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on 26 April 2017
if new forms was his best, then this is his worst
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on 14 June 2005
As others have stated this is a serious return to form from a master of the scene. It's not often you get an entire album of top quality innovative tunes that make you want to get up, go out and party. I can't praise this album enough, even after listening to it again and again for many times it still is strong and fresh. If only all d&b albums were as good as this...BUY IT!
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on 4 February 2005
Roni Size's newly released album, 'the Return to V', cannot go unnoticed in that the first 5 tracks consist of a deep and satisfying drum and base sequence, different to that of previous albums which have been widely hip hop orientated. But with the likes of Dynamite MC and even Beverly Knight putting their marks upon some Jazzy and originaly flavoured tunes, Roni Size has got it right once again. The mixing is good, and he has developed some masterful an textbook mixing within the tunes themselves. The Bristol scene has put him right again, and this album has definitely alot to offer. If you like big bass lines with long and unleahing build ups, this is for you.
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on 11 September 2004
'Return To V' is the brand new album from former Mercury Music Prize winner, Roni Size, a rich and varied musical excursion that sees Roni return to his soulful roots due for release on V Recordings.
Bryan Gee and Jumping Jack Frost's V Recordings was Roni's first home and a big inspiration at his debut. Since 1993, he has been releasing singles on his own Full Cycle imprint as well as giving Bryan Gee outstanding cuts that have contributed to shape the drum and bass sound throughout the years. Roni Size managed to reach a mainstream audience through his platinum selling Reprazent act, the Breakbeat Era project and the recent production work for the critically acclaimed Tali album while keeping his drum and bass credentials with strong releases on both V and Full Cycle.
With a heavyweight line up of vocalists that includes some of the leading lights of the UK urban and dance scenes as well as some hand picked future stars, 'Return To V' shows every side of Roni Size' talents. It is the album he has wanted to do for a very long time, free to follow his fertile inspiration without feeling the pressure of a major label. While 'The Streets' and 'Out Of Breath' cater for the rough, exciting and uncompromising dancefloors worldwide, 'Sing' captures more of the original acid-house spirit. The gorgeous, Marvin Gaye-esque vocals of 'Want Your Body', the dancehall flavas of the infectious 'Rise Up', and the laid-back hip hop rhythms of 'Time' widen dramatically the scope of the album, with 'No More', featuring Beverley Knight and Dynamite, delivering a strong and poignant message with an unforgettable hook not heard since Shy Fx' 'Shake Ur Body' stormed the charts two years ago. 'Out Of Breath', featuring the human beatbox Rahzel will be the first single taken from the album.
With plenty more gems to come from this 18-track strong album, 'Return To V' is the sound of an obscenely inspired and gifted producer bearing his soul. Drum'n'bass' most prominent ambassador is destined to set new standards and spread the appeal of the genre through extensive touring this autumn..
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on 13 October 2004
Incredible album, he has really excelled himself...
If you like dance/hip hop/drum'n'bass/R'n'B or have any interest or liking to any of his previous albums then this comes highly recommended.
[However, be warned -rather than approaching this album from a more experimental (and possibly more relaxed) style (ala the previous albums), it seems as if he has found what makes himself tick and knowing exactly what he wants, has made each track to be a dancefloor chart topping monster. This being said, the production is still as excellent as ever and gives the album a very polished feel!]
Combining his experimental production techniques (which won him the mercury prize for his 'new forms' album) with hard edged basslines, energetic drums, and smooth, tasty vocals (Provided by an extensive list of talents from rap, drum 'n' bass and R'n'B), he produces 18 killer tracks showing off his original style and ear for catchy hooks and basslines.
A few classics include Bump'N'Grind, On And On, Problems, Pull Up and Cheeky Monkey, -which no doubt be tearing up dancefloors very soon...///
-If you have had any thoughts about buying this album... Do It.
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on 12 June 2005
An Amazing album with much to offer. the best track is by far the one featuring beverly knight.
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