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New Forms

Roni Size

1997

New Forms

Album Summary

New Forms is the debut studio album by British drum and bass group Roni Size & Reprazent. It was originally released on 23 June 1997 through Talkin' Loud, and later re-released by Mercury Records and Universal Music Group. The album was released to critical and commercial success, winning the 1997 Mercury Prize, certifying platinum in the UK, and often being cited as their magnum opus.New Forms was promoted by the release of its four singles, "Share the Fall", "Heroes", "Brown Paper Bag" and "Watching Windows", all landing on the UK Singles Chart and featuring vocals from Onallee. The album features production credits from Roni Size, Krust, DJ Die and Suv.

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Rating

2.63

Votes

4589

Genres

  • Electronica
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Wed Jun 23 2021
1

This is one that really shows the UK bias in this list. I don't think anyone (non-UK people, anyway) outside of drum and bass or DJ culture would consider this any kind of essential album - it's cultural relevance is pretty niche in the rest of the world - so I don't know how much it belongs here. That said, giving it a fair hearing, I didn't enjoy it too much. I could get into some of the beats but the overall style and production sounds very dated and I found most of the vocals kind of embarrassing.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
1

Listening to this entire album felt like having a panic attack in the back row of an international flight. 2

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Very rare for an electronic/dance music album to win the Mercury Music Prize but it is completely unprecedented for a drum and bass album. I'd be surprised if it will ever happen again. This is one of the albums that put drum & bass on the mainstream music map. It's a wicked album, super pioneering, blending lots of different influences, particularly jazz and hiphop. You've also got to factor in the timing of it, artist-led d&b albums were not common in 1997. And it still sounds fresh! "In The Mode" might edge "New Forms" for tunage, but it is nowhere near as groundbreaking or influential. 10/10

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

A classic. This album was one of the first DnB albums I heard and definitely helped send me down the path.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Was a really tough call between a 4 and a 5. On the one hand it’s a seminal album that has influenced a lot of the music that I like nowadays, with some classic d&b tracks in there. On the other, I felt it dragged a bit and some of the tracks went by without really making an impact. I’m also not sure I’d listen to this as a full album all that regularly, which should rule it out as a 5. But it’s difficult to ignore it’s legacy and influence. This is the most torn I’ve been about my scoring of an album yet.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

When the drums started I was like "alright this is not bad." Hip hop but sorta jungle electronica-ish? Not bad to have on in the background while working (which I am doing now). I like New Forms... uh huh, uh huh, uh huh. Reminds me a bit of DJ Shadow, there's a darkness here that I like. Oh shit this is the 2hr album. I did enjoy it, but Jungle/DnB is very draining lol, but I was working and trying to stay awake so it worked well. 3.5 up to 4.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Familiar with the full vocal remix of Brown Paper Bag from an MTV comp called AMP2. Fondly remember watching AMP late at night and am generally a fan of this era of electronic music. 1 cd alone can hold an indulgent amount of music in 70+ mins but a double cd is alot to take in. Had to listen in two separate sessions. Though drum n bass is very "meaty" as far as electronic music goes, the higher BPMs over the course of a double cd can be exhausting if you're not on drugs. Like the upright bass sound. I think I prefer the 2nd disc from "Intro" on. Its more instrumental/atmospheric and has a wider range of moods.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Without a doubt it’s a classic of the genre however drum & bass is now considered quite niche and has stepped in and out of fashion since its late 90’s heyday. New Forms is up there with Timeless & Modus Operandi and is maybe a bit more accessible, Heroes & Watching Windows being big singles. It’s the likes of Brown Paper Bag, Hot Stuff & Down where the surgically produced bass come to the fore. Hadn’t listened to this in a while and to be honest picked out a few tracks for the review. Still stands up!

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Kinda cool, but nothing crazy

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

I remember this sounding like the future when it came out. It still sounds fresh, but time has tamed it. Runs out of steam and becomes irritating in places.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Every song was easily a minute or two too long. I have a lot of drum n' bass, but the songs either need to ba shortened or another theme needs to be put in there. They were getting tedious. I appreciated him for what he was trying to do, but... man.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

The drum and bass feels pretty dated. But they do some interesting stuff with it.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Very conflicted here. I like this - some of it very much - but it just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

There was drum and there was bass

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Wed Mar 31 2021
1

power of the what now?! foreskin? no thank u champ. am i gonna be able to listen to this whole thing?! really not feeling it

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Sun Nov 14 2021
1

There is no universe or reality in which this is an essential album. It does nothing well and is not unique or memorable. 78 minutes of the same mediocre d&b beat over and over again.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Wowwwww some jungle history. Incredible

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Super new millennium vibes, those drums were amazing

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Interesting d&b album!

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Yes. I remember a couple of these tracks from release, and enjoyed at the time. Listening back now I'm pleasantly surprised at how cohesive, catchy and just plain good this album is. Gets five stars for freshness, even after 25 years.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

Epitomises a genre I love and that was uniquely British in its inception despite obvious influences from hip-hop, jazz etc.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

I don't need to review this. 5* all day long.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Yes, this is great! I already know and love this album. Drum and bass is a style of electronic music I'm not massively familiar with. I guess it's mostly a singles-oriented club genre - but this one is an ambitious, fully-realised album that also makes you want to get on a dancefloor. I love the cerebral ambient moments combined with thumping energy. I love the basslines, which I guess are often being sampled from jazz/funk/soul records? I actually think the shorter version (which was originally the 1CD/cassette release) works amazingly in a single sitting, but I'm not opposed to hearing the whole 140-minute double album anytime! 5*

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Forgot how much I loved the songs on this album - reminder of the 90’s and whilst at Uni

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

4.5 stars. Probably not the first drum'n'bass record to have heavy jazz sounds and influences, but certainly the landmark album (and a 2CD behemoth at that!) establishing what is still a very active subgenre and world of music. Classic.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Excellent drum & bass album. It felt rather repetitive at first, but I got into it once the more familiar tracks kicked in, and on the second listen it all fell into place nicely.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

This album on computer speakers: 2* This album on headphones: 5* and that's the way I first listened to it at the time, so I go with the 5*

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Yeah, I'm definitely biased for this one. I'm a British guy who loves a lot of electronic music and was introduced to Drum and Bass at a young age. I can only imagine the effect it had at release, winning the 1997 Mercury Prize and likely being one of the seminal albums that brought DnB to a mainstream audience. It's impossible for me not to love this album. I just wish more DnB songs utilised a double bass. Favourite: Brown Paper Bag

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

Awesome background music but super long

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Wed Dec 02 2020
4

Cool vibes, a little on the experimental side for me, but would be good background jams for a hangout.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Album très intéressant. Drum and bass, rap, RnB, tout y est.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Like this, much stronger at the start than the end where it gets a bit non descript. Nice nostalgia

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Strong but why is this SO long

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Was between a 3 and a 4 but have rounded up for the Ket song, which I’ll now be sneaking into playlists at appropriate times 😏 a classic album which has grown on me over the years

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Seminal, timeless, silky smooth d&b bangers. A few of the tracks did feel a bit samey

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

It's between a 4 and 5 for me and it's such and inspiring album for me. But i'm going with a 4 because I know that there are albums that have influenced me even more than this. Buuuuut it is amazing and on top of it I can hear how a lot of of stuff is made and even had (and still have) some of the same vintage synths and samplers that it sounds like have been used on it - which adds to it for me.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

sounds a litttle dated now, but really good innovative stuff

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Very chill. Liked it a lot.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Weird funky beats sounds dope. One of the better albums so far!

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Classic. Songs a little overlong at times though, with not quite enough progression and development. Worthy album on the 1,000 list just for ‘Brown Paper Bag’ alone.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Remembering why it was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Al principio del disco me vino a la mente "Las chicas superpoderosas", jaja, pero pues fluyó bien, me gustó la energía que emana y yo creo que sirve tanto para drogarse como para estar trabajando chill sin tener que ponerle mucha atención a la música. Canciones fav: "New Forms", "Mad Cat", "Heroes". 8/10

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

House of Darkness basement banger.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Gorgeous. Just so, so gorgeous. Beautiful melodies. Flawless beats. Like making sweet, sweet love to a box fresh sex doll.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

good. dead long, very out of place sat at my desk on a wednesday afternoon.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Gets an extra star for Brown Paper Bag

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Bit long

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Still sounds amazing

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Uhuhu. That's some serious music.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Intense, du bon electro comme tout les albums sur cette liste. Ca doit etre bon pour courrir franchement, mais pour travailler. Un peu intense. 4.15

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

I am extremely surprised to see a DnB/Jungle album on here. The sound is a little dated now but I still love it. I’m probably eating this higher than normal since I love DnB

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Pretty good! Hadn't heard of this artist at all before

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Wed May 04 2022
4

I used to love drum and bass but never really saw the point in Dance Music that you don’t dance to. This album bridges the gap somewhat with more hip hop influenced vocals, jazzy double bass and skittery live drums. I mostly enjoyed the half time triphop stuff like Watching Windows. It didn’t get nearly as much acclaim but Roni Size and DJ Die worked together again a few years later on Breakbeat Era, which I think really nails this style of more “listenable” D&B.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

This outdated raver stuff from the 90s brought back memories and put me on a carousel of nostalgia that I didn't want to get off of.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Didn’t think I liked D&B but this is great chilled and upbeat at the same time!

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

High energy yet chilled, interesting but long

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Big Roni Size fan but had not heard this album end-to-end. I really enjoyed it and will probably revisit. This artist sent me down a big drum n bass rabbit hole back in the 90s that I still dive into from time to time. Love the jazz and (light) reggae influences, and the vocals, while not always my cup of tea, aren't overly distracting and in the case of "watching windows" really add to it.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Took two listens to really get it, but once I did I loved it.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

omg, this album makes me anxious Almost 5 stars but -1 because the songs are too long.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

This is why I signed up for the album a day club--to discover different types of music that I wasn't familiar about and learning about how they fit into the story of their genre. I enjoyed this one immensely.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
3

D&B, 3/5

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Interesting but real long

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Okay 👌

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

3.3

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Some funky, cool sounds, but I can't listen to two hours of this.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

JUNGLE IS MASSIVE. Excellent former dnb producer that managed to shapeshift the sound in the 90s with legendary producer like Goldie.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Not bad, but not the best house/jungle/rythym-n-bass album I've heard either. Also, way, way, too long.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

90's electronic. chill dnb and jazz vibes. I actually digged this album even though im not the biggest dnb fan. A good album for ambient sound

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

A bit monotonous

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

A estas alturas reconozco que da un poco de pereza, pero no está mal.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

Good for raving ngl

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Good fun drum and bass. Long run time. Consequently, a little repetitive by the second CD.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Ok Roni, we both know I didn’t listen to the full thing, so let’s just shake hands on a 3

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Drum and bass, but jazzy enough to enjoy without the full bass experience. Some of the 7-9 minute tracks did drag on

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

interesting. album art screams 1997 to me haha. its longggggg. first thought: radiohead music but some dude rapping on top instead of toms pitiful singing lol. it's been like 40 minutes and i've liked everything minus that first track. i dont have a lot to say i simply like this type of music. but it also wasnt the absolute best. just pretty cool.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

I didn’t find this enjoyable, but I can recognize that it’s good. Because it wasn’t my thing I skipped through a lot of tracks after the first minute or so. I really thought I would enjoy some songs based off of their opening riffs, but found they were lacking.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Classic drum and bass, decent tunes

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

I'd give this album a 4-star rating if the songs were shorter. It's 139 minutes, over two hours of music, which is not necessarily bad, but this kind of compositions can get very repetitive very quickly, even though it's some pretty outstanding, classic drum'n'bass. "Lo bueno, si poco, mejor".

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

Encyclopedic, a little repetitive (not within tracks but in the tracklist, too, and in neither place self-referential), long but driving toward its telos. That destination feels a bit hollow, but the music does not: Parts of it are positively live.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Cool techno lounge

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

I can appreciate that this was somewhat either ground-breaking or genre-defining, but DNB isn't really for me. And the vocals didn't make up for anything. A good album, well produced.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Long album but good beats.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Overlong and a bit samey but still sounds better than expected.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

i feel like this one suffers from the general musical malaise of the late 90s...but it's still interesting, in its way. it holds on hard to the old jungle beats - from back when that term wasn't as problematic as it is now - which i enjoy, since it's such an insect-in-amber thing. but overall, it's just not for me. didn't like it then, don't really care about it now.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Hard to rate. Probably the best drum and bass album ever but it isn't a genre that suits albums. Brown Paper Bag is still amazing

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Probably amongst the worst things from the house of darkness malarkey. I might need to get some drugs in.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Pretty cool, but ran out of steam and interest very quickly. Probably belongs on this list but not one to return to much.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

In general, I find listening to double albums a chore, and this album is a good representation of that. I was ready to be done at the end of the first album, and then here is a full other album for me to listen to. I thought I was going to like this more. I'm a fan of DnB in general, and I remember listening to some of these songs when I was younger, but it didn't really do anything for me this time around. Part of the problem may be that I prefer more modern DnB, and this is pretty true to the roots of the genre 3/5

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

So 1001 provides multiple listings for hardcore and grunge, but only one for drum and bass - and this is it. I'm not an aficionada of D&B, but I'd say Roni is more melodic and less minimalist than most of what I've heard. The addition of Onallee on vocals is a big plus. Heroes and the other tracks she's involved in are standouts IMO. It would be nice to condense the best stuff down to a single LP.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Fand ich 1997 langweiliger als heute, und ich mochte Drum'n'Bass damals sehr. Heute trotzdem spannender, was ja nichts schlechtes ist. Vom Hocker reisst es mich aber auch nicht.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Schiebt von Beginn gut an, hievt mit „Brown Paper Bag“ gleich mal die Latte hoch, hält ein unfassbar jazzy-grooviges, dichtes Niveau und franst vielleicht aufgrund der Länge zum Ende hin ein wenig aus. (Auf Kopfhörern seltsamer Weise etwas dünner als im Auto, wobei die Stereo-Spielereien erst damit bemerkbar werden) Goulish 3.4

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

Not too bad for electronic/drum & bass music.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

After 5 songs it all starts sounding the same.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Jiggly but it's all on cruise control. Choose one for a short journey or both for the longer trips.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

This album feels so ahead of its time I feel like I heard one or two songs that sound a lot like modern dubstep, while the rest sounded like modern drum and bass. I guess the lesson that I learned is that these specific EDM subgenres are actually older than I realized. This album was fairly standard as far as drum and bass goes, but I really like drum and bass, so this album was enjoyable for me.,

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

I'd have liked this in 1997 but I never bothered with it. Much of it made me feel anxious today. Too much clubbing in 1997.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Oh, that nineties sound! Generally speaking, I like that type of music, but I do think there are better choices when it comes to the genre and the period (say, Fat Boy Slim?). Regardless, I could do with worse background music, I guess.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Fast paced fuel for driving through the city streets late at night in your 93 bmw. Good stuff

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Meh. Some synth. Some samples. Mid 90's. 3 stars

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

The Drum and Bass album it's ok to like. Phat (yep, phat) beats, use of double bass and and faceless waif vocals. It's bloated as a double album, and could be the argument needed when saying some doubles should be trimmed down to one disc. Best Tracks: Brown Paper Bag; Heroes; Hi-Potent

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Sat Jul 23 2022
3

got the sb leak yesterday so I couldn't listen but I will tomorrow

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

A really interesting genre, the bare-bones D&B tunes aren't really my thing, but add some melody and some of these are really good.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

New Forms is the debut album by British EDM group Roni Size & Reprazent. It's a drum and bass album that earned a lot of commercial success, including the 1997 Mercury Prize and being certified platinum in the UK. This is one of the first albums centering on drum and bass and it's considered the group's magnum opus. I loved the energetic drums combined with the booming bass, in addition to the nostalgia factor of hearing old school EDM. This is a great album for any EDM lovers, or music history buffs that want to hear one of the albums that blossomed the electronic dance craze.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

probably fine but it didn't move me

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

This album was a mixed bag for me, ethereal and atmospheric but also some of the relentless repetition nearly tipped me into moments of temporary insanity.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Not for me - a bit too repetitive. I guess I'm not a Drum & Bass fan!

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Prefs: Railing, Brown Paper Bag, New Forms, Morse Code, Destination, Hi-Potent, Trust Me, Change My Life, Jazz, Ballet Dance Moins prefs: Beatbox, Hot Stuff

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

I was a little scared of this album going into it, but it's actually alright. The problem is the average song length is 6 minutes, making this album over two hours long. I like a lot of the beats, but they didn't need to be six minutes long. It's a slog to get through. My favourite song was Brown Paper Bag.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

drum'n bass particolare, molto pop. brani diversi tra loro

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

non tanto il mio genere però ci stava

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

I think I liked the second part more than the first, I don’t know if it was part of the original album or not, these electronic artists seem really into themselves. 5 hour 20th anniversary release, who are you? Wilco!? There is some ok stuff here, I really want to hand out a 2 but as much as this album annoys me there is some decent music here.Morse Code was an assault on my ears and I hate the man for it. Fuck this prick, 3/5

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Listens: 1 Enjoyed: not really The beats alone would be pretty good, not something I'd actively seek out though. I also think the music was stronger in areas where there were no lyrics Probably a very low 3

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Such an interesting mix of hip hop and jazz. Great sound engineering

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Good instrumentals

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Well, getting a bad feeling just from the album title... But I like it just fine. A little speedy for first thing in the morning! Overall pretty good, though I like more melody or more aggro in my electronic music.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

I was vaguely familiar with Roni Size and this album before listening. I went through a phase where I listed to a lot in this genre but it's all a blur. Regardless, I liked it—would have to be in the right frame of mind to toss it on.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

I know this is considered the essential drum and bass album, but two hours is just too long. At its best, the album is fantastic, highly layered, and frenzied, but it just goes on for too long.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Je connaissais ce nom, mais je crois que c’est ma première écoute d’un album entier. C’est un album important pour le Drum n Bass. Il y a plusieurs moments intéressants sur cet album, mais étant à la base un style répétitif, 2 disques c’est très long. Ça a nuie à mon appréciation globale du disque. Les pièces avec du vocal sont les plus intéressantes. Ayant remporté le Mercury Prize, pour ce genre de musique, je comprends qu’il soit sur la liste. En session fractionné, ça se prend mieux.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

More scungy UK electronic shit... guess this is my punishment for complaining about it yesterday? And this time an hour and 20 minutes! About halfway in now and it all sounds exactly the same... ugh, fuck this. 2/5.

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Fri Oct 16 2020
2

Not for me

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

Not really my bag

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

My initial impression is that it's alright - I do like drum n' bass, and there are some great beats, but I just don't know if I'm feeling it all that much.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Der 2. Song ist zu lang. Der 3. Song ist zu lang. Die Synthezizer-Figur im 6. Song nervt kolossal, nach ihrer Ausblendung wird er aber auch kaum erträglicher. Ich habe nach dem 7. Song aufgegeben. Drum 'n bass ist irgendwie doch auch immer nur dasselbe: irgendwo rasselt eine snare, kick, hi-hat oder alles zusammen und das war‘s dann.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Way too long and boring. DNF.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Liking this a song in - sample based? Sounds like it could be contemporary. Defies genre a bit, which I appreciate. 2hrs 20 minutes? Good Lord. Meant for hookah bars and Amsterdam coffee shops with that kind of length. Halfway through getting a better sense of the "genre." This is what 2am feels like when you're trying to rally but you know you're too damn tired. The first two tracks were great, the other 21 left me wanting.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

I love electronic music in general, and Aphex Twin, Squarpusher, and Autechre in particular. That said, I found this album to be boring.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Drums and bass. Vamos, música máquina. Fría, sintética, repetitiva, coñazo.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

I listened to a deluxe version of this album. Still only really liked one song.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

1.5 fine - jungle not really my thing

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Drum&Bass simple "New Forms"

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

3/10. Much too long to listen to this whole album. The music itself wasn't terrible, but was a bit too frantic to be great background music, and a bit to samey to listen to actively.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

Listened to about half. What. 3

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

this has some interesting ideas but it's grating more often than it grooves, and it's honestly pretty audacious to make a 2 hour 20 minute album with such little variety throughout. 3/10

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Erg oldschool drum&bass. Dit is niet hetzelfde op album als in een zaal of op een festival. Nu werd het al snel wat langdradig en zeer veel van het zelfde.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Not as bad as I thought it would be

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Hmm, this would be a 2.5 if I could do half stars. Of all the electronic based music I listen to, this would go at the bottom, so I suppose that's a 2.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

kinda okay

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

Fun intro to techno but not my favorite.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Uh, okay. Don't hate. Don't like. It kinda sounds like my computer is skipping and that's not a comfortable sound.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

Bij de eerste geluiden dacht ik " Yes, jungle!" maar het werd toch wat tragere drum'n bass met weinig leuke geluidjes. Heerlijke muziek voor een zaterdag nacht na een avond wild stappen. Verder valt het me wat tegen. Het nummer "Heroes" heeft wel wat. **

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

Ok, drum&bass isn't my thing. It's ok and fine as background music. Actually surprised me that there are some good, interesting tracks in there. But TWO HOURS LONG. Seriously.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

My complaint about this album mirrors my complaint about David Holmes' body of work; There is just nothing here that warrants a second listen. The album sounds fine and would work well in a movie soundtrack, but there are 1000 artists who do similar music and do it better,

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Drum & Bass genre album that sounds very typical late 90s. The album is quite long and sounds somewhat experimental. Not really my thing. 4/10.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Musically this album is fine. You've gotta really love yourself some drum & bass to want this much of it. The beats are pretty repetitive and samey, if fast-shuffling and energetic. It would make for some decent workout music. I really liked "Hi-Potent," but most of the others kind of blur together. And yes, this album is overly long, so very, very long. I wonder when I see these long debut albums if the artist feared they would never get another album, so they throw in all the things. It rarely pans out and Roni Size really needed to pare this down. If the album were half this length, I might have given it a 3, but I don't really see myself revisiting this one at all. Fave Songs: Hi-Potent, Trust Me, Morse Code, Electricks, Paper Bag

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Mon Nov 01 2021
2

Not really for me.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
2

Back in 97 this drum and bass album may have been very influential and innovative but 2 hrs of it, really? I could only listen to a few tracks before boredom set in.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

Quite dated...excessive break beats, monotonous keyboards, boring vocals. This is interesting only as a representative of its period. I'm giving it two stars to be generous but it's really a 1.5

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

Amazing how certain places can spawn so much in a certain genre - another electronica group from Bristol. I didn't hate it. Well, at least the first 4 tracks, which had cool bass lines and beats (I really enjoyed Railing). But they did get a little too repetitive and monotonous for my liking (don't need 7min of the same bass line and drum beat). I couldn't stand Digital (9min of repetition and not even good beats) and that started a steady decline of electronic junk. So I guess I liked a third of the album. Maybe.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

Tylsää jumputusta ja vaikka luultavasti onkin jonkinlainen genren pioneeri, en saa tästä oikein mitään irti. Lähinnä häiritsi työntekoon keskittymistä. Kax.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

Tämä oli aika turha levy, ylipitkä konemusiikkipläjäys ja ei mitenkään erityisen kiinnostava. Levyn alussa olin positiivisella mielellä, että nythän on mukavia rumpurytmejä, mutta innostus lopahti hyvin nopeasti.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

Could have been a few hours shorter. I appreciate that not every genre can or should appeal to everyone. If it did, it would be so generic and lowest common denominator that everyone would rate it as 2 or 3 at most. While I'm sure this isn't a very popular album on this list, the idea that there are people out there, throwing down the 5-stars and rave reviews, to me, is a good thing. I'm glad you like it!

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

Okay I guess.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Not my cup of tea

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

couldn't finish

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

How can something be mysterious and devoid of character?

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Is this what they meant by repetitive beats? It's ok but long-winded. At least Jazz and Prog kind go places. This just plays the same riffs over the same drum patterns without going anywhere

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

A couple songs were interesting. They all kind of started blending together after a while

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

Not my style. Chose to listen to this album first thing in the morning. Wrong choise, couldn't get into it. Feel like album would click with me if I listened at night.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
2

I found this grating and unedifying.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
2

I wasn't feeling it.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

Its just not really my thing

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Sun Apr 17 2022
2

I will confess I didn't get through the whole album, but with about half I think I heard enough to rate. I haven't had a lot of exposure to drum and bass so it was nice to be able to check some out. It was entirely inoffensive but didn't do that much for me and wasn't really very interesting to actively listen to.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
2

D&B isn't really my style of music, so I wouldn't have listened to this on my own. It was mostly not unpleasant and totally fine in the background, so I guess it was a good experience to expand my general music knowledge. That said, it was never much more than "not unpleasant" and there were a couple of unpleasant parts or tracks, especially on the first disc. Speaking of multiple discs, this album was definitely also way too long. I'm pretty surprised at myself that I finished it, I wasn't expecting to when I started listening to it. Some of the individual tracks were too long considering how repetitive they were and the album quality would certainly be higher by just cutting some of the less interesting tracks.

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Sun May 01 2022
2

Not a huge drum and bass fan. Unless you are I think you will find this album too long and too repetitive.

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Mon May 02 2022
2

Mais de duas horas de batidas que se perdem.

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Mon May 16 2022
2

Although I could appreciate the quality of this album, no studio release should be over two hours long. I had to skip the final five tracks as it felt as though the same one was continuing indefinitely. This would get a 4 for the quality, but as a listenable album it just makes a 2.

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Thu May 19 2022
2

I had already listened to this on a road trip in November based on it being part of jkav’s musical journey. Its looong and I don’t need to hear it again although I tried for about 10 minutes.

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Thu May 19 2022
2

Outdated raver stuff from the 90's. This was hard to get into, the tempo was too fast and the samples outlived their usefulness and were way more repetitive than necessary. Was bothersome to listen to, I felt like I was on the It's a Small World ride at Disneyland or inside a microwave on a carousel that wouldn't stop.

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Mon May 30 2022
2

Hmmmm. Yeah this is a strange one... there's some musical stuff to be heard on here, but I just don't understand the purpose of this music. Is it techno, is it soul, is it pop? Whatever it is, it sure ain't for me. Strange to deem this one of the 1001.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

I remember absolutely hating this when it came out in 1997, I was a guitars-and-bucket-hats indie kid and this was just painful, particularly Brown Paper Bag which was *everywhere*. People were raving about this album and I just didn't get it. 25 years on, and my musical horizons have widened, and although I don't hate it quite as much, I don't really get the fuss. It seems to be the same beat all the way through with noodly moogs. I won't turn off Brown Paper Bag in disgust anymore these days, but I don't really want to listen to a whole album of it. Especially one that goes on for 78min.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

Very repetitive. Each song sound like a repetitive loop, played over and over again - repetitively. (Notice how repetitive I was there?) Not one song really stood out as unique or interesting. It is worth playing in the background when you don't care what you're listening to, so, I give it a 2 of 5

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Thu Jun 16 2022
2

Jungle DJ has too much rhythm to trip himself up while finding his feet.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

Brown paper bag would make very good telephone hold music.. ..and that's about it for me. Lots of strange noises, beats, electronica - nothing of any interest. Mad cat sounds like a modern version of The Waiting Room from The Lamb.. and that predates this by 45 years - so not as new as he'd like to think.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Ovo bi slušali u Zionu na partiju u Matrix reloaded. Dosadan mi je. Previše basa i bubnjeva.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

Tää tais olla sitä junglee. Erittäin jepa muutaman biisin annoksina, mut kokonaisena levynä käy tylsäks

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

Jollain tavalla kyllä lämpesin ja genre jäi rullaamaan videopelin taustalle, mutta ehkä kolmonen on kuitenkin liikaa.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
2

A bit mediocre, dissappointing. I was hoping for some decent edm stuff

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Too long! I’ve lost patience and given up before Ben the first hour is up. The drum and bass is good enough, but too much airy-fairy ambience and electro blips. What’s wrong with distilling it down to under 60 minutes of proper songs - even Brown paper bag and Heroes out stay their (admittedly enjoyable) welcome. Another reason to see the Mercury Music Prize as pretentious, overblown and a bit snooty really. I do appreciate that they are trying to be cool, edgy and relevant by praising black music, but really?! I would have given 3 if it was under 60 minutes!

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

This is a weird one to review. I didn't hate it but I also didn't notice when the album was over and Spotify autoplayed an unknown number of other drum and bass songs. Good background music. It's possible Roni Size influenced those additional tracks but my untrained ear doesn't know it. Favorite: Brown Paper Bag

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Sounds like a soundtrack to a third party racing game for dreamcast

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

All drums all bass but gets repetitive

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Batshit

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Didn’t like this one very much. Was able to get through it but I just didn’t care for it. I thought it was kinda creative at times and it made me feel nostalgic for the 90s, but that’s about it.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
2

Didn't mind this one at all and there were some fun bits here and there (Beatbox especially) but it did not need to be so long

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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

Drum and Bass doesn't do much for me. I understand the appreciation for fast, danceable rhythms but I'm not really that kind of guy. A lot of this album feels very samey and not all that interesting outside of the sort of jazz influence. This reminds me a lot of the music I'd hear in Parkour Fortress servers that I would play on when I was younger, which was a fun soundtrack for running around to. I'm going to go play that now.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

Mostly repetitive.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
2

War nicht soooo schlimm aber nicht mein genre

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Sun Sep 18 2022
2

The only version I can be bothered to find is disk 1 and I’am really not that bothered in going into another hours worth of music… The first song railing kinda reminded me of the streets in the whole talking/rapping chatting style the track has it’s nice but I don’t love it. Brown paper bag is way too long for what it is but it’s a fun instrumental after railing… I was originally gonna track by track the rest of the album but I think this sums up my thoughts across the album… The guy that programmed in the drums only knows like 5 beats I swear and the vocals are so disconnected from the music being played with the way their recorded. The album shows moments of hope jn all of the additional textures added but I still nearly fell asleep 2/5 (but it’s very close to a 1).

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

All sounds the same, boring

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Booster, performance review, trivia, kinda eventful day, no?

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Sun Oct 16 2022
2

Electronic is definitely not my jam. Can see how it inspired other bands, but didn't dig the sound.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

Nice beats

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Mon Oct 31 2022
2

Meh

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Mon Oct 31 2022
2

Okay I was expecting a lot worse from something Ryan said he likes

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

At half the lengte it would have been 3 stars.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

Oh my. The range of emotions on seeing this as my album and then starting listening. “Roni Size? Do I know them? (Start listening) oh yes I do know them! (Keeps listening) quite like this (continues listening) oh no (looks at length of album) oh no no no (turns music off)”

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

Intéressant le mix D&B et hip-hop R'N'B. Ça tourne un peu en rond à la longue. Il n’y a pas beaucoup de recherche dans les beats.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

2.5 It isn’t bad, but kind of boring.

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Thu May 13 2021
1

Not my thing.

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Thu May 13 2021
1

0.6

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