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the herbaliser herbal tonic best of 1995 2010
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The Herbaliser: Herbal Tonic (Best Of: 1995-2010)

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    Welcome please, the Herbaliser. One of the key acts if not the key act of the middle ten years of Ninja Tune's two decade journey, from 1995's debut Remedies until their last album for Ninja, 2005's Take London, Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba used their time with Ninja Tune to effortlessly combine their love of hip hop, funk, jazz and sixties film soundtracks into a widescreen, musical approach to the beat that was as raw as it was intelligent.

    From the old skool referencing "Gadget Funk", through the spy theme atmospherics of "The Missing Suitcase", the cartoon psychedelia of the previously unreleased "March of the Dead Things", and the epic reach of both "Stranded On Earth" (from 2008's Same as It Never Was on !K7) and the beautiful "A Song For Mary", Herbal Tonic shows the musical mastery that a pair of hip hop heads from South West London developed.

    Their choice of musical collaborators also shows their love for and understanding of the craft of rapping. From Jean Grae (formerly What What), who worked with them across five of their albums - and who they plucked from relative obscurity in the mid-nineties New York underground - to the likes of MF Doom and Roots Manuva (long before either was a cool name to drop), all of the Herbaliser's choices show a love for a characterful, distinctive voice as well as rock solid technique (a modus operandi which also served them well when choosing the remarkable Seaming To to vocal the title track to 2002's "Something Wicked This Way Comes").

    The third string to the Herbaliser bow is, of course, their live show. Not content with being great DJs, and once again long before the trend for dance acts going 'live,' Wherry and Teeba put together a crack group of musicians (many with a strong background in jazz and soul) to bring their recordings into full-on technicolor, three dimensional life. The results were so stunning tha the band have recorded two live albums, represented here by excellent versions of "Mr Chombee Has The Flaw" and "Ginger Jumps The Fence."

    The package is rounded out by a remarkable DJ Food remix, "Mrs Chombee Takes The Plunge", lovingly pieced together by PC, sometime schoolmate of Wherry. It rounds out the picture this compilation draws of the Herbaliser because there is also a "family" element to their world view, a gang of unruly musical miscreants who started out dreaming of New York and ended up helping to build a New London.

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    1. Gadget Funk
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    2. Nah' Mean Nah'm Sayin'
    featuring Jean Grae
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    3. The Missing Suitcase
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    4. The Blend
    featuring What What (aka Jean Grae)
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    5. Starlight
    featuring Roots Manuva
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    6. A Song For Mary
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    7. Mr Chombee Has The Flaw
    Producers: Herbaliser; The Easy Access Orchestra
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    8. Something Wicked
    featuring Seaming To
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    9. Mrs Chombee Takes The Plunge (DJ Food Re-Bake)
    Producers: Herbaliser; DJ Food
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    10. The Sensual Woman
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    11. It Ain't Nuttin'
    featuring M.F. DOOM
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    12. 8PT Agenda
    featuring Latyrx
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    13. Tea & Beer
    featuring Jean Grae
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    14. Ginger Jumps The Fence
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    15. March Of The Dead Things
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    16. Stranded On Earth
    featuring Jessica Darling
    Producer: Herbaliser
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    Name: (Posted: 7/12/2010 4:49:00 PM; Partial IP: .162.39.66)
    Location: Orange County, Ca.
    Comment: If you don't know this outfit and want a good place to start this is it. Nice balance of the good hip/hop features w/ some jazzy, electronic instrumentals! I really hesitated to get this since I have so much of their stuff, but this collection is really great.
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