Sherwood & Pinch is the on-going collaboration between Adrian Sherwood, the magisterial dub innovator and owner of the seminal, cutting edge label, On-U Sound, and Pinch, the brains behind the Tectonic label and master of darkly filtered bass science. Since dropping their first singles, ‘Bring Me Weed’ & ‘Music Killer’, Sherwood and Pinch have continued to devastate the dancefloors at events around the world with their deeply psychedelic, bass-driven, futuristic dub wizardry.
Late Night Endless (released 9th February 2015) is the first full length album by Sherwood & Pinch and the culmination of two years in the studio developing, re-dubbing and deconstructing tracks. It touches on the urban swing of UK garage on ‘Music Killer (Dub)’ and ‘Gimme Some More (Tight Like That)’, on interstellar nineties ambient dub on ‘Wild Birds’, on the mystical minimalism of Pinch’s first releases on ‘Africa 138’ – but none of these stylistic diversions are out of place; they all seem completely of a piece with the heavyweight, ancient-futurist dub pulse that runs under everything.
It’s an intergenerational meeting of minds, a fusing of two stories, a collision of the (pun intended) tectonic plates of international soundsystem culture. The currents that link post-punk, jungle, dubstep, almighty reggae, techno, Jamaica, Ramsgate and Bristol all come together in a single small DJ booth in London then explode outwards again through truck-sized speakers, through long weeks of studio experimentation, through days and nights without sleep in Tokyo, and are finally condensed on a record that reverberates with the apocalyptic echoes of all that came before and the rumbling threat of a dark future.
This is an exciting record because it’s full of hints of how much more there is to come from this meeting of minds. It’s exciting because of the history that pounds and pulses through it. More than that, though, it’s exciting because of what it does to you as a listener right here and now in the present; as the sample of Andy Fairley’s vocal from the early days of On-U says in ‘Precinct of Sound’ says: “your head will become a crazy bulbous punch bag of sound”… and what more could you ask?