London label One-Handed Music's "Dedication Series" of tribute mixes debuted in March with Beautiful Swimmers' inspired program dedicated to trumpet trailblazer, Don Cherry . This time out OHM taps UK producer JD Twitch - one half of the duo Optimo - for a 90 minute mix devoted to the work of Adrian Sherwood, whose pioneering productions of dub (with Lee Perry, Prince Far-I and others), and industrial post-punk funk grooves (with Tackhead, a/k/a the OG Sugarhill Records rhythm section) are the stuff of legend. More from Twitch, and audio and download link, after the jump...
For my ears, Adrian Sherwood is the most sonically innovative producer the UK has ever given birth to. If you don't know anything about Mr. Sherwood or his ON U Sound label, either do a bit of Googling, have a listen to this mix or read this interview I was fortunate enough to conduct a couple of months ago (when he was in Glasgow) that is on the Racket Racket website .
In my late teens and early 20s, Adrian Sherwood's work impacted on me more than anything I had previously heard and made me think about sonic possibilities in a completely new way. I would buy any record he had been involved with unheard and got into a lot of other artists purely because he had been involved with making their records. Indeed, my nom de plume "Twitch" came from a record he produced and our Optimo slogan "We Love Your Ears" came from the sleeve of a record he remixed. I hadn't listened to a lot of these records for many, many years and fell in love with them all over again while putting this together. It was a complete labour of love to do and a revelation to hear how fresh and wild this music still sounds.
Download it, HERE .