Lee "Scratch" Perry & ERM
December 23, 2012

Humanicity - Lee Track list
  1. Capricorn
  2. Diplomat, Aristocrat
  3. In The Bathroom
  4. Jesus Perry
  5. 4th Dimension
  6. Lee Meets ERM
  7. Shuffle
  8. Rastafari
  9. No Bad Boy
  10. Move On
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Essential -Votes: 5-
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Total votes : 12
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Living reggae legend Rainford Hugh Perry, bettter known as Lee "Scratch" Perry, made his initial impact performing at Studio One in the ska era, was instrumental in Joe Gibbs' early success, made radical impressions with the most innovative work of (Bob Marley &) The Wailers, and was one of the leading Jamaican producers in the mid-70s. Since the destruction of his renowned Black Ark studio in 1983, Lee "Scratch" Perry has turned his back on producing. While living in England, he started a career as recording artist and live performer. Between November 1985 and March 1986 he recorded his album, "Battle Of Armagideon (Millionaire Liquidator)", at Thameside Studios, Rotherhithe, London. It was followed by the Adrian Sherwood produced "Time Boom X De Devil Dead" in 1987.

When Lee "Scratch" Perry relocated to Switzerland with his new wife Mireille Ruegg in 1989, not much happened until the mid-90s. It was then that fans and critics alike re-discovered Perry's music, which not only led to re-releases of a wide variety of Lee 'Scratch" Perry produced collections and albums, but also to the return of the eccentric artist in the studio and on stage. It marked the start of a prolific period, collaborating with people like Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood, Steve Marshall, Vienna-based Dubblestandart, and more recently Alex Paterson from The Orb and Easy Riddim Maker (ERM), the latter being the French duo Olivier Gangloff and Romain Ferrey.

Lee "Scratch" Perry's output in the past two decades has been a 'hit or miss' affair. Of course, the release of a Lee "Scratch" Perry album is always an event, but meanwhile we have learned that it also can be a disappointing experience. Luckily this isn't the case with "Humanicity", for which the 76-year old mad genius collaborated with ERM. Apart from the drum & bass/jungle sound of the album closer "Move On", ERM have provided him with crisp sounding riddims that more or less hark back to the '70s and '80s, with most notable the incorporation of the basslines from "Blackboard Jungle Dub" and the Wailers' "Rebel's Hop" in "4th Dimension" and "Shuffle" respectively. It are these kinda riddims that fit Lee "Scratch" Perry's declaiming - sometimes mumbling - style best. Lyrically he tackles his by now well known subject matters, with the tune "4th Dimension" being of particular interest, saying: "Reggae didn't come from Trenchtown. Bob Marley lied, that's why he died."

In all, "Humanicity" is one of the best Lee "Scratch" Perry albums released in recent times.