Well, here it is.. the pinnacle of a genre, Platinum Breakz 4. The album is a continuation of a series that most artists and fans would strongly argue is the centre point of all things Drum and Bass. Most were unsure that this iconic series would ever see it’s fourth volume, including myself. Thankfully Goldie’s classic Metalheadz trilogy has been extended to its fourth showing, and what a show it is.
Om Unit kicks off the L.P on track one, sending a message of fresh new beginnings to the fans. In fact, Om unit’s Sleep Walkers E.P was the first time in a long time that I’d heard something that sounded true to the Metalheadz sound. You could also argue that Ulterior Motive’s Elephant Tune single also paved the way for this resurgence in the Headz sound. Either way, the classic Metalheadz musical aesthetic has been adopted by a new generation of producers and engineers, armed with modern technology and inspiring ideology. This new approach to a classic sound has certainly created a buzz within the scene and the artists featured on the album have sculpted an L.P worth purchasing, and perhaps more importantly, respecting. All the latest clips and info can be found at the bottom of this post.
Whilst this article is predominately about the fourth volume of Platinum Breaks, we shouldn’t forget that this wouldn’t exist without its predecessors. In honour of this were going to take a little look and listen back. History lesson style.
Platinum Breakz (1996)
The series started with Platinum Breakz, a seventeen track C.D and vinyl compilation that featured some of the original jungle/drum and bass cast. From Goldie to Dillinja and Peshay to J Majik, it contained the very cream of the crop. To think that Your Sound, Pulp Fiction and The Angels Fell were all on the same L.P is slightly unbelievable. Who knew this 1996 compilation would be the start of something that still continues to this day, eight years later. Here’s Source Direct with a Made up Sound, one that sometimes slips through the net..
Platinum Breakz II (1997)
A year after the original volume was released, jungle/ drum and bass fans saw the next instalment in the series. You can instantly see the fourth instalment has drawn visual inspiration from this release, although the format is pretty much …read more
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