Lee “Scratch” Perry is the Dub Organizer

Lee 'Scratch' Perry is the dub organizer

🔥 “Fiyah! Fiyah, fiyah! Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is the dub organizer!” That’s the anthem.

Click this link to listen & love on all digital services the new 4/19/23 release from Lee “Scratch” Perry, Subatomic Sound System, & Screechy Dan.

Across the USA & Europe this summer, Subatomic is live with Stephen Marley & Jack Johnson.

August 5 @ Mateel in Redway, CA Subatomic performs a Lee Scratch Perry memorial set.

Hear the new song live with help from the crowds in Hamburg, Cologne, and Amsterdam. Also KEXP had us perform the song in the studio. Check the full session & interview as well…

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Jack Johnson + Lee “Scratch” Perry + Subatomic Sound System “Traffic in the Sky” single

New single out now! Subatomic will be on tour with Jack in Europe, June 11-16. Listen on all platforms. From Emch: “Been working on this for awhile. Single out with two dubs from Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System and a full album that I’m mastering right now with more dub remixes from us as well as Scientist, Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Nightmares on Wax and more. Lookout for upcoming summer tour dates with Jack Johnson & Subatomic in support of the album!” At the 2/18/23 Cali Vibes Festival after party Subatomic met and performed for the first time with Jack Johnson and his band and joined them again during Jack’s headlining set at the festival the following night — after Subatomic performed their own Lee Scratch Perry memorial set on the main stage earlier that day featuring special guests Mykal Rose & Blakkamoore on the mic.

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“No Bloodshed” Don Husky + Subatomic Sound System

No Bloodshed in Kingston, JA! New single song and dubstrumental out today on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp (best spot for hi-rez & wave files) and all digital platforms. Don Husky on the mic. Produced by Subatomic Sound System for Yard Birdz Records. Video shot in Tivoli Gardens and directed by Tizzy Tokyo premiers Nov 8, 2023 at 1pm!

Police in Helicopter – Yaadcore, Jah9, & Subatomic Sound System

Out now! Get both the vocal single and dubstrumental mix on Bandcamp , iTunes or Juno. Stream it on Apple Music, Spotify, or Deezer. Don’t forget to give it a heart and drop it in a playlist! Tag Subatomic, Yaadcore, and Jah9 on social media to let us know you are rocking to the sound. On all digital services everywhere April 9.

Yaadcore & Jah9 together on the mic for the first time on this heavyweight Subatomic Sound System re-lick of the incendiary 1982 John Holt anthem “Police in Helicopter”. Big bass for your speakers in the style of our “Super Ape Returns to Conquer” release with Scratch.

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“Babylon Soon Fall” Subatomic Sound System + Screechy Dan

Full “Babylon Soon Fall” 5 song EP drops everywhere on Black Friday 11/27/20. Stream it now on repeat at Spotify & Apple Music or DL from Bandcamp, ReggaeRecordDL, Beatport, Juno and so on. Following the 10/30/20 single, this release features new dub tracks with reckless amounts of conga and horns from Larry McDonald & Troy Shaka Simms plus blistering vocal cuts with Screechy Dan. Musical victory to make oppression crumble and spirits rise. ”Babylon, Your whole entire system soon fall down!” A message from Brooklyn to the world, echoing a long tradition started in Screechy Dan’s birthplace Trenchtown, Jamaica, of chanting down corruption through song. In this case, incantation is done by voice, by the banging of the drums, by earthquaking bass vibrations, and by howling saxophones. Brought to you by the same Subatomic Sound System lineup as on Lee “Scratch” Perry’s acclaimed “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” album and the 2020 boomshot single “Champion Sound”, this has been a big tune live for years on Subatomic tours that many selectors have been asking to get in their record box. Jamaican percussion legend Larry McDonald is on the congas & shakers. Follow our “Revolutionary Reggae” playlist on Spotify for more of this energy.

Produced, mixed, & mastered by Emch at Subatomic Sound in NYC & LA. Singing, chatting, & yodeling: Screechy Dan | Congas & percussion: Larry McDonald | Saxophone: Troy Simms | Bass, Keys, Guitars, Samplers, Melodica, & Dub Effects: Emch | Art by Irie Design, France. Recording engineered in Brooklyn at The Bridge Studio by Amon and at Subatomic Sound by Emch.

Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan
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“Revolution 2 Freedom” Subatomic Sound System + Junior Dread

"Revolution 2 Freedom" album art Subatomic Sound System & Junior Dread

“Up here a war a gwan, so we must unite to fight against Babylon/ We’re tired of the lies! We want the truth!” – New 5 song release with Brasil’s Junior Dread “Revolution 2 Freedom” out now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and everywhere on Juneteenth: Friday, June 19. Out early exclusively on Bandcamp June 4. New lyric video soon come!

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“Champion Sound” Screechy Dan + Subatomic Sound System

Champion Sound Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan

Full 4 song release now out and blazing on Spotify, iTunes/AppleMusic, and everywhere Friday 2/21/2020. High rez wav files on ReggaeRecord,  BeatportJuno , and our Bandcamp | Save it to your library & playlists!  ->

See the video premiere April 18, 2020, 4:15 New York time and comment live on YouTube.com right here

Musical victory booming out of the speaker: a love letter to the competitive art of sound clash, dub mixing, Jamaican sound system culture and reggae riddims from roots to dancehall! Brought to you by the same Subatomic Sound System lineup as on Lee “Scratch” Perry’s acclaimed “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” album. A hit tune live for many years on Subatomic tours, every selector needs a tune like this in their record box to let the competition know they are the boss!

Feb 23 Champion Sound release party in Brooklyn at Public Records with Subatomic & Screechy live!  Stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook pages for stories on the creation of the song, live performances, and interviews with the creators!

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Subatomic Sound System “Shaolin Dub” EP

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New Subatomic Sound System “Shaolin Dub” 4 song EP out now everywhere !  3 alternate mixes out exclusive on our Subatomic Bandcamp site[ Save it now and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer  and many more]. Emch on the dub mix, Troy on the sax, and percussion legend Larry McDonald on congas. 3 instrumental dub versions: fire, water, & foundation.  Download from iTunes. DJs who want high qulality wav files and other formats? Hit Beatport, JunoDownload, etc.

Shaolin Dub was written and recorded by Subatomic in the downtime during the pre-production of the “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” album with Lee Scratch Perry and inspired by the mostly instrumental African jazz influenced dub reggae on the original Super Ape album but re-contextualized in a Subatomic production environment that includes both analog and digital recording & mixing technology. Additional live instrument recording was done in Brooklyn at the Bridge Studio and is documented in the EMC educational video with Subatomic Sound System on live dub mixing. “Shaolin Dub” has been performed live throughout the 2017-2019 tours but never released until now.

Vocal versions coming on a next release. Check tour dates Sept 19-29 USA & Mexico with Lee Scratch Perry.

Check the live video below shot by Joey Clay during our tour with Julian Marley and please copy the link here to share the video with your peoples.

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Sting & Shaggy “Morning is Coming” Subatomic Sound System official dub remix

Sting & Shaggy "Morning is Coming" dub remix

Subatomic Sound System was asked to remix the single from Sting & Shaggy‘s new album.  Love it up…

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“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 ]  Debuted #2 on iTunes, #5 on Billboard, #1 on NACC radio North America, #1 on Juno, #2 on Beatport reggae chart. Top 5 albums of 2017 in Large Up and United Reggae.

Oct 24 – Nov 5, 2017 + Jan 14-28, 2018, Scratch & Subatomic tour across North America perform the new album and more. Check the show review from Victoria and Los Angeles . Check the Beats1 radio Apple Music interview with Scratch & Emch, described by Hot97 host Ebro as an interview with “the most important person in music culture of the past 60 years“.

Get it now off iTunes or stream on Apple Music or Spotify.  DJs check Beatport , Juno , ReggaeRecord , or BandCamp (bonus track) for hi-rez audio.  Order CD or vinyl LP from Amazon, Juno in the UK, or direct from US distro online now.  Full album released 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.

A classic album for a new generation of dub fans…It’s a bold move to try and improve a masterpiece, but the result is stunning. Super Ape Returns To Conquer is true to the original sound with its dense and steamy tropical sonic landscape. But at the same time it has more punch thanks to influences from electronic music, dubstep and hip-hop. It has superb horns and pounding percussion along with booming bass, blasting beats and blazing energy” – United Reggae

“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…]