Clifford Joseph Price, aka Goldie, started out his career as a breakdancer, graffiti artist, and gold teeth customiser, but really made his biggest impact in drum'n'bass, a hybrid genre he found growing when he returned to the London rave scene after a few years in America. Curious and excited, he got to know the team behind the seminal imprint Reinforced Records and, in exchange for artwork and logo designs, started to work in their studio and under their tutelage. After a string of lauded vinyl releases and setting up his own label Metalheadz, he landed a deal with Pete Tong and released ‘Timeless’ in 1995 – a huge cross-over success that documented his expansive style and made him an unofficial spokesperson of the scene. Nearly two decades later he’s still in love with the music and working with Metalheadz, so we asked him to countdown his top 10 drum'n'bass tracks.
Goldie: “This is in no definitive way my absolute top 10 and the tracks included are in no particular order, my top 10 today would never be my top 10 tomorrow as the infinite landscape of music changes as does my own particular mood and frame of mind, but right now in this very second, at this moment of time as I am asked this question these are the 10 that have sprung to mind – Enjoy.”
Goldie: “Dillinja absolutely has to feature in my top ten – Silver Blade for me includes everything that is right about this music, contrasts of light and dark, a meandering emotional narrative carried by careful arrangement. Karl really took drum and bass music and pushed it from every angle, this is just one perfect example of Dillinja genius and a perfect example of how powerful the art form of drum’n‘bass music can be!”