On-U Sound

On-U Sound

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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
Dub Syndicate Echomania(CD, Album) On-U Sound, Restless Records US 1993 Sell This Version
001 Jeb Loy Nichols / L.S.K.* Jeb Loy Nichols / L.S.K.* - To Be Rich Should Be A Crime / Want More(12") Ramrock 001 UK 2015 Sell This Version
18683 Revolutionary Dub Warriors State Of Evolution(CD, Album) Musidisc, On-U Sound 18683 France 1996 Sell This Version
118632 Akabu (2) Warrior Queen(CD, Album) Musidisc 118632 France 1995 Sell This Version
120132 Bim Sherman Solid As A Rock(CD, Single, Car) On-U Sound, Musidisc 120132 France 1996 Sell This Version
121122 Bim Sherman It Must Be A Dream(CD) Musidisc 121122 France 1997 Sell This Version
121123 Bim Sherman Contributions(CD, Maxi, Comp, Promo) On-U Sound, Musidisc 121123 France 1997 Sell This Version
122182 Various Collection Plates Volume One(CD, Comp, RM) Musidisc 122182 France 1998 Sell This Version
122392 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 Various On-U Sound - Free Plates Selection(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr, Car) Musidisc 122712 France 1998 Sell This Version
157 689-2 Revolutionary Dub Warriors, The* Reaction Dub Part 1: Deliverance(CD, Album, RP) Musidisc, Universal, On-U Sound 157 689-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
157 712-2 Creation Rebel Psychotic Jonkanoo(CD, Album, RE, Enh) Universal Licensing Music (ULM) 157 712-2 France 2000 Sell This Version
7 72769-2 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) On-U Sound 7 72769-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
7 72906-2 Various Pay It All Back (Volume 5)(CD, Comp) Restless Records 7 72906-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
3750 192 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 Audio Active We Are Experienced(CD) Beat Records, Massive (2), On-U Sound 7310272 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
75-07463 Tackhead Reality (12") On-U Sound 75-07463 France 1988 Sell This Version
7243 8 44254 2 5 Various 15 Years In An "Open Boat"(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, On-U Sound 7243 8 44254 2 5 UK 1997 Sell This Version
A121 Dub Syndicate One Way System (Album) A121 US 1983 Sell This Version
ALCA-330 Various Version Excursion / ON-U Sound Artists(CD, Album) On-U Sound, Spin (7) ALCA-330 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
ALCA 541 African Head Charge In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land(CD, Album) Spin (7) ALCA 541 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
BD243 Congo Natty Jungle Revolution In Dub(LP, Album) Big Dada Recordings BD243 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BDCD243 Congo Natty Jungle Revolution In Dub(CD, Album, Dig) Big Dada Recordings BDCD243 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BEC5161324 Django Django Hi Djinx! Django Django Remixed(2xLP, Album + CD, Album) Because Music BEC5161324 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
BLCCD17 Tackhead Power Inc. Volume 3 (Live)(CD, Comp) Blanc Records, EFA BLCCD17 UK 1997 Sell This Version
BOOOTH02CD Adrian Sherwood, Graham Fagen Adrian Sherwood, Graham Fagen - I Murder Hate(CD, Ltd) Tolbooth Records BOOOTH02CD UK 2009 Sell This Version
BRC-90 Creation Rebel Rebel Vibrations(CD) Beat Records BRC-90 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
BRC-125 Various On-U Sound Crash: Slash & Mix - Adrian Sherwood(CD, Album, Comp, Mixed) Beat Records BRC-125 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
BRC-198 Harry Beckett The Modern Sound Of Harry Beckett(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-198 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
BRC-300 Dub Syndicate Trifecta(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album,) Beat Records BRC-300 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
BRC-452 Sherwood* & Pinch (2) Sherwood* & Pinch (2) - Late Night Endless(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-452 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-459 Various Sherwood At The Controls - Volume 1: 1979 - 1984(CD, Album, Comp) On-U Sound, Beat Records BRC-459 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BRE-42 Adrian Sherwood Recovery Time(CD, EP) Beat Records, On-U Sound BRE-42 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRIII01 Various The Cool Revolution(CD, Comp) Beat Records BRIII01 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
BRONU002 The Mothmen Pay Attention!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beat Records, On-U Sound BRONU002 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
CD 18737-2 Bim Sherman Solid As A Rock(CD, Maxi) EFA CD 18737-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CD BRED 24 Various Wild Paarty Sounds (Volume One)(CD, Comp) Cherry Red CD BRED 24 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CD BRED 28 Playgroup (3) Epic Sound Battles Chapters I & II(CD, Comp) Cherry Red CD BRED 28 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CD BRED 58 Singers & Players Leaps & Bounds(CD, Album, RE) Cherry Red CD BRED 58 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CD BRED 62 Voice Of Authority Very Big In America Right Now (Album) CD BRED 62 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CLP 9718-2 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 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 Various A Party Of Dubbers And Toasters(CD, Comp) Cleopatra, On-U Sound CLP-9919 US 1997 Sell This Version
DPC 006 Various On-U Sound: 30 Years Of Excellence In Sound(CDr, Comp, Promo) On-U Sound DPC 006 UK 2012 Sell This Version
EFA 07480-09 Jalal* Mankind(CD) On-U Sound EFA 07480-09 UK 1993 Sell This Version
EFA CD 18667 Bim Sherman Miracle(CD, Album) On-U Sound EFA CD 18667 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
EFA CD 18685-2 Dub Syndicate Research And Development(CD, Album) On-U Sound EFA CD 18685-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
EFA CD 18697-2 Bim Sherman It Must Be A Dream(2xCD, Ltd) Mantra Recordings EFA CD 18697-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
FU047 New Age Steppers Fade Away(7", Ltd) On-U Sound, For Us Records FU047 UK 2011 Sell This Version
JAL-2515 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 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 Bim Sherman Solid As A Rock(CD, Maxi) Mantra Recordings MNT 9CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
NA Singers & Players Revenge Of The Underdog / War Of Version(CD, Comp, Promo) On-U Sound NA 2015 Sell This Version
none Various Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985 - 1990(CDr, Comp, Promo, Car) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none The Missing Brazilians* Warzone(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Singers & Players Revenge Of The Underdog / War Of Version(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Singers & Players War Of Words / War Of Version(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Little Axe If You Want Loyalty Buy A Dog(CDr, Album, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2011 Sell This Version
none Adrian Sherwood Survival & Resistance (Album) none US 2012 Sell This Version
none African Head Charge Voodoo Of The Godsent(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none 2011 Sell This Version
none Adrian Sherwood Recovery Time(CDr, Single, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2012 Sell This Version
none Sherwood* & Pinch (2) Sherwood* & Pinch (2) - Late Night Endless(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Jeb Loy Nichols Long Time Traveller(2xCDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Nisennenmondai #N/A(CDr, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Graham Fagen, Adrian Sherwood Graham Fagen, Adrian Sherwood - The Slave's Lament (Single) none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none 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 Mamadou Diouf & Kinior Orchestra Mamadou Diouf & Kinior Orchestra - African Snow(Cass, Album) Kamahuk, On-U Sound none Poland 1993 Sell This Version
none Barmy Army Blue Moon(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Single) On-U Sound none UK 1991 Sell This Version
none 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
none Various Rare And Unreleased (17xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) On-U Sound none UK 2009
none Tierra Sur Tierra De Nadie(CD, Album) Roots Internacional, On-U Sound none US 1995 Sell This Version
none Various Most High Records Volume 1(CD, Smplr) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version
none JD Twitch Are People People? (On-U Sound Pt.1)(Cass, Comp, Ltd, Blu) On-U Sound none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none African Head Charge My Life In A Hole In The Ground / Environmental Studies / Drastic Season / Off The Beaten Track(2xCDr, Comp, Promo) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Sherwood* & Pinch (2) Sherwood* & Pinch (2) - Stand Strong(CDr, Single, Promo) On-U Sound, Tectonic none UK 2015 Sell This Version
none JD Twitch Far Away Chants (On-U Sound Pt.2)(Cass, Comp, Ltd) On-U Sound none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Barmy Army Billy Bonds M.B.E.(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Single) On-U Sound none UK 1988 Sell This Version
NTCD139 Ghetto Priest Vulture Culture(CD, Album) Nocturne NTCD139 France 2003 Sell This Version
ON-LP 33 Singers & Players Leaps & Bounds(LP, Album) Cherry Red, On-U Sound ON-LP 33 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
ON-U 34 CD EP Revolutionary Dub Warriors Know Your Enemy EP(CD, EP) On-U Sound ON-U 34 CD EP UK 1995 Sell This Version
ON-U 0050 CD African Head Charge Songs Of Praise(CD, Album, RE, Enh) On-U Sound ON-U 0050 CD Germany Unknown Sell This Version
ON-U 0056 CD Dub Syndicate Stoned Immaculate(CD, Album) On-U Sound ON-U 0056 CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
ON-U 0093LP African Head Charge versus Professor Stretch African Head Charge versus Professor Stretch - Drums Of Defiance(2xLP, Album) On-U Sound, EFA ON-U 0093LP Germany 1998 Sell This Version
ONU 18656 Dub Syndicate Stoned Immaculate(CD, Album) Musidisc, On-U Sound ONU 18656 France Unknown Sell This Version
ON-U CD 0001 New Age Steppers New Age Steppers(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) On-U Sound ON-U CD 0001 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ONUCD2 The Mothmen Pay Attention!(CD, Album, RE, RM) On-U Sound ONUCD2 UK 2015 Sell This Version
ON-U CD2 African Head Charge Great Vintage Volume 1(CD, Comp) On-U Sound ON-U CD2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ONUCD2P The Mothmen Pay Attention!(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) On-U Sound ONUCD2P UK 2015 Sell This Version
ON-U CD 0003 New Age Steppers Action Battlefield(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) On-U Sound ON-U CD 0003 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ON-U CD3 African Head Charge Great Vintage Volume 2(CD, Comp) On-U Sound ON-U CD3 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ON-U CD 0004 Creation Rebel Psychotic Jonkanoo(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) On-U Sound ON-U CD 0004 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
ON-U CD 04 Singers & Players Golden Greats Volume 1(CD, Album, Comp) On-U Sound ON-U CD 04 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ON-U CD 0005 Singers & Players Feat. Bim Sherman Singers & Players Feat. Bim Sherman - War Of Words(CD, Album, Enh, RE) On-U Sound ON-U CD 0005 UK 1998 Sell This Version
ON-U CD5 Dub Syndicate Classic Selection Volume 1(CD, Comp) On-U Sound ON-U CD5 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ON-U CD6 Dub Syndicate Classic Selection Volume 2 (Comp) ON-U CD6 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ON-U CD7 London Underground Compilation 80-84(CD, Comp) On-U Sound ON-U CD7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ON-U CD8 Barmy Army The English Disease(CD, Album) On-U Sound ON-U CD8 UK 1990 Sell This Version
ON-U CD 0008 Creation Rebel Starship Africa(CD, Album, Enh, RM) On-U Sound ON-U CD 0008 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ON-U CD9 Gary Clail & On-U Sound System End Of The Century Party(CD, Album) On-U Sound ON-U CD9 UK 1990 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?
rockranger

rockranger

February 26, 2015
Can someone explain why this release page is a shambles..Where's the first release ? Where are the 10'' dub plates ?
Pretty sure there's more releases missing as well or is it just me loosing my sight ??

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.