Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

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. As many goodies which would have countless of us dancin’ until the morning lights back at the time.

Unlike what it might seem at first sight, this selection isn’t about what Larry Levan happened to champion at the Paradise Garage. But more about what was then also known as the Jersey Sound. More a spirit than a proper genre as a matter of fact. Even though it no surprisingly embodied the most soulful side of a then emerging House Music back then. As many vibes which had their sanctuary, the Zanzibar with Tony Humphries at the control behind the decks. But also their so to say propeller by the likes of Abigail AdamsMovin’ Records (shop and label). Not to mention their compilations with Joey Negro‘s seminal ‘The Garage Sound Of Deepest NY’ in the series.
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. 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 track 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. This, 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 (Kerri Chandler Centrofly Mix) (Champion 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. Using fragments of Carl Bean‘s ‘I Was Born This Way’, the 1990 released ‘Dance’ stands as his signature cut. A gem which Kerri Chandler eventually pushed forward on his Centrofly Remix.
Louie Vega and Kenny Dope soon after sampled 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. With production work courtesy of 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, and 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. Eventually including 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. Domenico Gallotti aka Mimmo Mix eventually gave it an interpoloation 3 years after 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 native Patricia Daniels, better known as Adeva, went straight to recognition with her 1988 released cover version of Otis Redding‘s ‘Respect’. A cut which would be the first in a consistent series of classics during the following years. She teamed 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. But also 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 meantime, 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. A track which initially saw the light on NJ Indie label Express Records before finding a bigger home on Profile Records back in 1990. As its title suggests, a lyrically engaging jam. With Kerri Chandler co-writing it and in charge of the remix duties…
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. Therefore eleasing an impressive bunch of top quality jams. Responsible for the debut of NYC famous 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 ‘Shy Girl’ on Syncopate Records. A cut 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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