After months of missed opportunities, Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs finally
ran into the DJ jungle maestro Goldie on the streets of L.A. It was a long time in
coming and the two were not about to let this chance get away from them.
"Goldie's my homeboy," Muggs said. "I kicked it with him in London a few times
and we talked a few times. We talked about working together,
doing something, but it's kind of hard with him there and me here..."
It wasn't until he returned to the States that Goldie and Muggs actually hooked
up. When they finally did, it all happened so quickly that the two were cranking
out the rap like they had been practicing for months, Muggs said. "So when I got
to L.A. I went to the studio during the day, knocked it out," he said, of the first
single to be released on Goldie's upcoming album Saturnz Return.
Within just a few hours, they had a remixed version of the jungle man's new
single "Digital," which is set to hit stores on Nov. 18. On this version of the single,
which has been remixed by several other DJs as well, Muggs decided to slow
down the pace and fill in the space with "noise."
"The original was 168 beats-per-minute (bpm). It was a straight jungle song but
we slowed it down to 83 bpm and made it a real slow dusted-out kind of noise-
oriented hip-hop song," Muggs said.
Jungle giant Goldie is set to release his second album in January, the follow-up
to 1995's self-produced Timeless. In addition to Muggs, Goldie has
recruited DJ Boyman, DJ Armand Van Helden, as well as some of the biggest
names in alternative rock to work on the LP. Among those non-rap artists
whose vocals find their way onto Saturnz Return are Icelandic enigma
Bjork, who sings on "Letter of Faith," and Oasis' Noel Gallagher, who
contributes to "Temper Temper."
But it is Goldie's work with rap artists such as hip-hop legend KRS-One that are
certain to create the biggest interest among fans. The album version of "Digital"
features an electric collaboration between Goldie and the hip-
hopper of Boogie Down Productions fame.
Despite the high-profile collaborators, Goldie has kept a firm hand on the sound; don't expect anything that bizarre-sounding from the blend of jungle and hip-hop styles.
Like rest of the album, "Digital" is not much of departure from Goldie's debut.
The original version of the song features Goldie's hyper-kinetic breakbeats with
KRS-One dropping some freestyle rhymes on top of the mix.
And because the jungle-style breakbeats are essentially sped up hip-hop drum
loops, KRS-One sounds surprisingly at home in the mix, which has a freash,
slightly off-kilter feel.
"Goldie has a lot of friends and acquaintances, and he is essentially a B-Boy
and a huge hip-hop fan and has long been an admirer of KRS-One," said
Regina Joskow Dunton, a London Records spokeswoman.
Goldie is the opening act for the Jane's Addiction "relapse" tour. His
set at the Jane's show in New York City on Oct. 31 included a
performance of "Digital."
Other songs confirmed for the album include "Dragonfly," which features a
collaboration with Cleveland Watkiss, "Mother," "Believe" (Diane Charlemagne),
"Fury" (Rob Playford), "The Art of Walking Demons."
[Mon., Nov. 10, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]