Adrian Sherwood's legendary On-U Sound label is making progress on the mission that began in 2015 to revise the famous back catalog and offer the highlights worthy re-releases. By "worthy" is meant primarily vinyl, remastered by "Dubplates & mastering ”in Berlin“ for maximum bass pressure ”. The start of the new year 2016 is taken over by the first four albums by African Head Charge, the studio project that Sherwood launched with the Jamaican percussionist Bonjo Iyabingi Noah in the early 1980s: My Life In A Hole In The Ground from 1981, Environmental Studies from 1982, Drastic season from 1983 and finally Off the beaten track from 1986. As we know, Sherwood has always been a producer with a wide, very wide horizon. Reggae forms the core of his label's brand, but post-punk, industrial, noise, electronica and verquere Dub-Experiments were also part of the repertoire. In any case, African Head Charge is part of the latter - but with a complete renunciation of reggae. We have to imagine Adrian, Bonjo, and the usual On-U suspects sitting in the basement studio, how they tinker with experimental freeform rhythms, at the center of which are drum, bass and percussion, cut up tapes and try their hand at what later " Sampling "will be called. Occasionally they mix in a couple of weird wind instruments, sometimes voices, or whatever sounds can be processed in the studio. While the first two albums are still in the context of moderate abstraction, mean well with the listener and offer them a continuous rhythm or some African singing, the two following albums are pure experiment. Sherwood describes “Drastic Season” in the following words: Experiments in active frequencies, out of time noises, rhythms within rhythms, and endless tape edits ”. And he's right. Who on Karlheinz Stockhausen-Dub is hereby blessed. For all others it only serves to distinguish them from the mainstream mob. What is the verdict when you listen again in 2016 ?: Important historical documents, but they are not fun.