruff's singular sensibility renders… read more »

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Thanks to imaginative programming on tracks like the single “Honeydew,” Keep It Unreal is yet another accomplished work by breakbeat maestro Mr. Scruff. The vibes definitely triumph over any progression on these tracks, but the album’s diverse moods and tempos work magic. The galloping gait and what sounds like a Louis Jordan sample power “Get a Move On,” while the next track, “Midnight Feast,” has the late-night feel of a Portishead single. The single “Honeydew” has a rich, soulful vocal that lifts the song into Soul II Soul territory while the cagey, metallic drum programs sound straight off a driving new wave single. “Cheeky” is a deep-groove house number with bright piano lines and an echoed diva vocal. Several tracks are reminiscent of Amon Tobin’s swing-era plunderphonics, but most everything here is original, well-done, and prime Mr. Scruff. – John Bush

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