African Head Charge - My Life in a Hole in the Ground (LP)

My Life in a Hole in the Ground
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Released in 1981, My Life in a Hole in the Ground is the groundbreaking debut album from African Head Charge. The record, which plays on both the title and concept of David Byrne and Brian Eno'€™s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, is built upon sparse backing tracks constructed by Adrian Sherwood. The producer invited Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah to lay down hand percussion patterns and breaks on top, augmented by stereo-strafed effects and the occasional burst of Sun Ra-style horns. The result is a unique mixture of traditional African rhythms, dub and free jazz, characterised by DJ favourite Stebeni’s Theme and Far Away Chant, used to famously gruesome effect by David Lynch in the film Wild At Heart.

1. Elastic Dance
2. Family Doctoring
3. Stebeni’s Theme
4. The Race (Part 1)
5. Crocodile Shoes
6. Stone Chant
7. Far Away Chant
8. Primal One Drop
9. Hole In The Roof