Instrumental cuts like the jerky electro-funk of "Deliverance," the moody, sci-fi slow-burn of the title track and the aggressive, trippy acid-house nod "We Are Coming" up the bump factor. The melancholic "He Don't," featuring a darkly vulnerable turn from Robert Owens, and the tranquil two-step fantasia of "Come Find Me" (with Vanessa Freeman on vocals) are adult romantic snapshots that showcase Scruff's continuing production growth.
Sometimes Scruff's blending just doesn't take — hear the monotonous folk-reggae hybrid "Catch Sound" — but that's the only bad spot on an otherwise solid album. Scruff's in his forties but the assured, mature Friendly Bacteria is the antithesis of a mid-life crisis. (Ninja Tune)