Jah Wobble

Becoming More Like God

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Amongst the slew of single/EPs released to herald Island's 1994 release of the Take Me to God album by Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart, the Becoming More Like God EP was the first to hit record shelves. As one would guess, it highlighted two mixes of the excellent album track "Becoming More Like God" (which featured the lovely vocal talents of Bel Canto's Anneli M Drecker). One was simply a shortened radio-edit of the tune, and the other was a completely deconstructed 14-minute version, remixed by Kris Needs of Secret Knowledge fame. The other two tracks were previously unreleased, and appeared only on this EP. "Wine, Women and Song," with its bouncy, dancehall skank and growling reggae-rap (courtesy of Bomb the Bass veteran Spikey Tee), was the most lighthearted Wobble offering since 1980s The Legend Lives On album. Abdel Ali Slimani (who would later enlist Wobble for his 1995 album, Mraya) lent his considerable vocal talents to the bluesy, Algerian soccer anthem "Football" as well. All of the tracks are brimming with a heady mix of dub, North African, Latin and Middle Eastern textures, and serve to point Wobble more solidly toward the ethno-tinged experimentalism he would continue to pursue through the '90s and beyond.

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