New Forms

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New Forms
Studio album by Roni Size / Reprazent
Released 30 June 1997 (1997-06-30)
Genre Drum and bass
Jazzstep
Length 139:54 (CD)
57:17 (4x vinyl)
54:20 (5x vinyl)
Label Talkin' Loud
Producer Roni Size
Roni Size / Reprazent chronology
Music Box
(1995)
New Forms
(1997)
In the Møde
(2000)

New Forms is the debut album by the drum and bass act Roni Size / Reprazent and was released in 1997. The double-disc set was the winner of the Mercury Music Prize in 1997,[1] and often cited as their magnum opus.

A companion remix album, Replica, was also released. It includes "Western", the UK b-side of the "Brown Paper Bag" single, along with various remixes of album tracks.

The album went on to be re-recorded as New Forms² in 2008.

Releases[edit]

The album was released in various formats with slightly different track lists. In the UK, there was a 2CD version and a single disc edition, and the vinyl was released in both 4LP and 5LP versions. Of the two vinyl versions, the most common pressing is the 4LP version comprising most of the first CD; the 5LP set includes tracks from the second CD, replacing "Intro" with "Heroes" and "Digital", which are appended to the end.[2] In the US, only the 2CD version was released, though this contained the bonus track of "Electricks".

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

New Forms entered the UK Albums Chart during the week ending 5 July 1997 and peaked at number 8.[3] By September 2011, the album had sold 325,000 copies in the United Kingdom since its release.[4]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[5]
BBC Music (favourable)[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin (8/10)[9]

New Forms was released to generally favourable reviews. Allmusic described the album as "the major statement on drum'n'bass",[5] while in 2010 BBC Music noted that it "carved a mainstream niche for drum and bass like no album before it".[6] Pitchfork Media's Ryan Schreiber was less generous, commenting that the album "doesn't really get decent until the second half of disc one".[7]

Track listing[edit]

CD pressing

All songs written and composed by Roni Size, except where noted. 

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Railing" (Size, Dominic Smith) 2:05
2. "Brown Paper Bag"   9:03
3. "New Forms" (Size, Bahamadia, Suv) 7:45
4. "Let's Get It On"   6:57
5. "Digital" (Size, Onallee) 9:05
6. "Matter of Fact"   4:05
7. "Mad Cat"   4:56
8. "Heroes" (Size, Onallee) 6:35
9. "Share the Fall (full vocal mix)" (Size, Onallee, Die, Krust) 6:13
10. "Watching Windows" (Size, Onallee) 5:33
11. "Beatbox" (Size, Suv) 1:09
12. "Morse Code"   6:58
13. "Destination" (Size, Onallee, Ben Watt, Tracey Thorn) 8:12
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   0:54
2. "Hi-Potent"   6:53
3. "Trust Me"   6:26
4. "Change My Life"   8:27
5. "Share the Fall" (Size, Onallee, Die, Krust) 6:26
6. "Down" (Size, Die) 6:51
7. "Jazz" (Size, Suv) 6:04
8. "Hot Stuff" (Size, Krust) 6:32
9. "Ballet Dance" (Size, Die) 6:41
10. "Electricks" (US bonus track; appears on Japanese pressings as "Treatment") 6:17
4x Vinyl pressing
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Brown Paper Bag"   9:10
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "New Forms" (Size, Bahamadia, Suv) 7:48
2. "Railing" (Size, Dominic Smith) 2:05
Side C
No. Title Length
1. "Let's Get It On"   7:02
Side D
No. Title Length
1. "Share the Fall (full vocal mix)" (Size, Onallee, Die, Krust) 5:48
Side E
No. Title Length
1. "Matter of Fact"   4:05
Side F
No. Title Length
1. "Mad Cat"   4:56
Side G
No. Title Length
1. "Morse Code"   6:42
2. "Beatbox" (Size, Suv) 1:11
Side H
No. Title Length
1. "Destination" (Size, Onalee, Ben Watt, Tracey Thorn) 8:13
5x Vinyl pressing
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Hi-Potent"   6:53
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Trust Me"   6:26
Side C
No. Title Length
1. "Change My Life"   8:27
Side D
No. Title Length
1. "Share the Fall" (Size, Onallee, Die, Krust) 6:26
Side E
No. Title Length
1. "Down" (Size, Die) 6:51
Side F
No. Title Length
1. "Jazz" (Size, Suv) 6:04
Side G
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Stuff" (Size, Krust) 6:32
Side H
No. Title Length
1. "Ballet Dance" (Size, Die) 6:41
Side I
No. Title Length
1. "Heroes (album version)" (Size, Onallee) 6:34
Side J
No. Title Length
1. "Digital" (Size, Onallee) 9:04

New Forms²[edit]

New Forms²
Studio album by Roni Size/Reprazent
Released 2008
Genre Drum and bass
Jazzstep
Length 72:10
Label Talkin' Loud
Producer Roni Size
Roni Size/Reprazent chronology
Return to V
(2005)
New Forms²
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
IDJ 5/5 stars
Mojo 4/5 stars
Resident Advisor 2/5 stars[10]

New Forms² is a 2008 remake of the original New Forms album. Roni Size has described it as having a "new coat of armour added to the original tracks".[11] The album contains four new songs: "Heart to Heart", "Less is More", "Don't Hold Back" and "Encore", while omitting several of the songs from the original pressing. The majority of the record features edited versions of previous tracks, with segues throughout. The most drastic cuts occur to "Brown Paper Bag" and "Let's Get It On", which are reduced by over five minutes each; the latter becoming a simple ambient interlude.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Roni Size, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Railings" (Size, Dominic Smith) 2:05
2. "Brown Paper Bag"   3:46
3. "New Forms" (Size, Bahamadia, Suv) 4:47
4. "Let's Get It On"   1:41
5. "Trust Me"   5:03
6. "Digital" (Size, Onallee) 6:35
7. "Matter of Fact"   3:57
8. "Heroes" (Size, Onallee) 4:14
9. "Share the Fall (full vocal mix)" (Size, Onallee, Die, Krust) 6:09
10. "Heart to Heart" (Size, Onallee) 4:51
11. "Less Is More" (Size, Suv) 6:15
12. "Down" (Size, Die) 5:12
13. "Hi-Potent"   5:08
14. "Don't Hold Back" (Size, Dominic Smith) 2:57
15. "Beatbox" (Size, Suv) 1:09
16. "Encore"   4:31
17. "Destination" (Size, Onallee, Ben Watt, Tracey Thorn) 3:51

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RA: Roni Size biography". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Roni Size / Reprazent – New Forms (5x12", Album) at Discogs". 
  3. ^ "Roni Size/Reprazent". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mercury Prize Winners – The Guardian Google spreadsheet". Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Bush, John. "New Forms – Roni Size, Roni Size & Reprazent". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Diver, Mike (25 October 2010). "BBC – Music – Review of Roni Size & Reprazent – New Forms". BBC Music. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Schreiber, Ryan (1 November 1997). "Roni Size: New Forms [with Reprazent]: Pitchfork Record Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Reynolds, Simon (December 1997). Reviews – RoniSize/Reprazent – New Forms. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 153–. ISSN 08863032. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Glazebrook, James (2 April 2008). "RA Reviews: Roni Size & Reprazent – New Forms 2 (Album)". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Roni Size/Reprazent: New Forms 2 release + "Don’t Hold Back" single". Band Weblogs. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2012.