Outstanding steel pan, disco and dub release and the third installment in EM Records‘ Steel Pan Series.
Steel ‘N’ Skin were an Afro-Caribbean workshop band based in 1970s London, founded by Peter Blackman, featuring ex-members of 20th Century Steel Band (Grandmaster Flash’s fave). Comprised of young nightclub musicians born in Ghana, Nigeria, St. Kitts, Trinidad and the UK, the group gave concerts and workshops in London schools, expanding nationwide to prisons, psychiatric hospitals and summer festivals.
The group combined an admirably brave, open and unironic mix of musical forms with community outreach, non-cynical and untainted by preachiness or “social work.” Gratifyingly intricate African ritual rhythms and strong vocals compliment reggae, funk, disco and soul influences to form a relentless groove machine.
This EM reissue consists of Steel ‘N’ Skin’s 1979 debut 12″ single “Reggae Is Here Once Again,” featuring “Afro Punk Reggae (Dub),” a fine disco-dub workout, plus two tracks from their 1984 LP Acid Rain as well as one unissued track.