Sly & Robbie - album review (3 stars)

Sly & Robbie

Strictly Drum And Bass: The Roots of . . .

REGGAE

(Trojan)

Needless to say this is one loose and laid back journey across the Jamaican rhythm section’s catalytic influence, from crafting winners for the Channel One label through the rise of the rockers and rub-a-dub sounds. This chapter closed in the 80s, meaning that while we are mercifully spared Chaka Demus & Pliers, hopefully Sly & Robbies’ later collaborations with US and UK artists, their development in Dancehall and the last decade’s work are to follow. The Rhythm Twins made their mark on an outrageous wealth of releases and those included here are enough to reveal why the duo are still the bass and drum in demand.

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