Posted in Press Releases on 26 June 2012
The Orb featuring Lee Scratch Perry debut Hold Me Upsetter as a free download - taken from forthcoming album THE ORBSERVER in the star house, out September 3rd on Cooking Vinyl
Get 'hold me upsetter' as a free download from the link at the bottom of the page
The Orb featuring Lee Scratch Perry present THE ORBSERVER in the star house
Cooking Vinyl: September 3rd 2012
CD / digital / iTunes (with exclusive bonus track) 2 x 12" vinyl Deluxe box set (album, instrumental CD, 3 x 7" singles: yellow, green and black vinyl, plus 2 X art prints)
From the moment The Orb's multi-hued spacecraft careered off the launch-pad, this has been a collision begging to happen: a full collaboration with Lee Scratch Perry, one of reggae's greatest pioneers and personalities.
Recorded in Berlin over the last few months, THE ORBSERVER in the star house sparks with a rare magic as Dr. Alex Paterson and long-time Orb member Thomas Fehlmann construct a panorama of perfect, stripped-down backdrops for the Upsetter's inimitable pronouncements, righteous declarations and sweet vocals.
The Orb have long been known for an assimilation of deepest dub into their stratospheric sonic innovations, as evidenced on U.F. Orb's Towers Of Dub, itself something of a Lee Perry tribute with its sound effects and distinctive underlying eccentricity. Starting in the late 60s with The Upsetters, Perry wrote the book on Jamaican mixing desk trickery, then constantly ripped it up to create new aural blueprints for the music, via his Black Ark productions of the following decade. He has since then charted a waywardly idiosyncratic path, which has ensured legions of followers absorbing his every move.
As Lee states on the album, he was an instigator of the punky reggae crossover, working with the likes of The Clash and The Slits. With Alex's punk roots, this was a union which could work just as well on the street as in the stars.
The albums inception can be traced back to 2004 when Dr. Paterson played a DJ and toaster set with Lee in Mexico. "I had an amazing time being that close to the great man," enthuses Alex. "I played a dub set, Earl 16 was Greg Dread's toaster, Mad Professor had his ladies, then there was the legendary Lee Scratch Perry; he's a genius who expresses the future within the present times of anguish, hope and unity."
Meanwhile, Thomas has been at the forefront of Germany's electronic music scene since his days of avant foraging with Palais Schaumburg in the late 1980s, becoming part of Berlin's rapidly-evolving techno underground, working with Sun Electric and many of the city's major artists and operations, including the mighty Kompakt.