Praised for being pioneers in jungle music, The Ragga Twins were considered one of the most important artists in developing the UK dance scene. Despite first hitting the scene in the early 90’s with albums such as ‘Reggae Owes Me Money’, they have continued to lend their vocals to tracks, release compilation albums, and play gigs today.
The Ragga Twins emerged from Hackney, London with a unique fusion of sounds. All Music characterised their first tracks as ‘energetic mutations of dancehall, hip-hop and jungle’. Trevor and David Destouche, also referred to as Flinty Badman and Deman Rocker, respectively, brought their experience of MC-ing for London’s Unity Sound System and reggae roots to the jungle genre, spinning out several tracks under the record label ‘Shut Up and Dance’.
The brothers dabbled in gigs from the age of 15, where Flinty built his own reggae sound system from woodwork that was housed in his uncle’s basement. He would then practice there and charge people to use his equipment. After becoming part of Unity and releasing tracks, they then performed at an outdoor event, which inspired them to start going to raves. This ultimately paved the way for reggae influence in acid house music,
Today, the Twins are part of the jungle revival scene, collaborating with the likes of Skrillex to ensure the genre continues to live on.