So Solid Crew

London's UK Garage Mafia

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DJ Swiss and MC Harvey of London’s So Solid Crew were early purveyors of garage, a dance music style that swept the U.K. underground, and eventually the pop charts, in the early 2000s, and preceded the grime movement that would arrive a few years later. LONDON’S U.K. GARAGE MAFIA is a compilation of songs by a variety of artists that fit under the “garage” moniker and could be heard at the time of the album's release on SO SOLID SUNDAYS, the group’s venerable pirate radio show. While some of the rapping and lyrics might sound childish, it’s the sheer intensity of the tracks--the propulsive rhythm above all--that becomes the dominant force in the songs. The album serves as an appropriate introduction to U.K. garage, and furthermore acts as a history lesson about a sound and a scene.

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