Cultures of Soul is very excited to announce
this killer tropical reggae cover of Sade's Smooth
Operator. Recorded at Circle Sound Studios in
Miami the backing track was recorded by members
of the famous reggae outfit Inner Circle with vocals
by local area rising star at the time, Sabrina Rich.
Sabrina (her real name is actually Sabrena) had
been making records in her and her ex-husband's
studio in their garage for years. The result of which
was the disco 12" Exit/Whispering. Around this time
Sabrina was performing in the Palm Beach / Boca
Raton area of Florida and performed with Jimmy Bo
Horne. Some time after Sabrina worked with a
man named Kenneth Corey who mastered her
recordings. Kenneth referred her to Roger and Ian
Lewis of Inner Circle to help press up their vinyl.
They became friends and around 1985 recorded
Smooth Operator. During this time they were
working and partying hard and experimenting with
different ideas and sounds.
The track was originally released in small numbers
as sort of a demo and never really took off. Shortly
after Inner Circle went on tour in Europe and the
single went into obscurity until many years later
when copies of the record turned up in New York
and Toronto. This 12" includes a special discomix
edit by Duckcomb a.k.a. Patrick Billard, DJ and
record collector extraordinaire.