Already heroes at home, it was their work with Black Uhuru in the late '70s that brought them international acclaim. The pair estimated their rhythms have fired over , tracks, not including dubs or remixes, providing the fulcrum for songs across the musical spectrum, while their productions, too, brought them into contact with an ever-expanding segment of the international scene.
Much of this set is drawn from the pair's seminal work during the s. Their rhythms for Grace Jones were nothing short of shocking, for Gwen Guthrie stunning, and for Joan Armatrading , sublime. Even so, their rhythms were as accessible as they were innovative, yet the pair continued to push the envelope, and their own productions were oftentimes highly experimental.
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Sort by:. Customer Review Release Date Bestselling. Sample this song. Obviously his girl's grooming habits are far superior to the women Zekie knows, and his hilarious "Dirty Life" is one of the highlights of this set. But it's Half Pint 's inflation-busting "Cost of Living" that wins this round, although Tappa Zukie's own look at economics runs a close second.
While the first riddim harkens back to the rockers era, the second riddim is thoroughly futuristic, a digitized modern monster whose spare, versatile sound is built around Dunbar 's razor-edged beats, a metallic bassline that could be live and processed or digitized, and a synth that rides through like the tail of a comet. It's presented at its least effected on Chinaman 's strong cultural "Jah Jah Children," after which the Gang begin reinventing it.
Scarface's dancehall bashment "Murder" boasts a version that is subtly brightened, twangy guitar adds atmosphere to Leroy Scarlet's curtain-twitching "Watch and Peep," and a scattering of organ fleshes out Tanya Hudson's come-on.
The vocal versions are all strong, but it's the instrumentals that win this battle, with Cat Coore 's astonishing "Mello Chello" vying against Lynn's evocative "Egyptian Rock" for top honors. This article has multiple issues.
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Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article.Sly & Robbie came up as part of the Revolutionaries band in the '70s, contributing as the house band at Kingston's legendary Channel One Studio. By the time the roots reggae period gave way to the secular-minded dancehall era of the early '80s, Sly & Robbie had gone into the production business themselves with their Taxi label.