‘Return To V’ is the latest LP from the successful Roni Size. Roni Size went supersonic after winning the Mercury Music Prize in 1997 with ‘New Form’. ‘New Forms’ was a masterpiece in creative progressive music that still stands out strong in this current day. Roni Size is a pioneer and a major player in the UK music machine.
His latest album is full of progressive sounds and he still remains a pioneer in drum & bass music. He has used a host of underground
urban vocalists flexing on his tracks. What stands out for me on this album is the variety of different songs. The influences range from ragga to house all fused by his intent drum & bass sound. There’s also a techno energy to make it all quite industrial. It’s not the scientific soundscapes that float your mind that remind me of ‘New Forms’. It’s more hard edge and gritty with a trade mark British stamp. It’s pumping in parts, uplifting in others and confrontational all the way through. By using the vocalists Size has creating songs that fit in with his music and there’s no doubt it’s original.
Size has created another interesting album that holds a lot of tracks and a real mix of different styles. It seems to me to be reaching out to those dancing on the streets. It’s not space like some of his other stuff. ‘Return To V’ to me seems to be fixing Size totally to the ground and letting others know he’s hearing the sounds of the city. To be continued.