Their last album, Very Mercenary, was good yet didn't reach the heights of Blow Your Headphones, so it's great to hear that Something Wicked is a step forward. There seem now to be two distinct sides to The Herbaliser: phat-beated hip-hop and full-on live band jazz-funk workouts. This works well to keep you interested all the way through the album.
Though there's no-one to match What What (on Blow Your Headphones) here, the UK MCs acquit themselves very well. These are great times for UK hip-hop, so it's only right that The Herbaliser employs some the best of British MCs on this album. Blade stands out in particular on Time 2 Build.
The instrumental tracks are great too. It's the sound of an ultra-tight band twanging the bass and blowing their horns for all they're worth. Jay Kay would probably kill for it.
All in all a fantastic party album full of juggernaut beats, quirky samples and big band bombast that'll keep you listening for some time to come.