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Black Men United

Shut Up and Dance

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Smiley and PJ vary their version of ragga-techno on Black Men United to include Latin, reggae-pop, and gospel. Of course, there are several breakbeat tracks and the duo spend most of the album rapping, but the diversity is refreshing.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Stoke Newington, London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Ragga-techno hit-makers and sampling pirates without equal on Britain's early hardcore breakbeat scene, Shut Up & Dance were an early influence on the development of jump-up breakbeats and b-bwoy attitude into the streamlined version of drum'n'bass which emerged later in the '90s. The duo of PJ & Smiley, both residents of East End stronghold Stoke Newington, formed both the label and group Shut Up & Dance out of their bedroom in 1988. The imprint first released records by the Ragga Twins...
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