Bristol drum'n'bass godfather goes hectic and eclectic

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Roni Size – Return To V

Billed as a return to the Reprazent mainman’s underground indie-label roots, Return To V is a lengthy anthology which varies immensely in quality.

While the walloping sub-bass rumbles and precisely knotted beat clusters of “Shoulder To Shoulder” or “On And On” surf the hardstep fringes of Aphex or Squarepusher at their most extreme, Size’s posse of guest MCs also deliver banal Brit-rap and ragga-chat of a distinctly 1992 flavour. It’s striking how Size now sounds frozen in time while fellow Mercury prize-winner Dizzee Rascal is tearing up the old drum ‘n’bass rulebook.