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On-U Sound’s Pay It All Back series returns

35 years after PIAB’s inception producer Adrian Sherwood releases Volume 7

“The Pay It All Back series started 35 years ago!” remembers On-U founder Adrian Sherwood. “These compilations were designed to promote the world of On-U, a ‘payback’ for the people who supported us and to encourage others to investigate the label’s work. The first volume retailed for the price of a 7" single at the time! Other volumes came with fat booklets or a Pay It All Back tour in the case of Volume 3. After Volume 6, the label (and me) was not in the best of shape, and it was some six years before the next label compilation Chainstore Massacre was released.”

Set for March release, Volume 7 comes 23 years after its predecessor. “The label has been through many interesting and difficult times but we are still very much involved in what can loosely be called ‘the business’,” remarks Sherwood.

An 18 track selection of new Sherwood productions, Volume 7 previews several forthcoming On-U releases, unique mixes and deep cuts. These include previously unreleased music from Roots Manuva, Sherwood & Pinch, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Coldcut, Ghetto Priest, Gary Lucas, Mark Stewart, Horace Andy, Little Axe and more. Pre-order available now.