Take a guided tour through the golden era of UK garage.
UK Garage pioneer Steven Jude aka Noodles aka half of Groove Chronicles is one of the few DJs that still carries bags and bags of vinyl around with him, refusing to conform to the digital age. Since playing one of the original Paris raves back when he was 17, he became a huge player in the London record store game before starting to produce his own tracks and eventually setting up his own label, DPR Recordings. Responsible for one of the most seminal garage tracks ever made, Stonecold, Noodles has been delivering a masterclass in the genre every time he steps up to the decks. Looking back across the genre, these are the most important garage tunes of all time...
1. Groove Chronicles, Stonecold
"This tune broke boundaries when I first played it in London's Twice As Nice nightclub in 97. The reaction was crazy. People started out completely still then they started dancing when the bass dropped. That signature bassline that everyone knows, it's a true classic..."
2. Myron, We Can Get Down (Groove Chronicles Remix)
"Myron just happened. I was working in Release The Groove Records at the time and was given the promo to listen too. I thought 'this is good', went to the studio, and produced it. I gave it to a couple of DJ's on Kiss FM (Bobbi and Steve), and with their support it got played by various DJ's across the board genre-wise. The rest, as they say, is history."
3. 187 Lockdown,Gunman
"I'm starting to play this again. I'd forgotten what a big track it is."
4. Linden David Hall, Forgive Me (Artful Dodger Mix)
"I remember playing this at Camden Palace (now Koko) at the fight night of Lennox Lewis with Lavender Holyfield and WOW it was jammed packed with people. Checkout the full mix here..."
5. Roy Davis Jnr, Gabrielle
"When I first heard this I was in Unity 2 in London and myself and the guys I worked with were like 'this a great tune!' We bought so many copies in and made sure that everyone who came in to buy records got a copy!"
6. Steve Gurley, Walk On By
"I always liked the original and when I heard this version I was blown away. The great production always gets the crowd moving."
7. Large Joint, Down On You
"Another tune I always play! Great vocal by R&B artist Brandy... it definitelyworks on a garage beat"
8. Tuff Jam Feat Tyree Cooper, History Of House Music
"The bassline on this record changed the garage scene in the mid 90s."
9. E-17, Each Time (Sunship Mix)
"Another wicked tune. I always drop it!"
10. K-Ci & JoJo, Tell Me It's Real (Club Asylum Steppers Mix)
"What can say about this tune? Sing-along party vibes all in one!"
Text Francesca Dunn