Never Trust a Hippy

Adrian Sherwood's list of producer/mix credits is a mile long and includes such acts as Nine Inch Nails, Dub Syndicate, Asian Dub Foundation, and Blur.

Adrian Sherwood's list of producer/mix credits is a mile long and includes such acts as Nine Inch Nails, Dub Syndicate, Asian Dub Foundation, and Blur. He's also the founder of the On-U Sound label/sound system, and it's that sound system aspect of Sherwood's repertoire—dub reggae, dance, and rock—that defines Never Trust a Hippy, Sherwood's first solo album. One of the true wizards of dub, Sherwood brings his formidable skills to bear on 11 tracks, any of which will collapse any lingering distinctions among electronica, worldbeat, dub, and dance. The sonic density of this material is amazing, and Sherwood crunches styles into baffling yet convincing sorties. It's difficult to overemphasize the challenging unpredictability of these tunes. Sherwood's compositions are a meeting of an avant jazz sensibility and the endless rhythmic/aural possibilities of dub.—PVV