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Inna New Style: Fashion Records Returns

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Shimmy Shimmy— Fashion Records, the U.K. record label which helped put British dancehall on the map with Smiley Culture's "Cockney Translation" and "Police Officer" and later...
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Cockney & Yardie: Heatwave’s UK Update, April 2011

Words by Gabriel Heatwave It's been a bumper few weeks for UK dancehall. In last month's update, I mentioned that there are many reasons to be optimistic about the current state of the music over here. H...
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Cockney & Yardie: Heatwave’s UK Update, March 2011

Words by Gabriel Heatwave First up this month is the tragic news that Smiley Culture, UK dancehall icon and a key inspiration for this column, has died, aged 48. In fact, we're dedicating the whole of th...
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Rest In Peace: Smiley Culture

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton Throwback Thursdays has come two days early this week, for the worst of reasons. We've just received news that Smiley Culture, innovator of the MC style of reggae in the UK,...