A very exciting release from up and coming imprint Ako Beatz, not least because it features a scarce studio offering from the legendary GOLDIE! Cold Mission is first up to the plate with a heavy hitter, synth work reminiscent of "Champion Sound" is driven forward by some rough jungle breakbeats, chopped with laser like precision. The godfather Goldie's long awaited return to production does not disappoint. The warm bassline and tribal loops will have the ravers bubbling like a shaken bottle of Lucozade. Double 0 demonstrates his jungle heritage with space age atmospherics and skipping beats that harp back to the glory days 90's jungle, "New Skank" it sure is but it's one that clearly knows it's history. Last but certainly not least Threshold's "Bad Nah Bloodclart" is a dark roller with an eerie hook perfect for a grimey 4am set.
Not content with serving up one of this year's best LP length examples of electronic music fusionism as part of Ivy Lab, Laurence Reading has also made great strides with his solo output as Halogenix. After a continual stream of Halogenix 12"s for the likes of Critical and Dispatch, Reading landed on Metalheadz earlier this year with All Blue, a four track single that felt right at home on the label. The relationship between Halogenix and Metalheadz is strengthened further as he goes toe to toe with Goldie on this Broken Man 12". Up top is the Goldie's pensive original, with the production clearly presented as the musical backdrop for those mournful vocals. For the remix Halogenix plays on this mood, yet teases a bit more of a dancefloor vibe out of the track.
Marking the 100th release on the legendary Metalheadz imprint, label boss Goldie steps up with this iconic release. "Freedom" incorporates stunning vocals from protege Natalie Duncan and breathes fresh life into the contemporary D&B scene, by pairing swooning instrumentals with punchy, rattling jungle breaks, pulsating bass and plenty of empowering atmospheric sweeps, all the while maintaining a unique vision. The accompanying video is worth a watch too, depicting Goldie escaping from closed walls and entering an enlightened state. Don't miss out on this one!
FACT: Being knighted with an MBE doesn't affect your gully abilities. Case in point: Goldie's return to his original Rufige Kru guise. First up, SCAR shake up his 1992 classic "Dark Rider". Maintaining the deep bass plunges, twisted paranoid feels and staccato detuned riff while polishing the production and rebuilding the drums, it's a near-on perfect example of remix craft. Then comes the VIP: 2000's "Beachdrifta" gets the future treatment. All the beauty and bliss of the intro are present but now come with added raw soul as Cleveland Watkiss adds his haunted cries and that drop gets a turbo charged sheen into pure back-hunched drama. Incredible.
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