The Patrick Cox loafers, the mad Moschino shirts and the jean suits … Ewen Spencer’s photographs bring back London’s garage scene in all its innocence – before the MCs took over.
We are surrounded by the revival of UK garage. Young ‘uns all over are repurposing the trademark shuffle in clubs and other places they go out to, or stay in at. The old faces have returned to play in new venues, or the old venues with new names. But it’s different this time. It’s either part of the house scene or mixed in with bass culture. The first time around it was its own world, as these incredible photos by Ewen show. It was a means to an end for a specific set of people: folks wanting a club that didn’t get shut down by police. Folks who were bored with drum’n'bass. Then folks who wanted it more like drum’n'bass. And then folks who got the clubs shut down by police.