Forty one years after Lee "Scratch" Perry defined dub music with his iconic 1976 Super Ape album, he returns with New York City's Subatomic Sound System to conquer the bass generation. Subatomic reincarnates the magic of Perry's Black Ark studio in Jamaica, going in heavy on Ethiopian horns & percussion, reinvigorated by booming 21st century bass & beats to capture the energy of their innovative live electronic show and vibes of the urban jungle. The original album is a cornerstone in the development of independent, producer fueled, beat and bass driven music. This new album breaks ground of its own as Perry & Subatomic create an unprecedented level of dynamic improvisation between live performers, computers, and studio manipulation, exploding traditional concepts of what is a live performance versus a studio recording.
released September 22, 2017
Recorded in New York City at Subatomic Sound, in Brooklyn at The Hook, in Jamaica at The New Ark, in the ocean, under a tree, and at concerts around the world. Produced by Emch + Lee "Scratch" Perry | Lee Perry : vocals, rock stone, thunder claps, ganja pipe, spiritual perseverance, magic and meditation | Larry McDonald : congas, percussion, baritone vox, and ancient wisdom | Emch : live dub mixing, melodica, computers, beats, bass, echoes, reverbs, sirens, samplers, guitars, and backing vocals | Troy Shaka Simms : saxophone Screechy Dan | singing, chatting, and harmonization | Omar Little : trumpet and cornet | Jahdan Blakkamoore : singing on 'Chase the Devil' |Ari Up of the Slits : singing on 'Underground Roots' | Cover Illustration by New Analog | Cover concept by Emch Mixed by Emch at Subatomic Sound in New York City | Recorded and engineered at Subatomic Sound by Emch except Scratch's vocals on 'Underground Roots' engineered by Amon + produced by Adrian Sherwood & Emch at The Hook in Brooklyn |Mastered by Emch at Subatomic Sound in Los Angeles except tracks 3-11 mastered by Emch + Daniel Boyle at Rolling Lion Studio in the UK | All songs written by Lee Perry (Songs of Polygram International) except Chase the Devil by Lee Perry + Max Romeo (Charmax Music/ Westbury ) New Ark Subatomic Energy by L. Perry , J. Emch , & L. McDonald (BMI) So It Conquer by L. Perry + J. Emch (Lost Connection Music ASCAP)