Essential early-80s dub damage!
Last year On-U Sound lavished some love and attention on the early catalogue of one of On-U Sound's flagship artists, African Head Charge, re-pressing their much sought after first four albums and following up with an LP of unreleased versions from the period, Return Of The Crocodile, and the CD anthology boxset, Environmental Holes & Drastic Tracks. It’s now time to shine a light on the crucial early sides of another one of On-U’s big hitters, the mighty Dub Syndicate.
Dub Syndicate was initially one of the many studio-based projects masterminded Adrian Sherwood in the early days of his maverick independent label, built around deep and heavy reggae rhythms, and marshalling the talents of a revolving cast of Jamaican and British musicians. It evolved over time to become the main musical vehicle of Lincoln Valentine Scott aka Style Scott (former drummer with the Roots Radics and Creation Rebel), usually involving Style laying down backing tracks in Kingston, and then Adrian applying his mixing board magic when the tapes arrived in London. In addition to many much-loved studio albums such as Stoned Immaculate, Dub Syndicate also became a barnstorning live act and a staple of the festival circuit. Tragically, on 9 October 2014 Style Scott was senselessly murdered in his home in Jamaica. An irreplaceable and unique musical talent is gone, but his music will live on forever.
In the same fashion as the AHC campaign, the first four studio albums are being re-pressed on vinyl in high quality new editions with printed inners, download cards and bonus tracks where available. This includes the rare second album, One Way System, originally a cassette-only edition on the seminal ROIR label from NYC, and reissued now as a double gatefold version with new artwork, re-cut at 45rpm for maximum frequency impact. Also included in this batch is the collaborative North Of The River Thames set with ace melodica player Doctor Pablo. To top it all there is a new album - Displaced Masters, nine stripped-back takes of early On-U dub magic, and once again everything is anthologised on CD in the 5 disc Ambience In Dub 1982 - 1985 boxset, complete with 24 page booklet.
On-U Sound Records is an English record label best known for releasing its own unique flavour of dub music since the 1981. The label is owned by producer Adrian Sherwood and home to acts such as Tackhead, Dub Syndicate, African Head Charge, The London Underground, Little Annie, Creation Rebel, Mark Stewart, Gary Clail, New Age Steppers and Singers & Players. Producer Adrian Sherwood generates the On-U signature sound.
The reissue campaign encompasses:
The Pounding Sysyem LP
One Way System 2LP
North Of The River Thames LP (with Doctor Pablo)
Tunes From The Missing Channel LP
Displaced Masters LP (Unreleased versions from the vaults)
Ambience In Dub 1982 - 1985 5CD + 24 page book