History repeats itself, and dance music is not immune to this, albeit cliché, absolute truth. As everyone begins to adopt the fashion stylings of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Beverly Hills 90210, dance music is following suit in returning to the ‘90s—the decade that saw the rise of UK garage.
In a nod to the legendary Paradise Garage, the name “speed garage” was coined by UK DJs who were playing American soulful house at a higher tempo. It was marked by heavier basslines, shuffling hats, sampling and pitch-shifting of soulful, R&B vocals, and its lack of adherence to the strict 4/4 beat.
In the UK, artists like MJ Cole and Artful Dodger helped make it a mainstream sound—and they still hold it down today—while artists like the Stanton Warriors defined the sound anew for the underground in the early 2000s. They ran with the breaks vibe to create something entirely fresh and funky.
Over the years, it has broken off and influenced all forms of bass-heavy electronic music, including 2-step, breaks, dubstep, hardcore and grime. Its recent resurgence can be partly attributed to the massive success of artists like Disclosure bringing this classic sound back into the conversation. Of course, from the depths of the underground, a sometimes darker, but always dirty, sound has emerged: bass house. While this edgier, more jackin’ style of house music is deeper than the big room sounds that have ruled the main stage for the last decade, it isn’t exactly deep house. But whatever you decide to call it—G-house, bass house, deep house, garage, jackin’ house—it’s got the goods, and it is making us move.
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