Ravi

Here’s some spacey Adrian Sherwood dub from 1984 for your Sunday, making use of some Indian vibes and lashings of echo.

I had a longer post in mind but when it came to writing not much came out.

Ravi Shankar Pt 1

Shake The Nation

In 1996 I bought Prince Far I’s Cry Tough Dub Encounter Chapter 3, a dive further into dub. It was a re-issue of an early 80s release, full of deep basslines and space and sound FX, mixed by Dub Syndicate (Adrian Sherwood). I found it again recently when rifling through my records, having largely forgotten about it. The Voice of Thunder, as he styled himself, is in full effect on this album. Good stuff for a Sunday morning in July.

‘Prince Far I come shake the nation, Prince Far I come tell it to  the young generation’

Shake the Nation

Haunting Ground

This 1986 dub production by Adrian Sherwood for singer Bim Sherman is super heavy with Bim’s vocals floating over the rhythms and FX. Sherwood At The Controls vol. 2 is out now, a second compilation of Sherwood productions, this one from the second half of the 80s. It includes the industrial hip hop of Tackhead and the industrial noise of KMFDM and Ministry before settling on a run of dub tracks towards the end- Bim Sherman, African Head Charge et al. If you only buy one compilation this month etc.

Haunting Ground  Dub

Acid Tabla

I reckon you could post daily about Adrian Sherwood for a year and not run out of interesting songs. This mix of Acid Tabla by Suns Of Arqa came out in February this year, a dubbed out Sherwood version and will cost you £1 from Bandcamp. Suns Of Arqa have been the vehicle for the pioneering musical adventures of Michael Wadada since 1979, since when he’s played with a couple of hundred musicians in the studio and live.

There’s also this hour long mix done for Carharrt Radio this month for your delectation, full of music from the back catalogues and unreleased goodies from the likes of Roots Manuva, Dub Syndicate, Congo Natty, Coldcut and Junior Delgado.

Ghetto Priest – Slave State (feat. Junior Delgado) [from forthcoming album “Slave State”]
Mark Stewart – Awidk [unreleased]
Nisennenmondai – 3 [from the newly released album “#N/A”]
Ital Horns with Dub Syndicate – Metropolis [from unreleased album “Blow The Man Down”]
Cha Cha – Dub No Frontiers (Excerpt) [unreleased]
Roots Manuva – Hit It (Alternative Version) [from current album “Bleeds”]
Dub Syndicate – Wadada (feat. Prince Far I) [from the 1991 album “Stoned Immaculate”]
Congo Natty – UK Allstars In Dub (Adrian Sherwood Remix) [from current album “Jungle Revolution In Dub”]
Coldcut/Adrian Sherwood feat. Junior Reid, Elan & Lee Perry [forthcoming project] – Divide And Rule
L.S.K. – Way Of The World [unreleased]
Denise Sherwood – Ghost Heart [unreleased]
Junior Delgado – None Shall Escape [unreleased classic version on “Masters of Deception” rhythm]
Missing Brazilians – Quicksand Beach Party [1981 original from the album “Warzone” reissue and also available on the Trevor Jackson compiled “Science Fiction Dancehall Classics”
Adrian Sherwood – Starship Bahia [from the album “Survival and Resistance”]

Epic Sound Battle

Back to work after a two week break. Something is needed to ease the pain.

This is from an On U Sound compilation called In Dub Haze. Playgroup, a group of whichever musicians who happened to be in the studio at the time corralled and produced by dubmaster Adrian Sherwood, with a self-explanatory tune. 1982 I think. 1982! Sounds like it could have been made last night.

Epic Sound Battle

The picture above was taken from a Victorian covered walkway beneath the promenade at Scarborough Spa. Waves were thumping against the stonework. They did warn us…

Sherwood Forest

That Adrian Sherwood-LSK dub of Space Oddity I posted at the weekend got me back onto a Sherwood and On U Sound tip and going through my folders I found this from the Test Pressing website back in 2010, an hour long mix of dubbed out Sherwood delights. The original page is here, which also reveals the tracklist- African Head Charge, Dub Syndicate, Doctor Pablo (the Dr Who theme) and Creation Rebel. Sherwood’s output is so vast and varied that one nine-song mix can’t hope to do anything more than dip a toe into the waters. If you go here there’s a live dj stunning set done for The Boiler Room, with lashings of delay and reggae vibes, and a crowd who possibly didn’t know what they were in for.

Adrian Sherwood The Producers #1

Dead Come Alive

Adrian Sherwood has rummaged through his vaults and put this out, a previously unreleased 1983 tune with the man himself operating a then brand new Linn Drum and a teenage Neneh Cherry rapping. Ahead of the game in 1983, still sounding fresh today.