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|Sly & Robbie|
Drum & Bass Strip to the Bone By Howie B
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Though most listeners identify Jamaica's legendary "riddim twins" with seminal reggae artists like Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, the pair of mutating chameleons has also arranged, produced, and laid down nonpareil rhythm fou... more »
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Though most listeners identify Jamaica's legendary "riddim twins" with seminal reggae artists like Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, the pair of mutating chameleons has also arranged, produced, and laid down nonpareil rhythm foundations for, among many others, James Brown, Bob Dylan, KRS-1, the Rolling Stones, and Carly Simon. The musically adventurous duo stopped counting their collaborations over the decades they've worked together at 500 tunes. Still looking for new territory to conquer, they join forces this time out with U.K. producer-remixer-deejay Howie B, who's worked with the likes of Brian Eno and Ry Cooder, and has released solo albums for Mo'Wax/Island/Polydor and his own Pussyfoot label. With Howie B at the helm, Sly and Robbie enter today's dance world, and, as usual, they show the youngsters a thing or ten. In fact, Howie B's trippy edits--most of the knob-twiddling was done on the spot, as the musicians played--bring a fresh kind of central-nervous-system stimulation and pair a European keyboard feel to Sly and Robbie's solid-gold reggae syncopations. As premillennium reggae flounders in the doldrums and drum 'n' bass turns into one long yawn, this set offers a new musical environment, charged with Howie B's nuanced techno oddities and grounded in the organic appeal of Shakespeare's smart-bomb bass--phat and on-target--and Dunbar's drum programming--impossible to distinguish from his legendary hands-on technique. In fact, the set has such broad potential appeal that Palm Pictures has also released a long-form, 35-minute DVD video Strip to the Bone (after the album's title single), featuring a bevy of L.A. strippers and proving that the only thing that won't bounce to Sly and Robbie is silicone. --Elena Oumano
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Frans Buijsen | Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 12/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The name of the album is misleading; it has preciously little to do with drum&bass. I was attracted by Howie B's name, but found a weird electronic dub album instead. But boy is this good. The incredible driving bass lines are, for me, what makes almost all the songs. All the other effects and fantastic rhythms put on top of it take this album into outer space. For me, this album is the best release of 1998."
R. Wyatt | London | 03/12/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"True, this album is not "Drum & Bass" but what it is is the worlds greatest rhythm section doing what they do best - constructing simple but effective grooves of a calibre up there with their best. If your looking for songs or goldie rip offs then look elsewhere but if you want to know what reggae/dub rhythms should sound like at the end of the millenium then this is the disk for you. It flags a bit in the middle but overall this is a good album. Howie B and the guitarist add some nice touches without being overbearing but this is the world's best doing what they do best."
K. Davenport | Trenton, NJ USA | 03/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's good to hear Sly & Robbie go wicked with Howie B behind the boards. The term Drum & Bass is NOT misleading, and if you think it is you either don't know who Sly & Robbie are or don't know a thing about classic Dub/Reggae terminology.
One quality album from two very distinct outfits. Howie twiddles things slightly but with great effect.
PS: if you think this took 10 minutes to make, you are seriously ignorant."