1. New Ark, Subatomic Energy
    2. Zion’s Blood
    3. Chase the Devil | feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore & Screechy Dan
    4. War Ina Babylon vs Black Vest
    5. Dread Lion
    6. Patience Dub (River Jordan)
    7. Super Ape (Returns to Conquer)
    8. Curly Dub (Sing Along Jah Jah Children)(Black Moses)
    9. Underground Roots | feat. Ari Up of The Slits
    10. Dub Along | feat. Screechy Dan
    11. Go Deya (Three in One) | feat. Screechy Dan
    12. So It Conquer
    13. Croaking Lizard (dubstrumental mix)
    14. Black Vest (dubstrumental mix)
    15. Super Ape (dubstrumental mix)
    16. Dread Lion (dubstrumental mix)


      1. Zion’s Blood
      2. Dread Lion
      3. War Ina Babylon
      4. Chase the Devil | feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore & Screechy Dan
      5. Patience Dub


      1. Super Ape
      2. Curly Dub
      3. Underground Roots | feat. Ari Up of The Slits
      4. Three in One | feat. Screechy Dan
      5. Dub Along | feat. Screechy Dan


DATE: September 19, 2017
FORMAT: CD / Lonplayvinyl (incl. CD) / DL



September 19, 2017


41 years later Lee “Scratch” Perry revisits his classic Black Ark album that defined Jamaican dub music, reincarnating the magic for the sound system generation Big Question about it : How do you improve on a masterpiece? Made for today’s sound system, Lee “Scratch” Perry revisits his classic Black Ark album that defined Jamaican dub music.

41 years after Lee “Scratch” Perry defined dub music with his seminal 1976 Super Ape album, he returns with NYC’s Subatomic Sound System to conquer again, definitively reincarnating the magic of his Black Ark studio in Jamaica, heavy on Ethiopian horns & percussion, while reinvigorating it with the 21st century booming bass & beats that capture the energy of their innovative live electronic show.

Lee “Scratch” Perry re-makes his own classic album 40 years later? It sounds crazy but after his hugely successful tour for the 40th anniversary of his seminal 1976 dub album Super Ape produced at his famed Black Ark home studio, Grammy winning Jamaican artist Lee “Scratch” Perry rebuilt the entire album with NYC’s Subatomic Sound System proving not only that he was 40 years ahead of his time but that at 81 years old, he continues to innovate and push the envelope of reggae and dub, genres he pioneered in the 60s and 70s. Largely known as the mentor to Bob Marley, shaping his vocal style and philosophy, while producing and co-writing Marley’s early classics like “Sun Is Shining”, “Kaya” and many more, Perry’s influence has transcended reggae

For the past 7 years he has toured with NYC’s Subatomic Sound System, his go to band for recreating his Black Ark studio sound live on stage in new exciting ways as a one of a kind hybrid of beat heavy electronics and live musicians including original Black Ark studio percussionist Larry McDonald. Subatomic Sound System has been pushing the envelope of electronic music in combination with reggae since their inception in 1999 mashing up everything from dub to dancehall with hip hip, dubstep, cumbia and the like. Together with Perry they have performed as featured artists at Coachella, Red Bull Music Academy, and the keynote speakers Ableton live their Berlin summit meeting this year, highlighting their innovative use of music software.

Lee “Scratch” Perry says he gave his protege Bob Marley reggae music as ransom so he could be free to make dub. In dub, the producer is the star organizing and remixing the music with drum and bass in the forfeont and tweaking knobs and faders, adding effects like a jazz improvisation. Perry was arguably the first producer to ever appear as an artist on an album cover. In the 1970s, the idea of a producer rather than a singer or musician as a star, seemed crazy, but Perry is known for being crazy and looking across the world of music today where DJ producers are the stars of electronic music, it is clear he is rightly acknowledged as a visionary as well.

There are many stories to be told but this album follows on the mission of the tour which has the goal of reaching out to old fans and new fans as follows…

1) As sound system culture continues to expand globally with reggae and beyond, these are DJ friendly heavy weight versions of Scratch material that makes sense in the 21st century and represents what we have successfully been building with him live the last 7 years, namely that it sounds like the classic Black Ark vibes in the high frequencies but in the low end, it has the weight and punch of electronic music, dubstep and hip hop, that gets people moving. Scratch started his music career as a dancer so he loves to get a party started even at 81.

2) The album shows that Scratch was 40 years ahead of his time with Super Ape at 81 more relevant to youth culture than ever. The original Burning Man, the original producer as artist, the guy who laid the blueprint for reggae and dub that would inspire punk and electronic artists and producers world wide. What guy can Keith Richards call “the Salvador Dali of Music” and Bountry Killer just last week hail him as “the greatest Jamaican artist of all time” and Basquait call him a significant inspiration for his paintings? He transcends not just reggae but even music. And he’s still at it!

—- quotes from Lee Perry —-

“I give reggae to Bob Marley as my ransom, so I can be free to make dub. Now I come to conquer ragga and destroy raggamuffin, conquer raggamuffin with a new beat and a new sound of dub.”

“Me work for God! Me see how God make nature and me create that sound. Me never copy no man. Me look around and don’t see no man me want to copy. Me only see God. Me hear the sound of rain fall and wind from the trees, thunder roll and lightning clash. Boof boof boof is the heartbeat and that become the drum and the bass.”

When I landed in Montego Bay the sky suddenly clouded over as I got off the plane and a massive storm broke out, flash flooding the streets. Everyone took refuge for about half an hour before even trying to leave the airport. When I arrived at Lee’s house and told him that he said

“King Neptune is my father and I am a fish and my name is rain. So you know I am there. I send thunder and lightning to greet you.”

Thunder and lightning were big lyrical topics. A lot of our tour dates during the super ape tour were actually rained out in similar fashion. Storms broke out right before we took the stage at Sierra Nevada Festival, Chicago Reggae fest, and Austin Reggae Fest. In some cases it cleared and the sun came out but in others the shows were shut down.

Lot of very meditative spiritual lyrics. We went down to the water often also.

—- quotes from Emch / Subatomic Sound System —

“I’m just trying to turn what’s in Lee Perry’s head into reality.”

“Scratch is a painter and that is how he approaches music. Keith Richards once called him the Salvador Dali of music. As musicians in his band, we aee ourselves as the paint and the brushes”

“The album includes elements of our shows across USA, Jamaica, and Europe for the 40th anniversary tour we did celebrating the original Super Ape album. Although it’s officially a studio album, not a live album, it blurs the line in the same way our love show blurs the line, or even redefines what is a live show and what is a studio recording because on stage every night we set up a studio, we take the whole process of dub mixing, improvisational mixing of music, like a jazz solo, once a studio only affair, to the stage to create the live show.

“It’s an extension of the whole concept of dub Lee Perry created in Jamaica where you saw films of him twisting effect knobs in studios and making wild faces like he was Jimi Hendrix playing a guitar solo.”

“This album is also an extension of the musical ideas on the album, expanding on Lee Perry’s love of African percussion and horn playing, expanding on his concept of dub music as a style where the bass line is the melody and the drums are the lead instrument, essentially the blueprint for nearly all of today’s current music from hip hop to electronic dance music. We didn’t create the album like it was being re-recorded today with current technology.”

“We imagined we went back in a time machine to 1976 and brought Lee Perry the tools he needed to create an album he envisioned that would sound like it was 40 years in the future, so that today’s listeners can recognize that in 1976 it was in fact 40 years ahead of its time”