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Various Artists

Pay It All Back Volume 8

    On-U Sound is proud to present the latest volume in the much-loved and collectable series of On-U Sound label samplers, packed with exclusives, alternate mixes and previews of upcoming releases. Includes unreleased tracks from Lee “Scratch” Perry, Tackhead, African Head Charge, Mark Stewart, Creation Rebel, Andy Fairley and more.

    The release of the new compilation also coincides with a very special concert taking place at the Forum in London, originally scheduled for 2020 but delayed because of the pandemic. Celebrating 40 years of the On-U Sound label, it brings together musicians and artists from at least four different continents for a unique evening with Horace Andy, Tackhead, African Head Charge, Creation Rebel and most of the other musicians featured on the album.

    Label boss Adrian Sherwood comments: “As usual with the Pay It All Back series, the intention is to promote our upcoming releases and productions. Also on offer are previously unreleased gems, versions of tracks exclusive to this release and more from artists that we’re keen to promote. Sadly in the last year we have lost so many music giants from amongst us, including Lee “Scratch” Perry, George Oban and John Sharpe. Lee Perry laughed at death. It was to him just a part of life and another beginning...I trust Lee. I’m very proud of this album, it goes out to all On-U Crew, our missing and irreplaceable friends.”


    Matt says: One of the longest serving UK dubwise labels and one of its most visionary and creative. Adrian Sherwood's maverick imprint return for volume 8 of its sporadic, long running, highly collectable compilation series. Crucial!


    LP Tracklisting
    A1. MAD 45 You’ll Own Nothing
    A2. Lee “Scratch” Perry Ft. LSK Many Names Of God
    A3. Tackhead Ft. LSK Rulers And Foolers
    A4. Rita Morar Meri Awaaz Suno (Hear My Voice)
    A5. African Head Charge Asalatua
    A6. Horace Andy Watch Over Them
    B1. Mark Stewart Storm Crow
    B2. Creation Rebel Stonebridge Warrior
    B3. Jeb Loy Nichols What Does A Man Do All Day?
    B4. Denise Sherwood This Road
    B5. Sherwood & Pinch Ft. Daddy Freddy, Ghetto Priest And Jen Jen We No Normal (Anger Management)
    B6. Andy Fairley Your Best Tune

    Bonus Tracks Accessible Via DL Card:

    Tackhead Ft. MAD 45 - I Don’t Wanna Work A Fake Job
    Sherwood & Pinch - Excessive Drinking
    Ital Horns - Metropolis
    LSK - Money Masters
    Andy Fairley - Deranged Man

    Please Note That The Rita Morar And Mark Stewart Tracks Are Vinyl Only, Are Not Currently Available Digitally, And Therefore Are Not Accessible Via The Download Card. 

    CD Tracklisting
    01. MAD 45 - You’ll Own Nothing
    02. Lee “Scratch” Perry Ft. LSK - Many Names Of God
    03. Tackhead Ft. LSK - Rulers & Foolers
    04. Rita Morar - Meri Awaaz Suno (Hear My Voice)
    05. African Head Charge - Asalatua
    06. Horace Andy - Watch Over Them
    07. Mark Stewart - Storm Crow
    08. Creation Rebel - Stonebridge Warrior
    09. Jeb Loy Nichols - What Does A Man Do All Day?
    10. Denise Sherwood - This Road
    11. Sherwood & Pinch Ft. Daddy Freddy, Ghetto Priest And Jen Jen - We No Normal (Anger Management)
    12. Andy Fairley - Your Best Tune
    13. Lesson 7 & Scott Crow Ft. Doug Wimbish - Andthe (Arise) Adrian Sherwood Remix
    14. Hebden’s HiFi - Segue 8
    15. Tackhead Ft. MAD 45 - I Don’t Wanna Work A Fake Job
    16. Sherwood & Pinch - Excessive Drinking
    17. Ital Horns - Metropolis
    18. LSK - Money Masters
    19. Andy Fairley - Deranged Man

    Akae Beka's inimitable style of rich, deep, multi-layered songwriting, uncompromising devotion to RasTafari and soulful healing melodies developed over decades performing with St. Croix based band Midnite and countless recordings. At the point of his untimely passing in 2019, he had released over 70LP's. He is without a doubt one of the most prolific reggae artists ever known.

    The stellar production trinity that is Zion I Kings have been involved collectively and individually in creating some of the most highly regarded contributions to the vast Akae Beka catalogue. Ride Tru, originally released digitally and on CD in 2014, stood every chance disappearing into the all eclipsing shadow of the LP released by them earlier that year, Beauty for Ashes, which had been named by iTunes as the reggae album of the year. A monumental achievement for undiluted, uncompromising RasTafari roots reggae music this side of the millennium. So needless to say, the bar was high and Vaughn Benjamin and Zion I Kings must have known that, as they managed to raise it higher again.

    Ride Tru continues in the same form, rootsy, soulful, refreshingly polished and authentically raw, the threads of anciency that any devout reggae lover will be looking for and the threads of modernity that keep it alive and appealing in the modern day. A uniquely regal tapestry that has become synonymous with music created from the unity of Zion I Kings and Vaughn Benjamin

    Following 8 years of anxious anticipation, for the countless Akae Beka fans that are also vinyl connoisseurs, this LP is now being released on as a 12" vinyl LP courtesy of Before Zero Records. This offers the listener not only the chance to enjoy this LP in an analogue form, but also the chance to hold the artwork as a 12" square masterpiece, created by the hands of Ras Marcus, the artist who gave the powerful visual presence that became synonymous to much of the I Grade / Akae Beka works over the years.


    1. Calm The Day
    2. To Them
    3. To Ge Da
    4. Credited
    5. Conquering Lion
    6. Voices Of The Remnancy
    7. Arise Again
    8. Worry Free
    9. How I'll Carry On
    10. Ride Tru

    Chouk Bwa & The Angströmers

    Ayiti Kongo Dub

      Preceding the release of a new album next year, we’re pleased to announce two ‘Ayiti Kongo Dub’ EPs by Chouk Bwa & The Ångströmers. Following on from 2020s acclaimed album Vodou Ale, Chouk Bwa turn up the heat for this exhilarating trip into their bush of ghosts by introducing a new stripped down line-up to fire up the dance floor, based exclusively on the drums and rhythms of the Haitian kongo rite and deep electronic dub expansions by their trusted Belgian counterparts The Ångströmers.

      Compared to the Vodou Alé album, 'Ayiti Kongo Dub' marks a change of direction. By developing the dimension of trance rather than elaborate structures, the music now aims itself at the dance floor. The kongo style with its Mambo, Anmin and Kongo Payèt rhythms, played with two drums and based on a pulse that is not subject to a measure, lends itself very well to linear developments, with the

      constant and heady cue of the fè (literally a piece of iron) hammered out by the solo singer. Developed on the basis of ceremonial pieces, not originally intended for any form of performance, the repertoire includes a significant amount of improvisation characteristic of Kongo drumming. In their production, The Ångströmers have taken to heart to respect this sense of freedom by performing a large part of their interventions in an improvised manner. The beat is almost subliminal at the beginning and gradually made more explicit by electronic intervention. Deep bass, reverbs and delays inspired by Dub: this is music for clubs and sound systems of endless nights.


      A1. Agwetaroyo
      B1. Similòm
      B2. Vini Wè M

      Make A Dance change things up for their third release, ushing in rising Yorkshire post-punk outfit Deadletter to collaborate.

      "Line The Cows" is a kinda wobbly, post-punk reggae-disco jam. Like Yard Act meets ESG and Jah Wobble with lyrical direction from John Cooper Clarke. A skeletal drum machine groove supporting winding bass and Zac's deadpan, well pronounced vox cutting through like a knife and providing some clever and insightful phrases. The second track is a recording of the band doing a full live take in London’s Pony Studios showcasing just how tight this 6 piece band are.

      On the flip Make A Dance get to work with the remix package with broken beats and arpeggiated baselines, turning the track into a dark twisted monster fit for a 4am bass bin workout.


      Matt says: Make A Dance present rising Yorkshire firm Deadletter. The OG should appeal to fans of Yard Act and ESG whilst MAD are on hand with two wobbly, electrified disco-not-disco jams. Killer!


      A1. Line The Cows
      A2. Line The Cows (Live At Pony Studios)
      B1: Line The Cows (Make A Dance Remix)
      B2: Line The Cows (Make A Dance Dub)

      Gregory Isaacs

      One One Cocoa

        Career peak cool ruler classic form '73 here twin-spinned with producer Glen Brown's vocal mover Another first time.

        Pantomine coupling and limited one-time press


        One One Cocoa
        Take A Step

        Barrington Levy

        Black Heart Man

          Top roots outing from the mellow canary on this dreadlocks man 1980 classic.

          Roots Radics in full effect on the big showdown Scientist dub. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, recorded at Channel One, mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's.


          Black Heart Man
          Round Eight

          Johnny Osbourne

          Love Is Universal

            High ranking Johnny Osbourne anthem from 1982 with Roots Radics in full effect. Sampled countless times in drum and bass – first time legit seven inch pressing for this original ruling version. Backed by world cup winning Scientist dub. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, recorded at Channel One, mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's.

            TRACK LISTING

            Love Is Universal
            Dangerous Match One

            Roman Stewart

            Never Too Young To Learn

              Highly regarded deep roots nugget from ’73 now twin-spinned with the famed Big Youth microphone attack.

              A first time Glen Brown rhythm coupling and a limited one-time press.

              TRACK LISTING

              Never Too Young To Learn
              Opportunity Rock

              Debut release from Austudy: "Burning It Up: Australian Reggae (1979-1986)". A
              compilation surveying the influence of reggae on Australia’s preoccupation with rock, pop, post-punk and new wave between the years of 1979-1986. Much like the cross fertilization that occurred here in the UK. This selection of 8 obscure tracks originally issued on 7” records represent some of the earliest examples of reggae sounds in Australian recorded music. Comes with beautifully illustrated lithograph printed booklet. Highly recommended!

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Nights In Shining - Surfin’ Reggae
              2. Wide Boy Youth - Busy Bleeding
              3. Delaney Venn - Prisoner (LP Version)
              4. Time Lords Inc. - Don’t  5. Lifesavers - Burning It Up
              6. Janie Conway - Temptation 
              7. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons - Shape I’m In (Dub Version)
              8. The Agents - Night People 

              Various Artists

              Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Music Lab

                This new Studio collection on Soul Jazz Records delves deep into a melting pot world of reggae and funk and dub created at the music laboratory of 13 Brentford Road, Kingston in the 1970s - an intense collaboration of crack musicians, singers, DJs and engineers under the guidance of producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd.

                Here you will find some of the deepest and rawest cuts to emanate out the Studio One factory - truly hypnotic rhythms, powerful funk guitar and bass, soaring horns and more interspersed with occasional vocals and toasting as musicians reach for the highest heights and deepest roots of reggae music.

                Some of these tunes here are rare and classic versions to seminal Studio One vocal cuts from the likes of Horace Andy and Hortense Ellis. There is also a wealth of cuts from simply the greatest musicians ever to come out of Jamaica (let alone Studio One). These include Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso, Cedric Brooks, Ernest Ranglin and the Brentford All-Stars. You’ll find straight up funk bombs such as Lennie Hibbert’s mindblowing ‘Go For Yourself’ (sounding like The Meters meets James Brown), the Brentford All-Stars covering War’s classic ‘The World is a Ghetto’, and Jackie Mittoo showing how to make Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ into a reggae funk bomb.

                All of these sit beside super-deep roots and dub cuts that exemplify together how Studio One was unique in Clement Dodd’s pioneering vision of reggae, the music created functioning with a continuous level of experimentation that blurred the lines between genres and pushed the outer limits of reggae music at all times. This album is deep.

                The album comes with extensive sleeve notes by Steve Barker

                TRACK LISTING

                Hortense And The Sound Dimension -
                People Make The World Go Round Version
                Leroy Wallace And The New Establishment -
                Far Beyond Version
                Sound Dimension - Face Man Version
                Fabian & The Vibes - Mother And Child (Part
                Lennie Hibbert - Go For Yourself
                Dub Specialist - Chainey Roots
                Brentford All Stars - The World Is A Ghetto
                The Jay Tees And Brentford Rockers -
                Forward To Jah (Part 2)
                Roy Richards - Summertime
                Lennie Hibbert - Snow Bird
                Pablov Black - Dread Head
                Cedric Im Brooks - Glory To Sound
                Jackie Mittoo - Lazy Bones
                Dub Specialist - Message From Dub
                Jackie Mittoo - Sunshine Of Your Love
                Roland Alphonso - Tenor Man Trip
                Ernest And The Sound Dimension - Surfin’

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