Label: Talkin' Loud
Year: 1997

If Goldie let the mainstream know that drum & bass wasn't a joke, Roni Size / Reprazent's New Forms was the gem that showed the world that this form of music can properly incorporate jazz, hip-hop, and live instrumentation, ultimately creating some captivating material. "Brown Paper Bag" highlight Roni's love for the double bass, and resident MC Dynamite added some fresh lyrics to the procedure, like the icing on the cake. It was one of the sparks that helped this album grab the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 1997, aligning Reprazent with UK acts like Portishead and Primal Scream.