Various ‎– Music Box - A New Era In Drum And Bass

Full Cycle Records ‎– FCYLP01, Full Cycle Records ‎– FYCLP01
3 × Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Compilation, Gatefold

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Catalog number on spine is given as FYCLP01, but the records contain the correct no.

The Scorpio track "Breakbeat Era" is the original mix of the track later released in remixed form on the Breakbeat Era album in 1999.

On B, D and F labels:
℗ Music Bizness '96
© Full Cycle Records '96
Made in UK

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (text): 5 030910 000116
  • Matrix / Runout (A etched): FCYLP01-A - -JTS- -
  • Matrix / Runout (B etched): FCYLP01-B - -JTS- -
  • Matrix / Runout (C etched): FCYLP01-C - -JTS- -
  • Matrix / Runout (D etched): FCY01-D - -JTS- -
  • Matrix / Runout (E etched): FCY01-E - -JTS- -
  • Matrix / Runout (F etched): FCY01-F - -JTS- -

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FCYLP01 Various Music Box L.P(3x12", Comp, Promo, Sti) Full Cycle Records FCYLP01 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FCYMC001 Various Music Box - A New Era In Drum And Bass(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Full Cycle Records FCYMC001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FCYCD01, FYCCD01 Various Music Box (A New Era In Drum And Bass)(CD, Comp) Full Cycle Records, Full Cycle Records FCYCD01, FYCCD01 UK 1996 Sell This Version


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January 11, 2018

There;s always a lot of hype about Reprazent, Logical Progression , Platinum Breakz but there's so much art and music and drum and bass here. Slow and low. Atmosferic warm rollerz since "Welcome The Dummer" to "Destiny". Outstanding piece of music from Size and his cru soon before "New Forms".


November 6, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

'11.15', 'Welcome The Drummer', 'Music Box', 'Breakbeat Era', 'Landslide', this album is stuffed full a goodies. High quality showcase of the pinnacle of the Bristol sound from 96. Bit quiet on some sides, but worth every penny if you find a clean one.


August 23, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

Music Box by the early Full Cycle crew is a landmark in history of jungle/dnb; i am yet to hear something quite like it. This is probably the jazziest approach to jungle, both in terms of sample use, and track structures.

Tracks present here are not similar to the Good Looking Records vibe of mid 90's as they are not so reliant on deep atmospherics, rather these tracks are a lot more minimal, but with enough melodic samples to keep them interesting, in most cases. A strange feeling of 'live' music is present on these tracks, with 'The Chill' by Bill Riley going all the way and actually using certain live instrumentation, which, as far as I know, was unheard of at the time.

'Welcome The Drummer' is an amazing opening track, with lush strings and the drop not properly coming in for 4 minutes or so. 'Breakbeat Era' kickstarted the acclaimed project of the same name, and 'Music Box' is just funky. The last 3 tracks are all on the similar tip, rolling along with some very original samples.

The minimalism of this album is perhaps the reason why it never produced any anthems, and is not particularly hailed by the jungle community; in some cases i even feel the tracks would benefit from variation, such as on 'Mellow Song' which, although starting with a gorgeous piano/rhodes sequence sample, then drops into a beat and bassline looped for pretty much the rest of the track.

However the overall jazzy feel of this album is undeniable, it is one of the few jungle/dnb album i can listen through in its entirety. Its a shame Roni and the rest of the crew ended up releasing only dancefloor material (which was however also, up to a point, excellent), this proves the musical heights the Bristol boys are capable of achieving.

Highly recommended.