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Off The Beaten Track

LP (Item 483349) On-U Sound (UK), 1986 — Condition: Used

The title and cover definitely get the vibe of the record right – as African Head Charge continue to go off the beaten track with their unique blend of sounds! In the generation before downtempo, these guys were pretty darn unique – and key forerunners in blending together rootsy elements, dubby production, and some very sweet electronics and effects, too – all in a mode that's inspired by Jamaican originals, but taken to much headier territory in the hands of Adrian Sherwood. Titles include "Off The Beaten Track", "Some Bizarre", "Belinda", "Language & Mentality", "Throw It Away", "Conspiring", "Release The Doctor", "Down Under Again", and "Over The Sky". (Original UK pressing with Townhouse/MPO etch. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)  © 1996-2018, Dusty Groove, Inc.

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