Quarter of a century. It’s a long time in most industries. But in the ever-changing landscape of electronic music, 25 years can be considered an achievement worth boasting about. That is the landmark that London D&B propagators Metalheadz find themselves in, in 2019. Not only is their output of the highest standard, but the regularity at which they drop new music proves that you can still maintain quality, regardless of quantity.
Leading from the front-line, founder Goldie has been instrumental in the label’s longevity. The man known to his mum as Clifford Price has been instrumental in bringing D&B to the forefront of modern culture. So much so, that he pioneered the sub-genre of liquid D&B and is more than adept at mixing it up with house. He has even been recognised for his contribution, collecting an MBE for his services to music in 2017. Owing to his exploits on screen in the likes of Snatch, 007 caper The World Is Not Enough and even EastEnders, Goldie will be familiar to audience across generations - even your nan! To commemorate 25 years in the game, he is releasing a bumper vinyl comprised of unreleased, rare and remastered music. The release will feature a VIP of 1997’s The Shadow, Refige Kru material and other previously unheard gems.
Not content with just releasing dancefloor bombs, the label is still a heavy advocate of the LP format. Goldie himself recently put out an album under his Subjective alias, while Lenzman’s sophomore offering Pictures Of You is still resonating amid the wider electronic music community. These 2 recent forays display the depth and creativity that D&B has all too often been overlooked for.
In addition to their charismatic top dog, the Metalheadz roster also boasts some of the most boundary-pushing artists from the bass spectrum. Acts as renowned as Photek, Dillinja, Randall and the legendary Grooverider call the label “home” - so you can see what good company Goldie keeps and the calibre of the associated artists.
Although there have been some fallen soldiers along the way - most notably the passings of co-founder Kemistry and Marcus Intalex, both taken too soon - the label’s continuing legacy stands as a shrine in their honour.
On the party front, the label are naturally going about their celebrations for their 25th year in typically emphatic tradition. For starters, there’s the giant birthday celebrations at Volks Club, Brighton for Studio 808 on Easter Sunday. Stalwart Doc Scott is joined by Jublei, Ant TC1 and the likes of SP:MC for a raucous takeover on Brighton's coastline. Perhaps just as huge is the boss’ appearance at the final Outlook festival to be held at Fort Punta Christo from 4th to 10th September. Goldie has been a recurring figure at the acclaimed bass music festival and has certainly played his part in the establishing the event’s status. It’s sure to be an emotional farewell to the iconic venue, so it only feels right that Goldie would be a huge part of it.
The triple disc 25 Years of Goldie lands in record stores on World Record Store Day 2019.
£10 tickets for Metalheadz at Studio 808 are on sale below.
All ticket types at various tiers remain for Outlook Festival 2019.