There is an old school ('94 & back) hard techno mix coming your way, but hold tight. I'm crunching through it as fast as I can. We just started a new semester at the U, so it might be a while. I hope to drop the mix sometime before the end of February.
In the meantime, here's a snack to tide you over. Go ahead, kitty. Chew 'em up.
The future of drum and bass is behind us. The biggest leaps in style and sensibility were pretty much all locked down by the late 90s, and Roni Size / Reprazent was in on one of the biggest leaps of all.
In 1997 Reprazent released New Forms, and all bets were off. Having just found mainstream appeal with artists like David Bowie and Everything But The Girl, drum and bass took a darker, heroin-jazz infused turn on this iconic release. There simply wasn't anything else like it. There is no doubt that it cast one of the longest shadows in drum and bass history.
It still sounds fresh as hell thirteen years later. You can hear echoes of its influence even today, if you listen to the right djs. New Forms is truly a timeless treasure, and I'm honored to share a few tracks here tonight.
Roni Size - Reprazent.zip
Roni Size/Reprazent - Sounds Fresh
Roni Size/Reprazent - Trust Me
Roni Size/Reprazent - Share The Dub
Roni Size/Reprazent - Share The Fall (Grooverider Remix)
Nuyorican Soul - It's Alright, I Feel It (Roni Size Remix)
There are newer versions of some of these songs at the iTunes Store, but the originals still hold all the power of that moment in 1997, Roni's annus mirabilis. (None of the songs in the attached zip folder are currently available at the American iTunes Store, which allows me to employ the rather arbitrary label of "rare".)
I received a wonderful new year's present in the mail from Threshold House yesterday. Three cards made of hard glossy plastic featuring lovely photographs of young Threshold House boys and a 2010 toast on the back.
Threshold House is one of many independent record labels run by the remaining members of Coil. I purchased a few Coil MP3s in 2008 and 2009, so I must have received these cards because I was already in their database. Coil fans are super freaky when it comes to collectables; something tells me these cards will be worth a mint in a few years. (Sorry, I'm holding on to them.)
To mark the occasion I'm posting one of my favorite late Coil tracks. This song was released in 2004 on Black Antlers, one of the last full-length CDs released before Coil dissolved.