- Melodies International / Ariwa
"These tracks were recorded at the original Ariwa studio in a sitting-room in Thornton Heath, south London, on 4-track equipment, between 1979-81."
First time vinyl reissue of Mad Professor's "Ariwa Sounds: The Early Sessions" coming up on Melodies International.
Mad Professor explains that this album, originally released in 1984, is a compilation of tracks recorded between 1979 and 1981, representing the nascent stages of his recording and production career, when the idea of establishing a studio and the Ariwa label were just beginning to take shape.
He set up all his gear, including his first homemade four-track mixing desk, in the front room of his house in South London. With no prior studio experience, he positioned microphones where he thought they should fit and invited local musicians to collaborate. Errol Sly, Ranking Ann, Sergeant Pepper, Deborah Glasgow, Victor Cross, Sister Audrey, his backing band the Sane Inmates and a host of other talented local artists, some of whom would go on to become stalwarts in their respective genres, all contributed to this album, capturing the raw essence of Mad Professor and Ariwa's early sound.