Lee "Scratch" Perry - Blackboard Jungle Anniversary Tour

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Celebrating the 45 th anniversary of Grammy winning dub & reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry’s landmark
1973 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 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. 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.
Watch this playlist of Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System live for a preview:
http://bit.ly/LSPLiveApeVids and check this for 360° virtual reality http://bit.ly/vr360zb
Perry’s collaborations in the early 1970s with Bob Marley & The Wailers defined the reggae genre and
launched them to super stardom, but Perry himself shifted his focus in 1973 to constructing his infamous
Black Ark recording studio so he could create a mystical new genre called “dub” made by using the mixing
board as an instrument. Blackboard Jungle was the world’s first dub reggae album, and signaled not only the
birth of dub as a genre, but also the dawn of remixing, the concept of the producer as an artist, and the
power of an independent home studio to create world class music – ideas that impacted so many people
around the world that they have essentially become the blueprint for music in the 21 st century. Kanye West
& Jay Z have sampled his recordings, the Sex Pistols hailed his work as inspiration for the punk movement,
and artists across generations like Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, The Clash, The Beastie Boys, and Major
Lazer have all sought out Perry for collaborations.
For over eight 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 legendary Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald (Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, The Skatalites, Gil
Scot Heron) with computers and live dub mixing of classic recordings as well as brand new sounds Scratch
hears from outer space. Formed in NYC at the turn of the millennium, Subatomic Sound System tours
worldwide as DJ or live performance and band for Lee Scratch Perry; runs the Subatomic Sound label; hosts a
radio show on Brooklyn Radio; and founded Dub Champions Festival. 
Born in Jamaica in 1936, Lee “Scratch” Perry has been overturning tradition and confounding conventional
wisdom for more than six 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. 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 USA performing
live and making records with collaborators from a wide range of musical genres, all artists who had been
inspired by his innovative work. NYC bass music specialists Subatomic Sound System connected with Scratch
in 2007, creating his first dubstep remixes through a collaboration with Vienna’s Dubblestandart. 
Lee “Scratch” Perry, 82 years young and now into his sixth decade as a pop-music provocateur, has few peers
when it comes to fresh ideas and their implementation. Perry remains one of the world’s most imaginative
sonic architects and his live show with Subatomic Sound System is proof that regardless of his age, he
continues to break new ground.
“Late 1973 saw the release of one of the greatest Lee Perry productions ever: UPSETTERS 14 DUB
BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, the album better known as Blackboard Jungle Dub. The first fully-fledged Lee
“Scratch” Perry dub album, and one of a handful of records vying for the title of “First Dub LP,” the album
was initially issued in small quantities in Jamaica on the Upsetter label as a 14-song album mixed with
channel separation, like an Esquivel record, with the drum and bass largely in the left speaker, and the guitar
and horns in the right; later editions were reduced to 12 songs, and often issued with a monophonic mix
(check the Auralux edition for the definitive reissue).
Some say King Tubby collaborated with Perry on the release, though Perry has often downplayed or denied
Tubby’s involvement. In any case, opening number “Blackboard Jungle” is an awesome dub of “Bucky Skank,”
had sense-surround drums, roaring sirens and wild guitar licks; “Kasha Macka” re-worked Prince Django’s
“Hot Tip” within a stop-and-go mixing format; and there are dubs of Junior Byles’ “Place Called Africa,” and
the Wailers’ “Kaya,” “Dreamland” and “Keep On Moving.” A true classic of the dub genre, this album is
absolutely essential.”

DJ Osmose

Turntablist flare with dancefloor sensibility, Osmose has worked with a wide range artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Sleazy McQueen, Ursula 1000, Nicola Conta, Thunderball, Ramadanman, Boozoo Bajou, Boo Williams, Kai Alce, Mykal Rose, Collie Buddz, The Aggrolites, Dubconscious and The Wailers (both versions of the group). Osmose plays a variety of styles from Disco, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Deep House, to Nudisco & more, but always keeps it analog! With over 17 years experience behind the decks Osmose now spends most of his time touring North and South America with lots of records.

As of 2011 Osmose launched Smokecloud records, a vinyl only label that is mastered and pressed in the USA. The label focuses on the slower side of soul & funk based dance music, but sprinkles in a few dancefloor burners. The label is geared towards DJ's that play a diverse array of venues. Outside of vinyl releases on Smokecloud records, he also has vinyl out on the France based Whiskey Disco imprint and Canada's Friendly Monster records with forthcoming tracks on the Toronto based Long Weekend records, Honey Disco and a remix on the Boogie & Beatdown imprint Rotating Souls.

$23.00 - $26.00


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