Dub pioneer Lee Scratch Perry returns with new album, Rainford

The 82-year-old Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry returns with 9 brand new tracks recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Adrian Sherwood.

Recorded in Jamaica, Brazil and London the album title, ‘Rainford’, refers to Perry’s birth name. “It’s the most intimate album Lee has ever made,” Adrian Sherwood said of the project in a statement. “But at the same time the musical ideas are very fresh. I’m extremely proud of what we’ve come up as a piece of work.”

The story of Lee Perry and Adrian Sherwood collaborating stretches back to the mid-1980s, and a fortuitous meeting brokered by underground broadcasting legend Steve Barker between the dub innovator and UK upstart. This led to the creation of On-U classics such as Time Boom X De Devil Dead and The Mighty Upsetter, as well as Lee gracing Dub Syndicate records with some vital vocal injections.

They previewed the first single “African Starship”, which finds Lee Perry unique vocal over a dub groove laced with overdubs and muted trumpet.

Rainford is scheduled to hit streaming platforms on May 31 via On-U Sound. Pre-order your copy here, and check out the artwork below.

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