Sly and Robbie are a prolific Jamaican rhythm section and production duo, associated primarily with the reggae genre. Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robert Shakespeare joined in the mid-1970s after establishing 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.
Their 1987 funk and dance album Rhythm Killers was produced by Bill Laswell with an ensemble of musicians and showcased the duo’s branching outside of the reggae market and experimenting with electronic sounds. It also produced 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”, the single also reached number 22 on the US Billboard Dance Club Play Singles.
The UK Remix 12″ added a Scratch Instrumental by 1987 UK DMC Mixing Champion – Chris “C.J.” Mackintosh.
Boops (Here To Go) 5:20
Don’t Stop The Music 3:22
Boops (Instrumental) “C.J. Scratch” 5:02