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Lee “Scratch” Perry revisits ‘Super Ape’ w/ Subatomic Sound System, touring this fall

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Made at his famed Black Ark studios, Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Upsetters’ 1976 album Super Ape is a landmark of Jamaican dub. Perry, who is now 81 and going strong, has made a few Super Ape sequels over the years, and is now revisiting the original album with help from his current collaborators, Subatomic Sound System. Together, they have updated and reworked all the tracks from that record into the modern dub landscape of 2017, calling it Super Ape Returns to Conquer which is out September 11. We’ve got the premiere of “War ina Babylon,” a song Scratch wrote for Max Romeo and appeared on Super Ape in dub version as “Black Vest.” Scratch has updated the lyrics, and Subatomic have added 909 rhythms and deep deep bass, plus a new bridge featuring the African kora. Listen to that, as well as the new version of “Underground Roots” featuring the late Ari Up of The Slits — below.

Lee “Scratch” Perry and Subatomic Sound System will be going on the “Super Ape Returns to Conquer” tour this fall, which is part of Subatomic’s Dub Champions festival. It hits Brooklyn’s Output on October 25 as part of Francois K’s Deep Space party and it should be something hearing them on Output’s famed Funktion One sound system. Tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed below.


Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System – Super Ape Returns To Conquer tracklist
New Ark Subatomic Energy
Zion’s Blood
Chase the Devil
War Ina Babylon
Dread Lion
Patience Dub
Super Ape
Curly Dub (Sing Along Jah Jah Children)
Underground Roots
Dub Along
Go Deya (Three In One)
So It Conquer
Croaking Lizard (Dubstrumental Mix)
Black Vest (Dubstrumental Mix)
Super Ape (Dubstrumental Mix)
Dread Lion (Dubstrumental Mix)

Lee “Scratch” Perry / Subatomic Sound System – 2017 Tour Dates
Oct 24 Boston @Middle East
Oct 25 Brooklyn @Output for Francois K’s Deep Space night
Oct 26 Pauline NY @ Darryl’s House Club
Oct 27 Chicago @ Beat Kitchen
Oct 28 Denver @ Cervantes’ Other Side Saturday
Oct 29 Dallas @ Deep Ellum Art Co
Oct 31 Austin @ Flamingo
Nov 1 LA @ Echoplex for Dub Club party
Nov 2 TBD
Nov 3 TBD
Nov 4 Portland, Oregon
Nov 5 Seattle

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