Archive for Adrian Sherwood

Adrian Sherwood – Becoming A Cliché / Dub Cliché (2006)

Posted in Adrian Sherwood, Dub, On-U Sound with tags , , on March 6, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Producer Adrian Sherwood has spent the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s exerting an enormous influence on modern pop music, both as head of the avant-garde roots reggae hothouse known as On-U Sound Records and as producer and remixer to forward-thinking pop artists as diverse as Einsturzende Neubauten, Depeche Mode, Simply Red, and Nine Inch Nails. But it’s taken almost that long for him to finally release an album under his own name. His first solo effort was 2003’s multifariously brilliant Never Trust a Hippy; the follow-up finds him continuing to expand his musical horizons, keeping most of his grooves in an adventurously dubwise but still deeply rootsy reggae-funk vein while promiscuously incorporating any other musical tradition that happens to strike his fancy at the same time. … If you can get your hands on it, spend a little extra for the limited-edition package, which includes a second disc of dub remixes. Essential.”
YouTube: Dub Cliché, Becoming A Cliché (Full Album)

Sherwood at the Controls, Vol. 2: 1985-1990

Posted in Adrian Sherwood with tags on February 3, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Four primary factors distinguish Adrian Sherwood’s earlier productions and remixes, anthologized on Sherwood at the Controls, Vol. 1: 1979-1984, from the later work gathered here. The September 1983 murder of close friend Prince Far I temporarily pushed Sherwood away from reggae. Shortly after that, while in the U.S. on business, he bonded with Keith LeBlanc, Skip McDonald, and Doug Wimbish, progressive session pros who had played together on ‘Rapper’s Delight’ and ‘The Message,’ among other cuts. Sherwood’s work with that trio, scattered across dozens of 12″ and full-length releases during the latter half of the ’80s, is summarized with a front-loaded batch on this second volume. …”
Discogs, amazon
YouTube: Sherwood At The Controls Vol. 2: 1985 – 1990 12 videos

Keith Hudson – Brand (1979)

Posted in Adrian Sherwood, Dub, Keith Hudson, Pressure Sounds with tags , , , on November 4, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Another amazing chunk of dub, Brand is the dub version of Keith Hudson’s Rasta Communication. And if you think Pick a Dub was tough to find, Brand was assumed to have fallen into a crack in the universe. Only available at outrageous collector’s prices, Brand was finally rescued by producer and dub mastermind Adrian Sherwood for his label Pressure Sounds. Exhilarating and powerful, Brand proves that Pick a Dub was no fluke and that Hudson was simultaneously writing and rewriting the book of dub. …”
Keith Hudson the Rasta Communicator
YouTube: Felt The Strain (Rasta Took The Blame), My Eyes Are Red Dub, National Anthem Dub 2, Image Dub, Rub Dub (Rasta Communication – King Saul), Barrabas Dub

Jah Woosh

Posted in Adrian Sherwood, DJ, Dub, Jah Woosh with tags , , , on July 3, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“In a crowded field, toaster Jah Woosh — born Neville Beckford in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1952 — left his mark on the roots age with a string of popular singles and a series of seminal albums. Haile Selassie’s 1966 state visit to Jamaica prompted Beckford’s conversion to Rastafarianism, and Prince Lloyd’s Sound System made an equal musical impact, providing a launching pad for Beckford’s career. He teamed up with friend Reggae George as Neville & George, but the pair famously failed auditions for both Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, bringing the partnership to a swift end. George Bell, however, sent the newly christened Jah Woosh into the studio in 1972, although ‘Morwell Rock’ never gained a proper release. …”

“Neville Beckford (1952 – 21 February 2011), better known as Jah Woosh, was a Jamaican reggae deejay and record producer, primarily known for his work in the 1970s. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Beckford served an apprenticeship as a mechanic before forming a duo with Reggae George, Neville & George, and auditioning for Jamaica’s top producers. Unsuccessful as a duo, they both went on to solo careers. Beckford became the resident deejay on Prince Lloyd’s sound system, and was noticed by producer George Bell, who took him into the studio to record ‘Angela Davis’, now under the pseudonym Jah Woosh. Although the single was not a hit, it prompted Rupie Edwards to produce the debut album, Jah Woosh, released in 1974 on the United Kingdom Cactus label. Chalice Blaze and Psalms of Wisdom followed in 1976, these three albums establishing a reputation in the UK. A string of albums and singles followed through the 1970s and early 1980s. Woosh also contributed to Adrian Sherwood’s Singers & Players collective.”

YouTube: So We Stay, Goosie Leg, Walls Of Babylon, Dread Situation (Psalms Of Wisdom), Psalm 121, Guiding Star / Guiding Star Dub, Religious Dread, Live Upright, African Sound, Shine Eye Girl (D.J Legend)

Creation Rebel – Starship Africa (1980)

Posted in Adrian Sherwood, Dub with tags , on February 26, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Originally recorded in 1978 (following the recording of Dub from Creation), the mighty Starship Africa was already envisioned as the debut album by one DJ Superstar, toasting over a series of rhythms performed by the basic Creation Rebel unit, with Misty in Roots’ Tony Henry on superbly melodic bass. These original tapes have long since vanished — the project was canceled (Adrian Sherwood declared the results ‘lame’) and it would be another two years before he returned to them, while casting around for the maiden release by a new label he was involved with, 4D Rhythms. Remixing and re-recording the rhythms saw Jamaican drummer Style Scott recruited to play live over Charlie Eskimo Fox’s original tapes; an additional half a dozen percussionists, drawn from whoever happened to be in the studio at the time, were additionally overdubbed, with Sherwood camouflaging their basic lack of timing and rhythm by employing some truly wild phasing and echo. Indeed, his 4D Rhythms partner Chris Garland allegedly spent most of the session encouraging Sherwood to take the effects as far from the norm as he could, to the ultimate extent of mixing the tracks blind. The result is an album that has been compared to acts as far afield as Tangerine Dream and the Grateful Dead, a truly spaced-out dub experience that, spread over just two tracks (albeit broken down into five and four movements apiece), stands among the most intriguing of all Sherwood’s earliest creations — so much so that one is not even disappointed by the ultimately undelivered promise that side one’s ‘Starship Africa’ was the soundtrack to a forthcoming movie. That it never happened was Hollywood’s loss, not the music’s.”

“Much of Adrian Sherwood’s earliest production work was for Creation Rebel. Its players went on to appear on many of On-U’s first wave of releases. Steve Barker tells the story: … In late 1978 Sherwood and Creation Rebel recorded Starship Africa (ON-U LP 8). Not released for the first time until 1980 the album still stands alone musically in reggae where it has no cerebral equivalent. Starship Africa can be interpreted critically as forming the third point of a sonic triangle equilaterally occupied by the disparate output of Grateful Dead and Tangerine Dream. A magnet for Headz which retains its stoned power today, the album mixed the customary drum and bass with ambient washes and industrial noise – all within a minimal framework. …”
On-U Sound

YouTube: Space Movement – Section 1, Dub LP – Starship Africa Part 1, Space Movement – Section 3, “in i father’s house”

Dub Syndicate – North of the River Thames (1984)

Posted in Adrian Sherwood, Augustus Pablo, Dub, Dub Syndicate, On-U Sound with tags , , , , on August 27, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

North Of The River Thames 1
“This is one of the more curious entries in the always interesting On-U Sound catalog. Doctor Pablo is Pete Stroud, a British melodica player who fell in love with the ‘Far East’ sound of pioneering melodica virtuoso Augustus Pablo and hooked up with label head Adrian Sherwood and his house band, the Dub Syndicate, to record an album of languid reggae instrumentals in a style closely based on that of his namesake. (Even the album title is a tribute: It’s a parody on the title of Augustus Pablo’s classic album East of the River Nile.) What gives this album an added whimsical twist is the fact that two of the tracks are covers of popular British tunes — there’s an arrangement of the popular TV theme song ‘Man of Mystery’ and a setting of the ‘Dr. Who?’ theme. Others are more simply standard-issue instrumental reggae with featured melodica. the Dub Syndicate plays things a bit more restrained than usual, but its mighty rhythm section is as powerful as always, especially on the album’s standout track, a long and eerie Stroud composition entitled ‘Red Sea’ (which would later be appropriated by Singers & Players as the rhythm for their equally powerful song ‘Moses’). Fans of the On-U label’s signature sound should consider this a strongly recommended purchase, but newcomers may do better starting out with one of the Dub Syndicate albums or one of the compilations in the Pay It All Back series.”

YouTube: Dub Syndicate – North of the River Thames, Man Of Mystery, Dr. Who?, We Like It Hot, Taste Of Honey, Pressurized

Various Artists – Don’t Call Us Immigrants (2000)

Posted in Adrian Sherwood, Pressure Sounds with tags , on August 21, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“The fact the informative liner notes are written by Pressure Sounds label founder and modern dub avatar Adrian Sherwood is a sure sign of the historical importance attached to this compilation. The music on Don’t Call Us Immigrants marks the emergence of the original wave of U.K. reggae bands, many of them the children of the original post-WWII immigrant wave from Jamaica to the U.K. It features the first-ever recordings by Steel Pulse and Aswad, chronicles the emergence of Dennis Bovell as a producer and major creative force with Matumbi and others, and spotlights U.K. scene mainstays like Misty in Roots, Black Slate, and Reggae Regular. …”

YouTube: Don’t Call Us Immigrants – Tabby Cat Kelly, Where is Jah? – The Regulars, Black Slate – Sticksman, Steel Pulse – Nyah Love, Aswad – It’s Not Our Wish, Misty In Roots – Six One Penny, Lion Youth – Rat A Cut Bottle, AFRICAN BROTHERS – ‘Gimme Gimme African Love’ + Dub Version – 7″ 1976