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Lee Scratch Perry & The Whitebellyrats

Lee Scratch Perry & The Whitebellyrats


From People Funny Boy to Fight To The Finish, Lee “Scratch” Perry’s productions and collaborations are uncountable. Considered as a living legend in regards to Reggae music, the one we call “The Mighty Upsetter” has not only created, with People Funny Boy, the first reggae song of all times, but has also given birth to some fundamental concepts of modern music such as Dub, Rap or Remix.

Mr. Perry‘s (Grammy Award winner 2003), first project in collaboration with the White Belly Rats is a brand new single called Fight To The Finish, from the album Panic In Babylon, to be released this summer.

White Belly Rats is a real live-act reggae dub combo. 3 musicians on stage, letting themselves loose on a multitrack player (keys, brass, backing vocals, percussions and some effects…), all of this mixed live, sounding like thunder, close to the most up-to-date ways of dubbing. The playlist is a mixture between old smash hits (Roastfish & Cornbread, Soulfire, Secret Laboratory, Inspector Gadget ,…)… and future classics !

Project’s originator, Star (bass), whom we are more used to seeing behind the turntables and/or mixing desk (as DJ S.Trek, drum’n bass), brings his original compositions, and binds again with his instrument, with an unbelievable easiness after ten years of separation. Enriched by his numerous collaborations as a sound engineer, he imposes his vision of the bass sound, as well as being the general manager of the band.

The guitar player Lax Delux (Rico Rodriguez, Manoeuvres d’Automne, Heart Beat Band, Spahni’s Dub Dancers, Volvox) brings a touch of craziness with his incredible tickling (aka “cocottes”) and psychedelic solos. Did U think Hard Dub?

As for Senator Spahni, he provides the rhythmic stability and the band’s groove. With an infallible assurance, he throws drumrolls & dubbed breaks with a “brio” which has earned him numerous collaborations with renowned reggaes bands (LKJ & The Dennis Bovell Dub Band, Rico Rodriguez, Peeni Waali Sessions, Spahni’s Dub Dancers, Mad Lighters, Centry).

The whole chubang is fired up by P.Brunkow’s (Damp Music) perfect mix, which will expose your neurones to the blows of Mutron and others effects of the best vintage. His many years of mixing and producing have refined and sharpened the senses of this technician who, without a doubt, belongs among the best.