...[a]Roni Size[/a] and [a]Reprazent[/a] sidekick [B]DJ Die[/B] have finally re-emerged proper under the moniker [B]Breakbeat Era[/B]....More on
Now Roni Size and Reprazent sidekick DJ Die have finally re-emerged proper under the moniker Breakbeat Era. They're joined by singer-songwriter Leonie Laws, who busked all over the world before hooking up with the Full Cycle posse in Bristol.
Together they've forged an antithesis to the skittering, jazzy, feel-up drum'n'bass of 'New Forms'. Hence 'Rancid', with its Shaft-like shrieking flutes and snatches of Hendrix, or 'Our Disease', rhythms flying in the face like splinters, a breakneck breakbeat pace hurtling backwards at 90mph down a back alley.
Vocalist Laws brings a serrated, downbeat angst to proceedings. "Here's to another crap weekend/ You lie to yourself and shit on all your friends..." she sings on 'Time 4 Breaks', her taut, jazzy vocals conveying as alluringly as possible those moments when you're leaning over the kitchen sink and trying to suppress a nervous breakdown.
If this is coffee table stuff it's for those who like their coffee very, very black indeed.
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