Dub Syndicate  

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"The routine for Dub Syndicate albums was that Scotty drove out the rhythms in Kingston and Sherwood manipulated the finished product in London. What was different about "Tunes" though was the discovery of some new technology, its use and abuse. Whilst in Switzerland working with Marc Hollander, of Aksak Maboul fame, Sherwood together with partner and keyboard-player Kishi Yamamoto discovered an emulator for the first time - hence the delight in pulling the sitar sound from the keyboard which resulted in the almost prosaically titled "Ravi Shankar Pt.1" (because it was!) Also, before sampling had a name, Sherwood stumbled upon the technique of what he called "captured sound" by utilising the locking function in the AMS digital harmoniser. No need to bleed all over the tape deck a la Double D & Steinski as a result of razored edits, instead you just invoke Emperor Rosko (the album's Fats Comet) via machine triggers to appear in "The show is coming"." --Steve Barker - On the Wire, July 1997

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Dub Syndicate is a dub band, formed by Style Scott, former drummer with the Roots Radics and Creation Rebel. Although the line-up has been very fluid, some members of the band have been semi-permanent, notably Bim Sherman (vocals), Deadly Headley (saxophone) and Dr. Pablo (melodica), (N.B. Dr. Pablo is not Augustus Pablo). Most of the band's output has appeared on On-U Sound Records, and has been produced by the label's owner Adrian Sherwood. Recently Dub Syndicate content has been released on Style Scott's own Lion & Roots record label and production duties have been split between Adrian Sherwood, Scientist, and Style Scott himself.

Other notable reggae artists have appeared on the band's albums, including Lee Scratch Perry and Skip MacDonald, U-Roy and (posthumously) Prince Far I.



  • The Pounding System (Ambience in Dub) (1982)
  • One Way System (1983)
  • North of the River Thames with Dr. Pablo (1984)
  • Tunes from the Missing Channel (1984)
  • Time Boom X de Devil Dead - with Lee 'Scratch' Perry (1987)
  • Strike the Balance (1990)
  • From the Secret Laboratory - with Lee 'Scratch' Perry (1990)
  • Stoned Immaculate (1991)
  • Echomania (1994)
  • Ital Breakfast (1996)
  • Mellow & Colly (1998)
  • Fear of a Green Planet (1998)
  • Acres of Space (2001)
  • No Bed of Roses (2004)


  • Classic Selection Volume 1 (1989)
  • Classic Selection Volume 2 (1990)
  • Live at the T+C - 1991 – with Akabu and Bim Sherman (1993)
  • Classic Selection Volume 3 (1994)
  • Research and Development (1996)
  • Live at the Maritime Hall (2000)
  • Murder Tone (2002)
  • Pure Thrill Seekers (2005)
  • The Rasta Far I (2006)

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