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Blow Your Headphones
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
English outfit the Herbaliser take their sophomore LP, Blow Your Headphones, into cinematic territory, creating an imaginary soundtrack (complete with opening and ending credits, a theme song, and an intermission) to a che... more »
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English outfit the Herbaliser take their sophomore LP, Blow Your Headphones, into cinematic territory, creating an imaginary soundtrack (complete with opening and ending credits, a theme song, and an intermission) to a cheekily British dark comedy with their hip-hop-oriented take on jazz, easy listening, and suspense music. DJ Ollie Teeba serves as a conductor of sorts for the band; his featured takes, such as "Intermission," "Shocker Zulu," and "More Styles," wield deft cuts and scratches on his turntable as a constant reminder that the band's soul is firmly rooted in an underground hip-hop perspective. Unlike much of American hip-hop, which tends to be MC-driven, the Herbaliser's strength does not hinge on lyrics, though vocal tracks like "New + Improved" (featuring the stunning verbals of female MC What What of Natural Resource) and "Saturday Night" (with British rappers Fabian and Big Ted) are just as solid. A beacon in illuminating the U.K. hip-hop sensibility to the global community. --Tamara Palmer
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E. Hopson | Land! | 03/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cds among my 1,000+ collection. An amazing collection of funky instrumental beats and high-quality musical rap. Get this and listen to it often. =)On another note, people have been asking about the incredible rapper "What what" who tears stuff up on "The Blend" and other Herbaliser song. After some long searching, I found her. Check out the strict rap group "Natural Resource". "Negro League Baseball" is one of their big hits, she's on the top of her game there. Also any Whatwhat fan should check out "I love this world"... this is where "The Blend" lyrics came from, a little extended and different. Quality stuff. =) -Dr. Airdog"
Fresh for 1997 and beyond, you suckas
joe_momma | 09/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've finally figured these guys out. I copped "Blow your Headphones" first, then "Very Mercanary"-- only when I finally got "Remedies" did I realize that these cats were a hip-hop jazz band, in the PUREST sense. And with their sophmore effort, one can see the obvious growth and sharpening of musical skills that true artists experience with their second album( i.e., The Roots, Common, ATCQ ). More discplined tracks makes for pure listening pleasure; witness the abrupt but timely jump from "Ginger Jumps the Fence" ( puncutated with skidding sounds, no less ) to the laid back, jazzed out "Put it on Tape". Jazzy cuts with a noir feel to it best descibes this group, and they are a bit more lively then, say, DJ Cam's "Mad Blunted Jazz" ( due to, of course, the actual use of live instruments ). Another notable, "Mr. Chombee has the Flaw", almost goes to full-tilt Swing, but not quite. Most cuts include some great scratching and the tracks with What What are ludicrously head-nod inducing, though the one with Fabian and Big Ted try too hard, and this reveiwer recommends skippage on that one. This is one for the Beat Generation."
nudelauge | Vorarlberg, Austria | 02/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quite the best underground band i have ever heard, from Drum & Bass, to HipHop & Rap, till TripHop you can have anything from them...I actually dont want to put them on some style allone, check them out yourself!"