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Breakbeat EraAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00001QGL1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Past Life
2. Ranoid
3. Ultra-Obscene
4. Bullitproof
5. Breakbeat Era
6. Time 4 Breaks
7. Late Morning
8. Anti-Everything
9. Animal Machine
10. Our Disease
11. Max
12. Control Freak
13. Terrible Funk
14. Sex Change
15. Life Is My Friend

Editorial Reviews

Roni Size is a man with a mission: to bring drum & bass to the world by any means possible. With his first full-length, Reprazent's New Forms, Size ably took a few small steps for mankind--and a huge leap for the jungle nation. Taking the acclaimed Mercury Award was only the first step toward world domination, but Breakbeat Era just might be the key to unlock the public's ears to drum & bass. Armed with vocalist Leonie Laws--whose snapshot lyrics fit like a glove with the sharpshooting drums and bass--and with coproducer and boy wunderkind DJ Die, one wonders after a listen to this exceedingly catchy record, is there anything Size can't do? --Tricia Romano

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Breakbeat Era ~ Ultra-Obscene

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a snapshot into the future of pop... December 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
On paper this sounds really promising--DJ Die (jungle phenom), Roni Size (junglist with shrewd pop/jazz sensibilities), and Leonie Laws (a brooding, forthright singer in vain of Shirley Manson of Garbage). In fact that is what "Ultra-Obscene" (which it is not really that obscene) sounds like--crossing jungle with the vocal stylings and lyrics of Garbage. Leonie has the perfect pop/alt cadence to sing over jungle, and her style is a welcome contrast to the typical diva-esque crooning over atmospheric drum 'n bass. Most of the time, it works wonderfully. However, the longlasting influence may from the catchiness of Size's and Die's stark and rich beats programming, that may seap into the mainstream music conscious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack for a Femme Fatale March 1, 2005
By Math 27
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm surprised I had not heard of this album before, being a fan of Roni Size and most of the well known Bristol UK musicians. I was reading a critic's review of Roni's new 'Return to V' CD on another website and it mention this side project, Breakbeat Era as being arguably the best CD to feature Drum & Bass plus female vocals, even better than LAMB.

So I thought, no way, who can be better than LAMB, I mean who can top the drum assult on 'Cotton Wool'. So I decided to check this out. While there is no 'Cotton Wool' in Ultra -Obscene, and Lamb's Louise Rhondes' voice is far more lovely than Leonie Laws', I still enjoy listening and moving to this CD. What Breakbeat Era has over Lamb is character and attitude.

Programming by Roni Size and DJ Die is tight, with mysterious jazz basslines and jungle beats on all tracks, changing momentum and effects at the right moments. Leonie Laws comes across like a Femme Fatale, ready to kick butt and take on the world. She does not scream and nash her teeth, but states with conviction in 'Anti-Everything' that she was "..Raised a double agent" and "I'm ah walking Animal Machine and you ain't safe with Me" in 'Animal Machine'.

Her delivery reminds me of the commanding voice of Toni Halliday, the singer for Curve.

Spinning this CD is like watching an episode of Alias, or watching Brain De Palmer's 'Femme Fatale' or La Femme Nikita.

If you want attitude with your drum n' bass (or drum n bass with your attitude) then check out Breakbeat Era: Ultra -Obscene, which does not let up, straight up DnB, unlike Lamb who mellows occasionally. Though I still have a soft spot for LAMB, which I think is better that Breakbeat Era over all, because Louise is an awesome singer.

Breakbeat Era is a more exciting ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like my DrumandBass Roni Style November 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Any album, which contains songs that send shivers of pure delight through your body must be amazing. ULTRA-OBSCENE by Break Beat Era does just that. Oh my gosh, one second your being pulverized by the phattest breaks on earth while in the next your mind goes into sensory overload upon hearing the Ultra-obscenely awesome vocals of Leonie Laws accompanied by some of the most innovative D&B Bass lines ever! If you even mildly like DrumandBass, BUY THIS ALBUM. And if you don't like DrumandBass you will after hearing this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm very glad I bought this album. December 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I discovered DnB about 4 months ago, but this is the first Roni Size-related album I've purchased. I will be looking for more. I've been listening to the likes of Photek, Aphex Twin, and Squarepusher. I would say it's a DnB version of Death In Vegas, but this is so much more. The vocals are great, and fit the music perfectly, almost like sung beat poetry. This is an album I'll probably be listening to in a couple years, which is my mark of good music. I need a bigger stereo.
If I had to find something wrong with this album, I'd say that Lonie Law's use of slang when she sings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great vocals along with killer beats October 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is simply amazing. Its not for the dark steppers though. This is no "wormhole" if you know what i am saying but the tunes are fabulous. Leonie Laws vocals are flawless, and to believe that she came from a punk band! Size and Die prove that reprazent is still alive and well. The self titled song on this CD is a classic, the live bass feel adds something that is missing in the more popular dark drum and bass of the present. Buy it, and its cheap, its manufactured and shipped in the US as well as Britain so there is no need for importing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breaks up the monotony January 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This has been one of the most interesting CD's that I have purchased this year. I'm not usually too into Drum and Bass because I find it too repetitive, and it doesn't seem to go anywhere. I usually listen to artists like orbital, aphex twin, and others in those categories, but bought this CD because of the recommendation of a friend. The vocals went perfectly with the music. The album has a very unique style. It is definitely worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, - A TOP CLASS ALBUM BY TOP CLASS PRODUCERS October 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There are very few albums i have (and i have 400+), that you can listen to all the way through and not skip a track but BB-ERA is one of those few albums.
I am a fan of most of Roni Size's work and i love the way he is so varied combining Acid Jazz, Intelligent D'n'B, Hip-Hop, Breakbeat and Jungle into his albums. I fully recommend Both of his albums as well as his Through the Eyes compilation.
For me, this was a very highly anticipated album, but it fully lived up to my expectations (and then some). The best tracks on this brilliant album are tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 13 and 15. Track 7 bucks the trend and is an out and out jungle track, (in fact one of the best i've heard). Apart from tracks 1 and 7, the rest all have vocals provided by Law. They, like Portisheads Beth Gibbons are a acquired taste, but i feel they blend in beautifully with the background music.
The music sounds very grimy, almost industrial and verge's on the darker side. I've heard complaints about the album being to similar but i like that there is a familiarity about it. I just can't wait for news on a new release. Its been 2 years.
I fully recommend this album, along with Lamb, Portishead, Dillinja and Aphrodite.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal
quite simply one of the best albums of the 90's in any style, electronic or otherwise. leoni laws is a brilliant singer and writer and roni size and dj die are at the peak of their... Read more
Published on January 3, 2008 by Chance
5.0 out of 5 stars Drum'n'Bass mates with Acid Jazz
A great cd for fans who love strong deep vocals mix with down tempo drum'n' bass, with a jazz twist. Lenny Laws, Roni Size, and Dj Die are the trio behind this album. Read more
Published on August 13, 2004 by Devylyst
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Obscene
Breakbeat Era consists of Leonie Laws, DJ Die, and Roni Size. The CD mixes surprisingly detailed drum n bass beats with female vocals. Read more
Published on July 11, 2003 by 10ma
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
I dunno, I dont see what all the fuss is about. The vocals were actually starting to get on my nerves after a while. Read more
Published on June 25, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Breakbeat Era- This song makes the CD worthy
Breakbeat Era was one of the first electronically oriented bands I paid attention to in the world of Modern rock. Read more
Published on April 4, 2003 by Carl Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Always an innovator
The best part about Breakbeat Era's record isn't the much hyped "new evolution of DnB" that the album promises to create due to Leonie Law's vocal accompaniment. Read more
Published on July 3, 2001 by "cmukhopa"
4.0 out of 5 stars phat cd
this is an awesome cd. the beats are phat, a really good breakbeat cd.
Published on April 18, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dogs Bollox
Probably the best thing Roni has ever done. Standout tracks are, Bullitproof, Anti-Everything and Time 4 Breaks. Laws' vocals are wonderful and the drum programming is excellent.
Published on April 2, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Ultra Obscene is one of the best dance type albums I have, Roni Size is a genius and he knows what he is doing. Read more
Published on December 13, 2000 by "gemini_j"
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Breakbeat with bold female vocals
If you like Roni Size this is a (in my opinion) better extension. Deep melodies with fast hard cords on a breakbeat platter served up nicely for a spooky session anyone can enjoy.
Published on November 14, 2000 by DigitalCzech
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