Toppa Top 10: Sly + Robbie’s Most Deadly Riddims

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October 27, 2015

9. Soon Forward (Gregory Isaacs, 1979)

The catchy title track from Gregory Isaacsโ€™ landmark 1979 album co-produced by Sly & Robbie brilliantly complements the subtly emotive vocal stylings of the Cool Ruler. It is an extraordinary performance from start to finish and one of the Rulerโ€™s most enduring anthems. The instrumental would later come to be known as the Mean Girl riddim; re-cut by XTerminator Records in the ’90s, it spawned tracks including Luciano’s “Sweep Over My Soul.”