Few names have had as much of an impact on a genre like Todd Edwards has on UK garage music. Its explosion in the early nineties coincided with the genesis of Edwards’ career, when his chopped and scattered style began seeping its way into the scene’s blueprint, until to many it was THE garage sound.
In his more than two decades in the industry he’s released a slew of original productions and remixes, not to mention collaborating with a certain famous robo-masked duo twice and winning a Grammy award.
Busy as ever, he’s currently working on a new solo album, as well as remixing and remastering his last studio album, 'Odyssey', for a re-release. In between it all, we managed to collar him for a rundown of his ten faves from the genre he had a big hand in defining.
'Spin Spin Sugar' (Armand's Dark Garage Mix)
"Armand Van Helden's classic always goes off when I play this in my set."
TJR feat. Xavier
'Just Get's Better' (TJR dub)
"Any Tuff Jam track can do no wrong, and this is one of their best."
'Put Your Hands Together'
"If I ever feel there isn't enough movement in the crowd, I'll throw this on. Never fails."
'Buddy X' (Masters At Work House remix)
"Still one of my favorites from MAW. I would lose it when I heard the organ drop in the beginning. Kenny's drum work is superb!"
"Finding an infectious synth line isn't easy, but when you find it, you've created a track with longevity."
Reach & Spin
"I don't usually like tracks with a heavy synth but this one is an exception for me."
Fully Loaded (Todd Edwards & Karl Brown) feat. Kele Le Roc
'Roll With It'
"This one never got a proper release but it was a special collab, and it's a great song."
'Make The World Go Round' (Deep Dish vocal mix)
"An addictive bass line and vocal made this House remix a classic. I still love to play it."
Roy Davis Jr
"It's so deep and soulful and the crowd still cheers when I play it."
Sound Of One
'As I Am' (Todd Edward's vocal mix)
"The dub marked the beginning of my career. More than a decade later with the studio I didn't have back in the early '90s, I found the acappella and made a full vocal remix of the dub. I really want to release this!"
Want more Todd? Edwards is taking part in two Red Bull Music Academy Lectures along with Lunice in support of the application phase for RBMA Montreal 2016. All application info can be found HERE. Today they're at the Music Room in Brighton's Royal Pavilion. You can RSVP for a spot via the links.
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