Given the current fashion for both UK funky - itself a reinvention of classic speed garage - and new house records inspired by old US garage, it seems a fitting moment to revisit a long-forgotten early British garage 12" from 1994. Partly produced by Grant Nelson and released on his Nice 'N' Ripe label 18 years ago, Dub Essentials Part 1 is something of a time capsule - an early example of US garage being given a distinctly UK twist. While some tracks are typical of USG at the time - see "Feelings Mutual" and the formidably skippy drum track "Gone Tracks" - others feature the deep, wobbling basslines and vocal edits that would later become a UKG trademark (most notably "Deeper" and "Scatter").
This appendix to 2562's recent album Fever takes "Aquatic Family Affair", arguably the biggest track from the LP, and delivers an extended recut. The track itself is a sublime garage-techno hybrid of the highest order, as a deep, bass pulse throbs between a skittering beat, and huge organ chords flow across the surface. There's nothing massively different from the album version, but it does provide a DJ friendly version with slightly extended drums. The B-Side is occupied by an epic Shed remix of "Wasteland", taking the playful tone of the original and turning it into a typical warehouse rattler complete with alien sound effects buried deep within the reverb. Taking the already skeletal original and somehow adding a much greater sense of scale, Shed uses the percussive components as a backbone, straightening out the rhythm with a huge kick drum, and giving the whole thing a much moodier vibe by dropping some huge chords at just the right moment.