Lee "Scratch" Perry, Subatomic Sound System

Grammy winning dub & reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry celebrates the 45th anniversary of his landmark album “Blackboard Jungle Dub”, the world’s first dub album. Scratch, now 82 years young, will embark on a tour across North America performing his 1973 studio masterpiece live in its entirety for the first time, aided by the technology of NYC’s Subatomic Sound System, his hybrid band of new school electronics and veteran Jamaican musicians from the Black Ark era recordings. For the past 8 years, Subatomic Sound System has been Scratch’s go to band for re-creating the Black Ark sound live on stage. They will also perform music from their album “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” ( http://bit.ly/SS033s ) which topped both reggae and electronic charts in 2018, plus singles like “Black Ark Vampires” ( http://bit.ly/BAVss ) and classics from Perry’s work with the likes of Bob Marley, Max Romeo, and many more. Perry’s Blackboard Jungle album includes dub remixes of hit songs he co-wrote with Bob Marley, “Kaya” & “Keep On Movin”, as well as other big tunes from The Wailers and Junior Byles. Kaya turned out to be Marley’s most successful album of his career and celebrated its own anniversary with a massive festival earlier this year.

Producer, mixer and Grammy-winning reggae dub artist, Lee “Scratch” Perry has been overturning tradition and confounding conventional wisdom for more than five decades. In the process, the widely acknowledged father of dub reggae became arguably the first creatively driven "artist-producer" in modern recorded music. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Perry on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Born in Jamaica in 1936, Lee Perry began in the music business in the 1950’s and by the 1960’s became known for his innovative production techniques as well as his eccentric character. His first single "People Funny Boy" in 1968 was notable for its innovative use of sampling as well as a fast, chugging beat that would soon become identifiable as "reggae". Concurrent with his own releases with the Upsetters, Perry produced numerous reggae artists at his Black Ark studio, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Heptones, and Max Romeo.

After his famed Black Ark Studio was consumed by fire, Perry took refuge in England and the U.S., performing live and making records with collaborators from a wide range of musical genres, all artists who had been inspired by his innovative work: British dub producers Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor, punk legends The Clash and Public Image, rap innovators the Beastie Boys, and in recent years the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, Funkadelic's George Clinton, rocker Andrew W.K., electronic artists like The Orb, and of course NYC bass music specialists Subatomic Sound System who back in 2007 collaborated with Dubblestandart on Scratch's first dubstep remixes.

For over six years in the USA, Subatomic Sound System has been Scratch's go to band for bringing his Black Ark Studio sound live to the stage, a unique hybrid configuration that brings together a handful of live musicians like veteran Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald with computers and live dub mixing of classic recordings as well as brand new sounds Scratch hears from outer space. Lee “Scratch” Perry, now into his sixth decade as a pop-music provocateur, has few peers when it comes to fresh ideas and their implementation. He remains one of the world’s most imaginative sonic architects.

Watch this playlist of Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System starting War Ina Babylon at Coachella 2013: https://youtu.be/CvUswefcglU?list=PLrSutf-KvSF4UTRF4-_nv7g7LWaQttO8F

Subatomic Sound System and the Subatomic Sound label, NYC dub and bass music specialists, sound revolutinaries, and founders of Dub Champions festival. Touring worldwide as DJ, live performance, or backing band for Lee Scratch Perry.

DJ Kiva

DJ Kiva is an artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founder of record label Adios Babylon.

DJ Kiva’s production and remixes have been released on such labels as Adios Babylon, Destroy All Concepts, King Tubby's Dub Heritage Foundation, Tommy Boy, and Kindred Spirits. His music has received airplay on BBC’s 1Xtra and Sirius Satellite Radio. He has appeared as a guest speaker & performer on Public Enemy founder Hank Shocklee’s Producer Panel at Remix magazine’s “Remix Hotel NYC” event. Kiva has toured extensively around the globe as live guitarist for hip hop groups “Shape of Broad Minds” and “Willie Isz” featuring Jneiro Jarel and Khujo Goodie of Goodie Mob and has performed at such festivals as Sonar (Spain), Hove (Norway), Roskilde (Denmark), and Montreaux Jazz (Switzerland).

Kiva has released numerous albums and has produced and remixed for many underground soul, reggae, & dance music artists. His style blends elements of dub, afro-cuban, soul, hip hop, and futuristic electronics. He has delivered his music through high energy performances and DJ sets through sound systems from Brooklyn to Tokyo.

DJ Kiva is a world renown Ableton Live Certified Trainer, serving 8 years as a Senior Music Production Instructor and Course Designer at New York City DJ & Music Production School Dubspot, as well as serving as Senior Ableton Instructor and Course Designer at Mix:Master Wyatt Academy. He has taught Ableton and music production to over 7000+ students worldwide, from novice producers just beginning to pursue the craft, to legendary top professionals looking to embrace new music technology.

Leaving his longtime home of Brooklyn, NYC, he currently resides on the Caribbean island of St. Croix, where he works closely with one of the world’s top reggae labels, I Grade Records.

select discography:
2017 Swords of Wisdom LP feat. Ancient King
2015 Coral Castles : Chapter II
2015 Coral Castles : Chapter I
2015 Morning Dove feat. Jai
2013 Analog Dawn Vl. 1
2013 Screw & Tumble - Jawwaad & Kiva
2012 Campo Santo feat Louque
2012 Tus Caricias
2012 Opal Emotions EP
2012 Roll & Tumble LP - Jawwaad & Kiva
2011 1000 Sunrises LP (Adios Babylon)
2011 This Love is Rare LP - Domunique (production)
2010 Never Rush a Thug's Love feat. Anthony Mills
2010 Muvlikamor LP (Adios Babylon)
2010 Dub Lives On - King Tubbys - DJ Kiva remix (King Tubbys Heritage Dub Foundation)
2010 BTR8ION LP (Adios Babylon)
2010 Good Intentions feat. Dub Poet Infinity
2009 Degrees of Freedom LP (Adios Babylon)
2009 "Walk in Broken Shade" Funk Aid 2009 compilation (Dubspot )
2009 I Wanna Be With U - Arch Typ feat. Sarah White - DJ Kiva remix (Bagpak)
2008 Future Soul Session Vol. 1 compilation (Bagpak)
2008 Don't Let Go - Pacha Massive - DJ Kiva remix (Nacional US)
2007 Future of Yesterday EP (Adios Babylon)
2006 Interboro Tectonics feat. Anthony Mills LP (Adios Babylon)
2006 Turn Up the Music - Walt Elsen - DJ Kiva remix
2005 Holdin' On - Champion Soul - DJ Kiva remix (Sunshine)
2005 Jneirierio Interlude (Kindred Spirits)
2004 An Early Spring:100% Stuttastep LP (Adios Babylon)
2003 Taste of Sound EP (Adios Babylon)

appears on:
2009 Georgiavania - Willie Isz - electric guitar- In the Red (Lex)
2009 Shallows EP - Matt Shadetek & DJ Rupture - electric guitar, percussion - Underwater High Rise (Agriculture)
2009 Shooting Stars - Bliss prod. by Behn - electric guitar (Vibemachine Limited/Bliss)
2005 The Now - Suphala - co-production - The Meeting, Destination (Rasa)
2000 Evolution EP- Tone Scientist - co-production - Signs (Zero BPM)

$25.00 - $30.00


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