Saturday, 26 January 2013
Goldie - A Sense Of Rage (Sensual V.I.P.)
Goldie - A Sense Of Rage (Sensual V.I.P.) (FFRR/Metalheadz, 1995)
As the most well known face in the drum'n'bass scene Goldie needs little introduction. His 'Timeless' album from 1995 broke into the UK top ten and remains one of the greatest single artist albums the genre has produced. 'A Sense Of Rage (Sensual V.I.P.)' appears only on the two-disc edition of 'Timeless' but improves on the original version from the standard album, removing the piano and later adding a vicious bassline.
The gorgeous first half of the track samples the bassline and pads from Maze featuring Frankie Beverly's 'Twilight' and adds an ethereal wordless vocal, bizarrely reminding me of the intro to Dire Strait's 'Money For Nothing'. A skittering breakbeat is introduced along with a bleepy synth stab taken from the start of Loose End's 'Hangin' On A String'. Just before the three minute mark the track is transformed by a brutal bassline, accompanied by a "attack you like hardcore" vocal that I think is sampled from the Wu-Tang Clan's '7th Chamber Part II', cutting together a part of Raekwon's verse: "Then attack you like a pit that lock shit down / As I come and freaks the sound, hardcore". Beauty becomes the Beast.
FFRR will be releasing a career-spanning compilation 'The Alchemist: The Best Of Goldie 1992-2012' on March 11th, a three disc set including a disc of remixes. You can also currently download a free track from his third album, 'Sine Tempus', entitled 'Say You Love Me' courtesy of Rolling Stone.