On-U Sound Records

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On-U Sound Records
On - U Sound logo.png
FoundedMay 1979
FounderAdrian Maxwell Sherwood and Pete Holdsworth
GenreDub, reggae, experimental, electronic
Country of originUK
Official websitehttp://www.on-usound.com

On-U Sound Records is an English record label known for releasing its own unique flavour of dub music since the 1980s.[1] The label was founded by Adrian Sherwood in 1979/1980[2][3][4] and is 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, Audio Active, Asian Dub Foundation, and the dub collective Singers & Players.[5]

During the 1980s the sleeves and labels of On-U releases often featured a release date that was ten years in advance of the record’s actual release date. For example, the sleeve notes on African Head Charge’s Environmental Studies LP, released in 1982, claimed it was ‘another 1992 On-U production’. The conceit suggested the label’s esoteric reggae fusion was at least a decade ahead of its time.

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  1. ^ Stinky Jim (29 November 2011). "Adrian Sherwood: Strange Turn". New Zealand Herald, The. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. ^ Bradshaw, Melissa (19 April 2011). "Pay It All Back: Adrian Sherwood On 30 Years Of On-U Sound". The Quietus. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ Garratt, Sheryl (24 February 2003). "It's my turn". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ "On-U Sound - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  5. ^ Coleman, Nick (26 November 2011). "Adrian Sherwood is feeling the riddim". New Zealand Herald, The. Retrieved 16 April 2013.

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