Upsetter / Pressure Sounds
Chim Cherie Rock
10" Vinyl / Digital Release
January 8, 2016

Artist & tune
  • Lee Perry/Diggory Kenrick - Chim Cherie Rock / Lee Perry/Diggory Kenrick - Chim Cherie Rock (Version)
  • Addis Pablo - Chim Cherie Melodica Cut / Addis Pablo - Version (Still Knocking)
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In the early 1970s Lee Perry & The Upsetters cut at the Black Ark studio one of the most innovative riddims of that time, the "Chim Cherie" riddim. It used a kind of drum machine, and it's said that Aston 'Familie Man' Barrett played all instruments on that tune. The riddim became well known when Shinehead used it for his massive hit "Billy Jean/Mama Used To Say" in 1984. That same year Echo Minott did "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" across the same riddim.

In the summer of 2015, Pressure Sounds released this extravagant 10" single, presented in a hand stamped sleeve from re-cycled card made from previous Pressure Sounds sleeves. Diggory Kenrick is a musician (flute) and filmmaker (he directed "I Am The Gorgon: Bunny 'Striker' Lee and "The Roots Of Reggae") and has worked with a host of Jamaican artists, including Lee 'Scratch' Perry, U Roy, Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone, Cornell Campbell and Johnny Clarke. The first two tracks feature Kendrick's flute across the original awesome riddim plus Lee Perry's vocal snippets (being an amusing spoken intro to introduce the tracks), while Addis Pablo shines on the other two tracks (mixed by Martin Harrison) with his melodica play.

Superb and fascinating!