by Breakbeat EraBreakbeat Era


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Roni Size is the Bill Clinton of jungle, a politician of the groove whose only goal is to make everybody happy. If Roni Size and Reprazent's 1997 double CD New Forms perfected drum 'n' bass populism in its mix of hip-hop, soul, and fluid, friendly breakbeat science, his new project Breakbeat Era attempts to take jungle to the people in a different package. Harder, darker, but just as potent, Ultra-Obscene is the most immediately memorable record of its kind in quite some time. Not unlike Lamb's Fear of Fours, Size's collaboration with DJ Die and singer Leonie Laws, is an incredibly bracing mix of frantic beats and tough diva vocals. Roni provides the body, Laws brings the soul, and a wonderful time is had by all. From the upright bass-driven jazz stylings of "Breakbeat Era" to the roundhouse riddim rocking and Björk-esque rant, "Anti-Everything," this is an album that can at once attack and soothe the soul. At points, Law's already edgy vocals contour to fit the jagged beats to evoke a more sensual version of the Eurythmics or Sneaker Pimps. Like an email encounter that ends in holy matrimony, love between man, woman, and machine rarely seems so idyllic.

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Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949042820
catalogNumber: 90428

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