On-U Sound relaunches Pay It All Back series


The much loved compilation series is set for a return some thirty five years after it first launched. On-U Sound, the pioneering label run by Adrian Sherwood, has released music prominently across decades with the likes of Congo Natty, Dub Syndicate, Playgroup, Pinch, JD Twitch, African Head Charge, Lee Scrach Perry and Trevor Jackson all having appeared on the imprint, to name a few. The compilation series was always designed as a gateway to the wider world of the label and offered an insight into the musical landscape of the imprint, as Adrian Sherwood describes:

“The Pay It All Back series started 35 years ago! These compilations were designed to promote the world of On-U, a “payback” for the people who supported us and to encourage others to investigate the label’s work. The first volume retailed for the price of a 7” single at the time! Other volumes came with fat booklets or a ‘Pay It All Back’ tour in the case of Volume 3. After volume 6, the label (and me) was not in the best of shape, and it was some six years before the next label compilation Chainstore Massacre was released. I guess this was almost a Pay It All Back in all but name.
The label has been through many interesting and difficult times but we are still very much involved in what can loosely be called "the business". There are sadly too few decent record shops left, so try and track down all the releases and forthcoming works through our recommended retail outlets (or On-U direct). As the previous volumes in the series have done, this compilation offers a selection of forthcoming, previously unreleased, unique versions, and tracks and artists I’m keen to promote. Enjoy.”

A full tracklist can be found below: 

A1. Roots Manuva & Doug Wimbish – Spit Bits
A2. Sherwood & Pinch (ft. Daddy Freddy & Dubiterian) – One Law For The Rich
A3. Horace Andy – Mr Bassie (Play Rub A Dub)
A4. Neyssatou & Likkle Mai – War

B1. Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Starship
B2. Denise Sherwood – Ghost Heart
B3. Higher Authorities – Neptune Version*
B4. Sherwood & Pinch ft. LSK – Fake Days
B5. Congo Natty – UK All Stars In Dub

C1. Mark Stewart – Favour
C2. LSK and Adrian Sherwood – The Way Of The World
C3. Gary Lucas with Arkell & Hargreaves – Toby’s Place
C4. Nisennenmondai – A’ – Live in Dub (Edit)

D1. African Head Charge – Flim
D2. Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto – Fuego de Cumbia / Dub de Sangre Pura (Dub Mix)
D3. Little Axe – Deep River (The Payback Mix)
D4. Ghetto Priest ft. Junior Delgado & 2 Bad Card – Slave State
D5. Coldcut ft. Roots Manuva – Beat Your Chest

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