The Dub Syndicate repeated their cliches on
Strike the Balance (1990),
Stoned Immaculate (On-U, 1991),
Echo Mania (On-U, 1994),
Ital Breakfast (On-U Sound, 1996)
with unrestrained nonchalance. They are all
impeccable records of trance world dance music.
Fear Of A Green Planet (Shanachie, 1998) added elements of trip-hop
but was fundamentally a well-produced parade of cliches.
In the meantime, African Headcharge had become a real live band, not just
a studio project, with Off The Beaten Track (1986), supported by
skilled musicians like
Skip McDonald, Keith LeBlanc and Doug Wimbish (of Sugarhill Gang fame).
Their ambient dub shines on Songs of Praise (1990), possibly their
best album, tinged with psychedelic and horror overtones and including synths,
while In Pursuit of Shashamane Land (1993),
and Drums of Defiance (1998) were uninspired works.
After several mediocre recordings,
Dub Syndicate returned to top form on
Acres Of Space (Lion & Roots, 2001),
Murder Tone (2002), No Bed of Roses (2004).
After an 11-year hiatus, they released
Hard Food (Echo Beach, 2014), the last one with
drummer Scott (murdered a few weeks earlier).
African Head Charge returned with
Vision of a Psychedelic Africa (2005), the best since Songs of
Voodoo of the Godsent (2011).
Their career was compiled on
Environmental Holes & Drastic Tracks (2016) and
Drumming Is A Language 1990 - 2011 (2020).
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