Never Trust a Hippy
Funny title, but the dude’s definitely alienating a core constituency. The prickly, punky U.K. dub producer is responsible not only for countless echo-drenched, herb-stankin’ LPs on his On-U Sound label, but also for high-profile outsourcers from Sinead O’Connor to Trent Reznor. This solo ”debut” reimagines tapes from the vaults of Peter Gabriel’s polyglot Real World label, but the language is familiar Sherwood: antsy, clipped beats; soulful vocals (Pakistan’s Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali, dancehall MC Ghetto Priest); computer/ industrial noise; discomfiting sound bites; and enough stereo panning to drive you to Dramamine. DUB ME CRAZY The why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-title? compilation Chainstore Massacre sound-checks the latest On-U Sound output.