Roni Size has a reputation as one of the earliest breakbeat innovators. Classic tracks like "Timestretch" and "It's a Jazz Thing" anticipated UK hardcore rave's emergence as a fully formed, completely original musical style. One might expect the musical vision of Size, one of drum-and-bass's elder statesmen, to have mellowed with age. Much of his Reprazent material aims for a more accessible commercial sound, but Size's singles on Bristol's Full Cycle label still emphasize brutalizing percussive breaks with a funky edge. While perhaps not as appealing to the home-listening set, Size's minimalist grooves are a raw reminder of the sound-system and DJ-oriented sound ecology that informs his more accessible works.
Like Krust's volume in Full Cycle's THROUGH THE EYES series, this two-disc set pairs a collection of back-catalog tracks with a continuous DJ mix. The Full Cycle style remains consistent throughout, a testament to the like-minded artistic vision of those involved. Size favors a jazzier take on the formulaic two-step style. He and his associates experiment constantly, perfecting their percussive attack, chopping and dicing breaks into impossible funky drummer routines, and demonstrating advanced production tactics. THROUGH THE EYES is recommended as a primer on this important artist's underground material.