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In the Møde
     

In the Møde

by Reprazent
 

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Bristol DJ/producer Roni Size and his Reprazent crew's 1997 album New Forms was rightfully hailed as one of the decade's visionary records, the ultimate distillation of the '90s U.K. drum-'n'-bass and club scene, which snatched elements of hip-hop, reggae toasting, and deep house vocals. After a three-year gap -- peppered with side

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Bristol DJ/producer Roni Size and his Reprazent crew's 1997 album New Forms was rightfully hailed as one of the decade's visionary records, the ultimate distillation of the '90s U.K. drum-'n'-bass and club scene, which snatched elements of hip-hop, reggae toasting, and deep house vocals. After a three-year gap -- peppered with side projects from Size's Breakbeat Era project and Krust's excellent Coded Language -- the crew is back, and better than ever. Rather than try an entirely new direction this time, Size and Co. work in the same sonic space, but with even more verve and purpose. Reprazent's trademark quickstep drum patterns and thick, elastic bass lines are the constant, and rapper/toaster Dynamite MC and vocalist Onallee are featured on half of the cuts. Among these, Onallee's soulful singing on the piano-tinged "Play the Game" outdoes her excellent work on New Forms, while Dynamite MC wrecks it every time, especially on his aggressive brag anthem "Railing Pt. 2" and "Switchblade," with its off-kilter beat and dark aural tones. In the Møde is fleshed out by some excellent guest appearances from Rage Against the Machine's Zach de la Rocha on the politically charged "Centre of the Storm," Method Man on the frenetic "Ghetto Celebrity," and the Roots' Rahzel, who does a Roni Size beatbox imitation on "In Tune with the Sound." It may not be the innovative milestone that was New Forms, but In the Møde is still a stellar slab of drum-'n'-bass's ongoing development.

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All Music Guide - Dean Carlson
It's easy to blame The Man. Joblessness. Prejudice. Michael Bolton covering "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay." Yet few things were more cause for alarm than the self-destruction of jungle. What once began as an infuriated call to arms to take back a piece of dance culture that they once helped create, the British black underground saw such an extraordinary and deeply innovative new genre saturating the clubs, being name checked in every "credible" pop band's interview, and then quickly shuffled off into Nike ads. They should've known that The Man likes to assimilate. Indeed, with drum'n'bass in such pseudo-intellectual dire straits (helped put there, ironically enough, by Reprazent's own New Forms), it was a fine time for an album like In the Mode to have its say. And Reprazent, at least, are saying they've had enough. The level of punk fury and torrential modernization is high all throughout this record. "In and Out" with its accelerated heartbeat, "Ghetto Celebrity" with its raucous Method Man cameo, "In the Tune of the Sound" with Rahzel's stellar beat-boxing: The jumpy uppercuts of rhymes and pounding polyrhythms seem to reach the very limits of jungle's schizophrenia. Not that this is an embarrassment of darkcore efforts. As in "Out of the Game," the wrath of this album is not so much political, not so much in creating heavy soundscapes, it's conveyed more in a harder, live-sounding blast of back to basics hip-hop roots. Remember that rush you felt when you first heard your first drum'n'bass track? So do Reprazent, and they build the album to such a pitch that one can only assume that this is what it sounds like when a genre reclaims its importance. Undoubtedly, hardcore jungleists will scoff at such a high-profile, sometimes flashy presentation of drum'n'bass ethics, but this is an album full of such militant energy that it deserves to be seen as one of the strongest saving graces of jungle in years. Reprazent sounds like a band trying to make jungle's sonic equivalent to the mutinous Xtrmntr. Except instead of fighting for "civil disobedience," they seem intent in shooting down every head-nodding, spec-wearing disaster their chosen genre has created. Can you still blame The Man? Sure. But only if you admit that an album of this dimension would never have existed unless jungle was first brutally sentenced to death.
Spin Magazine - Pat Blashill
Mode is unapologetically tough. Surrounded by its funky darkness, most bassheads won't even know what hit 'em. But they'll still wanna bring that beat back.
Entertainment Weekly - Will Hermes
His latest returns a sense of urgency to a musical revolution-turned-boutique genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2007
Label:
Spectrum Audio Uk
UPC:
0731454817622
catalogNumber:
5481762

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