UKG Classix Vol.4
The opening track of volume 4 is produced by UK Garage legend M.J. Cole. After working as a studio engineer on Ramsey & Fen's remix of Kym Mazelle's song "Quality", Cole then penned and produced "Sincere". The track was picked up by Pete Tong and AM:PM records and went on to become one of the first UK Garage record’s to reach the top 40 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1998.
For me "Sincere" was a game changer in the scene, with M.J. Cole bringing such class and style to UK Garage. I remember receiving the tune when I was a member of Pioneer's CD pool and then going out and buying it on single. It's a very tough decision on what is my favourite mix, the original (Which is on this volume) or the wild mix, which I am sure will feature on one of our mixes in the future.
The second track in the mix is from one of the UK's premier male vocalist's and a member of the legendary Jazz Funk band Incognito. Tony Momrelle's cover of Alexander O'Neal's 80s classic "If You Were Here Tonight" got the UKG treatment from remix duo Daryl B & Mark Yardley.
Next up is a track from American R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, their song "Tell Me It's Real" was remixed by Club Asylum an alias of UK Garage pioneer Jeremy Sylvester. Originally released on MCA in 1999 where it reached the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, it was then re-released in 2000 on AM:PM records and peaked at #16 in September 2000.
The fourth classic tune in the mix is "Woman Trouble", produced by UK Garage legends Artful Dodger. Featuring vocals from Robbie Craig and Craig David the song was a top 10 hit in the Singles Chart in the summer of 2000. Originally released on a limited promo run by UKG label Public Demand, the song was then picked up by FFRR records. The track also featured on the Artful Dodger’s album "It's All About The Stragglers".
Track number is 5 is a re-remix by Bump & Flex of Lenny Fontana's song "Spirit Of The Sun". Another UK Garage classic from the Public Demand label, which was originally released in 1997 and then remixed in 98 by Steve Gurley (which will feature on a future volume), in 99 by Bump & Flex and 2003 by James Lavonz & Karl Tuff "Enuff" Brown.
The final song in the mix "Why" from girl group Mis-Teeq hit the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart in January 2001. This was mainly thanks to the remix from UK Garage pioneers Matt "Jam" Lamont and Gavin "Face" Mills, which went on to became the A side of the release because of the amount of plays the remix received, even legendary R&B DJ Trevor Nelson played the UK Garage remix.
I still have my turquoise vinyl copy of this tune which was released on the Inferno Cool record label in 2000.