Bass fans rejoiced earlier this year when Roni Size and DJ Krust announced they were bringing the influential Full Cycle Records back from retirement after 12 years — promising brand new material, remixes, previously unreleased archive material and a summer full of live shows and festivals.
It’s been a busy ol’ year for Roni, who as well as relaunching Full Cycle, is also on the brink of a releasing a new Reprazent album. In fact, when we caught up with them both for a chat, Roni had almost lost his voice…
‘The Reprazent album will definitely be out early next year – we’re just polishing it off,’ he assures us. ‘I think people enjoy that there is some substance to this. We’re playing the long game!’
The new record will mark 20 years since the Mercury Prize winning New Forms and has been years in the making, with word of the forthcoming album first reaching our ears in 2014. The album will feature original crew members, including Onallee, and, of course, Dynamite MC who has joined Roni and Krust this summer for a slew of festival appearances taking them into September with their Roni Size and Krust present Full Cycle show.
‘We’ve got the opportunity to make a really strong record and now all this music to sit around the perimeter — Full Cycle and Reprazent on the same bill!’
It seems 2016 is a dream come true for 90s Bristol bass heads
It seems that 2016 is a bit of a dream come true for 90s Bristol bass heads, with original Bristol Sound pioneers taking back the reigns of a genre they gave birth to.
We’ve seen Smith & Mighty on several festival lineups this year, including Glastonbury and Bristol’s new one-dayer The Downs; and Massive Attack dropped a surprise new EP last month, after ferrying Bristol fans to British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park.
Roni continues: ‘There’s a genuine resurrection going on here. We’re looking to reclaim those tents we once held the marquee for and invite other DJs to come participate in a Full Cycle party.’
‘There’s a genuine resurrection going on here. We’re looking to reclaim those tents we once held the marquee for and invite other DJs to come participate in a Full Cycle party.’
‘It’s an exciting time for music at the moment,’ says Krust. ‘There are so many new talented artists coming through and music has become interesting again. I wanted to be part of that landscape. I’d been in the studio experimenting anyway and when the opportunity came to do it again, I thought, why not?’Fans of their early work can sit especially pretty, as the pair have promised that as well as brand new material, they will be digitally releasing the whole Full Cycle back catalogue, including unreleased tracks and remixes.
And so far, so good, it seems… The Formulate EP’s title track was originally recorded in the mid 90s but remained unreleased until it dropped in March this year. And the follow up Past & Present EP, released in June, features two new tracks from Roni, along with a couple of fresh remixes of Krust’s Kloaking Device.
‘There was a big demand for it,’ says Roni. ‘We’re going to be releasing a few new tunes, with a remix of a tune from back in the day, for example.’We can also look forward to some new talent coming out on the label, as the mentors get ready to induct the new breed of Dies, Suvs and D Products.
‘I think we’re at the beginning of what’s emerging next,’ says Krust. ‘There is definitely something going on and people are doing new things. I’m amazed at the level of new music that has been sent in to us since we restarted Full Cycle.
‘I think we’re at the beginning of what’s emerging next’
‘We haven’t signed anyone yet, but we’ve been road testing. There are definitely a few people we want to sit down with.’
With the end of a packed, global summer touring schedule almost in sight, the Full Cycle label bosses will finish up August with a bang, hitting multiple festivals per weekend where they’ll go B2B, playing some Full Cycle classics, new material, and also showcasing some new artists.
While we wait for more material on the born-again label, don’t miss out on a chance to catch them live this summer for a taste of what’s yet to come from the tastemakers.
Festival appearances still to come this summer:
18-21 August, Festiwal Tauron Nowa Muzyka, Poland; 19-21 August, Lowlands Festival, Netherlands; 25-28 August, Creamfields, Liverpool; 26-29 August (Roni Size and Dynamite MC), Field Trip festival, Wiltshire; 9-10 September, The Social Festival, Maidstone.