Love It’s really pretty incredible that after 20 years, the influence of the UK Garage is still very present.
From its early incarnations around 1994, British Garage has had a huge impact over urban music in the UK with artists like Dizzee Rascal, Burial, Wiley, The Streets, Ms Dynamite.
It has achieved both underground and commercial success and manages to keep going in mini-cycles of pop crossover and undeground credibility.
The family tree of UKG’s sub-genres is an absolutely fascinating piece of modern music history.
In 20 years it has either directly created or influenced: 2step, Speed Garage, Dubstep, Bassline, Grime, UK Funky and not to mention all the other genres it influenced outside of the Garage spectrum.
Classic Garage undertones are still being felt in the present underground music landscape with the new wave of artists like SBTKRT, Jacques Greene, Disclosure, CRST, Falty DL, Mosca, Preditah and tons of others all paying homage to the roots of UKG.
The history of UK Garage recap is an ongoing project which we continue to add to and will keep on improving.
The focus here is about the music itself and a little bit less about the legendary clubs, radio DJ’s, pirate radio stations, etc.
Those are also interesting subjects but we had 20 years of music to cover so we focused on that.
And yes, we are aware that we might have missed a few anthems here and there…If you have some feedback, feel free to let us know and we’ll make this the best article we can!
The origin of what we call Garage music today opened in the late 70’s & 80’s PG was initialy an actual Parking Garage turned into a LGBT club in New York city where legendary iconic DJ Larry Levan used to play an eclectic blend of soulful music.
Club Zanzibar, Tony Humphries & The New Jersey Sound Solidified by a series of compilations released in the UK in the late 80’s under the title The Garage Sound, this became the recipe for describing US Garage: soulful house vocal emanating from the US, usually New Jersey.