Dienstag, 2. Februar 2021

The Ragga Twins - Rinsin Lyrics (1995)

Crucial cogs in the development of U.K. dance music, the Destouche brothers - Trevor, aka Flinty Badman, and David, aka Deman Rocker - became known as MCs as part of North London's Unity sound system and began operating as the Ragga Twins in 1989. 

Through 1992, they issued a pile of 12" singles through the self-named label run by Shut Up & Dance (who also did the production work), along with the album "Reggae Owes Me Money" (1991); these releases, containing tracks like "Illegal Gunshot," "Spliffhead," and an early featured role on Shut Up & Dance's "Lamborghini," were bold steps forward, fiercely energetic mutations of dancehall, hip-hop, and jungle. 

Resurfacing in 1995 on EMI with relatively conservative Us3-produced releases like "Freedom Train" and "Money," they also put together a second album, "Rinsin Lyrics" (1995). Scattered singles appeared during the early 2000s, and in 2008 the Soul Jazz label compiled "Ragga Twins Step Out", which focused on the Shut Up & Dance era.

The "Rinsin Lyrics" album is - according to it´s subtitle - "a reggae, jazz & hip hop soundclash". 

Tracklist:

A1 Money 3:35
A2 Zodiac 5:12
A3 The Return 4:08
A4 Street Life 4:56
A5 One Thing 5:33
B1 Love And Marriage 3:51
B2 Lock Up 4:54
B3 Freedom Train 5:42
B4 L.i.f.e. 4:08
B5 Gun 3:56
B6 Mash It Up 3:18

(320 kbps, cover art included)

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