Monday, 11 March 2013

Metalheads - Terminator

Metalheads - Terminator (Synthetic, 1992)

This track, produced by Goldie along with DJ Freebase and Mark Rutherford, is a darkside anthem on the cusp of the crossover from hardcore to jungle which sounded like little else when it was first released. A month or so ago I was lucky enough to find a reissue of 'Terminator 2', the remix of this tune that came out on Reinforced, for just one pound at my local second hand emporium with 'Journey From The Light' by 4 Hero on the flipside as a nice little bonus.

The track samples two bits of dialogue from the original Terminator film, "Terminator is out there" and "You're talking about things I haven't done yet". The intro features a vocoder-like melody before a vinyl backspin brings in a 'Funky Drummer' based break taken from 'Smoke Filled Thoughts' by Fresh 4. Over this Goldie and co. alternate between the 'Hoover' synth sound, first created by Joey Beltram and Mundo Muzique on 'Mentasm', and hardcore synth stabs. What was really innovative about the track though was how it pitchshifted the break, gradually increasing the pitch while keeping the tempo the same, a technique that would be imitated by just about everyone. An incredibly futuristic sounding track that, much like the Terminator, sounds as if it was sent back in time with a mission to alter the course of drum & bass history.

Today sees the release of The Alchemist: The Best of Goldie 1992-2012 which includes 'Terminator' alongside many other classic tracks and remixes from throughout Goldie's career. Available on triple CD and to download, it is an essential purchase if you only have Timeless in your collection.

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