To celebrate their 20th anniversary Roni Size & Reprazent presented their acclaimed Mercury Music Prize-winning New Forms as a deluxe 4CD and a separate 2LP reissue through Mercury Records/Universal Music on November 10, 2017.
To commemorate the era-defining drum’n’bass album New Forms, the package will feature a New Forms 20th-anniversary live hardware mix programmed by Roni featuring previously unreleased remixes and re-edits, remixes from drum ‘n’ bass legends such as Grooverider, Source Direct and Krust (previously only released on vinyl) and the 2017 remaster of the original 2CD / LP.
One of the definitive electronic albums of the 90s, New Forms brought drum’n’bass into the mainstream. Fighting off industry heavyweights including the Spice Girls, The Prodigy, Suede, Radiohead, Primal Scream and The Chemical Brothers, Roni Size & Reprazent won the 1997 Mercury Music Prize, going on to sell 300,000 units in the UK with its release on BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud records.
Reprazent were a Bristol-based collective brought together by Roni that included DJs Die, Suv and Krust as well as Dynamite MC and vocalist Onallee. Akin to their fellow Bristolians Massive Attack, they grew up on a diverse diet of influences including street soul, hip hop, electro, reggae and dub. They weaved elements of each with the new electronic sounds of jungle and break-beats to create drum ‘n’ bass – of which New Forms is one of the defining masterpieces.
20 years since being propelled into the mainstream, drum ‘n’ bass continues to thrive with artists including Chase and Status, Sigma, and Wilkinson dominating the charts, all of whom acknowledge Roni Size & Reprazent as forefathers of the scene. Whilst Grime, a genre with a similarly unique cultural heritage, enjoys its moment – it feels like perfect timing to honour New Forms as the seminal milestone in British music as it is.
This Autumn to further celebrate 20 years of New Forms, Roni Size took his ground breaking audio-visual live show to Hospitality in the Park, London on Saturday, 23 September before widely touring throughout the world. Having debuted earlier this year at the Oval Space and since showcased at Moovin Festival and The Downs, the combined live instrument and hardware show features state of the art production and 3D effect projection mapping in the form of the ‘light box’; and marks the first time Roni has performed the Mercury Prize winning album New Forms as a solo performer.
WED 6 DEC || CAMBRIDGE
THU 7 DEC || NEW YORK
FRI 8 DEC || WASHINGTON D.C.
SAT 9 DEC || ATLANTA
TUE 12 DEC || OKLAHOMA
WED 13 DEC || KANSAS
THUR 14 DEC || LOS ANGELES
FRI 15 DEC || ORLANDO
SAT 16 DEC || HOUSTON
Artist: Roni Size & Reprazent
Album: New Forms (20th Anniversary)
Label: Mercury Records / Universal Music
Release date: 10th November, 2017