Words by Midnight Raver
Of reggae’s living legends, few have remained more relevant than Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Tomorrow, the most influential and prolific rhythm section that reggae has ever known will receive the Musgrave Gold Medal from the Institute of Jamaica for “distinguished eminence in music.”
The Riddim Twins’ most recent projects find them backing Gregory Isaacs one last time, and bringing the Reggae Power with Japan’s Spicy Chocolate. The Cool Ruler’s killer “Poor Man in Love” hit the streets last month, nearly 10 years after being produced at Harry J Studio by Sly and Robbie with Tabou1 Records’ Guillaume Bougard, while Sly & Robbie and Spicy Chocolate Present the Reggae Power 2, also released last month, teamed the Taxi label with Tuff Gong for a compilation of new music.
Here, guest contributor Midnight Raver runs through his selections for Sly & Robbie’s most deadly riddim tracks. Check back soon, for Sly’s own picks on this topic.