King Perry: Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Posthumous Album


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King Perry is an album that honors the life and work of Lee “Scratch” Perry, a legendary producer, composer, singer, and dub icon who passed away in August 2021. The album was created, written, and recorded during the pandemic, and was produced by Daniel Boyle. It was born from Perry’s request to create something new and different within a dub framework.

The LP features collaborations with talented musicians such as Greentea Peng, Shaun Ryder, Tricky, Marta, Rose Waite, and Fifi Rong. The closing track, “Goodbye,” holds special significance as it was the last song Perry recorded in a studio. Boyle reflected on the track, stating that the lyrics made Perry contemplate being born again, and when the music stops, he simply says ‘goodbye’.

Born in 1936 in Kendal, Jamaica, Perry was a pioneer of dub music and played a crucial role in its development, introducing the world to the music of his country. His innovative work in the studio set him apart as a producer, as he was one of the first to embrace remixing and sampling to create new material from existing songs. He worked with iconic artists such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Congos, Beastie Boys, The Clash, Brian Eno, and Animal Collective, among others.

You can listen to King Perry on popular streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. Be sure to check out other albums that have been released today and add them to your must-listen list.

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