An On-U Journey Through Time and Space

Whatever you do you do not want to miss this RECORD STORE DAY exclusive from On-U Sound.  A 10-inch disco plate featuring:

A1. Doctor Pablo & The Dub Syndicate “Dr Who?
A2. Dub Syndicate  “Crucial Tony Tries To Rescue The Space Invaders (With Only 10p)
B1. The Mothmen “Tardis
B2. Creation Rebel “Starship Africa Pt.1”

Cut by CGB at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin for maximum bass pressure. Full picture sleeve in the style of the original early 80s On-U Sound Disco Plate series. Limited to 2000 copies.

The highlight of this release is Creation Rebel’s “Starship Africa Pt.1” which was originally featured as Side A on Creation Rebel’s Starship Africa LP.  A deadly dub mix by Sherwood which features the heavy playing of Creation Rebel:

Lincoln “Style” Scott (drums)
Tony Henry/Lixard (bass)
Crucial Tony (guitar)
Doctor Pablo (melodica and synth)
Bigga Morrisson (organ/piano)
Sucker/Magoo (percussion)

To truly appreciate the sound of this recording you must remember that the album was recorded in 1978.  The On-U Sound was far ahead of its time.  There was nothing coming from Jamaica that sounded like this…

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Reggae MD Symptomatic radiogram from Midnight Dread

The corrupt system exhibits signs of illness indicative of immediate reaction:


Brand new and about-to-be-released tracks from Yabby You, Casper Loma Da Wa, Dub Syndicate feat. U Roy, Rashani, and The Tamlins join righteously riveting music from Rocky Dawuni, Roots Nation, Super Man, Spider Man, Third World feat. Bunny Rugs, Clinton Fearon, Hooligans feat. Pato Banton, Jean “Binta” Breeze, Bob Andy, Elijah Emanuel & The Revelations and many more wonders in this very special Reggae MD Symptomatic radio broadcast boom shot. It’s a scorchin’ 77 minutes of fiery sounds for many healthy doses. Hold tight to your radio receptacle for an audio elixir application to heal the nation.


Money can’t save you but this week’s Reggae MD Symptomatic might. More be well-charged vibrations with last week’s Reggae MD Gatekeeper. Listen twice & feel extra nice.


Raver Reviews: Dub Syndicate’s ‘Hard Food’ a hard and heavy salute to Jamaica

Dub Syndicate’s new album Hard Food (Echo Beach) is a tribute to the talent and vision of late founder and drummer Lincoln Valentine “Style” Scott, who was brutally murdered in his Manchester, JA home on October 9, 2014.  However, it is also a hard, heavy yet highly-skankable salute to Jamaica – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

For most reggae fans, 2014 will be remembered as a year of profound loss. It was a year in which we bid farewell to Hopeton Lewis (singer), Jimmy Ruffin (singer), Darryl “ET” Thompson (guitarist), John Wayne (dancehall vocalist), Wayne Smith (singer), and Philip Smart (engineer/producer). We also witnessed several of reggae’s most influential artists and musicians pass from this realm. The loss of  percussionist Uziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson, Third World lead vocalist Bunny Rugs, and singer/songwriter John Holt will be felt for many years as these three individuals influenced, shaped, and transformed the “big music from the likkle island.” While the reggae community certainly felt the sting of each of these deaths, none of them were as were as unexpected and shocking as the brutal murder of legendary Roots Radics drummer Lincoln Valentine “Style” Scott on October 9, 2014.

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Reggae MD Diagnosis – January 18th 2015 radiogram from Midnight Dread

Presenting observations on ailments in the human condition in most need of attention:


Martin Luther King Jr. still has a dream. “Don’t play with me now!” he says in this week’s Reggae MD opening selection “and then I got into Memphis…” to fight for economic justice and democracy, a struggle yet to be overcome. This Reggae MD Diagnosis deduces that Reggae Music brings truths & rights to the roots of culture for everyone’s better state of being. Here’s full attribution on the selections’ sources, exclusive to Midnight Raver:

“Who’s Safe” Gussie Prento – Raw Rub A Dub Inna Fashion lp – Fashion 1983
“Black Man, White Man (take two)” Alton Ellis – Cry Tough – Treasure Isle/Heartbeat 1993
“Hong Kong Flu” The Ethiopians – Trojan Mod Reggae Box Set Vol. 2 (Disc 2) – Trojan 2005
“Polio” Ismael Isaac – Rahman – Buna Records —-
“Global Threat” Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars – Rise & Shine – Cumbancha 2010
“How Can We Ease The Pain?” Maxi Priest & Beres Hammond – Maxi Priest – Virgin 1988
“Fix Me” Burning Spear – Our Music – Burning Spear 2005
“Brother’s Keeper” Casper Loma Da Wa – Brothers Keeper – Native Music Rocks 2011
“I’m Hurting Inside (Alternate Mix)” Bob Marley – Songs Of Freedom [Disc 2] – Island 1992
“Brain Damage” Easy Star All-Stars – Dub Side Of The Moon – Easy Star 2003
“Split Personality” The Skatalites Feat. Toots Hibbert – Hi-Bop Ska – Shanachie 1994
“Ism Schism” Carlene Davis 7″ – JA 7″ – Sonic Sounds —-
“Lamb or Lion” Mighty Mystic – Concrete World – Soulbeats 2013
“Confusion” The Untouchables – The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection Volume 3 [Disc 1] – Trojan 2000
“Who Feels It, Knows It” Rita Marley – By The Rivers Of Babylon – Shanachie 1997
“Jamaican Proverb” Dub Syndicate – The Rasta Far I – Collision 2003
“Madness” Prince Buster & The All Stars – Roots Of Reggae – Ska – Rhino 1996
“Mad House” Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection Volume 1 [Disc 1] – Trojan 1998
“Reggae Fever” The Pioneers – Roll On Muddy River lp – Trojan 1977
“Mansion Of Invention” Prince Fari & The Arabs – Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 lp – Daddy Kool 1980
“Anthems of Hope” Taj Weekes & Adowa – A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen – Taj Weekes 2010

Year gone clear already, music more than ready with this week’s Reggae MD Diagnosis. More healing sounds with last week’s Reggae MD House Call. Be well and live up.

Dub Syndicate feat. Bunny Wailer “Bless My Soul” from the ‘Hard Food’ LP (2014)

While we continue to mourn the loss of Lincoln “Style” Scott, as well as the many other reggae legends we lost in 2014, we can take some comfort in the fact that Style left behind one hell of a farewell album.  This is just one of many stunning tracks from the LP.  Here we have Bunny Wailer reprising The Wailers’ “Rock Sweet Rock.”   What a chune!!!!  Bunny’s vocal is amazing and Style and Flabba come hard on the riddim!  Big up Adrian Sherwood on the mix!

Tune is so nice I made my own video for it…

Stay tuned for my exclusive review of Dub Syndicate’s HARD FOOD which will be dropping at later this week!


Adrian Sherwood discusses his longtime friend and collaborator Lincoln “Style” Scott

I spoke with our good friend Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound Records back in January 2014 about his longtime friendship and collaboration with “Style” Scott.  Here is an excerpt from that interview.  (CLICK HERE to read the full interview)

Lincoln Valentine “Style” Scott comes to Creation Rebel in 1979 by way of Prince Far-I, who recruited the star drummer for his backing band The Arabs.  As a member of The Arabs, Scott is featured on Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Volume 3, which also features young Sherwood under the pseudonym “Dub Syndicate” as producer-in-charge.  Scott is recruited to join Creation Rebel and eventually plays in several On-U Sound collectives.

It is with Dub From Creation and Creation Rebel’s highly experimental studio and dub albums released between 1978 and 1983 that Sherwood develops the On-U Sound – a highly experimental, innovative, and downright heavy cross-pollination of punk, industrial, drum and bass, and Jamaican dub mixed to perfection by the unapologetic conductor extraordinaire himself.  It is also during this period, especially starting in 1980, that several different musical collectives form, composed of the musicians that Sherwood personally seeks out for their musical abilities.

Sherwood forms his On-U Sound label in 1980 in order to release the growing number of studio projects that he is stocking away working with this evolving collectve of talented and dynamic musicians.  Dub Syndicate emerges out of these sessions. Over the next several years, Dub Syndicate releases a handful of notable dub experiments, including a few collaborations with Lee “Scratch” Perry, the famed dub reggae mastermind behind the Black Ark sound.  It becomes increasingly evident that the heart and soul of Dub Syndicate lies in Style Scott and he steadily becomes the band’s driving spiritual force, recording most of the riddim tracks in his native Jamaica and having them overdubbed and mixed by Sherwood in England.

Sherwood doesn’t mince any words when it comes to Scott – he is the best dub reggae drummer on the planet.

“I’ve been working with Style since 1978.  By the time Far-I was murdered in 1983 he was recording and working with Gregory [Isaacs] and Roots Radics.  The Radics actually got their start with Prince Far-I as Cry Tuff and the Originals.  It’s on the credits for Dub To Africa.   I don’t think he gets any credit for that.  He joined Far-I after recording David Isaacs’ “A Place In The Sun.”  That is the first tune he played on.  So I would see Style every time he came to London with Gregory and I would record him. 

Style is amazing if he is with the right musicians.  He slashes the snare and bashes the cymbals like no other.  His high hat playing is simply the best.”

So what is it that makes Style Scott such a dominant drummer?  According to Sherwood it all starts with tuning.

“He tunes every kit meticulously before he plays so that whenever you hear him you are hearing the same Style Scott no matter what he’s playing or where he’s playing.  His high hat playing is just amazing, the best I’ve seen.  His timing with the cymbals, his drum rolls.  He walks the baseline with the foot drum.  So when you listen to all those early dancehall records that the Radics played on that’s my man making those beats.”

A lot of those records that were cut in Jamaica using Roots Radics were recorded very specifically always using the same drum sound with a mix by Scientist or somebody, and there was a special connection between the producer, the band, the engineer, and the studio.  You will never see that magic again.  I recorded Style a bunch over the last three years in London, brilliant stuff, an Arabic version of ‘War,’ and ‘To Be Rich Should Be A Crime’ by Jeb Loy Nichols.  I will be the first to tell you that Style Scott still has his chops.  He’s fantastic.

Whether Dubbing to Africa with Prince Far-I, making a Miracle with Bim Sherman, or “Pounding The System” with Style Scott and Dub Syndicate, Adrian Sherwood has been a Creation Rebel from the start.  He is the man who made it possible, and even prudent, to rebel against creation, step over the line, kick aside the boxes, and experiment with a new sound.

“I’ve been very blessed in my career.  The only instrument I play is the mixing board.  I’m sort of the conductor I guess and I finish everything off with my style of mixing which is quite unique as well.

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve always worked with brilliant musicians like Skip McDonald or Style Scott or a host of many others.  I’ve worked with so many great people in my career.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with all my heroes.  I always try to come up with something new, not a repeat or recycled sound, but something fresh.  It is one of the most valuable lessons I learned from working with Lee Perry.”

Sherwood in the studio with "Style," 2014
Sherwood in the studio with “Style,” 2014

Style Scott Tribute w/ Rare Live Tracks by Radics, Dub Syndicate

Another great contribution by our friend DUBWISE GARAGE!

Also DO NOT MISS this Friday’s RIFFIN’ with Dermot Hussey:  A TRIBUTE TO LINCOLN “STYLE” SCOTT which will feature interviews with Flabba Holt, Santa Davis, Sly Dunbar and more.

01 Dub Syndicate – 1996 Cafe Tomo, Arcata, This Show is Coming
02 Itals with Roots Radics 1983 Amherst instrumental
03 Itals with Roots Radics 1983 Amherst instrumental
04 Itals with Roots Radics 1983 Amherst instrumental
05 Israel Vibration w Roots Radics New Wave
06 Radics with Gregory Isaacs – 1980 Dub
07 Radics with Gregory Isaacs – 1980 Soon Forward
08.Dub Syndicate – Reggae on the River 1996
09 Dub Syndicate -2007-02-21- Egyptian Reggae
10 Dub Syndicate – 1996 Cafe Tomo, Arcata, Wa Da Da
11 Radics – Reggae on the River 1989 Instrumental
12 Radics – Reggae on the River 1989 Instrumental
13 Bunny Wailer – Sunsplash 1987 Roots Radics – Swing Easy
14 Bunny Wailer – Sunsplash 1987 Rockers
15 Radics w/ Itals 1983 Instrumental
16 Radics w/ Itals 1983 Instrumental
17 Radics w/ Itals 1983 Instrumental
18 Dub Syndicate1998-04-01 Dubadisababa
19 Dub Syndicate1998-04-01 No Dog Barks – Band Intros

New Musical Express, October 6, 1984
New Musical Express, October 6, 1984

Sherwood & Pinch “Music Killers”

Big shout to Adrian Sherwood who gave me an outstanding interview last week.  We talked much about Sherwood & Pinch, Creation Rebel, Prince Far-I, Bim Sherman, Style Scott and Dub Syndicate, and much more.

I’m writing it up now so keep posted for that…

Until then, check the sounds of dub tomorrow by Sherwood & Pinch…

MUSIC KILLERS (Available now HERE)

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BRING ME WEED (Available now HERE)

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And the On-U Sounds of yesterday…

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10 Days and counting…



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Prince Far-I and Creation Rebel Paradiso Amsterdam 1978








Prince Far-I – Intro (Germany 1978)
Prince Far-I & Creation RebelAfrican Space Ship (Germany 1978)
Dub Syndicate – Ravi Shankar (Live at Kentish, 1994)
Dub Syndicate w/ Bim Sherman – Mafia
Singers & Players w/ Mikey Dread – School Days
Prince Far-I – The Visitor
Creation Rebel – Higher Degree
Dub Syndicate w/ Congo Ashanti Roy – Blood Shed Dub
Prince Far-I & Creation Rebel – Frontline (Peel Sessions 1978)
Prince Far-I in Cry Tuff Dub Encounter – Mansion of Invention
Singers & Players w/ Bim Sherman – Revolution
Prince Far-I in Cry Tuff Dub Encounter – Homeward Bound
Prince Far-I in Cry Tuff Dub Encounter – The Right Way
Singers & Players w/ Bim Sherman – Haunting Ground
Creation Rebel – Overloader
Prince Far-I in Cry Tuff Dub Encounter – Abderrahane
Prince Far-I in Cry Tuff Dub Encounter – Mozabites
Dub Syndicate – Stoned Immaculate (Live at Kentish, 1994)

Bim Sherman Acoustic Demos (1995)

Here is an EXCLUSIVE that you will only find here at the MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG!  As I have said before, Bim Sherman may be the best singer to ever emerge from Jamaica in my generation.  His voice is so haunting and delicate that it brings a whole new vibe to any recording he appears on.  Since his death nearly 15 years ago, obtaining authentic Bim Sherman first press vinyl, or even represses for that matter, is nearly as difficult as finding authentic Yabby You recordings.  This stuff is gold among collectors, and justifiably so.  So if you ever see a Bim Sherman on the Sun Dew, Century, Scorpio, or even On-U Sound labels, snatch it up if you can.  It’s value will never diminish, and it will most assuredly increase in value as the years roll on.
I think these demos are significant because you can clearly listen to his voice and hear how delicate it really is.  It’s raw, but it exposes one of the greatest instruments you will ever hear:  the voice of Bim Sherman.