Roni Size/Reprazent’s New Forms was a benchmark for not just the drum ‘n’ bass genre that it leapt from, but for all types of electronic music. ‘New Forms Vol. 2′ is set for UK release on April 7th, 2008.
Released a decade ago in 1997, the album’s title was apt with a sound that surpassed any previous drum ‘n’ bass efforts and brought the genre to a whole new audience. After catapulting its creators to music’s top table, the crowning achievement was winning the Mercury Prize in the same year, beating the likes of Radiohead, Primal Scream and two of Size’s dance music peers, Chemical Brothers and Prodigy. To mark this anniversary, Roni Size has returned to re-edit New Forms. “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” & “Heroes”. 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.”
Three brand new tracks will also be included, including the single “Don’t Hold Back”, which manages to not only sound like a perfect bedfellow for the original thirteen tracks on New Forms but is also thoroughly contemporary. Not surprising perhaps, considering the timeless quality that Roni Size/Reprazent captured through the likes of “Heroes”, “Share The Fall” and the top 20 single “Brown Paper Bag”. New single, “Don’t Hold Back” will be released on March 31st, 2008 one week before the reissue of New Forms2.