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Creation Rebel

Psychotic Jonkanoo - 2024 Reissue

    First time available on vinyl since 1982. Psychotic Jonkanoo was the sixth Creation Rebel album in three years, originally licensed to the post-punk oriented Glaswegian label Statik. Another solid set of killer dub, albeit less instrumentally inclined than their previous efforts and more focussed on militant-style conscious chants. Bandleader Crucial Tony was aided on the vocal front by harmonies from other group members, in a style reminiscent of Black Uhuru, plus the occasional guest such as John Lydon of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited providing backing harmony (!) on “Mother Don’t Cry”, and the legendary Deadly Headley Bennett adding saxophone to the opening track.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. The Dope
    2. African Space
    3. Chatti Mouth / Threat To Creation
    4. Highest Degree
    5. Mother Don’t Cry
    6. Yuk Up
    7. Drum Talk

    Creation Rebel

    High Above Harlesden 1978-2023

      Vinyl reissue of 5 much sought after albums, most of which have been out of print for over 40 years, plus 6CD anthology set. A crucial reissue campaign of key albums by ‘Creation Rebel’ the original On-U Sound house band. Originally conceived by Adrian Sherwood as a dub outfit to make his first album, Creation Rebel evolved to become the live backing band for Prince Far I, produced a string of classic records in the late 70s and early 80s, and recently returned from exile in space with a triumphant comeback set.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Ooof. 6 CD's of legendary On-U material, all together in one place. Creation Rebel are one of the most well regarded UK dub acts of all time, and this is some of their finest work. Essential.

      TRACK LISTING

      CD 1
      1. Dub From Creation
      2. Basic Principals
      3. Rebel Rouser
      4. Creation Vibration
      5. Creation In A Iration
      6. Dub Fusion
      7. Mirage
      8. Liberation
      9. Rising Star
      10. Vision Of Creation
      11. Frontline Dub

      CD 2
      1. Know Yourself
      2. Conspiring
      3. Beware
      4. Dangerous And Deadly
      5.. Shouldn’t Do That
      6. Creation Fever
      7. Natty Conscience Free
      8. Joyful Noise

      CD 3
      1. Rebel Vibration
      2. Jungle Affair
      3. Hunger And Strife
      4. Ian Smith Rock (Dub)
      5. Diverse Doctor
      6. Mountain Melody
      7. Black Lion Dub
      8. Doctor’s Remedy

      CD 4
      1. Starship Africa Section 1
      2. Starship Africa Section 2
      3. Starship Africa Section 3
      4. Starship Africa Section 4
      5. Starship Africa Section 5
      6. Space Movement Section 1
      7. Space Movement Section 2
      8. Space Movement Section 3
      9. Space Movement Section 4
      10. Creation Rock
      11. Give Me Power
      12. Original Power

      CD 5
      1. The Dope
      2. African Space
      3. Chatti Mouth / Threat To Creation
      4. Highest Degree
      5. Mother Don’t Cry
      6. Yuk Up
      7. Drum Talk
      8. Independent Man
      9. Creation Rebel
      10. Monkey Grinds The Organ

      CD 6
      1. Swiftly (The Right One)
      2. Stonebridge Warrior
      3. Under Pressure
      4. That’s More Like It
      5. Jubilee Clock
      6. This Thinking Feeling
      7. Whatever It Takes
      8. Salutation Gardens
      9. Crown Hill Road
      10. The Peoples’ Sound (Tribute To Daddy Vego)
      11. Off The Spectrum

      Creation Rebel

      Close Encounters Of The Third World - 2024 Reissue

        A sublime set of roots, vocal and dubbed out instrumental magic, Close Encounters Of The Third World is a real lost gem in the treasure-filled Creation Rebel back catalogue. A true cross-atlantic collaboration - initial rhythm tracks were laid down in London in 1978, with horns and vocals overdubbed at Channel One in Jamaica, before bandleader Crucial Tony returned to London with the tapes for the album to be mixed by a visiting Prince Jammy.

        Originally released on pre-On-U Sound label Hitrun, and the second album released by the group chronologically. Unavailable for 45 years, it has been carefully pieced back together, for this new edition featuring extended 12” discomix versions of “Beware” and “Natty Conscience Free”, re-cut by Frank Merritt at The Carvery. Includes new sleevenotes by reggae scholar David Katz that tells the story of the album in full, plus download card

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Know Yourself
        2. Conspiring
        3. Beware
        4. Dangerous And Deadly
        5. Shouldn’t Do That
        6. Creation Fever
        7. Natty Conscience Free
        8. Joyful Noise

        Creation Rebel

        Rebel Vibrations - 2024 Reissue

          A rare early album by Creation Rebel back in print for the first time since 1979. Rebel Vibrations was originally issued by the pre-On-U Sound label Hitrun. The rhythms stem from one of the first recording sessions organised by maverick producer Adrian Sherwood, taking advantage of ace Jamaican drummer Lincoln “Style” Scott, sticksman for the Roots Radics, visiting the UK for the first time.

          Pairing him up with UK-based players such as Crucial Tony, Lizard Logan, Doctor Pablo and Clifton Morrison, the result is a set of tough and uncompromising dub tunes, or as Sherwood describes it: “a structure of suppressed rhythms and unique possibilities in sonic space.” Re-cut by Frank Merritt at The Carvery for maximum dynamics. Includes printed inner sleeve with liner notes and archival photo, plus download card for the full album.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Rebel Vibration
          2. Jungle Affair
          3. Hunger And Strife
          4. Ian Smith Rock (Dub)
          5. Diverse Doctor
          6. Mountain Melody
          7. Black Lion Dub
          8. Doctor’s Remedy

          Creation Rebel

          Hostile Environment

            The first album in 40 years from this legendary dub act, who were the original On-U house band and responsible for classics such as Dub from Creation and Starship Africa. The trio of Crucial Tony, Eskimo Fox and Magoo are back with producer Adrian Sherwood to create a modern spin on their heavyweight dubwise rhythms.

            “Creation Rebel have created a great legacy. Their records inspired a legion of dubheads and they were foundational in the formation of the On-U Sound and Ruff Cut labels, not to mention bands such as Roots Radics, African Head Charge, Dub Syndicate, Singers and Players and many more. On this album it all comes full circle with Hostile Environment, featuring three of the original Rebels and with some wonderful guests.

            ‘Hostile Environment’ is the term that UK Prime Minister Theresa May used to describe creating a hostile environment for people seeking refuge and asylum, one of the backdrops to the shocking Windrush scandal that has affected so many Caribbean families who have lived and worked in the UK for their whole lives.” Adrian Sherwood.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: It's been FORTY years, and Creation Rebel are still forging a rich union of soundsystem bass, dubby rhythms and politically pointed lyrics. A superb return for one of the greatest forces in reggae history.

            TRACK LISTING

            Vinyl
            A1 Swiftly (The Right One)
            A2 Stonebridge Warrior
            A3 Under Pressure
            A4 That’s More Like It
            A5 Jubilee Clock
            A6 This Thinking Feeling
            A7 Whatever It Takes
            A8 Salutation Gardens
            A9 Crown Hill Road
            A10 The Peoples’ Sound (Tribute To Daddy Veigo)

            CD
            01. Swiftly (The Right One)
            02. Stonebridge Warrior
            03. Under Pressure
            04. That’s More Like It
            05. Jubilee Clock
            06. This Thinking Feeling
            07. Whatever It Takes
            08. Salutation Gardens
            09. Crown Hill Road
            10. The Peoples’ Sound (Tribute To Daddy Vego)
            11. Off The Spectrum

            African Head Charge

            A Trip To Bolgatanga

              The legendary collaboration between master percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah and producer Adrian Sherwood return with their first new studio album in twelve years. Originally conceived in 1981 as an attempt to make Brian Eno’s “vision of a psychedelic Africa” exist in musical form, the project has evolved and mutated over the years but all the hallmarks of their classic sound are present and correct on this record: hypnotic hand drums driving rhythms to move your head and feet; coupled with mind-bending arrangements and dubwise production. Inimitable guest vocals by the award winning Ghanaian kologo master, King Ayisoba lend an extra dimension. An act of cultish proportions, African Head Charge have been compared to Sun Ra “for their same ability to head into the unknown” - Echoes magazine. Recorded between Ghana and the UK, A Trip To Bolgatanga is a triumphant comeback.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. A Bad Attitude
              2. Accra Electronica
              3. Push Me Pull You
              4. I Chant Too
              5. Asalatua
              6. Passing Clouds
              7. I’m A Winner
              8. Trip To Bolgatanga
              9. Never Regret A Day
              10. Microdosing

              The Missing Brazilians

              Warzone - 2022 Reissue

                Another science fiction dancehall classic. Originally released in 1984, this is one of the most envelope- pushing records on the On-U Sound label: a rhythmic collision of noise, dub and electronics. Adrian Sherwood pushed the possibilities of the studio to the limit, capturing dystopian mid-80s cold war menace with layers of spatially- disorientating percussion, alien keyboard sounds and teeth-rattling distortion. Features vocal contributions from Shara Nelson (Massive Attack) and Annie Anxiety (Crass Records). Re-cut at Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin for maximum bass pressure. Includes a fold-out poster insert and download card which contains the full album plus a previously unreleased extended mix of 'Ace Of Wands', their contribution to the classic first volume of the long running 'Pay It All Back' series.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Crocodile's Court
                A2. Gentle Killers
                A3. Frequency Feast
                A4. Quicksand Beach Party
                B1. Savanna Prance
                B2. Meander
                B3. Igloo Inn
                B4. Missing Brazilians

                New Age Steppers

                Action Battlefield

                  The quickfire follow-up to the New Age Stepper’s self-titled debut, this set was also issued in 1981. A perhaps more melodic and accessible record than its predecessor, the bulk of the album is versions of tunes sourced from reggae imports of the period, featuring radical interpretations of songs by Bim Sherman, Horace Andy and B.B. Seaton.

                  Ari Up of the Slits takes more of a frontwoman role here, singing lead on most tracks, and bringing a lot of her own indomitable personality to bear on the material, even breaking briefly into German for her take on “Problems”! It also features the vocal debut of a very young Neneh Cherry on “My Love”. The rhythms are rock solid, laid down by the crack team of Eskimo Fox, Crucial Tony and George Oban, having honed their skills on sides by Creation Rebel and Aswad, with everything expertly dubbed through the mixing desk of Adrian Sherwood.

                  First time available on vinyl for 40 years, includes download card and printed inner featuring new sleevenotes and interviews by Oli Warwick. 


                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. My Whole World
                  A2. Observe Life
                  A3. Got To Get Away
                  A4. My Love

                  B1. Problems
                  B2. Nuclear Zulu
                  B3. Guiding Star

                  New Age Steppers

                  Foundation Steppers

                    The third New Age Steppers arrived in 1983 and marked a sea change in approach, a warmer sounding record than the two thrilling-but-abrasive LPs that had preceded it.

                    Part of this was down to frontwoman Ari Up moving to Jamaica and instigating proceedings with a session at the legendary Channel One with Style Scott and a JA horn section, before bringing the tapes back to London for Adrian Sherwood to work on. The other big factor was bringing in Bim Sherman to step up to the mic on several tracks, after interpreting some of his material on the previous albums. His distinctive croon works as the perfect foil to Ari’s own vocal takes, and the resulting album is perhaps the closest the collective got to laying down an album that is identifiably roots reggae, albeit still breaking tradition with colourful synth tones and a post-punk production sensibility.

                    First time available on vinyl since original release, includes download card and printed inner featuring new sleevenotes and interviews by Oli Warwick.



                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1 Some Love
                    A2 Memories
                    A3 5 Dog Race
                    A4 Misplaced Love

                    B1 Dreamers
                    B2 Stabilizer
                    B3 Stormy Weather
                    B4 Vice Of My Enemies
                    B5 Mandarin

                    New Age Steppers

                    New Age Steppers

                      The landmark first album on the On-U Sound label, this self-titled debut announced a gathering of the tribes: producer Adrian Sherwood bringing together members of the Slits, the Pop Group, the Flying Lizards and the Raincoats and getting them to collaborate with the likes of the Roots Radics’ Style Scott, Creation Rebel’s Crucial Tony, and Aswad’s George Oban to form a potent post-punk/dub fusion.

                      The albums two highest peaks are brilliantly realised interpretations of Jamaican classics - Junior Byles’ “Fade Away” and Bim Sherman’s “Love Forever”, Ari Up’s vocal transporting the dread warning and lovers rock vibes to the icy hallways of early-80s London squatland. Elsewhere Mark Stewart marshalls an early version of his “Crazy Dreams and High Ideals” (later re-versioned with the Maffia), music journalist Vivien Goldman voices caustic album closer “Private Armies” (originally a b-side to her Launderette single), and all sorts of strange noises and rhythmic murk bridge the gaps, the instrumentals falling somewhere between a late night studio session at Channel One and the kinds of experimental soundscapes being explored at the time by Industrial Records.

                      A certified classic of the era back on wax for the first time in 40 years and an essential addition to any post-punk record collection. Includes download card and printed inner with new sleevenotes and interviews by Oli Warwick.



                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Fade Away
                      A2. Radial Drill
                      A3. State Assembly
                      A4. Crazy Dreams And High Ideals


                      B1. Abderhamane’s Demise
                      B2. Animal Space
                      B3. Love Forever
                      B4. Private Armies

                      New Age Steppers

                      Avant Gardening

                        Rare dubs, version excursions and unreleased tracks from the vault 1980 - 1983.

                        In the tradition of archival On-U Sound compilations of recent years such as the Return Of The Crocodile and Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi sets for African Head Charge; and the Displaced Masters LP of early Dub Synidcate rarities, we’ve gone through the tape vaults to put together this special record of unreleased versions and rarities from the white hot early days of the New Age Steppers, the group that launched the On-U Sound label by appearing on both the first single and album.

                        Highlights include a restored track from their infamous and long-lost 1983 John Peel session (an ebullient cover of Atlantic Starr’s “Send For Me” featuring a beautifully spirited vocal performance from the much-missed Ari Up), the Jah Woosh deejay cut of “Love Forever”, some rare dubs previously only available on Japanese import CDs, all bookended by two very different takes on Chaka Khan’s “Some Love”. An essential set for collectors of post-punk, dub and other outernational sounds. 


                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1 Aggro Dub Version
                        A2 Send For Me
                        A3 Izalize
                        A4 Unclear

                        B1 Singing Love
                        B2 I Scream (Rimshot)
                        B3 Avante Gardening
                        B4 Wide World Version
                        B5 Some Dub

                        African Head Charge

                        In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land

                          Originally issued in 1993 and the last African Head Charge album on On-U Sound for 12 years, released at the height of the band’s popularity as a staple of live music festivals. Continuing the skillful fusion of styles they had explored on “Songs Of Praise”, this album added elements of trance and electronica to their trademark percussion-heavy sound. This expanded reissue adds 8 bonus tracks to the original vinyl edition, including 2 that have never been released before. Includes a download card for the full audio plus a double-sided poster insert with excerpts from a new interview with band leader Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side One
                          1. Heading To Glory
                          2. Pursuit
                          3. One Destination
                          4. No, Don't Follow Fashion

                          Side Two
                          5. Animal Law
                          6. Learning
                          7. Fever Pitch
                          8. Somebody Touch I

                          Side Three
                          9. Fever Pitch (Raw Cut)
                          10. Pursuit (Underpulse Motion DJ Edit)
                          11. No Don’t Follow Fashion
                          12. On The Off Beat

                          Side Four
                          13. Rastaman
                          14. Run Come See Me
                          15. Kumasee
                          16. Mama Shante Garden

                          African Head Charge

                          Vision Of A Psychedelic Africa

                            The first album African Head Charge made for On-U since 1993, this 2005 set was a triumphant return that saw longtime collaborators Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah and Adrian Sherwood reunited in the studio once more, the album title referring to the project’s original mission statement (nicked from Brian Eno!). This album is African Head Charge at their very best, rich in varied percussion and spiritual chants, set over hypnotic and transcendent layers of African rhythms, trippy and bubbling dubbed-out effects, and trademark pounding bass. This is the first time the album has been released n vinyl. Cut over 4 sides for maximum dynamics by King Kevin Metcalfe. Includes double-sided poster insert featuring a new interview with Bonjo, download card for full contents and two bonus tracks.


                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: More from the post-millennial incarnations of the African Head Charge catalogue. This is a particularly third-eye-opening set, rich in spirituality and oneness with Eart'.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side One
                            1. The Big Country
                            2. Surfari
                            3. Positive Thoughts & Mind
                            4. Unplanned

                            Side Two
                            5. Treatment For A Septic Horn
                            6. Drumming Is A Language
                            7. Mr. Whippy Does Djibouti
                            8. Run Come See
                            9. Ran Came Saw

                            Side Three
                            10. Blessed Works
                            11. Work Blessed
                            12. More Fluid
                            13. Who Are You?

                            Side Four
                            14. Ready You Ready
                            15. Ready You Ready Part 2
                            16. What Is The Plan? W/ Mutabaruka
                            17. What Is The Plan? (Version) W/ Mutabaruka 

                            Lee 'Scratch' Perry

                            Heavy Rain

                              A dub companion to the critically-acclaimed "Rainford" album that sees the Upsetter and co-producer Adrian Sherwood radically re-version the original tapes with a host of guest musicians including Brian Eno and Vin Gordon.

                              If "Rainford" is 2019’s "Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread" then "Heavy Rain" is it’s "Super Ape".

                              As well as highlighting the deft musicianship of the original backing band on the "Rainford" sessions (which include core On-U luminaries from Creation Rebel, Tackhead and Dub Syndicate) these re-works also invite some further players into the cosmic mix. Brian Eno makes an unexpected right channel entry into “Here Come The Warm Dreads”, a heavily processed sound system overhaul of Rainford highlight “Makumba Rock”, cheekily re-titled as a nod to Eno’s own debut solo album. This completes a circle started in 1981 with African Head Charge’s My Life In A Hole In The Ground similarly referencing the contemporary collaboration between Eno and David Byrne, and their “vision of a psychedelic Africa”.

                              Elsewhere, legendary trombonist Vin Gordon (one of the hornsmen on Bob Marley & The Wailers Exodus amongst many other classic sides) lends his distinctively woozy blowing to tracks such as “Rattling Bones And Crowns” (a late night flipside to “Kill Them Dreams Money Worshippers”) and “Crickets In Moonlight” (“Cricket In The Moon” refracted through some beautifully louche late summer heat haze lens). On the closest the album has to a title track, “Heavy Rainford” strips back the narrative from “Autobiography Of The Upsetter” to ride the rhythm with all sorts of mixing desk tricks, anchored by the killer “I Am The Upsetter” hook from LSK.

                              It’s important to note that it’s not all Rainford re-works though: “Dreams Come True” and “Above And Beyond” are Scratch and Sherwood originals, heard here for the first time and equally strong material for this purple patch in the career of an unstoppable Jamaican maverick and true musical pioneer.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Intro - Music Shall Echo
                              A2. Here Come The Warm Dreads
                              A3. Rattling Bones And Crowns
                              A4. Mindworker
                              A5. Enlightened
                              A6. Hooligan Hank

                              B1. Crickets In Moonlight
                              B2. Space Craft
                              B3. Dreams Come True
                              B4. Above And Beyond
                              B5. Heavy Rainford
                              B6. Outro - Wisdom

                              The mighty Upsetter returns with 9 brand new tracks recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Adrian Sherwood at the controls. 'It's the most intimate album Lee has ever made, but at the same time the musical ideas are very fresh. I'm extremely proud of what we've come up as a piece of work'. - Sherwood

                              This new set is the culmination of over two years work and recording sessions that span Jamaica, Brazil and the UK. Determined to craft a work of lasting power, Sherwood likens to the album to the work that Rick Rubin did with Johnny Cash on the American Recordings series, a deeply personal work (the album title refers to Lee’s birth name) and arguably the strongest batch of original material that Perry has released for many years.

                              From the atmospheric field recording and wah-wah guitar of album opener “Cricket On The Moon”, to the gothic cello embellishment on “Let It Rain”, the chopped-and-compressed horn section of “Makumba Rock”, to the layered, carefully arranged backing vocals like a heavenly chorus throughout the record, this is an album with true love, care and attention poured into it’s every groove. It culminates in the truly extraordinary “Autobiography Of The Upsetter”, in which Scratch narrates the story of his life from growing up on a plantation in 1930s colonial Jamaica to becoming a worldwide musical superstar.

                              The story of Lee Perry and Adrian Sherwood collaborating stretches back to the mid-1980s, and a fortuitous meeting brokered by underground broadcasting legend Steve Barker between the dub innovator and UK upstart. This led to the creation of On-U classics such as "Time Boom X De Devil Dead" and "The Mighty Upsetter", as well as Lee gracing Dub Syndicate records with some vital vocal injections.


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: A nice, autobiographical styled set by these two reggae legends. Telling a story of Scratch's life whilst demonstrating the varying facets of Sherwoods ingenius production.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Cricket On The Moon
                              2. Run Evil Spirit
                              3. Let It Rain
                              4. House Of Angels
                              5. Makumba Rock
                              6. African Starship
                              7. Kill Them Dreams Money Worshippers
                              8. Children Of The Light
                              9. Autobiography Of The Upsetter

                              This 18 track showcase of new Adrian Sherwood productions is the long-awaited latest installment in the legendary On-U sampler series that first emerged in 1984. It features previews of several forthcoming On-U releases, unique mixes, deep cuts and unreleased tracks from Roots Manuva, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Coldcut, Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band), Mark Stewart, Horace Andy and more. In the classic tradition of the series the tracks are stitched together with a number of special pirate radio style segue ways, making for a unique journey through the modern world of On-U Sound.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Long established experimental dub series Pay It All Back reaches a modest 7th volume landmark. Keeping the quality control high throughout the series, Adrian Sherwood presents the best of the modern dub underground.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              LP:
                              A1. Roots Manuva & Doug Wimbish - Spit Bits
                              A2. Sherwood & Pinch (ft. Daddy Freddy & Dubiterian) - One Law For The Rich
                              A3. Horace Andy - Mr Bassie (Play Rub A Dub)
                              A4. Neyssatou & Likkle Mai - War
                              B1. Lee “Scratch” Perry - African Starship
                              B2. Denise Sherwood - Ghost Heart
                              B3. Higher Authorities - Neptune Version*
                              B4. Sherwood & Pinch Ft. LSK - Fake Days
                              B5. Congo Natty - UK All Stars In Dub
                              C1. Mark Stewart - Favour
                              C2. LSK And Adrian Sherwood - The Way Of The World
                              C3. Gary Lucas With Arkell & Hargreaves - Toby’s Place
                              C4. Nisennenmondai - A’ - Live In Dub (Edit)
                              D1. African Head Charge - Flim
                              D2. Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto - Fuego De Cumbia / Dub De Sangre Pura (Dub Mix)
                              D3. Little Axe - Deep River (The Payback Mix)
                              D4. Ghetto Priest Ft. Junior Delgado & 2 Bad Card - Slave State
                              D5. Coldcut Ft. Roots Manuva - Beat Your Chest

                              *Unique To Vinyl & CD Editions
                              All Tracks Previously Unreleased Except B3, B5 And D2.

                              CD:
                              01. Roots Manuva & Doug Wimbish - Spit Bits
                              02. Sherwood & Pinch (ft. Daddy Freddy & Dubiterian) - One Law For The Rich
                              03. Horace Andy - Mr Bassie (Play Rub A Dub)
                              04. Neyssatou & Likkle Mai - War
                              05. Lee “Scratch” Perry - African Starship
                              06. Denise Sherwood - Ghost Heart
                              07. Higher Authorities - Neptune Version*
                              08. Sherwood & Pinch Ft. LSK - Fake Days
                              09. Congo Natty - UK All Stars In Dub
                              10. Mark Stewart - Favour
                              11. LSK And Adrian Sherwood - The Way Of The World
                              12. Gary Lucas With Arkell & Hargreaves - Toby’s Place
                              13. Nisennenmondai - A’ - Live In Dub (Edit)
                              14. African Head Charge - Flim
                              15. Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto - Fuego De Cumbia / Dub De Sangre Pura (Dub Mix)
                              16. Little Axe - Deep River (The Payback Mix)
                              17. Ghetto Priest Ft. Junior Delgado & 2 Bad Card - Slave State
                              18. Coldcut Ft. Roots Manuva - Beat Your Chest

                              *Unique To Vinyl & CD Editions
                              All Tracks Previously Unreleased Except 7, 9 And 15.

                              Singers & Players

                              Staggering Heights

                                Rated by many to be the pinnacle in their catalogue, this third album from 1983 saw the reggae collective Singers & Players really hitting their stride.

                                On microphone duties, Prince Far I and Bim Sherman are joined by Mikey Dread (fresh from his work with The Clash) and Ashanti Roy (The Congos) for a truly heavyweight line-up.

                                Voicing killer rhythms laid down by members of the Dub Syndicate and Roots Radics, this is a landmark recording in the mutated UK version of dub.

                                Contains the classic On-U tracks ‘Bedward The Flying Preacher’ and ‘Snipers In The Streets’.

                                Re-cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Includes a fold-out 24” x 12” poster insert and digital download card.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Laura says: One of many fantastic albums produced by On-U Sound. Worth buying for "Bedward The flying Preacher" alone!

                                TRACK LISTING

                                African Blood
                                Bedward The Flying
                                Preacher
                                Snipers In The Street
                                A Matter Of Time
                                School Days
                                Autobiography
                                Socca
                                This Assembly

                                African Head Charge

                                Drastic Season

                                  African Head Charge's third album from 1983. Described by producer Adrian Sherwood as: "Experiments in active frequencies, out of time noises, rhythms within rhythms, and endless tape edits (edits on edits) resulting in the ultimate cut-up and paste job..." whilst an On-U press release of the time declared: "A high-tech rhythm mix of human, animal and machine sounds, captured on the Southern Studios digital rig by the "wackid' mixer Adrian Sherwood, up in sunny Wood Green, 'Drastic Season' features that On-U rugged bass sound. Check it if you're a dancer, a listener, a film maker, a computer programmer, a human or an animal. Special treats in store for steam locomotive enthusiasts and biologists. You've never heard such sounds in your life (to quote ESP)."

                                  Loose echoes of traditional African percussion music, field recordings and roots reggae inform the mix, whilst some parts conjure up the stripped-back post-rock of Can or Tortoise.

                                  Re-cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin for maximum bass pressure. Includes printed inner with sleevenotes by Steve Barker (‘On The Wire’), plus download card for full album.


                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1 Timbuktu Express
                                  A2 I Want Water
                                  A3 Bazaar
                                  A4 African Hedge Hog
                                  B1 Depth Charge
                                  B2 Fruit Market
                                  B3 Snake In The Hole
                                  B4 Many Generations

                                  African Head Charge

                                  Environmental Studies

                                    Experimental studio album from 1982 that saw African Head Charge working manipulated and vari-speeded 1/4 inch tape loops that were re-recorded back to the multi track, soaked in reverb and delay, and then applied to the performances of the musicians, not to mention extensive use of found sounds and field recordings, hence the title.

                                    The brainchild of Adrian Sherwood and percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, the group forged their own undefinable sound on these early albums which sound eerily contemporary, predating the experimental bass music of labels such as Hyperdub and Tectonic.

                                    Features contributions from Bruce Smith (The Pop Group), Style Scott (Roots Radics) and Deadly Headley (The Wailers).

                                    Re-cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin for maximum bass pressure. Includes printed inner with sleevenotes by Steve Barker (‘On The Wire’), plus download card for full album.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Crocodile Hand Luggage
                                    Dinosaur's Lament
                                    Beriberi
                                    Snakeskin Tracksuit
                                    High Protein Snack
                                    In A Trap
                                    Breeding Space
                                    Primitive
                                    Latin Temperament 

                                    Singers & Players

                                    Revenge Of The Underdog

                                      The second album by the loose On-U Sound collective, originally released in 1982. Featuring Prince Far I, Bim Sherman, Jah Woosh, plus members of The Roots Radics, The Slits and Glaxo Babies.

                                      Heavy dread vibes, earthquaking dub and classic deejay chatter, recorded in the flash, heat and studio experimentation of post-punk London.

                                      “There really is not a single weak track here. Sherwood spins his glistening web of intrusive, hyperactive magic, a production approach that would never work for anyone else but almost always does for him. No reggae collection should be without this one.” - All Music

                                      Re-cut at dubplates & mastering in Berlin for maximum bass pressure. Includes a 24” x 12” fold-out poster insert and digital download card.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A) Dungeon B) Merchant Ship C) Jah Army Band
                                      Too Much Workload
                                      Prodigal Son
                                      Follower
                                      Water The Garden
                                      Resolution (Pt.2 / Version 2)
                                      Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight)
                                      Cha-Ris-Ma

                                      Sherwood & Pinch

                                      Late Night Endless

                                        'Late Night Endless' is the first album by (Adrian) Sherwood (On-U Sound label boss) and Pinch (Tectonic head honcho) and the culmination of two years in the studio developing, re-dubbing and deconstructing tracks. It finds the highest common factor between the two's techniques, making it impossible to see where one musical personality ends and the other starts. It touches on the urban swing of UK garage on ‘Music Killer (Dub)' and 'Gimme Some More (Tight Like That)', on interstellar 90s ambient dub on 'Wild Birds Sing', on the mystical minimalism of Pinch's first releases on 'Africa 138' - but none of these stylistic diversions are out of place; they all seem completely of a piece with the heavyweight, ancient-futurist dub pulse that runs under everything.

                                        It's an intergenerational meeting of minds, a fusing of two stories, a collision of the (pun intended) tectonic plates of international soundsystem culture. The currents that link post-punk, jungle, dubstep, almighty reggae, techno, Jamaica, Ramsgate and Bristol all come together in a single small DJ booth in London then explode outwards again through truck-sized speakers, through long weeks of studio experimentation, through days and nights without sleep in Tokyo, and are finally condensed on a record that reverberates with the apocalyptic echoes of all that came before and the rumbling threat of a dark future.

                                        The connection was already there. Adrian Sherwood built up a vast catalogue of music through the 1980s as producer to the vast and sprawling dub-industrial-electro collective that was On-U Sound, taking in Dub Syndicate, Tackhead, New Age Steppers and many many more. As a young boy, Rob ‘Pinch’ Ellis grew up on it. “My older brother had loads of On-U albums,” he says, “and taped them all for me. Listening to all that was definitely my introduction to dub – we didn't have a lot of reggae around where I grew up in Newport [South Wales] – and it meant that when I heard jungle, drum'n'bass, trip hop and stuff later on, it made complete sense to me.”

                                        This is an exciting record because it's full of hints of how much more there is to come from this meeting of minds. It's exciting because of the history that pounds and pulses through it. More than that, though, it's exciting because of what it does to you as a listener right here and now in the present; as the sample of Andy Fairley's vocal from the early days of On-U says in 'Precinct of Sound' says: “your head will become a crazy bulbous punch bag of sound”... and what more could you ask?


                                        Adrian Sherwood

                                        Survival & Resistance

                                          For more than three decades, Adrian Sherwood has been one of the World’s finest and most consistently groundbreaking producers, artists and remixers. He has wrought his magic upon such artists as Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Blur, Primal Scream and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, as well as coining new sounds with legendary acts such as Tackhead and Mark Stewart. As label boss and producer for the legendary On-U Sound label, he has brought music to the world from New Age Steppers, African Head Charge, Gary Clail and Dub Syndicate.

                                          Now comes Adrian’s third solo album, ‘Survival & Resistance’. Dark atmospherics, creeping electronics and an almost orchestral approach to arrangement are married to brilliant melodic sense.

                                          Drawing on the upheaval of the all-too-recent London riots and staring down the current international economic crisis, the album is an earnest critique of current injustices, and like all great dub music is also potently enjoyable. Echoes of the UK’s hyperactive electronic underground can be heard through the album, and Sherwood’s recent time spent with such young luminaries as Kode 9, Pinch, Digital Mystikz and The Bug have no doubt played an energizing role. However, even stronger is the post-punk lineage of the On-U aesthetic and the mythical mixing approach he has evolved over the years. A swirling maelstrom of skull-shaking, heavy electronic tones and masterful deployment of breathing space and alien echo, ‘Survival & Resistance’ is the sound of avantgarde dub music in 2012.


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