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The Greatest 'Overlooked' Uk Garage Tracks

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In 2013, UK garage has been canonised more than ever, but the sheer volume of singles being released at the genre’s peak – many of them never documented digitally – ensures that there’s still hundreds of classics ripe for wider discovery.

 

With this in mind we asked a selection of artists – some of them current producers who grew up as garage fans, others veterans from the genre’s heyday – to each pick a record that they feel deserves classic status, but for whatever reason, slipped through the net. These are the greatest garage records you’ve never heard, as picked by DJ Haus, DJ Q, Sunship, El-B, Zed Bias, Brackles, Mella Dee, Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown and T. Williams.

 

DJ Haus picked…

 

ALEX LEE

‘One More Time’

(White Label, 2004)

“Huge white label from amazing underrated producer Alex Lee. Probably known, if at all,  outside of the UKG sphere for his track alongside Nicky Noo, ‘Move to the Beat’ in 1994, this came out on a white label in 2004 (as far as i’m aware), I guess 10 years too late… [laughs]. Featuring all the usual hallmarks of what people love about UKG now, but with a certain je ne sais quoi that most modern producers can’t seem to be able to put their finger on.”

 

DJ Q picked…

SHOLA AMA

‘Much Love’ (Dream Teem Remix)

(WEA International, 1998)

“A wicked track, almost ahead of its time. I’ll always remember this track because it was the first song I heard on the first ever Sun City tape I listened to. That tape changed my life! For me this track was never as big as it should have been. I think one of the reasons for this was being over shadowed by the massive Dream Teem remix of Amira’s ‘My Desire’.”

 

Sunship’s Ceri Evans picked…

GOOD COP BAD COP

‘Blatant’ / ‘Spy Magazine’

(White Label, 1998)

“Possibly the sickest drop ever in the history of dance music – where the sampled Rhythm Division horns come in.”

 
 

El-B picked…

BRASSTOOTH

‘Celebrate Life’ (Zed Bias Remix)

(Well Built, 1999)

Audio here

“The original mix was well known in the clubs and had its fair share of radio support, with even more support for the El-B remix. The Zed Bias remix however, came after all of this – limited vinyl – so I feel it was over shadowed by the previous 12″ releases. Though I’m happy with the outcome of my own mix, the Zed Bias remix is by far the best to mix or hear in a club… strongly recommend hunting it down.”

 

Zed Bias picked…

DON YUTE

‘Herbland’ (Nu School Players Remix)

(Oracabessa, 2000)

On Discogs

“It came out on a limited white label which I was given in 2000 by Oracabessa, UB40′s label in Birmingham… made from a vocal recorded in UB40′s studio in Jamaica by a young Don Yute. I’ve played it like a dubplate for over a decade, and still haven’t heard anyone else play it. It gets a massive reaction every time!”

 

Brackles picked…

95 NORTH

‘Jazz Ascension’ (Hard Dub)

(Large Music, 1998)

 

“I don’t know what the record is so maybe a bit unconventional! I cut it out of the Tuff Jam Southporter weekend set from 98. It’s an absolute gem and I reckon it’d still work in sets today. I’ve asked so many people to ID this for me and no one knows what it is”.

(And as if by magic, Brackles has since found out what it is!)

 

 

Post up your not so well known or overlooked UKG Bangers

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Mella Dee picked…

BRASSTOOTH

‘I Can’t Quite (Understand)’

(Well Built, 1999)

https://soundcloud.com/niters82/brasstooth-i-cant-quite

“Absolute belter that deserves a lot more attention than it gets, in general I think Brasstooth probably doesn’t get the acknowledgement he should. One of those bangers that people always vibe to, but don’t have a clue really what it is or who it’s by these days.”

 

Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown picked…

FERRY ULTRA feat. ROY AYERS

‘Groove Garden’

(Peppermint Jam, 1996)

Tuff Jam used it on one of our guest mixes some years ago. Produced by Mousse T with the vibes of the infamous Roy Ayers, the groove on this tracks is timeless with an intro that stimulates from the start… also with the that simple hook, ‘ba ba ba’, dragging you into the melody of this great and rare track. This for me is one the many lost tracks, but fortunately, the guys at Peppermint Jam have so kindly given me a clean WAV copy… Mmm, thank you.”

 

T. Williams picked…

NEW HORIZONS

Scrap Iron Dubs Vol. 1

(500 Rekords, 1999)

“One of those tracks that was so good and used to tear up the pirates and raves, but never gets remembered when people refer back to classic  New Horizons tracks. Definitely one of my favourites.”

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such a banger

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i posted the completely wrong vid

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Michael Tyrone - This Time

 

Old Skool Nu Skool - Diamond touch

 

Extremely hard to find.

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that's the great thing about garage I was listening to this stuff non stop since 1996 for nearly a decade. But even to this day you hear a track you have never heard before and find out it was released in the late 90's

 

Garage>>>>

 

 

 

 

got this on vinyl for 10p in rhythm division in some bargain box 

 

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percy classic...never heard it in many sets

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu6jEOS7Cig

 

 

 

will drop this in a house set and have these new man djs asking if its a dusky riddim lol

 

 

 

Cape Fear is known though....  :/

 

No disrespect to any post in this thread, but there isnt one tune I havent heard or know anyway.

 

From time the vids on youtube its a wrap.  :/

 

 

 

"With this in mind we asked a selection of artists – some of them current producers who grew up as garage fans, others veterans from the genre’s heyday – to each pick a record that they feel deserves classic status"

 

 

Post up your not so well known or overlooked UKG Bangers

 

 

whenever i play it I get asked "whats this?" 

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I let you off Zeke, I don't know what it's like up in Liverpool, but yeah, it gets played down south. It is a big tune!

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8-) kinda patronising still...

 

especially after you dropped that bait DND elephant man ting...let me off yano  :lmao:

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Tune doesn't get played any more tbh. Not even meaning to be patronising.

 

But yeah, Standard Flow >>>>>>>>>>>

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Jeez this thread comes like aN essex pirate radio dj's set.

 

DRY

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