UK garage (also known as UKG) is a genre of electronic dance music originating from England in the early 1990s. UK garage is a descendant of house music which originated in Chicago, Detroit, New Jersey and New York. The genre usually features a distinctive syncopated 4/4 percussive rhythm with ‘shuffling’ hi-hats and beat-skipping kick drums. Garage tracks also commonly feature ‘chopped up’ and time-shifted or pitch-shifted vocal samples complementing the underlying rhythmic structure. UK garage was largely subsumed into other styles of music and production in the mid-2000s, including dubstep, bassline and grime. The decline of UK garage during the mid-2000s saw the birth of UK funky, which is closely related.
UK garage has along underground following on pirate radio stations, especially in London during the mid 1990s, and there was large UK commercial success with UK garage with artists such as MJ Cole, So Solid Crew, The Artful Dodger, Delinquent and others.
UK Garage has a heavy MC scene, giving the speed of the genre (around 138-143 bpm) and the urban style of the music gives MCs a good vehicle to rhyme with and there are often commercial tracks with MCs recorded onto them such as MC Neat and Neutrino.