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The Herbaliser – Same As It Never Was

Posted by David on September 25, 2009

Same As It Never WasThe Herbaliser is a hip hop group from England, associated with the lovely Ninja Tune label (as is Kid Koala, come to think of it), whom I’ve enjoyed listening to in the past. So upon suddenly finding myself fiending for rap music the other night, I headed to the local online music store to see what of theirs I’d missed. It turns out that, since the last I heard, they’ve evolved from ‘hip hop, often funky’ straight through to ‘full-fledged 60’s/70’s soul/funk band’. There’s still a handful of rap songs interspersed through the track list of 2008’s Same As It Never Was, but they’re outnumbered by the very authentic-sounding throwbacks, including a few quite fun, funky instrumentals. The end result is a pleasant and groovy mix heralding back to a musical era that I generally can’t get enough of. In fact, if I have any complaint, it’d be that some of the tunes are too faithful to the established old genres and don’t bring as much novelty as they could. Anyway, it’s all still pretty solid stuff, and the frequent genre shifting means it never drags for me.

Anyone who enjoys their instrumental stuff as much as I do should also check out The Herbaliser Band – Session 1 & 2, two discs of only exactly that.


3 Responses to “The Herbaliser – Same As It Never Was”

  1. guy de vichysoisse said

    Yeah, it’s like the 1970s up in here right now, and I’m liking it.

  2. Rap Songs are the best! specially those Gansta Rap stuffs, they really rock :

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