Can't Stop / Sly & Robbie

Reggae Dancehall

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In the '80s and '90s, the eminent Jamaican rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare expanded their musical palette, both as players and producers. They stretched beyond the reggae on which they made their reputation, working in various dance-music styles and creating their own records, as well as backing up people like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

On this release, Sly & Robbie teamed up with producer Ed Savage for hybridized dance tracks that combine dub and dancehall reggae with funk and rap. Most of these tracks come in two versions: the Ed Savage production and an alternative mix. "The Party" is a rap built around a laid-back groove, soulful vocals, and flickers of funk guitar. The percolating "Fudge Faced Man" is a bit more up-tempo, while "Groove on Love" features nifty wah-wah licks and a horn section that favorably recalls Kool & the Gang. "Much Too Fat" is an undeniably funky, politically incorrect rap that features the chorus, "We used to love this girl but now she's much too fat." The bonus tracks include the soul-diva showcase "Where Do We Go From Here" and the dance-friendly "NYC."

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