Club: Why Size matters.
IN THE world of drum and bass there really is only one don and he goes by the name of Roni Size.
The Bristol boy, who was expelled from school as a teen and learned his music craft at a local youth club, went on in the mid-1990s to form Reprazent. the music collective, along with Die, Krust, DJ Suv, MC Dynamite, and vocalist Onallee.
Then just when no-one saw it coming, in 1997 the outfit snatched the prestigious Mercury Prize from under the noses of luminaries like Radiohead. the Chemical Brothers and the Prodigy.
The album that bagged them the accolade was the seminal New Forms which-said drum and bass aficionados at the time - set a new standard for drum and bass and went platinum catapulting drum and bass and jungle sounds into the spotlight.
With the prize in the bag and the critics onside Roni went off in search of solo fame releasing two solo albums, Touching Down and Return to V. But some said none really lived up to the promise of Reprazent's masterpiece and the drum and bass scene moved out of the mainstream and back underground. But a decade on from the original New Forms release, Roni (real name Ryan Williams) has returned to the studio to mark the album's anniversary by re-editing it into a new deluxe edition.
"The first generation of heads who were there with the rise of Reprazent & Roni Size will be able to reminisce over the last decade with the classics Brown Paper Bag, Share The Fall and Heroes," says the man himself.
"The generation of those who missed it will be able to appreciate the album with the new coat of armour I have added to the original tracks. I think fans of the original album always appreciated what we did with the technology of the day. This latest version shows what is possible now."
For the special re-release, three brand new tracks have been added, including Don't Hold Back which will be the new single (out on March 3 to be followed by the album on March 17) and best of all for fans the collective will be touring the UK and making a stop off next month at our own Chibuku.
Like the man says, if you weren't around to appreciate the best drum and bass had to offer the first time, now is your chance.
Chibuku at the Masque, February 16 with Reprazent - live.For more info see www.chibuku.com