On-U Sound and Village Underground presents Dub Sessions Vol 1 Adrian Sherwood / Africa Hitech / Kwesachu / Ross Allen
The legendary producer delivers a live dub DJ set plus Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek perform their electronic diaspora project. Michachu and Kwes do a live mixtape with a worldly wise blend from DJ Ross Allen.
For more than three decades, Adrian Sherwood has been quite probably Britain’s most consistently ground-breaking producer. In the process, he has wrought his wizardly magic upon such internationally acclaimed artists as Blur, Nine Inch Nails, Sinead O’Connor, The Cure and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, as well as coining countless mind-melting new sounds with legendary acts such as Tackhead and Mark Stewart, whose influence is ongoing and, to this day, omnipresent.
Sherwood has always preferred to operate in the shadows, where his creative integrity is least threatened by the all-corrupting ludicrousness of the pop mainstream. Largely left to his own devices, he has built up a colossal body of work, whose staggering diversity – after launching off from reggae and dub, he duly innovated with electro, industrial noize, various world musics, and much else besides – somehow never eclipsed his own identity, nor diluted his unique bass-quakin’ sound.
Nearly nine years ago Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek began bonding over their shared passion for the seemingly disparate spheres of bubbling Detroit techno, soul and fierce Jamaican digital dancehall. Africa Hitech is the moniker which represents both Steve and Mark’s love for all things progressive within music, whilst acknowledging that the roots of much of today’s popular music can be traced directly back to Africa.
Another devious duo of leftfield pop artist Michachu and musician and producer Kwes, DJing as Kwesachu. This collaboration started in 2008 with the release of the Kwesachu Vol 1 mixtape – 50 minutes of cassette tape which proved that both artists were a match made in skewed pop heaven, and gave birth to ‘free pop’ – a philosophy of creating popular music that knows no boundaries, shuns no eccentricity and values inventiveness over any kind of rules that have gone before.
Holding everything down is Ross Allen, a man of many talents and one of London’s most well known faces on the music scene. Whose Sony award winning radio show ‘Destination In’ for GLR lead to him becoming Gilles Peterson’s occasional stand-in for his Worldwide show. In his capacity as A&R he has signed and worked with Peshay. Tom Middleton, Talvin Singh, The Stereo MC’s, Lady Sovereign and The Sugababes.