Clifford Joseph Price (born 19 September 1965), better known as Goldie, is a British electronic music artist, disc jockey, visual artist and actor. He is well known for his innovations in the jungle and drum and bass music genres. He previously gained exposure for his work as a graffiti artist.
By 1991, Price had become fascinated by the British breakbeat music scene when his girlfriend, DJ Kemistry, introduced him to the pioneering jungle and drum and bass producers Dennis 'Dego' McFarlane and Mark 'Marc Mac' Clair, known as 4hero. He went on to do some design and A&R work for 4hero's Reinforced record label.
In 1992 Price made his first album appearance by contribution of a short vocal bit to the legendary track Rufige by Icelandic group Ajax Project. The track has since then been repeatedly misattributed to Price himself, perhaps due to subsequent use of the 'Rufige' moniker for his own ambitions.
His releases Killa Muffin b/w Krisp Biscuit and the Dark Rider EP were released under the alias, Rufige Cru. Recently, he has used the alias Rufige Kru to release collaborations with other producers such as Heist. His track Terminator, released under the name Metalheadz in 1992, was a hit in the jungle scene and is noted for pioneering the use of timestretching. In 1993 he released Angel, another 12" on the Synthetic Hardcore Phonography label. 1994 saw him setting up his own record label,Metalheadz.
His first studio album, Timeless, followed in 1995. Timeless entered the UK Albums Chart at number seven. The album fused the break beats and basslines common in jungle with orchestral textures and soul vocals by Diane Charlemagne. The album's title track was a 21-minute symphonic piece. "Inner City Life", a track taken from the album reached number 39 in the UK Singles Chart. Timeless helped popularise drum and bass as a form of musical expression.
1996 saw the release of the Toasted Both Sides Please remix of the Bush song Swallowed, which topped charts in the USA and Canada.
Price released his second album in 1998, Saturnz Return. The album's opening track "Mother", is an hour-long orchestral drum and bass piece. The album featured appearances by David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One.
In 2002, Price said that he had been working for three years on a film called Sine Tempus, described as a coming-of-age story of a young paintbrush artist and in 2006 announced the soundtrack as his new album.The album was released via the Metalheadz website in 2008. The film has not been released.
Price is known for his work as the leader of the Rufige Kru. The group has no fixed members and has included drum and bass producers such as Technical Itch, Heist, Cujo, Agzilla Da Ice, Danny J, Doc Scott and Rob Playford.
March 2013 saw the release of "The Alchemist: The Best of Goldie 1992–2012, featuring prominent tracks from throughout Goldie's musical career.
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