Destiny - Posthumous Lee 'Scratch' Perry Album Announced
08/23/2023 by Press Release
Delicious Vinyl Island presents the posthumous Lee "Scratch" Perry album Destiny, produced by Bob Riddim, to be released on September 8th, 2023: "The Upsetter, the legend meets the new generation of reggae artists, on modern reggae productions."
Grammy Winning reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Grammy Nominated producer Bob Riddim present Destiny – the first single and title track to Perry’s latest album project. It’s a meeting between the veteran reggae innovator and the new generation of Jamaican artists.
The single Destiny pairs the profound utterances of Scratch with the soulful voice of Evie Pukupoo (AhPuku), founding member of the idiosyncratic dub poetry/reggae group, The No-Maddz. Over Bob Riddim’s lovingly crafted modern reggae backing, Lee and Evie’s lyrics about jungles and trees are a fitting reference to the very root of reggae connecting with its blossoming branches.
Recorded in the 12 months prior to Scratch’s 2021 passing, both the song and album are unlike anything ‘The Upsetter’ has created before. It’s a collaboration between the restless, prolific pioneer, present at the foundation of reggae and dub, and Jamaica’s rising stars. The result of months of diligent sessions, and state-of-the-art recording techniques, it finds Scratch at his most focused and lyrically insightful. It’s a daring return to the artistic rigour and forward-thinking approach of Perry’s early days.
The forthcoming album comprises nine original tracks, with almost all instruments played by Bob Riddim, fusing modern reggae with the Upsetter’s colourful vision and vibe. Destiny will go down in history as one of Lee Perry’s last complete long playing albums. With this project, the Upsetter delivers a high-quality, contemporary reggae record that revisits the art forms he initiated.
1. I Am
2. Destiny feat. Evie Pukupoo
3. Black feat. Kabaka Pyramid
4. Space Echo
5. Police and Thieves feat. Xana Romeo
6. Ring Pon My Finger feat. Wayne J, Blvk H3ro & Leno Banton
7. Infinity feat. Yaadcore
8. Infinity Dub feat. Addis Pablo
9. Destiny Dub
Scratch, who recorded early reggae anthems such as People Funny Boy and worked with King Tubby on seminal dub album, Blackboard Jungle Dub, holds court, surrounded by the new guard of experimental Kingston talent. Together, they push the boundaries with a procession of cohesive songs ranging from new-roots to psychedelic dub. Driven by Bob Riddim’s rock-solid productions, Perry’s vivid and free-ranging poetry addresses deep and existentialist themes, reflecting decades dedicated to his craft.
The album (Digital & Vinyl - click here to pre-save) is scheduled for worldwide release on September 8th via Delicious Vinyl Island. The single Destiny will be relased on August 25th via digital platforms and on the same day the video will be premiered right here via Reggaeville's YouTube channel: