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Raver Reviews: “Black Ark Vampires,” Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System

Lee Perry’s murky Black Ark era vibes meet Subatomic’s Brooklyn beats and bass pressure on this battle cry in an all out war on vampires. Legendary percussionist Larry McDonald and vocalist Jahdan Blakkamoore throw extra pepper in the pot. Fiyah haffi burn! On tour through 2016: USA in April-June, Canada in May, Europe in July, August, and November. Check back as dates and venues are announced. More information below. Share this with someone you love who loves dub. Out now on ReggaeRecordDL, Juno, iTunes, Beatport, Spotify and more.


On Black Ark Vampires, dub reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry swears revenge on the vampires that led him to burn down his infamous Black Ark studio, promising to chase them from Kingston to New York to London and vanquish them with fire, electric wire, roast corn and even his own hair (CLICK HERE to read about Perry’s building of the Ark in 1972). Produced by Emch who heads NYC based Subatomic Sound System, backing Perry live since 2007 through the Super Ape anniversary tour, the track revisits the murky vibes of the Black Ark updated with a blast of 21st century Brooklyn sub bass pressure and pulsing beats. It is the first digital release in their 5 years of touring together and typically used to close out the concerts. The recording also features legendary Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald, a veteran of Perry’s Black Ark 70s recordings, working everything from the triangle to the conga. Jahdan Blakkamoore provides additional vocals. On-U Sound’s Adrian Sherwood also participated in the vocal production in Brooklyn at Hook Studio. All other production, recording, instrumentation, harmonies, and mastering by Emch at the Subatomic Sound Lab, NYC.

Release date: 3/11/16
Artist: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Subatomic Sound System
Title: Black Ark Vampires
Catalog # SS031
Format: Digital (vinyl 45 mix is Catalog # SS029)

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