A Landmark event for this style of Garage?
The term “Garage House” is quite a divisive one in 2019, according to wikipedia its origins can be classified as such:
Garage house (originally known as “garage music”; also “New York house”) is a dance music style that was developed alongside house music. Garage, which had a more soulful R&B-derived sound, was developed in the Paradise Garage nightclub in New York City and Club Zanzibar in Newark, New Jersey, United States, during the early-to-mid 1980s. New York’s garage music scene was distinguished from the “house” umbrella. DJs playing this genre include Tony Humphries, Larry Levan and Junior Vasquez.
Garage led to other styles of music such as speed garage and UK garage.
Nowadays it is being championed by some, as a way to distinguish new House and Garage music, from new UKG. With the term UKG being so broad in style encompassing everything from Bass, to Grime, to 2 step; Garage House is a much narrower version of Garage that takes inspiration from the sound of the 90’s and is closer in style to US Garage and House than UKG. It is not without controversy with many DJ’s against the idea of what they call ‘rebranding’.
Lets jump back a bit and have brief reminder as to how the term has made a comeback.
As we know Garage had its underground birth in the US and spread across the pond to the UK in the early 90’s. From a flourishing Underground scene, Garage in the UK went on to become a cultural phenomenon. This was encompassed by Warner Musics CD series Pure Garage:
In January 2000, Warner Music chose Kiss 100’s DJ EZ to mix Pure Garage, a new garage compilation CD. Pure Garage went on to receive platinum record sales and peaked at number 2 in the UK national compilation chart. The Pure Garage series is the most acknowledged and best-selling UK garage compilation series to date. The Pure Garage series has sold over 2 million records. Pure Garage Rewind Back To The Old Skool was released on 3 December 2007; after just two weeks on sale it had already earned itself Gold disc status with over 100,000 copies sold
After this point at the end of the 2000’s I’am sure we all know Garage music went into decline for reasons that we do not have time to discuss here. But while the mainstream steered away from Garage, those that truly loved the music, stuck with it and returned to the Underground.
For many years in the 2010’s this is where it remained, but for those patient music fans that hung on, the music started creeping back into the clubs. Slowly but surely a new wave of promoters began emerging, with a new generation of ravers listening to the music we grew up on. A renaissance in the music we love was upon us, bolstered by a new Bass sound thats helped spread UKG to a fresh audience. However this type of Garage was not for everyone. With many still preferring the 4×4 style of early House and Garage. Out of the limelight traditional Garage tracks began to find an audience without the publicity or club presence. As demand grew more and more producers started making this style of Garage with a more traditional 90’s inspired sound, and the term Garage House became associated with it. As mentioned previously the term was used as a way to differentiate from UKG, and illustrate that this type of Garage was of a certain category. This led to new events springing up trying to push these new tracks, with Listeners Choice, the Garage House, and Sub London being among the first.
Now Warner Music have seen potential in this market and have released Pure Garage House, mixed by DJ Fen.
The UK’s No.1 dance and urban music brand Pure returns with: Pure Garage House Mixed by DJ Fen featuring the very best of classic US & UK style garage house. It’s the anticipated return of the original and best-selling Garage series of all time with over 2 MILLION units sold since the first Pure Garage album was released at the end of 2000.
Pure Garage House delves into the hottest sound in house right now the knockout combo of Garage and House for an album packed with a mix of upfront future anthems plus underground classics with 66 tracks over 3 CDs.
Now for those that are fans of this form of Garage, this is a pretty big deal! With what Warner have achieved in the past in their series of CD’s this will hopefully open up this niche style to a much wider audience. It signifies that that this part of the genre is ready to take its place again amongst the clubbing world. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more club nights of this type popping up in the near future and that the producers in this field will hopefully see an upturn in sales. Whatever you want to call it, ‘House & Garage, ‘Garage House’, or just ‘Garage’ its on the way back