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Timeless

Goldie

1995

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Timeless
Album Summary

Timeless is the debut studio album by British electronic musician Goldie. It was released on 31 July 1995 and is universally regarded as a groundbreaking release in the history of drum and bass music. The album blended the complex, chopped and layered breakbeats and deep basslines of jungle and drum and bass with expansive, symphonic strings and atmospherics, and female vocals.

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2.54

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  • Electronica

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

Missing the "Not" at the beginning of this title. Hard pass.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
1

Yeah, if ever there were an argument for revising the list of 1001 albums you must hear, it's this unfortunately titled record from Goldie. From the opening 20-minute track that, surprise, does not need to be 20-minutes, it sure does sound like jungle-whatever from 1995. It would be easy to pile on to a genre of music that does absolutely nothing to me, but it's no fun being mean-spirited. I'll just say that there are records from this era that have really aged well, that sound like they could have come out any time in the past few decades, that I could see myself listening to in another decade. This is not one of those records.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Best enjoyed with illicit drugs or after suffering blunt force trauma to the cranium. For very low IQ individuals only

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Fri Jul 16 2021
1

1.6 - The type of bullshit Jeremy and Super Hans from "Peep Show" were into. "This is a Bad" by Goldie might as well be called "This is Outrageous" by Jeremy Osbourne. At best, some (2? 3?) of the tracks might work as background music for an outdated hotel lobby. The rest are junk. What a complete and utter SLOG. Shitty fucking album cover, too

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

It is very rare that a 10+ minute track earns its length, even in classical music or jazz, much less pop, so when I saw that the first eponymous tune on Timeless clocked in at 21:02, I was like "Uh, oh." Uh, oh indeed. The track starts out with godawful, ugly orchestra synth swooshes before some breakbeats kick in. I've gotta be honest. This kind of dance music has to be really creative and innovative before I can enjoy it and this music is just nothing special. At least Goldie is lucky enough to have a decent singer in Diane Charlemagne, although the melodies are pretty remedial. Actually, remedial is a good description for the entire track and this goes on for 20 fucking minutes. Good God! Given that the title track is obviously the centerpiece of the album, it would have been a miracle if the rest of the album was an improvement. Alas, a miracle was not forthcoming. Goldie makes The Knack look cerebral and deep.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

It was a day at work today, but you know what is great for cranking through the inbox? This album. Put it on, let the drum and bass set the groove, and zone into what needs to get done. This is adult adderall. I put it on when driving to lunch, and it wasn’t so interesting. But that’s not the point. This is an album with a specific purpose. And when heard through that acoustic lens (it’s a thing…and it sounds cool), this album deserves recognition.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Goldie's influence on D'n'B cannot be overlooked, but oddly enough his tunes have never been ones I've really loved compared with other producers. But I do recognise that if it wasn't for him, then some of the artists I prefer may not have existed. Was fun to listen to a whole album of his stuff as I wouldn't have if it wasn't for this.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Classic album. Created the foundations of an entire genre. You can't knock it's importance and you have to remember it's over 25 years old! Also, important to remember Rob Playford's involvement! Plus RIP Diane Charlemagne. 9/10

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Man, does this take me back. Most of the 90s music that has come up so far have been things I have heard at least a bit of in the intervening decades. I didn't listen to Goldie or drum and bass until 98/99, then listened to it a lot for 4-5 years, and then haven't touched it since then. But it sure is familiar - took me back to that time about as much as it could without drugs and JNCOs. My good friend, who used the unfortunate moniker DJ Goon, used the first track in one of his mixtapes. "Inner city life/inner city pressure" immediately felt familiar - and missed! "Timeless" works great as background, but it rewards closer listening. Just as it settles in too much and gets too repetitive, it hits you with a break that just washes over you. Drum and bass presented an incredible leveling up of ambient music. Brian Eno walked so Goldie could run.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
1

Self indulgent, overwrought, journeyman drivel

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Fri Dec 24 2021
1

What the actual hell did I just listen to? Two hours of pointless, repetitive noise is what. The first track "Timeless" (a 25-minute drum loop) is clearly the title track. However, it should be the fourth track that gave the album its name: "This Is a Bad." What a trash album.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

This is, indeed, Timeless. What a FANTASTIC album to just put on and forget about everything else. The first track is over 20 minutes long; the second is over 7. This is a LONG album that you can just keep playing. Also, definite heads-down coding music, which will always push it toward 5-star territory for me.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

I really don’t like Goldie as a person. Might be an irrational hatred, I dunno. But whenever I see/hear him interviews I think he comes across as a massive prick. So I’ve never really been that fussed about exploring his music. This album was good though, a lot more tuneful in places than I thought it would be. The first track is pretty self indulgent in length, but Inner City Life is a tune so I forgive.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Yeah, I dig this. Great beats, inventive sounds, clever mixture of instruments. A nice add to my collection.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

‘Timeless’ is a staggering record. It’s widescreen in every sense. The production is amazing, and on a proper system it will blow you away. It still sounds vital, alive, and important all these years later. It’s not perfect: it’s way too long, and parts of it haven’t aged well, but you certainly can’t fault it for its sprawling ambition and cinematic scope. It’s smooth, silky, slinky, jazzy, dubby and warm and succeeds for the most part because its sound is so accessible. ‘Timeless’ was the record that made jungle/drum & bass sound legitimate to the masses, and in its best moments it’s mesmerising, well and truly transcending its club roots.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
2

Yet more British ephemera that seems to just characterize so much of this list. The beats are really good, complex, and the drum textures just make is sound so expansive; but that’s not why I listen to music. This would be great at a party or in the background of a modern JRPG. Favourite track: “Angel”

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

It's Drum & Bass. Its a 5! Legendary album.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

When I first heard this when it came out, Timeless was like entering another world. There were echoes of trance and jungle but this was so much more. The depth. The build ups. This was punk as f**k and furious cloaked under a veneer of something Mellow

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

Amazing album, I wasnt sure if I would like it from the first 5min of the opening track, but it sounded stellar. My parents listened to Goldie a lot growing up so i knew what to expect, it still impressed me. its a kind of genre I termed myself called trackmania music. Felt like I was floating with the stars

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Sun Jun 25 2023
5

Drum and Bass and Jungle are very much uncharted genres for me. But this record really impressed me! The big opening track with beautiful vocal accompaniment and orchestral sweeps. Even the songs that are more hard hitting. This is going to be one of the records throughout this journey I enjoyed most to discover! 9 out of 10

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Tue Nov 10 2020
4

Surpreso com a qualidade de produção e por ter gostado de muitas músicas, mesmo não sendo um estilo que costumo ouvir. Álbum enorme, com músicas de 20, 12, 10 minutos. Músicas destaque, principalmente as com vocais femininos: - State of Mind - Sea of Tears - Angel - Inner City Life

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Yes. I enjoyed very much. A little stale THIRTY years after it was released, but a great respite from the traditional sounds on this list. What happened to this guy?

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Oh boy, this is good. I went through a short DnB phase as a teenager, but that led me into breakcore, then IDM and techno. There's only so many rabbit-holes you can go down, so I never really made it back to much DnB or jungle. All the beat arrangements and the bass lines are great here. There's not a huge amount of melody on top - some occasional piano loops, etc. What Goldie largely does is layer up ambient textures. But instead of making ambient music with beats, the end result here is really lively and drum-driven, with the ambience giving it a floaty, cerebral quality. For many of these tracks, I felt like I was just a brain and a pair of ears floating in a jar of music. There's some bassy, noisy elements as well, to give some rougher edges. For me, the only weak point is the lack of variety in the vocals or vocal samples. Sometimes they verged on the cheesier side of house music for me. But they normally fit with the track and are arranged really well in the track, so it's a small grumble. For this corker, a solid 4.5*.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

I quite liked listening to this! It was a total departure from what I'm used to, but I totally got into the groove. I had never heard of 'drums and bass' music before and I liked all of the other sounds (water, women moaning, you know) that came along for the ride. I do have to say that I was a little dispointed when I read 'Goldie' as 'Blondie,' but wouldn't you be?

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

A pioneering album that flipped the underground to the mainstream, Goldie hit gold with the chopped up drums, foreboding bass, synth strings and exquisite vocals from Diane Charlegmane (RIP). The scale and scope is ambitious and the album as a whole feels symphonic (no wonder Goldie’s interests turned to classical orchestral music later in his career). It may be overlong and perhaps a little dated but it is an extraordinary record, an example of a musician having a sound in his head with few predecessors and bringing it into life. It’s a really impressive record and whilst it won’t be universally beloved, it deserves its place on this list for its influence and impact.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

This was one of those albums that still holds up well, and I think I appreciate the long opening "symphony" more as a grown up. It's a groundbreaking album that took drum n bass in a new direction that blended ambient, ethereal sounds with soaring vocals. A few tracks don't live up to the rest of the album, but overall I loved revisiting it.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

In keeping with the album being such a breakthrough for dnb, it’s more of a collection of ideas than a cohesive whole. This, in combination with the excessive length (which Goldie somehow managed to surpass for his next album) makes for lopsided whole. The tracks themselves, however, I have no issue with

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

Wow, one of these ridiculously long and bloated 90's electronic albums was actually... good?

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Wed Dec 14 2022
4

Classic EDM album. I definitely dig atmospheric/liquid D&B, and this is the daddy of all of that stuff. It's a bit over long for sure, but it's perfect music for focusing/work, which I use it for regularly. A very solid 4, almost 4.5.

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Mon Apr 03 2023
4

If you want to get people into DnB or jungle, this is the one. A collection of fantastic tracks that made Goldie a seminal dnb artist, adding long atmospheric effects and beautiful RnB vocals, justifying the artistic significance of harder breakbeat music that broke off from "happier" techno and house music. DnB is still one of the largest subgenres of electronic music. Here in Boston, Phoenix Landing still has a DnB night every Thursday, in the year 2023. And this might not be the case if not for the mainstream appeal of this album showing people what DnB is capable of. And with almost 2 hours of content, there's plenty of to be impressed by here. I can understand why most people who come across this will overlook it. It's 2 hours of hard breakbeat music, of course it's going to seem repetitive and overdrawn without any context or appeal. Even I start to struggle half way through and is better ingested in chunks. But every few minutes, there's always some really cool and trippy effects that catch my attention. Reminds me a bit of the high experimental value of certain trance artists like Sphongle. The track ordering is as good as I'd say it could be. We get out of the way the epic "Timeless" to showcase what the genre and Goldie are capable of. And for newcomers, I feel they should stop here and digest what they listened to before getting further. "Saint Angel" showcases the more experimental effects with incredibly hard beats to appeal to both dance crowds and fans of the more sophisticated methods of acid house or techno. Next track "State of Mind" is an incredibly pop-oriented track that stands side-by-side with trip hop artists and can pull in any more hesitant stragglers. From there, you what this album can show you as you look forward to revisiting your favorite components presented in new ways. Yes, it does repeat itself a bit, and I can't see anyone getting through the whole record without leaving it in the background to do other things, and there are a few tracks (especially in the latter half) that fail to justify their existence, but it's a marvelous DnB record with plenty to enjoy.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

Why does everyone hate this album so much? It’s a good drum and bass experience. I know it’s not the most accessible of genres, but 2.57? Really? Anyway this is good. Not really ‘timeless’, but good. Reminds me of Aphex Twin in some parts, specifically Drukqs. Good electronic album. I guess I kind of like this type of music too much, though.

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Tue Nov 10 2020
3

Muitas influências de eletrônica moderna, DnB, jungle. Me lembra bastante em especial SBTRKT, Squarepusher e Four Tet. Uma barreira alta de entrada, mas o ouro está mesmo no recheio do disco.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

I'll be honest. I've heard the name Goldie before and simply assumed that it's a random female pop singer. That should tell you more or less how much I know about D'n'B. That said, I really enjoyed this album a lot more than I expected. Especially the first half. My favorite track was State of Mind. eventually I found the album dragging on for too long however. And it being a bit samey, it started to get boring eventually. Therefore rounded down from 3.5.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Well, that was certainly unexpected. This group and album, and pretty much the whole genre they're in (not sure what to call it; "electronica," I think? but it has vocals, so not really sure), are all so new to me, and not what I usually listen to. There are some very interesting things going on here. Don't like all of it, but I really like 'Inner City Life.' The vocals are so soulful and soaring, with a really great bassline and beat under it. I don't usually like a lot of synthesizers but some of these tracks are really good. I think it's the rhythms they use, and, as mentioned, the vocals.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Very bold choice to open this album up with a 20 minute song. Almost to say, either you're going to like us or hate us. Well, I'm here to say I'm in the middle. For this being a pretty cool electronic album that came out in the mid 90's, I think that's impressive. For it being as long and repetitive as it is, that makes it less impressive. I don't know the history behind Goldie (maybe a cousin to Blondie?) but I'm imagining they inspired a lot of future electronic artists. It's a very intriguing album, it just runs way too long on every track.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

From what I understand, this is an important album from the genre of Drum and Bass. Drum and Bass is a pretty niche genre, so your mileage will vary with how much you like the genre. For my money, I thought it was enjoyable enough. I like the atmospheric elements and how it enhanced the Drum and Bass (reminded me of Parkour Fortress. If you know you know). The obvious drawback is that it's an overly long double album. 105 minutes is a lot for any genre.

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Sat May 04 2024
3

This might not be very gangsta for you Goldie but this was a great album to do the ironing to. It’s just too long. I’ve only got an hour of ironing to do, not two hours.

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Fri Oct 02 2020
2

I'm sorry, I get drum and bass but it's just not for me. I really don't want to rate this one star because it's good, I'm just not the person who would enjoy 2 hours of this. Unless I was on something.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

I like beats and drums, but unfortunately I was not high enough to enjoy this on a weekday. Maybe once murphy figures out how to sell weed in New Jersey I can come back and reassess.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

I was not expecting to like this, but lay that melancholy upon me! This album luxuriates with infinite sadness, like you're heartbroken but you're lying on the beach in Rio so it's not wholly bad. Each song takes it time, taking the listener one step deeper into sadness. There is no solution, not upbeat "you'll get over it" vibes. No, the album leaves you on that beach with tears in your eyes and the realisation that being there means nothing when there's no one by your side.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Drum and bass for outsiders like me. The pretty guitar loops and sound effects signify pop, while the female voices add emotional depth. But as the ambience sets in and the sense of time dissipates, it gets increasingly tedious, though never so specialist that it feels hostile.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
2

Excluding its role in the history of DnB music and with me personally to liking this genre too much I don’t rate this album very high. Though I can imagine this was or still can be a good and hypnotic listen for many.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
2

I go into each album with an open mind and always give them a shot, even if I can tell it's not going to be my thing. I finally found myself wanting to skip ahead, thinking that I must be a decent way through the album by this point, BUT IT WAS STILL THE FIRST SONG. I love me some 90s electronica and trip hop and can appreciate the trailblazing aspect of an album like this, but having just seen that the album runs nearly two hours in length, I don't think I will be listening to the whole thing.

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Thu May 02 2024
2

Not offensive or necesseraly bad, but just too damn long. Everything starts to sound the same, which is not helped by the fact that the main drum pattern is the basis for drum n bass. Two stars for pioneering a gene

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Fri May 03 2024
2

This just felt really long and I guess it was. The 20 minute opener set the tone here and I don’t think anything else surpassed it. Maybe DnB just isn’t for me.

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Fri May 03 2024
2

It was pretty good at first, but when the remaining 2 hours was the exact same thing it got old quick

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Fri May 03 2024
2

If I was off my tits in a dark room in the 90s, this might be incredible, but I'm not, so it isn't.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

You might remember his full mouth of gold teeth from such films as ‘Snatch’ and ‘The World is Not Enough’

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Mon May 15 2023
1

Come on man, this was just garbage. 3/10.

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Sat May 27 2023
1

This was another roadblock album for me, just couldn’t get through it. I am fine with some beeps and boops but not 2 hours worth, sorry

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Sat Jun 10 2023
1

Two hours of drum and bass that ruined my Friday.

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Tue Jun 20 2023
1

Why would someone decide to make music only to create two hours of this?

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Sat Nov 25 2023
1

This thing is called “Timeless” because once you finish listening to all two hours of it, you’ll have less time to do the things that actually interest you.

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Fri Oct 23 2020
5

Electronica similar to Enigma

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Lovely album. but I'm a bit biased towards Dn'B.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

slower and more chill than I remember, but loving it, laid back beats taking me back to a time and a place!

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

love this. Have heard bits bit never the whole thing. definitely on my play again list

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Seminal D&B. Really showed how personal and musical the genre can be

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Crazy that this was released in '95. Quite ahead of its time. Heavy 90's action sci-fi vibes. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Thu Jan 26 2023
5

One of my favourite teenage albums

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Thu Mar 09 2023
5

Yeeeew. Rolling drum and bass perfection. There was the occasional one that didn't fire for me, but overall, fantastic.

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Fri May 12 2023
5

Drum 'n Bass, my favourtive.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
5

Fantastic work. I love this album.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
5

As the title says timeless. Although this blew the scene up was and is a great album

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Wed Sep 27 2023
5

It's fair to say that given the choice between listening to this record by Goldie or ramming 15 pork pies up my ass so hard, I piss blood for the next 3 months, I'd listen to the music. That's not to say I don't love being chock-full of pie, but the music of Goldie is simply perfect.

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Thu Oct 05 2023
5

Early dnb and jungle inspiration

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Fri Oct 13 2023
5

Hard to overstate the importance of this record. Superb

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

Fuck yes, this is an absolute banger. Goldie smashing it to bits with a heavy chunk of drum n bass junglist meat

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

Fucking classic, when the bass drops 5 minutes into the opener is just epic. Long time DnB fan, gotta give this top rating since it may be the only one of the genre on this list.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

Genre defining one. And the one i spent my final school years listening to. Unforgettable.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

One of the finest artists and producers the UK gave to the world. Are some of the tracks overlong? Yes, but the depth and experimentation deliver magnificently. I met Goldie at a house party back in the day. He's an absolute gentleman.

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Thu Mar 14 2024
5

This and DJ Shadow were my soundtrack during some Raver years. I smoked a joint and drove around listening to this yesterday and never got to where I was going.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
5

It's like a travel to another world. Amazing

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Mon Apr 08 2024
5

This is a banger and right up my street. I love dnb and seeing one of the founding albums of the genre here fills my heart with joy. I played it in the car and my 7 year old loved it as well so thumbs up all round.

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Wed May 29 2024
5

Long as hell but one of the best albums in the genre.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

challenging listen, but very diverse and enigmatic

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Ambience. Je moet er maar in de stemming voor zijn maar dit is geen slecht begin van het genre

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Smooth beats from a real pioneer

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Electronic and very space age.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Feels very spacey in a good way. Easy to listen to while relaxing or working.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Reminds me of the music they play in british tv shows for when they are clubbing. It's an early drum and base album.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Att lyssna på DnB i två timmar i sträck är inte njutning i min bok. Trots det kommer jag på mig själv med att bli både lite nyfiken och imponerad vad jag hör. En och förmodligen den enda fördelen med riktigt långa låtar är att de kan berätta en historia på ett sätt som en 2 min popdänga inte riktigt mäktar med. Fastnade framförallt för Sea of Tears. Första 1.5 min målas ett dystopiskt &metalliskt ljudlandskap upp. Efter det ngt oinspirerande introt slängs trummorna på och efter hand även ngn jazzig gitarrslinga, vi lyssnar nu på klassisk DnB. Jag är på inget sätt imponerad, men ngt har satts i rörelse och jag vill veta vart vi är på väg. Så händer det. 4,5 min in i låten fadar trummor och ljud ut och ersätts av skriet från en fiskmås, vågskvalp och en kvinnoröst som viskar ordet tears. Från den här punkten har låten mig totalt hypnotiserad och det är inte först 7,5min senare när låten är över som jag väcks ur min trans och inser att det kändes som att jag färdats till en annan dimension och tillbaka. Vet inte vad som hände men jag vet att jag behöver mer av Sea of Tears

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

I like it! Now I'm wishing I would have been a raver in the mid 90s...

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Música electrónica con voz de vez en cuando. Me ha gustado, pero disco larguísimo.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Enjoyed this more than I'd expected to

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

It's good but probably could've been a little shorter than it was

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

dnb fever. soundscapes. vox. when the filter sweeps across the drums \<.<\

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