12 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Goldie tapped James Davidson to co-produce his 2017 album The Journey Man, the chemistry was so fruitful that the two decided to formalize their collaboration as a new entity: Subjective. Where the previous album foregrounded their drum ’n’ bass origins—Davidson is one-half of the Metalheadz duo Ulterior Motive—Act One is wider-ranging, kicking off with the chamber strings and pitter-pat groove of “Midnight Monsoon” and flowing through slow-motion breakbeat soul (“Temple”), piano-led ambient (“Silent Running”), and even bass-heavy riffs on tech-house (“Re-Entry”). Ultimately, the album marks something like the missing link between late-’90s broken beat—“Stay” could almost be a vintage 4hero jam—and cutting-edge bass music, with the gorgeous “Inkolelo” hurtling the duo boldly into the future once again.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Goldie tapped James Davidson to co-produce his 2017 album The Journey Man, the chemistry was so fruitful that the two decided to formalize their collaboration as a new entity: Subjective. Where the previous album foregrounded their drum ’n’ bass origins—Davidson is one-half of the Metalheadz duo Ulterior Motive—Act One is wider-ranging, kicking off with the chamber strings and pitter-pat groove of “Midnight Monsoon” and flowing through slow-motion breakbeat soul (“Temple”), piano-led ambient (“Silent Running”), and even bass-heavy riffs on tech-house (“Re-Entry”). Ultimately, the album marks something like the missing link between late-’90s broken beat—“Stay” could almost be a vintage 4hero jam—and cutting-edge bass music, with the gorgeous “Inkolelo” hurtling the duo boldly into the future once again.

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