“Super Ape Returns To Conquer” Lee Scratch Perry + Subatomic Sound System

Super Ape Returns To Conquer “Scratch’s best work since he burned down the Black Ark nearly 40 years ago”  - Wax Poetics Magazine

41 years later… Super Ape Returns to Conquer!  Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System team up to re-imagine Perry’s classic, genre defining Jamaican dub album, musically elaborated and reloaded for the new millennium. Specially designed for  interplanetary travel by the bass obsessed, sound system generation. SubPac optimized. [ Out now on DL/ CD/ Vinyl LP ]

Get it now off iTunes or stream on Apple Music or Spotify.  DJs check Beatport , Juno , or ReggaeRecord for hi-rez audio.  Order CD or vinyl LP online now.  Full album out 9/22 on digital, CD (includes bonus track) and vinyl (alternate mixes and masters).  CD and vinyl both are packed with art and a foldout 10″ poster of the phenomenal cover illustration by New Analog Design.

Tour dates start 10/24 through 11/5. Check the calendar to the right for full details and tickets.

“Super Ape is, arguably, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s dub masterpiece” - Large Up

“Perry’s abstract dub Super Ape is digitally revisited and energised with enhanced Ethiopian horns and percussion, wider and deeper bass chasms and crisper, shinier beats” - WIRE magazine

Lee  ‘Scratch’ Perry unveiled a mesmerizing remake of “Zion’s Blood” from his upcoming reworking of the Upsetters’ 1976 classic, ‘Super Ape.’…[which] manages to deepen the song’s groove through juiced drums, rich horns, slender guitar and the occasional synth wobble. Perry’s vocals have an older, wizened grit as well, and his voice sifts hypnotically through the dense sonic milieu… Scratch co-produced Super Ape Returns to Conquer with Subatomic Sound co-founder Emch. The pair recorded the LP at Subatomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn and Scratch’s home studio, the New Ark, in Jamaica”Rolling Stone Magazine

“The sonic experimentations conducted by legendary Jamaican producer Lee “Scratch” Perry in the 1970s in his fabled Black Ark studio were so advanced, they continue to influence 21st century electronic music strains and recording techniques”Billboard Magazine 

“‘Super Ape Returns to Conquer’ perhaps is best described as a brilliant companion piece to an album that still today is considered to be one of the highest achievements in the genre. Neither renders the other any less effective and, if anything, furthers the myths and majesty of Perry” - Reggaeville

“Subatomic pays homage to the dub motherlode, recreating the album from start to finish, but in a thoroughly postmodern rendition that repositions the material for a contemporary audience that may not be familiar with the original… [Read more...]

New Lee “Scratch” Perry + Subatomic Sound System album & upcoming shows

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MOJO magazine previewed the new Lee “Scratch” Perry + Subatomic Sound System album “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” that we recorded in NYC, Jamaica, in the ocean, and on tour — which is finally dropping at the end of the summer 2017.That’s why we’ve been so quiet on the website! It’s been loud in the studio!  Pre-order the CD and limited edition vinyl from Forced Exposure or Juno UK before it’s gone!  Thanks to everyone who came out to the recent California tour dates and Sierra Nevada World Music Festival performance. Subatomic Sound System will be back east in NYC and Washington DC in late July (check the calendar on your right) for some performances previewing the new album then lookout for a tour October 24-November 5 and some special events around Dub Champions Festival coming in September and October 2017.

Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System live videos from KEXP

Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System at KEXP
Check out the full 40 minute video of Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System (or edits of the songs Black Ark Vampires, I am a MadmanDread Lion, and Happy Birthday) at the KEXP radio studios in Seattle performing in their unique style juxtaposing live instruments and sound system dub mixing. Scratch & the Subatomic crew with Emch on the mix & melodica, Larry McDonald on percussion, and Troy on sax stopped by during the Dub Champions Festival tour after a sold out Super Ape 40th anniversary album performance in Seattle Sept 17, 2016.
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We perform four songs and you can check each song individually below: Our new single Black Ark Vampires, Perry’s classic I am a Madman with an Ethiopian jazz twist, Dread Lion because we are on the 40th anniversary Super Ape album tour, and Lee’s favorite song Happy Birthday dubwise in honor of it also being Scratch’s 80th birthday tour.
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1st annual High Vibes Jamaica festival Sept 3 with Subatomic Sound System, Lee Perry, Rick Ross, Kymani Marley, Beenie Man and more

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It’s on! 1st annual High Vibes Jamaica festival in Montego Bay, Saturday, Sept 3 with Subatomic Sound System, Lee Perry, Rick Ross, Kymani Marley, Beenie Man and more. In association with Cannex exhibition. Tickets, hotels, and flight information at www.HighVibesJA.com |
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Dub Champions Festival USA 2016 Sept 8-Oct 29

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Dub Champions Festival USA 2016 returns from Sept 8 – Oct 29 from the west coast to east coast. The festival opens this year with a kickoff in Portland, Oregon Dub Champions Festival 2016 USA kicks off with a premiere of Lee Scratch Perrys Vision Of Paradise film in Portland, Oregon followed by live dub sets from Subatomic Sound System, Instigatah/Most Hi Sound, Samizdat & PDX Mandem in cooperation with Signal PDX Details on Facebook event page.

The festival follows up celebrating the 20th anniversary of San Francisco’s Dub Mission party with 3 shows featuring founder DJ Sep along with Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan Sept 9-11 including a screening of Visions of Paradise on Sept 10.

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After that the Lee “Scratch” Perry 80th birthday tour with Subatomic Sound System starts in Canada Sept 15 with numerous Super Ape 40th anniversary album performances along the way featuring some of our favorite artists supporting on those bills from Sept 15-24.

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More dates continue on the east coast with more to announce but highlights will include Manneseh in DC with Grand Ancestor Sound and in Brooklyn with Masada Rock sound. The festival will wrap up with a Halloween throwdown from our longtime friends Tsunami Bass featuring Ghost Producer aka Raz Mesanai and many more.

Current dates listed below with more announcements and details coming soon
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Word Sound Power “Discipline” featuring Delhi Sultanate | OUT NOW!

SS032 Word Sound Power Discipline featuring Delhi Sultanate

Subatomic Sound is proud to present new music from Word Sound Power: “Discipline” featuring Delhi Sultanate. Industrial strength dancehall reggae from the concrete jungles of India with deep vocals, political lyrics, heavy resonating bass lines, and horn blasts sampled from the trunks of elephants. Out now on Beatport, Juno, iTunes, Reggae Record, Spotify, and wherever music can be found.
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Print your Super Ape mask for Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System 40th anniversary tour

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Join Lee “Scratch” Perry’s magic show! Click the image below to download & print this ape mask. Cut it out and wear it to the 40th anniversary Super Ape album tour with Lee Scratch Perry crossing the USA, Canada, and Europe between now and the end of 2016. Friday May 13 in Montreal, Saturday May 14 in Toronto, June throughout California. Tag your photos #SuperApe #LeeScratchPerry #SubatomicSoundSystem

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The 1976 Super Ape album is one of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s crowning achievements from his Black Ark studio productions, one of dub reggae’s most popular albums, and has never before been performed live until this tour that began with the USA Dub Champions Festival and Kickstarter campaign to build a giant inflatable ape. Here are some live videos from the tour and here is a feature from Wax Poetics magazine going bananas for Super Ape. [Read more...]

Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan at Francois K’s Deep Space party at Cielo in NYC

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‪New York City, Sunday 5/22. Emch from Subatomic Sound System returns to Cielo to celebrate his new Lee “Scratch” Perry ‪#‎BlackArkVampires‬ release. Original dancehall don Screechy Dan special guests on the mic for a journey with Subatomic from the roots of reggae to dancehall to next phase of electronic bass and dub. All this on a world class Funktion-One sound system at François K’s epic Deep Space party, newly relocated to Sundays at Cielo 8p-2a! Don’t miss this one!

Join the event on Facebook for more! Share it with your people. Promo mix coming soon. Here is a Subatomic roots mix from Dub Mission’s 1000th event. Check Subatomic Sound releases on the Subatomic Sound Soundcloud page

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“Black Ark Vampires” Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System

Black Ark Vampires. Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System
Out now on Beatport (#1 in dub/reggae), iTunes (Top 5 reggae tracks), Juno (#1 in dub/reggae), ReggaeRecordDL, Spotify and more. (alternate mixes also available on limited edition vinyl)

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 , a veteran of the 1970s Black Ark studio sessions, 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 more dates and venues are announced. More information below. Share this with someone you love who loves dub.

Listen and download on Juno, iTunes, Beatport, ReggaeRecordDL, Spotify and more…
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Tune in to audio & video of Dub Mission 1000th party w/Subatomic Sound System, DJ Sep and more for Dub Champions Festival

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Check the video on YouTube or stream or download the recording now on Brooklyn Radio! 90 minute live dub mix set by Emch of NYC’s Subatomic Sound System alternately using the DS1 mixing board, Ableton Live, Traktor, effects, melodica, and siren. Special guest Luv Fyah joins on the mic in the middle of the set. Performed 10/25/2015 at Dub Mission’s 1000th event in San Francisco as part of the 5th annual Dub Champions Festival.

Subatomic Sound System Live Dub Set @ Dub Mission 1000 by Brooklyn Radio on Mixcloud

“On October 25th, Dub Mission reaches a rare milestone for any club night: our 1000th show. We are proud to celebrate with all the resident DJs, a sound system show featuring one of Bay Area’s best vocalists MC Luv Fyah, and New York’s Subatomic Sound System, one of the most respected artists on the dub & reggae scene today.”

Also here is Emch’s video interview about Dub Mission party history and influence on founding Dub Champions Festival…
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