Roots Radics

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Taking over for Sly and Robbie as Studio One's band of choice, Roots Radics memorably laid tracks for greats Gregory Isaacs and Israel Vibration. With their rhythmic tightness and stripped-down Dub sound that's hypnotic, precise and psychedelic in its ambient perfection, they have become one of the primary backing studio bands of the '80s and '90s. Their own work contains the same swirling echoes, upbeat guitar and crisp, cracking, delayed snare drum patterns, as well as the addition of their own vocals and basslines best experienced live for their body-vibrating deepness. In a time when synthesizers and drum machines are taking over, Roots Radics provide a link to the heavy, live-instrument vibes of reggae's past.