★★★★ Act One – Mu­sic For Inan­i­mate Ob­jects SONY MU­SIC MASTER­WORKS. CD/DL/LP

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Drum’n’bass spear­head’s new project di­als down the tempo.

GOLDIE IS one of life’s ‘do­ers’, his CV sparkling like his mo­lars. Graf­fiti artist; drum’n’bass pi­o­neer; soap star; sym­phonic com­poser; MBE. All achieved with a de­gree of sin­gle­mind­ed­ness. Yet he’s al­ways leant on col­lab­o­ra­tors. Like his longterm Me­tal­headz co­hort Rob Play­ford, Goldie’s part­ner in Sub­jec­tive, James David­son, is an en­gi­neer and drum’n’bass pro­ducer. To­gether, they’ve made an al­bum rich in melan­cho­lia, soft­ened with or­ches­tral ar­range­ments and en­riched by fe­male voices, at turns wist­ful, at oth­ers para­noid. Re­leased on Sony’s clas­si­cal la­bel, there’s not an Amen break in earshot. In­stead, tem­pos are pitched down, al­low­ing space into which fe­male vo­cals seep, most no­tably on Find Your Light, where grand Rhodes pi­ano chords meld with vol­leys of strings for some de­cid­edly British-sound­ing ur­ban soul. On Re-En­try, Sub­jec­tive voy­age fur­ther out, to­wards cav­ernous, Sasha-style break­beat house. Prov­ing that dance mu­sic’s re­nais­sance man is still wed­ded to both beat and street.

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