Sleng teng riddim

I posted a couple of weeks ago about Tenor Saw’s great song “Pumpkin Belly.”  What I didn’t realize was that the backing music of “Pumpkin Belly” was  sleng teng riddim, the very first digital riddim, which has appeared on almost 400 songs.  You can sample a few more on this Sleng Teng Extravaganza YouTube mix:

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4 thoughts on “Sleng teng riddim

  1. jb says:

    Nice work. Before reading your post on Tenor Saw, I knew it only from the Sublime song Caress Me Down. After, I figured Sublime most likely stole it from Tenor Saw, and didn’t look further into. Glad you did!

  2. Richard Kent says:

    PB really loves this mix. She was a dancing and smiling.

  3. Matthew Kahle says:

    Prince Jammy is one of the great masters of dub, but I didn’t know that this ubiquitous riddim was him. Thanks, great find!

  4. JSE says:

    Tell me more about what Prince Jammy I should hear? I discovered “Pumpkin Belly” while working on the Million Song Dataset but know essentially nothing about this entire genre.

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