Armand Van Helden's accidental contribution to the development of UK garage is well known; it was his fusions of chunky U.S garage drums and booming, UK-style bass that helped inspire the birth of "speed garage". Those pioneering tracks - in particular his remixes of CJ Bolland and Sneaker Pimps - take pride of place on this House Masters career retrospective. They're joined by a swathe of gigantic dancefloor hits ("Flowerz", "The Witch Doctor", "Bonkers", Duck Sauce's "Barbara Streisand"), and a selection of lesser known productions and remixes. These include a vintage, NYC garage-goes-rave rework of Kim English, an overlooked hook-up with DJ Sneak ("Psychic Bounty Killaz"), and a terrific house interpretation of Cerrone's "Je Suis Music".
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