It’s been a 5 year wait for a new major release from quirky Mancunian nu-jazz artist Mr. Scruff‘s new album Friendly Bacteria. His previous albums have successfully used a very unique jazz vibe based on sampling and manipulating old jazz songs into catchy and progressive tunes. This album marks more of a mature and serious tone not explored before with Scruff, even the album cover tones down on his usually vibrant illustration.
Mr. Scruff - Friendly Bacteria (2014)
Although a bold and sophisticated, more mature move for Scruff, moving away from the sampling and delivering the bassy undertone people seem to currently crave, the album does not offer the charm and consistency of his previous endeavours. The experiments with alternative beat arrangements and a mish mash of mediocre vocalists lead to a more broken and confusing tone that can be somewhat unsettling for the listener. A few more listens helped me to warm to the album, later tracks offer a more reflective viewpoint of his older music whilst still retaining the maturity.