I’m still of the view that Drum & Bass is the “newest” form of music that has emerged in my music-aware years of life. It stems from earlier club music, and took a path less annoying than genres like Happy Hardcore. It had roots in hip hop and funk. But it was new. And it was also very British.

Timeless (alongside the Guy Called Gerald album Black Secret Technology) was the point at which DnB emerged from clubs and started to be a music to listen to, rather than just dance your nuts off to.

From the very first vocals, the spaced drums, the deep, deep bass. Goldie’s Timeless was a moment of music beauty and a pivot point for me in terms of what music I wanted to consume. It’s still marvellous. Just terrifying to think it’s now 25 years old.

You can see the #51for50 project to date here: https://mmitii.mattballantine.com/category/projects/51-for-50/

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