"New Forms" by Roni Size on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Considered by many to be a classic drum 'n' bass artist album, Roni Size & Reprazent's New Forms perfected a blend of jazz and trip-hop background with a future-leaning breakbeat structure that was both edgy and accessible. It earned the group the Mercury Music Prize in 1997. Alongside fellow producers DJ Die, DJ Suv, and Krust, Size was flanked by an extensive crew of vocalists and performers, drawing out an impressive double disc perhaps best coined by the seminal hit "Brown Paper Bag"—an unmistakable standup-bass and guitar riff joined by icy atmospheric chords and an echo of hip-hop. Much more than a vehicle for a single, New Forms is a journey of a record that can't be replicated. It brought drum 'n' bass to the public eye on a scale most wouldn't have thought possible at the time and changed the world's perception of electronic music.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Considered by many to be a classic drum 'n' bass artist album, Roni Size & Reprazent's New Forms perfected a blend of jazz and trip-hop background with a future-leaning breakbeat structure that was both edgy and accessible. It earned the group the Mercury Music Prize in 1997. Alongside fellow producers DJ Die, DJ Suv, and Krust, Size was flanked by an extensive crew of vocalists and performers, drawing out an impressive double disc perhaps best coined by the seminal hit "Brown Paper Bag"—an unmistakable standup-bass and guitar riff joined by icy atmospheric chords and an echo of hip-hop. Much more than a vehicle for a single, New Forms is a journey of a record that can't be replicated. It brought drum 'n' bass to the public eye on a scale most wouldn't have thought possible at the time and changed the world's perception of electronic music.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

14 Ratings

Timeless drum n' bass music

:-) & :-(,

I bought this about thirteen years ago. Heard songs from "New Forms" album being played in the dance club, thought it was cool. Sounded snappier than Goldies "Timeless" album and it was British. I had to get it.
It's flawless. Still sounds great, start to finish. Lots of good songs on this release. The best by Roni and friends.
An essential part for every music lovers collection.

over 14 years later

DomiraeStar*,

this form of music and Roni Size as well as Massive attack, Tricky, Prodigy, and The Chemical Brothers changed my ears, heart, mind, and soul forever. I luv hearing todays dance fusions and dub step knowing that these guys were responsible for leading the way. IT changed my life and i just recently got a copy of this album for $4 at my local music store, i've wanted it forever.and now its mine!!!

About Roni Size

Bristol native Roni Size is one of the most respected junglists, with production credits spanning dozens of labels, projects, and releases, from stripped-down underground classics like "Time Stretch" to the smoothly sophisticated Top 20 U.K. pop hit "Brown Paper Bag." Although not as quick to rise to acclaim as peers such as Goldie and LTJ Bukem, Size's influence as a producer, label owner, and committed underground magnate figured him as one of the emerging sound's true pioneers. The breakout success of his debut album New Forms -- a Top Ten hit in the U.K., where it also won the Mercury Prize -- vaulted him to a greater degree of popularity than any other drum'n'bass producer. After a break during the early 2000s, Size resumed activity with new productions, a reworked version of New Forms, and performances that continued to fuse electronic and analog elements.

Born to Jamaican immigrant parents, Roni grew up in the Bristolean suburb of St. Andrews (home to Tricky, Massive Attack, and Smith & Mighty), where he learned the fundamentals of hip-hop through the area's sounds systems, house parties, and underground clubs. Expelled from school in his mid-teens and running game through his neighborhood until risk became greater than reward, Size started dabbling with house and reggae production in the late '80s. He hooked up with labelmates DJ Krust, Suv, and DJ Die at the 1990 Glastonbury Festival, and the four stayed in contact, eventually forming Size's longest-running musical commitment to date: his own Full Cycle label. Formed simply as an outlet for the four's entree into the nascent drum'n'bass scene (Krust and brother Flynn [of Flynn & Flora] were already working with Smith & Mighty, while Die was producing hardcore tracks as Sub Love), Full Cycle eventually grew into a label group, releasing a steady flow of 12"s (on both Full Cycle and Dope Dragon), and a label comp, Music Box, in 1995.

Oft duplicated, the Full Cycle sound is a subtle mix of jazz and soul with jump-up rhythms and worldbeat references spanning from Size's Jamaican roots to '50s bop and the Motown sound. Although hardly popular in the days before ragga (then jump-up) ruled the decks, the crew now counts a number of classics among their credits, including Size's "It's a Jazz Thing," Krust's "Jazz Note," and Reprazent's Reasons for Sharing EP, the crew's first outing through Gilles Peterson's major-label subsidiary Talkin' Loud. The success of 1997's New Forms launched Size to the top of the electronica genre, and the Dope Dragon label continued to rise in the ranks of dubplate hysteria, with tracks from Selector Owoy, Gang Related, and Mask consistently passing muster on most DJs' decks. After a relatively silent 1998, Size returned in 1999 with a new project -- Breakbeat Era, with DJ Die and vocalist Leonie Laws. The trio released Ultra-Obscene in the fall of that year. In 2000, Size returned to the Reprazent project with In the Møde, boasting sit-ins from Method Man and Rage Against the Machine's Zack De La Rocha. Though it did chart in the U.S. for one week, it failed to truly cross over or build his fan base. That year, Size also mixed the Full Cycle release Through the Eyes.

Following a period of inactivity, Size returned to solo productions with 2002's Touching Down, a primarily solitary affair, and 2005's Return to V, with vocals contributed by the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Beverley Knight, and Reprazent's Dynamite MC. Both of these albums were presented as DJ sets. Size re-edited much of New Forms and combined the results with new cuts as New Forms 2, released in 2008. He and Reprazent continued to tour and played at European festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. After a Roni Size/Reprazent performance with William Goodchild and the Emerald Ensemble was documented with Live at Colston Hall, New Forms was expanded and reissued in celebration of its 20th anniversary. ~ Sean Cooper

  • ORIGIN
    Bristol, England
  • BORN
    Oct 29, 1969

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