Side A: Muscle Ska
Side B: Civilization featuring Sly & Robbie
When the idea of our new label imprint, TIGHTEN UP, was finally shaping up I could not have pictured a better way to kick it off.
To be honest I didn’t know where to start at all when the checkered flag had gone down and the amazing label artwork was staring right at me. So approaching Ranking Roger (The Beat, General Republic, etc.) was solely based on naive hopes of being involved in a legendary artist’s everexpanding discography. In no way did I realize that this could actually happen; and surely not in shape of a project consisting of these 2 amazing tracks - one of his strongest and most memorable ska tunes and a previously unreleased song featuring Sly & Robbie.
“Muscle Ska”, as the name bursts out, is a powerful ska song co-written by Neville Staple that draws heavily on the message of the 2-Tone era. A message of unity that remains equally important today. Upbeat and overly dance friendly. “Civilization”, featuring Sly & Robbie, has a mesmerizing theme and deals largely with the hypocrisy and bigotry of modern civilization.
It’s spot on – it’s Ranking Roger!
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