In 1982 – Adrian Sherwood, UK Reggae producer and visionist teamed up with the late Roots Radics and Creation Rebel drummer from Jamaica called Style Scott to form Dub Syndicate. They have continually released albums over for a decade of more than 25 years , until Style Scott’s tragically death (senselessly murdered) on 9 October 2014 which is still not cleared up by the police in Kingston, Jamaica.
The project Dub Syndicate became epic and is the blueprint for “modern” roots reggae combined with scientific dancehall and conscious vibes. They were once referred to as the Salvadore Dali of Reggae. The ingenious duo have pushed the possibilities of reggae rhythms and chemical extract of dub to the limit.
In case we see the band of an historical perspective, the spirit of Dub Syndicate played a key role in the foundations of the progress of modern reggae sound and also in pop music with orientation to the offbeat genre. That includes artists specially in the Uk with the likes of Massive Attack, Coldcut, Portishead, Shara Nelson.
Three dozen studio, collaborative and compilations albums as and output status – Dub Syndicate included a rotating band and had always top musicians of the scene involved in the production with the likes of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Capleton, Flabba Holt, Luciano, Bill Laswell, Dean Fraser, Talvin Singh, Gregory Isaacs, Doug Wimbish, Cedric Myton of The Congos, Skip McDonald, Bim Sherman, Akabu, Michael Franti, Bonjo I of African Head Charge, Doctor Pablo, Cornel Campbell, Vincent Black, Jeb Loy Nichols, Ari Up, David Harrow, Crucial Tony, George Oban, Mark Stewart, Gary Clail and many others.
Sherwood and Scott created bone rumbling dub that sounds deeper and deeper with every listen and enjoyment – specially on heavy soundsystem speakers.
No stopping for the DUB SYNDICATE till the sudden death of Style Scott. The Reggae World has lost one of its best drummers. Throughout their career they also became involved and achieved a top 40 Uk Charts entry in 1991 with Gary Clail on the album “The Emotional Hooligan” on Perfecto Records/RCA.