Goldie (real name: Clifford Price, 1965-present) is a British electronic artist best known for his work in making drum'n'bass what it is today. Goldie's early contributions included the founding of Metalheadz, a DnB record label that brought a more polished, consistent quality to compliations, and the accidental invention of timestretching on his first single, "Terminator." It wasn't until 1995, however, that he made perhaps his biggest contribution. His first album, Timeless
, brought the jazzy, so-called intelligent side of drum'n'bass into the limelight with its complex breakbeats and diverse influences that drew especially from R&B. For the next three years, intelligent drum'n'bass was the sound of black inner city life, all the more fitting considering "Inner City Life" was the first single of his to really get airplay.
Goldie released a follow-up album, Saturnzreturn
, a Genre-Busting
album that couldn't quite live up to the high expectations his fine debut made, and an opening track that ran sixty minutes long
didn't help. Afterwards, he put out one more EP before pursuing a career of acting, most notably in The World Is Not Enough
. He still runs Metalheadz to this day.
Tropes exemplified by Goldie and his music include...
- Adaptation Distillation: The VIP mix of "Mother" takes the aforementioned infamous sixty-minute track, cuts down pieces of the middle portion, and sets it to a new drum track, making for a much saner length of 7;24.
- Badass Boast: From the VIP mix of "Digital": "We will be here forever! Do you understand?"
- Buffy Speak: Goldie is by all accounts a thoughtful and creative man, but thanks to his chaotic upbringing he didn't really learn the Queen's English. In interviews he usually comes off as talking this way because he simply can't get the ideas out of his head fast enough.
- Epic Rocking: The first track of both of his albums is the longest of each. On Timeless, it was the title track, which ran 21 minutes. Satunrzreturn had "Mother", which took things too far. Arguably, it wasn't so much the album that disappointed, it was Mother's presence.
- Genre-Busting: Timeless took the already rave and reggae-influenced genre of drum'n'bass and added in symphonic strings and R&B vocals. Saturnzreturn went all-out, experimenting with nearly every genre Goldie could get his hands on.
- Genre-Killer: Saturnzreturn is by no means a bad album, but when it was released it came after a glut of Timeless clones, and "Mother" didn't help matters. After that album, drum'n'bass lost its commercial success until the release of Hold Your Colour.
- Hypocritical Humor: At the end of "Temper Temper," a song reminding the listener to calm down, Goldie yells, "Fucking temper!"
- Trope Codifier: For intelligent drum'n'bass, and arguably the genre as a whole.