SLEEVE: VG+ MEDIA: NM- YEAR: 2005 ORIGIN: UK EXTRAS: Has insert
Before Madonna caught him in her web and the BBC relied on his tunes, Andy Carthy - aka Funky Scruff and Mr Scruff - worked at Kwik Save and spun out musically-ornamented mixtapes. Rob Gretton of Rob's Records took note and Carthy spawned a series of EP's and 12"s - all since gone down the eBay black-hole - until this Ninja Tune compilation arose (originally out on Pleasure in '97). 'Sea Mammal' starts off with aquatic vibes and a recurring "whale" sample, and then 'Tubby Mechanical Friend' and its glitches and crunchy breaks (a harbinger of Melodic) step in. 'Bass Baby' kicks off the famed hip-hop vocal samples and robot scratches, while 'Chicken In a Box' shows its likeness to B.R.A. But with liner notes by Carthy and 20% of profits to charity, whatcha waiting for?