New Age Steppers – Action Battlefield
Statik / On-U Sound 1981


This is something special and different. Another On-U Sound product
from the Adrian Sherwood school. Singer Ari and her crew bring this
reggae like experimental dub sound with a lot of emotion and devotion.
You love it or you hate it, I absolutely belong to the first group.
What do you think..?

Ja mensen, dit is eens iets totaal anders. Nog zo’n On-U Sound produkt
van de Adrian Sherwood stal. Zangeres Ari en haar ploeg brengen deze
reggae gebaseerde experimentele dub sound met veel emotie en overgave.
Je vindt het geweldig of je vindt het niets, ik behoor absoluut tot de eerste van
de twee groepen. Wat denk jij ervan ..?

0tracks ;

01 – My whole world
02 – Observe life
03 – Got to get away
04 – My love
05 – Problems
06 – Nuclear zulu
07 – Guiding star


Singers & Players – War of Words
99 Records 1981



Early eighties we were completely captured by the sound
created by Adrian Sherwood and his On-U sound. The LP
we have here is on 99 Records however but related to On-U.
A bunch of Jamaican artists working in England. 99 Records
was New York Based but if I’m correct the recordings were
made in the UK. Anyway, wonderful music, enjoy listening.
Incredible amd impressive Style Scott drumming..

In de vroege jaren tachtig waren we volledig gegrepen door
de sound van Adrian Sherwood en zijn On-U Sound label. Deze
plaat hoort daar eigenlijk ook bij maar kwam uit op 99 Records,
een New York zuster label. Een zwik getalenteerde Jamaicanen
die in Engeland actief waren werkte samen met Mr. Sherwood
aan deze indrukwekkende serie platen, luister en huiver.
Zwaar indrukwekkende drum capriolen van Style Scott..

tracks ;

01 – Devious woman
02 – Quanté jubila
03 – Sit and wonder
04 – Fit to survive
05 – Reaching the bad man
06 – World of dispensation
07 – 91 vibration


Mark Stewart + Maffia
Learning to Cope with Cowardice
Plexus / On-U Sound 1983



Tegenwoordig schrikken we niet zo snel meer, toen dit uitkwam,
in 1983 echter, waren we wel ietwat overdonderd. Tamelijk expi-
rimentele sound van Mark Stewart and Maffia. Nog zo’n Adrian
Sherwood produktie waar de stukken vanaf springen. Het is nu
ondertussen pure cult geworden, vet goed geluid, luister zelf.
De laatste track is juist weer aktueel geworden,
dank je Trump..

Nowadays we don’t get shocked that easy anymore, when this
came out in 1983 however, it was rather overwhelming. Quite
experimental sound by Mark Stewart and Maffia. Another Adrian
Sherwood production, violently good stuff. It became a pure
cult record in the mean time, awesome good sound, listen.
The final track just became relevant again, thanx Trump..

tracks ;

01 – learning to cope with cowardice
02 – Liberty city
03 – Blessed are those who struggle
04 – None dare call it conspiracy
05 – Don’t you ever lay down your arms
06 – The paranoia of power
07 – To have the vision
08 – Jerusalem


African Head Charge – Drastic Season
On U Sound 1983

African Head Charge, voorkant

African Head Charge, achterkant detail

Houd je van lekker vreemd instrumentaal getrommel
en geblieb ? De meester op dit terrein was begin jaren
tachtig zonder twijfel Adrian Sherwood. Hier hebben we
nog zo’n sterk staaltje bizarre geluiden, congas, bongos,
friction drums, fish, cabassa, keukenpannen, basgitaren,
keyboards, chinese luit, elektrische percussie etcetera..

Do you like some nice and weird instrumental drumming
and blieping ? Absolute master in this territory was early
eighties without doubt Adrian Sherwood. Here we have
another fine example of bizar sounds, congas, bongos,
friction drums, fish, cabassa, kitchenpans, bass guitars,
keyboards, chinese lute, electric percussion etcetera..

titels ;

01 – Timbuktu express
02 – I want water
03 – Bazaar
04 – African hedge hog
05 – Depth charge
06 – Fruit market
07 – Snake in the hole
08 – Many generations


Creation Rebel – Psychotic Jonkanoo
Statik / On-U Sound 1981

Creation Rebel, voorkant

Zo voor in de jaren tachtig was er een explosie aan dikke dub
platen van het prestigieuze On U Sound label van producer
Adrian Sherwood gaande. Mijn vrienden en ik waren er enorm
van onder de indruk en kochten alles wat er maar uitkwam.
Dit is er een uit 1981 van Creation Rebel. Ik herrinner me een
optreden in het Amsterdamse Paradiso waarbij ook drummer
Eskimo Fox van de partij was. We schreeuwden zijn naam zo
hard dat de man schouderophalend naar z’n bandgenoten
keek, zichtbaar in verlegenheid gebracht, het werd een
onvergetelijke avond waaraan ik nog vaak terugdenk.

Early eighties an explosion of fatback dub records from the
prestigious On U Sound label of Adrian Sherwood took place.
My buddies and I were quite impressed by it and bought every
album that was released in those days. The one we have today
is such an album. I remember a night in the Amsterdam Paradiso
when we screamed the name of drummer Eskimo Fox so loud
he was visibly affected and looked embarrassed to his fellow
musicians. It became a memorable evening of which
I think back often.

titels ;

01 – The dope
02 – African space
03 – Chatti mouth
04 – Threat to creation
05 – Highest degree
06 – Mother don’t cry
07 – Yuk up
08 – Drum talk


On-U Sound Compilation
Wild Paarty Sounds volume one
Various Artists, Cherry Red Records 1981

Wild Paarty Sounds, front

..don’t say it..
..hear it..


01 – Jah Woosh – Woodpecker sound
02 – Machine Gun Hogg & Co. – Eed bound saga
03 – Prince Far I & Creation Rebel – Quanté jubila
04 – The Chicken Granny – Quit the body
05 – Alan Pellay – Parasitic machine
06 – London Underground – Dreams are better
07 – Suns of Arqa – Asian rebel
08 – Alan pellay – Demonic forces
09 – The Mothmen – Afghani dub
10 – Jeb Loy & The Oil Wells – Things that made U.S.
11 – New Age Steppers – Yipee I aah
12 – Judy Nylon – The dice


The Mothmen – Pay Attention !
On-U Sound lp2, 1981

the Mothmen, front

Pay Attention !

Quite some time ago, when I still made ‘Ramdog’s Rough Site’,
I posted this album. Thought I already moved it to the GG but I
guess I didn’t. This is the second lp on the great On-U Sound label
and I have always liked it a lot. Typical 80’s UK sound, experimental
stuff, reggae, punk and popmusic merged into this brandnew sound..


1 Afghan farmer driving cattle/Animal animaux
2 Not moving
3 Factory/Teapoint/Factory
4 Please let go
5 Tardis
6 Mothman


Suns of Arqa featuring Prince Far-I Antler Records 1983

Sons of Arqa, front

When the year comes to an end I always tend to listen to
all kinds of music, stuff I forgot, looking around for some-
thing different. Take this funny project, Suns of Arqa, it is
a 12″ single but halfway the b-side you switch the speed
to 33 rotations and lift the needle to the second part. It
contains some weird pieces of reggae-like tunes, partly
inna dub style. Productions by Michael Mafia and Adrian
Sherwood, who we know off course of the famous On-U
Sound label. Emotional introduction of Prince Far-I when
opening the last track. It gave me goosebumps back in
the days. The prince got shot during street violence in
1983 in Jamaica and died at the hospital age 49. The
same year this single was released and made
quite an impression on us, listen, but be
warned, it might send shivers
down your spine..


1 G.D. magick
2 Acid tabla
3 Throw away your guns,
– Whatchagonadoonthejudgementday


African Head Charge -Environmental Studies,On-U Sound 1982

African Head Charge, front

In between dem spicy flavours,
one feels the need to neutralize.
Let the African Head Charge reset
and empty your spongey brain.
After doctor Sherwood’s rhythmic
mental flushing we’ll have both feet
firmly on the ground, ready to absorb
any obscure slice of vinyl again.


1 Crocodile hand luggage
2 Dinosaur’s lament
3 Beriberi
4 Snakeskin tracksuit
5 High protein snack
6 In a trap
7 Breeding space
8 Primitive
9 Latin temperament


New Age Steppers – Foundation Steppers,
On-U Sound LP21, 1982

New Age Steppers, front

I have always been a sucker for the fatback dubsound of
dubwizzard Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound productions.
When this stuff was released early eighties, no slice of
vinyl escaped our attention. Skips were very tight on
this one, I hope they fell in place.
Special thanks to Scotty
and Roots Radics.


1 Some love
2 Memories
3 5 dog race
4 Misplaced love
5 Dreamers
6 Stabilizer
7 Stormy weather
8 Vice of my enemies
9 Mandarin


Ruts DC – Rhythm Collision, Bohemian Records 1982

To have us a little variety, I thought some dub wouldn’t
hurt. Early 80’s, when we were listening to loads of reggae,
this LP came out and dublovers as we were, it scored enormously.
I am still thrilled to hear it after all those years.
Engineered by Mad Professor, Dub along groovers.


1 Whatever we do
2 Militant
3 Push yourself-Make it work
4 Rhythm collision
5 Accusation
6 Pleasures of the dance
7 Weak heart dub
8 Love and fire


Creation Rebel & New Age Steppers – Threat to Creation, On-U Sound 1981

Creation Rebel - New Age Steppers, front, cd size

I told you about the soundscaping skills of ‘Adrian Sherwood’, now here’s
a fine example of that craftmanship. This is DUB of topquality.
With, Eskimo Fox, Style Scott, Bruce ‘Minty’ Smith, ‘Lizard’ Logan,
George Oban, Crucial Tony, Keith Levine, Mr. Veral ‘Ranking Magoo’
Rose and Art Stepper.
Produced ( and disassembled ) by Adrian Sherwood for On-U Sound.


1 Chemical specialist
2 Threat to creation
3 Eugenic device
4 Last sane dream
5 Painstaker
6 Earthwire line
7 Ethos design
8 Final frontier


Singers & Players – Revenge of the Underdog, On-U Sound 1982

Singers & Players, front, cd size

It must have been 1980 or 1981, the birth of ‘On-U Sound’, a magic moment.
From the very beginning I was fascinated by the partly weird, but
super-groovy ‘Reggae’based, sounds created by the Wizard of Dub and
soundeffects, ‘Adrian Sherwood’, one of my alltime heroes !
His beats and basses are incomparable.
Ever since I heard the first notes of ‘On-U Sound’, I bought everything
I could find. What a great days they were.
With ‘Prince Far I’ ( cover ), ‘Jah Woosh’ and Bim Sherman on vocals,
and one of my favourite drummers on track 5, ‘Eskimo Fox’.


1 Dungeon
2 Merchant ship
3 Jah army band
4 Too much work load
5 Prodigal son
6 Follower
7 Water the garden
8 Resolution ( pt. 2 / version 2 )
9 Thing called love
10 Cha-ris-ma