THROWBACK THURSDAY: Double 99 — Ripgroove [May 1997]

Speed Garage was one of those short-lived movements that proved a crossover success on any type of dancefloor – mixing the heavy bass rhythms of mid 90s handbag house with slamming breakbeats.

Arguably the stand out track of the three-or-so-year-long genre was 1997’s Ripgroove by Double 99, aka UK garage legend Omar Adimora and Tim Liken, later to achieve fame as Tim Deluxe.

Released on Satellite Records and later on Skint, Ripgroove borrows a snippet of the classic Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden Mix) by CJ Bolland, a dash of Kenny Dope Gonzalez and a smidgen of vocalist Tina Moore, and creates a dub house stomper that still sounds like it could be dropped into any set and send the crowd into ecstasy.

As one commenter on Discogs put it, in true Ibiza Uncovered-style, “The original mix here definitely deserves an ‘Oi Oi!!’”

We wholeheartedly agree… 🙂

[Kudos to Clubb Guide for the YouTube upload]

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