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REVIEWS IN THE BAG!
method and bringing it into a contem-
porary context — something that we
In the bag....
in The Herbs have always been about.
“‘The Caveman’ is one of two tracks that
I’ve been playing at clubs and festivals
and it has been tearing up international
HErBAlIsEr
dancefloors.
“That said, you could rock any one of
these songs at any party and I guar-
antee you will have someone yelling,
‘What the f**k is this? I love it!’”
Johnny Hammond
Fantasy (Remixes)
Juno Records
OLLIE: “There are several different mix-
es of this old classic provided by both
Faze Action and Marc Mac/Visioneers,
as well as the lush original.
“‘Fantasy’ and other recordings pro-
duced by the incredible Mizell brothers
were a massive influence on the 1990s
Acid Jazz movement — The Brand New
Heavies practically based their entire
sound on records like this.
“I particularly favour the Visioneers’
version, as it retains the feel of the
original whilst bringing up the bass
and beefing up the drums, bringing it
into the sound of a broken beat record
of today.
“The Faze Action mixes are a little more
disco-tinged.”
Ruckus Roboticus
This month we’ve
Lesson 7
Grease
invited DJ Ollie OLLIE: “It’s been a little old while since
Teeba from
anyone stepped up to continue the line-
age started by Double D and Steinski
hip-hop funksters
(‘Lessons 1, 2 and 3’) and continued
by Coldcut (‘Say Kids’) and Cut Chemist
The Herbaliser to
(‘Lesson 4’, ‘Lesson 6’, ‘Brainfreeze’,
etc). But in this era of current break-
tell us his favourite
beatery provided by Red Astaire, Gamm
and the like, it was inevitable that
tracks to play out…
this cut and paste style would make a
return.
“‘Lesson 7’ is a little less quirky/
THe HeRbaLiSeR began 15 years
comedic than the originals. For me,
ago when DJ Ollie Teeba (right) met
nobody can really touch the master
musician Jake Wherry in West London.
Steinski, as his grounding in radio ad-
They began crafting hip-hop inspired Sputnick Brown vance notice for some serious pressure
vertising jingles gives him an edge, for
sampladelic funk jams, and soon signed U Havin’ Fun Yet? from hip-hop underground supergroup
sure. But it is solid and funky through-
to blossoming trip-hop label Ninja Tune
Highwater Music (US)
Soundsci.
out and proves just as effective — if not
to release the acclaimed 1995 album OLLIE: “I’ve been bigging this one up “It features the talents of Audessey,
more so — in a club environment.”
‘Remedies’. for the last couple of months. These formerly of Atlanta underground kings
guys may just about save hip-hop for Mass Influence, and Jonny Cuba from
J Live
As the 1990s continued, they took to me. These days those of us into this mu- Ninja Tune’s Dynamic Syncopation.
The Upgrade
the road and worked with guest vocal- sic above the age of 18 find it difficult “‘Show and Prove’ is not unlike Sputnick
BBE
ists such as What What, Roots Manuva to locate songs that move us, but this is Brown in that it has the ethic and feel of
OLLIE: “An upgrade indeed! This is a
and Blade. By the time of their fifth just the ticket. all that funky shit of days gone by, but
definite return to form for J Live, and
album for Ninja — ‘Something Wicked “It’s a return to beats and rhymes that with a forward movement, rather than
it’s taken from the new album ‘Then
This Way Comes’ — they’d established you can rock in a club at an upward some retro retreading.
What Happened’. I really feel this album
themselves as global funkateers on the tempo, and comes in a nice neat pack- “It’s hip-hop with samples, once again
makes good on a promise laid down by J
international touring circuit, while Ollie age of a six-track EP (three vocals plus bringing hip-hop back to the funk and
Live’s early recordings.
continued to perform DJ sets under the instrumental versions). soul. This is dancefloor gravy!”
“Since then there have definitely been
Herbaliser name when the full band “I once heard Oxygen Equals Life (one
some fine moments and quality records
wasn’t in effect. of the MCs of the group) refer to what Mr Chop
with positive, intelligent lyrics but
Ollie indulged his DJ skills further with they make as ‘contemporary tradi- Sounds From The Cave LP
nothing that matched the sheer excel-
a mix in Coldcut’s ‘Solid Steel’ series tional boom bap’ — an appropriate title
Jazz & Milk (Germany) lence of ‘Them That’s Not’ and ‘Braggin’
and a compilation for Fabric, and the indeed.” OLLIE: “This eight-track album is
Writes’.
band have recently signed to K7 for lat- consistently heavy-heavy on a big
“However, ‘The Upgrade’ is a fitting
est album ‘Same As It Never Was’. Soundsci breakbeating analogue synth psych tip,
introduction to the album we’ve been
Show and Prove with great artwork to boot.
waiting for, with guest vocals from
Here are the tracks doing it for Ollie at
Dig For Victory (UK)
“Once again, I’m feeling something that
De La’s Pos and Oddisee (who also
DJ gigs at the moment… OLLIE: “This one has not even hit the fits amongst a whole load of differ-
produced the beats). This one will be
streets yet, so this is some serious ad- ent music right now, taking an older
gracing my turntables for some time.”
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