Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Eating Dub for Breakfast

I got obsessive this week searching for cd's and mp3's from Adrian Sherwood's experimental dub label, On-U Sounds. A lot of the label's original releases are out of print, but there are numerous compilations out there, and some of the material was released on other labels (such as Cherry Red, Restless, and ROIR). What started me off was buying Creation Rebel's Threat to Creation from eMusic. It's an incredible amalgam of spacey dub and post-punk noise (courtesy of Keith Levene's guitar). There is a LOT of new and old dub on eMusic: look here.

Here is the On-U Sound/Pressure Sounds website. Here is a fan site with an extensive discography of On-U releases and Sherwood productions. Lots of mp3's from New Age Steppers, Mark Stewart and Maffia, and other rare On-U stuff is available here. A Radio 1 broadcast from 2002 in which Sherwood plays selections from new and old On-U projects is hosted here.

Several tracks from the Little Axe album Hard Grind are available at the Fat Possum site. Little Axe is the alias of Skip McDonald, who plays guitar with Tackhead and is featured on lots of On-U releases. The first Little Axe album, 1994's The Wolf That House Built, mixed atmospheric instrumentals with samples of old blues records five years before Moby's Play album. Adrian Sherwood has a few choice words about Moby in this interview. Other interesting Sherwood interviews are featured in XLR8R and at Uncarved. There will be new albums by Tackhead and Little Axe this year, and Mark Stewart and Maffia are playing European shows this month with Little Axe.

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