Sleng teng was a form of reggae which made early and extensive use of digital rhythms in a music which had previously paid little attention to electronica. The song which opened the way for what was to become a major point of change for reggae in the mid 1980s was Wayne Smith's1985 single Under Me Sleng Teng.


The London Capital Radio DJ David Roddigan was instrumental in moving sleng teng into the attention of the British reggae-loving public with a now-legendary dub-plate clash with celebrated Jamaican DJ Barry G; tapes of this sound-clash are still played by the reggae cognoscenti.


Other important songs within this genre include:


Tenor Saw - Pumpkin Belly

Tanto Irie - Every Posse Get Ready

Patrick Andy - Sting Mi A Sting