Roni Size

Roni Size

Real Name:
Ryan Owen Granville Williams
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Born: October 29, 1969, Bristol, England

Bristol native Roni Size is one of the U.K. jungle scene's most respected names, with production credits spanning dozens of labels, projects and releases. Size's influence as a producer, label owner, and committed underground magnate figured him as one of the emerging sound's true pioneers. The breakout success of his debut album New Forms finally confirmed his stature and vaulted him to a greater degree of popularity than any drum'n'bass producer.
Born to Jamaican immigrant parents, Roni grew up in the Bristolean suburb of St. Andrews (home to Tricky, Massive Attack, and Smith & Mighty), where he learned the fundamentals of hip-hop through the area's sounds systems, house parties, and underground clubs. Expelled from school Size started dabbling with house and reggae production in the late'80s. He hooked up with labelmates DJ Krust, Suv, and DJ Die at the 1990 Glastonbury Festival, and the four stayed in contact, eventually forming Size's longest running musical commitment to date: his own Full Cycle label.
Although hardly popular in the days before ragga (then jump-up) ruled the decks, the crew now counts a number of classics among their credits, including Size's "It's a Jazz Thing," Krust's "Jazz Note," and Reprazent's Reasons for Sharing EP, the crew's first outing through major label subsidiary Talkin' Loud. The success of 1997's New Forms launched Size to the top of the electronica genre, and the Dope Dragon label also continues to rise in the ranks of dubplate hysteria, with tracks from Selector Owoy, Gang Related, and Mask consistently passing muster on most DJ's decks. After a relatively silent 1998, Size returned in 1999 with a new project -- Breakbeat Era, with DJ Die and vocalist Leonie Laws. The trio released Ultra-Obscene in the fall of that year. In 2000, Size returned to the Reprazent project with In the Mode, boasting sit-ins from Method Man and ex-Rage Against the Machine's Zack De La Rocha.

His brother was jungle recordings artist 4-Tree.
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Roni Size Discography

Albums

Roni Size Touching Down (Album) Full Cycle Records UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Pharoahe Monch, Roni Size, A-Sides, Brandy (2), Blue Skin, Lemon D, Hive, Digital, Future Prophecy, Concord Dawn, Total Science, Big B, Danny C, L Double Pharoahe Monch, Roni Size, A-Sides, Brandy (2), Blue Skin, Lemon D, Hive, Digital, Future Prophecy, Concord Dawn, Total Science, Big B, Danny C, L Double - A drum and bass mix by L DOUBLE and BAILEY for 1Extra(CD, Album, Promo) BBC none UK 2002 Sell This Version
Roni Size Return To V (Album) V Recordings UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Roni Size Best Of New Forms (Recall)(CDr, Promo, Album) Mercury, Universal UMC none UK 2008 Sell This Version
MANSIONCD1 Roni Size Take Kontrol(CD, Album) Mansion Sounds MANSIONCD1 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Roni Size Made To Fit E.P. Vol 1 (EP) Vinyl Experience (2) UK 1993 Sell This Version
Roni Size Inch By Inch V Recordings UK 1993 Sell This Version
Roni Size Featuring D.J. Die* Roni Size Featuring D.J. Die* - Size Of Things To Come V Recordings UK 1994 Sell This Version
Roni Size Exer-Size E.P. (EP) V Recordings UK 1994 Sell This Version
Roni Size & Krust / JMJ & Richie Roni Size & Krust / JMJ & Richie - Two On One Issue 7 Moving Shadow UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Roni Size / Roni Size & Krust Roni Size / Roni Size & Krust - Eye Water / Destiny(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Roni Size / Chatter B Roni Size / Chatter B - Warm & Easy / Notch(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1994 Sell This Version
Roni Size & DJ Krust* Roni Size & DJ Krust* - A Touch Of Daylight Full Cycle Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
Roni Size Fashion / Step Up V Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
Roni Size & Krust Roni Size & Krust - Selektor Bwoy Dope Dragon UK 1995 Sell This Version
Roni Size Roni Size Remixes V Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
Roni Size Timestretch / Phyzical (Remixes) V Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
Roni Size Fashion / Fresh (Mask Remix) V Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Roni Size / London's Most Wanted Roni Size / London's Most Wanted - Sexy Girl / Girls Dem Want It(Acetate, 10") Philly Blunt Records none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Roni Size / Roni Size & Krust Roni Size / Roni Size & Krust - All The Crew 'Big Up' (Reverse Mix) / Tribetoon(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1995 Sell This Version
Roni Size Soul Power / Silent Partner V Recordings UK 1996 Sell This Version
Roni Size Dayz / Box Of Tricks V Recordings UK 1996 Sell This Version
OLIVE DJ 3 Olive V Roni Size Olive V Roni Size - You're Not Alone (Roni Size Mix)(12", S/Sided, Promo, W/Lbl) RCA OLIVE DJ 3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Roni Size Brut Force / Secrets Full Cycle Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Roni Size Caspar / Kutt Chronic UK 1996 Sell This Version

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slabface

slabface

September 23, 2003
A true breakbeat pioneer from Bristols highly regarded Full Cycle collective, who perhaps unfairly, has totally eclipsed long time collaborator Krust’s profile and reputation, in a sycophantic media.

Early and mid period material by Roni Size is pretty much essential for any electronic music lover.

An absolute studio professional, his tracks are superbly engineered and balanced for maximum dancefloor impact. Size's tracks flow and pace belies their heavyweight nature.

Although made famous by jazzier offering with his Reprazent project, Size’s formidable reputation stems from his fearsome darkside offerings on Bryan Gee’s ‘V Recordings’ label early in his career.

However, despite his production pedigree, the great man has gone totally off the boil lately, with very, very samey recent offerings.

(For example, see 'Playtime', Scorpio's remix of "LK" by Marky and XRS, and "Appreciation" by Three Way for Roni's lazy new 'One Size fits all' bassline.)

Extended suggested discography: Try "It's Jazzy", "Brown Paper Bag", "Snapshot" & "26 Bass".

- And nothing off the disappointing "Touching Down" LP.
DJ_Naz

DJ_Naz

March 21, 2002
This is the man who will bring Drum N' Bass to the mainstream. Roni Size is into everything, as he is the leader of both Reprazent and Breakbeat Era. Roni Size has samples in his tracks that leave you speechless and dazed. His crisp drums and Naturally flowing basslines are his trademark...when you've heard them once, you won' be able to find them anywhere else. Roni Size is phenominal, and shouldn't be overlooked. Pick up both "New Forms" and "In the Mode"...they are both very different, but also similar CDs. If you have a niche for Breakbeat, you MUST get "Breakbeat Era"...its the shit, if you're into vocal stuff. Also, look for Roni on the Spawn and Blade II Soundtracks.

Suggested Tracks: Lets Get It On, Strictly Social, Ballet Dance, Hi-Potent, Who Told You (Quicksand Mix), Dirty Beatz, Plane Scraped Its Belly On A Sooty Yellow Moon

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