Boomkat Product Review:
Invaluable compendium of Adrian Sherwood's distinguished and deeply influential productions for On-U Sound circa the golden years of New Wave and Post Punk, 1979-1984. This 1st volume includes a stack aces for well known names such as The Fall, Mark Stewart + The Maffia, The Slits, Prince Far I, African Headcharge and Vivien Goldman, alongside some lesser known, but no less brilliant productions, including rockets such as Shriekback's 'Mistah Linn He Dead' murder or Nadjma's gob-smacking mix of Iraqi vocals and Prince-style funk in 'Some Day My Caliph Will Come'. The label's legion, ardent supporters will likely be familiar with joints like The Fall's lairy 'Middle Mass', and the politicking skank of Mark Stewart + The Maffia's 'Learning To Cope With Cowardice' or African Head Charge's dread-heavy, 'In A Trap' but, we reckon everyone's - younger listeners especially - are gonna be floored by the likes of Medium Medium's disco-infection, 'Hungry, So Angry', or Sherwood's psychedelic steppers' sound designs on Gardening By Moonlight's 'Strange Clues' or Vivien Goldman's brooding 'Private Armies Dub'. Wicked set. Top-a-top recommendation!