Rory Weller listens to a ion-funk duo blow their own headphones.
Name The Herbaliser. Occupation Spacey jazz funkateers. Place of origin London.
Who or what is The Herbaliser? Confusingly, it centres round the duo of lake Wherry and DJ Ollie Teeba who work from their Twickenham warehouse studio, TrainTrax.
What are they all about? They describe
their sound as 'Lying between turntables
and trombones, updating a deep jazz and hip hop sound with today’s production techniques.’
Let's take them individually. Wherry, you're first Jazz and James Brown in early years led on to rare groove and old school hip hop as he matured. Later he took up bass and guitar and played in jazz, funk and rock bands. Outwith The Herbaliser he plays bass in jazz-funk band The Propheteers and carries out remix work for Raw Stylus, Coldcut and DJ Food.
Now you, Teeba He started DJing when he was fifteen and soon he was playing his blend of hip hop, funk and electro at such seminal venues as the Milk Bar and the Jazz Cafe. Last year he compiled the ’Classic Hip Hop Mastercuts’ album, a huge accolade and verification of his status on the scene. Outside The Herbaliser he is touring the world with the Ninja Tunes ’Stealth Crew'. What's more, he owns 50 pairs of trainers, the true sign of yer real hip hopster.
How did these two exceptionally talented chaps meet? Teeba co- produced a PrOpheteers record in 1992 and their mutual love of all things fat and jazzy kept them together. They signed to Ninja Tunes after meeting DJ Food in a club and it has been their home since then.
So who else is involved in The Herbaliser? Although their records tend to have the Teeba/Wherry name on them, when they tour they expand to a seven piece live band of horns, percussion, keyboards; the lot.
The Herbaliser’s second album Blow Your Headphones is released on 24 Mar. Their full live show is at The Sub Club, Glasgow, 21 Mar.
68 THE LIST 21 Mar—3 Apr 1997
GLASGOW CLUBS: FRl continued
I Pure at Bennets. ll.30pni—3am. £4 (£3). Gay. Grant Duff with an upbeat dance night.
I Radio City in The Attic. l0.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). The original retro club. playing Stax. Motown. The Stones. The Who. etc.
I Radikal Rhythm at The Dark Room (Strathclyde University Student Union). l0pni—3am. £4 (£3). Students plus up to four guests. Hard house/techno night hosted by different DJs rotating each month. 2i March Dance Creation with DJ Steven Budd and Chris of Back 2 Rhythm pay homage to the dance culture of the last five years. 28 March Wreckanise's dub/drum and bass/hip hop mix with Ground Control's Kevin Dillon plus Krash Slaughta (Monkey Mafia).
I Rat Trap l().3()pm—3am. £3. Three floors of rock. Studio One: MN kinda stuff; Studio Two: The Batcave. DJ Christine goes Goth; Studio Three: Flex Your Head. punk and ska from Ross. Paul and Jane.
I Reds llpm—3am. £5 (£3 for students before midnight). Easy-going mix of disco. funk and contemporary chart dance. I Reform at R.G.'s. Spin-midnight. Free. Tosh and guests for drum and bass. hip hop. dub and reggae. Pre-club.
I Reminiscence at The Hive (Glasgow University Student L'nion). l()pm-«2aiii. £2. Students and guests. Anthems. handbag. house and chart. The most popular dance from the last decade and beyond. Drinks promos.
I Shag at Fury Murry's. l lpiii--3aiii. £4 (£3). Across-the-board mix of party choons with James G.
I Slam at The Arches. l().3()piii- 3am. £7. World famous DJ and production duo Stuart and ()rde providing the best in deep electronic dance every w eek for an tip-for-it capacity crowd. ()ii form in a big way. 28 March. Andy Nicholson from Liverptml‘s Voodoo guesting.
I Tangent at Sub Club. llpm 3am. £6. 28 March and fortnightly. 'l‘echno pitch shifters Tangent and their merry band of followers take the Subbie over again for a night of diverse attractions.
I Up Yer Ronson at Archaos. llpm—4am. £6 (£4). 2l March and monthly. The Ronson gang return with special guests Paul ‘Trouble' .-\nderson and Marshall joining Friday resident Steve Middleton in the main room. with drum and bass from KMC in Room Two. Hip hop. swing. r ‘n' b and soul in Room Three from Paul Traynor.
I Urban Sole at Tin Pan Alley. llpm—3am. £6 (£5). Another of the highly enjoyable Urban Sole nights put together by Edinburgh‘s Sole Fusion crew. Craig Smith (In Demand Records) and Ashley Beedle ofJunior Boy‘s ()wn play upstairs. Downstairs Glasgow‘s Nick Peacock is at the helm of his new night. Back To Jazz. joined by Ian Henderson and John Kerr. See preview. I Velvet Rooms ltlpni—Ram. £5. Alan Ronald iii Room Two with an open mix from house anthems and disco to Britpop and soul. Martin Hesketh in Room ()ne playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul.
I What's Your Function ai Tin Pan Alley (floor two). llpm—3am. £5. 28 March and fortnightly J'ilkes and Ha't'ch of Knucklehead fame continue to expand their empire with this new night of techno bass. Chicago house and minimal Detroit techno and electro. Tonight ol‘ smiley David Homes is back in town.
cusiiow SATURDAYS E
I 4th Dimension ill Cottiers. ()pin—midnight. Free. Andy Young plays jazz. Brazilian. soul. fusion and funk. Drinks promos. Pic-club.
I Archaos at Archaos. llpiii -.‘~aiii. £8 (£6). Chris Harris and AJ mix tip garage and house for a busy. moderately dressy crowd with Scott and Geoff playing club classics in Betty's Mayonnaise (part of Archaos).
I The Arena £7. DJ Bhasker and
Michael Peck with funky techno and hard house. Drinks promos.
I Bar 10 ()piii—midnight. Free. Busy hard house pre-club with Nick Peacock. I Blackout at Tin Pan Alley.
l lpm—3am. £6. Sonia recording artists l.ai‘z. Percy X and Stevie Donaldson host a night of underground dance. 22 March Vibro guests downstairs with Spira (lilite Records) playing live upstairs with Tony Butler. 2‘) March James llolroyd of Bugged ()ut DJs downstairs with Ricky Hopkins of London‘s Blood Sugar upstairs plus all the residents.
I The Cathouse llpiii—Sam. £4 (£3.50). Two floors of rock with drinks promos. I Classic FM at Fury Murt‘y's. l().3()pni—3am. £5 (£4). lndie-pop/indie—
dance shenanigans from Jim Downie and
the gang. L'pstairs in the new room l-‘uries' present 'l‘wister: Briipop and 6()s hits.
I Cleopatra's llpm 3am. £6. Mainstream comiiiei‘cial vibe.
I Club 69 Rocksy's Basement. ll)piii—2.3()aiii. £5. Martin and Willy of Rub-A-Diib playing the best and deepest from the underground.
I Club Apt at The Apartment.
llpm—3am. £7. DJ Bob .leffries with funky soul. hip hop and house even sexier than the Friday.
I Club Cubana at The Bedsii. 9.3(inn—2ani. £4 (£3). 2‘) March and fortnightly. DJ Tchico presents an extravaganza of the finest l.atiii sounds at this popular l.atiii night. Arrive early to ensure your place on the dancelloor.
I Club Iris at Bennets. l 1.30pm 3am.
£6 (£4). (iay. DJ Sara w itli a good dancey mix. Drinks promos.
. I Club X at Club Xchange. llpiiir».‘~;iin.
£6 (£4 ). (iay club is itli upfront dance tunes from DJ Suay e (iav. Drinks pi'oiiios.
I Cul De Sac at (‘ul De Sac Bar.
‘) l lpiii. Free. Spin-back king Jim lliitchison from Wax l.y rical and 'l‘eknotis w itli hard house and techno. Drinks promos.
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H it List The best Glasgow club my": this fortnight
The Herbaliser An extra special night featuring The Herbaliser's full live set (all seven of them) plus DJs Paul Cawley, Alex Horton and Ollie Teeba DJing. Forget your strangled Divas miming away to a DAT, this is the real shit. Sub Club, FriZl Mar. See Phactfile
Pure Pure show us once again how they maintain their name as one of the country's top ten clubs with their excessively good line-up of underground technoists for the latest of their Glasgow outings. Robert Owen, Claude Young, DJ Hell and Mixmaster Morris headline. The Arches, Sat 22 Mar. Cream Despite the superclub tag, Cream is becoming increasingly credible, with Mr C (Shamen, The End, Plink Plonk) guesting with Underworld’s Darren Emerson. The Tunnel, Sat29
l Aquaplanet Blake Baxter, ’The prince of I techno', chooses the Subbie to play
i what is billed as a world exclusive of his l latest live set. Sub Club, Sun 30 Mar.
Klub Club A rare chance to hear Ali Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi of Deep Dish (Washington DC), playing a five- hour DJ set. Uncompromising, underground, cutting edge house music. The Apartment, Sun 30 Mar.