This Week In Garage: MJ Cole, Sammy Virji & Todd Edwards
New Release of the Week: MJ Cole - You Got Me
Last week, we featured incredible new tracks from the fresh faces in NUKG. But this week, we’re bringing back the spotlight to garage legend MJ Cole, who just released his newest single, “You Got Me.” The track opens with vintage keys that—if you don’t know who MJ Cole is—draw listeners in with a sense of longing and then hit them with an unexpected upbeat percussive rhythm. High-pitched vocals and echoing synths latch onto the garage beat, adding another layer of bubbly romanticism. The London producer has dropped a new tune every week for the last three weeks, so maybe a larger project is on the horizon?
Mix of the Week: Meltout Crew w/ Sammy Virji on Reprezent Radio
Sammy Virji’s playful take on garage is a reason why the producer’s name has almost become synonymous with the genre. The Kiwi Records signee has consistently delivered some of the most-spun garage tunes, garnering recognition from the likes of Red Bull, Mixmag, DJ Mag, and more. This new mix with Reprezent radio proves why he’s so sought-after. It’s a brilliant slice of fun. Recorded from the station’s small London studio, the Virji doesn’t go too hard. Instead, he drops a set perfect for listening while working, when you wake up, before bed, before a party—you get it. I can’t stop listening to it. The video’s description warns: “Expect IDs, edits and pure shellers!”
Throwback of the Week: Todd Edwards - Wishing I Were Home
If you’ve been into dance music for any length, you’ve probably seen a clip of Todd Edwards playing his first UK gig in 2003. Edwards went onto TikTok a few days ago to give insight on the iconic video, joking about how he was “scared out of his mind,” “looked pregnant,” and “didn’t know how to rewind” when the audience asked him to run the track back. The track in question is “Wishing I Were Home,” released in 2001 via Defected Records. Give it a spin and see why the crowd went crazy.