Monday, 5 December 2016

African Head Charge - Return of the Crocodile

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On-U Sound in the they used to say - yes, a mighty fine collection of cranky instrumentals on Return Of The Crocodile; almost as wigged-out as The Upsetter himself but somehow distinctly wired for (and by) UK ears, meaning Black Arkestral attitude viewed through post-Punk goggles, if you like - all aboard starship Africa! As if motorik rhythms got sidetracked and saddled with percussion and horns, African Head Charge's trips are compelling, mesmeric excursions filled with horn chants, sax solos and effects placed perfectly in the mix by Adrian Sherwood. At times, as on Low Protein Snack, the brass is reminiscent of legendary genre mutants Rip Rig & Panic, with that off-kilter Jazz atmosphere wailing throughout. Great alternate version of the classic Off The Beaten Track too, named here as Further Off The Track, which sums up where African Head Charge went on these sessions. Get it here.

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