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.
photo by NataWorry

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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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

Subatomic Sound System Deep Space Cielo May 22 2016
‪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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Super Ape tour final show Thursday Oct 1 @Brooklyn Bowl with Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System

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Super Ape fanatics!  Thank you for your support and we hope to see some of you this Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl for the final show of the US tour with Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System!  The 10 foot gorilla was a huge hit across the entire country this past month. Scroll down for some live videos.  People have also been printing their own ape masks and wearing them to the show (you can print an ape mask at www.DubChampions.com )

This is great stuff for Perry fanatics to hear him actually performing these classic Super Ape album tunes for the first time live. Please share!  Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System “Super Ape” album tour live preview

And here is another one: Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System perform “Dread Lion” live in Seattle https://youtu.be/OOH-44_rzxw

Super Ape Lee Scratch Perry Subatomic Sound System Dub Champions Festival

If you are an instagram user, please repost this square version of the tour flyer below the cut…

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Lee Scratch Perry needs giant Super Ape & more for Dub Champions Festival

Lee Scratch Perry Super Ape Dub Champions Festival
Final day of Kickstarter! Ends Thursday evening! To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Super Ape” album, one of the crowning achievements of dub and reggae produced at his Black Ark studio in Jamaica, Scratch will be performing the album for the first time ever live at Dub Champions Festival events across the USA this September and October. Check out the Kickstarter here! Bring this historic album to life and contribute towards:

  1. A giant inflatable gorilla to emulate the album art
  2. Including our full backing vocal and horn section throughout the tour [band members are currently based in NYC and LA]
  3. Animations of the album cover artwork

Please watch the video for more information on the project and history of Lee Perry. This Kickstarter is put on by Emch, founder of Dub Champions Festival and band leader of Subatomic Sound System, with the consent of Lee Perry. We have been supporting Scratch in the USA for the past 5 years. During that time, we have refined a combination of electronic elements and live instruments to represent Scratch’s Black Ark studio sound in a live environment. Word on the streets is that these are some of the best Scratch has ever done. Tour dates below the cut…

Super Ape will be performed at these Dub Champions Festival events.
Tue-Sep-01 Solano Beach CA @ Belly Up
Wed-Sep-02 Los Angeles CA @ Echoplex for Dub Club
Thu-Sep-03 San Francisco CA @ The Independent
Fri-Sep-04 Santa Cruz CA @ Moe’s Alley
Sat-Sep-05 Portland OR @ Star Theater
Tue-Sep-08 Kansas City MO @ The Riot Room
Wed-Sep-09 Minneapolis MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sun-Sept-13 Austin TX @ The Flamingo
Mon-Sept-14 Santa Ana CA @ The Observatory
Thur-Sept-17 Black River Falls WI @ Infrasound Festival
Thurs- Oct-1 New York City @ Brooklyn Bowl
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Dub Champions Festival Europe 2015 lands in Vienna, Linz, Amsterdam: 5-14 February

Dub Champions Festival Europe 2015

DUB CHAMPIONS FESTIVAL EUROPE 2015

VIENNA 5 + 7 FEB | LINZ 6 FEB | AMSTERDAM 8 + 12-14 FEB

3 CITIES | 9 EVENTS | 30+ ARTISTS

DUB MUSIC PERFORMANCES & EDUCATION EVENTS FROM THE REGGAE ROOTS TO THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC BASS MUSIC, FEATURING LEGENDARY DUB MASTERS AND SOUND REVOLUTIONARIES.

Follow as it unfolds: Website | Facebook | Twitter | #DubChampions on Instagram

Subatomic Sound presents the 3rd annual Dub Champions Festival Europe, a journey into the international musical phenomenon called “dub.” Characterized by heavy bass, drums, and the copious use of effects, producers become the artists and the mixing board becomes an instrument with this Jamaican art form.  The festival features both performances & educational workshops to exhibit how the music is created and has evolved from its 1970s, reggae roots to become a cornerstone of electronic bass music. Dub has also inspired countless genres from rap to rock to punk to dance music, and in the process has redefined the role of producer as artist. Advance ticket links for all events on the festival site and Facebook events for all 9 shows and workshops.

ABOUT DUB CHAMPIONS FESTIVAL

Dub Champions Festival was founded in New York City by Subatomic Sound, and is dedicated to featuring the world’s greatest dub pioneers from Jamaica to every continent worldwide.  Our goal is to build a global network of artists and event promoters across generations who are committed to educating, preserving, and pushing forward the sound and tradition of dub music through high quality music and events. The European festival is produced in cooperation with our committed friends and family from Dubblestandart, Bunfire Squad, True Soldiers Productions, RAW, SubPac, and Dubspot.
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Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System “Black Ark Vampires” limited edition 45 vinyl

SS029  Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System  "Black Ark Vampires" vinyl 7" 45

UPDATE New mixes also available 3/18/2016 on Black Ark Vampires digital EP.

Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System “Black Ark Vampires” limited edition vinyl 45 debuted Nov. 4. 2014 on Juno Records, #1 in dub, #1 in reggae, and broke the top #100 in all music before selling out on the site (more copies on the way).  It premiered for Halloween on Brooklyn based Jamaican culture site Large Up  and received an overwhelming response.  Buy it directly from Crosstalk Distribution (US), Juno Records (UK) (who ship worldwide), Jetset (Japan) and many other fine record stores around the globe.

On “Black Ark Vampires”, Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System have crafted a throbbing sound-man tune propelled by subsonic bass, bubbling skanks, and pulsing beats that balance the murky and mystical vibes of Perry’s classic Jamaican dub reggae recordings with the flammable energy and subsonic vibrations of current electronic bass music, fine tuning a recipe that they have slow cooked throughout their last four years of U.S. tours spreading authentic dub to a new generation in places like Coachella, Dub Champions Festival, and Red Bull Music Academy.
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Dub Champions Festival 2014 East Coast NYC & DC Sept 22-26, Oct 2 & 8

Dub Champions Festival 2014 NYC & Washington DC

The fourth annual Dub Champions Festival returns to New York City to celebrate the influential style known as dub, from the reggae roots to the future of electronic bass music, featuring one of a kind performances, educational workshops, and art openings by the legendary artists from Jamaica who invented dub as well as the latest innovators from around the globe who have continued to push the influential style forward in electronic music and beyond. NYC label Subatomic Sound began the mission four years ago developing a week long festival here in the city that has included NYC, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston, as well as expanded to Europe over the past two years and debuted this year on the West Coast in California. Artists, events, and info below the cut…

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