G IS FOR GOLDIE

Time for drum and bass pioneer Goldie. UK drum’n’bass owes much of its success and popularity to Goldie, not least through his work on the Metalheadz label.

 

Clifford Joseph Price, better known as Goldie (born 19 September 1965) is an English electronic music artist, DJ, and (iffy) actor. Born in the UK, he had a difficult childhood and spent time in the USA before returning. The first superstar produced by the jungle movement, Goldie popularized drum’n’bass as a form of musical expression. Though he hardly developed the style, and his later reliance on engineers like Rob Playford and Optical puts into question his true musical importance, Goldie was one of the first personalities in British dance music and broke drum’n’bass to a wider audience. His gold teeth and b-boy attitude set him apart from the faceless bedroom boffins that are the norm in IDM.

 

After spending several years working on his production skills at Reinforced Records (the home of 4hero), he founded Metalheadz Records, which released seminal dark-yet-intelligent singles by Source Direct, Photek, J. Majik, Optical, Lemon D, Wax Doctor, and Peshay, among others. In 1995, Goldie released Timeless, one of jungle’s first and best full-length works. The album put him squarely at the top of the drum’n’bass heap – at least in the minds of critics and mainstream listeners – though his follow-up, SaturnzReturn, displayed an ambitious, personal side of Goldie hardly in keeping with jungle’s producer mentality and it bombed with critics and fans. He went off to try his hand as an actor but more recently has returned to music.

 

Goldie – Believe (VIP Mix)

 

Goldie – Believe (Original Mix)

 

Goldie – Timeless (Inner City Life) live

 

Metalheadz website

 

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~ by acidted on June 27, 2009.

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