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Various
Pay It All Back Volume 7

Adrian Sherwood opens up the On-U Sound catalogue for a tasty sampling of what we can expect to hear from the label in coming months and years. Pay It All Back Volume 7 features enticing as-yet-unreleased tracks from Roots Manuva, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Horace Andy, Nisennenmondai, African Head Charge, Mark Stewart, Congo Natty etc. all with the key Sherwood production touch. Plus exclusive pirate-radio-style transitions between tracks!
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Rainford

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry finds a way to productively channel his madness on new album Rainford. Alongside long-time confidant Adrian Sherwood the dub legend has come through with an intimate and affecting LP. Cuts like ‘African Starship’ bring to mind what might happen if you managed to get The Sun Ra Arkestra into the studio at the same time as Damon Albarn when he’s in Gorillaz mode.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Heavy Rain

Featuring ambient-electro royalty Brian Eno and the dexterous Jamaican trombone player Vin Gordon, Lee 'Scratch' Perry's critically acclaimed 'Heavy Rain' LP is here reissued. But this is no minor tweak - the piece is radically refurbished to give Perry's mellow and introspective works a vibrant and contemporary twist.
  • Vinyl LP (ONULP145X)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Various
Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics

Trevor Jackson, compiler extraordinaire, has another carefully chosen collection of danceable history for you. Science Fiction Dancehall Classics is an incredibly enticing title, and the contents live up to the billing. Wondrous weird dubness from the likes of Neneh Cherry, Mark Stewart + The Maffia and Missing Brazilians. 2 CDs or 3 LPs.

African Headcharge
Return Of The Crocodile

African Headcharge was the pairing of Jamaican percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah with producer Adrian Sherwood: they got busy in the studio making psychedelic dub interpretations of Afrocentric musics. Return Of The Crocodile is a selection of familiar original tracks that have been made unfamiliar by dramatically different approaches: double-dubbed, if you will. Vinyl release on On-U Sound.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Dub Syndicate
Displaced Masters

Dub Syndicate were a loose dub collective with selector Adrian Sherwood at its centre, with a varied cast of players working experimentally within the structures of wonderful dub. Displaced Masters is a set of previously unheard quality cuts from the studio in the early 1980’s. Much of this material is rawer in feel than the album cuts of the time. LP release on On-U Sound.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Dub Syndicate
Tunes From The Missing Channel

On Dub Syndicate’s fourth album, Tunes From The Missing Channel, the band were able to take advantage of advancing studio technology. They took their dub reggae foundation and began mixing in samples, creating a whole new, influential world. Drummer Scott Styles was making the music what it was, whilst Adrian Sherwood was enjoying all the new techniques at his fingertips. Jah Wobble and Keith Levene from PIL along with Ashanti Roy from The Congos make guest appearances.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Dub Syndicate
The Pounding System

The Pounding System was the first album by Dub Syndicate. It was originally released in 1982. The band were the brainchild of Adrian Sherwood whose career since, as a producer and remixer, saw him work with Primal Scream, Pop Will Eat Itself, Depeche Mode and Coldcut, to name a few. Reissued on On-U Sound.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Dub Syndicate
One Way System

Heavy dub meets delay-ridden post punk on One Way System, the second album by Dub Syndicate. The band were lead by dub-obsessed musician, remixer and producer Adrian Sherwood. This is the first ever vinyl pressing as it was only ever released as a cassette back in 1983. Pressed on 2LPs cut a 45rpm to make those deep frequencies really shake your foundations.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Dub Syndicate
Ambience In Dub 1982 - 1985

Dub Syndicate were a loosely constructed collective with Adrian Sherwood at its centre, with a varied cast of key players working experimentally within the structures of wonderful dub. Ambience In Dub is a big five CD box-set anthology which covers the first five years of the group’s existence: all the period’s albums, plus a disc of previously unreleased dubs and a booklet. On On-U Sound.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

African Head Charge
Enviornmental Holes & Drastic Tracks: 1981 - 1986

African Head Charge was the collaboration between Jamaican percussion master Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah and English dub-maestro Adrian Sherwood (selectah), using studio wizardry to construct “a psychedelic Africa”. Environmental Holes & Drastic Tracks: 1981-1986 compiles their four albums from that period, plus a disc of very rare extra bonus material. CD box-set on On-U Sound.

Singers & Players
Staggering Heights

1983 UK dubbed-up reggae from Singers & Players, the heavyweight collective that included Prince Far I and Mikey Dread, as well as Ashanti Roy of The Congos themselves. Staggering Heights has been re-cut with plenty of bass weight for this reissue on On-U-Sound, which is served up with a bonus poster.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Sherwood & Pinch
Man Vs. Sofa

Heavyweight producer Sherwood meets Pinch and myriad collaborators to produce a stretch of mutant dub and bass music, switching and blending ethereal texture and muscular abstract noise techno workouts, with supremely effective results. One for head nodding on sofa journeys and dark, throbbing dancefloors alike.

Singers & Players
War Of Words

1981 saw the release of Singers & Players’ debut record, War Of Words. This is a good-natured war however, the Singers & Players collective (comprising Prince Far I, Bim Sherman, Jah Woosh and more) competing lyrically. A great slice of classic dubwise talent, remastered and reissued by On U-Sound.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Singers & Players
Revenge Of The Underdog

Earth-quaking dub from the Singers & Players collective. This record does basically consist of incredibly played dub, with back and forth chatter between the many vocalists, experimenting with phrasing, creating a sort of freeform dub. Features possible members of Dub Syndicate, Creation Rebel and African Headcharge Originally released in 1982, now re-cut at dubplates and mastering in Berlin.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound

Various
Sherwood At The Controls / Volume 2: 1985 - 1990

Adrian Sherwood is a true UK dub pioneer, and his production credits double up as a guide to some of the most interesting underground artists around during his career. Sherwood At The Controls / Volume 2: 1985 - 1990 compiles 16 tracks that Sherwood worked on, including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Mark Stewart, Ministry, and plenty more premium material.

Nisennenmondai
#N/A

The relentless and repetitive guitar, drum and bass build-ups of Nisennenmondai have been described as ‘organic techno’. On #N/A, the band’s tenth recording, and first with iconic dub label On-U Sound, they fully embrace this. Adrian Sherwood’s production brings out the rhythmic subtleties of their noisy, minimal stomp.

African Head Charge
Drastic Season

We have four African Head Charge albums incoming from Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound. 1983’s Drastic Season is a highly original swirl of dub rhythms and African percussion, mutated into strange new forms by heavy tape editing and use of new technology. Remastered reissue with extra bass weight.

Jeb Loy Nichols
Long Time Traveller

Jeb Loy Nichols sits in both the country and the dub camps for this record. Long Time Traveller features Adrian Sherwood producing, and members of Roots Radicals and Dub Syndicate merrily reggae-country-ing. The album has been remixed and resequenced since its original, Japan-only release in 2010, and is now considered definitive. Released by On-U Sound, with 11 bonus tracks.

Sherwood & Pinch
Late Night Endless

Two generations of dub pioneers combine as Adrian Sherwood meets Pinch on CD and vinyl for On U-Sound. Sherwood brings his singular and experimental studio mastery whilst the dark, rolling percussion can probably be attributed to Pinch’s deft fingers. Disembodied vocals, swathes of echo and heavy bass-lines dominate a collaboration so perfectly matched it seemed unlikely to ever happen.
  • Label(s):
  • On-U Sound