Review: Goldie at Phonox Brixton 04/06/17
Some of Goldie’s recorded radio DJ mixes and interviews reveal that although he’s known for his drum and bass productions, his musical tastes are actually very eclectic and can range from punk, reggae, soul, hip-hop and jazz. For the event at Phonox, Goldie was promoted as playing a long set so it was possible that he may select all kinds of genres in his mix to keep it fresh for him and his attendees.
Having developed his DJ skills then production, one of his first drum and bass classics, Inner City Life (which included the soulful vocals of Diane Charlemagne), from his critically acclaimed album Timeless (1995)- not only helped to legitimise the drum and bass scene but raised Goldie’s profile as well as that of his Metalheadz label and DJ collective to a higher respectable level. His new album, The Journey Man, is due to be released this month. It is produced by Goldie and will be performed by Heritage Orchestra as a live show this year which will be truly epic for those lucky enough to get tickets. Drum and Bass played using live instruments instead of electronic technology software is always much more fulfilling as the demand of speed and drum beats by the live drummer or guitar riffs from the bassist are much more intense, the creativity of the composer as well as the energy and skills expressed by each musician in the orchestra will be appreciated much more by observers.
For the first three hours of this event, two venue resident genre-crossing DJs played the sounds of disco, funk, electro, afro house, house and afro jazz with tracks which included You Can’t Hide Your Love – David Joseph; Jeanne Napoli – Let’s Make Love, as well as Rockers Revenge – Walking On Sunshine.
Goldie’s three-hour set warmed the crowd with some female vocal liquid drum and bass tracks, which then moved on to breakbeat hardcore, minimal techno, afro house and ambient sounds. Every track was bass heavy but the venue speakers didn’t amplify the sound enough until Goldie played some tech house – then the sound of the bass could be felt. Goldie’s set was fuelled with tech but soul was at it’s core. All of his selections sounded fresh with so much ambience, it was like being on a serene journey with no known destination but full of uplifting possibilities.
This year, Goldie can be found DJ-ing and as a composer with Heritage Orchestra playing his new album live on UK tour as well as at a variety of music events and festivals including Funk the Format in Hove (17th June) and Glastonbury Festival (22nd June),