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Rhythm Killers is the second studio album by Jamaican musical duo Sly and Robbie (pictured), released in May 1987 on Island Records. First known as a reggae band, the duo experimented in the 1980s with electronic sounds and contemporary recording technology, while branching out into international, cross-genre music. A funk and dance album, Rhythm Killers has a dense sound that incorporates reggae, hip hop, hard rock, worldbeat, and downtown music. Along with their live instruments, Sly and Robbie used electronic recording equipment such as the Fairlight CMI synthesizer and electronic drums. The album has been cited by music writers for its electronic rhythms, its treatment of African-American music elements, and Laswell's densely layered production. It peaked at number 35 on the British Albums Chart, and also charted in the Netherlands, Sweden, and New Zealand. The critic Robert Christgau named it the seventh-best album of 1987. Two promotional singles were issued, including the UK hit "Boops (Here to Go)". Sly and Robbie continued their digital direction on subsequent albums. The album has since been out of print. (Full article...)

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