We lost dub icon Lee “Scratch” Perry a few months ago, yet his legend obviously lives on in the enormous catalog he left behind of his own music as well as the production work and dub versions he contributed to others’ outputs. Additionally, the prolific artist still has some recordings that have yet to see the light of day, including a collaborative track he put together with The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart, artist/musician Peter Harris, and producer Adrian Sherwood. “Alpha” sees the light of day today via eMERGENCY heARTS, and the loose single—officially dropping on Friday—will help raise funds for Kingston, Jamaica’s ska and reggae hub the Alpha Institute.
“It was a dream of mine to make a children’s album with Lee when he suddenly passed,” shares Stewart, who will be including “Alpha” on his forthcoming solo effort Vs. “Here, with the blessing of his wife, this is a fruit of our labour.” Adds eMERGENCY heARTS label head scott: “This playful track is a tribute to Lee Perry and Mark Stewart’s music histories across genres and magic wordplay that connects eMERGENCY heARTS with these legends’ deep pasts to new audiences.”
Hear the spacey, lo-fi, and just a but eerie track below along with a visual capturing Perry and Harris compiling their visual art series The Highest Powers Bible: From Genesis to Revelation.