Published Jun 30, 2014The Herbaliser made something of a comeback with their 2012 concept album There Were Seven, and they have hammered the point home with a full-length remix album. Having changed their approach to live shows, hanging around and investing in social interactions rather than retreating to the green room immediately after leaving the stage, they mingled with old friends and a younger generation of producers, and the result is this remix album.
Featuring cover art remixed by Strictly Kev of DJ Food, this album isn't exactly weighed down with star power, considering there are three remixes here by Gigabeatz Bonson that don't stray too far from the crate-dug hip-hop source material, but there are a lot of fresh takes by legends and up-and-comers alike. The imagination of T Power, Muneshine, Lopez, 2econd Class Citizen and Jenome push their tweaks into new realms. No Sleep Nigel enhances the reggae leanings of "Welcome to Extravagance" into a full-out dub, and, in the most dramatic change, Renegade Brass Band deliver a raunchy New Orleans-flavoured rendition of "March of the Dead Things." There is more than enough here to make this a worthy companion to the original, if not entirely essential. (Department H)