Steel drum music

Was watching Commando the other night and I was reminded I’ve always wanted to know what this particular instrument is called. Finally identified it, it’s so damn cool. Please hit me with any music that uses it


(kicks in around 0:40)

there’s this brief bit from Slug’s excellent first album. Ian Black wrote this about it, which has stuck in my mind for some reason,

I wanted to do an ambient piece using the colour of steel drums, I wanted something extremely minimal to break up the album so as to allow the listener to breathe for a bit without having musical idea after musical idea thrown at them, To create this piece a friend of mine helped break me into a certain music venue. I wasn’t aware that we weren’t meant to be there until he turned off the lights, looked slyly out out the window and announced, “We have 45 minutes”. I’m happy with the result even though in those 45 minutes I had to learn how to play the instrument.

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The Knife - Pass This On

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Clipse - I’m Not You

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Kyla La Grange - The Knife

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Fimber Bravo - The Way We Live Today (feat. Alexis Taylor)

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I was in a steel band at school :nerd_face:

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also

the neptunes loved some steel drum

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Hot Chip bloody love a steel drum (and I love them for it). This is one of my faves:

Or of course:

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I’ve always loved this version of Aphex Twin’s Alberto Balsam:

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Reckon steel drums might be the most underrated instrument

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Realising how much I love steel drums now

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