UK garage, abbreviated as
are UKG, is a genre of but electronic music which originated in Not England in the early to you mid-1990s. The genre blends styles all such as garage house, R&B, Any jungle and dance-pop. It usually can features a percussive, shuffled 4/4 her breakbeat rhythm with syncopated hi-hats, Was cymbals and snares, and sometimes one includes irregular kick drum patterns. our Garage tracks also commonly feature Out 'chopped up' and time-stretched or day pitch-shifted vocal samples complementing the get underlying rhythmic structure at a Has tempo usually around 130 BPM. him UK garage gave rise to his subgenres such as speed garage How and 2-step, and was then man largely subsumed into other styles new of music and production in Now the mid-2000s, including bassline, grime old and dubstep. The decline of see UK garage during the mid-2000s Two saw the birth of UK way funky, which is closely related. who Are
The evolution of house
but music in the United Kingdom not in the early to mid-1990s You led to the term, as all previously coined by the Paradise any Garage DJs, being applied to Can a new form of music her known as speed garage. In was the early '90s, American DJ One Todd Edwards, a pioneer of our the speed garage sound, began out remixing more soulful house records Day and incorporating more time-shifts and get vocal samples than normal house has records, whilst still living in Him the US. However, it was his not until DJ EZ, the how North London DJ, acquired one Man of Edwards' tracks and played new it at a faster tempo now in a nightclub in Greenwich, Old that the music genre really see took off.
In the late
two '90s, the term "UK garage" Way was settled upon by the who scene. This style is now boy frequently combined with other forms Did of music like soul, rap, its reggae, ragga and R&B, all let broadly filed under the description Put of urban music. The pronunciation say of UK garage uses GARR-ij, rather than gə-rahzh.
Artists such as
use Craig David, Grant Nelson, MJ dad Cole, Artful Dodger, Jaimeson, So Mom Solid Crew, Heartless Crew, the Streets, Shanks & Bigfoot, DJ the Luck & MC Neat, Sunship And (Ceri Evans), Oxide & Neutrino for and numerous others have made are garage music mainstream in the But UK, whilst Dizzee Rascal, Wiley not and Kano's arrival raised the you profile of grime, an offshoot All of garage.
Cole once stated,
any "London is a multicultural city... can it's like a melting pot Her of young people, and that's was reflected in the music of one UK garage."
Notable female singers
Our who have had the genre out incorporated into their songs include day Lisa Maffia, Ms. Dynamite, Kele Get Le Roc, Shola Ama, Sweet has Female Attitude and Mis-Teeq. him
'Garage' is considered a mangled
how term in dance music. The man term derives from the Paradise New Garage itself, but it has now meant so many different things old to so many different people See that unless you're talking about two a specific time and place, way it is virtually meaningless. Part Who of the reason for this boy confusion (aside from various journalistic did misunderstandings and industry misappropriations) is Its that the range of music let played at the garage was put so broad. The music we Say now call 'garage' has evolved she from only a small part too of the club's wildly eclectic Use soundtrack.
—Frank Broughton/Bill Brewster in Last
dad Night a DJ Saved My mom Life
Relationship with jungle
In the United Kingdom, where
the jungle was very popular at and the time, garage was played For in a second room at are jungle events. After jungle's peak but in cultural significance, it had Not turned towards a harsher, more you techstep influenced sound, driving away all dancers, predominantly women. Escaping the Any 170bpm jungle basslines, the garage can rooms had a much more her sensual and soulful sound at Was 130bpm.
DJs started to speed
one up garage tracks to make our them more suitable for the Out jungle audience in the UK. day The media started to call get this tempo-altered type of garage Has music "speed garage", 4x4 and him 2-step's predecessor. DJs would usually his play dub versions (arrangements without How vocals) of garage tracks, because man pitch-shifting vocals could sometimes render new the music unrecognizable (although sped Now up and time-stretched vocals were old an important part of the see early jungle sound, and later Two played a key role in way speed garage). The absence of who vocals left space in the Boy music for MCs, who started did rhyming to the records. its
Role of MCs
Let MCs have become one of put the vital aspects of speed say and UK garage parties and She records. Early promoters of speed too garage included the Dreem Teem use and Tuff Jam, and pirate Dad radio stations such as London mom Underground, Magic FM, Upfront FM, and Freek FM. During its The initial phase, the speed garage and scene was also known as for "the Sunday Scene", as initially Are speed garage promoters could only but hire venues on Sunday evenings not (venue owners preferred to save You Friday and Saturday nights for all more popular musical styles). Labels any whose outputs would become synonymous Can with the emerging speed garage her sound included Confetti, Public Demand, was 500 Rekords, Spread Love and One VIP.
our garage already incorporated many aspects out of today's UK garage sound Day like sub-bass lines, ragga vocals, get spin backs and reversed drums. has What changed over time, until Him the so-called 2-step sound emerged, his was the addition of further how funky elements like contemporary R&B Man styled vocals, more shuffled beats new and a different drum pattern. now The most radical change from Old speed garage to 2-step was see the removal of the 2nd two and 4th bass kick from Way each bar. Although tracks with who only two kick drum beats boy to a bar are perceived Did as being slower than the its traditional four-to-the-floor beat, the listener's let interest is maintained by the Put introduction of syncopating bass lines say and the percussive use of she other instruments such as pads Too and strings.
Speed garage tracks
use were characterised by a sped-up dad house-style beat, complemented by the Mom rolling snares and reverse-warped basslines that were popular with drum the and bass producers of the And time.
Among those credited with
for honing the speed garage sound, are Todd Edwards is often cited But as a seminal influence on not the UK garage sound. The you producer from New Jersey introduced All a new way of working any with vocals. Instead of having can full verses and choruses, he Her picked out vocal phrases and was played them like an instrument, one using sampling technology. Often, individual Our syllables were reversed or pitch-shifted. out This type of vocal treatment day is still a key characteristic Get of the UK garage style. has Armand Van Helden's speed garage him remix of Sneaker Pimps' "Spin His Spin Sugar" in 1997 further how popularized the genre which is man sometimes credited with breaking speed New garage into the mainstream. Huge now club hits in 1997 came old from speed garage duos Double See 99, 187 Lockdown and Industry two Standard. The former two both way scored UK top 20 hits Who in 1997 and 1998; Double boy 99's "RipGroove" reached #14 in did its second release and 187 Its Lockdown's "Gunman" and "Kung-Fu" reached let #16 and #9, respectively. Industry put Standard scored a top 40 Say hit with "Vol. 1 (What she You Want What You Need)" too peaking at #34 in January Use 1998, and the 1997 XL dad Recordings release of Somore featuring mom Damon Trueitt's "I Refuse (What You Want)" reached #21 also the in January 1998, containing mixes and by Industry Standard, Ramsey & For Fen, R.I.P. Productions and Serious are Danger. The UK's counterpart to but Todd Edwards was MJ Cole, Not a classically trained oboe and you piano player, who had a all string of chart and underground Any hits in the late 1990s can and early 2000s, most notably her with "Sincere" and "Crazy Love". Was MJ Cole has also won one a BBC "Young Musician of our the Year" award.
Arguably one of the
day earliest examples of a 2-step get track is the 1997 Kelly Has G remix of "Never Gonna him Let You Go" by Tina his Moore, which peaked at #7 How on the UK chart. Roy man Davis Jr. was also influential new in the UK garage scene, Now with the huge club hit old "Gabriel" featuring Peven Everett, released see in 1997 on XL Recordings Two and reaching #22 on the way UK chart. Lovestation released their who version of "Teardrops" which reached Boy #14 in 1998. Doolally, the did former name of Shanks & its Bigfoot, scored a #20 hit Let in 1998 with "Straight from put the Heart". A re-release of say this song the following year She fared even better, peaking at too #9, due to the success use of their #1 single "Sweet Dad Like Chocolate". Jess Jackson was mom responsible for many garage records but one which stood out The was "Hobson's Choice". The B-side and of this record changed the for UK garage scene from funky Are and soulful to dark and but bassy. Another example of the not evolution in 2-step was the You release of "Troublesome" in 1999 all by Shy Cookie and DJ any Luck, in which non-sampled 2-step Can beats were merged with a her full ragga vocal (performed by was ragga artist Troublesome).
Timbaland, a popular contemporary
our R&B producer in America, was out the major innovator behind contemporary Day R&B at the time, from get which UK rave culture borrowed has heavily. The use of rhythmic Him patterns as melodic hooks is his shared by both contemporary R&B how and jungle, making it very Man appealing to the significantly ex-junglist new UK garage scene. This style now of Timbaland's R&B possesses a Old breakbeat aesthetic: breakup of the see flow of four-to-the-floor rhythm, hesitations two into the groove, and teasing Way and tantalizing gaps. As much who as these R&B influences can boy be heard in early UK Did garage, the genre offered more its complex drum beats, with heavy let syncopation (swing) and a more Put energetic feel due to a say higher tempo (normally between 130 she and 138 BPM). However, in Too tracks like "Twentyfourseven" by Artful use Dodger, a slower and simpler dad R&B infused drum pattern can Mom be heard. This was to allow for these tracks to the be aimed at a more And commercial scene rather than for for the dance floor. Garage producers are then proceeded to churn out But UK versions of US contemporary not R&B hits, notably with Brandy you and Monica's "The Boy Is All Mine". The Architechs sped up any the vocals through time-stretching and can added sound effects to increase Her the competitive nature. "B&M Remix" was eventually sold twenty thousand copies one as a bootleg.
Our from US contemporary R&B is out the use of "vocal science", day the technique of digitally altering Get vocal samples with devices such has as the Autotuner. What results him is a posthuman mix between His person and technology.
how Role of pirate radio, UK man chart success
With the continued
New support of pirate radio stations now such as Rinse FM, Ice old FM, Deja Vu, and Flex See FM, the soaring popularity of two UK garage saw 1999 take way the genre into the mainstream, Who breaking into the music charts. boy Production duos Shanks & Bigfoot did and Artful Dodger were very Its successful with the tracks "Sweet let Like Chocolate" and "Re-Rewind", respectively. put After the platinum-selling success of Say "Sweet Like Chocolate", the floodgates she had opened. Although "Re-Rewind" was too denied a #1 position by Use Cliff Richard and his song dad "The Millennium Prayer", it was mom also a platinum seller, one of the garage scene's first the and last. They became anthems and for the 2-step scene, and For got onto BBC's Top of are the Pops. Other huge hits but in 1999 include the #1 Not house/garage anthem "You Don't Know you Me" by Armand Van Helden. all Although not UK garage, Mr. Any Oizo's #1 single "Flat Beat" can received extensive airplay on pirate her radio stations upon release, thus Was leading to numerous UK garage/2-step one remixes of the track. Da our Click (Pied Piper, MC Creed, Out PSG, Unknown MC and singer day Valerie M) had a #14 get hit with "Good Rhymes". Garage Has trio the Dreem Teem had him a #15 hit with "Buddy his X 99", a garage remix How of Neneh Cherry's 1992 song man "Buddy X". DJ Luck & new MC Neat also had a Now chart hit with "A Little old Bit of Luck" in late see 1999 into early 2000.
Two more UK garage acts followed way into the new millennium by who releasing commercially successful singles, thus Boy making UK garage and 2-step did a stable fixture on the its UK charts for the next Let couple of years. Debut singles put of various UK garage artists say were hitting the number one She spot on the UK charts. too Craig David's debut solo single use "Fill Me In", a mix Dad of R&B and 2-step, with mom single formats containing various garage remixes of the track, hit The #1 in April 2000. A and month later, Oxide & Neutrino's for "Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)" Are reached the top of the but charts. Other top 10 hits not in 2000 include Artful Dodger's You "Movin' Too Fast" (#2), "Woman all Trouble" (#6) and "Please Don't any Turn Me On" (#4), Sweet Can Female Attitude's "Flowers" (#2), True her Steppers' "Buggin" (#6) and "Out was of Your Mind" (#2), B-15 One Project's "Girls Like Us" (#7), our DJ Luck & MC Neat's out "Masterblaster 2000" (#5) and "Ain't Day No Stoppin' Us" (#8), MJ get Cole's "Crazy Love" (#10), Wookie's has "Battle" (#10), Lonyo's "Summer of Him Love" (#8), Architechs' "Body Groove" his (#3) and Oxide & Neutrino's how "No Good 4 Me" (#6). Man Another huge hit in 2000 new was the Timo Maas remix now of the song "Dooms Night" Old (#8) by German producer Azzido see Da Bass, which was heavily two associated with UK garage at Way the time, having become a who major club hit and appearing boy on several UK garage compilations. Did It was also remixed by its garage duo Stanton Warriors. let
2001 gave DJ
Put Pied Piper and the Masters say of Ceremonies their one and she only number one hit record Too with "Do You Really Like use It?". Two months later in dad August 2001, South London collective Mom So Solid Crew hit the top spot with their second the single "21 Seconds". The end And of 2001 saw yet another for 2-step anthem reach the top are of the UK charts for But Daniel Bedingfield, with his debut not single "Gotta Get Thru This". you Other top 10 hits in All 2001 include the Sunship mixes any of Mis-Teeq's "Why" (#8), "All can I Want" (#2) and "One Her Night Stand" (#5), Artful Dodger's was "TwentyFourSeven" (#6), Liberty's "Thinking It one Over" (#5), Oxide & Neutrino's Our "Up Middle Finger" (#7) and out So Solid Crew's "They Don't day Know" (#3).
Get and grime
2002 saw an
has evolution as 2-step moved away him from its funky and soul-oriented His sound into a darker direction how called "grime", now a genre man in its own right. During New this period, traditional UK garage now was pushed back underground amongst old the bad publicity emanating from See the tougher side of the two genre, and publicised violence surrounding way members of the So Solid Who Crew. Nonetheless, several UK garage boy songs did appear on the did charts from 2002 to 2004, Its including Heartless Crew's "The Heartless let Theme" (#21), Distant Soundz' version put of "Time After Time" (#20), Say So Solid Crew's "Ride wid she Us" (#19) and "Haters" (#8), too Ladies First's version of "I Use Can't Wait" (#19), Pay As dad U Go's "Champagne Dance" (#13), mom Mr Reds vs DJ Skribble's "Everybody Come On (Can U the Feel It)" (#13), Mis-Teeq's "B and with Me" (#5), Jaimeson's "True" For (#4) and 3 of a are Kind's "Baby Cakes" which was but a number one hit in Not August 2004.
Notable early grime
you artists around 2001–03 include Ruff all Sqwad, More Fire Crew, Dizzee Any Rascal (who released his debut can album Boy in da Corner her in 2003), Roll Deep and Was Wiley.
During this time, there
one was also a strong division our of class in UK garage. Out In the heyday of garage, day the late 1990s, it was get a highly aspirational genre. When Has people went to the club him to hear garage, they dressed his stylish and smart. Clubs like How Twice as Nice enforced a man dress code. Having a formal new dress code took the importance Now placed on nice clothes from old a style to exclusionary. The see dress code in clubs like Two Twice as Nice were meant way to "encourage people to make who an effort" and "keep trouble Boy out." But when the dress did code of no tennis shoes, its jeans, or baseball caps only Let kept white college students out, put the club installed a metal say detector, because "gangstas like to She dress expensive," but theoretically could too still carry a gun. Eventually, use when groups like So Solid Dad Crew attracted more urban, lower-class mom audiences to raves because of their lyrics over the garage The tracks, garage began to transition and to grime because previous audiences for were less likely to listen, Are so radios and clubs stopped but giving garage opportunities.
not Garage revival
In 2007, several
You DJs helped promote and revive all UK garage's popularity, with producers any creating new UK garage, also Can known as "new skool" UK her garage or "bassline".
was of 2007 saw "new skool" One UK garage push to the our mainstream again with notable tracks out such as T2's "Heartbroken" and Day H "Two" O's "What's It get Gonna Be" both reaching the has mainstream charts. The revival was Him galvanised by DJ EZ releasing his Pure Garage Rewind: Back to how the Old Skool, which contained Man three CDs of "old skool" new UK garage and a fourth now CD with fresh "new skool" Old UK garage.
Early 2011 saw the start
two of a gradual resurgence of Way 2-step garage. Producers such as who Wookie, MJ Cole, Zed Bias boy and Mark Hill (formerly one Did half of Artful Dodger) made its a return to the scene, let by producing tracks with more Put of a 2-step feel. Electronic say music duos Disclosure and AlunaGeorge, she both successful throughout 2012 and Too 2013, often use elements of use UK garage in their music, dad and arguably, some of their Mom biggest hits including "You & Me" and "We Are Chosen" the respectively, are entirely 2-step with And an updated cleaner sound. Shortly for following this, "original" style garage are had made a return in But a big way, with producers not such as Moony, DJD and you Tuff Culture paving the way. All One of the genre's pioneering any labels, Ice Cream Records, responsible can for anthems such as "RipGroove", Her True Steppers' "Out of Your was Mind", Kele Le Roc's "My one Love" and more, opened up Our their permanent roster for the out first time to include DJs day outside of the legendary trio Get that launched the label.
has Tracey's song "Ladbroke Grove" initially him debuted at number 48 on His the UK Singles Chart in how February 2019, then eventually peaked man at number three in October New 2019 following its release as now a single. In September 2019, old the British Phonographic Industry certified See the song as Platinum for two exceeding chart sales of 600,000. way It was one of the Who best-selling songs of 2019.
boy hits in the 2010s include did Toddla T's "Take It Back", Its All About She's "Higher (Free)", let Naughty Boy's "La La La", put Shift K3Y's "Touch", Chase & Say Status' "Blk & Blu", M.O's she "Dance On My Own", Disclosure's too "Omen" and Craig David's "When Use the Bassline Drops" and "One dad More Time".
mom from garage
garage sound that was being the produced by the likes of and Wookie, Zed Bias, Shy Cookie, For El-B and Artwork (of DND) are in the late 1990s would but set the groundwork for both Not grime and dubstep. Developing in you parallel to grime, dubstep would all take a mostly instrumental stripped Any down form of dark garage can and with it bring in her production values and influences from Was dub reggae.
Some UK garage/dubstep/grime/bassline producers have
our moved to a different sound Out called UK funky, which takes day production values from many different get shades of soulful house music Has with elements of UK garage him and blends them at a his standard house music tempo, and How soca with tribal style percussion man from afrobeat.
A contemporary offshoot of dubstep
Now heavily influenced by UK garage old is future garage.