Sly and Robbie are a prolific Jamaican rhythm section and production duo, associated primarily with the reggae genre. Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare joined in the mid 1970s after having established themselves separately in Jamaica as professional musicians. Sly and Robbie are estimated to have played on or produced 200,000 recordings, many of them on their own label, Taxi Records.
The duo changed the face of reggae several times: in 1976, they introduced a harder beat called “Rockers”, which quickly replaced the then-prevalent “One Drop” style, then introduced the “Rub A Dub” sound in the early 1980s. Sly and Robbie were important in developing the trend towards computer-assisted music and programming in the mid 1980s. Chris Blackwell made them the core of the Compass Point All Stars, the Nassau (Bahamas) recording band based at Compass Point Studios that was to produce classic records for Grace Jones, Joe Cocker and Gwen Guthrie among many others. They had a number 12 hit on the UK Singles Chart in 1987 with “Boops (Here to Go)” which Robbie Williams later sampled for his single “Rudebox”.
In 1985, Sly & Robbie teamed with producer Bill Laswell for the edgy dub set LP “Language Barrier”, guests included Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, Afika Bambaataa, and Manu DiBango.
The first single to be released from the album was “Make ‘Em Move”, the track ran 7:58 on the album but for the 12″ single, it was remixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle and shortened to 6:55, the 12″ also added a dub version.
Make ‘Em Move 6:55
Move A Little More 6:16