After big success of our article about Red Bull Orchestra it seems to be necessary to go back in the time and refresh some of the most important Drum & Bass and classics collaborations out there.
Goldie – Timeless
We can hardly start with something else then classical version of first Goldie’s album. This is The Heritage Orchestra classical rework of original 1995 Timeless album from Goldie. Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on Sat 14th June 2014 as part of the Meltdown Festival. Check out official short document about this performance below.
There are few tracks from this performance on the Youtube, but it seems that full audio recording is not publicly available.
Camo & Krooked – Red Bull Orchestra
We have already delivered extensive review of this outstanding collaboration in Camo & Krooked – Red Bull Symphonic article, so no more words, follow the link below and enjoy whole performance on LP released later after live show on Hospital Records. Don’t miss this stunning video from Redbull showing tons of material from backstage. We also heard that C&K will take this project for a tour around Europe in 2021, but with corona, you never know.
Stream and download link –https://camoandkrooked.lnk.to/RedBullSymphonicfp
Phoneheads & The Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestra Feat. Cleveland Watkiss
Yes, we know, this is not D&B only show, but Roll That Stone live interpretation from one and only Cleveland Watkiss with Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestra covering his back is just off the limit. If you didn’t see the original video clip, you have to check it here.
Whole performance was published as digital release later and it is available online with the title Live At Tonhalle.
London Elektricity Big Band
This one is not only classy, but also jazzy and funky! Tony Coleman aka London Elektricity learned playing bass guitar in his mid fifties and invited Riot Jazz collective with MC Dynamite and Liane Carroll on mics. Together they recreated some of the biggest London Electricity classic tracks in new jazzy infused setup.
Live show was performed for example at festivals like Let It Roll, Hospitality In The Park and Pohoda. You can find recording of the whole performance from Pohoda festival on Spotify.
Roni Size and Reprazent Live At Colston Hall
In 2009 the now classic performance reopened the world-famous British venue, and saw Roni & Reprazent accompanied by the composer William Goodchild and The Emerald Ensemble (now known as the Bristol Ensemble), whom the band had worked with for Reprazent’s third album, ‘New Forms2’. The show reinterpreted the band’s hugely respected and influential back catalogue, making them one of the first drum & bass artists to work with a live orchestra and choir, and bringing together the worlds of electronic and classical music years ahead of events like the BBC Classical Ibiza Proms.
‘Live At Colston Hall’ features a 12-page booklet with exclusive photos from the show and quotes from the band. The tracklisting includes new and original material plus songs from the three Reprazent albums (the Mercury Prize winning ‘New Forms’, ‘In The Mode’, and ‘New Forms2’), as well as Roni’s solo material from the Full Cycle era.
Available on Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016LCH5U8
We can just hope that more of these amazing collaborations will emerge in the future and we will see new influences coming to our beloved genre – Drum & Bass.