Herbaliser masterminds Jake Wheery and Ollie Teeba consider Something Wicked This Way Comes
to be the highlight of their career, and with good reason. The duo has been crafting a blend of jazz laced hip-hop and club grooves since they formed the ever changing and expanding Herbaliser collective in 1995. Now on their fourth album they've combined their formidable studio know-how with the live instrumentation utilised in their electrifying performances.
Collaborators include their homemade horn section the Easy Access Orchestra, Iriscience of west coast underground supremoes Dilated Peoples, Phi Life Cypher and Wildflower the tough, tender newcomer from Harlesden in Northwest London. Each brings a striking individuality to their tracks, ably nurtured by the production duos blend of psychedelic soul, tough funk, deep grooves and strong melodies. Wicked but wonderful. --Gavin Martin
Something Wicked This Way Comes
emotive words from the distant past applied to the invention of something wholly of the now. Herein, episode four, featuring 13 monster chapters of verse, rhyme and riff.
The enclosed is not just next level; it is THE level! The Herbalisers, Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba, weigh in with all the required and acquired experience, ability and know how, to produce arguably their finest album work to date. Sample based dons they remain. Although, this time round many of the samples are their own and the dons tag extends out to the family of musicians and collaborators whose arrangements helped shape the extraordinary LP that is Something Wicked This Way Comes.
The soulfully symphonic title track Something Wicked
kick starts the voyage, dragging you in with both legs and arms kicking; a monster vibe track capable of lifting any mood, regardless.
With not enough time or space on this one page to praise, dissect and give justice to all those and all that appear alongside Jake & Ollie on the album; We turn first to spoken word contributors to take their bow; Herbs good friend Blade for the determination and fire; Rakaa Iriscience for his hydropowered delivery; the legendary MF Doom greatly admired since his time with definitive 90s hip hop group KMD. Then we get nicely toasted by the speedy-tongue skills of Phi-Life Cypher, fresh from touring the Globe with Gorillaz and Wildflower who brings her London street rhymes with that characteristic infectious lilt. If this sounds like a big up to one and all
well it certainly is.