Thing of the Day

Lee Scratch Perry has a new album...

MAY 19th 2011 

 LEE SCRATCH PERRY – Rise Again (M.O.D Technologies) - Let there be light, and let there be no more parasites...Lee Scratch Perry telling it like it is. 

Lee Scratch PerryWell, telling like it is in his world anyway. Lee Scratch Perry is a state of mind, and making sense of most of his world depends on that state of mind... flow with it, you don’t need anything besides his words and his music, just open up your state of mind and, like he says in that smiling way of his, connect with your dancing feet… 

He has all the bees, in the trees, he is Lee Scratch Perry, he is a state of mind, flow with it. Flow with the kung fu dance and his taste for Japanese food (for he says it will give you good mood…).  From a higher level... and the uplifting fact is that this is Lee Scratch Perry smiling so wide while approaching his seventy-fifth year, sounding as good as ever, as clear as ever, as unclear as ever... ET coming in from space, he gonna build another race in the house of asylum.. from the mad house, here I come…Love your enemies, your bloodsuckers… Lee Scratch Perry laughing at the world? Throw away the gun, look what you’ve done… Satan keeps a knocking but he can’t come in.. too late, you can’t come in… and what was that about prince Charles? And who is the father to the children of his mind… who’s come to wake up the dead, to shake up their heads? 

Lee Scratch Perry telling it like it really is? You can’t stop him saying it now, not this far in, seventy-five years young. He is one of the originals, still at the top of his tree, toaster on his gate, hat as big as ever. Is there a sense of Lee Scratch Perry wanting to leave one more classic dub reggae album here, one last big one just in case? Laying is all down righteously right? For that is what appears to have happened: one great album, as good as anything he has ever done, and no one, not even the old masters, are making dub this good anymore - that classic proper old school dub sound that you don’t often hear these days, certainly not in today’s over-produced, soulless times. 

This sounds like a classic dub record from when dub sounds really were mighty; those authentically warm organs, those big fat throbbing bass lines, that ease, those skanking guitars, those words that flow so well, those lines your ears try to catch - does he really mean that line or is it flying over my white English head? The spirit still there, and it can all rise again - some of it making sense, some of it making no sense whatsoever, all of it that Lee Scratch Perry state of mind, that connection, that lowering of your blood pressure…

Haven’t heard a new Lee Scratch Perry record this good for years. Actually, we haven't heard dub reggae asgood as this for years - well, certainly not freshly recorded, newly served up dub like this. Excellent production by Bill Laswell, who says of it: “ - fusing eccentric spiritual vision with Rastafarian psychedelia, surreal experimental pop, powerful protest music and rock solid dub reggae with African overtones. A world of hidden connections revealing multinational conspiracy theories, old testament prophecies, Rastafarian poetry & incantations, of the Jamaican folk witchcraft known as Obeah. Topped off with hermetic language games and comic book metaphysics.”  Here you go, Bill Laswell was there in the studio; he’s explained it perfectly. Classic dub spirit alive and thriving.

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Excellent 1985 Lee Scatch Perry interview.. why is that toaster up there? Oh... of course...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFwNncX51GI

Lee Scratch Perry explains dub…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOHMjXoU0c8&feature=related

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