Shopping For Records: Sherwood At The Controls Vol. 2: 1985-1990

Producer and On-U Sound owner Adrian Sherwood is releasing the second installment of his Sherwood at the Controls series.  Sherwood at the Controls Vol. 2: 1985-1990 features tracks from Mark Stewart (The Pop Group), Lee "Scratch" Perry, Ministry, and KMFDM to name a few, and will be out June 24th.  The first volume, which encapsulates selected material from 1979 till 1984, was released April of 2015. 

In light of Prince's recent and very unfortunate passing, a cover of his song "Girls & Boys" by the group Pankow, which is coincidentally featured on the compilation, is available online.  You can check out the track below:



Here is a video trailer advertising the compilation:



You can read more about the release below. All info, links, and tracks were provided by Julian T. Schoen.

Pankow covers Prince "Girls & Boys", off Sherwood At The Controls Vol. 2: 1985-1990 on On-U Sound June 24

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Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985-1990

Last month, On-U Sound and Adrian Sherwood announced news of a second label compilation, Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985-1990, which will be available June 24th on vinyl, CD and digitally. Volume 2 includes cuts from Lee Scratch Perry, Mark Stewart, and Tackhead, as well 5 previously unreleased tracks from the On-U vault.

Today, in respect and honor to the spirit and untimely death of Prince, the group releases a serendipitous 1987 metal dance deconstruction cover of the Purple One's classic "Girls & Boys", by Italian group Pankow, with additional production from Sherwood, available on this compilation.

To add some context to this song and its history, here is a snippet from the compilation's liner notes -

Adrian's mid-80s productions with the Tackhead axis were some of the most innovative of the period in their sheer sonic extremity - creating huge walls of sound with skull-crushing beats, a Dadaist collage of vocal samples, and instruments pushed way into the red. Distortion became another colour in his sonic palette, just as echo, reverb and parametric EQ had been to his dub productions. These records caught the ears of musicians from the emerging second wave industrial scene - an international affair taking inspiration from earlier groups like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire but applying it to tracks intended for a dancefloor or rock club. The hybrid would be dubbed 'electronic body music', and Sherwood very much had a hand in shaping the sound, being invited to work with the likes of Einstürzende Neubauten, Ministry, KMFDM, Nitzer Ebb and Nine Inch Nails.

Pankow were from Florence, Italy and Adrian made their acquaintance after producing fellow hometown act Rinf (also featured on this comp). Pankow's early synth and drum machine excursions such as "Das Vodkalied" have become a seminal touchstone for modern techno producers such as Helena Hauff in recent years, with their heavier late-80s productions with Adrian Sherwood being championed as metal dance classics by On-U compiler Trevor Jackson. They also ended up having their records released in the states by Wax Trax!, and worked on two albums with Adrian, Freiheit Für Die Sklaven (Freedom For The Slaves) and Gisela. This irreverent deconstruction of a Prince song is a highlight of their time working together and appeared in extended form on the humorously titled EP, Pankow Play The Hits Of The Nineties.

Various Artists - Sherwood At The Controls Vol. 2
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Various Artists - Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985-1990
(On-U Sound, out June 24)
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Track Listing -
1. Mark Stewart - Hypnotised (12" Mix) [1985]
2. Tackhead - Mind At The End Of The Tether [1987]
3. Doug Wimbish & Fats Comet - Don't Forget That Beat (alternate dub) [1985]
4. Flux - The Value Of Nothing [1986]
5. The Unknown Cases - Masimbabele 89 (Adrian Sherwood Remix) [1989]
6. Keith LeBlanc - These Sounds [1989]
7. The Beatnigs - Television (Dance Mix) [1988]
8. Pankow - Girls & Boys [1987]
9. Ministry - All Day Remix [1986]
10. Rinf - Big Bondage (Kinky Sex Wet Mix) [1987]
11. KMFDM - Don't Blow Your Top (Adrian Sherwood Remix) [1988]
12. Dub Syndicate - Snatch A Style [1985]*
13. Lee Perry - Music & Science Madness [1987]*
14. Bim Sherman - Haunting Ground Dub [1986]*
15. African Head Charge - Hold Some More Version [1990]*
16. Dub Syndicate - Early Mafia [1990]*

* - Previously Unreleased

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