New Forms album cover
New Forms

Roni Size

Talkin' Loud

Like Goldie, Ron Size & Reprazent helped to shift jungle from its reggae-derived origins into a more soul-, jazz-, and hip-hop-based genre that came to be called drum and bass. New Forms is practically a textbook for that transition — check the jazzy bass sample that underlies the spare jungle breakbeat on “Brown Paper Bag,” the way an Amen break cuts through the atmospherics of “Matter of Fact,” and the subtly swinging and aptly titled “Jazz.” Old-school jungle is still present on this album, but you can hear it kind of gasping for air.

Rick Anderson

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