The influential and bountiful On U Sound catalogue contains over 70 albums that explore the infinite possibilities of dub, as refracted through the prism of other scenes the label touched such as new wave, electro and industrial. After a long period of being out-of-print, all the releases are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, Juno, Boomkat, Bleep and other digital retailers, not to mention the label’s own shop.
The back catalogue takes all the classic albums by key On-U artists, as well as genre-defying compilations, mind-boggling one-offs and rarities. This is the most complete form that the label’s releases have ever been available in, and chart a unique history of underground music.
This is the latest stage in an extensive 2015 release schedule that has already taken in new albums from On-U head Adrian Sherwood in collaboration with Bristol dubstep don Pinch (the epic Late Night Endless), a crucial compilation of early Sherwood productions (Sherwood At The Controls Volume 1: 1979 - 1984), and reissue of obscure Mancunian post-punks The Mothmen.
The next release on the label comes out on 21 August, a lovingly assembled vinyl re-press of the seminal debut longplayer by early On-U collective Singers & Players, War Of Words, which first came out in 1981 via a licence deal On-U did with seminal NYC label 99 Records (also home to the likes of ESG, Liquid Liquid and Glenn Branca). A unique collision between top Jamaican vocal talents (Bim Sherman, Prince Far-I & Jah Woosh) and musicians (members of crack session band the Roots Radics), and the London post-punk scene (Keith Levene from The Clash and Public Image Limited plays guitar, and Ari-Up from The Slits provides backing vocals). The new edition has been re-cut at the world-renowned dubplates & mastering in Berlin, and comes with a download card and pull-out poster insert.