The Herbaliser is a patchwork of musical influences: from Jazz to Hip-Hop, and including funk and soul. The english band electrified the Grande Halle, honoring the Festival that brought them to Paris - Jazz à la Villette. Generous & enthusiastic, The Herbaliser was a high class opening band for De La Soul, ...special mention to the delicious Jessica Darling that set the stage ablaze!
The Herbaliser are one of the more purely hip-hop-oriented acts on Ninja Tune's roster of sample-based pocket-funk. Combining deft midtempo beats, well-chosen jazz and funk figures, sparse scratching, and even the odd rap, Herbaliser bridge the gap between dusty B-side instrumental hip-hop and London's new school of psychotropic beat scientists. Formed by Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry in the early '90s, Herbaliser, unlike many of London's abstract beat scene's acid house-steeped big-name artists, trace their roots to American jazz and funk (Roy Ayers, Johnny Pate, Ramsey Lewis), as well as old-school hip-hop (particularly of the New York variety -- Grandmixer D.ST, Sugarhill, Jungle Brothers). A bass player in acid jazz/funk group the Propheteers, Wherry met local DJ Teeba in South London, where they both lived. The pair assembled a few tracks in Wherry's tiny studio, which they subsequently passed to Ninja Tune bosses Matt Black and Jonathan More (aka Coldcut) in a club. The group were signed to the label shortly after.
Herbaliser released a few warmly received EPs on Ninja Tune in 1994 and 1995 (the hard to find Real Killer being the best) before dropping their debut LP, Remedies, which brought both the group and the then up-and-coming Ninja label much attention. While that album capitalized more directly on London's burgeoning underground breakbeat scene, freely mixing styles into a funky, sample-heavy amalgam closer to beat-heavy acid jazz, subsequent singles ("Flawed Hip-Hop," "New & Improved") subtracted the schmaltzier bits from the mix, focusing and expanding upon the group's hip-hop foundation. Blow Your Headphones, their second LP, presented a solid hour-plus of the same, simultaneously taking aim at U.K. trip-hop's tendency toward gimmick and noodle over depth and kick. Very Mercenary followed in 1999, bolstering the duo's hip-hop foundation, as did 2002's Something Wicked This Way Comes.
The group has provided remixes for artists including DJ Food, Raw Stylus, and label foremen Coldcut's "Atomic Moog," the last of which went to number one on the U.K. singles chart. Wherry has also released solo material through the Parisian Big Cheese label (under the name the Meateaters) and worked with the Propheteers. A touring act as well, Herbaliser have assembled a full-blown group -- sometimes dubbed the Herbaliser Band, unleashed as a recording project for 2000's Session 1 -- for live performances, with Wherry's bass and Teeba's turntable tricks supported by a three-piece horn section and live drums and percussion. That live act has gained more influence on the recording front, seen to small effect on Something Wicked This Way Comes but coming into full flower with 2005's Take London and 2008's Same as It Never Was. more>>>
!K7 Records is an independent record label based in Berlin, Germany that focuses mostly on electronic music. The name is an abbreviation of the company's original Berlin address, Kaiserdamm 7 (they have since relocated to Heidestr. 52). !K7 has since opened branch offices in New York City, Hamburg, London, and Tokyo. It has four independent imprints as part of the K7 label group. !K7, Gold Dust, Strut and Rapster.more>>>
K7 has a licensing deal with the New York based indie label Frenchkiss Records, distributes the labels BBE, District 6, Environ, Get Physical, Ghostly International, Kindred Spirits, Lo Recordings, R2, Rushhour, Skint and Muthas Of Invention and has a music publishing company.
Converted from old slaughterhouses, in the 19th distrist of northern Paris, this cultural complex is truly unique, bringing together nature and architecture, leisure and culture. With 25 hectars of grass and gardensm the Parc of La Villette is the biggest green area of Paris. The Grande Halle, or "main hall", is host to a number of festivals, concerts - some of the greatest musicians in the world have played here. Quite simply amazing.more>>>
More than 200 artists, 50 bands, 15 totally exclusive projects and creations... Jazz à la Villette is not a dusty jazz festival or a sepia picture of the world of black music. It celebrates cross-over and musical diversity.more>>>
The 2009 edition of the festival includes a world-class selection of artists:
Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 / Amadou & Mariam feat. The Magic Numbers / Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou + DJ RKK (Radio Nova) Special Afromix / Ornette Coleman Quartet / Bunky Green / Ron Carter Foursight Quartet/ Mario Canonge & Alain Jean-Marie
/ Josef Nadj / Les Corbeaux / Hélène Labarrière & Friends / Stormy Weather / Yael Naim Hommage à Joni Mitchell / Ornette / Hélène Labarrière & Friends / John Zorn Shir Hashirim feat. Clotilde Hesme & Mathieu Amalric / Hélène Labarrière & Friends / Las Ondas Marteles / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Jazz à la Villette for kids / Peter & Lupus / Marc Ducret Grand Ensemble / Big Four feat. Joey Baron / Hélène Labarrière & Friends / Elysian Fields feat. Don Byron / Limousine / Daniel Darc / Jacques Coursil / De La Soul / The Herbaliser / Carl Craig presents Tribe feat. Doug Hammond, Phil Ranelin, Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison / Jean Louis
/ Etienne Jaumet Solo / Hank Jones Solo / Jacky Terrasson solo / Jacques Schwarz-Bart Abyss / Bibi Tanga & The Selenites / Son of Dave / Adolphus Bell / Hank Jones & Cheick Tidiane Seck / Mahmoud Ahmed /Alemayehu Eshete / Nils Petter Molvaer / Sophie Hunger / Alain Jean-Marie & Daniel Maximin Connivences antillaises / Ahmad Jamal, Yusef Lateef & Archie Shepp / Benjamin Dousteyssier Septet
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