LITTLE AXE The Wolf That House Built (1994)

The Wolf That House Built (1994)
The Blues Re-Imagined

I never understood why Little Axe isn’t more appreciated. After an apprenticeship that included playing the blues (at age 10), charting the course of rap (as part of the Sugarhill crew) and embracing avant/house/electronica as part of Adrian Sherwood’s Tackhead, guitarist Skip McDonald came full circle when he adopted the name Little Axe and dedicated himself to re-shaping the blues for the 21st century. With Sherwood’s help, Little Axe (the band) has crafted this re-examination of his roots, using loops, house effects and disembodied voices to create an ambient/house/blues fusion that’s both groovin’ and inventive. Since this excellent debut, Little Axe has continued in this vein over the course of a half-dozen, outside-the-box albums that have, sadly, been largely ignored. This one shouldn’t be. At Amazon, HERE.

Ride On (5:24)
The Time Has Come (5:05)
Crossroads (6:37)
Never Turn Back Parts 1 & 2 (7:21)
Another Sinful Day (4:07)
Out In The Rain And Cold (4:37)
Crossfire (4:32)
Wolf’s Story (4:23)
Hear My Cry (7:04)
Dayton (6:12)
Falling Down (4:28)
Wake The Town (3:55)


  • Mona
    December 16, 2009 - 07:46 | Permalink

    Couldn't agree more. Brilliant album this one, not sure that they have ever reached this height again but…there was a Skip McDonald session on radio just the other day.

  • Trustar
    December 16, 2009 - 07:46 | Permalink

    I discovered Little Axe a few years ago myself. Always wondered what they did wrong to be so ignored. Hell with those people! We like 'em!

    Thanks for sharing Willard


  • Capt. Willard
    December 16, 2009 - 07:01 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Cyberia
    December 16, 2009 - 22:09 | Permalink

    Little Axe is the best I know. Amazing bass, guitar, percussion, and productions. I love "The House That Wolf Built."

  • Art Ducko
    December 17, 2009 - 11:11 | Permalink

    Excellent sounds, my man. This is where the Delta meets downtown. This stuff is fizzin'!

  • January 8, 2012 - 18:57 | Permalink

    The new album ‘If you Want Loyalty Buy A Dog’ is a return to these heights too btw!

  • Steve626
    March 16, 2014 - 14:16 | Permalink

    I was hooked after hearing Ride On on the radio back in the days. Much better use of the Wolf’s voice than the dog shit album! For any Little Axe fans, I posted Wanted – Live 1996 in Reader’s Links. Very interesting and very, very trippy.

  • Anonymous
    March 16, 2014 - 19:19 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. This is where I thought Chris Thomas King was going to go.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    March 17, 2014 - 09:32 | Permalink

    I still have the cd which I bought for $1 as a cut-out. I’m gonna have to dig it out.

  • March 17, 2014 - 16:26 | Permalink

    Wow! I never heard this…excellent

  • brian
    April 6, 2014 - 06:19 | Permalink

    I’ve come across this a few times before and never paid it any attention. Discovering it’s Skip McDonald and Adrian Sherwood is involved, I’m finally going to give it a try. Many thanks.


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