This article is from 2009.
Anyone who witnessed former Pop Group vocalist Mark Stewart with ex-Sugarhill house band The Maffia play Edinburgh last year with seminal producer and On-U Sound head honcho Adrian Sherwood manning the controls will probably still be wondering where on earth – or anywhere else – did some of the sense-zapping dub sounds conjured up that night come from. It was a similar story when Sherwood reignited a collaboration with artist Graham Fagen for ‘I Murder Hate,’ a compendium of Robert Burns songs reinvented in a reggae style.
For his latest visitation, Sherwood him team up with On-U Sound stalwarts Dub Syndicate for another live mash-up of science-fiction sound-clashes guaranteed to wobble walls, trouser legs and brain cells. Led from the back by former Roots Radics drummer Style Scott, Dub Syndicate surfaced in its original guise in 1982, bridging the gap between old-school roots music and squat-punk’s year zero love affair with between-band sound systems. A quarter of a century on, Scott and Sherwood will be joined at these two very special shows by bassist ‘Blood,’ Sly and Robbie keyboardist Franklyn ‘Bubbler’ Waugh, guitarist Vince Black and special FX wizard Alon Adiri for some heavy-duty instrumental bliss.
Voodoo Rooms, 556 7060, 10 Aug, 8pm, £15; Tolbooth, Stirling, 11 Aug, 8pm, £12 (£10).