Song: Something Wicked (Bossa Remix)”
Band: The Herbaliser
The Herbaliser is the London-based duo of Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba, who started cooking up their music in the early 90s. This smartly inventive track is based on original title track from their fifth album, 2002’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, on the Ninja Tunes label. The sassy bossa nova remix, which for my money is a lively improvement on the original, comes from the label's 2003’s Zen RMX Retrospective. It’s an inspired mashup of sultry latin guitars, expansive retro-lounge kitsch, punchy horns and unexpected operatic lunges - the last courtesy British singer/songwriter Seaming To. The inspired recombinant DNA of this fresh remix gives the song a ridiculously confident and unique edge; its greatest charm lies in its unassuming, relaxed vibe. One senses The Herbaliser had a riot reinterpreting their own song. Great music for blowing the cobwebs out of your head.
Posted by Max MacDonald