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The History of UK Garage

The Elephant and Castle Pub

The Elephant & Castle pub in South London is acknowledged as being the birthplace of UK Garage in the early 90s. A simple venue that would be the first residence to the legendary party Happy Days. An intimate sweatbox rave that was created for clubbers that were leaving the Ministry of Sound across the road on a Sunday morning. One of the DJ's at Happy Days was none other than Matt "Jam" Lamont, one of the pioneer's of UK Garage. Continue reading »

6 U.S. R&B And Hip Hop Artists That Got The UK Garage Treatment

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We know that Garage music got its name from the legendary New York nightclub the Paradise Garage (the only genre of music to be named after a place). We also know that UK Garages' roots lay firmly in US House music, and that around 1996 UK producers made UKG a truly home grown scene.

But in 1997 UK Garage started to shift again after American producer Kelly G remixed Tina Moore's track 'Never Gonna Let You Go', the song went on to become the 2-Step Garage tune. This opened the flood gates for UK producers who then started to remix and remake US R&B and Hip Hop songs officially and unofficially. Continue reading »

7 UK Garage Artists That Topped The Singles Chart

Shanks & Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate

The first UK Garage track to hit the top 40 of the singles chart was Ripgroove by Double 99 in May 1997, and a re-release in the autumn of 97 which featured Top Cat on vocals would help the club classic reach the top 20.

It would take another two years before a UK Garage song would top the singles chart with the sing-a-long anthem Sweet Like Chocolate by Shanks & Bigfoot, with Sharon Woolf providing the vocals. Continue reading »