The man most responsible for raising the profile of drum and bass, the very popular Size
continues to challenge the boundaries. His debut, New Forms, startled
people with its jazzy elements and strong production. It won a bunch of major
awards, including the top prize in London and it was assumed that he would return with
more of the same. Instead, In the Mode went to hip hop for its base, lining
up Method Man and Zack De La Rocha for guest vocals.
Size's Deepest Grooves
Forms (Talking Loud, 1997)
A landmark album, and one of the first stops in your drum and bass
education. Size once called this a jazz album rather than drum and bass, and the
arrangements on "Hi-Potent" and "Jazz" will give credence to that
statement. The title track with Bahamadia's chopped up flow was one of the first
attempts at creating a transatlantic urban music and is an acknowledged classic.
"Watching Windows," "Share the Fall," and "Brown Paper Bag"
are just a few of the propulsive tracks on the double disc.
the Mode (Talking Loud, 2000)
Was he trying too hard to cross over or was he genuinely hoping to bridge
the worlds of drum and bass and rap together? The jury is still out. The Hype
Williams-directed video doesn't speak well for his intentions, but Mode does
benefit greatly from the improved skills of MC Dynamite, who can now carry a track by
himself. One wishes there were more vocal numbers, and the US-UK collaboration thing
still doesn't sound natural, but at least half the disc is slamming and that's a
pretty good percentage in today's market.
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