UKG Classix Vol.10
This Jazz inspired mix of UK Garage classics kicks off with a cover of The Jones Girls song Nights Over Egypt by Incognito, which features on their 1999 album Ain’t No Time Like The Future.
The remix featured in this mix is by none other than UKG pioneer MJ Cole which was on the B side of the release on the Talkin’ Loud release in 1999. The A side of the record is a remix from House music legends Masters At Work, the remix is sure to feature on a future volume on our other website Funky Classix.
This is a personal favourite of mine because Incognito are my favourite band and MJ Cole is one of my favourite UK Garage producers, so this is a match mad in heaven for me. I was also lucky enough to see Incognito perform the song live at their 30th anniversary concert at the O2 in London, where the legendary Jocelyn Brown and Maysa Leak with on vocals.
Track two is by UKG pioneers Groove Chronicles, with their UK Garage classic Stone Cold. The South London production duo released the track on their own label in 1997. On the flip side of this record is another UKG anthem Hold On, which will feature on a future volume of UKG Classix.
The production duo was founded in 1996 by DJ and producer Noodles (real name Steven Jude) with El-B (real name Lewis Beadle) as engineer. The duo ran until 1999, when EL-B left to pursue a solo career, during this period Groove Chronicles would release other club hits alongside Stone Cold and Hold On, such 1999 and Shattered.
They would be best known for the remixing Myron’s track We Can Get Down, which is still being purchased on average for £25 on Discogs (which is pretty good for a tune that is nearly 20 years old).
Next up is the MJ Cole remix of the legendary Jazz vocalist Carmen McRae, and her rendition of How Long Has This Been Going On. A song that was first composed in 1928, and has been covered by many musical legends over the years including Louis Armstrong, Cher, Ray Charles and Bon Jovi. British actress and model also sang the song in the 1957 film Funny Face.
The track features on the album Verve Remixed, which is a series of albums released by American record label Verve. With the concept of classic Verve tracks being remixed by contemporary electronic music producers and DJs.
Track four Groove Garden by Ferry Ultra features the Jazz-Funk legend Roy Ayers, was produced by Mousse T, and was released on German label Peppermint Jam in 1997.
Tuff Jam would use it on one of their guest mixes and Groove Garden still remains a favourite of Karl Tuff Enuff Brown.
Jazz From The Heart is our next track, produced by 24 Hour Experience aka Grant Nelson and Simon Firman. The song features on the A side of The Test Press EP that was released on Nice N Ripe in 1995. Jazz From The Heart was a fundamental track in the building of the scene in the early days of UK Garage.
MJ Cole provides the remix of the last track in the mix. Astounded by Bran Van 3000 which features Soul legend Curtis Mayfield, and was the final recorded performance by Mayfield before his death and became the most successful Canadian single by the collective.
Released in on Virgin Records Astounded would be a top 40 hit in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 2001.
The song is another one of my personal favourites and the art work on the record cover isn’t bad either.
Listen to the next volume of UKG Classix here.