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making a surprise from something overfamiliar
on 19 April 2003
The mix of 'world' music and dance/dub tricknology is no longer a surprising one. TV commercials are soundtracked with musical wallpaper that creates a bland Benetton picture of a world where all cultures are melded into a vacuous Pot Noodle. A 1001 acts have sampled muzzein wails and bunged breakbeats on top, and the resulting ambient blancmange can be heard in cafe bars worldwide. The fact that this album uses many of those elements and makes something fresh out of them is surprising then, but Adrian Sherwood has been surprising listeners for a long time now. At times his On-U Sound has become formulaic, but here he's sculpted something playful and with real feel where so many create uniformity from the same ingredients. In Sherwood's hands, the mix of polyethnic sound sources and dub-inflected rhythms is as inventive and enjoyable as anything he's achieved with African Headcharge, Tackhead, or Little Axe.