Review : Goldie - Fabriclive 58
ResidentadvisorTapping legendary drum & bass pioneer Goldie to do a Fabriclive mix in 2011 initially may seem a bit odd. What's even stranger is how much of a triumph it is. Rather than focusing on a subgenre or his own camp of artists from his Metalheadz label, Fabriclive.58 is a thorough, relevant and diverse cross-section of contemporary drum & bass. The genre godfather flies from the poppiest material (Rido's "Twisted" and Lenzman's "Open Page" are practically pop songs) to the darkest and back again, brushing up against everything else in the process.
One of the most endearing aspects of Fabriclive.58 is Goldie's no-frills mixing: forgoing the rapidfire pace and lightspeed blends of most drum & bass DJs, Goldie has the sense to let certain tracks play out well past their allotted time when necessary. To be fair, this is partly down to Goldie not being much of a DJ. This works in his favour here, though. Marcus Intalex's stunning synth opus "Celestial Navigation" sets the tone for the mix, shimmering for almost five minutes before the mix later careens into a stretch of hastily mixed, sharper weapons like Enei's "One Chance VIP" and DJ Hazard's "Proteus."
Whenever Goldie lets one of these more accessible tracks ride out, the effect is not to kill the groove but rather to showcase the strength of the production. As Goldie envisions it here, drum & bass is not the soundtrack to angsty boys in hoodies nodding their heads, but rather a more cosmopolitan ideal of opposed subgenres and styles living in natural harmony—a place where melodies and vocals can carry as much weight as growling basslines....full text
ThemercuryIt’s blend of forward-thinking drum ’n’ bass with old-school jungle is nothing short of killer.
Goldie aims to please and this outing will not disappoint.
He launches with a trio of melodic tracks, Rido’s classical-influenced Twisted, the euphoric Celestial Navigation by Marcus Intalex, then a soulful, rolling track dubbed Lasers by Lenzman.
It’s a bit of a trick because things don’t stay soft and buttery for long.
The pace ramps up and up and up until sweat will drip from your speakers.
The mix’s most inventive tune is Crowlin by Mutated Forms with its nutty brass and loopy vocals.
The act also delivers the album’s hardest-hitting song, a Mike Tyson punch called Doubts.
The highlight is either the classy closing number, Goldie’s own mid-1990s underground hit Timeless, or the dark, dubby, stripped-back Alix Perez remix of Redemption by Icicle featuring a silky Robert Owens vocal. ...full text
PopmattersGoldie isn’t the first drum ‘n’ bass icon to attempt to reassert himself through the Fabric label in recent years. In 2009, LTJ Bukem released a Fabriclive mix after years of relative inaction. It was a fond reminder of the singular sound Bukem created, but also a reminder of how stagnant that sound had become. Now, Goldie is having a go, and the net result is about the same. Even during the glory years of drum ‘n’ bass in the 1990s, some prognosticators predicted the genre would sooner rather than later run out of room to grow. Turns out they were right.
Sixteen years have passed since Goldie’s Timeless, an album whose combination of sharp, choppy breakbeats, atmospheric synthesizers, and soulful vocals lives up to its title. As soon as the follow-up, Saturnz Return, dropped in 1998, though, critics and fans alike were already claiming that Goldie’s sound was played out. The man has continued to soldier on, however, dabbling in various other artforms and helping maintain the Metalheadz record label. A few current Metalheadz tracks feature on Fabriclive 58, joining recent drum ‘n’ bass tracks from various other labels, as well as a few mid-‘90s classics. The new stuff fits right in with the old stuff, and that’s the root of the problem.
If people have been making three-chord pop songs with drums, bass, and guitars for the last 50-plus years, what’s wrong with drum ‘n’ bass that maintains the same basic elements for less than a third of that time? Dance music has always had an unforgiving rate of change, and the coming-of-age of “techno” in the 1990s only accelerated it. Evolution is key. Get moving toward a new subgenre or niche or die. Drum ‘n’ bass, though, has offered precious few glimpses into the future. It has been played with live instruments, has been rapped over, and has become both darker and lighter in tone. But it really has not evolved, and not enough time has passed for the fashion cycle to make it trendy, even fresh, again....full text
GOLDIE Album Reviews
Sweetslyrics Top 20 Artists
- 1. Digital
Do You Think Rock Music Rocks?