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Adrian Sherwood – Never Trust A Hippy NTAH


It’s a mystery, really, why a music biz legend like Adrian Sherwood hasn’t released a solo album until now.
Okay, the man has been rather busy over the last twenty years or so, producing and/or remixing some of the most innovative recordings under his own moniker or that of his On-U Sound label Never Trust A Hippy reflects the way its maker sees the multifarious Real World.

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“It’s a logical marriage,” Sherwood says. “I was thinking about myself in conjunction with the bulk of what Real World has done. It’s not a remix album, it’s one piece of work. It’s my own version of a kind of world music-sci-fi-dub-dancehall record, made contemporary by using such great people as Sly and Robbie, Lenky, Jazzwad and Bubblers.” This being his first venture as a solo artist, he admits to feeling slightly trepidatious about stepping into unknown territory. But after testing it out on the dance floor – his fail-safe litmus test – he is exceptionally proud of the result. “I can play this out in clubs and happily have it represent me. And I know these tracks go down really well loud.


AllMusic Review by Chris Nickson

It’s hard to think of this as Adrian Sherwood’s first album under his own name, since he’s been so prominent on many other discs. But for his solo debut, he pushes things all the way to the edge and over. He does let the tension build through the album, hinting at the madness on “Paradise of Nada Remix” before unleashing it with “Processed World” and “The Ignorant Version,” where Sherwood’s daughters sing a nursery rhyme, the bass kicks you hard, and the beat demolishes your mind. There are plenty of the usual Sherwood suspects on hand, but also some surprises, like Sly & Robbie, who lend their inimitable drum and bass talents to a couple of tracks, or the late palm wine singer S.E. Rogie, who appears on “Dead Man Smoking” with Ghetto Priest, while the deep qawwali voices of Rizwam-Muazzam Qawwali suffuse “Paradise of Nada Remix.” It’s a success because Sherwood has deliberately placed no limits on the sound. With only himself to please, he’s taken it all the way, with some sci-fi dancehall dub that seems to be from another world entirely.


1. No Dog Jazz
2. Hari Up Hari
3. Haunted By Your Love
4. Processed World
1. The Ignorant Version
2. The Dancehall Beatbox
3. Spy Dancehall
4. Boogaloo

1. Hari Up Hari (Vocal Mix)
2. Dead Man Smoking
3. X Plantation
4. The Ignorant Bug
1. Paradise Of Nara (Remix)
2. Strange Turn
3. Majestic 12


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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm