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‘Churchical Chant of the Iyabinghi’ is a wigged-out version excursion of African Head Charge's previously unreleased dubs to ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘In Pursuit of Shashamane’ (1993).
Like 2016’s Return of the Crocodile’, which saw AHC’s master Jamaican percussionist and band leader Bonjo and mixing desk maverick Adrian Sherwood breath new life into their early ‘80s classics, this new suite offers a psychedelic sidespin on two handfuls of tracks that return like a comet of return orbit from the early ‘90s.
Produced at a time when music was in a major flux between analogue/digital and old/new worlds in the early ‘90s, the source material of ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘In Pursuit of Shashamane’ naturally reflected this phase shift in an explorative, sensually psychedelic style that was already firmly in place, and seemed to resonate every stronger with the new age spirit of the times as the flipside to rave’s excesses.
The results contain big highlights in their enchanted take on ‘Peace and Happiness’, the trampling psychoactive mash of ‘Learned’, and the electrified Afro-eklectro-blues of ‘Pitched Fever’ from the side of ‘Shashamane Versions’, while the other side’s ‘Dubs of Praise’ really treks into wigged-out terrain with the slow, possessed holler and stomp of ‘Dervish Dub’, the pendulous clockwork drum pattern of ‘Disciplined and Dignified’ with its South East Asian vocal samples, and the hypnotic slow march of ‘Dub For The Spirits’.