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FabricLive: The Herbaliser

by Mike Reger in Culture on 01 February 2006

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You know the feeling you get when you throw a DJ mix on your portable device for the first time and on your way out the door—even before you've adjusted the headset and locked the door behind you—you know you've got the perfect soundtrack to rock out and paint the town infrared?

I've had FabricLive: The Herbaliser on infinite loop on my iPod for almost a month now. One of my all-time favorite (and underrated) Ninjatune acts, The Herbaliser was an unexpected twist to the FabricLive DJ mix series for me. The UK duo of Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba, knowing the score with one of London's most celebrated massives, pitched up their downtempo turntable gymnastics and proceeded to rule the dancefloor with a totally addictive blend of rare and classic, below the belt, booty shaking, taking no shorts, breakbeat party music. By the time you get to track 11 (the original Coldcut remix "Paid In Full" by Eric B. and Rakim), tell me you disagree with me that this is one hell of a fun "journey into sound."

You may have to wait until February 13, 2006 when the CD is released or you could jump the cue and join the FabricFirst club and get this CD (and other exclusives) weeks before the shops at Fabric London.

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