Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in the 1960’s as a singer and engineer for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in Kingston, through his production of the seminal Wailers’ classics African Herbsman and Soul Revolution, Perry’s innovative style marks him as one of reggae’s original treasures. His on the edge creative genius remains evident in his own solo albums of the 1970’s through his steady stream of mind-boggling releases of the 1980’s.
One of reggae’s undisputed pioneers, Lee “the Upsetter” Perry has worked with almost everyone from the Heptones to the Skatalites to the Clash. Certainly one of his most notable contributions was the pairing of Bob Marley, to Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer with the Barnet Brothers (Carley and “Familyman” who had been the heart of the Perry’s group, the Upsetters) and thus the forming of the Bob Marley and the Wailers.
After his own studio, “Black Ark,” burned to the ground in the late 1970’s, Perry laid low for a while, only to resurface with a vengeance in England in the mid-1980’s. He went back into the studio with a variety of partners, from Adrian Sherwood to Terence Trent D’Arby. During this time, Perry took up residence in the Swiss Alps (“The mountains give me the fresh Swiss air to replenish my structure so I can soon join the immortal race”). Proof positive that talent on this scale will win out no matter what, since the “madman” has come down from the mountain, the World Music market has been gifted with more Lee Perry Product.
Lionstar are a Reggae/Rock/World Fusion band based in The South-West UK.
The band comprises of 5 members, all of which bring a unique characteristic to the overall sound through their individual styles and influences, mixing classic Reggae, with Dub, Rock, Funk, Soul, World, with hypnotic heavy basslines to screaming lead guitars along with true and meaningful, soulful lyrics mashed with tight, funky,technical drums, Lionstar truly are a genre of their own.
Lionstar have recently enjoyed playing with such artists as UB40, Aswad, Soul II Soul, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Bad Manners, Heatwave, Happy Mondays, Toploader, Buzzcocks, Sir John Holt, Laid Blak, plus many many more, as well as appearing at and even headlining gigs and festivals throughout the UK.
2 KINGS RECORDS
DJ / Exec Producer Andy Scholes
Live Roots Vocals : Authentic Production Style : Heavyweight Dance Music
2 Kings Records established in 1990, will be touring their Live PA “Sound System” act across the UK during 2015 entertaining a mixed audience that ranges from conscious-music-loving roots fans to anyone following the wide diversity of dub-inspired heavyweight dance forms.
With a sound built on over 25 years of recording and remixing experience on the Bristol music scene, 2 Kings continue to pioneer the UK roots sound whilst tapping into the thriving, new dub-influenced forms. 2015 will see the release of Henry & Louis’ fourth album (following Rudiments, Time Will Tell, & Increments) alongside single releases of their various stable artists, Their vault of roots vocals still inspires remixes by giants of the Dubstep scene: RSD (Rob Smith – and Pinch (PunchDrunk legend) plus a host of up-and-coming dubstep producers.