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Red Fox, Screechy Dan join forces

Friday, May 17, 2019

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On May 24, dancehall veterans Red Fox and Screechy Dan will release the tandem album, titled RESET , produced by Rohan “Patexx” Rankine.

Red Fox said he and Screechy Dan wanted to do something different, which resulted in the two-the-hard-way set.

“We have always worked together, but we realised early on that this wasn't just any regular album, that we wanted to deliver messages of peace, hope and unity to our fans both new and old,” he told the Jamaica Observer's Splash. “We did some songs together years ago and they were more about fun and chasing the dream of being a musician. This album is about the responsibility we have as fathers, sons, husbands, mentors and artistes.”

Red Fox (given name Gareth Shelton) is originally from Brown's Hall in St Catherine, while Screechy Dan (given name Robert Stephens) is from Arnett Gardens in Kingston. Both artistes have resided in New York for almost 30 years and are elders of the Big Apple dancehall/reggae scene.

Their previous collaborations include Pose Off and a remake of Horace Andy's Skylarking.

“Being very close friends for over two decades, we always wanted to do a project together. The opportunity presented itself after linking up with Patexx who studied our musical styles and personalities. He also came up with some great ideas to create this album,” said Red Fox.

Songs on RESET include Freedom Street, Happy Day, Sunshine, Real Yard Man, Loyal and God is Real.

Rankine, who co-wrote some of the songs, contributed to Sting and Shaggy's Grammy-winning 44/876 album. He wrote Dovey Magnum's smash hit, Bawl Out and Bounty Killer's Summertime.

— Kevin Jackson


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