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Goldie is jungle's most recognizable face. More than any other artist he is synonymous with drum 'n' bass. Aside from owning Metalheadz, a label at the forefront of the genre's development, he has attained public notoriety... more »
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Goldie is jungle's most recognizable face. More than any other artist he is synonymous with drum 'n' bass. Aside from owning Metalheadz, a label at the forefront of the genre's development, he has attained public notoriety by producing Timeless, one of the most important LPs of jungle's first five years. Tracks like the moving, urban, epic tale of "Inner City Life"--a tale told in three movements--are among the tunes that define what jungle is. Others, like "Saint Angel," in which Goldie collaborates with fellow production wizards 4 hero, throb with virtually subliminal bass and electronic snarls. Other subdued and equally inspired items, including "State of Mind," combine live upright bass and drum instrumentation with the soulful wails of guest vocalist Lorna Harris. Timeless is exactly as the title implies--a classic. --Daniel Shumate
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Andrew M. Schirmer | Seattle, WA USA | 07/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Look no further, lads and lassies, this is the album that defined "jungle," that unsteady skittery mix of breakbeats and deep dubby base; rhythm, but no distinct rules for it. That's jungle. No mainstream artist has ever produced anything like "Timeless." The title (and first) track consists of three parts: "Inner City Life," "Jah," and "Pressure." Twenty minutes long, but it's instantly accessible. Probably one of the only jungle /drum 'n bass tracks where the instrumental part is actually more interesting than the vocal (All of the other tracks follow suit, particularly "A Sense of Rage"). No other MAINSTREAM jungle artist can do this! C'mon, we're all grown up enough here to admit that the only interesting tracks on Roni Size's "New Forms" were the ones with vocals! A brief history on the man himself...Goldie discovered breakbeats at London's Rage nightclub with his then girlfriend Kemistry and her DJ-ing partner Storm. Rage utilised reggae soundsystems and DJs like Grooverider to push breakbeats to new heights. After exposure to this, Goldie created "Timeless" in 1995 (if I may correct the previous reviewer), and formed the Metalheadz label, now one of the premier labels in Jungle and Drum 'n Bass. Metalheadz is now also a club in London where Goldie is king and top-notch jungle can be heard every week. LTJ Bukem, Alex Reece, Roni Size....nothing these guys have produced can touch "Timeless"...well, because it truly is."
Masterpiece. An Absolute Classic.
The Unassuming Local Guy | 07/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had heard of this album on numerous occasions by many fans and online reviews as being the cornerstone of the Drum 'n Bass genre. So when I got time I looked through several of the local music stores to find this album, and to my surprise I ran out of luck and out of places to look (For some reason this is one tough cookie to find!). So I ended up downloading the entire album through a file sharing network and burned it.
So one night I was stoned out of my mind and I put this sucker in, having not heard one track until I put it in my car stereo, and let me tell you......
....I was in pure awe.
I listened to both discs without skipping a single track, and the eerie silence of the time it took to change discs made life feel almost naked. It's that good.
The dark,lush soundscapes, the atmosphere that surrounds you, and the feel and the concept of the album is absolutely fantastic. It nearly made me feel as if I were transcending into space, it sounded so unreal.
From the opening crescendo of the epic 21 minute "Timeless" to the closing electonic beats of the Rabbit's Short Attention Span Edit of "Inner City Life," it's hard to believe that something made ten years ago can sound so refreshing. Some of the material on here is very moving and surreal. If you don't know what it's about, it still somehow manages to speak to you. And that is something very few artists have the ability to do, and Goldie does it. Phenomenal.
Take this "Timeless" journey and have your every sensation warmed, chilled, and turned upside down. Whatever it takes, by all means get this album.
The pinnacle of drum and bass
K. Anderson | Long Island, NY United States | 10/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd should be hanging on a wall in some museum because it's not just a collection of songs, it's a musical work of art. The emotion and creative effort that Goldie put into this cd is evident on every track. Each track has a story to tell, starting off with the 21 minute epic journey Inner City Life/Pressure/Jah that is worth the price of the cd by itself.
But don't stop there. I've had this cd for many years and every now and then I "rediscover" it and find something new. It's hard to pick favorites but I've played 'Sensual' more times than any other song in my entire life. The track is so unique in it's structure that I've never heard anything quite like it. 'Sensual' is a perfect title but there are sounds that also invoke a profound sense of longing. Just an incredibly emotional song, a piece of art really.
'Sea of Tears' is stunningly beautiful and complex. Birds, ocean sounds, and guitar give this song a nice atmospheric quality. Another unique and startlingly original composition.
'Kemistry' is a drum n' bass tour de force. Rapid drums and deep bass lines pound away and become increasingly intense as the track progresses until a frenzy of bass and drums is pounding you into submission by the end.
I could go on. There's not a weak track on the whole thing. This cd should never be out of print and it is as I write this. Goldie can be proud that he's forever left his mark with this masterpiece of modern music."