Keep It Unreal

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Keep It Unreal
Studio album by Mr. Scruff
Released 14 July 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Electronica, breakbeat, downtempo
Length 65:02
Label Ninja Tune
Mr. Scruff chronology
Mr. Scruff
(1997)
Keep It Unreal
(1999)
Heavyweight Rib Ticklers
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
NME (7/10) [2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]

Keep It Unreal is Mr. Scruff's first major release. It includes the hit single "Get a Move On", which samples Moondog's "Bird's Lament (In Memory of Charlie Parker)" and the vocals are from T-Bone Walker's "Hypin' Woman Blues." The album ends with "Fish", a track made up of samples about marine life, which is a motif of Mr. Scruff. Samples used in the track include the likes of David Attenborough and David Bellamy. The original sleeve had a black background. It was re-released in 2009 as a 10th anniversary two disc set.[4]

Track listing (Original Version)[edit]

All tracks written by Andy Carthy (Except where noted)

  1. "Is He Ready..." (Mary Anne Hobbs intro)
  2. "Spandex Man"
  3. "Get a Move On" (featuring Sneaky of Fingathing)
  4. "Midnight Feast"
  5. "Honeydew" (featuring Fi) (A Carthy / F Ball)
  6. "Cheeky"
  7. "So Long"
  8. "Chipmunk"
  9. "Do You Hear"
  10. "Shanty Town"
  11. "JusJus" (featuring Roots Manuva) (A Carthy / R Smith)
  12. "Blackpool Roll"
  13. "Travelogue"
  14. "Fish"

Track listing (10th anniversary edition)[edit]

CD1

  1. "Is He Ready..." (Mary Anne Hobbs intro)
  2. "Spandex Man"
  3. "Get a Move On" (featuring Sneaky of Fingathing)
  4. "Midnight Feast"
  5. "Honeydew" (featuring Fi)
  6. "Cheeky"
  7. "So Long"
  8. "Chipmunk"
  9. "Do You Hear"
  10. "Shanty Town"
  11. "JusJus" (featuring Roots Manuva)
  12. "Blackpool Roll"
  13. "Travelogue"
  14. "Fish"

CD2

  1. "Vibraphone Boogie"
  2. "Eardrops"
  3. "Trollmarch"
  4. "Sky Blue"
  5. "Snack"
  6. "Baisis"
  7. "Happy Band" (originally on the 'Fish/Chipmunk' E.P.)
  8. "Ambiosound" (originally on the B side of the 1st issue of the 'Get A Move On' 12")
  9. "JusJus Instrumental"

tracks 1-6 & 9 are previously unissued

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keep It Unreal at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  2. ^ "Keep It Unreal - Album Reviews". Nme.Com. 1999-05-24. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  3. ^ Scott, Danny. "Review: Mr Scruff - Keep It Unreal". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (July 1999): 121. 
  4. ^ "Keep It Unreal 10th Anniversary release!". Official Mr. Scruff Website. Retrieved 2009-07-24.