To anticipate: Sly & Robbie were the best, most innovative and most playful drum & bass duo - even if others like Style Scott and Flabba Holt sometimes did a much cleaner job, but never achieved cross-genre recognition. Sly & Robbie, on the other hand, were booked worldwide to support pop and rock greats such as Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Serge Gainsbourg and many more in the studio or live. There is no question that they also developed the reggae genre significantly with their riddims.
But that was in the late 70s and early 80s of the last century; the times of musical innovations and new musical territory are over for the two of them. Sly & Robbie seem to be trapped in a time bubble today: They reproduce their own musical past and more or less celebrate the riddims that made them the musical spearhead of reggae in the past.
So also on their new release "Sly & Robbie Dub Serge"(Taxi Records), for whom they are nothing more than their own riddims from the excellent Serge Gainsbourg album"Aux Armes Et Caetera“(1979) have recorded again. Why? Only Guillaume Bougard knows that, who works here as co-producer and, together with Gaylord Bravo, the uninspired Dub-Mix is responsible. There could be no need for these bloodless, endlessly rolled out and at best boring versions, especially since the original album (as well as its successor) has been considered in recent years Deluxe- and Super deluxe Version including Dubs was published.
So the question is: do you need this new album? Absolutely, if you want to hear how two excellent musicians dismantle their life's work. Otherwise: Hands off it and listen to one of the many brilliant Sly & Robbie albums from the 1980s instead. How about the epochal “A Dub Experience ”from Iceland's“ Reggae Greats ”series?