From: Mark Turner (
Date: Wed May 23 2001 - 17:55:23 CEST

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    > What is this like? Think I'm going to get some of their stuff, havent
    > heard anything from them yet, but for some strange reason I find myself
    > strongly attracted to them like i just have to hear it. Anyone have
    > other recommendations from On U Sound? peace.
    > 8/. African Head Charge - Stebeni's Theme - The Master Recordings - On

    Oh man, don't get me started! On-U Sound are one of my all-time favorite
    obsessions. There is so much great material to recommend. As for the track
    in question, it's from their 1981 album MY LIFE IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND.
    It's based around a nyabinghi drum pattern, to which are added some female
    vocal chanting, and some spacey electronic dub effects which flit in and out
    of the track. Pretty minimal, actually.

    My favorite African Head Charge album, and one of my favorite albums
    *period*, has to be SONGS OF PRAISE, from 1990. By this time the band was
    liberally incorporating all styles of folk music and field recordings into
    their African dub mix. Highly, highly recommended!

    The best overall introduction to the On-U Sound label is a double-CD
    compilation on Virgin Records entitled 15 YEARS IN AN OPEN BOAT. This was
    released in 1997 but may be pretty difficult to find these days. You might
    also try any of the 6 volumes in the PAY IT ALL BACK series. Numbers 3 and 4
    are my personal favorites.

    Hope this helps.

    Mark Turner

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