The Herbaliser

Decades: 1990s 2000s


The Herbaliser is led by Jake Wherry and DJ Ollie Teeba, who work from the former’s TrainTrax studio in Twickenham. Wherry grew up in south London interested in jazz, funk, rare groove and hip-hop, and played the bass and guitar in several jazz, funk and rock bands. Teeba began DJing when he was 15 and later played hip-hop, electro and funk in clubs and warehouses around London. After Wherry had built his studio in 1992, the pair began working together; they later met DJ Food at a club and signed with Ninja Tune Records. Their first release, ‘The Real Killer’/‘Blowin’ It’ (1995), was recorded with keyboards, percussion and horns to produce an abstract blend of jazz instrumental sounds and hip-hop beats, created in a repetitive, sample-orientated manner. After a second single, their debut album, Remedies, attracted critical praise when it was released in October 1995 and helped promote Ninja Tune. During 1996 they performed live around...

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