Sly & Robbie Presents Tanto Metro & Devonte
Tanto Metro & Devonte
Taxi Records
CD / Digital Release
June 23, 2015

Track list
  1. The Jam
  2. Hey Ya Hey feat. YelloStone
  3. There's A Reward
  4. Maybe I Love You
  5. No More
  6. Request
  7. She Ran Away
  8. Ruff Stuff
  9. Already Know
  10. Falling In Love
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Slated for release in 2013, it still lasted two years before Tanto Metro & Devonte finally present the follow-up to their 2006 released album "Musically Inclined". For this brand new 10 track album - recorded at One Pop Recording Studios and mixed and mastered by Orville 'Rorey' Baker, Paul 'Patchy' Wright and Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall - the hit making duo teamed up with the legendary 'riddim twins' Sly & Robbie, who - as could be expected - not only built fresh original riddims with a modern hybrid percussive sound for the duo, but also gave them some remixes of classic Taxi riddims to voice.

Tanto Metro started toasting on the Metro Media sound system in 1982, at age 13. His father, a policeman, was not happy with his pursuit of music, but Tanto committed himself to his career and, in 1996 released his first single, the fittingly-titled "We Are Professional" for producer/deejay Jah Thomas. Shortly thereafter, Tanto joined the Shocking Vibes production company as a solo act, and his adept way with deejaying, singing, dancing and comedy marked him as a versatile all-around entertainer, prepared in every way when the 1997 hit song "Everyone Falls In Love" launched a long tour of gigs around the world.

Devonte also found his career early, debuting in grade 9 as a singer in a local Kingston sound system, Sky Creation. With a style influenced by Michael Jackson, Beres Hammond, and the beautiful voice of his own mother, Devonte cut his first single for King Jammy in 1993, and made major stage appearances at Ghetto Splash '96 and Reggae Sumfest. Following singles on the Madhouse and Penthouse labels, Devonte had his first major hit, "Bashment Sitt'n", with Shocking Vibes.

Tanto Metro & Devonte have often been compared to Chaka Demus & Pliers, but although the duo had quite a few big hits, they never really landed a much-deserved breakthrough like Chaka Demus & Pliers did in the early '90s with the Sly & Robbie produced "Murder She Wrote". And although "Sly & Robbie Presents Tanto Metro & Devonte" is a lively, sleek and nearly perfect produced album with mint vocals, it doesn't feature the monster hit that finally would bring them fame, wealth and honor. There's a strong focus on women on this album with songs such as "Maybe I Love You", "No More", "Request", "Already Know" and "Falling In Love". In particular songs such as "No More", "She Ran Away" and "Request" on the "Merry-Go-Round" riddim will appeal to the older dancehall fans. Most likely the younger dancehall enthusiasts will appreciate more modern sounding club bangers like "Maybe I Love You", "Already Know" and the album closer "Falling In Love".

The singer and deejay vocals soar heavenwards on most of the songs, which makes this album a real joy to listen to.