Let’s cut to the chase here: It’s safe to say that garage is making has made a come back in a big way. I think maybe it’s to do with this new generation of listeners discovering garage for (perhaps) the first time; several things are happening all at once as a result:

  1. New young producers are putting out tracks which are clearly influenced by and packed full of the early 2000s UK garage vibes … The unstoppable force of Disclosure comes to mind.
  2. Those tracks, and hundreds more by relatively unknown producers, are making their way on to the larger YouTube channels and getting hundreds of thousands of views. Major radio stations, advertising agencies, record labels, promotion companies, venues, and publishers are also picking up on these tracks and bringing UK garage straight back into the mainstream conscious.
  3. It’s a pretty solid bet to say that if you go to a club night claiming to showcase new/current/cutting-edge/future music then you’re also going to hear plenty of UK garage classics too … why should us young people be the only ones having all the fun? Well, we’re not: The DJs/producers/etc that made those tracks are catching on and coming out of the word-work. They’ve either either been lying dormant for years or have been chugging along in the background but now they’re getting themselves out their again.
  4. Many of the old school DJs and producers are either reinventing themselves or are managing to demonstrate just why they were so successful in the first place by doing what they do. DJ EZ’s recent escapades in the Boiler Room demonstrate both these things pretty well.

A duo that fit snugly into my third and fourth point above are DJ Luck & MC Neat. Case in point: In 2011 they put out a re-edit of one of their most famous songs from 1999. Not ringing any bells? Well, with a bit of luck this’ll stir up some memories:

Singing along? Haha, well the 2011 re-edit is available on Mixmag’s SoundCloud.

HGR-MGR (Hugger Mugger) are the ones bringing this duo to RoXX. And, not satisfied with bringing just two UKG legends to Southampton, they’ve also got Mat Jam Lamont coming down. If you were one of the ones tuned in to that DJ EZ Boiler Room session you may remember that Mat Jam Lamont was in fact on just before DJ EZ:

Support on the night comes from BITR8 b2b K1R3Y and Ryan B. I think I said this last time but I’m sure their record bags will back packed full of garage classics as well as plenty of excellent new music.

And to finish off, some more music (this one was actually DJ Luck & MC Neat’s highest charting song in the UK, with vocals from JJ):



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Adam is a physics graduate from the University of Southampton with an interest in electronic music. He co-founded Sotonight and was involved with SEMSU and other music-related projects while at university.

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