Sherwood at the Controls, Vol. 2: 1985-1990

Sherwood at the Controls, Vol. 2: 1985-1990

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Sherwood at the Controls, Vol. 2: 1985-1990

Four primary factors distinguish Adrian Sherwood's earlier productions and remixes, anthologized on Sherwood at the Controls, Vol. 1: 1979-1984, from the later work gathered here. The September 1983 murder of close friend Prince Far I temporarily pushed Sherwood away from reggae. Shortly after that, while in the U.S. on business, he bonded with Keith LeBlanc, Skip McDonald, and Doug Wimbish, progressive session pros who had played together on "Rapper's Delight" and "The Message," among other cuts. Sherwood's work with that trio, scattered across dozens of 12" and full-length releases during the latter half of the '80s, is summarized with a front-loaded batch on this second volume. Whether backing the Pop Group's Mark Stewart or operating as Tackhead or Fats Comet, the quartet made a futurist fusion racket like no one else. In the mix was chest-quaking percussion, basslines that struck blows as much as they held grooves, chopped-up samples, and an array of effects that took dub farther out. During the same period, Sherwood continued to work with punk and alternative acts, such as Flux and Ministry, who succeeded in sounding nervier, more abrasive. The supreme pairing was with the Beatnigs, whose "Television," a purposefully disorienting whirl of alarmist agitprop, was recast by Sherwood with battering drums and frontman Michael Franti's clipped interjections scudding between the left and right channels. As Sherwood recounts in the liner notes, he gravitated back to reggae when BBC presenter Steve Barker proposed a Lee "Scratch" Perry/Dub Syndicate collaboration that resulted in the 1987 album Time Boom X De Devil Dead, though recordings here from Dub Syndicate and Bim Sherman date from 1985 and 1986. It's mildly frustrating that these last slots go to decent previously unreleased tracks when prime and representative material was left off or, in the case of Nine Inch Nails' "Down in It," impossible to license. Still, this is almost as crucial as the preceding volume and Science Fiction Dancehall Classics, the Sherwood/On-U Sound-centric package compiled by Trevor Jackson.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2016
Label: On-U Sound
UPC: 5060263721574
catalogNumber: 132
Rank: 164786

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Prince   Composer
Mark Stewart   Composer
Beatnigs   Producer
KMFDM   Producer
Keith LeBlanc   Composer,Producer
Rebop Kwaku Baah   Composer
Michael Franti   Composer
Jourgensen   Composer,Producer
Sascha Konietzko   Composer
Lloyd Parks   Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer,Producer
Mark Pistel   Composer
Adrian Sherwood   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Peter Stroud   Composer
Helmut Zerlett   Composer
David Harrow   Composer
Raymond Watts   Composer
Thomas Toccafondi   Composer
Stefan Krachten   Composer
Jaffa   Artwork
Matthew Jones   Sleeve Notes
Jarrett Lloyd Vincent   Composer
Rinf   Producer
Rika Ishii   Cover Collage
Burnell Anderson   Composer
Patrick Dokter   Archives Coordinator,Organ Curator
Lincoln Valentine Scott   Composer

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