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on 5 November 2002
Roni Size goes it alone on this album, shedding his Reprazent Crew, and this is certainly an album with the feeling of being made by a solo artist.
It is obvious to see that Mr Size has put hours worth of production and mixing into this album, as one high quality D'N'B tune flows into the next, but there are no lyrics. At all. MC Dynamite's welcome presence is no longer apparent. Now although the Jungle scene isn't neccessarily based around it's vocals, joints like Who Told U? really draw the listener into feeling part of the music as they can sing-a-long, and this album kind of alienates it's listeners because of that.
The highlight of the album has to be track four, Scrambled Eggs, not only because of it's well constructed and painfully mulled-over name, but also because it is a representation of Roni Size at his menacing bouncy best.
This is still amazingly-produced music, with novel and inventive techniques deployed, so I recommend it to any Drum'N'Bass fans. Just don't expect anything commercial (I suppose Roni deserves a pat on the back for not bowing to financial pressures). Or anything that you can sing along with into a hairbrush in front of a mirror.
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VINE VOICEon 3 December 2002
...In a sentence, Touching Down is vibrant, loud and gripping. It's a scary and thriling helter-skelter ride through the world of breakbeat, jungle or whatever you want to call it. There are no tacky MC's 'rocking the mic', no predictable female choruses... instead it's just pure headhitting beats and demonic basslines.
There are no proper tracks, it's an hour of breathtakingly impressive hooks, mangled and spliced together. With a tongue'n'cheek tracklisting that includes, 'Scrambled Eggs', 'Swings and Roundabouts' and 'Reel Dark One', Roni Size has ensured that there is no pretence on this record - as was the case with Goldie's Saturnz Return - and it is all about the pure arms-flailing and body rocking beats.
Roni Size basically lets go on this record and makes sure that drum n' bass sounds like what it is supposed to - catchy yet dark, mindless yet clever. It's reminiscent to the way the Chemicals unleashed their own version of big beats on 'Dig Your Own Hole'. Easily one of the best albums of the year. Get a copy and remind yourself of what music is supposed to sound like and make you feel.
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on 11 November 2002
Roni Size as some may say is the ‘king of drum and bass’, A producer that sits on a higher throne, on his own level. This time he has come up with an album where he lays down the law by taking full dictatorship on his own album. Roni himself produced Touching Down, with the help from various members from the “Full Cycle” camp and the CD is mixed entirely by Roni Size.
Touching Down includes tracks that Roni Size has featured during his DJ performances, such as "Sound Advice" “Playtime” and "Scrambled Eggs”. These tracks have been played out for many months and despite the bizarre names, “Scrambled Eggs” and “Sound Advice” are phrases that will roll off the tongue of any raving junglist. “Forget Me Knots” “Swings And Roundabouts” and “Vocoda Funk” have been played out on the dance floors lately by the big name DJs, and will most likely be heard much more in the near future.
For drum and bass peasants, this is a royal feast that all are invited to partake in. Touching Down is perfectly executed drum and bass, brimming with dark, menacing beats that are continuously dropped under contrastingly light melodies.
This is a very musical album with alot for your ears to take in. This is also an album all general music lovers should enjoy.
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on 19 November 2002
Roni Size has clearly proved himself as an outstanding and versatile d'n'b producer, and judging by the soundness of his Reprazent releases, I felt a loyalty to buying this his first solo album. However, although the production quality is of the high standard you would expect from the man throughout the LP, the material is not hugely original. The mix is very dancefloor-orientated and as such does not give Roni the chance to explore other areas of production which I am sure he is capable.
Furthermore, the likes of BC and Dillinja produce harder, heavy bass rollers (more) ideal for the club scene, so its hard to think of when this album really shines.
I would recommend Roni Size's 'Through The Eyes' Full Cycle compilation as a better album though in a similar vein to this.
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on 7 November 2003
I'm a fan of drum and bass and regularly buy vinyl. I bought the singles from this album and really like them. After hearing this album I really have to wonder why the need was felt to mix it, especially the way it has been. It's all in time, but seems very messy and hurried, to my distaste. Sorry Roni...
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on 9 November 2002
Size's Mercury Award winning New Forms set the standard years ago and this, his third LP, breaks away from the blues/jazz leanings of New Forms. He's come a long way and Touching Down is as good a mix album as any with the added bonus of being all Roni Size. Scrambled Eggs is the standout track and a track that's received a lot of airplay from DJ sets around England. Other than that, it's an album you need to listen to straight through - it's an hour well spent. The up-tempo mood of every track can get samey but for the Size purist it's another classic from the Bristol deck spinner. Buy it!
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on 26 November 2002
The first I heard of roni size was the now world-famous 'new forms' back in 1997. That is rightly considered the greatest dnb album of all time, but since then his standard in cd's has slipped slightly with the less impressive hip-hop influenced 'in the mode'. However, for those really into their drum n bass, roni's mix tapes have kept up the quality. Now his mix tape style has branched out onto cd, eschewing the orchestral style of 'new forms' and concentrating on hardened beats and intense tunes.
For those who aren't used to his style away from the confines of the 'reprazent' group this album comes as a surprise. But whoever you are, whether this is new or not, this is an excellent album. Tracks vary from the chilled 'scrambled eggs' and 'at the movies', through the mesmeric 'sorry for you' to the grinding intensity of 'forget me knots' and 'uncensored'. Despite its eclecticness the album remains controlled throughout with much continuity and still retaining those enigmatic 'Roni Size hooks'.
If your into your drum n bass and jungle this is certainly for you. Don't be put off by it's cd format, it's just as good as any of his finest mix tapes.
BUY IT!
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on 10 January 2010
Wonderful product as described, very fast transaction - would definitely use supplier again. Many thanks. Would highly recommend
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on 4 February 2003
In Touching Down, Roni Size lays down over an hour of sizzling nu skool badness. The tunes on here are so heavy, it's ridiculous! The album kicks off with the uplifting yet frantic harp tune "sound advice", and from there on it's just 100% ruffness. The tunes that really steal the show are "forget me knots", "sound advice", "playtime", "uncensored", "sorry for you", "snapshots3" and "scrambled eggs". The styles in this album are varied yet remain heavy. Artists like dillinja tend to knock out albums full of brilliant tunes but they're all very similar, this is not the case with Touching Down. There's soulful tunes, dark tunes, jump up tunes, and lots of dirty drum and bass basslines to satisfy you. This is not similar to his reprazent project, there's no vocals or mcing, and it's not live either, these are Roni's own solo tracks, i should also point out that the album is mixed, this is probably the only thing i didnt like so much. I would have preferred full length unmixed tracks. But still this is the best album I have bought this year. 5 Stars!
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on 20 May 2004
Mr Size had truly outdone himself - for the non DnB loving public? Are you listening to the same album? Have you been snorting rocks? This is simply one of the finest new skool DnB albums to grace the planet - with classics like snapshots 3 and forget me knots, they may not be to everyones tastes but are certainly some more prime cuts of mental DnB. Having said this, it is a shame that Roni had to mix this album - if he had just learnt from new forms how good it could sound without it!
Still, if you are looking for a truly unique album of new DnB which may well become the soundtrack to your life, then look no further.
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