New Forms

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New Forms
New Forms.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 June 1997 (1997-06-23)
GenreDrum and bass
Roni Size & Reprazent chronology
New Forms
In the Møde
Singles from New Forms
  1. "Share the Fall"
    Released: 19 May 1997
  2. "Heroes"
    Released: 11 September 1997
  3. "Brown Paper Bag"
    Released: 27 October 1997
  4. "Watching Windows"
    Released: 28 April 1998

New Forms is the debut studio album by British drum and bass group Roni Size & Reprazent. It was originally released on 23 June 1997 through Talkin' Loud, and later re-released by Mercury Records and Universal Music Group; the album was released to critical and commercial success, winning the 1997 Mercury Prize, certifying platinum in the UK, and often being cited as their magnum opus.[1]

New Forms was promoted by the release of its four singles, "Share the Fall", "Heroes", "Brown Paper Bag" and "Watching Windows", all landing on the UK Singles Chart and featuring vocals from Onallee; the album features production credits from Roni Size, Krust, DJ Die and Suv.


New Forms was preceded by a 1996 EP named Reasons for Sharing containing "Share the Fall", "Down", "Trust Me", and "Sounds Fresh", the former three of which were featured on the album.[2] On 19 May 1997, the album's lead single was released, "Share the Fall", which reached number 37 in the UK Singles Chart in June that year; the album was released on 23 June 1997 and charted on the UK Albums Chart for 46 weeks, peaking at number 8. Following the album, three singles were released "Heroes", "Brown Paper Bag" and "Watching Windows", all charting at positions 31, 20 and 28 respectively, with "Brown Paper Bag" remaining the group's highest charting single.[3]

The album was released in various formats, all with differing track lists; the original album release was a two disc CD, though single disc editions only containing disc one were later released.[4] The cassette version comprised the first disc of the CD.[5] Two vinyl versions were released, a 5x and 4x LP. Of the two vinyl versions, the most common pressing is the 4LP version comprising most of the first CD; the 5x LP set includes tracks from the second CD, replacing "Intro" with "Heroes" and "Digital", which are appended to the end.[6] In the US, only the 2CD version was released, which contained the bonus track "Electricks".

In 2008, a remake of the original album, New Forms², was released in April 2008. Roni Size has described it as having a "new coat of armour added to the original tracks";[7] the album contains four new songs: "Heart to Heart", "Less is More", "Don't Hold Back" and "Encore", while omitting several of the songs from the original album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[11]
Q4/5 stars[15]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[16]

New Forms was released to favourable reviews. AllMusic described the album as "the major statement on drum'n'bass", rating it five stars out of five,[8] while in 2010 BBC Music noted that it "carved a mainstream niche for drum and bass like no album before it".[18] Entertainment Weekly noted the album's "caffeinated drum beat and blissful bass reverb".[9] Pitchfork Media's Ryan Schreiber was less generous, commenting that the album "doesn't really get decent until the second half of disc one".[14]

Track listing[edit]

The original CD release contains both discs, though a single disc version containing only disc 1 was additionally released in the UK.

Disc 1 / Cassette
2."Brown Paper Bag"Williams9:03
3."New Forms" (featuring Bahamadia)
4."Let's Get It On"Williams6:57
6."Matter of Fact"Williams4:05
7."Mad Cat"Williams4:56
  • Williams
  • Onallee
9."Share the Fall" (Full Vocal Mix)6:13
10."Watching Windows"
  • Williams
  • Onallee
  • Williams
  • Southey
12."Morse Code"Williams6:58
Disc 2
3."Trust Me"Williams6:26
4."Change My Life"Williams8:27
5."Share the Fall"
  • Williams
  • Onallee
  • Kausman
  • Thompson
  • Williams
  • Kausman
  • Williams
  • Southey
8."Hot Stuff"
  • Williams
  • Thompson
9."Ballet Dance"
  • Williams
  • Kausman
Total length:139:54


Adapted from the liner notes.[19]

  • Roni Size (Ryan Williams) – writing, production, keyboards
  • Onallee (Tracey Bowen) – vocals, writing
  • Dynamite MC (Dominic Smith) – vocals, writing
  • DJ Die (Daniel Kausman) – writing, production
  • DJ Suv (Paul Southey) – writing, production
  • Krust (Kirk Thompson) – writing, production
  • Clive Deemer – drums
  • Si John – bass
  • Bahamadia (Antonia Reed) – vocals
  • Tyrrell – guitar
  • Adrian Place – saxophone
  • Roisin Murphy - vocals (sampled)
  • Gilles Peterson – A&R
  • Paul Martin – A&R
  • Intro. London – design
  • Vikki Jackman – photography
  • Simon Goffe – management


Year Organisation Award Result Ref.
1997 Mercury Prize Mercury Album of the Year Won .


Chart (1997–98) Peak
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[21] 96
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[22] 37
UK Albums Chart (Official Charts Company)[3] 8
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[23] 36


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  4. ^ New Forms (Single Disc) (Liner Notes). Roni Size & Reprazent. Talkin' Loud. 1997.CS1 maint: others (link) 534 934-2
  5. ^ New Forms (Cassette) (Liner Notes). Roni Size & Reprazent. Talkin' Loud. 1997.CS1 maint: others (link) 534 933-4
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  10. ^ Bennun, David (4 July 1997). "Roni Size: New Forms (Talkin' Loud)". The Guardian.
  11. ^ Hochman, Steve (23 November 1997). "In Brief". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  12. ^ Newsome, Rachel (July 1997). "Reprazent Featuring Roni Size: New Forms (Talkin' Loud)". Muzik (26): 119.
  13. ^ Newsome, Rachel. "Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  14. ^ a b Schreiber, Ryan (1 November 1997). "Roni Size: New Forms [with Reprazent]". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  15. ^ Howe, Rupert (December 2017). "Roni Size/Reprazent: New Forms". Q (379): 115.
  16. ^ Fricke, David (16 December 1997). "Roni Size and Reprazent: New Forms". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 June 2008. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  17. ^ Reynolds, Simon (December 1997). "RoniSize/Reprazent: New Forms". Spin. 13 (9): 153. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  18. ^ Diver, Mike (25 October 2010). "BBC – Music – Review of Roni Size & Reprazent – New Forms". BBC Music. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  19. ^ New Forms (Liner Notes). Roni Size & Reprazent. Talkin' Loud. 1997.CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ "It is Size that counts as Roni wins Mercury prize". The Independent. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Roni Size - Reprazent -". MegaCharts. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  22. ^ " - Roni Size / Reprazent". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Roni Size/Reprazent Chart History". Billboard charts. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type New Forms in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.