Lee “Scratch” Perry – Blackboard Jungle Vol. 1: Respect The Foundation

Blackboard Jungle Vol. 1 Respect the Foundation

“Respect the Foundation!” Lee “Scratch” Perry in dubstep, the rootical, dancehall dubstep version that set it off. Also available on 12″ vinyl, with alternate versions and additional exclusive mixes. Subatomic Sound System & Dubblestandart meet Lee Scratch Perry & Jahdan Blakkamoore inna Blackboard Jungle. The combination is explosive!

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“Dubstep is all right because that’s when me start to walk like the Super Ape. Man start fear and the people just start to move towards it, because of the declaration of monster. Monster walk, monster dance, monster shake, monster rock and that’s what goes on… it’s all like machine, robot affair. Monster robots, yeah?” – Lee Scratch Perry interview in The Guardian


  1. Respect The Foundation (7″ alternate mix)
  2. Respect The Foundation (12″ alternate mix)
  3. Respect My Dub (12″ alternate mix)
  4. Respect The Foundation (12″ radio mix)
  5. Respect The Foundation (12″ radio mix)

(2009) It is now 36 years since the original release of Blackboard Jungle Dub in 1973, a collaboration between Lee Scratch Perry and King Tubby that stands as a cornerstone of dub and a seminal portal from the earth into the mad, mad world of Lee Scratch Perry. Vienna’s Dubblestandart, for 20 years one of Europe’s top ranking live dub outfits, calls on Perry to step back to the forefront of the far reaching universe of dub that he has spawned. Scratch answered the call and Dubblestandart began to assemble a dub dream team that included enlisting their bredren in New York City, Subatomic Sound System, who for a decade have been pushing the boundries of dub through all sorts of genre bending turns and live electronic performances. As Dubblestandart worked on a full length album with Scratch, “Return from Planet Dub” (dropping June ’09), individual tracks were being completed and remixed for a series of limited edition 12”s.

The world’s first taste of this collaboration was the Iron Devil 12”, in the fall of 2008, relicking one of Scratch’s all time classic riddims known from tunes like Disco Devil, Chase the Devil, and Croaking Lizard in a dubstep and dancehall style, as well as several dubstep tunes with Prince Far-i. Reaction was overwhelming and the limited pressing of the record disappeared from shelves worldwide in less than a week.

To follow up the success of Iron Devil, it was decided that the second 12” would be dedicated entirely to versions of Perry’s classic Blackboard Jungle, a song so nice it appeared on the original album twice. To take on the challenge of tackling such a heavyweight tune, Subatomic’s fearless leader Emch turned to one of the generals in the struggle, Jahdan Blakkamoore, who has long time been on the front lines of Brooklyn’s dancehall, reggae and hip hop scenes and thanks to the viral hit “Brooklyn Anthem” with 77 Klash, was recently catapulted into the electronic music scene. Heralded by many as a top artist to watch for 2009, about to drop an entirely electronic album with a list of top international producers, Jahdan is poised to blow the lid off the dubstep world, but at the same time is firmly rooted in the dub reggae foundation sound that originally got him involved with Subatomic Sound System several years ago.

Dubblestandart and Lee Scratch Perry meet Subatomic Sound System and Jahdan Blakkamoore. The combination is explosive. Scratch the orginal Upsetter, the Superape, is back with his most potent vibes, twice as mad and at the same time, every bit as poignant. Dubblestandart lays down the Blackboard Jungle riddim hot and heavy with a hard charging beat. Subatomic Sound System twists it up and dubsteps it into oblivion with Jahdan spitting lethal over the track.

To appreciate this music, a listener does not need to know this history or the names of the people who made it. When the sound hits your ear, you can hear where it is coming from. Visceral. Blacker than dread. 1973, Jamaica. 2009, worldwide. The message is loud and clear in the music and lyrics. “Respect the foundation!” “Respect my shit!”