Lee “Scratch” Perry

Performing at Deep Ellum Art Co October 29, 2017.  Details here.

At the age of 81, Grammy winning Jamaican dub & reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry continues to be at the top of the genres he created as a ground breaking artist and producer. Perry’s new album “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” with NYC’s Subatomic Sound System reimagines his 1976 masterpiece “Super Ape” and is his highest Billboard charting album of his career, heralded by fans and press as still sounding ahead of his time and as his best work since he burned down the Black Ark nearly 40 years ago.
In the early 1970s, Jamaica’s Perry was one of the producers whose mixing board experiments resulted in the creation of dub. In 1973, Perry built a studio in his back yard, The Black Ark, to have more control over his productions and continued to mentor and produce notable musicians such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, The Heptones, and Max Romeo. He’s also produced artists ranging from the Beastie Boys, the Congos to Junior Murvin.

In the 1980s, Perry began working with British producers Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor and in the last decade with NYC’s Subatomic Sound System. In 2003, Perry won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album with the album Jamaican E.T.. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Perry #100 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

For Deep Space’s night Subatomic will be spearheaded by producer/instrumentalist/dj Emch on the live dub mix and includes legendary Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald and Troy Simms (Brooklyn Gypsies) on saxophone.

Subatomic Sound System first worked with Perry in 2007 doing a series of dubstep remixes for Dubblestandart. Subatomic also produced music involving David Lynch, Anthony B, Elephant Man, Ari Up of the Slits, and more. At the forefront of dub music’s renaissance, Subatomic founded the US & Europe Dub Champions Festival, toured worldwide with Perry, performing at major festivals including Coachella, Red Bull Music Academy, Abelton Loop Berlin, SummerStage, Ozora and more.

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