WILL BURTON NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017
1997 album New Forms proves once again it is a timeless classic in 2017
While there are many albums that could be considered genre-defining or timeless classics, there are very few that impacted their respective music scene in the fashion that New Forms did for drum ‘n’ bass. Serving as the debut album for the drum ‘n’ bass act Roni Size and Reprazent, New Forms was, and arguably still is, a major staple in the genre, and it changed the way people viewed drum ‘n’ bass music due to its mainstream success. Earlier this year it was announced that there would be a reissuing of the album that would include remixes and previously unreleased tracks.
There was a lot of hype surrounding the reissue of Roni Size and Reprazent’s 1997 album New Forms. It would mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the original album, which was a huge hit in the UK and abroad even winning the 1997 Mercury Prize. It also sold over 300,000 copies in the UK. New Forms is considered by many fans of drum ‘n’ bass to be a stand-out album that truly put the genre in the larger conversation of mainstream music in the UK. It was a progressive album that pushed the bounds and traditional conventions of electronic music while still remaining accessible and enjoyable to both the general public and hardcore fans.