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Dub Syndicate

Ambience In Dub 1982-1985

    Starting out as a typically loose On-U collective masterminded by Adrian Sherwood, Dub Syndicate evolved over time into a long term collaboration with the drummer Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott, a key member of the Roots Radics and Creation Rebel. This anthology documents their early years over five discs, featuring four bonus tracks from the original albums and an entire disc of unreleased dubs.

    Also includes 24 page booklet with sleevenotes by Steve Barker (‘On The Wire’).

    Doctor Pablo & Dub Syndicate

    North Of The River Thames

    ‘North Of The River Thames’: Hauntological dub taking the mystical eastern melodica scales pioneered by Augustus Pablo and applying them to a unique mix of re-versioned cult themes and roots rockers. Doctor Pablo was a key member of Creation Rebel as well as contributing to such canonical albums as ‘Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Volume 1’ and some of the early Hitrun Records sides, a pre-cursor to On-U Sound. It is also the third album appearance by the Dub Syndicate. Features the much-loved dub re-rub of the theme tune to classic British science fiction show ‘Doctor Who’. Re-cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Includes download card with two bonus tracks and sleevenotes by Steve Barker (‘On The Wire’).

    Unreleased archival tracks from the On-U vaults! Serving the same purpose as the recent Return Of The Crocodile set did for African Head Charge, this LP illuminates the early development of one of the flagship acts on the label, allowing some truly magnificent versions to be heard for the first time. Mostly stripped-back raw takes, they highlight the rock solid rhythm foundation laid down by such incredible players as Style Scott and Charlie Eskimo Fox, as well as three vital soul-in-the-echo-chamber interjections from the late, great Bim Sherman. Essential early-80s dub damage.

    ‘One Way System’: Originally issued as a cassette on the ROIR label alongside the likes of Bad Brains, Suicide and The Contortions, this second album from 1983 is an uncompromising collection of heavy dub manners and experimental studio soundscaping. Dreader than dread roots rhythms sit alongside delay-baked post-punk instrumentals such as ‘Drilling Equipment’ and ‘Synchroniser’. First ever international vinyl edition, re-cut as a double LP at 45rpm for improved frequency response, includes bonus track ‘Blood Shed Dub’ from the classic disco plate series, download card and gatefold sleeve with sleevenotes by Michael ‘Dub’ Shore and Steve Barker.

    ‘The Pounding System’: The debut Dub Syndicate set from 1982, pre-dating the involvement of mainstay Style Scott. This features various members of Creation Rebel and African Head Charge turning out a wild dub set, with hard-hitting rhythms and FX-mutated melodies phasing in and out of the mix. Recorded quickly with track titles cheekily poking fun at the contemporary series by The Scientist which pitted him against various b-movie foes. The tunes themselves however are deadly serious, with version excursions on some classic On-U vocal cuts such as ‘Bedward The Flying Preacher’ and ‘Across The Red Sea’ and a continuing commitment by producer Adrian Sherwood to take his love of reggae and filter it through his exploratory and uniquely English approach. Re-cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Includes download card with bonus track and sleevenotes by Steve Barker.

    ‘Tunes From The Missing Channel’: increasing access to new studio technology resulted in this splicing of dub reggae DNA with cut-and-paste sampledelia. Anticipating the later work of labels such as Def Jux, Wordsound and Anticon, this 1985 album paired crack Jamaican session musicians such as the Roots Radics’ drummer Style Scott (by this point the instrumental leader of Dub Syndicate) and The Congos’ Ashanti Roy with Public Image Limited’s Jah Wobble and Keith Levene, not to mention the restless mixing desk boundary-pushing of producer and de facto member Adrian Sherwood. A more reggaefied take on the industrial funk Sherwood was making with Tackhead during the same period, lovers of digidub, outernational sounds and even the wilder reaches of 80s hip hop will find much to get lost in here. Re-cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Includes download card and sleevenotes by Steve Barker (‘On The Wire’).


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