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All Music Guide - John Bush
Not only a seminal producer in drum'n'bass, Roni Size also led the mainstream assault with excellent vocal crossovers like Reprazent's New Forms and Breakbeat Era's Ultra-Obscene. The first earned him the Mercury prize and the second stands as the best blending of aggro drum'n'bass with dedicated vocals ever heard apologies to Lamb. Two years after a tracks-only record Touching Down that easily satisfied his fan base, Size returned as a commercial force with the "100% Vocal" Return to V. V Recordings, the hardcore label run by Jumpin' Jack Frost and Bryan Gee, was the home of Size's early classics "Timestretch" and "It's a Jazz Thing," so jungle fans could be easily forgiven ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Not only a seminal producer in drum'n'bass, Roni Size also led the mainstream assault with excellent vocal crossovers like Reprazent's New Forms and Breakbeat Era's Ultra-Obscene. The first earned him the Mercury prize and the second stands as the best blending of aggro drum'n'bass with dedicated vocals ever heard apologies to Lamb. Two years after a tracks-only record Touching Down that easily satisfied his fan base, Size returned as a commercial force with the "100% Vocal" Return to V. V Recordings, the hardcore label run by Jumpin' Jack Frost and Bryan Gee, was the home of Size's early classics "Timestretch" and "It's a Jazz Thing," so jungle fans could be easily forgiven for salivating at the prospect of another jungle landmark. Unfortunately though, Return to V isn't a back-to-basics record, and there isn't a single landmark to pick out from its 18 tracks. Size invited at least one different guest for each track, and the roster provides a look at the many styles influencing British club culture at the dawn of the millennium: hip-hop, R&B, ragga, jungle, 2-step, and house. The rub is that Size forces each of his guests into his technoid drum'n'bass format, fails to provide most of them with a hook, and relies on his production smarts -- as well as a heavy coating of fuzz -- to carry these tracks. The distance between ragga chatter Sweetie Irie and Marvin Gaye disciple Joe Roberts is neatly erased, which certainly allows for a unified album, but also one in which zero tracks stand out. Size dips out of jungle only once, for a solid hip-hop production with rapper Darrison as the feature, and rolls right over two world-class British MCs, Rodney P and Fallacy. Fallacy is cut to exactly six words: "break it down" and "take it down"; fortunately, both of them have solo records of their own. House vocalist Jocelyn Brown, who's been a musician for as long as Roni Size has been alive, is the only feature who escapes from this record with personality intact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Full Cycle [Studio]
  • UPC: 689787600124
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bump'n'Grind - Sweetpea (5:32)
  2. 2 Shoulder to Shoulder - Die (2:29)
  3. 3 Fassyhole - Wilks (2:35)
  4. 4 Pull Up (2:55)
  5. 5 Groove On/Come and Play (3:18)
  6. 6 Cheeky Monkey - Dynamite MC (4:05)
  7. 7 Time (3:03)
  8. 8 Problems (3:16)
  9. 9 Rise Up (3:20)
  10. 10 Want Your Body (4:33)
  11. 11 No Trouble (4:18)
  12. 12 No More - Dynamite MC (4:29)
  13. 13 On and On (6:08)
  14. 14 Sing (5:35)
  15. 15 Thirsty - Wilks (3:24)
  16. 16 The Streets - Fallacy (3:49)
  17. 17 Out of Breath - Rahzel (5:36)
  18. 18 Give Me a Reason (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roni Size Primary Artist
Jocelyn Brown Vocals
Honey Vocals
Joe Roberts Vocals
Beverley Knight Vocals
Rahzel Vocals
Sweetie Ireie Vocals
Wilks Vocals
Vikter Duplaix Vocals
Tali Vocals
Fallacy Vocals
Rodney P Vocals
Dynamite MC Vocals
Nicole Blaze Vocals
Faye Jones Vocals
Stam1na Vocals
Sweetpea Vocals
MC Navigator Vocals
Technical Credits
Jerry Williams Composer
Dominic Smith Composer
Linda Williams Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Roni Size Producer
Rahzel Composer
DJ Die Producer
Will Smith Composer
Ryan Williams Composer
Clyde Williams III Composer
Vikter Duplaix Composer
UV Ray drum programming
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