Scottish singer-songwriter Dot Allison has shared a remix of her 2021 track ‘Love Died in Our Arms’ by the late Lee “Scratch” Perry. It’s billed as “the final project of the legendary producer’s career.” Take a listen below.
The new single is taken from Allison’s upcoming Entangled Remix EP, which follows her 2021 album Heart-Shaped Scars and will also feature contributions from Saint Etienne, Anton Newcombe, Lomond Campbell, and others. It’s out April 28 via SA Recordings. “I titled this ‘Entangled Remix EP’ to tie with Heart-Shaped Scars but also in a way the slightly disparate influences on the EP spanning decades from when I was first influenced by dub music & did a remix for St. Etienne to Anton in Berlin & the Anchoress now,” Alison said in a press release.
Talking about the collaboration with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, she added:
I contacted Lee to ask if he’d consider doing a mix of ‘Love Died In Our Arms’ and got a lovely reply saying ‘yes’. He later confirmed the parts had arrived and the mix was going well. So I was deeply saddened to hear he’d passed soon after and so soon after we’d been in touch. Naturally I assumed the mix had not been completed and left it at that. So I was stunned two days later to hear, from Lee’s wife, that my song had been “the last thing in his life that Lee worked on.” As if that wasn’t enough, she responded to my email a day or so later expressing my gratitude and deepest sympathies by sending the finished mix. I genuinely cannot put into words what a profound moment and an honour and gift it felt under the circumstances – I was completely blown away. That my co-producer Fiona Cruickshank was there with me when I first heard it turned this into a really magical moment. I feel a duty to Lee’s own artistry and his fans to release his last remix and I do so with a deep gratitude to Lee, his wife and family for still forwarding me this mix under such sad circumstances, I remain deeply moved and grateful for my music to have been touched by Lee’s musical genius and spirit.