The On U Sound System features an excess of musicians drawn from Tackhead, Roots Radics, Akabu, Dub Syndicate and others. It was officially launched in 1980 by Adrian Sherwood for a one-off album by the New Age Steppers, who comprised various members of the Slits, Pop Group and Aswad. The second album was by the Mothmen (who became the rhythm section for Simply Red), and over the years an impressive roster of collaborative productions took shape. These include works from the likes of Dr. Pablo, Prince Far I, Tackhead, Mark Stewart, Dub Syndicate and African Headcharge. Clail’s bombastic vocal delivery was honed when he grew up in a predominantly black neighbourhood given rhythm by ‘Toasting’ Jamaican locals. He is of Irish descent, though his parents moved to Bristol when he was very young. After spells as a scaffolder and runner for the criminal fraternity, he joined Tackhead and became further involved with the On U Sound team. ‘Human Nature’ was something of a freak hit in 1991. The original intention to sample Billy Graham’s 1958 speech of the same name over the beat was rejected by his representatives, forcing Clail to deputize. It also owed a great deal to Paul Oakenfold’s production, and his knowledge of dance music clubs. His adaptation from On U Sound’s resident misfit to pop star designate was quite remarkable. He still works mainly as a producer and mixer, and in the long term wants to emulate Sherwood by providing new talent with a forum for exposure. In interviews Clail constantly stressed that he is but one cog in a 32-person music-making machine.