Wednesday, May 06, 2009

856. Roni Size / Reprazent - New Forms (1997)

Track Listing

1. Railings
2. Brown Paper Bag
3. New Forms
4. Let's Get It On
5. Digital
6. Matter Of Fact
7. Mad Cat
8. Heroes
9. Share The Fall
10. Watching Windows
11. Beatbox
12. Morse Code
13. Destination
14. Intro
15. Hi Potent
16. Trust Me
17. Change My Life
18. Share The Fall (2)
19. Down
20. Jazz
21. Ballet Dance


There is one obvious and immediately apparent aspect to this album, and that is its length. After 2 hours and 13 minutes of listening to Drum 'n' Bass you are about ready to call it a day.

This does not mean, however, that when you listen to this album in shorter dosages, you can't recognise its quality. Roni Size/Reprazent clearly make one of the best Drum 'n' Bass albums by smartly using Jazz elements together with the elements that Goldie had already introduced the mainstream to in Timeless.

The main problem with the album is then its length, not only of the album itself but of the individual tracks which often bore you to tears after you've gotten over some interesting element in the composition of the thing. On the other hand it works well as background music, and you won't have to change album for more than 2 hours.

Track Highlights

1. Hi Potent
2. Heroes
3. Brown Paper Bag
4. Digital

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The double-disc set was the winner of the Mercury Music Prize in 1997, and often cited as their magnum opus. In the UK, the first disc was released by itself, while two different vinyl versions exist. The most common pressing is a 4LP version listed below, and the other pressing is a 5LP set and consists of the second disc of the CD version, with "Heroes" and "Digital" appended to the end; each song takes up one side each, with "Intro" and "Hi-Potent" taking the first side.

A shorter version of Brown Paper Bag:

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