Artist, grills salesman, MBE: drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Goldie has become something of a national treasure in recent years. Notwithstanding his talent for BBC celebrity competitions, Goldie is a producer at heart. His 1995 debut LP, Timeless, is a record that lives up to its name, distilling urban aggression into eight tracks of breakbeats and soaring vocals.
Where Timeless spliced acoustic instrumentation to create machine music, Goldie’s latest LP, The Journey Man, starts with electronics. The result is a record that seems flatter and harder than its predecessors. While vocal features by Natalie Williams, José James and others evoke symphonic sensibilities, it is his more conventional, truncated drum ‘n’ bass instrumentals like ‘Prism’ and ‘Triangle’ that lack depth.
Read the rest of the review in Clash Magazine.
[This piece was published on 18/07/17]