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Long Live Vinyl FEBRUARY 2020 - by Gary Tipp
LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY: HEAVY RAIN
Following the grand tradition of the dub companion LP, Heavy Rain is Lee 'Scratch' Perry's bass-enhanced version of 2019's late-career high Rainford. Ably assisted by British dubfather Adrian Sherwood, the groovy octogenarian has summoned up a sensational swansong of a sequel, every bit as appealing as its much-praised original source. Veteran trombonist Vin Gordon sits in on three tracks, including the delay-heavy Crickets In Moonlight, while none other than the righteous Brian Eno contributes to the sonically reimagined version of Makumba Rock, now going by the name of Here Come the Warm Dreads. The mighty Upsetter might not be manipulating every slider on the production desk these days, he's eighty-three, but his grasp of quality control is still strong, as the joyous Heavy Rain bears witness.