On-U Sound

On-U Sound

Profile:
UK based experimental reggae/dub label run by Adrian Sherwood.

Not to be confused with the US based DJ/club remix label, ON-USound (with no space between "ON-U" and "Sound").

Related labels are Pressure Sounds & Green Tea.
EFA released some remastered titles with slightly altered cover artwork before going under in 2004.
On-U Sound was relaunched in 2002 and kicked off again with Little Axe's 'Hard Grind' album. Look for newer stuff at catalogue number ON-U CD 1001 and higher.

For Phonographic Copyright (p) and Copyright (c) please use On-U Sound Records Ltd..

Labelcode: LC 08619
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Echomania  album cover Dub Syndicate Echomania(CD, Album) On-U Sound, Restless Records US 1993 Sell This Version
18683 State Of Evolution  album cover Revolutionary Dub Warriors State Of Evolution(CD, Album) Musidisc, On-U Sound 18683 France 1996 Sell This Version
114482 We Are Audio Active [Tokyo Space Cowboys]  album cover Audio Active We Are Audio Active [Tokyo Space Cowboys](CD, Album) Musidisc, On-U Sound 114482 France 1994 Sell This Version
118622 Africans United / Madness & Mayhem  album cover Akabu (2) Africans United / Madness & Mayhem(CD, Maxi) On-U Sound, Musidisc-Europe 118622 France 1995 Sell This Version
118632 Warrior Queen  album cover Akabu (2) Warrior Queen(CD, Album) Musidisc 118632 France 1995 Sell This Version
119922 Miracle  album cover Bim Sherman Miracle(CD, Album) Musidisc 119922 France 1996 Sell This Version
120132 Solid As A Rock  album cover Bim Sherman Solid As A Rock(CD, Single, Car) On-U Sound, Musidisc 120132 France 1996 Sell This Version
121122 It Must Be A Dream  album cover Bim Sherman It Must Be A Dream(CD) Musidisc 121122 France 1997 Sell This Version
121123 Contributions  album cover Bim Sherman Contributions(CD, Maxi, Comp, Promo) On-U Sound, Musidisc 121123 France 1997 Sell This Version
122182 Collection Plates Volume One  album cover Various Collection Plates Volume One(CD, Comp, RM) Musidisc 122182 France 1998 Sell This Version
122392 Drums Of Defiance  album cover African Head Charge versus Professor Stretch African Head Charge versus Professor Stretch - Drums Of Defiance(CD, Album) Musidisc 122392 France 1998 Sell This Version
122712 On-U Sound - Free Plates Selection  album cover Various On-U Sound - Free Plates Selection(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr, Car) Musidisc 122712 France 1998 Sell This Version
157 689-2 Reaction Dub Part 1: Deliverance  album cover The Revolutionary Dub Warriors* Reaction Dub Part 1: Deliverance(CD, Album, RP) Musidisc, Universal, On-U Sound 157 689-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
157 712-2 Psychotic Jonkanoo  album cover Creation Rebel Psychotic Jonkanoo(CD, Album, Enh, RE) Universal Licensing Music (ULM) 157 712-2 France 2000 Sell This Version
7 72769-2 Pay It All Back  album cover Various Pay It All Back(CD, Comp) Restless Records, On-U Sound 7 72769-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
7 72769-4 Various Pay It All Back(Cass, Comp, Promo) Restless Records, On-U Sound 7 72769-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
7 72906-2 Pay It All Back (Volume 5)  album cover Various Pay It All Back (Volume 5)(CD, Comp) Restless Records 7 72906-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
3750 192 Tackhead Sound Crash: Slash & Mix - Adrian Sherwood  album cover Tackhead Tackhead Sound Crash: Slash & Mix - Adrian Sherwood(CD, Comp, Mixed) EMI, EMI, On-U Sound, On-U Sound 3750 192 UK 2006 Sell This Version
7310272 We Are Experienced  album cover Audio Active We Are Experienced(CD) Beat Records, Massive (2), On-U Sound 7310272 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 44254 2 5 15 Years In An Open "Boat"  album cover Various 15 Years In An Open "Boat"(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, On-U Sound 7243 8 44254 2 5 UK 1997 Sell This Version
A121 One Way System  album cover Dub Syndicate One Way System (Album) A121 US 1983 Sell This Version
ALCA-330 Version Excursion / ON-U Sound Artists  album cover Various Version Excursion / ON-U Sound Artists(CD, Album) On-U Sound, Spin (7) ALCA-330 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
ALCA 541 In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land  album cover African Head Charge In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land(CD, Album) Spin (7) ALCA 541 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
BD243 Jungle Revolution In Dub  album cover Congo Natty Jungle Revolution In Dub(LP, Album) Big Dada Recordings BD243 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BDCD243 Jungle Revolution In Dub  album cover Congo Natty Jungle Revolution In Dub(CD, Album, Dig) Big Dada Recordings BDCD243 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BDCD243P Jungle Revolution In Dub  album cover Congo Natty Jungle Revolution In Dub(CD, Album, Promo, car) Big Dada Recordings BDCD243P UK 2015 Sell This Version
BEC5161324 Hi Djinx! Django Django Remixed  album cover Django Django Hi Djinx! Django Django Remixed(2xLP, Album + CD, Album) Because Music BEC5161324 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
BLCCD17 Power Inc. Volume 3 (Live)  album cover Tackhead Power Inc. Volume 3 (Live)(CD, Comp) Blanc Records, EFA BLCCD17 UK 1997 Sell This Version
BOOOTH02CD I Murder Hate  album cover Adrian Sherwood, Graham Fagen Adrian Sherwood, Graham Fagen - I Murder Hate(CD, Ltd) Tolbooth Records BOOOTH02CD UK 2009 Sell This Version
BRC-90 Rebel Vibrations  album cover Creation Rebel Rebel Vibrations(CD) Beat Records BRC-90 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
BRC-90 Creation Rebel Rebel Vibrations(CD, Album, Promo) Beat Records BRC-90 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
BRC-112 Vision Of A Psychedelic Africa  album cover African Head Charge Vision Of A Psychedelic Africa(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-112 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
BRC-125 On-U Sound Crash: Slash & Mix - Adrian Sherwood  album cover Various On-U Sound Crash: Slash & Mix - Adrian Sherwood(CD, Album, Comp, Mixed) Beat Records BRC-125 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
BRC-198 The Modern Sound Of Harry Beckett  album cover Harry Beckett The Modern Sound Of Harry Beckett(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-198 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
BRC-300 Trifecta  album cover Dub Syndicate Trifecta(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album,) Beat Records BRC-300 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
BRC-315 Love Forever  album cover New Age Steppers Love Forever(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-315 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRC-452 Late Night Endless  album cover Sherwood* & Pinch (2) Sherwood* & Pinch (2) - Late Night Endless(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-452 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-452M Live From The Care Home, March 2013  album cover Sherwood* & Pinch (2) Sherwood* & Pinch (2) - Live From The Care Home, March 2013(CD, Promo) Beat Records BRC-452M Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-459 Sherwood At The Controls - Volume 1: 1979 - 1984  album cover Various Sherwood At The Controls - Volume 1: 1979 - 1984(CD, Album, Comp) On-U Sound, Beat Records BRC-459 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-539 Man Vs. Sofa  album cover Sherwood* & Pinch (2) Sherwood* & Pinch (2) - Man Vs. Sofa(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-539 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
BRE-42 Recovery Time  album cover Adrian Sherwood Recovery Time(CD, EP) Beat Records, On-U Sound BRE-42 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRIII01 The Cool Revolution  album cover Various The Cool Revolution(CD, Comp) Beat Records BRIII01 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
BRONU002 Pay Attention!  album cover The Mothmen Pay Attention!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beat Records, On-U Sound BRONU002 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
CD 18737-2 Solid As A Rock  album cover Bim Sherman Solid As A Rock(CD, Maxi) EFA CD 18737-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CD BRED 24 Wild Paarty Sounds (Volume One)  album cover Various Wild Paarty Sounds (Volume One)(CD, Comp, RE) Cherry Red CD BRED 24 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CD BRED 28 Epic Sound Battles Chapters I & II  album cover Playgroup (3) Epic Sound Battles Chapters I & II(CD, Comp) Cherry Red CD BRED 28 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CD BRED 58 Leaps & Bounds  album cover Singers & Players Leaps & Bounds(CD, Album, RE) Cherry Red CD BRED 58 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CD BRED 62 Very Big In America Right Now  album cover Voice Of Authority Very Big In America Right Now (Album) CD BRED 62 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CLP 9718-2 In Dub Daze: An On-U Sound Compilation  album cover Various In Dub Daze: An On-U Sound Compilation(CD, Comp) Cleopatra, On-U Sound CLP 9718-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
CLP-9825 On-U Sound - Dub Xperience: The Dread Operators  album cover Various On-U Sound - Dub Xperience: The Dread Operators(CD, Comp, RM) Cleopatra, On-U Sound CLP-9825 US 1996 Sell This Version
CLP-9919 A Party Of Dubbers And Toasters  album cover Various A Party Of Dubbers And Toasters(CD, Comp) Cleopatra, On-U Sound CLP-9919 US 1997 Sell This Version
DP1 Virgin / Danger  album cover Prince Far I / Singers & Players Prince Far I / Singers & Players - Virgin / Danger(10", Single) On-U Sound DP1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
DP2 Revolution  album cover Bim Sherman / Singers & Players Bim Sherman / Singers & Players - Revolution(10") On-U Sound DP2 UK 1982 Sell This Version
DP3 Independent Man / Creation Rebel  album cover Creation Rebel Independent Man / Creation Rebel(10") On-U Sound DP3 UK 1982 Sell This Version
DP4 Watching West Indians In The Cold  album cover London Underground Watching West Indians In The Cold(10") On-U Sound DP4 UK 1982 Sell This Version
DP6 Murder  album cover Noah House Of Dread Murder(10") On-U Sound DP6 UK 1982 Sell This Version
DP8 African Blood / Hands & Hearts  album cover Congo Ashanti Roy / Singers & Players Congo Ashanti Roy / Singers & Players - African Blood / Hands & Hearts(10") On-U Sound DP8 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DP9 Breaking Down The Pressure  album cover Singers & Players Breaking Down The Pressure(10") On-U Sound DP9 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DP10 Keep You Dancing  album cover Bim Sherman & Dub Syndicate Bim Sherman & Dub Syndicate - Keep You Dancing(10") On-U Sound DP10 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DP57 An On-U Journey Through Time & Space  album cover Various An On-U Journey Through Time & Space(10", Ltd, S/Edition) On-U Sound DP57 UK 2015 Sell This Version
DP58 War Of Version  album cover Singers & Players War Of Version(10") On-U Sound DP58 UK 2015 Sell This Version
DP59 Super Mystic Brakes  album cover African Head Charge Super Mystic Brakes(10", Ltd, S/Edition) On-U Sound DP59 UK 2016 Sell This Version
DP 15-12 Mind At The End Of The Tether  album cover Tack»Head* Mind At The End Of The Tether (Single) DP 15-12 UK 1985 Sell This Version
DPC 006 On-U Sound: 30 Years Of Excellence In Sound  album cover Various On-U Sound: 30 Years Of Excellence In Sound(CDr, Comp, Promo) On-U Sound DPC 006 UK 2012 Sell This Version
DPS38 Jungle / 2003 Struggle  album cover Dub Syndicate Jungle / 2003 Struggle(10", Ltd) On-U Sound DPS38 UK 1996 Sell This Version
EFA 07480-09 Mankind  album cover Jalal* Mankind(CD) On-U Sound EFA 07480-09 UK 1993 Sell This Version
EFA CD 18667 Miracle  album cover Bim Sherman Miracle(CD, Album) On-U Sound EFA CD 18667 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
EFA CD 18685-2 Research And Development  album cover Dub Syndicate Research And Development(CD, Album) On-U Sound EFA CD 18685-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
EFA CD 18697-2 It Must Be A Dream  album cover Bim Sherman It Must Be A Dream(2xCD, Ltd) Mantra Recordings EFA CD 18697-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
EFA LP 18693 African Head Charge vs. Professor Stretch African Head Charge vs. Professor Stretch - Drums Of Defiance(2xLP, W/Lbl) On-U Sound EFA LP 18693 UK 1998 Sell This Version
FU047 Fade Away  album cover New Age Steppers Fade Away(7", Ltd) On-U Sound, For Us Records FU047 UK 2011 Sell This Version
JAL-2515 Learning To Cope With Cowardice  album cover Mark Stewart And The Maffia Learning To Cope With Cowardice(LP, Album, Promo) Japan Record JAL-2515 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
L.P. 16 Pal Judy  album cover Judy Nylon and Crucial Judy Nylon and Crucial - Pal Judy(LP, Album) On-U Sound L.P. 16 UK 1982 Sell This Version
MNT 9CD Solid As A Rock  album cover Bim Sherman Solid As A Rock(CD, Maxi) Mantra Recordings MNT 9CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
MU 761 Happy Happer  album cover Audio Active Happy Happer(CD, Album) Musidisc, On-U Sound MU 761 France 1995 Sell This Version
NA Revenge Of The Underdog / War Of Version  album cover Singers & Players Revenge Of The Underdog / War Of Version(CD, Comp, Promo) On-U Sound NA 2015 Sell This Version
none Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985 - 1990  album cover Various Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985 - 1990(CDr, Comp, Promo, Car) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none African Snow  album cover Mamadou Diouf & Kinior Orchestra Mamadou Diouf & Kinior Orchestra - African Snow (Album) none Poland 1993 Sell This Version
none African Head Charge Environmental Holes & Drastic Tracks 1981 – 1986(2xCDr, Album, Comp, Promo, RE, RM) On-U Sound none Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none Man Vs. Sofa  album cover Sherwood* & Pinch (2) Sherwood* & Pinch (2) - Man Vs. Sofa (Album) none UK 2017 Sell This Version
none Vibrations: 1978-1982  album cover Creation Rebel Vibrations: 1978-1982 (Album, Comp) none UK & US 2017
none Shade  album cover Living Colour Shade(CD, Album) Megaforce Records none US 2017 Sell This Version
none The English Disease  album cover Barmy Army The English Disease(Cass, Ltd, S/Edition) On-U Sound none UK 2018 Sell This Version
none Warzone  album cover The Missing Brazilians* Warzone(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Revenge Of The Underdog / War Of Version  album cover Singers & Players Revenge Of The Underdog / War Of Version(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none War Of Words / War Of Version  album cover Singers & Players War Of Words / War Of Version(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Staggering Heights  album cover Singers & Players Staggering Heights (Album) none 2016
none Little Axe If You Want Loyalty Buy A Dog(CDr, Album, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2011 Sell This Version
none Survival & Resistance  album cover Adrian Sherwood Survival & Resistance (Album) none US 2012 Sell This Version
none Voodoo Of The Godsent  album cover African Head Charge Voodoo Of The Godsent(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none 2011 Sell This Version
none Recovery Time  album cover Adrian Sherwood Recovery Time(CDr, Single, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2012 Sell This Version
none Time Freeze 1995/2007: The Best Of Asian Dub Foundation  album cover Asian Dub Foundation Time Freeze 1995/2007: The Best Of Asian Dub Foundation(2xCD, Comp) EMI, Labels none Europe 2007 Sell This Version
none Late Night Endless  album cover Sherwood* & Pinch (2) Sherwood* & Pinch (2) - Late Night Endless(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Long Time Traveller  album cover Jeb Loy Nichols Long Time Traveller(2xCDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none #N/A  album cover Nisennenmondai #N/A(CDr, Album, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none The Slave's Lament  album cover Graham Fagen, Adrian Sherwood Graham Fagen, Adrian Sherwood - The Slave's Lament (Single) none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none On-U Sound Presents Drainpipe Rats  album cover Various On-U Sound Presents Drainpipe Rats(CDr, Album, Promo, Smplr) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Auld Lang Syne c/w The Slave's Lament  album cover Adrian Sherwood & Skip McDonald with Ghetto Priest Adrian Sherwood & Skip McDonald with Ghetto Priest - Auld Lang Syne c/w The Slave's Lament(CD, Maxi, Ltd) Not On Label (Graham Fagen Self-released) none UK 2005 Sell This Version
none Blue Moon  album cover Barmy Army Blue Moon(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Single) On-U Sound none UK 1991 Sell This Version
none I Murder Hate  album cover Graham Fagen, Adrian Sherwood Graham Fagen, Adrian Sherwood - I Murder Hate(CD, Single, Ltd) Not On Label (Graham Fagen Self-released) none UK 2014 Sell This Version

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MJH1964

MJH1964

November 19, 2015
Looking at the inner sleeve from a copy of 'Staggering Heights', ON-U LP 28 was going to be by CIRCUITS. Anyone know about that? Another forthcoming release listed (ON-U LP 29) was going to be a showcase album by Ashanti Roy & Mikey Dread that I don't think ever saw the light of day?
misterlegs

misterlegs

November 12, 2015
Got a copy of every LP vinyl release from this label. including one that I went round to Adrian and Kishi's house uninvited for one time,,,

They didn't tell us to f**k off like they might have but invited us in and made us a cup of tea and welcome. Crucial Tony. Keith LeBlanc and the gorgeous Miss Annie were there too.

My ultimate aim is to get one copy of all the available vinyl ever knocked out by the label. Have the sevens and tens as well as the albums, just the 12's to go..

well a bloke's got to have a hobby,

Love to Adrian and the On-U posse from Nobby of the Crazy Laindon Massive.
wailinwailer

wailinwailer

May 3, 2015
The post punk album is partly the product of an ongoing project to restore piles of mater tapes and DATs from On-U Sound. Warp Records are giving their support to this project and in addition, there are a pile of new releases ready to go. I doubt if there is going to be another wholesale reissue programme, but sounds like there is lots of good stuff to come.
MJH1964

MJH1964

February 28, 2015
Double LP of Sherwood's post-punk era mixes (mostly for post-punk bands) coming soon, anyone know if the entire On-U back catalog will finally get full re-release on vinyl and other formats, or will it be a series of compilations?
MJH1964

MJH1964

January 27, 2015
Anyone know why reissues of On-U releases are so erratic? One of the greatest labels of all time - and perhaps the least well served in tems of its back catalog.
itsonu

itsonu

October 31, 2011
Let’s not talk about the Sound of On U, everyone who knows the label recognizes the hand of dub-meister Adrian Sherwood. I would like to give attention to the On U Sound logo. As from the first release (ON-Usound1.) the characteristic way in which On U Sound is written appears somewhere on the label or record cover (apart from a couple of exceptions). It survived 30 years of (frequently) lowfi quality of cover design. And fortunately, at the latest rebirth of the label, it gets a prominent, honorable place again: “Disturbing the comfortable, comforting the disturbed”.
jonathan_armstrong

jonathan_armstrong

April 16, 2004
I'm not quite sure why this label never got its proper recognition, but this should be re-discovered by everyone with a serious interest in dub or electronic music.

My theory is that it was in its prime a little too early for the electronica craze. It wasn't house music or jungle, but was probably too dubby and funky for the industrial. Everyone thinks that "ragga techno" probably started in 1992, but the On-U Sound artists were making crazy tripped out dubby records with heavy industrial/electronics sorts of influences for years before that.

genet

genet

April 6, 2004
I don't think one can adequately describe the <i>profound</i> influence of Adrian Sherwood and the On-U Sound cast of thousands on contemporary electronic music (dub, techno, drum-n-bass, post-punk, electro, and ambient). And through all of this, Sherwood and his London-Kingston crew remain down-to-earth & unpretentious, spurning offers from major labels for nearly twenty years. Sadly defunct German independent label distribution 'giant' EFA did a marvelous thing in reissuing nearly the entire On-U full-length catalogue on CD between 1996-1998. On-U records never age.