UKG Classix Vol.5
We start this “Speed Garage” special off with a track that had a huge influence in making the “Sunday Scene” as it was known then into a UK sound, after DJs started filling their record boxes with tracks by home grown talent. “Over U” by Baffled featured one of the original UK Garage diva’s Colourgirl on vocal duty. The track also featured on many “Speed Garage” compilations mixed by some of the pioneers of UK Garage such as Scott Garcia and the Dreem Teem.
”Together” featured on 24 Hour Experience’s Part Two: More Dub Essentials EP which was released on the Nice ’N’ Ripe record label in 1994. 24 Hour Experience is one of many pseudonym’s of UK Garage legend Grant Nelson. Along with production partner Simon Firman, the duo came up with name 24 Hour Experience after producing the EP’s in a 24 hour period, and the track “Together” would become one of the building block’s of the UK Garage movement.
The third track on volume 5 is “Set It Off” by Chris Mack. A tune that took me personally a very long time to track down after first hearing it on a Garage Nation tape pack way back in 1998. Chris Mack is regarded as one of the first producers to bring the “2-Step” sound to UK Garage, and in “Set It Off” you can hear influences from Drum & Bass scene.
Next up is a track that features on Todd Edwards 1999 album Prima Edizione. Todd’s remix of “You Don’t Want To Lose It” by Gruv’n Disco Affair was originally released in 1995 on i! Records. This was another tune I first heard on the same Garage Nation tape pack as the previous track and is one of my favourite Todd Edwards remixes
The fifth tune in the mix “Flav” by Big Bird was released on City Dub Traxx in 1997. A true “Speed Garage” anthem that featured on The Flirt E.P. and was the B side to another UK Garage classic “Train Out” which will feature on a future volume of UKG Classix.
The final UKG classic in the mix is a remix by UK Garage legends Ramsey & Fen, another pioneer of the scene MJ Cole was also the studio engineer on the remix of Kym Mazelle’s track “Quality” that was released in 1997