In 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionised jungle not once but three times. First there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony.” Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie’s transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A-list superstars.
Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie – on the track Truth from the drum‘n’bass pioneer’s second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album’s collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-round provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis mainman Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Goldie’s first releases – 1992’s brief collaboration with Ajax Project on the Mach III EP, quickly followed by the edgy coupling of Darkrider and Menace, the extraordinary Killa Muffin and the groundbreaking Terminator. Since then, it’s been two-and-a-half decades of relentless innovation, beautiful music and forward-thinking.
In 1990, LTJ Bukem got his first big break at 'Raindance'. Booked to play between 1 & 2am in front of 10,000 people, it was the first true test of his fledgling DJ's skills. At the time it may have taken all of his mates to push him onto the stage, but it proved to be a set he’d never forget. That night LTJ Bukem — a world class DJ — was truly born.
Just who is LTJ Bukem? Ground breaking DJ? Inspirational musician? Record label entrepreneur? Club visionary, perhaps? The man who took the drum and bass concept from a small venue off London's Charing Cross Road to the nation's superclubs and then onto the international stage….The geezer whose records launched breakbeat into a brand new galaxy of sound…. In truth, he is all of the above: a Renaissance man for a digital age. Although he wouldn't like to admit it, LTJ Bukem is the living embodiment of the post-acid house entrepreneurial creative spirit. He is a mild mannered energy flash whose panoramic musical vision has found success in every area he has explored. From running sound systems to cutting up breaks at raves, from relocating the heart of breakbeat culture to redefining the spirit of drum and bass, the man known to his friends as Danny has sat at the forefront of breakbeat evolution, lighting the way with little more than a zest for life and a love of the music.
As a solo artist DRS is two albums, an EP and countless features into his trajectory. His music is the sound of an artist becoming a master of his domain,a wry look at life underpinned by honesty and great writing.As a creative works across different disciplines: music, film and art.His success as an artist boils down to his refusal to speak on anything other than his truths, something that listeners can identify with, this is highlighted by three award wins at the Drum & Bass awards: Best MC, Best Vocalist and he featured on the Still Standing Remix which was awarded best remix. He is the go-to host for some of the finest that electronic music has to offer, fromCalibre to Toddla T.2017 is about furthering the message via two new outlets; Summit and TheAwkwardMusic Group, stay tuned for more news on both of those soon.