Thursday, April 04, 2019
The On U Sound Sunday Roast program, hosted by David Asher was just featured in
By Dani Cameron.
On-U Sunday Roast Show, hosted by David Asher of band The Process, comes out every month and is filled to the brim with new and unreleased material, rarities, deep cuts and more from Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound label.
The label has been on a resurgence in the last few years, with an extensive reissue programme courtesy of Warp Records and numerous new projects for old friends and collaborators of On-U, as well as some exciting new projects. Adrian Sherwood has been very busy at the On-U HQ in Ramsgate, recording new albums with Horace Andy, Lee Scratch Perry, Little Axe and many more along with the return of the classic On-U Sound compilation series, “Pay It All Back” (expect a review in the next issue).
All this music gets previewed on the On-U Sunday Roast Show. The show originally grew out of the ‘baked tape’ project which involved Adrian and Patrik Dokter. Patrik has been recovering lost outtakes and unreleased gems from master tapes that were rotting away in storage. This music has started appearing on albums by Dub Syndicate, African Head Charge and Mark Stewart, as well as compilations entitled “Sherwood At The Controls”, with more planned – another album of lost music by African Head Charge is due for release this year and work is underway on the next Dub Syndicate collection.
David Asher’s band The Process has recorded with Adrian Sherwood and Skip McDonald, involving several Detroit-Ramsgate visits, which led to David volunteering to make the show a regular, rather than occasional feature. I have to salute David for succeeding in reflecting the sheer diversity of music that has passed through Adrian’s mixing desk in the show, whether it is previews of forthcoming work by LSK, Denise Sherwood and Ital Horns (all of whom have ongoing album projects at On-U Sound) or digging deep for remixes or obscure tracks by Singers And Players or Little Annie Bandez. Stylistically, there is no fixed pattern, but the signature production is
apparent throughout each episode. The label has released absolutely stacks of high class reggae, but has also broken down barriers in funk, rock, industrial, experimental, blues and jazz music. As they say, if you don’t know, get to know.
David Asher and Adrian Sherwood in Ramsgate.