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

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October 27, 2015

3. Murder She Wrote (Chaka Demus & Pliers, 1990)

This Sly & Robbie recut of the “Santa Barbaraโ€ instrumental hit the radio airwaves like an atom bomb, with a sound that was raw, unbridled exuberance. Originally released as a single on Sly & Robbie’s Taxi label in 1990, Chaka Demus & Pliers’ “Murder She Wrote” was typical of the ’80s dancehall era, while pointing towards the genre’s future, a bare-bones riddim with a commanding bass line featuring a crisp guitar riff and understated keys.