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Roni Size

Roni Size

Following a disappointing cancellation at last summer' Fuji Rock Festival, Mercury Music Prize-winning drum 'n' bass artist Roni Size and his Reprazent crew touch down at Ebisu Garden Hall to present tracks off their new album, In The Mode (see CD Reviews).

Hailing from the same Bristol, UK suburb as Tricky and Massive Attack, Roni Size's rise to fame took longer than that of his peers. Born to Jamaican immigrant parents, Size was weaned on the sounds of hip hop and reggae he heard at the area's house parties and underground clubs.

Hooking up with DJ Krust, Suv and DJ Die at the 1990 Glastonbury Festival, the four formed the Full Cycle label as an outlet for their emergent jungle experimentations. The oft-duplicated Full Cycle sound was a deft blend of jazz and soul with breakbeats and sophisticated references to earlier genres like Motown and be-bop.

Dubbing themselves Reprazent for their first major label outing with Universal subsidiary Talkin Loud, the unit released the Reasons for Sharing EP as well as a variety of vinyl tracks. But it was the surprise success of 1997's New Forms that propelled Size to the top of the electronica heap, winning him the Mercury Music Prize.

After a relatively quiet 1998, Size returned with an entirely new direction in 1999, refusing to capitulate to the demands of clubbers for a repeat of New Forms. His new project, Breakbeat Era, featured DJ Die and vocalist Leonie Laws performing a live brand of drum 'n' bass that took a surprisingly rock 'n' roll direction, dropping the jazz influences for an edgy, almost punk sound.

The new album - escribed by Size as "hard and funky," features Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man, The Roots Rahzel, and Rage Against The Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha.

Roni Size plays Ebisu Garden Hall on December 15. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana