Riding the triumphant horns and bubbly bass to far more meaning than any other track on the Six Month Break riddim, “Tear It Down” by deejay duo Superman & Spiderman is surprisingly conscious. Factor in that this was a deep cut on a double-riddim release from VP in 1990, and it ought to be clear what a progressive dancehall gem this is.

While barriers like apartheid, war and crime, and slackness are typical stylistic targets for tearing down, the crucial lines of “homosexual barrier, come mek we tear it down; lesbian barrier, come mek we tear it down” are refreshingly inclusive three full decades later. A devastating coup for the slightly mysterious superhero duo, this up-tempo embrace of positivity is primed to mash up any dance.

Unknown rather than obscure, you will need to know where to seek to track down a digital copy, but the original LP is still widely available. Reggae Fever and Reggae Record both have it in stock as of publishing, beyond the multiple affordable copies on Discogs.

More info:
Superman & Spiderman on Discogs

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