The Herbaliser - Band Session 2
Fri 2nd Oct, 2009 Music Reviews 1366 viewsin
The Herbaliser are the amazingly talented duo of DJs Jake Wherry and Oli Teeba, able to construct tunes in such a ways as to make people think they’re an entire band. And nearly ten years ago, they decided to actually get together and perform as an entire band, releasing the fantastic Sessions One on Ninja Tune. That album took tunes off their three albums and morphed them into pure funk.
Sessions 2, out on !K7 this time around, is equally as funky, this time taking their entire back catalogue and giving it a live band makeover. Songs which had vocals have been stripped, but now instead we get funky ass instrumentation that gets your head nodding and your feet tapping. Mr Chombie Has The Flaw was my favourite on Blow Your Headphones, and it’s reworked here magnificently. Amores Bongos, which is taken off their latest, invokes memories of a 70s cop show that never existed.
And, maybe a nod to the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing, there is quite a number of science fiction inspired titles on here, including Moon Sequence, Theme from Control Central, and Stranded On Earth. Each of these great tunes are dramatic, moody, and evocative of the hope and dreams of space cadets everywhere.
The only negative about the album is that if you were looking for something out of the ordinary for the normally extraordinary Herbaliser, you won’t find it here. It’s a Herbaliser Band live album, and not that much different to the one released in 2000. But then again, why mess with a great formula. Stick it on and blow your headphones!