Not too much left to be said about the fact that Steely, one half of production duo Steely & Cleevie, died a few days ago from pneumonia. These guys are two of my favorite producers and their impact on dancehall music should not be underestimated.
Steely played keyboard with The Roots Radics and engineered at Jammy’s during the “Sleng Teng” era. On their own labels the duo produced endless amounts of tracks driven by galloping drum machine beats during the early nineties, and kept going with hits on top riddims like Street Sweeper, Bitter Blood, Bagpipe and Sleepy Dog until just a few years ago. Not forgetting the Silverhawk soundsystem which Steely ran, and that I just heard was about to go on the road again. That’s some resume and it’s a shame it won’t keep growing. Depressing news indeed.