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It is now 36 years since the original release of Blackboard Jungle Dub in 1973, a collaboration between Lee Scratch Perry and King Tubby that stands as a cornerstone of dub and a seminal portal from the earth into the mad, mad world of Lee Scratch Perry. Vienna’s Dubblestandart, for 20 years one of Europe’s top ranking live dub outfits, calls on Perry to step back to the forefront of the far reaching universe of dub that he has spawned. Scratch answered the call and Dubblestandart began to assemble a dub dream team that included enlisting their bredren in New York City, Subatomic Sound System, who for a decade have been pushing the boundaries of dub through all sorts of genre bending turns and live electronic performances. As Dubblestandart worked on a full length album with Scratch, “Return from Planet Dub” (out June ’09, CMJ Top 10), individual tracks were being completed and remixed for a series of limited edition 12”s.

The world’s first taste of this collaboration was the Iron Devil 12”, in the fall of 2008, relicking one of Scratch’s all time classic riddims known from tunes like Disco Devil, Chase the Devil, and Croaking Lizard in a dubstep and dancehall style, as well as several dubstep tunes with Prince Far-i. Reaction was overwhelming and the limited pressing of the record disappeared from shelves worldwide in less than a week.

To follow up the success of Iron Devil, it was decided that the second 12” would be dedicated entirely to versions of Perry’s classic Blackboard Jungle, a song so nice it appeared on the original album twice. To tackle such a heavyweight tune, Subatomic’s fearless leader Emch turned to one of the generals in the struggle, Jahdan Blakkamoore who since a youth has been on the front lines of Brooklyn’s dancehall, reggae and hip hop scenes working with the likes of DJ Premier and Smif-N-Wesson and last year won iTunes reggae album of the year. He was catapulted into the electronic music scene by the track “Brooklyn Anthem”. Now heralded by press as a top artist to watch in 2009, featured on Diplo & Switch’s Major Lazer album, and having a new solo electronic album out on K7/Gold Dust (Sept’09) with a hit list of international producers, he is poised to blow the lid off the dubstep world, but, as evidenced on these Blackboard Jungle versions, Jahdan is at the same time firmly rooted in the dub reggae foundation sound that originally got him involved with Subatomic Sound System several years ago.

Subatomic Sound System and Dubblestandart meet Lee Scratch Perry and Jahdan Blakkamoore. The combination is explosive. Scratch the original Upsetter, the Superape, is back with his most potent vibes, twice as mad and at the same time, every bit as poignant. Dubblestandart lays down the Blackboard Jungle riddim hot and heavy with a hard charging beat. Subatomic Sound System twists it up and dubsteps it into oblivion with Jahdan spitting lethal over the track.

Blacker than dread. 1973, Jamaica. 2009, worldwide. From the past to the future, the sound is visceral. No history, dates, or names required for listening pleasure. The message is loud and clear in the music and lyrics. “Respect the foundation!” “Respect my shit!”

D/L 128 version


Blackboard Jungle Vol.1: Respect My Dub, 12″ Alternate Mix (128k) by SubatomicSound


“Lee Perry’s ‘Blackboard Jungle: From Dub to Dubstep'” mini documentary

featuring Lee Scratch Perry, Subatomic Sound System, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Dubblestandart (plus interview footage with Rusko and live clips of Jahdan with Major Lazer)

1973, Jamaica. 2009, to the world! The story of the seminal dub album “Blackboard Jungle” from Lee Scratch Perry and King Tubby that was cornerstone of the dub music craze that would extend around the world. In 2009 Vienna’s dub masters Dubblestandart called on Perry to revisit the vibes. This collaboration stretched around the globe to involve New York City’s dub scientists Subatomic Sound System & rising reggae vocal talent Jahdan Blakkamoore (of Major Lazer “Cash Flow” fame), and resulted in the first ever original dubstep tunes from Lee Scratch Perry plus a journey back into the Blackboard Jungle!


DIGITAL: Available digitally Oct.27 on iTunes, Juno, Amazon, and others.

Turntable Lab

VINYL: Most stores are sold out of the vinyl, but a few around the US, UK, & Japan still have it, like Ernie B & Boomkat

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