Drum & Bass Strip to the Bone by Howie B (1999) Combine reggae's premier rhythm section, featuring drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, with U.K. knob-twiddlin' mix maestro Howie B (U2, Bjork) and the result,… Sly and Robbie Reggae/Ska
Music Review

Drum & Bass Strip to the Bone by Howie B (1999)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Sly and Robbie; Genre: Reggae/Ska

Combine reggae's premier rhythm section, featuring drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, with U.K. knob-twiddlin' mix maestro Howie B (U2, Bjork) and the result, Drum & Bass Strip to the Bone by Howie B, sounds like it came from an epileptic robot with dreadlocks. The dynamic drum-and-bass duo pump out thick island beats while Howie B splinters their dense melodies with blips and synthesized funk noises. Heads will bob. B+

Originally posted Jan 15, 1999 Published in issue #467 Jan 15, 1999 Order article reprints