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Roni Size & Reprezent - New Forms

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:1997-10-28

Full Cycle's core members of Roni Size, Suv, Krust and Die spent six years sniping innovative twelves from their studios in Bristol before the majors finally started reaching for their chequebooks--Giles Peterson eventually clenching the deal for his well respected Talkin' Loud. A couple of singles and a slew of remixes followed before this album was released to critical acclaim. Switching between the minimal to the full, oppressive to the inviting, "New Forms" nods its head to the jazz experimentation of the sixties. At the same time, it retains a cutting edge feel, proof that the sound of Full Cycle is, without any doubt, one of the most advanced operating within drum and bass. "Share the Fall," captures the spirit of the whole album with harsh bass stabbing at clicked breaks and tumbling rolls, the trashily EQ'd vocal slicing apart a strung out midsection and hazy atmospheres before the beats solo out to stalk individual members of the roaring crowd. As at home in a club as it is in a car stereo or living room, "New Forms" has proved to be a seminal album that, though uniquely drum and bass, aspires to something much larger.--Kingsley Marshall

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