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Tricky marks 10 years of his False Idols label with a posthumous album by his hero Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, loaded with guest vox by himself, Shaun Ryder, Greentea Peng, and more
False Idols stake out their Bristol roots in dub with ‘King Perry’; nine cuts of inimitable freaky reggae dub by one of its leading protagonists, who passed away in 2021. For a man with 1000s of records to his name since 1959, it’s remarkable that Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry was even still producing music into his 80s, and while it may not be as strong as his foundational early ones, it’s still defined by boundless creative energies and a strength in collaboration - tagging in everyone from The Happy Mondays and Gorillaz’ Shaun Ryder to a new wave of UK-based vocalists, from Chinese-British singer Fifi Rong to dub spirit Greentea Peng, and jazz-soul styles of Rose Waite, plus Tricky and his Polish muse Marta on a standout closer.
Left to his own devices, Perry tramples typically oddball in ‘Evil Generation’ and the acid-dub hunch of ‘King of the Animls’, while Greentea Peng provides his sweetly harmonious foil on the lithe skank of ‘100lbs of Summer’ and on sorta Roots Manuva-esque UK dub flex ‘Jah People in Blue Sky’. Shaun Ryder buzzes in on the festival-ready trotter ‘Green Banana’, and Fifi Rong carries the flame like Martina Topley Bird or King Midas Sound’s Kiki Hitomi in ‘Midnight Blues’. However we’re most attracted to the spooked-out organs and Marta’s droll vocal in the dark and heavy stepper ‘I Am a Dubby’, and her contribution to the curtain-closing ‘Future of my Music’, leavening the dankness of (what sounds like, but can’t confirm without notes) Tricky & Perry’s co-produced digital slime and stark lean back.