Fullcycle is a series of breakbeat albums created
by Roni Size and fellow DJs connected with his collective
known as Reprazent, including Krust, Die
and Suv. Each of the 2 CD sets is presented by a different
member of the Fullcycle gang.
Fullcycle presented by Roni Size is a nice change
of pace from his albums with Reprazent. While not totally
different, the musical style is more technical. Fewer organic
elements are used to create this body of work. Unlike New
Forms and In the Mode, Fullcycle
has very little in the way of vocals, most being mere sound
effects added to the loops. This album is truly intended for
the hardcore dance/breakbeat listener.
That's not to say it doesn't have some great music. The first
disc is broken up into 13 obvious tracks, all of which have
distinct personalities and style. Tracks like Kloaking
Device and Cisco have real attitude, while others,
like Dark Angel are subdued yet firm. Mine,
the only track with actual vocals, is a stark standout track.
With as straightforward a track progression as the first
album has, the second one throws all of that in the trash.
The second disc is a series of remixes that flow together
as one track. While this may sound a bit much, the quality
of sounds and variety create an excellent experience.
Casual listeners of Roni Size may find a couple familiar
sounds and beats and sometimes, other Reprazent tracks
sound familiar in this collection of music. Dedicated listeners
to this genre will enjoy this album, despite some of the familiarity.