×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Roni Size and Reprazent

Yes, multiculturalism continues to be a buzzword at political conventions and network meetings, but in the realm of popular music, the progress has been almost glacial -- with the exception of the electronic underground. The inclusiveness of that community was manifested vividly at this overflowing outdoor show -- which brought together a far-flung community of expatriates from Britain, the subcontinent and the Islands (both Caribbean and Staten).

With:
Band: Roni Size, MC Dynamite, Onalee, Si John, Clive Deemer, Die, Sev, Krust; Anoushka Shankar.

Yes, multiculturalism continues to be a buzzword at political conventions and network meetings, but in the realm of popular music, the progress has been almost glacial — with the exception of the electronic underground. The inclusiveness of that community was manifested vividly at this overflowing outdoor show — which brought together a far-flung community of expatriates from Britain, the subcontinent and the Islands (both Caribbean and Staten).

Roni Size, the winner of a Mercury Prize in Britain for his 1997 album “New Forms,” is considered a pioneer of drum-and-bass music — and like most proponents of the genre, he’s had to work on overcoming a serious case of studio-rat facelessness. Size still maintains a relatively low profile onstage — sharing a riser with three other sequencer whizzes — but Reprazent manages to generate a fair amount of energy, thanks to the perpetual motion of vocalists Onalee and MC Dynamite.

Dynamite is more of a presence on Reprazent’s newer material — as evidenced by an explosive version of “Who Told You,” the lead single from the band’s forthcoming “In the Mode” album. Unfortunately, the newly configured, harder edge of the handful of new songs premiered this evening dispensed with the jazzy intricacy of, say, “Brown Paper Bag,” which sounded somewhat rushed and perfunctory at this perf.

In pumping up the volume, Size and company lost a good deal of their innate dynamics, creating a passel of rhythms that writhed unctuously and aimlessly without moving in any palpable direction — with the exception of the thunderous “Balanced Chaos,” a track that lived up to its promising title.

Opener Anoushka Shankar — the 19-year-old daughter of sitar legend Ravi Shankar — had to do battle with a combination of a restless crowd and an underwhelming mix, both of which compromised her delicate sonic tapestries. Her prowess as a sitarist — as well as her flair for infusing classical arrangements with modern flavor — was nevertheless quite evident to anyone who took the time to listen.

Roni Size and Reprazent

Central Park Summerstage, New York; 7,000 capacity; free

Production: Presented by Bar Code and Heineken. Reviewed Aug. 15, 2000.

Cast: Band: Roni Size, MC Dynamite, Onalee, Si John, Clive Deemer, Die, Sev, Krust; Anoushka Shankar.

More Music

  • Jussie Smollett

    Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report

    “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, the Chicago police said Wednesday. “Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter. Smollett is due to appear in court for a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m. [...]

  • Jussie Smollett suspect

    Jussie Smollett Named a Suspect by Chicago Police for Filing False Report

    Chicago police have named “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett as a suspect in a criminal investigation, three weeks after he reported he was the victim of a hate crime. Detectives are presenting evidence to a grand jury, which is expected to determine whether to indict Smollett on a charge of filing a false police report. “Jussie [...]

  • Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, the 1975

    Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, the 1975 Win Big at Brit Awards

    Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and the 1975 were big winners at Wednesday night’s Brit Awards, taking home the Best British Single (for Harris and Lipa’s “One Kiss”), Album of the Year (for The 1975’s “Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships”) as well as Best British Group (the 1975). While the show, livestreamed from London’s O2 Arena, [...]

  • Jason Owen Kacey Musgraves

    Meet Jason Owen, the Mega-Manager Whose Clients Swept the Grammys' Country Awards

    There was a moment on the night of Feb. 10 when manager Jason Owen allowed his mind to “go there.” Could his client, Kacey Musgraves, who by 4 p.m. had already picked up two Grammy Awards — for “Space Cowboy” and “Butterflies,” for best country song and best country solo performance, respectively — in Owen’s [...]

  • Ariana Grande Surprises Boy Band on

    Ariana Grande Surprises Filipino Boy Band on 'Corden'

    The Filipino boy band TNT Boys gained an extra member Tuesday night when pop-star Ariana Grande made a surprise appearance during the group’s performance on “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” After winning Filipino competition show “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids,” band members Keifer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion have continued to solidify [...]

  • Island Records Names Christine Kauffman Senior

    Island Records Names Christine Kauffman Senior VP of Brand Partnerships

    Veteran advertising executive Christine Kauffman has been named senior VP of brand partnerships at Island Records, the company announced today. She will be based in New York and report to Island COO Eric Wong. In making the announcement, Island President Darcus Beese said, “The fast-paced and competitive field of strategic brand marketing has become an [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content