Lee “Scratch” Perry aka Setter – Kung Fu (Part 2)

Here we have Lee Perry with a killer original featuring an uknown Filipina speaking in Ilocano. The story is that while in London, Perry went to Chalk Farm with Larry Lawrence to sing sex duets to the beat of “My Heart Is Gone”, originally a John Holt hit that Phil Pratt created with the Soul Syndicate at Dynamics. Lawrence had obtained a copy of the rhythm through Bunny Lee and produced a hit with a version of the song sung by a certain Tony Sexton. Lawrence had previously recorded a DJ version of the song called “Kung Fu” with Jah Martin (a London-based Jamaican whose real name was Martin Williams and who would later run the Mandingo record label), and it’s precisely on the side B of Martin’s dynamic toast that a duet consisting of Perry and a young Filipina would be released under the title “Kung Fu Part 2”. On the track, Perry draws suggestive banalities and the unknown Filipina responds in her native language. As Lawrence reminds us, this recording is one of many spontaneous creations generated by impromptu encounters in the studio.

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