Wednesday, May 24, 2017

10 essential Garage classics…

10 essential Garage classics10 essential Garage classics… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how Club Music would definitely not havin’ sounded the same without these Gospel fueled uptempo R&B jams which have had countless of us dancin’ until the morning lights… As a result, many are those we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely been worth a mention.
No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive, most likely due to find an extension later when the right time comes. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly emotional pieces of art where the quality predominates, be it in terms of melody and arrangements. Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you, with your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome.

10 essential Garage classics / The Underground Solution – Luv’ Dancin’ (In Deep Mix) (Strictly Rhythm)
A four time DJ Awards winner for ‘Best House DJ’ in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2007, Roger Sanchez, also known as Roger S or the S-Man, made the sensation back in 1990 with this hypnotic deep joint standing as one of the biggest classics on seminal NYC House Music label Strictly Rhythm…
10 essential Garage classics / Earth People – Dance (Apexton Records)
One of the most underrated geniuses of all time, Joey Longo, better known as Pal Joey is the ‘typical fruit’ of a New York cosmopolitan culture. Working back then at Vinylmania, he almost embraced everything from Hip-Hop to Rave culture, collaborating with KRS-One or The Orb, meanwhile crafting his own style. Built on a sample of Carl Bean‘s ‘I Was Born This Way’, the 1990 released ‘Dance’ stands as his signature cut, itself soon after sampled by Louie Vega and Kenny Dope on Black Magic‘s ‘Dance (Do That Thing)’ on Strictly Rhythm…
10 essential Garage classics / Ceybil Jefferies – Love So Special (Tony’s Extended Mix) (Atlantic)
Turned into one of the Zanzibar’s anthems by DJ resident Tony Humphries who remixed it. Taken from Ceybil‘s 1991 released ‘Let The Music Take Control’, a song co-written by Tony Varnado, responsible for the classic ‘The Flower’ under his Mello House guise, and produced by Renato Pearson, himself responsible for the ultra sought after ‘Sunday Afternoon’ as Rudoupho
10 essential Garage classics / Turntable Orchestra – You’re Gonna Miss Me (Music Village Records)
Released back in 1988, most likely the biggest classic to be credited to DJ/producer Hippie Torrales. An infectious Piano led jam fueled with Latin influences, talkin’ about the lies punctuating at times a relationship, with Anna Quiñones featuring on the phone rap. A cut which Joey Negro licensed on his Republic Records label back then and eventually included on the vol. 1 of his ‘The Garage Sound Of Deepest New York’ compilation, along with Phase II‘s ‘Reachin’…
10 essential Garage classics / Phase II – Reachin’ (Brotherhood Mix) (Movin’ Records)
Released back in 1988 on Abigail Adams‘s seminal Movin’ Records label, one of the absolute highlights of the vol. 1 of ‘The Garage Sound Of Deepest New York’ compilation put together by Joey Negro, this early work by no one else but Blaze on their original line-up (Josh Milan, Kevin Hedge and Chris Herbert) together with Vincent Herbert (Chris‘s brother) who would soon after produce R&B, and Jerry Edwards. Eventually given an extrapolation 3 years after by Domenico Gallotti aka Mimmo Mix on ‘My Way’
10 essential Garage classics / Paul Simpson Featuring Adeva – Musical Freedom (Free At Last) (Extended Freedom Mix) (Cooltempo)
Back to the forefront after a long hiatus along with Louie Vega on ‘I Deserve To Breathe’, Patterson, NJ-born Patricia Daniels, better known as Adeva, went straight to recognition with her 1988 released cover version of Otis Redding‘s ‘Respect’ which would be the first in a consitent series of classics during the following years. She would eventually team up with Disco / House producer Paul Simpson on this extra gem embedding samples of Martin Luther King‘s famous “I Have A Dream” Speech as a part of The March on Washington back on Aug. 28, 1963, and Toney Lee‘s Disco/Funk classic ‘Reach Up’.
10 essential Garage classics / Dee Dee Brave – My My Lover (Movin’ Records)
Released in 1990; Another of those timeless jams belonging to New Jersey legendary record shop and label Movin’ Records, and here again the biggest classic ever by the likes of Dee Dee Brave who eventually released an album the year after on UK label Champion Records. And, in the mean time, one of the most nagging jams produced by Kerri ‘Kaoz’ Chandler
10 essential Garage classics / Teulé – Drink On Me (Express Records)
One of the (only) two singles by the likes of House Music vocalist Teulé Brown and definitely his most noticable. Initially released on NJ-based Indie label Express Records prior being licensed to Profile Records back in 1990. As its title suggests, a lyrically engaging jam co-written and remixed by Kerri Chandler
10 essential Garage classics / Mello House – The Flower (The Blossom Mix) (Maxi Records)
Maxi Records label CEO Claudia Cuseta had without a single doubt one of the most beautiful ears of the 90’s releasing an impressive bunch of top quality jams. Responsible for the debut of NYC defunct production pair Mood II SwingUrbanized feat. Silvano‘s ‘Helpless’ – among others, she also put out the magnetic ‘The Flower’ by the likes of Mello House which stands as producer Tony Vanardo‘s signature cut…
10 essential Garage classics / LaChandra – Just Started (Movin’ Records)
New York-based singer LaChandra‘s follow-up to the 1987 released ‘Shy Girl’ on Syncopate Records, and almost sounding like autobiographical for an artist who would also do backing vocals for Blaze. The latter being responsible for the production of this jazzy/funk synth-led gem on Abigail Adams‘s Movin’ Records…

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9 Comments on 10 essential Garage classics…

  1. As an old PG head, I see most of the tracks mentioned were after the “twi-light” years of the PG. Nothing from 77-82. If I were the writer, I’ve would have sought the advice of someone who was there. Someone who lived the PG and someone who could have suggested tracks before they closed in 1987. IJS….

    • You’re mosdef right whenever considering Garage as the PG, Ralph. Nevertheless Garage was also used as a denominator for the Jersey Sound which appeared by the end of the 80’s. That sound which Tony Humphries heavily championed back then at The Zanzibar. This explaining why no tracks from the period you mentioned has been listed there. Hopin’ this makes sense to you. Feel free if inclined to send us your list for a future topic about the PG. Peace 😉

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