Release Date: Nov 2, 2004
Record label: Thrive
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.
Roni Size's 1997 Mercury win for Nu Forms was the highpoint and the beginning of the end for drum'n'bass. About 600,000 people were coaxed into buying an inventive album that could also sound like someone drilling your bathroom wall. Few walked that way again; Size's star has waned and for the first time since he's working - ahem - "without the pressure of a major label".