The Herbaliser, Jazz Café, London, August 2007
Slippers on for dancin’! Kiss FM, Ninja Tune, Solid Steel pedigree. Love The Herbaliser. They did a DJ set in Wellington ten years ago that remains one of my favourite nights out ever - dropping funk, punk, hip hop, soul and electro that was madness. Time Zone? Beyoncé? Wu Tang? Dee-Lite? It all came out. Masterclass. This was the full (nine piece?) band tonight, fortified by their horn section, unleashing it all on the Camden stage of the iconic Jazz Café. I think about 8-10 of us went along for drinks and shimmies, so it was more fun and with gang-like japes than just a plain old gig. And what a cracking night it was. In the smallish venue the crowd really came alive to the band. This is the kind of modern music that can so simply be presented by a geezer with some synths, turntables, and samples, but having it all played live by real musicians, having the vocalists sing, rap… and provoke the crowd, with all that going on stage in front of you – priceless. Hell yeah. Rock me, Herbaliser. Never, ever miss the chance to see them if it presents itself! As for a tune pick, it has to be The Herbaliser Band’s ‘The Missing Suitcase’ - a version of the Time Zone (John Lydon & Afrika Bambaata) tune ‘World Destruction’. Honestly, I nearly died.