On-U Sound Records

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On-U Sound Records
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Founded 1979
Founder Adrian Maxwell Sherwood and Pete Holdsworth
Genre Dub, reggae, experimental, electronica
Country of origin UK
Location London
Official website http://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] 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.[4]

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" (2011-11-29). "Adrian Sherwood: Strange Turn". New Zealand Herald, The. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Adrian Sherwood Tickets | Adrian Sherwood Tour Dates & Concerts | Ticketmaster NZ". Ticketmaster.co.nz. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  3. ^ "On-U Sound - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  4. ^ Coleman, Nick (2011-11-26). "Adrian Sherwood is feeling the riddim". New Zealand Herald, The. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 

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