Mr. Scruff, “Kalimba”

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DJ/producer/cartoonist/fair-trade tea merchant Mr. Scruff is far from what you’d call a minimalist in the world of electronic dance music, but his tracks manage to get a lot of action out of relatively few moving parts. “Kalimba” works one supremely funky, hand drum–accented break beat for the length of its nearly six minutes, but the track’s energy comes from how Scruff plays other elements off that beat. First, an electric piano riff dances in and out of the rhythm in various permutations, shadowed by flaring organ stabs. A deep bassline drops in, along with some madly repeating strings, and, at the song’s peak, it all starts to feel like rather a lot, but Scruff unwinds the track, giving each part room to breathe. It’s a typically jazz- and funk-inflected tune, and is animated in Scruff’s inimitably playful style. -- Eric Grandy

"Kalimba" Mr. Scruff

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

can we listen to the music before we add it please?

Bushi said...

I like the idea behind this site for Gmusic, BUT you have got clearly identify the type of music you are promoting under the download link (Rap, Rock, Metal, etc) at least into reasonable broad groups. It's almost impossible to tell from the narratives what is being looked at.

Mr. Uncle Fishbits said...

plenty of bangin' 6 hour sets of his on soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mr-scruff

Scruff is a classic, he is contemporary, and he is epic. Thanks sir!

Jared said...

If you live in Southern California, you can hear this song in the background of the "Gold Guys" commercial.
I swear there is some kind of cult following for this song.

abe stern said...

I saw Mr. Scruff (along with Prefuse 73, I think) a number of years back in Orlando. So great!

Anonymous said...

heh any windows 7 user already has this song, its a great song thou

Gubatron said...

Love how the song takes a different an uplifiting personality around 02:30, I love Mr. Scruff. Thanks for sharing this, I want more of this.

Mteigers said...

Not to be a pessimist but isn't this song already free to all Windows 7 users? As it comes default in the Music Library.

Wetspiz said...

Excellent Sounds!!!

Sphere of Hip-Hop said...

Great tunes from Mr. Scruff. Big fan of his material.

Guedes said...

I already knew this song. Very good =) Nice piece of work here.

Unknown said...

I wish I could listen to the music on here prior to downloading! I found whole albums for free on Spotify though.

Gubatron said...

Hopefully when it (Google Music) gets out of beta there will be a way to share music.

As of now, I did a search on spotify, and that's the only way to share Mr. Scruff

Tanner said...

I didn't know that this song came with my computer until you guys mentioned it. Not everyone has windows 7 and I like this music.

Monochrome said...

I´d very much like to know why he named the song "kalimba". I mean, I can´t seem to hear a kalimba playing on the track.
Maybe i´m reading too much into it.

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