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Style & Fashion: 20 years of UK Dancehall in Soul Jazz's new compilation

Soul Jazz Records compiles nearly twenty years of British Dancehall label Fashion Records on the Style & Fashion compilation scheduled for April 5th.

Founded during the summer of 1980 by John MacGillivray and Chris Lane, two Reggae freaks, Fashion Records was the most important Reggae label in Britain for over 20 years. From 1980 to 2000 it was one of only a very few British reggae labels to release records that were produced in their own recording studio.

As a simple example to illustrate the success of the label, the first Fashion release, Dee Sharp’s “Let’s Dub It Up”,  hit number 1 in the UK Reggae charts in the summer of 1980. The song, available on this new Soul Jazz compilation has set a standard that Fashion always lived up to: fine, classy harmonies, punchy rhythms, bright arrangements and above all else, powerful songs.

Compiled by Soul Jazz Records , the 19-track collection features music by Laurel & Hardy, Smiley Culture, Cutty Ranks and General Levy among others.

Scheduled for the 5th of April, Soul Jazz Records Presents Fashion Records : Style & Fashion will be released on 3xLP, with extensive sleeve notes. Check out the tracklist below.

1. Papa Face featuring Red Man – Dance Pon De Corner
2. Dee Sharp – Let’s Dub It Up
3. Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (DJ SS Remix)
4. General Levy – Mad Them
5. Laurel & Hardy – You’re Nicked
6. Bunny General – Played By This Ya Sound
7. General Levy & Hard ‘n’ Pure – Wikkeda!!
8. Carlton Lewis – Small Talking
9. Poison Chang – Shot Fe Bust (Marvellous Cain Remix)
10. Dee Sharp – Rising To The Top
11. Papa Face With Keith Douglas – DJ Jamboree
12. General Levy – Heat
13. Carlton Lewis – Sweet Soul Rocking
14. Top Cat – Ruffest Gun Ark (DJ Rap Mix)
15. Papa San – DJ Business
16. Papa Face & Bionic Rhona – To The Bump
17. Cutty Ranks – As You See It
18. Janice Walker – You’ll Never Need Somebody
19. Asher Senator – Bubble With I

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