Golden Age Of Life
Label: Talkin' Loud
This landmark 1998 double album finds breakbeat pioneers 4 Hero moving onward from their drum 'n' bass background, folding liquid rhythms and acoustic bass lines into an expansive suite marked by touches of jazz, gospel and soul, and elevated by inspired vocals from the likes of Ursula Rucker. The off-kilter cadences of West London's broken beat began taking root here, amongst lush, fertile furrows seeded by Stevie Wonder's harmonic sensibilities. If that sounds appealing, then you'll have no trouble losing yourself in Two Pages's emotive history lesson.