Monday, 31 March 2008

Garage Classics (Ministry Of Sound)

V/A - Garage Classics: Mixed by the Wideboys (Ministry Of Sound)


What, with the resurgence of a British style of garage in the shape of bassline and the acceptance of ‘funky house’ by the ‘urban market‘, it seems like a perfect time to revisit Garage Classics of yesteryear and celebrate a ‘new‘ style of music. Bassline is the spiritual heir to the garage and 2-step sounds of the late 90s and early 00s, due to its quick tempo, song type and MC vocals, 4:4 beats and big b-lines. It has much more in common with the 2-step and UKG sounds than that of the darker grime or mathematical dubstep. Wideboys, who’ve been around for a number of years as a production duo ad DJ team, get the opportunity to mix this 72 track compilation, which moves from track to track at a frightening speed. Thankfully, the tunes from the late 90s seem to have aged pretty well, but we’ll have to wait and see how many bassline tunes stand the test of time. Disc 1 features mainly R&B influenced vocal records, many of which became pop hits in the late 90s and early 00s. Highlights include the Bump & Flex mix of Indo’s questioning R U Sleeping, Tina Moore’s faithful Never Let You Go and Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson’s key touched Moving Too Fast. Disc 2 focuses on some of the unashamedly dancefloor material from the past, where the vibe was darker, the bass was king and the influence of pitched-up US house records was undeniable. Highs include Somore’s infectious I Refuse - What You Want, The Astrotrax Team’s brilliant The Energy and Double 99’s bass driven RIP Groove. Disc 3 brings proceedings up to date with a selection of bassline tunes, which shows the similarities between this genre and earlier garage incarnations. Winners include the Wideboy’s own punishing What You’re Thinking (Maximum Bass Remix), D’Explicit feat. Nana’s desireful Lose Control and Jamie Duggan’s storming 4:4 Remix of Rachel M’s Losing Me. This comp is a great popular garage retrospective, which also shows where bassline has come from and where it the sound is currently at.


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