Volume Two features tracks from Dub Syndicate, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, African Head Charge, Tackhead, Ministry and more
Following the success of Volume 1, 24 June will see the release of Sherwood At The Controls Vol 2: 1985-1990, a second collection of productions by the legendary Adrian Sherwood.
Born in London in 1958, Sherwood set up On-U Sound Records in 1979. The label would be a major force in the worlds of dub, reggae and industrial/electro/EBM throughout the 80s and into the 90s - younger readers may like to think of them as the Hyperdub or Tectonic of their day - and for most of the label's classic releases, the label boss was indeed 'at the controls'. The label's still going strong and still pushing things forward today - recently releasing collaborations between Sherwood and Pinch, for instance - and in recent years, Sherwood has also moved into solo work and scoring films.
The first volume of Sherwood At The Controls, which came out a year ago, concentrated on the years 1979-1984, when dub nestled up alongside punk-funk and no-wave in the On-U catalogue. But the label's really best known for pioneering the 'digidub' that emerged in the 80s and 90s, and with 16 tracks from the likes of Dub Syndicate, African Head Charge, Bim Sherman and of course the mighty Lee 'Scratch' - five of which have never been released before, with four more making their CD debut here - Volume 2 looks like being even more essential than the first.