It's now the natural progression for studio-bound DJ/producers tired of scrounging for samples on overpriced sound library and obscure European soundtracks to form real bands and create their own dramatic soundscapes. Cue the Herbaliser's Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry, who've done precisely that for Take London which is essentially a faux caper-film soundtrack filtered through a middle-aged Brit b-boy aesthetic. That means that along with some vaguely jazzy big-band bluster, tension-filled string-plinking, bongo-slapping "chase" bits and various clips of gangster geezer film dialogue, there are a few cameos by guest rappers - namely Jean Grae, Roots Manuva and Cappo - all tied together with a touch of scratching. Five years ago Take London would've seemed cleverly innovative, but it's all been done before, and most of the library stuff that inspired this has been reissued.
The 10-piece Herbaliser orchestra is joined by the band version of Bonobo at the Opera House tonight (Thursday, June 30).