Label: FFRR
Year: 1994

Why?: It showed that drum & bass had a soul

Taken from Goldie's life-changing debut album Timeless, "Inner City Life" is actually a portion of the album's first track, a 21-minute opus that encapsulates everything that made Goldie the important figure to drum & bass and electronic music in general. Sure, the breakneck genre was seen as being dark, moody, and brooding, but Goldie saw things differently, and found a way to bring out the warmth and soul to the scene, incorporating jazz, booming diva vocals, and hip-hop swagger to the scene, giving naysayers a new framework to view drum & bass... and longtime fans a reason to say "see, we told you so."