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In The Mode CD

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Roni Size started on the path of musical production when he was thrown out of school at age 16, but music had always been a part of his life. Roni was born and grew up at 'the top of the hill' a.k.a. St Andrew's, Bristol. From the bottom of this hill came the sounds of the 70's blues parties and sound-systems - the beat infected Roni's bones. So, after being expelled he ... Read more in Amazon's Roni Size Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00004ZE9S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Railing Pt.2
2. In + Out
3. System Check
4. Ghetto Celebrity feat. Method Man
5. Lucky Pressure
6. Balanced Chaos
7. Switchblade
8. In Tune With The Sound feat. Rahzel
9. Who Told You
10. Heavy Rotation
11. Staircase
12. Mexican
13. Dirty Beats
14. Centre Of The Storm feat. Zack De La Rocha
15. Idi Banashapen
16. Snapshot
17. Play The Game
18. Play the Game - Roni Size/Reprazent

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Product Description

CD Talkin Loud, 5481762 18 Track


It's been three years since Roni Size and his Reprazent crew created perhaps the greatest drum and bass album ever made, the Mercury Music Prize-winning New Forms. Since then there has been the sclerotic project Breakbeat Era and Krust's own Coded Language work, while drum and bass itself has become ever more hard and insular. It has also become more marginalised in the UK while its popularity overseas has inversely increased, embraced as a kind of electronic punk. All this is reflected in In The Mode--a harder, more international album. Method Man, The Roots' Rhazel and Rage Against The Machine's Zack de la Rocha are employed for a transatlantic celebrity shine and the mood is less groove, more grind. At times the energy and gravity-defying twists and turns of Size's production is stunning but only Rahzel appears to be comfortable with Reprazent's shape-shifting beats. The rest are on auto-pilot (though check Meth's Lady Di lyric) and the soulfulness of UK singer Onalee appears to have been put to one side, depriving In The Mode of her song-writing skills. There is little here that matches "Heroes", "Share The Fall" or "Watching Windows". Neither is there anything as instantly funky as "Brown Paper Bag" (though "System Check" echoes it). This doesn't make In The Mode a bad album. It's the best artist drum and bass album of the year 2000. It's just not a great one like its predecessor. --Jake Barnes

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
There's been a lot of arse(TM) spoken about this album, by people who looked at it from a purely Drum and Bass angle. I waited for this album for 5 months, and had it ordered ready for me to pick it up at 8am the morning it came out, 3 mths prior to the release date. And I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. Being a hardened fan of drum and bass, breakbeats, and hip hop, this album brings all three genres together in a futuristic harmony of breaks, beats and vocals. There are a number of very different tracks on this album. One of my personal favourites is Track 15,Centre of the Storm, which has vocals by Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against The Machine fame)sounds like an unlikely combination, but it turn it up loud and it'll rip you apart. It's a shame there's nothing on the lines of Brown Paper Bag (New Forms), but that's not what this album is about. It's about seeing into the future and experimenting...daring to try something new. Not about trying to emulate the past. This is a very different album to New Forms, make no mistake. But no record collection should be without either of them. Size was heavily criticised for NEw Forms as everyone decided he had sold out, which sadly meant the brilliance of the album was overshadowed. In The Mode follows the lead set by New Forms through being something very different to anythign that's been around before. It's fresh, futuristic, and flows beautifully. Buy it,put on a set of headphones, turn it up loud, let the sounds of Size take you away, and appreciate it for what it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well blow me if Roni Size et al haven't gone and bloomin' done it again! New Forms was different, intriguing, full of jazzy bits and some great amen breaks. In The Mode is even better. Anybody who's seen this album thrashed out live will know that this one just gets better with every listen. Opening track 'Railing Pt2' is a sort of call-to-arms for the Reprazent family and flips into the second track 'In and Out' almost without you're having noticed. This is where the fun begins. This track rolls along nicely, building gently as it steam-rollers through your speakers and then it just seems to say, 'okay, enough playing about...have some SERIOUS bass' and drops the first of a series of huge f#*k-off bass-lines that you really have to find a good system to appreciate fully. Don't get me wrong, the effect is great through your £5-99 boots walkman earphones, but oh my God, if you give it room to breathe with a bass-booster on your hifi, make sure your parents are out and you've got some thick walls as you're gonna feel this one through the floor.Be warned.
Then we get a break, (to fully appreciate the last track I think) before we hit the Method-Man contribution: Ghetto Celebrity. As ever, Meth is on rude form, rapping at the speed of the track (no mean feat when you think about it) and spitting out some real hard-edge lyrics - I'm sure you've all read about his treatment of the Lady Di situation.
Things then go through the old-style Reprazent with bold, jazzy tracks that have Onnalee's singer/song-writer skills all over them. "Lucky Pressure" and "Manic Chaos" seem almost to draw the attention back to where Reprazent have come from, the troubles and expectations they've overcome to get to this point and what they stand for as a group. Bring on the future!
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Format: Audio CD
After a phenomenal late nineties period for Reprazent and drun'n'bass in general, it seemed that the mainstream was about to fully come to terms with beats and loops at accelerated an bpm rate. In practice however, after Mercury awards and Goldie achieving A-list celebrity status, d'n'b was employed by the mainstream simply as either a filler during low budget urban documentaries or background sound for high-octane television ads.
We have now crossed the threshold of a new millenium and whilst garage has usurped the overground position once held out for d'n'b, post-millenial UK d'n'b has returned to it's insular and underground roots. It is both retrospective and progressive; the latter epitomised in this latest offering from the Reprazent crew.
Whereas 'New Forms' touched mainly upon the influence of jazz on the music Size and co. produce, 'In The Mode' traces it's roots to gritty, urban hip-hop foundations. Previously, we were acclaiming the liquid fluidity of Onallee's vocals on the sublime 'Share the Fall' and 'Heroes'. Now we are invited into the lyricist lounge, where we are treated to a great deal more of the calculated rhymes and dextrous delivery of MC Dynamite, not to mention guest spots for Method Man (Wu-tang), Rahzel (The Roots)and Zach De La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), no doubt to enhance the Transatlantic appeal.
In the wake of 'New Forms' jazziness and Krust's 'Coded Language' orchestral sound, this creates a genuine urban, hip hop ethos - even down to the camouflage tones of the album cover! As a hip-hop fan also, this gets five stars from me; proving itself worthy from the crashing cymbals of 'Railing 2' to the ominous melodies of 'Snapshot'. Acclaim is due.
These guys definitely 'Reprazent' Bristol with this one, promoting gasps rather than 'Size' (groan), and seem destined to blow up like 'Dynamite' over in the States - well done (and er, excuse the puns).
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