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Boomkat Product Review:
10 tonne heavy anthology of African Head Charge’s dub mutations spanning 2 decades
Picking up where 2016’s ‘Environmental Holes & Drastic Tracks’ left off, ‘Drumming Is A Language 1990 - 2011’ takes African Head Charge’s 1990 masterpiece ‘Songs of Praise’ as the starting point for this set, charting the band’s actions thru ‘In Pursuit of Shashamane’ (1993), ‘Vision of A Psychedelic Africa’ (2005), and ‘Voodoo of the Godsend’ (2011) along with a bonus disc ‘Churchical Chant of the Iyabinghi’ cramming 10 previously unreleased version mixes of their 1990 + 1993 albums.
Serving a 73 piece menu over five courses, it’s all more than enough to keep even the baddest case of dub munchies sated. Fans will already be well familiar with the original albums, but in case you don’t know, ‘Songs of Praise’ is a real beauty that really sounded like little else at the time, and pushed dub in fantastic new angles in key with the explorative spirit of 1990. Likewise its follow-up resonated with this phase shift between analogue/digital and old/new worlds, and it’s these two albums that provide the rich source material on the bonus disc of version, resulting highlights in their enchanted take on ‘Peace and Happiness’, the hypnotic slow march of ‘Dub For The Spirits’, and the trampling psychoactive mash of ‘Learned’.