Adrian Sherwood headlines a Dub extravaganza at London’s famous Jazz Cafe

Sherwood At The Controls
Saturday 3rd December
The Jazz Cafe


Back by popular demand, Adrian Sherwood returns to the Jazz Café for a night of rare and special performances, which follows the rapturous party atmosphere of the first live show/club night, which celebrated the release of the critically-acclaimed On-U Sound compilation ‘Sherwood At The Controls Vol. 2’.

Absolutely unmissable for all discerning dub-heads, Sherwood At The Controls will centre around a one-off, all-star live performance of music from Joe Gibbs and The Professional’s seminal, classic albums ‘African Dub 1, 2 & 3’. British reggae, dub and lovers rock master Dennis Bovell will play bass, joined by Creation Rebel guitarist Crucial Tony and Perry Melius – the drummer from the classic line-up of African Head Charge. Adrian Sherwood will be dubbing the set live in his usual masterful fashion.


The night will also feature a special rare DJ appearance from both Matt Black and Jonathan More aka Coldcut – the legendary duo who’s sample heavy hip-hop-influenced productions were integral to the late 80s dance music explosion, birthing their own hit records, plus remixes and productions for Eric B & Rakim, James Brown, Queen Latifah, Steve Reich, Blondie, Pierre Henry, Nina Simone and BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Equally noteworthy is Ninja Tune, the label founded by Coldcut, which – akin to On-U Sound – has remained at the pinnacle of leftfield, dub and beat-based music over the decades, and will be releasing a limited-edition, hand-made single by Coldcut X On-U Sound (more details TBA).

Since the first Sherwood At The Controls Live at the Jazz Café earlier this year, the release schedule for On-U Sound’s inspirational and influential music has continued apace, with the African Head Charge box set and 8-track vinyl LP of unreleased tracks – entitled ‘Environmental Holes and Drastic Tracks’ and ‘Return Of The Crocodile’ respectively. Also recently released was a vinyl re-press of the aptly-titled album ‘Staggering Heights’ by Singers & Players, plus ‘#6’ – a new 12” by Japanese krautrockers Nisennenmondai (featuring a remix by Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle fame). Additionally Sherwood & Pinch recently contributed the track ‘Retribution’ to the Houndstooth records ‘#savefabric’ compilation.

Adrian Sherwood image: Dr Das