1990, Music

Songs of Praise (1990) by African Head Charge

As I’ve noted before, I’ve been maintaining a list of music to listen to for many, many years. And some of what made it onto that list made it on when I had different interests, or didn’t know any better. Well…
There was a time I wanted to get into dub. I don’t know why I wanted to get into dub. Part of me probably wanted to get into it because it was something most other people I knew didn’t know of, so I could be hipper than them, or what have you. Also, there was that Big Sugar album I liked. (Yes, I said it. Still don’t mind it, either.) So I guess that’s how I got here.
To say something horribly uninformed: this is like the dub version of Moby’s Pla, albeit with far more reverence for the sourced samples and considerably less interest in getting on the radio.
If that description sounds bad to you…well, it shouldn’t. It’s just that I have no frame of reference for this – fairly serious (I assume) dub based around field recordings of African music (and the odd other thing). And since I have no field of reference, I have no idea how this compares to other African Head Charge recordings, or other dub recordings from the era.


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