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On-U Sound publish entire archive

Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound have released their full back catalogue containing over 70 albums from the label's archive

On-U Sound have released their full back catalogue to download, containing over 70 albums from the label's archive. Founded in 1979 by producer Adrian Sherwood, On-U Sound has released records by artists including Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Tackhead, African Head Charge, New Age Steppers, Singers & Players, Mark Stewart and Bim Sherman, with the back catalogue including out of print albums and label compilations, as well alternative mixes and previously unreleased material.

Inspiration for the crate-digging came from one of the resident DJs at Sherwood's beach raves at the Shantytown venue in Ramsgate, who, during a visit to Sherwood's house, discovered a collection of old quarter-inch reels. The On-U Sound label manager explains: "In the early days of On-U, Adrian would work at a furious pace in the studio, staying up for days on end to work on music. The result being that some astonishing alternate mixes, dubs and completely unreleased tracks have been found."

As well as the downloads, On-U Sound are also in the process of pressing some of the labels most popular records to vinyl, with reissues coming from artists including Singers & Players, Creation Rebel and The Missing Brazilians.

A full list of releases can be found here