UKG Classix Vol.1
We kick the series with the tune that is believed to be the first "UK Garage" track ever made. Produced by one of the pioneer's of the scene Matt "Jam" Lamont in 1991. The Jam Experience - "Feel My Love" used to shake the windows of The Elephant & Castle pub where UKG began, and is a tune that is still hammered out by Mr Lamont today.
I still remember picking up my copy of this track on 10" inch vinyl when Tuff Jam released it on their Unda-Vybe label from HMV Oxford Street, this tune is still one of my prized record's in my collection
Next up Sound As One - "As I Am", was originally released in 1993 and was remixed by House music royalty. The go to mix of this tune for every UKG DJ has always been the Todd Edwards Dub, and is one of the track's that earned Todd "The God" Edwards legendary status on the UK Garage scene.
The first time I heard this tune was on a Garage Nation tape pack recording from Karl "Tuff Enuff" Brown's set at The Island in Ilford in 1997, and was one of my first vinyl purchases when it was released on Locked On in 1998.
The third song Logic "Blues For You" is one of the track's that laid the foundations for the UK Garage movement. The song is all round club classic, released on Strictly Rhythm in 1994 and produced by some of House music's founders.
The next track is another club classic from the Strictly Rhythm stable. Hardrive - "Deep Inside" features a hook from Barbara Tucker's anthem - “Beautiful People” that was released the year after "Deep Inside", a Louie Vega production that also featured Erick Morillo on the buttons.
Our fifth tune "Rhode House" is a track featured on the Klubb Vengeance EP that was released by UK Garage pioneer Grant Nelson in 1995. This tune was one of the first example's of a UK Garage tune produced by a British artist and still sounds fresh as ever today.
The final song in our first mix is from House music diva Kathy Brown, with Masters at Work on remix duty, released on Cutting Records in 1993. But it was the MAW dub that is regarded by many of the UKG founders to be one of the track's that helped launch the scene.