Making rugged subcultures “respectable” with orchestras

(K. Brent Tomer),

GOLDIE’s “Timeless” (1995) album was a watershed moment for London’s then-maturing jungle scene. Influenced by the formative house and techno music being made in Chicago and Detroit, it balanced rapid-fire rhythms—built from sampling and manipulating 60s funk and soul drum breaks—with a radio-friendly musicality. Technologically and musically innovative, the album brought forward-thinking music to a widespread audience. 

On the 24th and 25th of February, Ronnie Scott’s, a jazz club in London, will host live orchestral renditions of Goldie’s music. A group that describes itself as “[messing] with other people’s music, and [keeping] orchestral tradition in the cellar”, the Heritage Orchestra—a 30-60 piece ensemble arranged and conducted by Jules Buckley—will offer their own take on Goldie’s anthemic jungle staples (not for the first time, either; they combined in 2015 for an anniversary performance of “Timeless”). Holding around 300 attendees for each of the show’s four performances, the venue’s candle-lit, seated comfort is some way removed from the dark, sweat-soaked basements which hosted the original material. Goldie himself says that…Continue reading

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