Biography
Legendary dub/post-punk producer Adrian Sherwood is the driving force behind On-U Sound, a London-based label that has released hundreds of records since 1979, and has been enormously influential to alternative, dance, and experimental music. Sherwood has often used the name On-U Sound System (or just On-U Sound) for his collaborations, productions, and remixes, both within the label's extensive roster and for his work with outside musicians. In these cases, he serves as an ambassador to On-U's trippy, all-inclusive world of sound.

The On-U label's initial releases in the early '80s included albums by New Age Steppers, Singers Players, Creation Rebel, Dub Syndicate, and many other groups, which often shared musicians and vocalists, resulting in different variations on the label's signature dub/post-punk sound. Primary musicians associated with On-U have included several members of Sugar Hill Records' in-house backing band, including drummer Keith LeBlanc, bassist Doug Wimbish, and guitarist Skip McDonald. All three of these musicians worked with Sherwood as part of Fats Comet, an industrial hip-hop group that evolved into Tackhead, and also worked as the backup band for Mark Stewart. They also collaborated with vocalist Gary Clail as Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System, and also released several albums as Gary Clail & On-U Sound System.

Sherwood used the On-U Sound moniker for his remixes of songs by the Beatnigs (the more experimental precursor to the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy) and Pop Will Eat Itself. Also as On-U Sound, he collaborated with Primal Scream and Irvine Welsh on a 1996 EP titled The Big Man and the Scream Team Meet the Barmy Army Uptown (Barmy Army being another one of Sherwood's monikers). Sherwood also produced Echo Dek, a remix album of Primal Scream's 1997 full-length, Vanishing Point. Sherwood later provided On-U Sound remixes for Sly Robbie, Jeb Loy Nichols, Depeche Mode, and Peaking Lights. In 2017, Sherwood used the On-U Sound moniker for Outside the Echo Chamber, his collaboration with U.K. breakbeat/sampling pioneers Coldcut. Released by the duo's resurrected Ahead of Our Time label, the full-length included collaborations with Lee Scratch Perry, Roots Manuva, Ce'cile, and others. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi




 
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ONU Sound Disco Plates - 1982 / 1983
Gary Clail On-U Sound System - Human Nature
Gary Clail On-U Sound System - These Things Are Worth Fighting For
Gary Clail / On-U Sound System - Privatise The Air
Profile of the label On-U Sound
Sherwood & Pinch - Lies ft. Lee Scratch Perry
Privatise The Air, Pt. 1
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