Saturday, 23 November 2013

Rufige Kru - VIP Riders Ghost

Rufige Kru - VIP Riders Ghost (Metalheadz, 1994)

This track started out as 'Ghosts Of My Life' from Rufige Kru's Ghosts EP on Reinforced (which also included the similarly constructed 'Fabio's Ghost' and 'High Rollers 'Ghostin' Out'). In 1994 Goldie gave it the VIP treatment for Unreleased Metal - a monumental moment in the history of drum and bass as it was the first release on his Metalheadz imprint (with Doc Scott's VIP Drumz on the other side). It is one of a series of Goldie tracks that refer to important people in his life with the title being a reference to Grooverider.

The track opens with suspenseful synthetic strings and a repeated "Everyday of my life" vocal taken from First Choice's 'Let No Man Put Asunder'. The track is anchored by a menacing bassline full of restrained aggression and the Life Could break which is joined at points by some stop-start Think. Reversed strings heighten the track's haunted feel while the warped "Ghosts of my life" sample is the voice of David Sylvian from Japan's 'Ghosts'. At the breakdown the track is given bolt of energy by the introduction of a hardcore style break with a little vocal hiccup before the Life Could drums and that awesome bassline bring the track to a close. A seminal tune from Goldie and a fitting tribute to the great Grooverider.

'VIP Riders Ghost' is available to purchase digitally directly from the Metalheadz store and was also included on the essential Platinum Breakz compilation. You can hear the track lead off this Dark 90's Metalheadz Mix by Law:

Dark 90's Metalheadz Mix by The Law on Mixcloud

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