Since Daedelus released a new record this week (Drown Out, his emotionally charged debut for Anticon.) and the L.A. producer is playing a one-off New York show with Lee “Scratch” Perry next Sunday, we thought we’d ask him which of the many Perry-related platters are truly essential. If you’ve ever wanted to dive into the dub demigod’s deep discography, now’s your chance, with one of L.A.’s leading underground heads pointing the way to perfection…
5. Lee “King” Perry, “People Funny Boy” (1968)
I heard a rumor growing up that James Bond’s Dr. No, filmed in Jamaica, paved the way for the transition from calypso to ska. How an English spy in suits would somehow be part of a musical tradition extending from steel drums to reggae skank is improbable, but in “People Funny Boy” you hear something of the island’s transition. This is before the Perry of dub music, yet still something of a surreal touch, with a baby’s cries as a sound added before sampling was invented as such. Always the innovator.