UKG Classix Vol.7
This 1998 2-Step special kicks off with 'R U Sleeping' by Indo. Originally released in the UK in 94 on the famous House music label Azuli, but was re-released on Satellite in 1998 with the go to UK Garage remix by Bump & Flex on it (Grant Nelson had previously remixed the tune in 1996). In the spring of 1998 'R U Sleeping' would reach the top 40 of the UK singles.
Track two 'Love Bug' by Ramsey & Fen, features vocals from Lynsey Moore and MJ Cole as the studio engineer. Originally released on BUG Records in 1998, where it became an instant UK Garage classic. The track would be re-released in 1999, 2000 and 2008, and would receive remixes from the likes of Grant Nelson, DJ Face and The Wideboys. The Y2K edit also featured "The Godfather" of UK Garage MC Creed.
Next in the mix is a cover of Patti Day's House classic 'Right Before My Eyes' by N'n'G. Which is an alias of production duo and UK Garage pioneers Norris "Da Boss" Windross and Grant Nelson. Featuring vocals from Kallaghan, the UK garage classic would be originally released in 1998 on Heat Recordings, and then remixed and re-released in 2000 where MC Neat would also feature on the track, where it would reach the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart.
Windross and Nelson would also produce other UK Garage classics together. In 1999 'Liferide' would be released featuring vocals from Norris's sister Rose and MC Creed. Under another alias, Pseudo, the production duo would produce the UK Garage classic 'Heatbeat'.
The fourth 2-Step UK Garage classic is from UKG legend TJ Cases with his song 'Cheqdagroove' featuring Andrea Wright. Released in 1998 on TJ Cases very own record label Cut & Play, This UKG classic would feature on CD Compilations Twice As Nice mixed by DJ Spoony and Kiss FM presents Lords Of The Underground.
Track five 'Over Here' by M-Dubs features The Emperor Richie Dan. 'Over Here' also featured on the Twice As Nice mix by DJ Spoony and was another release from the legendary UK Garage label Satellite. M-Dubs would go on to produce another UK Garage classic 'Bump ’n’ Grind'. Richie Dan would also release his own UKG anthem 'Call It Fate' in 1999, that would be produced by UK Garage pioneer K Warren.
The final track in the mix is 'Celebrate Life' by Brasstooth, featuring Pa-Melle. This UK Garage vocal anthem was released in 1998 on Well Built Records. The UK Garage classic would be re-released in 1999 and 2000 on Warner Music, where it would be remixed my UK Garage legends EL-B, Zed Bias and B-15 Project.
I remember this tune being championed by Steve Jackson on his Kiss FM breakfast show, and then picking up my copy on a trip to Uptown Records in the West End, one very cold Friday morning in the autumn of 98.