Nine Night Honoring Lee Scratch Perry
October 9, 2021 @ 9:00 pm – October 10, 2021 @ 2:00 am
A musical celebration of the life of Lee Scratch Perry 1936-2021 with his band Subatomic Sound System + Screechy Dan on the mic! DJ selections by Dr. Dubbist!
Subatomic Sound System bio:
NYC’s Subatomic Sound System has been on a 2 decade mission forging a future foundation style built on the bass heavy, spacious soundscapes, and live improvisational remixing of classic 1970s Jamaican dub and conscious reggae music. Using the latest technology, they pioneered a unique performance style that blurs the lines between DJing and a live band. These efforts gained the attention of dub and reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry, the genius producer and song writer behind Bob Marley, who for the past decade employed Subatomic Sound as his go to band for re-inventing his Black Ark Studio sound live on stage. Subatomic is spearheaded by producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist Emch, who arranges and manipulates both prerecorded music instruments and effects with the live musicians to create a real time musical dialogue. The core live musicians include Jamaican percussion legend and Black Ark veteran Larry McDonald (Peter Tosh, Skatalites, Gil Scot Heron) and Troy Shaka Simms (Brooklyn Gypsies, Mobius Collective) on sax. Kingston born, Brooklyn bred Screechy Dan got famous for his 90s major label dancehall releases as part of the sound system crew with Shaggy, Red Fox, and Shinehead, but the past decade has been singing and chatting with alongside Subatomic & Scratch. Subatomic has toured as live band, sound system, or selector across the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, MIddle East, Russia, India, and Mexico including appearances at France’s Telerama Dub Festival, Coachella, Hungary’s Ozora Featival, SoleDXB, and opening for Julian Marley’s US tour.
In 2017, Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System released their acclaimed “Super Ape Returns to Conquer”, a re-imagining of Perry’s 1976 classic album that proved to be his highest charting Billboard release to date ( http://bit.ly/SS033s ). Scratch composed all new vocals while Screechy Dan re-envisioned the original chatting and harmonies from the original release, all over re-produced renditions of the classic songs that added deeper bass frequencies under the original textures of the classic. This album followed a string of Subatomic remixes involving Lee Perry and singles like “Black Ark Vampires” and “A Me (the Dub Organizer)”.
In 2020, Subatomic Sound System dropped the “Babylon Soon Fall” EP featuring blistering vocals from famed Brooklyn via Kingston singjay and dancehall master Screechy Dan both on the title track, a political scorcher, as well as a boomshot tribute to sound system culture titled “Champion Sound” which was selected by UK music icon Don Letts on his top tracks of 2020 BBC radio show. Earlier in 2020 on Juneteenth, Subatomic released “Revolution 2 Freedom” with Brasilian singer Junior Dread also delivering a timely social commentary.
Other releases on the Subatomic Sound label with dancehall artists like Anthony B, Elephant Man, and Jahdan Blakkamoore have further defined the reach of the Subatomic Sound dub style as well as unlikely collaborations and remixes pairing a global network of underground electronic bass music producers with the likes of filmmaker David Lynch, Ari Up of The Slits, a collective of Colombian cumbia producers, and more. Emch worked as a radio host on Radio NY FM for 3 years and continues to host a show on BrooklynRadio.com. Emch also worked for many years teaching at Dubspot and in 2010 founded the Dub Champions Festival in the USA and Europe which organizes both performances and educational workshops on dub music. The Subatomic live show has toured the world in various configurations as an innovative combination of electronics and live instruments which recently inspired a viral documentary by Great Big Story. ( http://bit.ly/LSPgbs )