- Words Cal McIntyre
One of the original Godfathers of garage, DJ Spoony presents his top 10 tracks just before the 3rd instalment of legendary Garage Classical series. Queue the playlist to your summer...
Old and new fans of the legendary DJ Spoony come together each time under one roof or open sky for his celebrated Garage Classical series. Much more than a set, the explosive live upcoming show follows past iconic venues like The Barbican and Eventim Apollo. This time around, DJ Spoony is taking the reigns at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
If you’re not already sold, the previous Garage Classical saw the og Dreem Teem member curate and mould classics such as Sticky & Kele Le Roc’s ‘The Things We Do For Love’ and MJ Cole’s ‘Sincere’. Not only that, DJ Spoony had a roster of spectacular special guests including Ms Dynamite, Mike Skinner, So Solid Crew, Nay Nay, Heartless Crew and Lifford Shillingford. All we will give away from the upcoming 3rd Garage Classical is that it’s going to be even bigger, better and more stellar.
DJ Spoony has been working alongside Katie Chatburn – esteemed composer and conductor from Ignition Orchestra. Prepare yourself to be taken on a journey through one of the UK’s most legendary genres and explore the rich amalgamation of sounds that defined an era. Fear not if you can’t make it to Garage Classical, catch DJ Spoony if you can keep up with him this summer as he continues his weekly residency at O Beach in Ibiza and his bi-monthly club night ‘Spoony’s House’ in Omeara. If you prefer the radio waves, DJ Spoony guest-presents shows on Scala FM sitting in for Trevor Nelson on Radio 2 all the whilst planning what’s to come next for his seminal Garage Classical brand.
Until the 3rd instalment of Garage Classical at The Royal Albert Hall, we got DJ Spoony to spill the beans on his top 10 tracks to tide us over. Tickets can be purchased here.
Moving Too Fast by Artful Dodger
"One of the biggest moments at the past two Garage Classical’s. The feature we have on the album will surprise a lot of people. Straight classic."
The Way That You Move by Kwaku Asante
"UK born act, this came out last year but I didn’t appear on my radar. Absolutely love it. Very soulful, special, distinctive voice. A winner."
Catch Me When I Fall by Rahsaan Patterson
"From his new album ‘Heroes and Gods'. A classic RnB offering. You can hear when an artist is only focussed on making a good record not a ‘hit’. Love it."
Burning remix feat MST by DJ Fen
"Some UKG from one of the scene’s original players. Sounding fresh whilst maintaining it roots in the genre. Well played Fen."
Rolling by DJ Smasher
"If UKG is your thing, you’ll know about this. Smash has got a lot of music on production AND an it’s MC led….see, it can be done."
Sign O' The Times (Album) by Prince
"Why? Cause I always listen to this. It's my favourite album of all time. I always hear something else."
I Can't Help It (Off The Wall) by Michael Jackson
"Why? Cause I always listen to this. Its my second favourite album of all time. Thank you Quincy."
Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven
"Since doing Garage Classical I’ve been listening to more classical music and this piece is beautiful yet sad."
Deep Down Inside by Karl Brown and Paul Benjamin ft. Lifford
"Came out earlier this year, a big tune for me. Between them these guys have been responsible for some of my favourite garage tracks. Proper."
Garage Classical at Hammersmith Apollo
"Listening to the set from our last live show to see how I can make it better for The Royal Albert Hall. Still gives me Goosebumps hearing it."