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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Must Be Free [Explicit]'
Artist - Lee

For those not in the know, the insanely brilliant, uber talented Lee "Scratch" Perry (actually born Rainford Hugh Perry) is a Jamaican music producer/Inventor noted for his innovative studio techniques and production values.

Indeed, Perry was one of the pioneers in the development of dub music with his early adoption of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. Perry has also worked with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo and many others throughout his long and highly distinguished career.

Luckily for all us fans of his work, Lee “Scratch” Perry has announced a new album, his first on his own since 2014’s Back on the Controls. Out September 23rd, 2016 via Megawave Music and entitled Must Be Free, it also features Subatomic Sound System, the Groovematist, and Phlobi - and it's a feckin' doozy, trust me!

01. "Psycho Dread"
02. "Rat Race"
03. "House of Sin"
04. "Isabel"
05. "Jungle Tongue"
06. "No Evil"
07. "No Sorrow"
08. "On Nigeria"
09. "Strip Off"
10. "Too Much Is Too Much"
11. "Therapist"
12. "Must Be Free"
13. "House of Sin (Remix)"

The new album from the Reggae legend and dub pioneer - who was sadly the victim of a devastating studio fire late last year - is chock full of all the sounds you would fully expect to hear from the 80-year-old musician. Stamped with a Parental Advisory Explicit Content label, loud and proud on the back, when Perry sings that "When I curse, I'm pissed" nowadays you wonder if he means he's angry, or using the slang version of that word, perhaps drunk?

Perhaps both, but either way his lyrical storytelling is as tight, as profound, and as neatly strung together as ever here on Must Be Free. Perry's thirteen new productions are as distinctive as they are innovative, their layered atmospheric resonances within all the mixes a true joy to behold.

This is much more of a reggae album than, say The End Of An American Dream with authentic cuts like "Isabel", "No Sorrow" and "On Nigeria" standing out for production quality and feel. One of the founding fathers of Reggae music, from the same "school" as Bob Marley, Derrick Harriot, Delroy Wilson, Don Drummonds, and many others that started during the early 60's, Lee "Scratch" Perry may well wine and dine you, then twist and turn you with some of his lyrics, but these are all true Perry standards; all the grooves on point, present and correct, as always.

I should also make it known that Lee "Scratch" Perry has an OD - The Order of Distinction. This is a national order in the Jamaican honors system. It is the sixth in order of precedence of the Orders of Societies of Honor, which were instituted by an Act of Parliament (The National Honors and Awards Act) in 1968. The motto of the Order is "Distinction Through Service".

The Order of Distinction is conferred upon citizens of Jamaica who have rendered outstanding and important services to Jamaica, or to distinguished citizens of a country other than Jamaica. The former are made Members of the Order, and the latter are made Honorary Members.