Various (mixed by The Wideboys) - Ministry of Sound presents Garage Classics
With recent hit bassline singles Heartbroken and What's It Gonna Be (both included here), interest in UK garage is under resurgence. Garage Classics traces their lineage back as far as the mid 90s, with the first two discs concentrating on older tracks. In fact, one might scratch their head at some of the choices. A few (The Nighcrawlers' Push The Feeling On and T2's You Got The Love, for example) I might be tempted to categorise as pure house. (UK garage is said to have derived from funky house, US garage and jungle.) Anyway, not to complain, as these inclusions are amongst the more pleasurable. It was in the late nineties/ early noughties that the scene reached a commercial peak; annoyances by the likes of The Artful Dodger and DJ Pied Piper (both artists featured here) missed few ears, Ayia Napa was the holiday destination of choice and The Dreem Teem had their own Sunday morning Radio One show. Then, seemingly all of a sudden, garage became either less fashionable or less visible.
Disc three documents the sound now, sticking mainly to bassline. Perhaps unsurprisingly (and rather disappointingly), its darker, less commercial cousin, dubstep, with its slow "waaah waaah waah" bass, is only represented by a couple of tunes: Benga & Coki's Night and Qualifide's Look Shook. Also included are desperate bassline cash-in remixes of Peter Gelderblom's Waiting 4 (yes, the one that uses the RHCP vocal sample) and Fedde Le Grand's Let Me Think About It. How long before the kids tire of this tediously bouncy subgenre? Hopefully not very.