One of the most highly esteemed UK dub-producers around, Adrian Sherwood is known for having worked with The Slits, Cabaret Voltaire, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, The Fall, Sinead O’Connor and more. His remix credits include Depeche Mode, Afrika Bambaataa, Blur, Primal Scream, Air and Peaking Lights. Massively respected by other musicians, he is an acknowledged influence on the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Carl Craig and Machinedrum.
In 2015, Adrian continues to be in-demand for his unique sonic vision, and this year he has been in the studio with Clinic, Roots Manuva and Nisennenmondai.
Adrian Sherwood’s much-loved, iconic independent label On-U sound, known for serving as as a junction point between the heavy influence of Jamaican music on UK culture and the development of disparate sounds such as post-punk, hip-hop, industrial, jungle, dubstep and beyond, is back in full effect for 2015, with the full back catalogue made available to coincide with launch of new website and label shop.
Key On-U Sound artists include Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Tackhead, Dub Syndicate, African Head Charge, New Age Steppers, Singers & Players and Bim Sherman. The next release is the Singers & Players album, War of Worlds which was produced by Adrian.
Adrian has made the following exclusive playlist for Fred Perry Subculture, along with a few notes on his choices, below.
PIL - Poptones
Public Image slowed the rhythm right down to a dub tempo. Rumbling bass and searing vocals made this a track of pioneering post punk spirit.
The Pop Group - She is Beyond Good And Evil
What a great band, just reformed, still brilliant, and Mark Stewart is my favourite lyricist by far.
Vivien Goldman - Private Armies Dub
A great track featured on the debut new age steppers album. This was actually recorded during a PIL session at the manor, during some leftover recording time
The Ruts - Staring at the Rude Boys
Just about sums up the spirit of going to gigs at the time, a nod to all the mixed youth cultures, skinheads, rude boys, punks etc. A call to arms, and a cracking song
The Fall - How I Wrote Elastic Man
I loved this line up of the Fall, and the B-side of the original 7" city hobgoblins, is another all time fave of mine
New Age Steppers - My Whole World
On this one Ari Up covers a song by the late, great BIm Sherman. Its very minimalist in its delivery.
Medium, Medium - Hungry, So Angry
Great band, should have been massive, I was very pleased to be involved on production and mixing duties on this song
Cabaret Voltaire - Crackdown
Post punk electro genius. One of their gems
Magazine - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
A cover of a Sly and the Family Stone song. Barry Adamson is an amazing bassist, and Howard Devoto was another original weirdo bless him.
The Slits - Typical Girls
I loved Shoplifting and Newtown, but this one had some pop sensibilty.
Leftfield - Open Up
Paul Daley comes from Ramsgate where I now live. This tune is from Leftism, featuring John Lydon. Pounding danceability, with a wicked dub outro
Ruts DC - Pleasures of the Dance
After Malcolm Owen passed away the ruts became Ruts DC. This was a great moment, a big step forward
Zion Train - Follow Like Wolves
A trancey dub from Neil Perch and crew. A great vocal hook and a cracking version called Fuck the Nazis followed in the mix.
Screaming Target - Who Killed King Tubby
After Big Audio Dynamite split, Don Letts put this out. Social commentary on producers and singers getting murdered in Jamaica, a Paul Groucho Smykle mix on this one.
Dreadzone - American Dread (from Eye on the Horizon)
Play this at any festival at the right moment,and its a guaranteed crowd pleaser. One of their later tunes.