This week, we linked up with Sherwood to catch his side of the story, and hear more about his future plans for the legendary On-U Sound record label.
Hey Adrian. How’s it going?
All good, just back from walking the dogs in the freezing cold on the beach.
The new record is set to drop in a few weeks time. How does it feel to have it off your chest after a good few years in the works?
It’s been a bit under two years – it was a good process of cutting tunes and evaluating; happy to get it out there now and looking forward to playing it live.
What was it that initially drew you to work with Pinch?
He’s semi-intelligent, very good, original and we get on well.
What do you think links your music to his? Is there a common ground or shared aesthetic?
Yes – we like very similar things and our approach to a lot of things is similar too.
The album draws from an impressive pool of sample material – can you tell us a bit about what ended up making its way on there?
A lot of vocals are actually new recordings but yes we did go into the back catalogue for Congo Ashanti Roy, 2 Badcard and Andy Fairley for example. There’s an awful lot more lying on the cutting room floor though.
Tell me a little bit about the live show – what’s the set up? Who’s in charge of what?
We build a studio on stage. Pinch is the conductor and arranger and I’m in charge of making it all leap about the room in a massive ball of noise. We use an analogue mixing desk, drum pads, noise machines and lot of FX.
What are your plans for On-U Sound Records once the album is out? Are there any other projects in the works?
Yes, we’re rebooting the label. I’ve just done a deal with Warp who will be helping me re-release a lot of catalogue. There’s a great compilation due first and plans for a lot of releases to follow.
'Late Night Endless' will be released on Tectonic and On-U Sound on 9th February 2015.
Sherwood & Pinch perform live at the Marble Factory, Bristol on 12th February 2015.