By Will Hermes
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:47 AM EDT

Touching Down

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  • Music

It’s tough being a drum ‘n’ bass loyalist these days, especially in the U.K., where all the buzz is about garage rap, broken beat, and whatever the new-sound scientists have cooked up this week. Roni Size is d’n’b’s philosopher prince, and after two pioneering, fusion-heavy sets with his Reprazent crew, he finally steps out with a solo debut that’s surprisingly purist, and self-effacing to a fault. An instrumental set of busy breakbeat variations, Touching Down feels like utilitarian beat-mixing until you pay close attention, when intricate cross-rhythms and ambient details come into focus like impressionist brushstrokes. Basic yet exquisite, like perfectly cooked eggs. TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL The set ends with a shout-out to the d’n’b DJs, who Size knows will have his back when the crossover crowd bails.

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Touching Down

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