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- 01/25/16--04:27: _Outlook Festival Gr...
- 03/22/16--06:06: _Live Report: Horizo...
- 06/07/16--08:50: _Shaun Ryder Has Wri...
- 03/03/17--02:33: _Stephen Graham Star...
- 06/15/17--01:53: _Goldie x Skepta Wor...
- 06/23/17--01:23: _Goldie May Have Jus...
- 07/18/17--09:12: _Goldie - The Journe...
- 02/27/13--03:32: Goldie Working With Flying Lotus, Burial
- 04/03/13--08:41: Outlook
- 01/28/14--06:28: Outlook 2014 - First Names Announced
- 07/07/14--07:48: Goldie To Curate 'Masterpiece' Mix
- 08/05/14--01:52: Out Now: Clash Issue 97 With Rita Ora
- 08/05/14--05:52: Alchemical Transitions: Goldie Interviewed
- 01/25/16--04:27: Outlook Festival Grabs Damian Marley, Goldie
- 03/22/16--06:06: Live Report: Horizon Festival 2016
- 06/07/16--08:50: Shaun Ryder Has Written An England Anthem
- 03/03/17--02:33: Stephen Graham Stars In Moving New Goldie Video
- 06/15/17--01:53: Goldie x Skepta Working On New Track
- 06/23/17--01:23: Goldie May Have Just Revealed Banksy's True Identity
- 07/18/17--09:12: Goldie - The Journey Man
Goldie has been working with Flying Lotus and Burial on new material.
If drum 'n' bass can be considered to have one truly defining figure, then Goldie has as good an argument as any to fit that role. As part of the Metalheadz crew the producer turned Jungle into a sparse, aggressive force - swapping its sometimes cartoonish energy for a visceral edge.
'The Alchemist: The Best Of Goldie 1992-2012' is set to be released on March 11th, but it seems that the producer is in no mood to look back. Including a new track on the compilation, Goldie has seemingly lined up a series of high profile collaborations.
Chatting to FACT, the producer said he was having a “very busy year” with “some very interesting collaborations – Flying Lotus, Photek, Burial” in the pipeline. “What do I do best?” he asked. “Working with real musicians, that’s it. I’ve kind of reinvented myself in that sense, of going back before 'Timeless'… it feels like something’s great about to happen with my own rebirth.”
Goldie expanded on this slightly during an interview with Billboard, explaining that once 'The Alchemist' is out the way he'll launch the new album. "After that comes (a new) artist album. There’s are a few names being thrown around. 'Pages' is one. That album will deal more with people like Flying Lotus, Burial, Photek, D-Bridge and Total Science."
"We’re also doing a completely notated version of (groundbreaking 1995 LP) 'Timeless' with an 80-piece orchestra and choir, and it’s a different beast. I also have an art show called 'The Lost Tribes' in September which takes my inspiration from around the world and indigenous cultures, and acknowledges where culture comes from today."
No timescale has been set on Goldie's new material.
Photo Credit: Chelone Wolf
Location: Fort Punta Christo, Croatia
Date: 27th August - 4th September
Headliners: Goldie / Andy C / The Pharcyde
Why Go? To cling onto those sunny months of hedonism by meditating on bass weight.
One of the lynchpin events of the Central European festival season, Outlook festival's reputation now extends far beyond Croatia.
A bustling, friendly festival with a genuinely wide-ranging bill, Outlook just seems to grow in size each year.
Returning this summer, Outlook runs between September 3rd - 7th with the first names on the line up being confirmed a few moments ago.
Busta Rhymes is set to appear at the Croatian event, with the likes of Goldie, Buraka Som Sistema, David Rodigan, Moodymann and more due to take part.
Elsewhere, DJ EZ will drop past Outlook, while the bill also contains appearances from Digital Mystikz, MJ Cole, DJ Premier and many more.
Check out a line up video below.
Tickets are on sale now.
Outlook runs between September 3rd - 7th.
A true drum 'n' bass master, Goldie's music continues to inspire.
With the likes of Special Request and Sully recently looking back to the days of jungle, darkcore and drum 'n' bass for inspiration, the producer has decided to step into the fray with his 'Masterpiece' mix.
The latest in the series, Goldie's mix is spread across three discs: The Alpha, Journeyman and Headzville. As Resident Advisor point out, The Alpha focusses on the producer's roots while Journeyman charts his career as a drum 'n' bass innovator.
Finally Headzville hones in on the Metalheadz imprint, featuring material from dBridge, Commix and Jubei all taking pride of place.
Goldie told Resident Advisor: "Most of these tracks have been inspiring to me in some shape or form. They're part of my life."
'Masterpiece: Goldie' is set to be released on August 18th.
We all like to think we’re in control. There are moments when life unfolds in line with how you planned it, an alignment of the planets, a reward for application and persistence. There are times when the rug is pulled swiftly from underneath us, causing an imbalance that demands finding sure footing lest you fall. Control is earned. It’s as much a frame of mind as it is a physical accomplishment.
How does one determine whether you’re in control? Well, are you happy? Have you accomplished personal goals? It’s not about your professional status, or who you can boss around; control is the ability to govern your own fate. It may not come easy, but it’s worth the effort.
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In this issue we have attempted to gather a selection of artists who have in one way or another shaped their own destiny, whether through discipline, innovation, or sheer force.
Our cover star exemplifies the scope of ambition required to succeed in the 21st century. Rita Ora has a clear vision of her future, and is resolutely pursuing her objectives while simultaneously expanding her horizons and enjoying the ride. She gets a hard time from some quarters, but despite the haters has accumulated a huge, ardent fan base, number one singles, and a little black book to die for. Our intimate interview with Rita reveals a devoted artist, and the vulnerabilities she’s learned to expose.
We also meet Benjamin Booker, Kiesza, ScHoolboy Q, Goldie and Cam’ron, artists brimming with purpose and initiative. We hear the outspoken Sinead O’Connor’s views on control in the music industry, and uncover the British acting talents with their sights set on Hollywood. We celebrate 10 years of Hyperdub Records, look back on a classic Bob Dylan album, and hear the Rock And Rules of The MC5’s Wayne Kramer. Oh, and we party hard with Andrew W.K..
And, of course, there’s the usual mix of fashion and film, including an interview with Game Of Thrones/Skins star Hannah Murray, plus the latest album reviews (led by an astounding new LP from The Bug), news and views.
Buy the new issue of Clash direct from our online shop for £3.99 (subject to delivery fees – more details on the store) HERE, or pick it up from branches of WH Smith and all good newsagents.
Cover photo: Mark Kean
Goldie is talking absurdly. And typically fast.
“There’s a great scene in La Haine, where there’s a f*cking riot going on. And then suddenly there’s a f*cking cow that walks across the street!”
The musician, actor and artist laughs before continuing: “A lot of my mates didn't understand that, but it was taken from absurdity, from the 1950s movement, and it’s when life becomes so crazy it gets ridiculous.”
It’s a hot day in July when we speak, and Jamaican Independence Day is almost upon us. We are talking to the lauded drum & bass producer ahead of his anticipated DJ set as part of Wray and Nephew’s Jamaica Rum Tings events in London and Leeds.
The (August 6th) 1962 separation of the Caribbean’s most musical of isles is a subject close to Goldie’s heart after he recently played the character Joker in a theatrical production called Kingston 14, at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. The play that saw him step out of the shadow of his James Bond and EastEnders cameo roles and take centre stage in a production that tackles both sides of Jamaica’s ecstatic and painful dawn of self-determination.
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‘Inner City Life’ (1994)
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He recalls a scene where a rival prisoner is tortured so awkwardly that the audience, despite the key juncture, often just giggled. “By default, Jamaicans have been so beaten down that when they get into a place that is so absurd then they just laugh it off,” he says. “It’s exactly what the sound systems did in Kingston. You’d go to a sound-clash, there’d be a shoot out with guns – but two minutes later they’ve got the sound back on and everything is back to normal! That is madness! But that is also the Jamaican way. Some people take that for ignorance but it’s not, it’s called survival.”
Born Clifford Price in 1965, Goldie had an upbringing with strong parallels to Jamaica’s own. Effectively left to fend for himself after his mother put him into social care, his resulting story has been a unique resurrection, often against the odds. It’s seen him wilfully adapt technology, rivalry and creativity to make his life a much better place.
“I’m educated,” he spits. “You know how? I’m educated through failure and survival.” Here is a man who openly talks about his past, often in visceral terms. “I was always this synthetic kid brought up by the establishment, and I’m not going to speak out here as you’re smart enough to read between the lines, but I was incarcerated for a very long time within my own situation. And I always had an air of feeling better than everything because I aspired, I dreamt a lot. So I was incarcerated from the age of three until 18, so if you incarcerate anything or any creature of any sorts, then stand back, and let’s see what happens.”
And it’s here that the pressure-cooker similarities between our interviewee and the topic of Jamaican self-determination bubble to the surface. Goldie repainted his future through self-expression, via an autonomic fusion of graffiti and his alchemical coercion of jungle and hardcore into a new strain of viral dance music.
And it’s not too far fetched to claim that music almost solely saved Jamaica from collapsing amidst the anarchy of independence. After the British government pulled out of their Caribbean sovereignty in an incredibly abrupt timeline, the island quickly slipped in poverty stricken chaos and violence with little infrastructure or experience for self-governance.
Yet it was the lords of sound-system culture, such as Duke Reid, Coxsone Dodd and Prince Buster, who had the ears of the people at the dawn of the 1960s. They helped guide the seething population to a calmer, more unified whole by tinkering with the DNA of Americanised R&B at lawn dances to give the world ska. Politicised and utilitarian songs such as ‘They Got To Go’ and ‘Simmer Down’ soundtracked a rising society that was in danger of ripping itself to pieces – but thanks to the safety valve of expression it retained charge of its future.
Music was the control. It transcended all the other violent bullshit. Goldie references one of his mentors to further the point of osmotic change.
“Talk to David Rodigan – ‘Squire’ or ‘The Boss’ as I like to call him. He went to Jamaica and he met Bob Marley. And he highlighted exactly what Jamaica had gone through. It was just absorbing Americanisms; absorbing gangster movies from the 1940s. Jamaica was getting too influenced by that. In the same way that Paris was influenced by hip-hop and we were all influenced by MTV – so the impact of music on a set of people is just phenomenal.”
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You are what you eat, and I’ve grown up with both underground music and overground music…
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Born to an absent Jamaican father, Goldie moved to America to chase his love of graffiti while coincidentally further indulging his Jamaican heritage. His time in Miami saw him soaking up the domino players’ skill on East 77th Street, or driving through Liberty City at 2am listening to Capleton or partying at a club called Miami Nights on 183rd Street in Carol City. But his deep-rooted love of bass first formed in the English Midlands, when he was growing up in Walsall with little to live for but the vivid music scene in the surrounding area.
“We’d go to our local reggae club, to the Half Moon club, or Whispering Willows in Wolverhampton. Then once that’s done we’d get into a three-litre Capri and drive to Derby or Sheffield and we’d go to a blues clubbing. That was massive. Blues in a yard – it’s like an illegal rave for today’s youngsters, right? So UK roots culture was huge in terms of what my upbringing was. I feel sad that people that are younger than me missed that. It’s kinda like what your granddad would tell you, and that culture is gone, it will never come back.”
Such proximity to the reggae industry, even in its rawest form of an illegal blues yard dance, ensured Goldie continued the traditions from sound-system culture. He was well placed to feed off both the Jamaican-isms of jungle and the northern grit of hardcore to help create something fresh, an evolution that spawned one of the most far reaching music genres ever – drum & bass.
Goldie is acutely aware that the musical power harnessed around Jamaican independence reverberates to this very day, a force that carried him into his work as a label boss.
“I look at dancehall music and reggae music like I look at drum & bass, like I look at graffiti and its source… no f*cker wants to know about it. Yet it’s influence? Everything comes from it. With my label Metalheadz especially, and people forget this, but ‘Metalheadz’ the name came from the acetates. Because I’d go to the Music House, go to Tubby’s (both London vinyl production studios), then I’d get a blade and cut the edge, cut the lacquer all the way till you got the plate and showed the aluminium. I remember giving (drum & bass DJ) Grooverider a dubplate saying ‘this is METALHEADZ’, and that’s where the name came from, and that came from Jamaica.”
Now 52 years after Jamaican independence and nearly 20 since the release of his seminal debut album ‘Timeless’, we’re treated to a series of fresh mixes from Goldie. Ministry Of Sound has handed over the reins of their ‘Masterpiece’ set: a triple-mix CD voyage into the history and influences of serious heads. In the past it’s featured Andrew Weatherall, David Rodigan and Carl Craig, serving a breadth of musical vision that may surprise some people.
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‘Temper Temper’ (1998)
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“You are what you eat, Goldie enthuses, “and I’ve grown up with both underground music and overground music.” His first disc tackles formative influences, the mix named ‘The Alpha’. This hears Junior Murvin rub shoulders with Terry Callier and Soul II Soul amongst many others. These are tracks that helped forge Goldie’s musical personality as a teenager.
The second mix, ‘Journeyman’, features his peers in the field of hardcore and drum & bass, with cuts from Nookie, Roni Size and Krust. His track ‘Kemistry’ is named for Goldie’s former girlfriend, a co-founder of Metalheadz and fondly remembered DJ. She sadly died in a freak car accident in 1999, when a cat’s eye flipped off the motorway and passed through her windscreen.
The third mix is a series of very modern cuts from the Metalheadz label. “I have had a very diverse life,” reflects Goldie. “I’m not sure how you get from Radiohead’s ‘Just’ to Top Buzz’s ‘Living In Darkness’, but somehow my life has resonated through many walks of it.”
It feels like everything in his life is interlinked. Hindsight has helped foreground that Jamaican sound-system culture has continually inspired the birth of jungle and, in turn, its nimble evolution at the controlling hands of Goldie to become drum & bass. Beyond this point it then warped into slick 2-step, the DIY-driven homebrew of grime, and the bass weight obsession of dubstep. “Culturally I look at jazz and blues,” he says, referring to what he’s after in new Metalheadz singings. “I look at sound systems, I look at drum & bass, I look at dubstep – each time these genres moved along we gained something from the last one.”
Goldie signs off by widening out the dialogue. He sees the amazing story of Jamaican independence as happening in other equally supressed environments.
“You could be impressed by people tapping into the electricity in the Bronx to run parties in the 1980s. I think that the sound of people taking responsibility happens. Isn’t that what happened in New York in the ’80s, after the gangs killed each other? People took responsibility upon themselves and communities pulled together. We rise from adversity on a general scale, when it comes to urban people of black origin. It doesn't surprise me, it is just survival.”
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Words: Matthew Bennett
Photos: Marc Sethi
Goldie’s ‘Masterpiece’ mix is released through Ministry Of Sound on August 18th. Find the artist online here.
This is an extended edit of an interview featured in issue 97 of Clash magazine - details and purchase links.
Outlook Festival has unveiled the first names on the line up for 2016 - with Damian Marley, Goldie and more to perform.
Part of a new generation of festivals turning Croatia into a party destination, Outlook specialises in bass vibrations.
2016 promises to be a golden instalment, with Outlook grabbing sets from reggae icon Damian Marley and drum 'n' bass pioneer Goldie.
Other names on the first line up announcement include grime don Stormzy, Andy C, broadcaster David Rodigan, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ and Little Simz.
Tickets are on sale now.
Outlook Festival runs between August 31st - September 4th. Line up:
A-F-R-O - AJ Tracey - Akala - Alix Perez - Andy C - Angel Haze - Anna Morgan (NYC) - Ant TC1 - Artful Dodger ASM -Calibre - cas is dead - Channel One - Commix - Commodo - Congo Natty ft Iron Dread & Congo Dubz -Damian Marley - David Rodigan - DJ Betty - Dj Q - Dj Spinn - DLR - Doc Scott - Dom & Roland - Dreadsquad - DRS (live) - Dub Phizix & Strategy - Dub Smugglers Sound System - Earl Gateshead - Elijah & Skilliam - Eliphino - Eva Lazarus - First Degree Burns - Flowdan - Gantz - Goldie MBE - GothTrad - GUTS - Harleighblu - Hazard - Henry Wu - Hi5 Ghost & Boofy - Hiatus Kaiyote - HODGE - Hospitality - Hot 8 Brass Band - Hucci - Iglooghost - Iration Steppas - Ivy Lab - Jack Sparrow - Jah Shaka - JKenzo - Joey Bada$$ - Josey Rebelle - Kabaka Pyramid - Kahn & Neek - Kaiju - Kano - Kode 9 - Lady Chann - Lady Leshurr - Lenzman - Levelz - Lex Luger - Little Simz - LSB - Mad Professor - Madam X - Mala - Manudigital - Marcus Intalex -Med School - Mick Jenkins - MJ Cole - Mungo’s Hifi Sound System - Noisia -Onemind (live) / DLR & Mako - Prince Fatty, Horseman & Shniece - PUSH UK - RA the Rugged Man - Randall - Rejjie Snow - Riko Dan - Sarah Farina - Section Boyz - Shy One - Silkie - Skeptical - Slum Village - Stormzy - Swindle - Taiwan MC - Tropkillaz - Tunnidge - Twinkle Brothers - Weeding Dub
Bansko is a peculiar place at the best of times. Not least at the end of the season, when it becomes overrun by mobs of UK partygoers for six days of electronic music. The small ski town in Bulgaria’s south-west corner is the setting for Horizon Festival, an event from the same crew behind Dimensions and Outlook.
Much like its Croatian cousins, Horizon offers an awful lot of bang for your obscure eurozone currency. We find two litres of beer for less than a quid and miscellaneous kebab meat for not much more. The main issue is stamina; managing to fit in a full day on the slopes and a full night’s partying, six days on the trot requires superhuman levels of energy. The locals will tell you that a diet of barbecued meat and offal soup will help with this - we’re not so sure. This year we were greeted with a load of fresh snow lining the mountain tops, which helped entice us out of bed but - with music running until 6am and kicking off again in the afternoon - power naps become a necessary means of survival.
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Horizon’s bookings are far more forward-thinking than the larger snow festivals, with a focus on fresh underground talent alongside a sprinkling of old favourites. The festival takes over all the major venues in the town (a perplexing amount of which seem to be strip clubs) and transforms them into legitimate club environments with weighty soundsystems and a slew of international DJs and label showcases. Further up the mountain, the open air Mountain Creek stage is the perfect place to finish up after a day’s snowsports. We find Craig Charles sporting a V for Vendetta ski-mask up there, performing his high energy Funk and Soul show which pulls one of biggest crowds of the weekend, as it did last year.
Hidden further into the woods is the Secret Hotel; a house party style venue with a tight network of themed rooms, each one more confounding than the last. In one room we’re invited to eat cupcakes off a naked woman on a bed while waiting for Kutmah to play downstairs. With eight different rooms to explore, many with dancefloors, it isn't hard to get lost in the hotel for hours on end.
The seemingly normal Hotel Gardenia hosts a cavernous two-floor club in its basement where we catch Moxie and John Talabot on the Sunday. Talabot’s heady, slow burning set is an enriching end to the first two days. Levon Vincent unfortunately canceled due to injury on the Monday, but that meant extended sets for Zenker Brothers and John Rust at Jack’s House, so we didn’t feel too short-changed. MJ Cole’s set at the same venue is also a highlight, despite being obscured by some superfluous exotic dancers.
Monday night also sees local hero KiNK and drum 'n' bass don Goldie going b2b in a tiny pole dancing bar - a contender for one of the strangest things we’ve ever witnessed. We’re not sure we’d go back, that is, until we realise Dan Shake is there the next night. His mix of pumping house and percussive disco samples proves a big hit, ending with some ridiculously groovy afrobeat records. Later that night Gerd Janson’s set at Flash Club is also disco heavy while also being smooth and polished, which seems apt in the mirror-clad venue.
If you’re in the market for a ski holiday-cum-dance festival, then there really is no better option and, unlike its alpine alternatives, Bulgaria’s unique character makes for tons of one-off experiences to tell the folks back home. We manage to tick a bunch of boxes we didn’t even know existed and best of all, came home with change in our pockets; a rarity for any ski holiday or festival. It’s no surprise that Horizon’s popularity continues to grow year on year.
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2017 early-bird tickets are now on sale at http://horizonfestival.net
Words: Jack Dolan
Shaun Ryder has helped craft a new anthem for the England football team.
With the European Championships almost upon us the Happy Mondays frontman has unveiled 'We Are England'.
Due for release on June 8th, the track boasts production from Paul Oakenfold and Goldie, while Ryder's Black Grape comrade Kermit lends guest vocals.
Shaun Ryder commented: "We have the youngest team in the Euros which is a good thing - when you're young you deal with things in a different way. They have to score goals and that's what they've done since they were 8 years old, so it's just another game for them. Hopefully our song will send out a positive vibe to the England fans and put a smile on there faces. We made this record for the real heroes of our country, the working men and women of England."
Check it out now.
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Stephen Graham stars in the moving new video for Goldie's'I Adore You'.
The drum 'n' bass icon is set to release double LP 'The Journey Man' later this year, a return to music from the much-loved producer.
An expansive, autobiographical return, 'The Journey Man' is preceded by a moving, complex new video.
Stephen Graham takes the lead role, and it's a complex, emotive experience driven by an intense acting performance.
Tune in now.
'The Journey Man' will be released on June 16th. Tracklisting:
1. Horizons ft Swindle
5. The Mirrored River
6. I Adore You ft. Natalie Williams (Goldie vs. Ulterior Motive)
7. I Think Of You
8. Truth ft. José James
10. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
11. The Ballad Celeste
12. This Is Not A Love Song
13. The River Mirrored
15. Tomorrow’s Not Today
16. Run Run Run
Goldie and Skepta are working on a new track together.
Now here's something... Goldie will release new album 'The Journey Man' on June 16th, and popped past Julie Adenuga's Beats1 show to discuss it further.
Asked about a few tracks that didn't make the album, the drum 'n' bass icon revealed that he has been working with Skepta.
Goldie told the host: "Even with your boy, that Skepta track is pretty deep, and I really love that track and I hope it sees the light of day, I think we’re going to do a collaboration. It was a song we did after the album, it’s coming as a limited 12, like a really limited, Boy Better Know Metalheadz, there’s always been this thing about two crews and no man is an island, and I love that project, I think it’s one of those standalone piece.”
Boy Better Know meets Metalheadz? This could be interesting.
For tickets to the latest Goldie shows click HERE.
Goldie may have accidentally revealed Banksy's true identity.
The drum 'n' bass pioneer has always been closely associated with the graffiti scene, so when the producer appeared on Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces podcast the conversation quickly turned to spraying.
Probed on the commodification of street art, Banksy said: "Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we’re sorted. We can sell it now… No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over."
Robert? This could be Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, long thought by some to sit at the head of a group of artists operating under the Banksy moniker.
Naturally, Banksy is saying nowt.
Photo Credit: Marc Sethi
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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.
Yet, the double album structure adds texture to the record’s length, avoiding monotony. Goldie clearly still owns his sound and endows it with a unique vision on ‘The Journey Man’.
Words: Ammar Kalia
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