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The HerbaliserBlow Your Headphones

Tracklist

Opening Credits1:29
The Blend4:46
Another Mother6:47
Excuse Me1:11
Ginger Jumps The Fence5:01
Put It On Tape3:42
New + Improved3:58
Mr. Chombee Has The Flaw4:17
Intermission1:01
Saturday Night5:06
Shocker Zulu5:15
Hardcore4:30
Shortys' Judgement5:45
More Styles1:40
A Mother (For Your Mind)6:37
Bring It3:59
Theme From Control Centre (Reprise)4:40
End Credits2:15

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    Reviews

    • pjr2005's avatar
      pjr2005
      Simply put, this is worth the price of admission for The Blend alone. What What/Jean Grae's rap is exceptional. The album as a whole is excellent but The Blend is on a completely different level.
      • BigBeat25's avatar
        BigBeat25
        Edited 2 months ago
        Towards the end of the 90s, the "blend" of hip hop, soul and jazz called trip hop became popular with the general public, thanks in particular to the omnipresence of this kind of sound in television reports. Archive, Massive Attack or Portishead won't say the contrary.
        Ninja Tune is one of the trademark labels when talking about trip-hop or abstract and instrumental hip-hop. So, to see "Blow Your Headphones" is an obvious fit. After all, founders of Ninja Tune Matt Black and Jonathan More (aka Coldcut) are also a reference of abstract music.

        Hip-hop is also very present here, especially thanks to the flow of What What that reaches its pinnacle in "The Blend".
        However, this LP is also a rich mix of diverse sounds, stealthy scratches, brass, robust bass and varied rhythms.
        I particularly enjoy the easy-listening vibes of the sinister "Another Mother" and its optimistic opposite "A Mother (For Your Mind)"
        There's also a few breaks inclusions such as "More Styles".

        WIth this is mind, there's a few tracks I don't appreciate as much. The samples of "Shocker Zulu" are too dark and dissonant for me (except for the last 30 seconds, when where's a instrumental hip-hop reel what will make your head shake up and down).
        The instrumental of "Bring It" also leaves me unsatisfied.
        But my biggest letdown is "Hardcore", which is anything but hardcore actually. It's a monologue on a few trumpet notes that sounds more like an artist's delirious idea tha anything else, like a skit that was later expanded to a standard track. There's something I can agree on it though : blueberry Skittles are good indeed.

        All in all a good ride, but here's a few more related releases that cross my mind :
        - The Wiseguys : "Executive Suite".
        - Coldcut : "Let Us Play !"
        - Xploding Plastix : "Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents" (deliciously jazzy)
        - Mr Scruff : "Keep It Unreal"
        - Kruder & Dorfmeister : their "DJ Kicks" mix
        And also tons of other acts such as James Lavelle, Funki Porcini, Krafty Kuts, DJ Krush... there's no lack of material to chill out.
        • Disha's avatar
          Disha
          Bought this copy in 11th Jan 2008. So, it was released before 2008
          • daftcombo's avatar
            daftcombo
            Cool album with a lot of enjoyable tracks.

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