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

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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…

This Is Mind Control

Dame David Bowie has a new single out, ten minutes long. I haven’t got around to it yet so cannot comment. But yesterday reader Paul Bob Horrocks pointed us to this, Adrian Sherwood’s On U Sound dub version of Space Oddity which will do very nicely indeed. Full of dub apocalypse imagery- ‘this is mind control to keep you dumb’, ‘Planet Earth is doomed’. Happy Sunday.

Hot Pursuit

African Head Charge have been putting out records since the early 80s, mainly through Adrian Sherwood’s On U Sound. Their sound takes in dub, tribal music and psychedelia. In the 1990s they were in tune with certain sections of club culture. This one, from Drums Of Defiance (versus Professor Stretch), is a belter, with some hollering on top of the groovy musical stew.

Hot Pursuit

This morning I will be manning the book stall at the Park Road Nursery summer fair. This is not how I imagined my weekends would turn out when I was younger.

Repetitive Beats (And Man Ray)

In 1994 the Conservative government attempted to crack down on rave culture by bringing in a piece of legislation making it illegal to hold a gathering of a people listening to music characterised by repetitive beats. That’s right- they were looking to outlaw drum patterns when played in public. This led to various protests including a pair of e.p.s by a collective called Retribution (The Drum Club and Steve Hillage mainly, with Sabrettes’ Nina Walsh). The track- called Repetitive Beats obviously, released on Sabrettes – was then remixed by a variety of repetitive beat offenders, including Andrew Weatherall, Adrian Sherwood and On U Sound, Secret Knowledge, and Primal Scream (who turned in a somewhat lazy, drug-rock cover version of The Clash’s Know Your Rights). Adrian Sherwood’s dubbed up remix here features the talents of vocalists Little Axe and Bim Sherman and is probably the pick of the bunch.

Repetitive Beats (Mind And Movement On U Sound)

Man Ray picture- Lee Miller, photographed here in 1930s Paris, who led an extraordinary life. Lee moved from the US to Paris, having modelled for Vogue in the early 20s, becoming a photographer after inventing solarisation with Man Ray (by accident), leaving him to become a fine art and fashion photographer and then becoming Vogue’s European war correspondent during World War II, accompanying the US army across France and into Germany after D-Day. She was the only female photographer at the liberation of Dachau and Buchenwald. She also found time before the war to hang about with Picasso and Jean Cocteau. Not your average CV.

Boxnet bandwidth was at 95% last night so will shortly be exceeded I reckon. Get you d/ls quick if you want them.