UKG Classix Vol.8

This UK Garage #1s special kicks off with UK Garage superstar Craig David and his first solo single Fill Me In that went on to top the UK Singles Chart in 2000. The song would also feature on Craig David’s debut album Born to Do It, that would was released in the summer of 2000 and would go straight to #1 in the UK Albums Chart. The remix featured in the mix comes from the Artful Dodger who were an integral part in launching Mr David’s career.

Track two is 21 Seconds by the South London collective So Solid Crew. This UK Garage classic would reach #1 in the summer of 2001, where in the first week of release would achieve sales of over 118,000 units. The single would sit at #1 for a week, and spend six weeks in the top 20. They Don’t Know would be the follow up to 21 Seconds, and peaked at #3 in the autumn of 2001. They Don’t Know would also be the title of the So Solid Crew’s debut album, which reached the top ten of the UK Albums Chart.

UK Garage music would be the launch pad for many pop-stars in the early 2000s, with Daniel Bedingfield being one of them. He would record his platinum selling #1 hit Gotta Get Thru This in his bedroom, using just a microphone and some music software on his PC. Gotta Get Thru This would hit #1 of the UK Singles Chart in 2001 and 2002. Outside the UK, the single peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Canada and the United States. Where it received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording.

Track four Sweet Like Chocolate by Shanks & Bigfoot would be the first UK Garage song to top the UK Singles Chart in 1999. This UK Garage classic also became the first record ever top the UK Singles Chart, UK Independent Chart, UK R&B Chart and UK Dance Chart simultaneously. Sweet Like Chocolate went on to became the eighth best selling single of 1999 and reached the top ten in a number of countries.

Next is 3 Of A Kind’s UKG Classic Baby Cakes which to date is the last UK Garage song to reach #1 in the UK Singles Chart. Baby Cakes hit the top spot in 2004, and the single would spend seven weeks in the top ten and a total of twelve weeks in the top forty.

Track number six in the mix is the Ayia Napa anthem of 2001 Do You Really Like It by DJ Pied Piper & the Masters of Ceremonies (MC DT, Melody, Sharky P and the Unknown MC). Originally released in 2000 on UK Garage label Soul Food Recordings before being signed to Relentless Records in 2001, which at the time was owned by Ministry of Sound. Do You Really Like It topped the singles chart at the start of June 2001, spending one week at #1, and six weeks in the top ten.

Listen to the next volume of UKG Classix here.